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"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right and pray for the people who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living." Amen


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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Some "Must See" Christmas Classic TV Movies

I have gathered just a few Christmas Classic Movies that can be watched on TV. They are some of my favorites as I am sure a lot of you have your own lists too. I have more but here are just a few "must see" ones....

It's a Wonderful Life Frank Capra Films
  • It's A Wonderful Life" 1946 who didn't shed a tear when that bell rang on the tree with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed It's a Wonderful Life is an American Christmas drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, that was based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", written by Philip Van Doren Stern. Released in 1946, the film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and the contributions he has made to his community, and how different it would be had he never been born. Despite initially being considered a box office flop due to high production costs and stiff competition at the time of its release, the film has come to be regarded as a classic and a staple of Christmas....... [ Read More at Wikipedia
  • Polar ExpressThe Polar Express Robert Zemeckis Films Excellent
  • The Polar Express is a 2004 motion capture computer-animated film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the human characters in the film were animated using live action performance capture technique, with the exception of the waiters who dispense hot chocolate on the train, because their feats were impossible for live actors to achieve. Performance capture technology incorporates the movements of live actors into animated characters. The film stars Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett, and Eddie Deezen, with Tom Hanks in six distinct roles. The film also included a performance by Tinashe at age 9, who later gained exposure as a pop singer in 2010, as...
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Chuck Jones, Ben Washam Films
  • The Grinch that Stole Christmas How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the homonymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. The special, which is considered a short film as it runs less than an hour, is one of the very few Christmas specials from the 1960s to still be shown regularly on television. Jones and Geisel previously worked together on the Private Snafu training cartoons during World War II. The 26-minute short was originally telecast on CBS on December 18, 1966. CBS repeated it annually during the Christmas season until 1987. It was eventually acquired by Turner Broadcasting...
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Ron Howard Films
Jim Carey did a remake in 2000

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Jack Frost Troy Miller Films

  • Jack Frost is a 1998 Christmas-comedy film, starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston. Keaton stars as the title character, a man who dies in a car accident and comes back to life as a snowman. Three of Frank Zappa's four children: Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, and Moon Unit Zappa, appear in the film. The film is rated PG. Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) is the lead singer in a band simply titled "The Jack Frost Band", who make their living performing blues covers and an assortment of their own songs in the hope of signing a record deal. He then returns to his son Charlie (Joseph Cross), who has just returned from an epic snowball fight against the bully Rory Buck (Taylor Handley). They spend some quality time...
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  • In 1983 "A Christmas Story" was made. It is one everyone watches. It is a true classic then you never tire of. The film is set in Hohman, Indiana, a fictionalized version of the author's hometown. Nine-year-old Ralph "Ralphie" Parker (Peter Billingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock, and "this thing which tells time" (a sundial). While using various schemes to convince his parents to get him this gift, he continually bumps into objections from others saying, "You'll shoot your eye out."
  • Wizard of Oz - always come on around Thanksgiving and Christmas time....my long time ultimate favorite.

  • An American Christmas Carol the original was made in 1979 many recreations of the movie have been made since then. It was based on the book written by Charles Dickens. Dickens began to write A Christmas Carol in September 1843, and completed the book in six weeks with the final pages written in the beginning of December. In 1984 George C Scott did an excellent re-make of this movie.

Home Alone John Williams Films
  • Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy, who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. While initially relishing time by himself, he is later greeted by two would-be burglars played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci. Kevin eventually manages to outwit them with a series of booby traps. The film also features Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Devin Ratray, Roberts Blossom, and John Candy. As of 2009, Home Alone was the highest grossing comedy of all time. Culkin was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or...
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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas, often promoted as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a 1993 American stop motion musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a being from "Halloween Town" who opens a portal to "Christmas Town". Danny Elfman wrote the film score and provided the singing voice of Jack, as well as other minor characters. The remaining principal voice cast includes Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page and Glenn Shadix. The genesis of The Nightmare Before Christmas started with a poem written by Tim Burton when he was a Disney animator in the early 1980s. With the success of Vincent in 1982, Disney started to...

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White Christmas Michael Curtiz Films
  • White Christmas is a 1954 Technicolor musical film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye that features the songs of Irving Berlin, including the titular "White Christmas". The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and co-stars Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The film is notable as being the first to be produced and released in VistaVision, a wide-screen process that entailed using twice the surface area of standard 35mm film. This large-area negative was used to yield finer-grained standard-sized 35 mm film prints. The story is about two World War II U.S. Army buddies, one a Broadway entertainer, Bob Wallace (Crosby), the other a would-be entertainer, Phil Davis (Kaye). It begins on Christmas Eve, 1944, somewhere in Europe. In a forward...

