December 31, 2011

The New Year's Movie Meme

My dear Kellie discovered this fun movie meme at The Girl with the White Parasol.  It looked super fun, so I decided to do it. :)

1. What is your all-time favorite Grace Kelly costume?  Confession:  I can't stand Grace Kelly. *ducks*  That said, I adore her outfits in High Society.  So lovely!  *swoon*

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2. What classic film would you nominate for a remake?  I can't stand it when they remake classic films!  So, none.

3. Name your favorite femme fatale.  I guess Barbara Bain (Cinnamon) from Mission Impossible (the 60's TV series).  That's the only one I can think of.

4. Name the best movie with the word "heaven" in its title.  I can't recall watching any films with "heaven" in the title.

5. Describe the worst performance by a child actor that you’ve ever seen.   Hmm...I know there is one, but I just can't think of it at the tragical.  I'll probably remember right after I hit publish. ;)

6. Who gets your vote for most tragic movie monster?  Does The Phantom count as a monster?  If not, King Kong.  I always feel bad for him at the end.

7. What is the one Western that you would recommend to anybody?   Confession:  I LOVE westerns.  *grin*  Probably Dodge City.  The Magnificent Seven (Steve McQueen!!) is awesome, but I can't recommend it to everyone.

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8. Who is your ideal movie-viewing partner?  My cousin Abbie, my Grandma Barb, my best friend Kellie and my brother Alex.

9. Has a film ever made you want to change your life?  If so, what was the film?  Chariots of Fire.

10. Think of one performer that you truly love. Now think of one scene/movie/performance of theirs that is too uncomfortable for you to watch.   Jimmy Stewart in The Philadelphia Story.  And I truly love Jimmy.  My favorite actor.

11. On the flip side, think of one really good scene/performance/movie from a performer that you truly loathe.  The Angel and the Badman.  I cannot stand John Wayne.  I'm sorry, but I can't.  But I love that movie.

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{Also, High Noon - as I said before, I don't like Grace Kelly, but I do love that film.}

12. And finally, since it will be New Year's soon, do you have any movie or blogging-related resolutions for 2012?  To get back on my movie fast schedule - no movies for the first week of every month.  I seriously watch way too many movies.  It's a hobby.  Some people watch birds, while I watch movies. lol.

Happy Trails, y'all!  And a Happy New Year, too. =)

December 30, 2011

of Shopping and Surprises

After Christmas sales are so {perfect}.  
You've got a bit of Christmas money to spend and everything is on sale!
What a sublimely superb combination!

Anyway, Kellie and I decided that we simply had to go shopping together.
So, we did.
And we took Kellie's sister Ellen along, too.
Also, I convinced my brother to chauffeur us.  He's an awesome brother. :)

We did not coordinate our outfits on purpose - it just happened.  So fun:)

We had a blast, going to the fabric store, Goodwill, an awesome hole-in-the-wall bookstore, Fred Meyer's, and the mall.  I got a super cute black and white polka dot dress for $2 at the thrift store.  Super cute.  It needs a red belt.  I also found plum colored tights and a grey suede bow headband at Fred's.  The tights and the headband I have been searching for for a while.

We thought this knit hat was very snarky. ;)

Snarky was our word for the is also an inside joke which would take too long to explain here.  
You'll just have to wonder and suffer.

We had to take three pictures of the snarky hat.

End of snarky-ness.

When we were done shopping, we headed to the A's house for a surprise visit.
After purchasing chocolate donuts and party blower things.
While listening to the Mission Impossible theme.  
Some situations require a theme song.

Upon arriving, we discovered from Mr. and Mrs. A that Christopher and Matthew were not home, but they would be in about 5 minutes.

Oh boy! This was the icing on the cake.
Time for an Impromptu Surprise Party for No Reason!!!
Alex quickly hid the car behind the barn and then we all hid and waited...


We ate our donuts and then played a few rounds of In a Pickle.

Yes, my bro can and does make weird faces.  Talent.

The REAL "I Win!" pic - are you happy, Ani? ;)

Then boys practiced their violin, piano, guitar version of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme.

A little too much party, perhaps...?
Please don't kill me for posting this one, Christopher. ;D

And then it was time to head for home.  
Aside from the car alarm going off at the gas station, the trip home was fairly uneventful...=D

Ellen, Kellie, Alex, Christopher, Me, and Matthew.

Happy Trails, y'all!

The day after Christmas...

We grabbed our Christmas candy, warmed up the car, and drove over to the A's house for an afternoon of...

Oh, yeah!!

"Snakes.  Why did it have to be snakes?"

Harrison Ford is awesome.  Just sayin'...

