Monday, March 04, 2019

Thnigs That are Making You Happy

Things aren't good here but I hope you will share your life with me. Anything you are reading,watching, doing. It really helps to hear that life goes on elsewhere.


Steve Oerkfitz said...

Crappy weather again this week but next week looks to be better. I haven't read a lot lately. The Wild Bunch a book about the making of the classic movie. Am now reading The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Been binge watching Billons. Not much at the movies right now but did like Arctic. Been spending a lot of time lately with a woman I met in my building. We turn out to have a lot in common.

Jeff Meyerson said...

Sorry to hear this has not been a good week for you.

Good things? Well, I went to the doctor and don't have to go back for another six weeks, so fingers still crossed. I've made a fair amount of progress but still need to improve on some movement and strengthening of the shoulder.

The weather sucks (we had some snow Friday morning, Saturday morning, and Sunday night), but it could have been much worse - this latest storm only gave us a couple of inches where we are - and Spring is less than three weeks away.

None of the movies we've watched (or tried to watch) has been something I'd recommend, but we are still watching Amazon Prime (INFORMER was better than I'd expected) and Netflix (WHEN HEROES FLY, THE WEST WING, NCIS). VICTORIA picked up as the third series ended with Albert's triumphant success with the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851.

Bill Crider's final Sheriff Dan Rhodes book, THAT OLD SCOUNDREL DEATH, was as entertaining and worth reading as the rest of the series, one of my favorites.

George said...

I'm recovering from my laser surgery. Post-op drugs fog my brain so I can't read. But I can watch Netflix and listen to audiobooks.

More cold air invades Western NY today. We'll have temps in the ZERO range much of this week. A good time to say inside and recover from surgery!

I found a bag of music CDs I had forgotten all about. I bought the CDs years ago when Record Theatre went out of business and then misplaced the bag in my basement. Great music: Haydn, Mozart, Linda Ronstadt, Chaka Khan, and Cher.

We're closing in on 110 inches of snow for this Winter Season. More snow this week!

Jeff Meyerson said...

That's a lot of snow! Glad we are below average here. They closed the schools today as they anticipated a big snowfall, but they only had 3.8 inches in Central Park (maybe half that where we are). Jackie said when she was teaching they didn't close schools unless there was at least 10 inches of snow.

pattinase (abbott) said...

They have gotten easier in declaring snow days here too. Kevin has had eight days off, but as a pragmatic kid he says it just means you get more homework the next day.
Horribly cold here. In like a lion for sure.
Yay, Steve!

Rick Robinson said...

I'm very sorry to hear you're having a bed time there, Patti. Positive thoughts going your way!

Things are going pretty well here, Barbara is needing crutches a lot less, her knee (meniscus) is healing, though it's a slow process. She won't be going to Zumba classes any time soon. Today she's off to her quilt group. I'm driving her and lifting the machine and stuff out of the car, then she'll have help from there and a ride home.

Very cold here for us, low 20s each night. It gets to mid 30s by 1:00pm. We'll lose some plants this winter, sadly. I'm reading a fantasy novel I'm enjoying, but it is four 500 + page books, so a lot of things going on. We finished a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle a couple of days ago; it was the most difficult one we've done, took us almost a month!

Gerard Saylor said...

Negative temps today but I don't mind. My wife worked this past weekend. I forced the children out of the house with me. We drove to Madison and Boy #1 was fitted for new running shoes for the track season. We then went by campus, got lunch, and took Boy #2 to a bookstore with a SciFi section he likes. We got home in the afternoon and I crashed for almost 2 hours.

After a busy week I was able to take Friday afternoon off. My wife and I visited the new brewery in town, had some beer, and listened to guitarist. The guy mentioned how he used to tour with the New Christ Minstrels which my wife immediately then shared online with her mother because my wife's parents used to frequently play the albums.

I've been reading the latest Jens Lapidus novel, TOP DOG. I've greatly enjoyed his StockholM set crime fiction. I've not read many Scandinavian crime authors outside of Wahloo and Sjowall.

Jerry House said...

