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A tribute to Roger Moore #goodbye #JamesBond

Yesterday, Roger Moore age 89 passed away in Switzerland after a short fight with cancer. Today, I honor the man who took 007’s character to a lighter, funnier side compared to his predecessor by sharing theme mewsic from his James Bond flicks.

His first three Bond movies –  Live and Let Die (1973), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) I didn’t see when they released in theaters (we owe the entire Bond Collection now). It was after DH and I got married before I watched any of these and I can’t swear to it if I saw them at the movies or caught them on TV.  It doesn’t really matter because these iconic films are a part of my favorite all-time action movies.




Roger Moore will always be The Spy Who Loved Me. I  often sing the theme mewsic to DH.

Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby, you’re the best


Moonraker (1979) is the first James Bond movie to release the year we got married, so I definitely recall seeing this film at the theater. It was awesome to see on the big screen.


You gotta admire the producers and directors in the early years for incorporating all the hot babes in the opening sequences setting the viewers up for more of that James Bond playboy charm and I fondly recall For Your Eyes Only (1981) and perhaps my all-time favorite Moore Bond film. We saw it at least three times in the theaters and bought Sheena Easton’s US hot ranking (#4) song!

Throughout Roger Moore’s reign as James Bond, there was more comic relief than others past or present movies that I recall. Maybe I’m remembering wrong but I could be right on this.  In the 1983 film Octopussy there are a few unforgettable movie quotes that left the audience laughing out loud or snickering sheepishly.

James Bond (Moore): [Q’s mechanized version of the “Indian Rope Trick” malfunctions] Having problems keeping it up, Q?

Q (Desmond Llewelyn): Experimental model!

James Bond (Moore): [looking at the tattoo on Magda’s back] Forgive my curiosity, but, what is that?

Magda (Kristina Wayborn): That’s my little octopussy.


A View to a Kill (1985)  was Roger Moore’s last film as James Bond.  I read it was his least favorite of his Bond movies and I’d have to agree but it was good nonetheless. I found this bit of trivia interesting from IBDb.

Roger Moore said that he decided to end his run as James Bond when he realized that Tanya Roberts‘s mother was younger than he was. However, Albert R. Broccoli said he wanted a younger actor for the next film The Living Daylights (1987) and would not have kept Moore as Bond anyway. Broccoli felt that retaining Moore, who was 57, for this film had been a mistake. Contrary to what some sources have said, Moore was never offered another Bond film after this one.


According to IMDB, Moore’s Bond never actually uttered the line shaken, not stirred when ordering a martini in any of his 007 movies. He also never drove the spy’s famed Aston Martin.

I found two fun articles Roger Moore Had the Greatest Gadgets in the History of Bond and The Wittiest James Bond in History I enjoyed reading this morning during my search.

The news of Roger Moore’s passing was bittersweet.  I was sad that he died but thankful for having known him on the big screen as James Bond.  His good-looks and classy sophistication captured the hearts of women around the world. I was not offended by his Bond character’s playboy antics. I saw a man who loved women with a certain tenderness. Maybe that was Moore’s personality shining through but he gave me the sense that his sexual escapades were more than just a one night stand if his bed buddy didn’t wind up getting killed or his duties to Queen and country didn’t take precedent. Through his acting career, Roger Moore became a person I felt like I would want to meet someday because his goodness radiated through his eyes and smile. Unfortunately, I won’t get that chance in this lifetime. Perhaps in the afterlife, I will.

Roger Moore had a colorful life with women.  He leaves behind wife #4, Kristina Tholstrup and three children from a previous marriage.  The BBC reported his children statement which read, “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people.” These words touched me deeply. Moore’s kids appreciated and understood the value of their Dad not only in their lives but through the eyes of his fans.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Moore family. May God’s loving presence give you comfort and strength in the coming days as you adjust to facing life without your husband, father, grandfather, and friend. God bless!


You will be missed, Mr. Bond!










A show of hands #life #snowday

tired+Of+snow+imageGood-afternoon,  kittens and dawg! Geez, Louise a second snow day in one week! Why can’t Mother Nature bring the white stuff at a time when we all really, really want to see it…. like Christmas?!

We got more snow with this system, then we did Monday night. I roughly guess we got 6″-7″ of accumulation. It’s really beautiful and it’s a gorgeous winter wonderland outside, but everyone in our neighborhood is kinda trapped. The city keeps the main arteries clear and the secondary streets are left at the mercy of Mother Nature. Yeah, like she’s gonna help! Well…not today!

