Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Brrrrr! . . Not Too Much Happening . . . Outside, At Least!

I haven't written a post for a couple of days as I haven't done too much in this freezing weather.  As I've read all the blogs I follow t appears that almost everybody in the southeastern US is suffering as I am.

Yesterday, I took the retiree's prerogative and drove to Lafayette, about 20 miles, to see "Saving Mr. Banks" Link with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks in the middle of the afternoon.  It was an interesting story about P.L. Travers  Link (played by Emma Thompson) who'd written the book, "Mary Poppins," that was the incentive for  Walt Disney(Tom Hanks) to create the movie of the same name back in the 60s.  I'd expected it to be light and Mary Poppins - ish; but, it's a serious biography of Mrs. Travers and the difficulty Walt Disney had in talking her into allowing his use of the book to create the movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in 1964.

Thinking about my own experience with the movie - in 1964 - I recall that we took Jeff, aged 3, and Kari, aged 2, to the theater, which was a rarity in those days.  Jeff was enthralled with the movie and the whole experience, sitting in his seat, eyes glued to the screen.  Kari, however, was much more interested in the movie theater itself and spent most of her time wandering around the theater with me in tow.  We tried reasoning with her to no avail; she's always been a people lover and the audience was much more interesting for her than the movie!  It seems to me that kids are so much more 'sophisticated' now; they begin going to movies early on and I don't notice lots of parading around during the feature.

Thoughts of movie theaters bring up lots of memories.  One is about Holland (almost 20 now).  She and her older sisters were spending a few days with me in California while their mom and dad were enjoying a little vacation.  Kari had included the video "Titanic" with their clothing and toys for the visit.  Holland, who was a little under two, loved that movie; but didn't want to sit to watch it.  She stood right in front of the TV throughout the whole movie and cried every time it got to the end.  So, we'd just rewind it and start it over again.  I'd estimate that in those three days it played about 30 times!

Here's Holland in December when she visited my son, Spencer, in Aix-en-Provence, France
Spencer is my World-traveling son, currently in France.  He's been traveling for over ten years.

Just returned from a short and very chilly morning walk with Lacy on a lawn here in the park.  I've noticed these holes that seem to pop up all over the lawn and any area of soil.  My neighbor, Kristi, was  also walking her dog and I asked her what these little mounds are.  "Crawdad holes," she replied.  I've not seen any crawdads (crawfish) anywhere around the holes, but I just read that the crawdads rarely come out during the day - maybe they're crawling around my feet when I take Lacy out for her evening walk!


This is our Louisiana sky this morning - un-retouched photo.  Pretty incredible but doesn't indicate the current temperature, which is 34F
Have a nice day!




11 comments:

  1. Just noticed your "bucket list" and your hope of one day going to Easter Canada. Our daughter lives in Nova Scotia, and although it's a little expensive there, you can easily boondock. You'd love it, but only in July and August!

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    1. THanks for the info Kevin. I really want to visit all Provinces of Canada - hopefully in the not-to-distant future. Not sure how my plans are going to progress this year. I've certainly been having a ball on this trip, but I haven't gotten as far as I'd thought I would - just love almost every place I visit and stay longer than expected. But, that's sure not all bad!

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  2. Nice photo of Holland and Spencer! Very nice looking kids. I think going to a movie in the middle of a very cold day is a great idea. I want to see that movie, too. Those crawdad holes are very interesting - I thought they hung around in water. :)

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    1. Spencer is my youngest son, who looks younger than his 47 years! Evidently some crawdads live in the earth. But, there's water nearby.

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  3. So, Jeff, Kari and Spencer are your children? Who is Holland? a niece? and how absolutely thrilling that Spencer has been traveling for ten years! does he work? are you all independently wealthy? certainly is a handsome lad! what fun

    and I thought crawdads were by the water too… I guess there isn't a part of southern Louisiana that doesn't have water close by …

    I was like Kari … much more interested in what was happening about me than in the movie… lol

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    1. Holland is the number three daughter of my daughter - my granddaughter. She graduated from high school in May 2013 and has been attending a Bible College in Germany. She took the train to France to visit Spencer. Spencer is 47 years old and his occupation is trading currencies. When he started traveling he was a day trader (stocks) but found that to be a little more risky than he was comfortable with so he switched to currencies. He's a polyglot (speaks lots of languages) and travels so much, mostly Europe, South America and Africa, that he's pretty up on the World currency situation. He works hard at it but appears to hardly work!

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    2. Thanks for replying, Mary-Pat to my nosy question. I love it when people post their family pictures but I like to know who they are.... a 20 year old granddaughter?! ... oh, me... I do hope I live long enough to see mine be 20. She will be 4 in April.

      ... that's the problem about having my one and only son so late in life... You have very successful children ... you did good ;) I guess Spencer was having fun with the "Greek Crisis" ... fascinating work ... I would imagine

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  4. I was born when my mom was 35 and my dad 40. When I was 35 my oldest son, Jeff, was 17 and at Arizona State U.! Okay, so everybody's life is a little different. I envy all the time people who waited to have kids had to 'grow up' before the kids. I grew up with my kids and have just been learning how to live on my own in the last 20 years! My grandchildren are almost 26, 22, 20, 3 times 14 and 2 times almost 14 (my son's twin daughters). It's a bunch!

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