Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Ten: Favorite Cartoons

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Today is National Animation Day....so we are sharing our ten favorite cartoons, past or present.

(Mine are all from the 1960s)

1) Tom and Jerry
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2) Jonny Quest
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3) Space Ghost
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4) Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
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5) The Pink Panther Show
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6) The Banana Splits
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7) The Magilla Gorilla Show
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8) The Jetsons
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9) The Flintstones
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10) Beany and Cecil
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The Tuesday Ten #31--Scary Movies


KinkyCherries: Tuesday 10

My Top Ten Scary Movies

The Entity--This one scared the bejeebers out of me the first time I saw it. Barbara Hershey is amazing!. 


The Exorcist--OMG....I still can't hear "Tubular Bells" (the theme song from this movie) without getting creeped out.


Nightmare On Elm Street--Pretty much the whole series...the original, not the remake.

The Ring--nightmare inducing

Blair Witch Project--psychologically disturbing

13 Ghosts--just plain scary!

Halloween--actually like the original AND the Rob Zombie remake

Carrie--Stephen King ROCKS horror

Audrey Rose--Reincarnation story that didn't get a lot of publicity

The Grudge--So very creepy


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Tuesday Ten #30--Favorite Candies


KinkyCherries: Tuesday 10


Favorite candies:

1) M & Ms: These have always been my biggest favorite, particularly when I was pregnant with both Samantha and Amy (with Brian my biggest craving was strawberry pie!) I also have a large collection of M &M collectible items. 
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 2) Junior Mints: My favorite movie theater candy since I was a kid.
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3) Snowcaps: Another movie favorite....I still like to have one of the two while watching videos at home.
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4) Zero: I've always liked white chocolate, in moderation, so that made these perfect for me (as well as the white chocolate bunny I always got in my Easter basket!)
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5) Andes Mints: These are just SO good....and the Peppermint Crunch ones they sell around Christmas are amazing, too!!
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6) Toffifay: I discovered these little gems when I was a teenager, and have loved them ever since. Unfortunately,they aren't so easy to find these days.

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7) Toblerone:  I was in my mid-twenties and living in Germany before I discovered this little slice of heaven....and now every time I have one, I remember the good times spent in Germany....so it's a comfort food of sorts.
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8) Ghiradelli squares Twilight Delight: These are my newest favorite...deep dark chocolate with an amazingly rich taste....and dark chocolate is good for me, so if I eat one square a day, it's strictly medicinal, right?   :)
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9) Esther Price chocolates: A local chocolate company that I love....and eat sparingly to make it last. I got a two pound box for Christmas, and I still have a handful of pieces left--at least for today. 
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10) Sees chocolates: I'd never heard of this company till I met my husband, as they are more West Coast based....but I was quick to become a fan, especially of their lollipops. 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Local Halloween Activities

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

If your town had a fun activity such as a “Ghost Train” for Halloween, would you buy tickets and go or not?

These days, probably not. I'm not a big fan of Halloween, and what we did during that season was always for the kids and not for me. I enjoyed haunted houses and the like when I was younger, but these days it just seems like too much trouble and too much money.  :)

Our town does have a lot of Halloween activities going on, however. Last week, the guy who played Eddie Munster on the television show The Munsters was in town for a meet and greet. This coming weekend, we have a two day Halloween Festival, which includes a Zombie Walk as well as a parade and costume contest downtown.  Trick or Treat night will be Friday, the 31st, from 6 to 8 pm., and that is probably the only event we will take part in this year.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Favorite Fall Weather

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

 What is your favorite type of fall weather? Rain? Snow? Sunny?

My favorite type of weather is the same no matter what the season. I love, love, love sunny weather. My moods are influenced by the weather, which means that rainy/snowy/cloudy days tend to leave me feeling depressed and/or tired. Sunny days, on the other hand, find me having more energy, feeling more optimistic and happy.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One Holiday At A Time,Please!

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

Does it bother you that some stores have already started selling Christmas decorations before Halloween?

Oh my gosh, YES! This is one of my biggest pet peeves about this time of year. It's Halloween, Thanksgiving and THEN Christmas.  It's way too soon to start putting out Christmas decorations right now--and also way too early for radio stations to start playing Christmas music (which one local station started last week!). As the title of this post says, let's focus on one holiday at a time, so that we have the chance to enjoy them rather than just rushing on to plan for the next one. I don't really decorate for either Halloween or Thanksgiving, but I still won't decorate for Christmas, or start playing Christmas music, until the day after Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Favorite Television Shows

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

The new TV season has begun – what are your favourite shows to tune into?

Sunday: 
Once Upon A Time
Resurrection
Revenge

Monday:
The Voice
The Blacklist

Tuesday:
NCIS
NCIS: New Orleans

Wednesday:
Survivor/Hell's Kitchen 
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Stalker


Thursday:
Grey's Anatomy
Scandal
How To Get Away With Murder

Saturday:
Doctor Who

Monday, October 13, 2014

My Worst Injury

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

We've all managed to injure ourselves. What was your worst injury?

