Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MTV has nothing on Ernie Kovacs

Most of us think of MTV as the beginning of music videos, but there were a couple around long before MTV.  Ernie Kovacs was one of those great innovators in music and television. He worked in early television so he had access to ways to the new technology of the time. And he developed camera tricks that are still being used to this day. That’s quite a mark he left since he died in 1962.

The most memorable video by Kovacs is Musical Office where an ordinary office of the 1950’s comes to life. And as one person put it if the pencil sharpener whistles Sentimental Journey then you can either hum along or retire.

And then I had to add this one because it has a banana doing a striptease which is too funny.

I hope you enjoy the videos, and let me know which one you like best.

Monday, April 29, 2013


Crabcakes are one of my favorites. And this is one of my favorite crabcake recipes.

Toss some mayonnaise, an egg, some celery, green onions, parsley, lemon juice, a little Old Bay seasoning, some Dijon mustard, a little salt, and splash of hot sauce. Stir this up. Then add in one pound of crab meat. Then dump in some bread crumbs. Mix this all up. Now for the messy part, take small amounts of the mixture and make some patties.

Next take a little butter and melt it in a skillet. Add some olive oil and heat the oil. While you’re doing this, coat the patties with a light coat of bread crumbs. Then place them in the skillet to brown a little. Also preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Once the crabcakes are browned, place them on a sheet, and bake them for 10 minutes.

And now you have crabcakes.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Guest Blogger Captain

I am so pleased I have a new toy. Yes I spotted it in with some Christmas items. It took a little digging, but I was able to get it out. It doesn’t matter if I knocked over a few things in the process. I wanted it. The human can clean up the mess. It’s a big green bird. I love the bird. It is soft, and I love to bat it about, and I love to toss it in the air. And it wherever it lands I run to it. But I do have to admit sometimes it flies into the air, and I can’t find it. This was the problem the other day when I took it into my pet human’s bathroom. It flew up in the air, and I believe it landed in water because when my pet human threw it back out it was all wet. I do not play with wet toys. Water is only good for drinking. But I was glad when it dried out. I hope that all of my fellow felines have the good fortune of finding a toy as wonderful as mine.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Whatcha Been Watchin?

I’ve been watching some really great movies recently. So I thought I would share some of my recent favorites.

Millions is my absolute favorite movie I’ve watched recently. Imagine finding a bag full of money. Not just ones and fives, but a bag full of those big bills. It’s a dream come true right? But in the movie it’s a reality for two little boys. The story shows all the pitfalls of becoming instantly rich. It’s a sweet story that is great for families.

Monsieur Lazhar is the story of a teacher, who begins teaching a class whose previous teacher committed suicide in the student’s classroom. The movie shows how difficult it is for many teachers to deal with important issues their students are facing due to the administrative rules. And it shows what happens when even the most loved teacher doesn’t follow the rules.

Romantics Anonymous is a French film. This is the story of two individuals who share extreme anxiety disorders. But they both share a love of chocolate. Jean-Rene owns a struggling chocolate company, and Angelique is an unknown chocolatier. When Angelique begins working for Jean-Rene, both individuals begin to look for ways to overcome their anxiety. It’s a nice light love story that is fun to watch. It’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

The Long Walk Home stars Whoopie Goldberg, and Sissy Spacek. This movie takes places during the bus boycott during the 1950’s.  The story is about a maid and her wealthy employer. It shows how the bus boycott affected the entire community and the relationships between employer and employee during that time frame. But most importantly it shows how sometimes good people are faced with situations that they don’t like, and they have to decide if they will go with the flow or walk a lonely path. Watch the movie if you want something that will make you think a little.

Hitler’s Children is a BBC documentary about the descendants of Nazi War Criminals. Ever hear that saying the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the sons? This documentary proves that this statement is true. The story focuses in on four of the children and grandchildren of four different men who committed atrocities during the holocaust.  It shows how they have dealt with the guilt they live with due to their ancestors crimes. And it explores some of the inner conflicts these families have faced when they are confronted with the truth of the crimes. If you want to explore how you actions may affect your children watch this documentary.
Music to blog by Villages by Alpine

Friday, April 26, 2013

Views From The Cemetery

This past week has been full of some bumps for me, but I feel like I'm getting back on track now, and I should be posting as usual. Here are a few pictures that I've taken here recently.

