Wednesday, September 30


This showed up in the mail yesterday…




WTF???? What??? NO WAY!!! I was just called for jury duty a couple of months ago!!!

Oh…wait…back that truck up….


This isn’t regular Jury Duty….this is the big guys!!


And…just how long will this take??


Date…on the front…let’s see….




I did some calling and on-line checking about all of this. Seems like they let you know during your first mandatory call if you are needed the next day. If so…just show up. If not, you must follow whatever call schedule they give you and be available to go in any day during that 2 weeks! I’ve never been called for FEDERAL Jury Service….have you??

Well…I am going to put all of this in the back of my brain for now. I do have an entire month to stress myself out about it! But, the good news is that a very dear friend is coming to town for a 3 day visit and I am looking forward to that! She arrives tomorrow and we’ve got girl plans! Antique shopping, tea room, movie and…of course…some Disney!! (Sorry, Janet!)

I’ll do my best to keep you posted, but time and internet access could be a problem. But…I plan to have lots of pictures to share! See you soon….!

Tuesday, September 29

What A Night!


It was as if I had never even seen this movie!  The anticipation was great but the final viewing even greater.   And, I wasn’t the only one…the theatre was full and since most of this was pre-ticketed, they knew enough to show it in 2 theatres!  Really…for a movie that is 70 years old…amazing.




We started out with a documentary that showed behind the scenes rehearsals, interviews and such.  But, the applause began when the music started and then…there they were…Dorothy & Toto, bigger than life.  Even this black & white sequence was clear and sharp…it is just wild what can be done!


Everything in Munchkinland from Glinda’s pink dress to the Yellow Brick Road was brighter and more defined.  The sparkles from the stars on her dress to the glitter on her crown were beautiful! 




The “oooohss and aaaahss” were heard throughout…and lots of laughs!  The Munchkins, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion…yea, these guys were a riot up there on that big screen!  We did find out that the Munchkin in the Middle (haha) was only 17 years old.




And…scarier than ever were those Flying Monkeys.  In some close-ups you could see the faces…not as “monkey-like” as you might think.  And, without their hat on, did you realize that their hair is combed up in a mohawk??




But, that Witch…what an incredible job Margaret Hamilton did and I think it took this big screen for me to really understand that!




All in all, an exciting night and it was fun to be with like-minded people.  It was fun to share this with The Daughter and another Good Friend and to find out that they both felt like I did…oh…and Judy Garland was so very beautiful….




This presentation came a long way from that opening in 1939…and an even longer way from the story that Frank L Baum shared with us…but the story still touches hearts now as it did then.  What a night!



Saturday, September 26

Something To Share With You

I'm here to tell you how great the movie was! Having the chance to see it on the big screen was like seeing it for the first time. The audience laughed and applauded...I feel lucky to have been part of this special event.

But...I want to share this with all of you...a coupon for 40% off something you just have to have!!

Gotta run...have a great weekend and I'll fill you in on OZ and other stuff later!

Wednesday, September 23

It’s All About The Shoes


Yes!!!   The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Event is tonight!!  Check out this celebration cake…..




And then read about this cool idea…with all proceeds going to charity……


~Top Designers Re-Invent Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers~


Louboutin, Blahnik and Choo Among the Chosen Few




“If Dorothy were living in the 21st century, what would she wear?” is the question posed by The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slipper Collection. To commemorate the film’s 70th Anniversary, Warner Bros and Swarovski have commissioned a creative re-interpretation the film’s most iconic and revered symbol: Dorothy’s Magical Ruby Slippers.

Contemporary works of art from the likes of fashion masterminds A. Testoni, Abaete, Alberta Ferretti, Betsey Johnson, Botkier, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Lisa Pliner, Manolo Blahnik, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Roger Vivier, Sergio Rossi, Stuart Weitzman, Tibi, and Tuleh will compose The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slipper Collection.

In honor of this classic, 19 iconic designers will reinterpret the ruby slippers we’ve all fantasized about since childhood. While you may not admit it, we know you’ve clicked your heels together in the privacy of your own closet.

Here are some preliminary sketches by Gwen Stefani, Sergio Rossi and Moschino:





And…love this…Betsey Johnson!





Naturally, the magical slippers will travel the country (with three clicks and a few carefully chosen words) before being auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.