My worst injury happened about ten years ago. My oldest daughter was about 14, and was being a royal pain in the butt on this particular day. I started across the living room toward her, misjudged my path and ran straight into a living room chair. I thought that I had just stubbed my toe on the wooden leg of the chair, so I didn't pay much attention to the pain I felt the rest of the day.

When I woke up the next morning, however, there was no doubt I had done more damage than just stubbing a toe. Almost all of my foot was a deep purple, and very swollen---and I couldn't put my weight on it. So we got dressed and I hobbled to the car and spent several hours in the ER. Turned out I had broken a bone in my foot, so I went home with an ace bandage, a walking boot, and a pair of crutches. That was the LONGEST summer of my life!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Singing In The Rain

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

 You’re caught in a rainstorm – do you run for cover or dance and play in the rain?

Depends on the rainstorm.  If it's just rain, and it's a fairly warm day, I have no problem being out in it, jumping in puddles, dancing around, or whatever--as long as I have a kid with me to give me an excuse, that is.

If it's a cold day, or if it's more of a storm than just rain, forget it. I'm going to run for cover as fast as possible--and stay in the house, under a blanket, reading a book.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween vs. Thanksgiving

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

Favourite fall holiday – Halloween or Thanksgiving?

Definitely Thanksgiving! For us, Halloween was/is about the kids. We did some decorating when they were young and were trick or treating, but these days we don't really bother. If the weather is good, I dress in costume to pass out candy, but if not, I just wear my Halloween themed sweatshirt.

Thanksgiving, though, is all about family, and always has been for me. As a kid, and even for many years as an adult, Thanksgiving meant going to my maternal grandparents' house with all the aunts, uncles and cousins---and LOTS of food! These days, we have dinner here, with whichever kids and other family members can join us, and it's always a great day.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Prepared For Winter?

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

Fall means winter is just around the bend. Are you prepared?

I am NEVER prepared for winter. It's my least favorite part of the year (except for Christmas, but that comes in the first week of winter, and once that's over, forget it!).  I am not a fan of cold weather, snow, ice, etc. My idea of a perfect winter is snow on December 24th that disappears on the 26th, and then temperatures in the 50s or 60s until spring.  I know, I know, it's never going to happen here in Ohio, but a girl has to have dreams, right? 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Trivia

Halloween Trivia
16 Interesting (or not) facts about Halloween
gathered from the internet so they may or may not true
 
Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.

The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

An intense and persistent fear of Halloween is called Samhnainophobia Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.

The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.

Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.

Halloween originated in Ireland over 2,000 years ago. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend’s faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween.

Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches.

According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.

Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.

Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.

Boston, Massachusetts, holds the record for the most Jack O’Lanterns lit at once (30,128).

The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators.
 

Football Season

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

It’s football season here in the US. Do you watch? If so, what is your favorite team?

I am a HUGE football fan, even more so that my husband. I spend all weekend watching football, checking scores, checking standings, etc. Saturdays are for college games, particularly my favorite team, The Ohio State University Buckeyes.  

 Sundays are for NFL games, where my favorite team is Cincinnati Bengals. 



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Monday, October 6, 2014

Product Review: Valentia Even Glow Serum

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 According to the Valentia site, this serum will "repair, refresh and renew your skin, restoring evenness to your complexion, giving you an extra boost of confidence each time you look in the mirror." I am generally skeptical of such claims, but this serum has been a pleasant surprise. It has made my face softer and smoother, and has helped to remove the dark circles under my eyes. 

Let's take a look at the ingredients in the serum: 
 Sea Buckthorn Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil –These oils work in tandem to promote skin hydration and then lock in moisture. When combined with Vitamin C, all three ingredients exist harmoniously to combat free radicals, protecting your skin from future signs of aging to prmote more beautiful, youthful looking skin.

Resistem (Plant Stem Cells)– Protects against stress-related aging while promoting skin detoxification. A French study has demonstrated that Resistem improves dullness of the skin 67% when applied in comparison to a placebo, also reducing skin inflammation by 23% after just two short months. This means that your skin will regenerate more quickly as it is protected against environmental stressors in a gentle, sensitive manner.

Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical) – Allows your skin to retain more moisture than before while simultaneously increasing elasticity and firmness. The Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology conducted a study with 15 female volunteers ages 35 to 65 to demonstrate the effects of Hyaluronic Acid. After only two short months of use, all 15 volunteers showed demonstrated improvement in skin rejuvenation.