DH will go out in short order to shovel the fluff…okay it’s not fluffy! This storm dumped the wet, good-for-packing snow on us this go around. DH is in for a better than usual driveway workout.

The forecast shows promises of warmer temps starting Saturday and carrying into next week. If this pans out then maybe the worst of winter has passed. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

9 Essentials for Surviving Everyday

Years ago, a dear friend sent me a care package of the most unusual items in an interestingly unique care package.  Inside, every item was properly tagged with a scripture card explaining the value of each article each.  The survival kit served to remind me what is needed to make it through life with these 9 Essentials for Surviving Everyday.


1) TOOTHPICK – To remind you to pick out the good qualities in others. (Matthew 7:1)
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

2) RUBBER BAND – To remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out. (Romans 8:28)

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

3) BAND AID – To remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s. (Colossians 3:12-14)

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

4) PENCIL – To remind you to list your blessings everyday. (Ephesians 1:3)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”

5) ERASER – To remind you that everyone makes mistakes and it’s OKAY. (Genesis 50:15-21)

15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

6) CHEWING GUM – To remind you to stick with it, and you can accomplish anything. (Philippians 4:13)

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

7) MINT – To remind you that you
are worth a mint. (John 3:16-17)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

8) CANDY KISS – To remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday. (John 4:7)

“There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.”

9) TEA BAG – To remind you to relax daily and go over your list of blessings. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

How appropriate is this for a friend to share such a sentimental gift?   This is a beautiful illustration of how one can view everyday objects as a device for survival with the appropriate scripture.  9 little essentials passed from one friend to another now being passed to you, my friend.


PS:  I researched the net to find the author of this inspiring concept, but came up empty-handed.  However, I did find some information, which might encourage and help your school kids with these, 8 downloadable survival scripture cards for back-to-school that I originally found at the Tip Junkie site’s that no longer works.


(I’m using the freebie version of this pdf plugin before purchasing the license to see how it works for now.  You can right-click image and do “Save As” )

You may also like this post, I wrote: I Call You Friend.









Calling All Hands

This week was busy with my new dishwasher still sitting in our dining room. Why? We’re converting a portable unit to hook directly to our water supply near a washer. We have an older home and doesn’t have the user-friendly conveniences of homes today. So we have to make things fit. This doesn’t come without much planning, sweating, and hard-work.  Unfortunately  my darling husband does much of this and I’m just the leg-man so-to-speak in the operation–internet research and purchase, countless phone calls to find supplies needed for installation, gathering tools for installation, temporarily moving things around in the home, and a lot more, but I’m sure you get the picture. What we initially wanted to do to install the unit didn’t work as hoped because the manufacture made what could be a simply thing into a difficult one. They do this to force you to buy pricey conversion kits or other accessories directly from them. I’m so thankful my husband is a hands-on kind of guy and can figure these things out.  Perhaps by this evening, I’ll have my dishwasher going. Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer!

Calgone Take Me Away

I’m exhausted. Phew! I got an early start with my revisions on my story. Thankfully there weren’t too many and I kicked my story back to my editor, then I launched into the big cleaning spree in my son’s room. I found a ton of unneeded things. It’s not all his. It’s stuff left after our daughters moved out 18-months ago. What a chore and I’m still NOT done!

Calgone take me a-a-away!



Plans That Go Astray

How is it, you plan for your week to go one way and instead it goes another? Hmm, well that’s how this week has turned out for me. One bright spot, I got my manuscript from my editor last night. I was happy to see her editorial suggestions were few. I will re-read it again today to decide what I want to do before kicking it back to her.

My hunt for an illustrator is still on. My second art student sent her work to me last night. (BTW, thank you Audrey for telling me about her.)  She does very good portraits. However, she seems concerned about not having time to do the project for me, that is if I decide to use her.  I certainly appreciate her being upfront.  I have two more artists to consider, one does wonderful with real-life children drawings and the other is an art teacher I’m waiting yet to contact me. This is a slower process than I imagined it being, but a great learning experience all the same.

In the midst of juggling things with my writing, I have things to do around here. My maid & cook fairies don’t seem to be doing the work, so I’m left to do their jobs. On that note, let me get cranking today. Have a good day! 😉