We watched in awe, laughed (Bang!), and ate our candy.
Also some delicious chips and dip made by Mrs. A and nummy cookies.

Matthew's GIANT peppermint stick.  
It's going to take him a long time to whittle that down to size...and might possibly cost him his teeth in the process.

After our movie was over, we played In a Pickle.
If all games must have a point and must make sense at all times, then this is not the game for you.
It's the perfect game for us, though.


I win!!

Me! =)
Absolutely one of the most fun afternoons of my life!
I'm thinking that we might have to make this a day-after-Christmas tradition.  
What do you think?

December 28, 2011

Christmas Eve

It seems like each Christmas is better than the last, and this year was no exception...

Tradition dictates that the Falconers must come over on Christmas Eve, so...they did.

Tradition further dictates that we play Risk...and we did

good friends - laughter - sweet treats

Tradition also dictates that we take pictures in front of the tree.
Tradition was outraged last year - we forgot to take pictures!
We didn't dare forget this year...

Here's the whole gang. :)

That's all for now folks!


...even if you're not a Star Wars geek, this is worth watching.
Absolutely amazing.

December 21, 2011


It's cold outside tonight.  Supposed to get down to 14*F.  Not super cold, but cold.

We got a wee bit of snow the other day.  About an inch...rather pathetic for this time of year in North Idaho.  I can't say that I mind though. :)

My bro and I went shopping for my dad today.   My dad doesn't read my blog (that I know of;), so I can tell you what we got him - a new wallet (Kohls), Kit-Kats, a plastic tube full of M&Ms with a plastic M&M Santa on top, a teddy bear shaped chocolate (about 5" tall), and a Hot Wheels car.  We enjoy joke presents in my family.   Like, wrapping a small present inside a huge box.  I guess you could sum it up by saying that we like to have fun. :)

On our way home from town, we stopped by Matthew (aka Ani) and Christopher's house for a surprise visit.  We brought donuts.  They let us in. ;)

I've said this before, but I just gotta say it again...

Steve McQueen = awesome

Did you know he became a Christian later in life?  I think that's so cool. =)

I had a wonderful time sewing and watching The Bishop's Wife with my good friend Michelle yesterday. :)

A few pictures of my sheepies...


 Sweet Pea

Isn't he cute?
I'm the only one he'll allow to pet him, and he follows me around like a dog.  
Sometimes, I let him out of the pen and he walks around the property with me:)

Fawn, one of our guard llamas.
Llamas are such snobs.

None of my pics of Ingrid, my black ewe, turned out.  She moves too much.  Oh well.

I don't think I'll be posting anymore until after Christmas, so I'd like to wish all of my readers a very merry and blessed Christmas.  In the midst of our holiday cheer, let us not forget the reason we are celebrating - the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Being a shepherdess myself, it always makes me feel extra special to know that shepherds were the first to hear the glorious news of our Lord's birth.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And , lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and the were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Merry Christmas!

December 17, 2011

Cutting Down the Christmas Tree

For the past few years we've cut down our Christmas trees from the same spot on our property.  
The trees are just the perfect size, so there's a wide variety to choose from.  

A few pictures of my brother and I deciding on a tree...

"This is it!"

"I like this needles to drop and we won't have to remember to water it!"

"Wellll...I really like this one better."

"Alex.  You don't. You like this one.  What's not to like?"

"Oh, I just can't decide!"

That face, fyi, is known as "the twisted bowler look".  
If you've watched "Meet the Robinsons", you'll know where he got it from.
If you haven' you know.

We finally decided on a lovely Grand Fir and I think it's our prettiest Christmas tree yet.  
I'll try and get some pics of the decorated tree soon.

Merry Christmas!

P.S. I've seriously given up on creative Christmas Tree post titles.  Sorry.

December 13, 2011

Movie Review: The Wrong Man

One minute, he's a musician at a club with a wife and two kids to support.  
The next, he's a criminal, arrested for armed robbery.  
Robberies that he didn't commit.

So begins the true story of Manny Balestrero as told by Alfred Hitchcock.

A case of mistaken identity.   But can he prove it?

Starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle and Harold J. Stone.

My whole family enjoyed this film.   It's suspenseful and full of emotion with stellar performances by Henry Fonda and Vera Miles as Mr. and Mrs. Balestrero.  If you enjoy suspense films, you'll like "The Wrong Man".

December 12, 2011

A Winter Walk

I couldn't concentrate... 
I couldn't buckle down and do anything...
I was bored out of my mind...

...and I felt like I was slowly suffocating.

I had all the beginning symptoms of the dreaded Cabin Fever. 

Not good.

I made an executive level decision.

And took a walk.

Here's what I saw...

I would have had more pictures, but my battery died :(
Merry Christmas!