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Thank you #ChickfilA for honoring Nancy Reagan

Last Thursday as we ran errands and enjoyed the beautiful spring-like weather, we noticed the flag at half-staff at various businesses.

Flag Half Staff in honor of Nancy Reagan (3-10-2016) by DH1

A special thanks to DH for snapping this photo with his iPhone at my request. I wore a pair of shoes which rubbed blisters on my feet that made walking difficult by this point. He later told me that he wouldn’t do this for just anyone. 🙂


I called Chick-fil-A to inquiry why this is; the gentleman who answered the phone said it was in memory Nancy Reagan. I thought this might be the case; I not only wanted to hear it, but I wanted Chick-fil-A know how much I appreciated the company honoring such an elegant and classy First Lady. Thank you, #ChickfilA!

I want to offer a belated tribute to Mrs. Reagan. I will remember you as a woman who deeply loved her husband and stood by his side faithfully throughout the years in good times and bad. I could see by the expression on your face the way you looked at the President that your love was genuine. I know this because it’s exactly the way I look at DH. May you find peace with the Lord and with your beloved Ronnie.

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Using DH’s original photo above in Pixelmator I added photo layer of an image I found of Nancy Reagan on the internet to create this special tribute to the First Lady.

To the Reagan children, your parents will forever be special in our hearts. They served the American people with clear conviction and resolve in doing what they thought was right.  On behalf of my husband, you are in our thoughts. I hope our prayers carry and lift you during this sad time and for God’s blessings to be with you!

Day 3 of Three Day Quote Challenge

Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! This is usually my off day for posting, but as you know last week Les from Ink Interrupted nominated me for the 3DQC and this is my last day.

Tuesday, I shared a music quote and yesterday I echoed words about doing your best at what you love. Today I want to hone in words that inspire me to be true to myself.

This is something I struggled with for many years. How I do I love myself when I didn’t like anything about me? All I kept thinking was I wasn’t pretty or smart enough. This kind of mind-set is mentally crippling.



It took years to see and to feel the person I am and not the fractured image exaggerated by poor self-esteem thanks to a very special person.

When I felt stupid, I was reminded…


Just a little clarification, Einstein is not the “special person”, I mentioned earlier. lol

When I felt unattractive, it was this kind of encouragement that made me feel beautiful….



When I felt timid about the unknown, my one-man pep rally challenged me to take it on…



Every accomplishment built a stronger, new me.

One of a Kind

We all aren’t the same. I’m okay with the fact when God created me He broke the mold, as He did with each of us. So, when I’m feeling small and insignificant I remind myself…

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I got to where I am because DH not only saw the real me, but helped me to reshape my opinion about myself with his gentle, loving prodding. I count myself lucky and blessed to have such a wonderful man in my life.

This ends my Three Day Quote Challenge, which brings me to my last nominee, Naila Moon. Feel free to accept or decline without repercussions, my friend! See sticky note for guidelines.

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Please join me tomorrow for Skywatch Friday and Celebrate the Small Things.

Que Sera, Sera

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! DH and I enjoy streaming movies on Netflix. The past couple of weeks we’ve watched a few old flicks staring Doris Day: That Touch of Mink with Cary Grant and Do Not Disturb with Rod Taylor. These features were wonderful, especially the first of the two. It’s refreshing to see how women embraced their womanhood and enjoyed being treated differently than men.

I’m going to be brave in saying, I believe women today would like to receive the same considerations from the opposite sex, as the women did from yesteryear. What do you think? Unfortunately, our society is raising girls to trade in their feminine virtues in favor of acting like the guys and boys taught by their peers to not publicly recognize women as the gentler sex.

Gone are the days when a man opened the door for a lady he didn’t know, standing when a woman entered a room, paying a compliment on how she looks, or simply watching how he spoke around her. I don’t blame a man for slinking away from his duties with all the persecution he can get.

It’s all rather silly to me and personally I miss the attention. However, on the rare occasions a stranger displays his chivalry is flattering and I gratefully acknowledge my appreciation for the gesture.

Getting back to the movies reminded me of a day of innocence when girls liked being girls and boys liked being boys. When I was a just a little girl…hmm, sounds like a song, I routinely watched Doris Day’s TV show in the late 60s and early 70s. It was wholesome, entertaining fun.

My bestie girlfriend and I would sing Day’s  US #2 hit song which became not only the theme song for her TV show, but her signature song.