** Thanks to The Daily Pump.

Monday, September 21

May We Introduce…




stella big



The Daughter & Boyfriend are “co-parenting” this 8 week old bundle of yumminess!  Rescued just this week from a Lab Rescue Center…1/2 Lab…1/2 Golden Retriever.  She has a big yard to play in and had a very busy weekend meeting the rest of her new friends and family.



stella arms



We had a blast taking her on her first real outing at PetCo and she met this other kid while she was there.  He was a bit bigger and she didn’t seem to like him too much….



stella meets



Can you see those little blonde eyelashes??   She’s gonna be dangerously cute and will probably be able to trick unsuspecting people into giving her treats just by looking at them….



stella floor


She is already loved…..

Saturday, September 19

Follow The Yellow Brick Road


The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary


NCM Fathom, Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies present The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Hi-Def Event featuring the first ever High Definition presentation in movie theatres nationwide of The Wizard of Oz. This One Night Event will take place in over 440 movie theatres nationwide. In addition to the feature presentation of The Wizard of Oz, this exclusive event will include a special introduction by Robert Osborne, a classic film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, followed by “To Oz! The Making of a Classic,” a look into how L. Frank Baum’s classic novel was transformed into one of the most beloved films of all time including archival interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and rare musical outtakes. Also featured will be an exclusive clip of the Scarecrow, Ray Bolger, dancing in High-definition for the very first time.


The colorful characters and unforgettable songs of The Wizard of Oz come alive as never before as the cinematic treasure is brought into the digital age with this entirely remastered Hi-Def presentation. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary, The Wizard of Oz originally opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in 1939. It received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and captured two Oscars® -- Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score -- plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland. Its magical story and heartfelt performances have enabled it to grow from a perennial classic to its current status as a treasured icon of popular culture.


Whether seeing it for the first time or the 100th time, it is only fitting that audiences nationwide will have the chance to enjoy the 70th Anniversary of this multi-generational favorite in movie theatres for an exclusive One Night celebratory event.
The high definition presentation of The Wizard of Oz will be specially formatted to preserve the exact aspect ratio of the film as first seen by audiences in 1939.


Can’t hardly wait…the tickets are in our hot little hands and

we are so excited!!

Friday, September 18

The Search Begins

Yes...I want this lamp.
Really...I need this lamp.


Tuesday, September 15

A HUGE Success

If you have stopped by here in the last couple of weeks, you saw the post about Harley.

harley sale crop

Harley is the young son of an office co-worker that has been diagnosed with brain cancer. If you missed that, you can meet Harley here and learn more about him.

Anyway…all of this hospital time and treatment expense is a bit overwhelming, so the office decided to have a Benefit Yard Sale, with all proceeds going to Harley and his family. Not only did so many in the office answer the call, friends and businesses joined right in! Donations ranged from household goods to advertising space for the sale ads…here’s how it all came together!




Do you remember when these carousel horses were the big thing? This one was losing his ribbon, but otherwise he was in great shape. Cost = $20…and he’s outta here!



This “NOEL” looked brand new….



Some beautiful coats were donated…and custom men’s suits from the UK!





This was my absolute favorite piece of furniture! Selling price?? $125 Can you even believe someone donated this?? Love the little hatbox cupboard at the top.




They were even selling puppies…just 9 weeks old. The proceeds from the sale of one puppy was to be donated…


It was a very long couple of days…nothing like a Mardi Gras jester in a baby blue teddy to keep you smilin’. :)


All in all….a huge, beyond our wildest dreams success. Total take?? Over $3,000, with more monies to come in. And, there was still some good stuff left to give to another office that will be holding another sale in October.

Thanks to everyone that was a part of this…from the workers to the people that donated goods to those that couldn’t be here and shared a prayer…it would not have happened without all of you.

Thanks….so much.

Monday, September 14

The Dancing Doesn’t End


It doesn’t matter what character he was in any other movie, Patrick Swayze will always be Johnny Castle to me.  Just as the news took my breath away when he was diagnosed with cancer, I feel that same sadness tonight.




What an inspiration he has been…continuing to work and fight the good fight.




How lucky all the dancers in heaven will be…he will be a strong defender of those that need it and he will never have to end the summer season with the Pachenga…


baby corner


Keep on dancing, Patrick…you will be missed.

Friday, September 11

Let Us Not Forget…




On this day, maybe more than any other, be sure to take that extra minute to hug those that are close to you and contact those that are far away.  Remind them of just how special they are and of how much they mean to you.  Be silent, be thoughtful, be kind.

Thursday, September 10

Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign


Words.  Seems like there are times when there are never enough words and times when there are no words needed.  You can often define someone with just one word and it may have to do with the way they look, what they do or how you perceive them.

I find words and sayings very comforting and am always attracted to anything that has words as part of its make-up.  So, with that in mind, let me share with you some of the words that are openly displayed in our home….