Monday, January 20, 2020

Things That Are Making Me Happy

Rewatched THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING (1988) and was knocked out by the sophisticated movies Hollywood was putting out thirty years ago. Sensual, political, artistic, full of feeling. This film would only come out of Europe now.

Also saw the National Theater's streamed play ALL MY SONS with Bill Pullman, Sally Field and other fine actors. You probably have access to this series in your neighborhood.. Next up PRESENT LAUGHTER (Noel Coward) with the Hot Priest (Andrew Scott) for those who love Fleabag. 

Also saw the Agnes Varda doc at our Detroit Film Theater. Bit of a snooze. She is too full of herself for my taste. Caught a photography exhibit of the Great Lakes before the show.

Tomorrow would be my 53rd anniversary. Is it still my anniversary now or does that go away in widowhood? Nine months a widow.

Reading THE ACORN MAN, which is very good if very dark.

Finally got a snowfall of significance. Could do without it. 

What about you?


Jeff Meyerson said...

You always think of those things, don't you? My parents' Anniversary was January 9, and this year would have been their 73rd.

Things making me happy?

As with last week: Florida.

As we know, I don't like change, but this is change I do like. The weather has been great, even a little warmer than normal. When you get up and it is already in the 70s, going to 80, you don't have to worry about cold and snow. (This week will be cooler than normal, even a couple of days in the 60s, but that's even better for us.)

Jackie did good in finding this place, a large two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in an area we've liked for years, just down the road in either direction from Publix, Starbucks, a bagel store and an Italian market (south), the movie theater and several restaurants and the mall and even Barnes & Noble. And that is just the immediate area. It's only a short drive to Jupiter or Royal Palm Beach, among other areas we frequent.

Said movie theater is beautiful and has big comfy seats and $5 tickets all day Tuesdays.

We discovered there is a huge, really nice Greenmarket every Sunday from 8 to 1 that is a five minute walk from us. We got homemade orange and lemon marmalades and buttermilk biscuits this week.

The only negative is the television - no Netflix or premium channels or DVR or way to pause or rewind or record something and skip the commercials, but you know what? No big deal.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am halfway to the airport to visit, Jeff. Sounds like heaven.

Jeff Meyerson said...

We have a second bedroom and bathroom. You are welcome any time.

George said...

Like you, Western NY found a foot of snow dumped on us this weekend. Right now, it's 9 degrees (windchill -2). But, we're supposed to warm up later in the week.

The IMPEACHMENT hears start tomorrow, but I doubt I'll watch much of it. Trump will be acquitted and claim victory. Getting away with stuff is Trump's Super Power.

We're in the Dead Zone as far as movies go. Diane watches one of the HALLMARK movies that we DVRed over Christmas every couple days.

The date you and Phil got married was a Great Day. That will never change.

Jerry House said...

We still remember Jessamyn's anniversary even though she has been a widow for fifteen years. Just because someone is gone does not mean he is gone from your heart. You move on with life but your memories will always be one of the good parts of you.

Alas, yesterday we had a death in the family, of sorts. Cantaloupe, Amy's ball python, passed away and slithered over the rainbow bridge. It sounds silly to say it, but Cantaloupe was a pretty good snake with a sweet personality -- something I did not think was possible until she came along. Amy is very upset. She has always had a great love for animals of all types -- just one more thing that makes me very proud of her. Pets are of course great companions, but they also teach children about love, respect, responsibility, and -- because their life span is shorter than ours -- death. Cantaloupe is survived by her owner, two cats, and a dog.

Speaking of pets, Christina's Chesapeake Bay retriever Acorn will be going for surgery on Friday to remove two smallish tumors. Acorn is one of those dogs that believe they are a lap dog despite their size. Another animal with a sweet personality, Acorn is attached to Erin and loves everyone except Erin's boyfriend (that dastard wants too much of Erin's time is Acorn's opinion). The operation should come out aces.

It's been overcast and rainy for the past few days here on the Panhandle. Jeff and Jackie have it much better where they are. Still, the Panhandle is a pretty good place to live -- it ha a special beauty about it and the people are nice, despite it being heavily Trump country. If only we liked monster trucks and Christian talk radio would it be better.

It's been a rough week for Kitty. A very sore throat combined with an inner ear infection, something she is prone to. It's gone on longer than normal -- the first antibiotic did nothing to help -- but she is getting back to her always beautiful self now. I'm still moving about somewhat carefully because of the remnants of my severe back problems of a few weeks ago. A minor detail because I'm healthy, happy, not in any pain, and still mesmerized by Kitty's eyes. (Have I ever mentioned how beautiful they are? That's the point where the kids and grandkids start going "Gack!")