This song has a dreamy quality about it, that makes me feel kinda airy and gay (not sexually, just happy).

  1. When you were a little girl or boy, what did you want to be? When I was just a little girl I don’t remember asking my mother what will I be? I kinda knew all alone what I wanted for my life; to be a mother and wife.
  2. Some would say these changes are due to the times we live and others would say it is people who have changed not time. What do you think? IMO, people change over time for one of two reasons: personal conviction which helps one to become a better person or peer persuasion which ultimately causes one to be less of a good person. People tend to side with what feels good, instead of what is right. I was taught bad habits, ideas, … always rub off on good people. It’s hardly ever the other way around. People either choice to wear blinders or they don’t care to know the difference. Either way, these folks have lost judgement to make good decisions for themselves.

I’m linking up with the amazing blog post prompter, Ink Interrupted and the Queen of Random, Stacy Uncorked. You’ll want to check these awesome gals out.  I invite you to come back to my place this evening at 8pm to join my Wordless (not-so-wordless) Wednesday linky party.

Part 4: My 25 Favorite Male Actors

Thanks for joining me, kittens & dawgs! First off, let me apologize. I had every intention of sharing this post with you last Thursday, but my schedule got too full and I couldn’t devote the time needed to it.

Secondly, I truly appreciate your sticking it out with me as I presented My 25 Favorite Male Actors series to you. This will be my final installment. Don’t worry, if you haven’t been following along with me then you can catch up, here.


Two wise-cracking, prankster cops assigned to watch an escaped convict’s girlfriend home in the uproariously flick, Stake Out.

Stake Out

The 70’s cult classic Jaws introduced me to Richard Dreyfuss, but it was in this movie as Detective Chris Lecce I became an instant Dreyfuss fan, along with his side-kick Emilio Estevez (Detective Bill Reimers). This blockbuster hit cranked out a sequel in 1993 with the same fun-loving, witty duo and Rosie O’Donnell in Another Stakeout.

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When you think of Sylvester Stallone, what movie comes to mind? I know what many of you are thinking. Rocky, right? Believe it or not, I have yet to watch these movies. The first movie I saw Stallone in is Rambo: First Blood.

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His dialogue in this movie was very little, but did he really need it? The whole quiet persona of a Vietnam war hero struggling to fit back in with society was executed brilliantly by Stallone. He plays the silent tough guy very well. I have followed his career over the years enjoying many outstanding features with the Italian Stallone, but one of my all-time favorites is Cliffhanger.

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Born Edward Regan Murphy in Brooklyn, New York to one telephone operator, Lillian, and transit police officer, Charles Edward Murphy. Edward Regan or as we better know him, Eddie Murphy, had aspirations as a young child to be in show business and at the age of 19 he got his start on the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players of Saturday Night Live (SNL). I use to not be much of a late night person, so these programs I didn’t watch often and although I knew who Murphy was I didn’t really get to appreciate his talents until he hit the big screen in 1982 in 48 Hrs. as Reggie Hammond, a convict who is forced to help a cop locate a fellow partner in crime who he fears will double cross him. Check out one of my favorite scenes with Murphy singing Roxanne.


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My Favorite Male Actor list wouldn’t be complete Steve Martin and the late John Candy. Martin and Candy have starred in various well-written comedies and appeared on SNL over the years, but nothing they did separately compares with their partnership in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles starring as Neal Page (Martin) and Del Griffith (Candy).


This late 80s smash hit is one of our Thanksgiving traditions. It’s a chock-full of laughs rolled in with a handful of tenderness. Two unlikely people brought together by a common denominator and that is to get home for Thanksgiving. I love, love this movie!

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I was introduced to Tom Hanks in 1980 in the TV sitcom Bosom Buddies.

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 27: BOSOM BUDDIES - Pilot - Season One - 11/27/80, On a co-worker's suggestion, junior copywriter Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari, left) and his buddy, junior illustrator Kip Wilson (Tom Hanks) became "Hildegarde" and "Buffy" to reside in the Susan B. Anthony Hotel, an all-women residence. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Season One pilot: On a co-worker’s suggestion, junior copywriter Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari, left) and his buddy, junior illustrator Kip Wilson (Tom Hanks) became “Hildegarde” and “Buffy” to reside in the Susan B. Anthony Hotel, an all-women residence. Photo from ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images.

