Friday, April 4, 2008

"Forgivness", berries and creme...& watching some Bette Davis

Last night I hauled out "Forgiveness" to work on. For some reason it had fallen to the back of the pile. Here is a snap of the progress I made....

As you can see I finished the swan and she is floating on a sort of swamp coloured ground sniffing a brown flower. The half pot above is matched with the other half on the other side. I really need to put some time in on this as I want this finished some time in the early summer late spring... how ambitious is that!! :) I also want to get back to VoHRH - you haven't seen that piece in a good long while - but if you remember I am at the little white church - and I do not like stitching white - some sort of weirdness on my part, but there it is.

We usually go to the store on Thursday for the next weeks grocery buying and yesterday was no exception. Since this is a between time for fruit most of what we have been getting is from Chile, and is pretty good overall...but I have been waiting to see some things coming out of the San Joachim Valley. Yesterday there was a small display of California Strawberries that looked just great. So we got a container and an Angel cake and since the squirt creme was two for one - you know I got two!!! Yea... for the summer desserts!!! Even the weather cooperated as it was in the mid 60's and we opened up the sliding doors onto the balcony to let in the balmy breezes (as opposed to the arctic blasts we usually get) It is supposed to be even warmer, in the high 60's, today. I am in the mood for some nice weather and may even get to Golden Gate Park for some walking time in tomorrow.

Last night the movie was "Watch on the Rhine" - 1943, originally a play written by Lillian Hellman. A very good movie about.... refuges, the anti-Nazi underground and 1930's American Isolationism. The movie starts off with Davis and her family fleeing from the Nazis on the eve of WWII and coming home to her mothers house in Washington DC. This DVD is part of the Vol 3 set that just came out. Very watchable, if a bit preachy. Just a quick reminder about TCM and tomorrow's programming -
the entire day is turned over to celebrate the 100th Birthday of Bette with the following programming: (all time EST)

5 Saturday

6:00 AM-Cabin In The Cotton, The (1932)
A sharecropper fighting for better working conditions succumbs to the boss's seductive daughter. Cast: Richard Barthelmess, Bette Davis, Dorothy Jordan. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-78 mins, TV-G, CC 7:30 AM- Petrified Forest, The (1936)
An escaped convict holds the customers at a remote desert cantina hostage. Cast: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Archie Mayo. BW-82 mins, TV-G, CC

9:00 AM -Corn Is Green, The (1945)
A dedicated teacher sacrifices everything to send a young miner to Oxford. Cast: Bette Davis, Nigel Bruce, John Dall. Dir: Irving Rapper. BW-114 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

11:00 AM -Bride Came C.O.D., The (1941)
A pilot and a temperamental heiress are stranded in the desert together. Cast: James Cagney, Bette Davis, Harry Davenport. Dir: William Keighley. BW-92 mins, TV-G, CC

12:45 PM-Letter, The (1940)
A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence. Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson. Dir: William Wyler. BW-95 mins, TV-PG, CC

2:30 PM-Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)
Elizabeth I's love for the Earl of Essex threatens to destroy her kingdom. Cast: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-106 mins, TV-G, CC

4:30 PM-Now, Voyager (1942)
A repressed spinster is transformed by psychiatry and her love for a married man. Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains. Dir: Irving Rapper. BW-118 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

6:30 PM- Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2005)
TCM original documentary that explores the life and career of legendary actress Bette Davis. BW-88 mins, TV-14, CC

8:00 PM -All About Eve (1950)
An ambitious young actress tries to take over a star's career and love life. Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. BW-138 mins, TV-PG, CC

10:30 PM-Jezebel (1938)
A tempestuous Southern belle's willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her. Cast: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Fay Bainter. Dir: William Wyler. BW-104 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

12:30 AM-Dark Victory (1939)
A flighty heiress discovers inner strength when she develops a brain tumor. Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Edmund Goulding. BW-104 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

2:30 AM-Dangerous (1935)
A young fan tries to rehabilitate an alcoholic actress he's fallen in love with. Cast: Bette Davis, Franchot Tone, Margaret Lindsay. Dir: Alfred E. Green. BW-79 mins, TV-G

4:00 AM-Pocketful Of Miracles (1961)
A good-hearted gangster turns an old apple seller into a society matron so she can impress her daughter. Cast: Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange. Dir: Frank Capra. C-137 mins, TV-G, Letterbox Format

My blowing off steam yesterday about the bad experiences I had with some ONS, it was just me venting an opinion. We can all pick and choose who to support and not with where we shop and spend our ever dwindling dollars. I didn't want to name names as I have seen on many blogs the great experiences that others have with various ONS and did not want to slam a store/site that someone else likes and has never had a problem with. I can only relate my very bad experiences. I have always had very good relations with Drema at Needlecraft Corner, Vicki at Hand Dyed Fibres and Mary (or anyone for the matter) at Needle in a Haystack. So I will stick to my three sources for stitchy stuff.

Thank you all for the really nice comments about "This and That." Thanks for stopping by!!!

Take care,


  1. Nice to see Forgiveness again!
    Looks like you have a day in front of the tv tomorrow - enjoy!
    Have a great weekend

  2. Have a GREAT weekend, Edgar :)

    Wonderful progress :)

  3. Your swan is lovely. I even like her swamp... ^__^
    I just found your blog, and I'm having fun reading it!

  4. Gorgeous stitching as always :) And strawberry shortcake, yummo!!!

  5. Forgiveness looks great, I've been wondering where it's been lately :).

    I am a huge Bette Davis fan. I don't get the movie channel you always talk about. Boy, I'd love to spend a day or even just an evening watching Bette Davis films.

    I read your comment about the OLNS. I think because it's "cyberspace" and they never see you or speak with you that the customer service part of it is completely missing. It's too bad. Where I live there aren't any local shops so I'm at the mercy of OLNS.

    Have a great weekend, Edgar. ;)

  6. Hi Edgar! Thanks for the mention of a Bette Davis Day on TCM. I loved All about Eve and Jezebel(so much so I named a cat Jezebel). Forgiveness looks fabulous!

  7. Nothing beats a day when spray whip-cream is two for one! That poor swamp swan looks a bit drepressed, nibbling on a brown flower. Give him a good spray and he'll be fine. Have a great weekend.

  8. I'm watching The Bride came COD, it was funny! Thanks for alerting for again this movie weekend.

  9. Forgiveness is coming along wonderfully Egar. Yum, berries and cream, doesn't get any better.