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  • The Santa Clause.1st one made in 1994, 2nd 2003, 3rd in 2006

Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa...Read more from ABC Family 
The Santa Clause
Photo from ABC Family
The Santa Clause

Tim Allen one o my favorite actors is not only cute but funny too. He is realistic and his actions on "The Tool-Man" series on his "Home Improvement" TV series was hilarious. His first big screen debut was a  light, family-friendly holiday comedy called "The Santa Clause." Allen stars as Scott Calvin, the divorced dad of Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Scott is distressed to learn that his ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson) and Charlie's psychiatrist stepfather Neal (Judge Reinhold)[another favorite actor of mine. :) They have informed his son that there is no Santa Claus. While a sullen Charlie visits his dad on Christmas Eve, a noise on the roof brings them outside, where Scott startles the intruder, who tumbles from the roof. It turns out that there is a Santa after all, and Scott has just accidentally killed him. Because of a legal technicality known as "the Santa clause," Scott inherits the jolly old elf's job. As the next year passes, Scott rapidly gains weight, grows a white beard and meets the elf Bernard (David Krumholtz) -- who is the one who really runs the North Pole -- while Charlie regains his Christmas spirit. However, Neal becomes concerned about Scott's sudden change in appearance and insistence that he's Santa, and he forces him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. 

You have to watch this one for the season it is always on and a must see. You will not be disappointed it's a family tradition at my home. 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

How to Unshrink Your Clothes


How many of us have bought clothing and loved the fit only to put it through 1 washing and have it SHRINK up on us???? I know I have done this a 1000 times and then the item ends up in Goodwill. :( 
Well I came upon this easy way to "unshrink" our clothing Is UNSHRINKING something even POSSIBLE?  Sounded like some voodoo magic. But what the heck….it is worth a try.
Research into this magic reversal process and you'll be amazed to discover just how EASY it is to“UNSHRINK” clothing, REALLY!
What it Does involve is a sink full of lukewarm watera cupful of baby shampoo and two large beach towels. That’s it! Read more to learn how!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Black Friday


Black Friday, how did it start and why? It's said that it began way back in the 1960s, I remember then...

and it became really popular in the 1980s when retailers stated it was the day that they went from being in the "red" to being in the "black" because of all the shoppers. :)

Fact: In 2010 212 million shoppers were out spending $39-billion on Black Friday! WOW!!! 

In 1953, someone at Swanson severely overestimated the amount of turkey Americans would consume that Thanksgiving. With 260 tons of frozen birds to get rid of, a company salesman named Gerry Thomas ordered 5,000 aluminum trays, recruited an assembly line of women armed with spatulas and ice-cream scoops and began creating mini-feasts of turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes — creating the first-ever TV dinner. Thomas later said he got the idea from neatly packaged airplane food.

The woman who wrote the classic nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" also played an integral role in making Thanksgiving a national holiday. After a 17-year letter-writing campaign, magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale finally convinced President Abraham Lincoln to issue an 1863 decree recognizing the historic tradition.
Thanksgiving is ruled by two very powerful f-words: "food" and "football." Nearly as old as the sport itself, the tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving began in 1876, when the newly formed American Intercollegiate Football Association held its first championship game. Less than a decade later, more than 5,000 club, college and high school football teams held games on Thanksgiving, with match-ups between Princeton and Yale drawing more than 40,000 fans out from their dining rooms. 1934 marked the first NFL game held on Thanksgiving when the Detroit Lions took on the Chicago Bears. The Lions have played on Thanksgiving ever since — except, of course, when the team was called away to serve during World War II.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1862503_1862505_1862510,00.html #ixzz2D6i6SJc8

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran's Day
Every year, on 11 November at 11 am – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – we pause to remember those men and women who have died or suffered in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.
At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, a steady stream of visitors arrived Saturday morning as the names of the 58,000 people on the wall were being read over a loudspeaker.
Some visitors took pictures, others made rubbings of names, and some left mementos: a leather jacket, a flag made out of construction paper, pictures of young soldiers and even several snow globes with an American eagle inside.