Hanks is an incredibly well-rounded actor. I love him in romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail; he’s wonderful in dramas like Forrest Gump, Apollo 13,  or Catch Me If You Can. No matter what role he undertakes, he does it justice. He’s just that kinda good.

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Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are a dynamic duo in the Rush Hour trilogy.


I would love to see the 4th production but I am growing weary in seeing this come to fruition. Outside of these fun flicks, Chan has been a limited number of movies. The first thing I ever saw Chan in is The Cannonball Run (1981) and there are few others that are good, but my favorite features by far are the Rush Hour movies. I don’t get it because he’s a natural on screen with his bigger than life smile, quick reflexes, and choppy English. Tucker, on the other hand, has done only one other movie, The Fifth Element, that I’ve seen him in. I’m beginning to question if Tucker even needs to be on my list now. *scratch head* Oh well, I do love him in Rush Hour, so I’ll keep him on till someone boots him off my top 25.

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In doing this list, I just sorta threw it together. There is no rank, no pattern, no rhyme or reason. I allowed the top 25 male actors pop in my head at random. That being said, my final actor is Michael Douglas. The first thing I recall seeing Michael in is Star Chamber. He was great in it! The movies that made me really fall in love with this actor is Romancing the Stone and Jewell of the Nile, too.  He is another actor who does comedy and dramas equally well. The list of fantastic movies is long. To name a few of my favorites: Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Shinning Through, Disclosure, The American President, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Game, A Perfect Murder, Wall Street, The In-laws, The Sentinel, and And So It Goes. In retrospect, I believe Douglas might be my #1 favorite male actor judging the movies that I’ve seen that he starred in over the years.

I reckon I could come up with another 25 favorite male actors, but my brain is frazzled. In the coming months, maybe after the holidays, I will roll up my sleeves to create My 25 Favorite Female Actors list for you.

Which of these actors do you love and why?

Next week I am taking a break for Thanksgiving, but I will be back for my first round of December BoTB on the 1st and I hope you’ll play along with me. Meanwhile, I’m linking up with Ink Interrupted and Stacy Uncorked this morning. One more thing before I scoot, I wanted to remind ya that my #WW linky is set to go live tonight at 8pm and I invite you to get in on the fun!

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Have a latte fun!


Part 3: My 25 Favorite Male Actors

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Thanks for joining me for Part 3: My 25 Favorite Male Actors; you’re welcome to ready Part 1 and Part 2, if you want to see who made my list already. Every one needs a little Bond…James Bond that is n their lives.

James Bonds

The British spy 007 has changed faces six times over the years, but no one does it better than Sean Connery.

I’ve loved nearly every film featuring Sir Connery. Some of my favorites include: Outland, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt For Red October, and The Rock.

While Connery is my all-time favorite Bond, I am partial to Pierce Brosnan. I pegged him for the role when I first met him on the early 80s TV show.

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I loved his playful boyish charm in this role. It wasn’t until he took on the James Bond character in GoldenEye I saw how natural he was as a more serious actor. He’s a man of many talents, but one of my favorites is Dante’s Peak; a movie I highly recommend.

Which Bond character do you love and why? Do you have a favorite James Bond movie?

Two of my next favorite actors started together in several movies over the years. The flicks I enjoyed them most is was….


Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau play Grumpy Old Men VERY well! This movie and the sequel had me rolling in the floor. The script is well written, but the way Lemmon and Matthau delivered their was pure talent.

What movies do you like staring this Odd Couple?

The last actor on my list today started his film career in 1969. However, I don’t think I knew who he was until the early 80s as the The Terminator.


Arnold Schwarzenegger was great in The Terminator movies and is immensely talented more so than I first gave him credit. He does action/adventure to comedy equally well. My favorite Schwarzenegger flicks are: Commando, The Eraser, Predator, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, The Expendable movies, and Escape Plan. I really want to see the Terminator Genisys and have it on my iTunes Wish List.

What movie introduced you to Schwarzenegger?

Please, come back next week for part four of My 25 Favorite Male Actors.

Do you need a little structure in your blogging? If so, then you’ll want to check out Tuesday Coffee Chat prompts with Rorybore at Ink Interrupted or if you’re like me more of the random-kind of chick, then you’ll find yourself right at home at Random Tuesday Thoughts with Stacy Uncorked. Thanks for dropping by; join me tomorrow for  some Friday fun!

