Friday, September 27, 2013

Things that make me giggle.

I wasn't even planning on doing any kind of a post today (as I've been lazy about blogging all summer long. I don't think anyone will it's all good. Thank you to my three loyal readers! ;-)  )but I saw this photo and it made me LOL! Enjoy!

Via Google. Paula Patton and  Robin Thicke! FABULOUS!!!

Other things that are making me happy lately. Our yard. It's all fenced in. I can just let the dogs out and they roam freely without worry of cars, running off or Daisy, our senior, running after children!

That's Curtis rocking his Thursday afternoon on the lawn. That dead patch of lawn in the back left is where Miss Daisy's summer pool stood. She held vigil around the area daily for a good four days after it was taken down for the season. :-(   She loves to swim!

I love everything about this neighborhood! We live in the Como area of St. Paul and I am blissfully happy here!

Here is my fave neighborhood hang out. Java Train! I think they recently changed the name to Como Grill. It will always be Java Train to me! You can get a good coffee here, beer and wine and it's quaint and had character. The best part? Not even a block away!

Como Park Conservatory. This is also literally..right down the street. You can walk lazily and bump into amazing things everywhere.

So this is where I've been, friends! It's too beautiful to stay inside and there's too much to see before the "five year winter" starts! (Nod to Game of Thrones. Thanks to my nephew, Nick..we watched all seasons and are hooked. VERY well done!)

Time to hit the backyard with the doggies.

Have a beautiful weekend!!

Pumpkins, Gourds & All Things Fine~



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bill Murray's Birthday! Guest Post by Blake Meredith.

Yes, friends. Today is Bill Murray's Birthday! And I've got a guest post on Bill..or William..or Willard as I'd call him!

If you "believe" the age he's given us (don't all actors lie about age? I feel like Bill wouldn't, but since I don't personally know him and have only heard stories of run-ins with him in the greater St. Paul area, I just can't be sure) he is 63 today.

Is it possible he's ACTUALLY 73? No. I don't think that feels right at all.

Did you see him in Groundhog Day? One of my VERY favorite movies to date! I also loved Lost in Translation...and how can you not love Carl in Caddyshack? He made me snort in The Royal Tenenbaums! I love that movie! My hubby= not so much.

Image via Google.

Our guest today is Blake Meredith, writing about beloved Bill and wondering: Is he a fantastic man having a mid life crisis?  Enjoy!

Bill Murray: Midlife Crisis or Just Fun Wild Antics?

Legendary comedian, actor, and Saturday Night Live alum Bill Murray is turning 63 years old on September 21st and that is a cause for celebration! Murray has been in a huge variety of comedy films including Caddyshack (1980), Ghostbusters (1984), and Groundhog Day (1993). He also starred in 7 of the 8 films directed by Wes Anderson, with the only exception being Anderson’s first film Bottle Rocket (1996). Murray also gained critical acclaim after his leading role in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003).

Lost in Translation stars Murray opposite Scarlett Johansson. Murray plays an actor working in Japan and at the same time going through a midlife crisis. The odd thing about the film is that in real life Murray appears to be going through a sort of midlife crisis himself. Well, maybe it’s not your typical midlife crisis, but then again Bill Murray isn’t your typical guy. After a few questionable stories surfaced about odd behaviors and run ins with Bill Murray and website devoted to these tales popped up. Bill Murray Stories is full of interesting encounters people have had with Murray over the years.

The stories range from Murray crashing college parties to Murray simply stealing a french fry off a patron’s plate at a diner before saying, “No one will ever believe you,” then simply walking away. Murray played kickball with a group of people in New York City one day, just because why not? He wore all camouflage to a golf tournament at Pebble Beach and fed his divot to a fan. It seems the craziness that surrounds Murray has no limits.

Murray has not had an agent in years and instead he calls you if he wants to work with you. It has been reported that Murray has actually missed opportunities because he simply forgot to check his voicemail. In recent years he has performed in more dramatic features such as Moonrise Kingdom and Hyde Park on Hudson.

Maybe these Bill Murray shenanigans are really the product of a midlife crisis, or maybe Murray is just a cool guy enjoying his fame in a way that doesn’t involve being a jerk, unlike some other major actors. Either way, it doesn’t really matter, because the guy is still a well renowned, successful actor.

Murray’s future screen work includes a role in The Monuments Men with George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, and Bob Balaban, which comes out December 18th, 2013. Murray will also be starring alongside Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, and Jude Law in Wes Anderson’s next film The Grand Budapest Hotel slated to come out in 2014.

Author Bio: Blake Meredith is a film and television blogger for where she covers popular television and new releases. Blake has been a longtime fan of Bill Murray’s and is particularly fond of Ghostbusters and his work in Wes Anderson’s films. Blake currently resides in Chicago, IL where she studies writing at Second City, Bill Murray’s old stomping ground.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Life Lessons.

I've seen this numerous times, but it's always worth a re-read to gain perspective. I've made the ones I need to remember BOLD!!

Hope you're all having a wonderful extended weekend!



45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but don’t forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.