Learn what happened at 11 am on 11 November 1918. Find out the significance of poppies and rosemary on Remembrance Day and why we observe a minute's silence at 11am.
Why do we honor the Unknown Soldier?
Find out what Remembrance Day events are being held in your area.
Find information about Remembrance Day events held overseas.
Organizing a ceremony
Find information on how to prepare a commemorative ceremony in your local community or school.
Each year the Department of Veterans’ Affairs produces a commemorative poster for Remembrance Day. The theme of this year’s poster is the commemoration of Australian forces in the Vietnam War 1962–1975. The poster features an image of Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army servicemen rushing a wounded soldier from an Iroquois helicopter for treatment at the 8th Field Ambulance in Nui Dat, Vietnam. The casualty is a member of 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, wounded in the battle of Suoi Chau Pha on 6 August 1967.

Keep Spiders and Bugs and Mice Away

How To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Home With Peppermint Oil

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I hate, hate, HATE spiders.
Luckily essential oils come to the rescue again and now I use peppermint oil to all but eradicate spiders from my home. Here’s what you do…
Simply fill a spray bottle with tap water and add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil. Give it a smell to make sure the water smells minty, if not add a few more drops. Then you simply need to spray the peppermint water in the cracks and gaps where spiders can enter your home.
Spiders do not like peppermint oil. The strong smell will send them scurrying in the other direction and away from your home.
For an even more potent remedy add one or two drops of peppermint oil onto a cotton bud and place in the areas where spiders enter.
It’s as simple as that!
If you want to try this for yourself then you can purchase a bottle of Plant Therapy Peppermint Oil for less than $7 on Amazon – and with free shipping if you spend $25 or more. Plus this spray bottle would be ideal for this use.
Alternatively you could buy your peppermint oil from this page on Mountain Rose Herbs. MRH are the most trusted and ethical supplier of herbs and essential oils and they carry some wonderful products so take a look around there.
If you’d like to learn more things you can do and ways you can use essential oils, then get a copy of The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. It has over 600 recipes for your health, beauty and home and is my absolute favorite book on the topic.
P.S. Mice hate peppermint oil, too!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Some Funny but True Things That Happen to Me

Photo: Please Like Such Is Life...

In bed... it's 6 A.M. you close your eyes for 5 minutes, it's 7:45... 
At work... it's 1:30, you close your eyes for 5 minutes, it's 1:31...


Friday, November 02, 2012

Remember to set Your Clocks Back

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Halloween Scraps, Comments, animated graphics and glitter graphics
Orkut Scraps and Greetings

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How to get Mor Comments on Your BLogs?

Do you want more comments on your blog? Here are some great ways to get more comments on your blog.
Your comment policy offers an opportunity to inform readers about the benefits of commenting on your blog e.g. some blogs offer “do-follow” links in the comment which are very valuable for SEO backlinking.  Some use plugins like Comment Luv or Top commentators offering improved visibility to those who comment.  Others reply to every comment. Highlight any such benefit of commenting on your blog so readers understand the true benefits of participating in discussions.
2. Ask Reader to Comment
A study has found that explicitly asking your website visitors to “Please ReTweet” your content generates 4 times more ReTweets than without. The same applies to comments as well. Many bloggers have reported increase in comments by simply asking readers to comment typically at the end of the post.
3. Ask a Question
Asking a question towards the end of your posts is widely used and very effective technique for encouraging comments. Asking a specific question encourages readers to answer through comments. See example below:
4. Make it Easy
Let’s take an example. One of the most commented-on posts on Copyblogger, is a post on “38 Critical Books Every Blogger Needs to Read”. At the end of the post, the author asks people to list any books they love, and would add to the list. This worked so well because everyone has a favourite book, and simply listing the book in a comment requires no effort (as opposed to answering a question that takes more time and thought). In other words, the author made it very easy to comment.

Some more ideas:

1. Repost or Reference Comments

One great way to draw in readers and to encourage them to comment more frequently is to reward them when they do it.
Example: If someone makes a particularly insightful remark about your post, then it may make sense to comment on it explicitly.
You can do this by quoting part or all of the comment, mentioning the poster by name, and then saying something complimentary or funny about his or her post.
Tip: Remember to check you type the commenter’s name correctly. If you’ve got international blog readers, you’ll easily type their names wrong – and that can only make an impact in the opposite direction.
If you do this in a way that makes people feel involved and recognized for their effort, then they’re more likely to contribute in the future. Others, seeing this, will also contribute.