Let me know which one everyone likes the best.

Music to blog by Find My Way by The Gabe Dixon Band

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Strange Days Indeed

Yesterday was an odd day. I received some news that I didn’t really want to hear. So as I was sitting around wallowing in self-pity yesterday afternoon, life offered up one of its great wake up calls. I heard about the bombing that occurred in Boston. At that moment in time I realized that while the problem I have is a doozy, I still have so many things to be thankful for in life. I have people in my life that love me, I have a safe place to live, and I have great health. And those are some of the truly important things in life.

Music to blog by Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend

Monday, April 15, 2013

Moroccan Spiced Olives

Need something to nibble on? Forget those chips and dips, and go for some spiced olives. ‘Cause they are just better for ya than those chips, and they definitely taste a lot better. So here’s how you make ‘em.

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Dump three cups of green olives in a bowl. Not the ones with the pimentos in the middle. But fresh ripe ones, or if you live in the Midwest like I do, a couple of cans of plain green olives will do. Make sure they are packed in water. You want them to have an olive taste, not the taste of the fluid it’s in. Now cut the zest off of a lemon, and throw it in with the olives. Now squeeze that lemon juice over the lemon zest and olives, and set it aside.

Next thing you do is warm up some olive oil in a skillet. Add some coriander and cumin, and allow it cook for a couple of minutes. Pour the oil mixture over the olives. Then add a cup of olive oil, some garlic, and some crushed red peppers. And mix it up. Allow this to sit for a while. And then you have one snack that will take you away to the distant Morocco.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Guest Blogger Smokey

I always love it when my pet human returns home. And I am going to share with you the appropriate way to greet your human upon their arrival home. First you must stand right in front of the door. Make sure you make it a little difficult for your pet to enter the door. The response you receive is mostly positive like “hi kitty! How has your day been?” But be prepared for the occasional “get out of the way!” Second, don’t move out of the way too quickly. This is extremely important. It is always important to remind your pet human that this is really your home. Humans often forget that the home really belongs to us, and not to the humans. Third, once you have allowed your pet to enter the house, follow them and tell them all about your day. They love this! And like all other living creatures they enjoy open communication. So provide them with it. If they have brought items into the house make sure you check it out thoroughly. They know that they are supposed to bring items home for you, but they often forget this simple fact. If they have not brought items home for you, make sure you let them know your disappointment by turning your head away from the items. If you follow these methods you are sure to have a human who pays spends quality time with you upon arriving home.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Things That Make You Go Hmm

A far off view

A little closer

That's what the 2,000,000 bottles Americans use an hour looks like.
Music to blog by Troublemaker by Olly Murs

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Another Day at the Cemetery

So, a week or so ago I posted some pictures I took at a local cemetery. Well, I decided to see what I could find at another cemetery, and this is what I saw.

Let me know which one you like best. I'd love to know what you think.

Music to blog by Wasted Time by Kings of Leon

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mother's Day Gift List

Mother's Day is a month away folks. So here are some items that just might make you mom happy this year.

1. Supermom cookies-SweetTweetsOnline
2. Gourmet Fleur de Sel Caramels-TheCaramelJar
3. Vintage White Dress with Blue and White Embroidered Flowers-Real Gone Cat Clothes
4. Celebrate Mom Necklace-Lisa Leonard Designs
5. Awesome Mom t-shirt-createmeatishirt
6. Customized wooden spoons-ScissorMill

Music to blog by The Streetbeater by Quincy Jones

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Winston Churchill Day

Dear Winston:

I just thought I would drop you a line, and congratulate you on becoming an honorary American citizen. I realize that this was given to you many years ago, but I did feel a need to congratulate you anyway. You know it’s better late than never. It makes me sad that they made you an honorary citizen after your death. It seems like something you would have appreciated more when you were alive. And I suppose you would have been pretty happy to learn that they declared April 9th as Winston Churchill Day.