My 25 Favorite Male Actors, Part 1

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! A few days ago, Lee posted What Are Your 25 Top Movies Ever Made? Who got the idea from another a mutual blogging pal, Stephen, (Favorite Male Movie/TV Characters) who in turned borrowed the idea from another blogger bud, Brigit who kicked off, Top 10 Favourite Film and TV Characters. And, there are others. I thought why not get in on the action and bring my list to the table for review in a series titled My 25 Favorite Male Actors.

Chevy Chase was pure golden in the 80s with the rolls he portrayed.  National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) introduced the Griswold family to the world. Clark Griswold hilarious one-liners will split a rib, but its Christmas Vacation where Chase’s character totally shined!


Clark to Cousin Eddie quote: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (movie trailer) began an instant classic with my family. We include this in our Christmas movie watching a time or two every year and it never gets old.

Two other great flicks featuring Chevy Chase are Seems Like Old Times and Caddy Shack, both movies will leave you in stitches

Young Frankenstein released in 1974. I always thought this movie came out the year we got married (’79), since that was the first time we saw the movie. This movie is full of fabulous actors and actresses, but Marty Feldman with his buggy eyes and mannerisms nearly had me in tears.


Who doesn’t like a hero, especially when it’s Harry McClean better known as “Dirty Harry”.


Do you feel lucky, Punk? Well, do you?

Clint Eastwood is probably the first tough guys I met on the big screen, excluding John Wayne, that I fell in deep like over. I loved his character as the cop who didn’t tolerate scumbags and wasn’t afraid to take necessary action to protect the public. All of Eastwood’s movie roles have similar characteristics that of a quiet man who carries a big stick and this is why it’s such fun to watch his movies.

In the 80s the popular TV comedy, Moonlighting, introduced the amazing talents of Bruce Willis,  as David Addison – a Private Investigator interested in a good time more than his job.


David to Maddie: Only a woman? Were the ’27 Yankees only a baseball team? Are the Himalayas only a bunch of hills? Are 36 inches only a yard?

What blew my mind, as so often it does, is when Willis went from a goof-ball to a tough guy who senses trouble before it hits in the Die Hard movies. How is that one person is in the wrong place at the wrong time so often and ultimately brings a bad guy or two or dozen down, like Detective John McClane. Oh yeah, it’s all about the writer! 😉

John McClane

Hans Gruber: [on the radio] Mr. Mystery Guest? Are you still there?

John McClane: Yeah, I’m still here. Unless you wanna open the front door for me.

Hans Gruber: Uh, no, I’m afraid not. But, you have me at a loss. You know my name but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he’s John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?

John McClane: Was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually. I really like those sequined shirts. Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?

John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherf***.

Willis’ character is a mix of hard-core seriousness laced with humor that you gotta love!

The 80s was  a wonderful decade for Hollywood featuring some of the best actors.  Although, Bill Murray got his start on SNL in the 70s and made name for himself, which lead to more promising things. It was CaddyShack, (1980) as a fried-brain (drug-induced) groundskeeper that I first came to love his strangeness and then again in Groundhog Day (1983) as the arrogant Meteorologist who lives the same day over and over, but my all-time favorite role is Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters. This is absolutely one of the most memorable, funniest scenes from the 1984 blockbuster movie.

Which of these male actors do you love and why? Please, come back next Tuesday for part two of My 25 Favorite Male Actors.

Do you need a little structure for your Tuesday morning blogging? If so, then you’ll want to check out Tuesday Coffee Chat prompts with Rorybore at Ink Interrupted or if you’re like me more of the random-kind of chick, then you’ll find yourself right at home at Random Tuesday Thoughts with Stacy Uncorked.

Beginning tonight at 8pm, I’ll be opening my #WW linky party. So, I hope you’ll hop back over to link up and if not join me tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

Taking a blog break

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I captured this image with my iPhone and used Pixelmator for the photo editing.

If you’re visiting today and don’t know what’s going on in my life, then let me do a quick recap. DH lost his job last Friday. Bummer, right? Well, we were given three months more from his original termination date (3-31-2015) and that was a blessing to get the extension.

For the next bit, DH and I are going to regroup, take some time for ourselves because who knows when we’ll get a chance to unwind for a bit and vacation days with a new job will be zero for this year. So, we plan to enjoy a some R&R.

Be patient with me. I’ll be back to my blogging ways before no time. Meanwhile, say a prayer for us. We know God is in control and it’s in Him we place our trust. Thanks!