There was not much of interest on television this week except the late night comedians. (Can't wait until John Oliver comes back next month.) We're back to watching out usual television comfort food: SILENT WITNESS, NCIS, and CRIMINAL MINDS. A lot of intersting reading, though. Mostly stories from the old pulp magazines, also some Fifties science fiction and an Edith Nesbit juvenile fantasy. Most unusual thing I read was a Utopian book from 1641 by Samuel Hartlib.

Spending tomorrow night at a beach hotel while our apartment is being fumigated (I don't think it's necessary but...). Should be fun. I may ask for an extra mint to be left on my pillow.

Have a fantastic week, Patti!

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Finally got some crappy weather. I haven't gone anywhere for three days and am getting a bit stir crazy.
Read Tim O'Brien's 1979 National Book Winner Going After Cacciato. Some random short fiction. Am now reading Handsome Johnny a biography of mobster Johnny Roselli.
Some decent tv mostly thanks to HBO. The Outsider is very good so far. Helps being written by Richard Price. And the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. One episode behind on Dare Me which I'll probably watch today. Bill Maher is also back and has a lot to work with. Andrew Yang was on and I was very impressed.
Saw 1917. Thin story but a technical marvel. More cinematographer Roger Deakin's film than Sam Mendes.
Can't watch the impeachment. I just get too pissed off every time a Republican opens his mouth.

pattinase (abbott) said...

If we all had Jerry's outlook, what a wonder that would be.
Remember reading that O'Brien book years ago. Very good.
I am won over to THE OUTSIDER. I think Cynthia Ervo showing up was a blessing.
I am impressed with Yang too but no political experience is a problem.
How about the TIMES endorsing the two women?
It is cold here, George but not that cold.

Jeff Meyerson said...

I love the Republican arguments, which often seem straight out of Otter's speech in ANIMAL HOUSE: "The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules and took a few liberties with our female party guests - we did (winks)."

Yes, Trump did it, but it is not impeachable. Attention Donald Trump, Richard Shelby, Lindsay Graham (who certainly knows better), and Alan Dershowitz: please pay attention -

IMPEACHMENT IS ANYTHING THE HOUSE SAYS IT IS, including - according to Lindsay and Shelby and McConnell among others - getting a blow job and lying about it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

How did we come to have a Senate full of men/women with no ethics.

Rick Robinson said...

Well. After reading your post, Patti, and all of the above, I don't have much to say. It's been rainy and cool here, with sunbreaks, but there's not much need to get out in the garden or other outside work, so that's fine. We bought a new sofa and chair on Friday, but it won't come for a while as we picked specific fabrics. Suddenly I'm in love all over with the old ones and hate to see them go, but it was time.

We found the pro football playoff games boring, and hope for a better Super Bowl, if we can wade through all the blasted hoopla. Just play the game and be done with it, says I.

I got a book from the library and it was 650 small print pages, so I bought the ebook of it and read that. Though I like and usually prefer print books, monsters like this one are sure easier in ebook format. I will be reviewing the book as a FFB soon. I haven't decided what to read next.

As for the Impeachment, the GOP-stacked Senate will quickly aquit, and that's that. This country - and Congress - is the most partisan I ever recall it being, and it's really too bad. Trump is out to prove the President of the United States can break the law with impunity. Sadly, I believe he will do so.

It's interesting that I remember my parents birthdays, but not their anniversary date. I don't think they ever made much of a fuss over it.

Rick Robinson said...

Oh, and we've been watching (rewatching in my case) the original MORSE series that was on PBS here in the 80s. John Thaw was so, so good in those. I've read all but the last of the books (that saving thing), and so far the ones we've watched have been based on a book. It's surprising how little I remember of the book and the previous watching of the show. We've also been enjoying AERIAL AMERICA on Smithsonian channel. Last night we watched three episodes, 6,7,and 8: Rhode Island, Maine and Oregon.

Right now we have several movies I've recorded to the DVD plus we have RBG from Netflix.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I think I read Colin Dexter couldn't bear to write any more Morses after John Thaw died. I think I will rewatch too.

Gerard - who is not logged in said...

Some decent snowfall here and it happened at the perfect time: a Saturday where we had no need to leave the house. My snowblower worked without any trouble.
On Sunday we drove over to the Sip and Purr Cafe in Milwaukee which is a cat cafe. I thought Boy #2 would enjoy another trip there and the entire family went along. That place had a lot of cats.
I've been reading A BLOODY BUSINESS by Dylan Struzan which is a fictionalized story the mob from about 1920 to the '70s. Struzan was friends in the 1970s with one of the few surviving mobsters of the time and interviewed the mobster multiple times. I'm about a quarter of the way through the novel and there are A LOT of characters. I've read a decent amount of mob history and cannot recall if the characters were already introduced and I forgot or if I just recognize their names.