Riding Life!

Riding Life!
Life is like a wild horse--Unless you ride it, it will ride you! (from the movie: "Princess of Thieves.")

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

C: A Movie Outing Recommendation

Last Saturday MIL, Mom and I took ourselves out to the movies!  We splurged on popcorn and settled in, not knowing how wonderful a treat we were in for.

We went to see The King’s Speech, and I must say it is one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen in a long time.  It is the true story of King George VI (“Bertie,” the present Queen’s father) and his ascension to the throne of England when his brother abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson.  His reluctance to take the throne was heightened by the fact that he stuttered and the thought of public speaking was an anathema to him.  The story revolves around a self-taught “speech teacher” who helps him and, in the process, becomes his lifelong friend.  See this:

This movie is beautifully shot and powerfully acted.  I understand Golden Globes have rightly been bestowed, and I expect to see Oscars.

The movie takes you through the beginning of World War II, looming as “Bertie” was straining under being pushed onto the throne (what pressure!), and Mom and MIL got misty-eyed remembering the years they lived through the onset of the that war, too.

It is an excellent excuse to splurge on a movie—go for it!  C

Monday, January 24, 2011

C: Monday Funny

Alright, as a woman whose husband left her for someone 28 years younger, I know I have a bit of an axe to grind on this one, but I laughed so hard when I happened onto this.  V was over last night, and she thought it was funny, too.  So, here’s a little video that caused me to laugh:

Did you laugh, too?  Hope your Monday is a good one…I’m off to a BUSY one!  C

Friday, January 14, 2011

C: Turning the New Year

Well, V and I have certainly been derelict in our blogging duties.  The Christmas season was all-consuming.  I was blessed with a houseful of nephews plus a niece.  The house seems quiet after that many people, but at least one has promised to come in the summer to help me stain porches.

We have lots of snow for our area.  Here is what my place looks like:

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Chili is loving the snow.  My problem is that he’s decided he wants to go out in the middle of the night (unusual) and play in the snow for an hour or two, whining at the door when he’s ready to snuggle back down.  I don’t have the heart to leave him out there in low teens weather, so I drag back up to indulge him by letting him back in to sleep.

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Notice the deer rib cage Chili has dragged up.  So picturesque in the snow.

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And, now, for the sad news.  Earlier this week we had to put my Sheltie, Scout, down.  She rallied a bit last month after her vet visit, but the last couple of weeks have been hard for her.  She would faithfully try to make the trip from my house to MIL’s to take up her guard there when I left for work—the routine.  We’d see her fall over about halfway.  She’d lie there til we almost got to her and then she’d get up to resume the trek.

We began taking her in the car up and down the driveway to spare her the exertion, while keeping her to her routine.  Early this week, just as the snows came, she lost use of her back legs.  There is a bit of a story behind all that, but I’m going to let MIL tell it on her blog in a day or two.

In short, after twelve years of very healthy life, Scout just finally gave out.  I miss her very much.  She was pretty much the perfect dog, living solely to take care of us in any way she could.

But, in spite of that circle of life thing and the fact that I am recovering from a very bad cold, the New Year looks promising.  I hope yours does, too.  C

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