Movie Project…starting tonight

I’ve decided to watch all the winners of the Best Picture Academy Award, starting with the year I was born:  1953. (That’s 60 movies to watch in the next 42 days, prior to the Oscar Show of 2013 on February 24.)    This project  looks challenging–some of these movies are going to make me verry uncomfortable, as I don’t really like sadness,  violence even in war, or intensity of the scary kind.  Some of them I have seen, but I’ll watch them again. and husband is along for the ride.

List in hand, I headed down to Central Library to start borrowing…  The winner in 1953 was “From Here to Eternity” and I had to order that one from one of the library branches, to be delivered by Tuesday.  Rationalizing, the awards are given each year for movies released the prior year, right?  So it doesn’t (much) upset my OCD to start with the Best Picture of 1954:  “On the Waterfront” … followed by “Marty” (1955);  “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956)  and “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957)… I know you’re whistling now, but I probably won’t get to that one until tomorrow.

I’ll be blogging as I come up for air…

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Merry Christmas!!

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“Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind.  To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”   —

how i got my hat

last sunday was my first trip to churchill downs, but i had studied up…

casey and i visited keeneland in 2010 and i Thought i’d learned a little from that experience, but, alas, experience is the only teacher.  at keeneland, you really need a reserved seat.  general admission gets you standing room only and the crowd was deep… i had to stand on a bench to get a picture (or view) of the racetrack.  illogical logic told me i needed seats at churchill as well.

online, i ordered up 2 reserved seats for churchill’s live racing on sunday…best available, good enough for me…when we got there, we discovered we were sharing a very small, albeit well-placed, box of 6 seats with a family of four eating nachos.    we were polite.  with plenty of other empty seats surrounding us, we asked if we could exchange our tickets for a more private spot.   kari, kerry, keri, caree, cari…with the piercings, said yeah, great;  her bosslady said, no.  we expressed our genteel displeasure, so bosslady, whose name was monica or something, took us to patty, patti, or pattee.  after monick left, pattee told us to just go ahead and take one of the empty box seats.   we walked back up and moniq was monitoring…we told her that pate’  had said help ourselves and she said that’s just wrong, people pay lotsa $ for these seats, etc…   so we went back down to

Customer Service… and who greeted us but iris. ( not eyerhis)   we told her that we were fine with whatever, enjoying, first time visitors, just a little uncomfortable with…   she called for paatteey.    while she was waiting she started looking for stuff to give us and pulled out this great hat:

in short order, patty showed up and was instructed by iris to take us upstairs and get us past the guards to the excellent areas…

 

vineyard, not the bookstore

what a beautiful day..high 71, abundantly sunny…  it was a last-minute decision to head over to ruby moon winery near morganfield to do some tasting and christmas shopping…

we tasted all the wines, bought the perfunctory souvenir wineglass and a couple of bottles….

we’ve got a plan for tomorrow…stay tuned.

campfire I

the warmth left the area last night while we slept, blowing in cold rain… it’s quite a drop from last night when we soaked up the last of the warmth around a campfire…

ali, ben, noah, sam, lauren, alex, berkeley, briley, michael, jess and olivia came by last night for a walk…err..run in the woods:

hot dogs, s’mores, perfect weather…

with the temps dropping down into the 30’s now, it’s time to put away the camper.  i was hoping to have one more campfire before we batten down the hatches…  the week-end looks promising,,,

3 more days…

i’m leaving for NYC this wednesday afternoon…yee-haw..!  preparations have included a lot of shopping for clothes, seeing as how my jeans have shrunk…it’s those dryer sheets, i think.

Shadows…

i’ve spent the week-end out in the garden and shuffling around the harvest decorations.   i’ll show you some pictures over at the garden blog tomorrow…   well, just one more:

equinox of the autumnal kind…

it’s such a beautiful time of year.   i love the chores of autumn:  harvesting the veggies and cooking them up;  re-filling the containers with cabbages, swiss chard, and mums;  loading up a bale of straw with pumpkins and scarecrows.    it’s porch time, lingering in the swing as the sun sets, listening to the high school bands compete while the hummingbirds kamikaze around my head.

lana and i got out to the theatre this afternoon…of course i cried and laughed through my tears (steel magnolias).   this week i’ll try to do most of the forementioned chores as well as prepare for my upcoming visit to NYC…  10 more days..!