Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Little Traveling

Gentle Friends, since we are all SiP lately and probably for the foreseeable future at least I thought I would post about a most enjoyable film. One of my favorite 30's films...

Movie Poster of the Week: William Wyler's “Dodsworth” on Notebook ...

"Dodsworth" - 1936 - starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Mary Astor, and David Niven...  Warner Archives just released a really super version on BluRay last week, I had it preordered for a couple of months so I got my copy super fast!!    Directed by William Wyler... here's a bit I lifted from Wikipedia... in a nutshell ... "the center of the film is a study of a marriage in crisis.  Recently retired auto magnate Samuel Dodsworth and his narcissistic wife Fran, while on a grand European tour, discover that they want very different things out of life, straining their marriage."  In Paris they have a party and here's a little clip...

Not the best piece of film out there, I think it was taped off of the 
TV but it epitomizes Fran...  and I do love Mary Astor!!

Along the way to Europe they meet Mary Astor an ex-pat on her way back to Italy where she lives and David Niven who is just going back to England.  It's a film I really enjoy and they play often on TCM.  The story is good, the acting is good and moves at a good pace.  I would recommend this film any time and hope you will take a look if you get the chance!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by dos top again!

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Monday, March 23, 2020

A Little Lie

Gentle Friends, although I've not posted a snaperoo of the stitching from Sarah that got done last week... I didn't want to just let things go...  so how about a really lovely film I saw over the weekend on DVD in the "Sheltering Place"  that I call home!!  It was "The Farewell" a  film by Lulu Wang... 

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... I totally enjoyed this film  "based on an actual lie" very much ... 
I think that this still from the film sums up the whole wonderful piece...

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... I love Akwafina's portrayal of the grandaughter caught between the old and new worlds and her Golden Globe for Best Actress was well deserved!!  She should have at least been nominated for the Oscar, but the entire film was overlooked of even one nomination... the Academy has made mistakes in the past and once again another mistake.  

It was a beautiful film and although the ending was a totally happy ending it was satisfying and felt real!  So, now that I'll be SiP* once again this week, and from the Skype meeting this morning at least SiP through next week... there are quite a few more films and things I'll be watching !!

Thanks for stopping by do stop again!

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*Shelter(ing)in Place

Friday, March 20, 2020

A Little Spring

Gentle Friends, the world keeps turning and as we shelter in place...
 here is "Spring" by Antonio Vivaldi...

... performed by Voices of Music with Alana Youssefian on the baroque violin.....on historic and original instruments from original sources this "new" version is really lovely!! ENJOY!!

Thanks again for stopping by, do stop again and stay safe!!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A Little Luck

Gentle Friends,  just a quick post to wish you all a very happy St Patrick's Day!!

 Patrick's Day from Maureen O'Hara Golden Age Of Hollywood, Vintage Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Classic Hollywood, Hollywood Glamour, Hollywood Actresses, Jennifer Jones, Maureen O'hara, Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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Just a reminder that TCM will be showing one of the most iconic of St Patricks Day films 
"The Quiet Man," 1952, at 8pm EST / 5pm PST.... enjoy!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

Monday, March 16, 2020

A Little Taxing

Gentle Friends, so my first day working at home and doing the Monday morning meeting via Skype is odd but more comfortable and between things, I'm polishing my silver so time is not wasted... and have a great old Doris Day film on the old boob tube...

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Last week I stopped off at the tax guys office to pick up my taxes craps and since and I never go over to that side of town I rarely go into an antique collective over there. I made a stop after the tax guy and I found...

...this great demitasse c/s in the Gray's Pottery pattern I collect.  It's a pattern of luncheon china my grandmother had and I have been just filling it out...it dates back to between the wars and I really like it, but I rarely find it out here and usually just pick pieces of it on the Bay of evil or Etsy. I do love this purple lusterware with ships... I'm still stitching away and have started on the eyelet border around the over one saying, I like eyelet stitching as it is relaxing and very repetitive.

There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!
Stay Safe!!


Friday, March 13, 2020

A Little Brunchin' and a Little Side Note About the Blog....

Gentle Friends, last Sunday after Mass we headed out to Brunch with some friends.  They had made a reservation at a new to us place here in the City but not really in the City.... but the Presidio......for more info about the Presidio click HERE.....

... the restaurant in the old Social Club...Bldg 563

In the lobby is an old drum set purported to be 75+ years old...

...the inside was empty as we were first in for eats.... and we headed to the outside...

... even overcast and the temps hovering in the low 60's outside was fabulous... they had the heaters going and the central fire pit thing blazing, it was quite cozy ... and we had sweet Rocket, the dog with us and he likes the outside...

... we started off with a round of libations and I had a really super Pimms cup!!  I love a drink with a "salad," which makes one feel so like your having something healthy!!

.. Rico started off with a delicious cheddar-bacon biscuit and maple butter... this was the bomb and I could have gobbled this sucker up and then another without hesitation, but restrained and only had a quarter piece.... but when we go back I'll one all to myself!!

Mindy only ordered starters and had a gruyere cheese toast with tomato fondue to dip them in...

... some deviled eggs ... and...

... the ahi tuna poke!!  

You know my fondness for anything covered in hollandaise sauce so I had to order the Benedict... they serve it here on a toasted buttermilk biscuit and we had the choice of either smoked ham or salmon... I chose salmon and Tom had the ham....it was delicious!! and came with a REAL salad!!  Who knew that was coming!!

Rico had the Mission-style Chilaquiles and he said they were super.  I always get chilaquiles when we go to the Red Cafe in the Mission so I did wonder about the version they would serve.  Traditionally chilaquiles are just fried tortilla and scrambled eggs sometimes with scallions and peppers... but here they add chorizo and cotija cheese which really made this an over the top version.

It was a really fun morning and great to find a fun new place to go and get eats!!

I did want to let you all know that our office has gone to a "work at home" situation.  Today is my last day to do my hour commute taking two trains to get to Berkeley.  Starting Monday and for the next two weeks at least I'll just slip into my ever-stylish sweat pants and t-shirt, amble downstairs and work from the dining room table.  So we'll see how that goes and what the effect it will have on my posting... but as ever... stiff upper lip and we'll carry on!!

That about wraps up this week dear hearts, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!  
Until we meet again I'll leave you with...

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Monday, March 9, 2020

A little More Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  creeping up the left side...

... that little brown blob to the left of the urn is an over one bird... hard to tell.

That's about it for today sports fans thanks for stopping by dos top again!!

Good Thoughts! Good Words! Good Deeds!

Monday, March 2, 2020

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I finished up the border and started in on the little doodads that surround the over one verse in the middle...

I think I'll work clockwise for a bit...

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

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Let's Stick to the 1840's

 Gentle Friends, I finished up Miss Sarah Barker 1840 here's an old snaperooo of how she looks... "Sarah Barker 1840"  from Ne...