 2. Hold Contests

Another good way to encourage readers to become commenters is to hold regular contests.
In these contests, the entry fee will simply be making one or more comments. And the prize can be a number of different things, including merchandise from your niche or store; or the opportunity to make a one-time guest blog.
As far as picking winners goes, this is up to you. You could either select them yourself by picking the “best comment” or you could randomly select a comment using random.org.
The first method is entirely subjective; however, the second method may lead you to select someone who only put in a nominal effort, perhaps by writing “good post,” which could anger other participants.
Tip: If you make a random selection , in order to optimally take advantage of this opportunity, you may also want to screencast the selection process and post it on your blog at a predetermined date and time.
Feel free to make real-time voice-over while you’re screencasting to add excitement to the video.
This could draw a lot of interest from participants and give your blog a healthy traffic spike.

3. Be Controversial

Another good way to encourage readers to comment is to occasionally post something highly controversial, but not ethically objectionable.
Example: You might cite a famous Internet marketer who has claimed that creating an email list is a waste of time; and that you should instead always send traffic directly to your salespage.
When it comes down to it, you don’t even have to take a side. You can simply introduce the controversy and then let commenters jump in and create the debate.
This can be an excellent way to draw readers in and prompt them to get involved.
With all of this said, I cannot stress enough that you should not post controversial topics that could be construed as morally or ethically objectionable material. This is more likely to turn off readers, rather than get them involved.

4. Create a Poll

Polls have many virtues. One virtue is that they allow you to capture information about your visitors that you might otherwise not be able to get. Another virtue is that they prompt involvement on the part of those who feel that their preferences were not well-represented in the poll.
I want you to use polls for the second (and lesser-known) virtue. That is — create a poll that is incomplete — and then allow commenters to chime in by arguing that you should include additional categories and explaining why that is the case.
Tip: Alternatively, you’ll offer a complete list of choices but rather explicitly ask them to comment why they chose it. People will start a discussion on why X is better than Y or vice-versa.
This should stimulate some interesting comments, which could lead to a discussion between blog readers.

5. Give Readers Less Time to Comment

As with many things in life, it’s all too easy to put off blog commenting and tell ourselves that we will do it tomorrow instead. And, not surprisingly, this is something that many would-be commenters do.
They decide to put comments off until later, but when they go to do them at another time, they find a new blog post and lose interest in placing the original comment.
One way to get around this is to put a cap on the amount of replies you allow or the amount of time people have to post replies.
When they see this cap and realize the implications, they will be prompted to post now, rather than later. While it may seem counterproductive at first, it can work quite well in practice to bring in additional comments.

6. Show the Carrot

Instead of threatening to prevent people from commenting, you may want to consider giving them a positive incentive to comment.
For instance, you could put some lower bound on the number of comments you must receive before you will create another post.
With this said, it is important that you follow the response to this policy over time. Make sure that readers aren’t simply posting “good work” or “nice post,” but instead are actively participating. Otherwise, this system will not work and you may need to switch to something else.
Note: I can’t stress enough the importance of the “carrot” principle in place for this strategy:
You need to show people what’s next.
Tease them about the next blog post and make it clear that you’ll post this new exclusive post right after you reach a certain amount of commments.

 7. Make a Typo

Similar to tip #4, which involved creating a poll that purposely excluded certain categories of response, you may want to consider drawing comments by intentionally making a mistake.
You can do this by occasionally making a typo, which will incite those who cannot accept typos to comment.
Of course, with this strategy, it is critical that you do NOT go over-board. Frequently making typos on your blog will make you look unprofessional and will hurt your chances of long run success.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Red Hat Halloween Hoot Party in San Juan Capistrano

The Red Hat chapter Ruby Rail Cruisers had a "Halloween Hoot" that we went to. It was in San Juan Capistrano and we had to take a train to get there...
it was so much fun!!!!

on the way to the train station

Q Cathy on the right was our host
here with her mom

waiting for the train to come

we had quite a group

outside by the track

here it comes

all aboard

picking a seat

I was "Flo" from the Progressive Insurance commercial

Our hostesses hat, I love it

Our group

the party

I won a prize

close up

giving a quote...lol

mom son went out and bought me the right shoes that "Flo" wears

at my house

the shoes

in my yard

back area

this was the hat of the gal that went as the "bag lady" since Long beach
has no more plastic she used our bags we have to use when we go shopping

she looked great

this was a copy of an article she cut out from our newspaper

of course it's me...lol

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