Winston, I have to tell you that I believe that I know how you felt when you repeatedly warned your nation about the serious threat that Adolph Hitler posed. And nobody listened to you. Just the other day a friend of mine told me how she was going to handle a situation, and I said are you sure that’s going to work. She wasn’t happy with that statement, and she got a little huffy. And then to add insult to injury she called and asked me why I let her handle the problem that way. I imagine you had similar feelings when after warning your nation they contacted you to handle that problem called Hitler.

I do have to admit that I was a little surprised by your attitude toward Mr. Ghandi.  Did you really favor letting Mr. Ghandi die while he was on a hunger strike? While I understand that he was probably a little difficult for you to understand, but really? Let the man starve to death because he was trying to make a political statement? That does seem a little extreme doesn’t it?  But in some ways I do believe that you did understand Mr. Ghandi. I mean he was willing to go to the extreme to get his point across, and I believe you were like that too. After all a statement like “We shall never surrender” is pretty extreme, especially with all the problems you were facing with that war at that point in time. I’m sure it would have been much easier to say here you go, take this island, but you would have none of that.

I do wonder what you would have thought about that British poll in 2002 that named you the greatest Briton of all time. I wonder if you thought what took them so long to say this, or did you wonder if they would have thought you were so great if you hadn’t won that war?

Well, I do believe that I have taken up enough of your time, but I do want to congratulate you again on your Honorary Citizenship. And let you know that the world probably would be a little different if you hadn’t been around.



Music to blog by Just the Way You Are by Chantilly

Monday, April 8, 2013

Whatcha Been Readin?

I’ve been reading a few books recently, and I thought I would share some of the books I’ve read, and what I think about them.

The House of Dark Shadows by Digger Cartwright

Ever try internet dating? This book shows what an internet dating nightmare can be. It can begin so wonderfully, and then it can turn oh so bad. First you enjoy time together, then your personal issues get into the way. And you get really confused. And mean the main character gets really confused. This book is a good read. The plot moves along, and it will make ya think twice before you talk to someone online. But it’s a good mystery, and I recommend it to mystery lovers.

Hyperspace Event Paradox : The Last Sigh of the Moor by  Aboudekr Boutaleb

This book starts out during the golden age of Islam. Or rather the end of the golden age. Madjid is an alchemist in 1492. He is transported through time to present day Iraq. And then he is transported back to his own time. Imagine what that would be like. I really liked this book, because we always view the Islamic world as being intolerant, and the Christian world as being tolerant. But there was a time when the Islamic world was the tolerant world, and the Christian world was the intolerant one. Pick up the book if you want to read something with a little fantasy twist.

Time Travel Romance-Medieval Love Reunited by Dagger Heart by Nina Moon

Do you believe that you have one true love that will be your true love through all of time? Then this book is for you. You’ll enjoy the adventure that Elise is set on when she finds out that she was separated from her true love several hundred years before, and she is now reunited with him.

The Guru and the Jerk (Living in the New Earth) by Christopher Pinckley

Finally, there is a self-help book that doesn’t just tell you to visualize and meditate your way out of your problems. This book encourages people to be positive about life, but also encourages them to do something to achieve the dreams they have in life.

Hey Joe (Jamiaca Series) Book 1 by Jerry Beller

Absolute favorite book I’ve read recently. A lot of it is due to the fact that the main character River leaves his life in Washington DC in order to live out his dream of writing a book in Jamaica. But River opts to live with the common people in order to see the real Jamaica. His experiences in this book are fun, adventuresome and real. If you want to read a book about one person living out their dream, check out this book.

So if you have any book that you think I might like, let me know so I can check them out.

Music to blog by Egyptian Shumba by The Tammys

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Guest Blogger Bobaloo

I am so excited! I got a new bed! It’s not that pink one that Captain likes to sleep in. It’s one just for me. Finally, something just for me, none of my roommates can fit into the bed. It’s mine all mine!