Green Tea: The catechins contained in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammrtory, and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

And here are the benefits their website extols:
EVENS SKIN TONE: Vanquish dark spots and skin discoloration, replacing uneven and ill-textured skin with smooth, wrinkle-free skin that leaves you looking flawless and ageless.
INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE: Revitalize your skin with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and radiant. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.
ABSORBS RAPIDLY: Moisturizes skin due to the capacity of the hyaluronic acid to absorb water, thereby increasing fluid between cells, giving your skin a smoother and younger appearance. This intense water absorption means no more dry, peeling or cracked skin, even in extreme weather.
BOOST COLLAGEN PRODUCTION: The presence of Organic Rosehip Seed oil increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your appearance.
REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES: Reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of our foundation 20 % Vitamin C. Special ingredients such us Sea Buckthorn oil plump up the skin, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the skin so it is smoother, clearer and younger.
Now, let's talk about my experience.  When I opened the bottle, the first thing I noticed was the strong citrus scent. The scent does not linger once the serum goes on, however. The serum is a creamy consistency, and has a light orange color. It feels a bit sticky as it goes on, but it is absorbed quickly and does not leave any stickiness on your face. The first time I used it, I noticed a bit of redness afterwards, but consequent uses revealed no such effect. With winter coming on, it's good to know I have something to help my face not to show the ravages of wind and cold.
The product can be purchased here on Amazon.com, where it is currently being offered at a reduced price.  There are also hundreds of reviews there which are well worth reading. 

I received a bottle of Valentia Even Glo Serum for review purposes.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Fall Crafts

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

Do you have any crafts you do/start specifically in fall?

I've never been a crafty type person, so the simple answer to this would be no.  My talents lie in other areas than arts and crafts, and I'm fine with that. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Sunday Round-Up #3

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Monday: Pretty quiet day...talked to my mom first thing in the morning, then just rested up until time to get ready for our weekly Bible study group. Potluck dinner, Bible study, then back home to watch The Voice and The Blacklist.

Tuesday: Another quiet morning, then a follow up appointment with my plastic surgeon in the afternoon. Got the front drain removed, and a good report on the way the incisions are healing. Called my mother to give her the update. Dinner, then NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans.

Wednesday:  Talked to my mother, straightened up the living room a little. Received a package of caramel apple Oreos which had taken a nationwide effort to locate (our local Target didn't have them, so a friend in Texas, through a friend of his in Arizona, who works for Target, found some for me.) They are SO GOOD, and well worth the effort Dave and William put into getting them to me!  Greg was here for the afternoon/evening, and the four of us had some very interesting conversations about current events, politics and, of course, the wedding. Watched Survivor and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

Thursday:  Talked to my mother, did a lot of reading. Watched this year's Thursday night line up of shows: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Commit A Murder.

Friday:  Talked to my mother, did more reading. Stitches starting to itch, so healing is happening...yay! Watched two movies with Barry:  Oculus  (great suspense/horror film--and for Doctor Who fans, it stars Karen Gillan, aka Amy Pond.) and A Long Way Down (much better than the book,which I couldn't bring myself to finish...great job of casting the four main characters!).

Saturday: Talked to Adrienne and Micheal, got to hear all about his field trip on Friday to the apple orchard. He was so excited....mostly about the apple cider and the pumpkin donuts!  LOL  Talked to my mother and got to hear all about my nephew's first soccer game--he nearly scored two goals, but missed both because he didn't have any help from the rest of his team.   :)   Watched the Ohio State football game, did some more reading, watched Doctor Who, and then watched Blended (hilarious movie, even if the ending was predictable--not usually a fan of Adam Sandler, but this is definitely an exception.)

Sunday: Slept in, caught up on email and blog stuff. Going to do some reading, watch NASCAR, call my mother, enjoy our usual Sunday dinner of steak, and then watch our Sunday night lineup of shows: Once Upon A Time, Resurrection and Revenge. 

Fall Wardrobe

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

 How does your wardrobe change for fall?

My fall wardrobe is pretty much entirely different from my summer wardrobe. I switch nearly everything that is in my bedroom closet for everything that is in the computer room closet (and then switch them back in spring).

Here's a breakdown of how it tends to change:

Summer                                                        
T-shirts                                                         
Shorts/capris                                                  
Barefoot/flip flops       

Fall
Long sleeve shirts/sweaters/sweatshirts
Jeans/leggings/yoga pants/sweatpants
Tennis shoes/boots
Jacket or coat 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Leaves: To Rake Or Not To Rake

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

Do you rake your leaves or let them lie on the yard?

We've never bothered to rake the leaves. We leave them on the ground to decompose and fertilize the ground. I'm a believer in letting things take their natural course--the circle of life applies to plants as well as animals, you know?


Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall Treats

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

Your favorite fall treats. Include recipes if you have them.

1) Apple cider
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2) Caramel apples

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3) Peanut blossom cookies

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Ingredients

  • 48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional granulated sugar(optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. 
  2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. 
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet. 
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Decorating

BE Society October 2014 Challenge

Your favorite way to decorate for fall.

I'm not really big on decorating for fall. I have a "Happy Harvest" wreath on the front door, with a scarecrow on it, and that's about the extent of it. I used to go big for Halloween, but it got to be too much trouble to deal with it.  I'm too old to climb ladders and such anymore!! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Favorite Fall Scent

BE Society October 2014 Challenge
What is your favorite fall scent?

I can't narrow it down to just one.  I have several favorite scents for each season. This time of year, I love scents that have to do with food. Some of the top favorites are pumpkin pie, banana nut bread, and cranberry, and gingerbread. 

So.....what is YOUR favorite fall scent?
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