Someone evidently did not get my memo ordering that you have a great week.

Granddaughter Erin's high School Winter Guard team moved into the regional finals Saturday afternoon. Heavy competition from five states did not work out for them, placing 12th in the finals later that night. Every team had an amazing program and I'm glad she had a chance to compete. She oozed confidence as she did her program, perhaps the best that her team had performed.

Jessie got her hair professionally done -- the first time since chemo. She looks great. Christina got a new shorter haircut and also looks great. Both girls got some great comments.

I'm on a reading binge: private eye novels by Basil Copper and horror stories about Jules de Grandin by Seabury Quinn. I'm having fun.

Heavy rain and possible tornadoes cancelled our Sunday beach time so we hiked on over to a Mexican restaurant and feasted. I had a steak, chicken, and shrimp burrito with cheesy grits and Mexican rice. Yum!

Some interesting TV this week, including the latest MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS and SKYSCAPER (where Dwayne Johnson recycles the DIE HARD franchise). Also watching episodes of INTRUDERS and SILENT WITNESS. For real scary stuff, I turn on the news.

My latest memo ordering you and Phil to have a great week will be distributed to residents of Michigan and elsewhere later today.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks all you, guys. I have my notes on books, tv, etc. Stay well.

Anonymous said...

I hope things get better--two movies you might like:

Nights of Cabiria and Cinema Paradiso; both exemplify the line from another movie; "It's a sad and beautiful world."

Take care

pattinase (abbott) said...

Saw and loved them both. Thanks!

Jeff Meyerson said...

We tried - and failed - to watch SKYSCRAPER. A ripoff of DIE HARD and THE TOWERING INFERNO and a humorless waste of The Rock.

James Reasoner said...

Coldest weather of the season here, wind chills in the single digits this morning. Not that bad for some parts of the country, but mighty cold for Texas. On the positive side, I finished a book yesterday and am writing the outline for the next one in the series today, a bit of a struggle so far but I'm getting there. Saw a movie last week that I really enjoyed, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE. My review of it will be on my blog tomorrow morning.

I hope things get better there.

Anonymous said...

I hope your week gets better! I took in a shelter dog on Friday and had a well, interesting weekend. Things are looking up a little now though, she's a sweet dog. I'm about to watch "King of Jazz" on TCM, early "lost" film with Bing Crosby.

BVLawson said...

The hubster and I really enjoyed seeing the new documentary "Apollo 11" in IMAX at the Air & Space Museum. It really should be seen in that format, but unfortunately, it's a one-week only engagement in IMAX for the full-length film before it switches to standard only (later this year, it will come to science museums in a shortened IMAX version). We chatted with the film score composer, who created most of it with a period Moog synthesizer.

The hubster also bought me a box CD-set of Elizabeth Schwarzkopf singing various songs. Her "Four Last Songs" by Richard Strauss are the most haunting and expressive ever, IMO.

Wish I could say I've got a lot of books to recommend, but I've been focusing on writing, and I tend not to read fiction when I'm in the middle of projects.

Hope things look up there soon, Patti. We're all thinking about you.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry things are not going well on your end. As for me, I'm helping to get ready for my granddaughter's 8th birthday - it's very life-affirming.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks again for your good wishes and good accounts.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Just read this and I am also sorry things have not gone well. They have not been that great here either.

SKYSCRAPER was a blatant ripoff and we thought it was fun. One of those movies you can't take seriously.

Been brutally cold here as well as earlier in the week we hit 19. No snow or sleet and the rain stopped before we shot below the freezing line so that was good. Today it was almost 70 so Scott and I sat outside and read. My late Mom's CPA has done the estate taxes as well as mine and Scott's and no taxes are owed. That made me happy.

Book rec----A DEADLY TURN by Calir Booth. Third in her Sheriff Hank Worth series. VERY GOOD, but you need to have read the first two books in the series to get the full deal.

Being an adult still sucks on a daily basis, but somedays suck a little less than others. I am working on cutting back on the social media side of things, commenting less on blogs and posts, and generally keeping things to myself.