Sweet Dreams to all of my fellow felines.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Things That Made This Week Grand

Getting ready to go into the cell phone store to buy a new cell phone because I thought I lost mine, and just as I’m getting ready to get out of the car. I heard the phone ring. I had to clean out the car to find it, but I found the phone! It’s a wonder what you find when you clean out your car isn’t it?

Seeing the look on the cat’s face when she gets up from a nap, she looked like she it took so much effort to wake up. What a life she has, nap, eat, and bring me pony tail holders to throw for her. Sheesh!

Enjoying a glass of clamato! I hardly ever buy it, but I always love that spicy taste it has. Yum!

Finding a totally awesome quote, and sharing it with the world.  Lend your friend $20, if he doesn’t pay you back then he’s not your friend. Money well spent – Ted Nicolas

Going into the basement at an estate sale because it was the only place you could actually look at things. Then I found some of the coolest crap available at the sale, a box full of hand-written recipes from some little old lady.  And those people with those Ralph Lauren sheets thought they scored big they had nothing on me.

I hope everyone else had a grand week. And please feel free to share what made it that way.

Music to blog by Moon Dance from the Corpse Bride

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Want List

Since it's finally warmed up, and gardening season can actually get a little bit of a start. Here are a list of items I want today.
1. This chick can garden t-shirt LOLTEES
2. Silverware Garden Markers Beach House Living
3. Organic Seed Bomb Balls RenaissanceBotanical
4. Sunflower Garden Fairy Door Clays by Kim
5. Handmade Gardening Journal creativepaintpaper
6. Williard the Garden Gnome fernwoodgnome
So please let me know which of these you want for your garden.
Music to blog by Choo Choo Mama by Alvin Lee

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Let's Get Cookin'

So I decided I wanted to cook something a little different than I normally do. So I decided I would make some Diablitos. You are now asking what are Diablitos? Diablitos are jalapenos stuffed with fish. They are a little bit of work, but well worth the work. So let’s get cookin’.

First there is the sauce you need to make. It’s pretty easy. Grab a couple tablespoons of flour. Throw in about 6 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese, then add about 4 ounches of shredded Monterey jack cheese, and 3 ½ ounces of cream cheese. Put it all in a food processor. While you’re gathering that stuff up bring a cup of half and half to the boiling point. Add the warm half and half gradually as you process the food. You now have a sauce.

Next chop up a fourth of an onion and throw it in skillet along with a little bit of butter. Saute the onions. Now mix that in with your sauce mix.

Next on the cooking agenda is to get the jalapenos ready. Soak ‘em in cold water for like 30 minutes. That tempers them a little. Now here’s the tricky part for me. Cut a slit in the jalapenos and deseed them. You need to not cut too big of a slit because you’re gonna have to stuff these peppers. You’ll need like 3 dozen medium sized peppers.

Now it’s time to make the filling. Throw 2 cans of tuna into a bowl, then dump in a cup of ricotta cheese, add a couple tablespoons parmesan cheese. Add a couple tablespoons chopped cilantro, and a little bit of oregano, and a little bit of cumin, salt and lime juice. And finally 3 tablespoons sour cream. Mix it all up. And begin stuffing those jalapenos.

Once the peppers are stuffed, now you need to get a batter ready. Separate two eggs, add two tablespoons of flour, and a little bit of salt. Now beat that mixture. Dip the peppers in the batter, and fry them for a minute or so in peanut oil.

Serve on a platter, and the sauce is for dipping. And enjoy!
Music to blog by You Can't Follow by Speedmarket Avenue

Monday, April 1, 2013

Things I Saw Over the Weekend

Cemeteries fascinate me. I think it's my fascination with old things. It warmed up quite a bit over the weekend so I decided to go for a walk at one of the local cemeteries. And this is what I saw, with a little help from picassa. (I do love playing with pictures in Picassa.)

I hope you like the photos, and let me know which one you like the best.
Music to blog by Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by The Likes