Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some Stash, Some Corn and Some Flicks

GR&DF I was happy that yesterdays film post was well received and that you enjoyed reading my little babbling about two very good actors and some of their films.

Yesterday was a first rate mail day - could you hear the squeal???? Like a pig in the mud - that's how happy I was to get two packages of stash. Was it stuff I could have lived without - of course it was, but I had some extra funds (got to love those refund cheques!!) so I felt I needed to stimulate the economy a bit. Here is a snap....

.. and I can justify or is that rationalize, each purchase. I had to get the 4th chart from BBD - Pink Hill Manor - this is from the Anniversaries of the Heart series. The way the BBD stuff seems to go OOP so quickly it is better to get the charts when they come out than on the secondary market - or at least I can talk my self into that!! I have wanted to get these two stocking charts from CHS for a looong time - not to make stockings but to make long pieces like bell pulls - and I am thinking that the CHS charts will soon start to get hard to find and be OOP. Better now than later. The last chart was a new release from the Cricket Collection - not my usual type of thing, but for some reason the Qukeresque of this piece really struck a note with me. I have also decided to acquire a full complement of Belle Soie - I found that when I was converting a chart from DMC/NPI to BS I really hadn't enough colour changes so I made up my mind to get them all - it will take a while but I am determined. This my BS ring with my newest additions - the little bit showing to the right are my extra skeins of BS.

Last night on the way home we ran into a small Wednesday afternoon Farmers Market in the Castro. We stopped and picked up some fresh corn....

It was pretty tasty but not as good as the corn will be later in the season.

The flickers last night on TCM where all part of the month long tribute to -

Donna Reed - 1921-1986

I really like Reed and her movies are a true joy to see - she was always entertaining and quite beautiful - last night they showed two of my favorite Donna Reed films. Not only because Reed was in them but because they are truly good films. First up was "From Here to Eternity" - 1953 - starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra. This top film won 8 Academy Awards with two Oscars going to the performances of Reed and Sinatra (this is a much better performance by Sinatra than yesterdays film) I like just about everything about this film especially how Reed and Kerr play totally against character. I have talked about this film many times before and will probably talk about it again - I would totally encourage you to see this film if you have not had the pleasure. The second Reed film was "They Were Expendable" - 1945 - starring Robert Montgomery, John Wayne and Donna Reed. This really good WWII film is about the PT Boats and the defense of the Philippines at the beginning of the war - the well developed characters and good story make this one of the best of the late war films to come out of Hollywood. The third film of the evening was a Netfilx DVD - again a WWII film - "Attack" - 1956 - starring Jack Palance, Eddie Albert and Lee Marvin - set in Belgium towards the end of teh war. I really like this review about the film - "Albert is the ineffective commander, Palance the subordinate that swears revenge. This one is not for the squeamish, the scene where Palance is ran over by a tank is shocking. More shocking is the wonderfully psychotic performance by Albert, as the mentally disturbed commander. Lee Marvin has a nice supporting role, this one will make your skin crawl." That about sums up this film from a play. All three of the films are very good and I can certainly recommend them as top notch WWII flickers.

There you go sports fans. Thanks for stopping by!!

Take care,


  1. Lovely stash haul! The silks look scrumptious!

  2. Very nice stash indeed! Yes the CHS charts will soon be gone.:( I was lucky enough to receive 2 recently in some stash that was sent to me by a fellow, now friend, stitcher. Nice assortment of colors with the silks. I don't use silk as I find it snags on the edges of the fabric too easy or gets caught on a hang nail I dind't know I had, then gets pulled out of the needle. I get really tired of rethreading the needle, so I just don't use them . I do love the colors though.

    Donna Reed sure was a beauty wasn't she? A terrific actress to boot!

  3. Lovely stash haul, I was wondering who was screaming, I heard in all the way over here in the South Bay LOL just kidding.

    Here is a recipe you might enjoy great for early season corn. I found it the other day while browsing food blogs, cause what do you do when you are hungry and theres nothing to eat in your house fill your stomach with photos of food LOL

    Take Care

  4. I love your new stash. I bought the Cricket Collection Ps and Qs chart also, even though it's not my normal thing either. Love the colors in it.

  5. Nice stash! I started collecting Belle Soie when it first came out, but then stopped. So I have an incomplete collection. Oh well. Our corn isn't that sweet yet either. I'm hoping for better later.

  6. Wow, what a wonderful haul. All those wonderful threads - and the patterns are great too.

    I used to watch the Donna Reed show all the time when I was younger. Love her movies too.

    Probably have never mentioned it, but love, love your header pic.

  7. Wow! So is all that BS new, or just the ones yet to be added to the "ring-of-destiny"? NICE haul in either case.

    For corn, I recently had this really good relish for it at a BBQ which i'd encourage you to try. It's just chopped green onions (maybe a bunch-worth) chopped and sauteed in olive oil, then salt added to taste. It should be a little saltier than butter, and there should be LOTS of oil in relation to the cooked-down onions--maybe 2x. This is "some onions in your oil" not "some oil in your onions". Anyway, you let it rest and come to room temperature for a few hours, and then slather it on the corn as you eat. Boy, is it good. The people doing the cookout were Thai, and said it was a recipe of their culture, but my chinese friend later said it was "theirs". Olive oil: Claimed and loved by all!

  8. Gorgeous stash! I am green w/ envy! lol That corn looks great, I love corn on the cob!

  9. Great stash. Lovely threads. We can always justify our stash somehow.

  10. Incredible Stash!! I might have to take a closer look at the Cricket pattern.

    I love fresh from the farm corn on the cob. I used to stop at little stands in farm-country Michigan (where I am originally from) and get a few ears. So sweet and yummy!!

    Donna Reed is one of the better actresses of her day. I really loved her television show, but my favorite movie that she was in is still "It's a Wonderful Life".

  11. Wow, your stash is drool worthy.

  12. I caught that flick last night too..those oldies ..hard to beat.
    corn...coming from the Valley of the Jolly Green Giant I couldn't agree more--corn in mid summer--picked fresh--nothing better!

  13. Love the new stash! The CHS charts are ones I would like to get sometime.

  14. Wow, Wow, Wow! Happy squealing pig day for sure!
    Love all the new stitch stash.
    Thanks for the answer about where you get your DVD's. You have great resources.
    A lot of great movies listed the past few days.
    I just watched From Here to Eternity a few weeks ago. I enjoyed the movie, especially because I have been to Eternity Beach, and I like Hawaii.
    A sad movie though. I feel sorry for Kerr's character, and how it all works out with her.
    Have a great holiday!

  15. Oh Edgar. Some days you make me smile wide. I love the new stash and the new threads. After all, there is no such thing as enough! The silks look so yummy! Enjoy!

  16. Edgar,

    I love reading your blog and now I see that you love my Belle Soie! I'm glad that you enjoy them!

    Sharon Crescent

  17. Edgar,

    I've been reading your blog for some time now. I don't think I've commented before because I'm usually so behind on reading (as I obviously still am), and have so many blogs to read. I had to comment tonight, tho, because of the thread skeins. I so rarely see any that are braided and they look braided. If they are braided, I would love to see the tops to see how they are done. I'm always losing the papers with the color numbers on mine, but I prefer the braids to the wrapped cards.