March 31, 2012

Going Through the Era's {Matinee Saturday} - 1960s

 Because my ewes all decided to lamb this week, I unfortunately had to skip most of Ashley's Going Through The Era's 1960s week.   However, I had this post almost completed anyway, so I decided to finish it and share it with you all:)

This week {March 25th-31st} is the 1960s.

Today's theme is...Matinee Saturday!
{do movie reviews of movies from the era. share your favorite Actors/Actresses, fun movie trivia, etc....}

I decided to do basically the same thing as my last week's Matinee Saturday post and list all of my favorite films from the 60s.

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The Magnificent Seven (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach)
Pollyanna (Hayley Mills)
The Swiss Family Robinson (John Mills, Dorthy McGuire, James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran)

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The Absent-Minded Professor (Fred MacMurray)
The Guns of Navarone (Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Disney)
The Parent Trap (Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith)

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In Search of the Castaways (Hayley Mills)
The Longest Day (John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, etc.)
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (James Stewart & Maureen O'Hara)
The Music Man (Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett)

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Charade (Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn) {Warning: if you're easily scared, you will not like this film}
The Great Escape (Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, Richard Attenborough) {my review}
Son of Flubber (Fred MacMurray)
Summer Magic (Hayley Mills & Dorothy McGuire)

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Father Goose (Cary Grant & Leslie Caron)
Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews)
The Moon-Spinners (Hayley Mills)
My Fair Lady (Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison)
Robin and the 7 Hoods (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Burl Ives {voice})
Send Me No Flowers (Doris Day & Rock Hudson)
The Three Lives of Thomasina (Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice)

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The Sound of Music (Julie Andrews)
That Darn Cat! (Hayley Mills & Dean Jones)
Von Ryan's Express (Frank Sinatra) {note: I skip some scenes}

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The Rare Breed (James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Juliet Mills)
The Trouble With Angels (Rosalind Russell & Hayley Mills)

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The Happiest Millionaire (Fred MacMurray, Tommy Steele, Greer Garson, Lesley Ann Warren)
Monkeys, Go Home! (Dean Jones)
The Reluctant Astronaut (Don Knotts)
Wait Until Dark (Audrey Hepburn) {Warning: if you're easily scared, you will not like this film}

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (Dean Jones)
The Shakiest Gun in the West (Don Knotts)

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Hello, Dolly! (Barbra Streisand & Walter Matthau)


And there you have it!
My favorite films from the 1960s.
Happy Trails, y'all:)

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March 30, 2012

And now there are six...

Anyone want to see more lamb pictures?
You do?!?!  Oh goody!! =)

Yesterday was an extremely busy day as both Sweet Pea and Ingrid decided to lamb in the morning.

To my great surprise and delight, Sweet Pea had triplets!
Triplets aren't exactly rare for sheep, but twins are the norm.

Three little girls=)
My name ideas so far have been...
Arwen, Eowyn and Galadriel
Naomi, Orpah and Ruth
Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Eliza (Elizabeth Bennet) and Arabella (Captain Blood)
Victoria (as in Queen), Mary (as in Queen of Scots), and...another historical character. 

I like the first three best, but I'm totally open to name suggestions!
All names must be from literature, the Bible or history.
Sometimes I name them after silver screen stars, like Ingrid.
So, ideas anyone??

I'm still working on recognizing which triplet is which, but I think the above and below pics are of Triplet #1.

This is Triplet #3 for sure - she's smaller than the other two and twice as spunky and curious;)

One of our guard llamas, Fawn.
The other two, Kimmy and Picabo (peek-a-boo), are in the other pen with my pet sheep Calvin.  Calvin is rather rough with the newborn lambs, so he has to stay separate until they're old enough to take it.

All three of the triplets - it was quite difficult getting a good pic with all of them in it.

And now Ingrid's beautiful first-born...

A lovely, big ram lamb!

This being her first time, poor Ingrid wasn't sure what she was supposed to do while she was in labor.   I let her work at it on her own for a while, but after about three hours without getting anywhere it was time to step in and help out.
Thankfully, the lamb was in perfect birth position - both front legs and the head coming out together - and I just needed to pull him gently out.

I am so proud of Ingrid.  She's been an excellent first time mother, taking such wonderful, careful care of her baby.  I didn't even need to hold her still for her lamb to nurse for the first time.  She's a natural:)
I love it when my animals make my job easier.

I'm still considering names for him, but I've pretty much decided on Mycroft, "Mi" for short.
For those who don't know, Mycroft is Sherlock Holmes' older brother.

And last but not least, here are a few more pics of Emma's lambs...


It's been raining cats and dogs for the last few days, but everyone is nice and cozy under the shelter.

I'm so blessed to have such wonderful sheep and six beautiful healthy lambs!!

Happy Trails, y'all!

Silver Screen Blog Party { I Answer the Questions}

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t h e  q u e s t i o n s

It seems to be standard procedure for blog party questionnaires to begin by asking you to introduce yourself to the rest of the party goers. Far be it from me to be remiss in my duty, therefore, do tell us a bit about yourself, in as many or few words as you wish.
Well, I'm the hostess of this here blog party, and let me say first that I've enjoyed reading everyone's answers very, very much!
I love living in Idaho, raising sheep, spending time with my family and friends, reading, watching classic films, and studying God's Word.  You can find out more about me on my About Me page.

What are a few of your favorite classic films?
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Great Escape
The Magnificent Seven
That Darn Cat!
The Parent Trap
Funny Face
Guys and Dolls
Charade name a few;)
You can find my other top favorite films on my Bookshelf page.

Out of those films, who are your favorite characters (not actor, character)?
Robin Hood
Esther (Ben-hur)
Captain Hilts (The Great Escape)
Vin and Brit (Mag 7)
Linus and David Larrabee (Sabrina)
Zeke Kelso & Canoe (The Darn Cat)
Jo Stockton & Dick Avery (Funny Face)
Nathan Detriot (Guys and Dolls)
Mrs. de Winter (Rebecca)
Rick Blain and Victor Lazlo (Casablanca)
Reggie (Charade)

Share one of your favorite movie lines...
Oh goodness! Did I really say one favorite line?!
All of the lines in the movie line guessing game are my favorites, but I'll got with one I didn't include...

"Why, you speak treason!"
Maid Marian and Robin Hood, The Adventures of Robin Hood

What is your opinion on remaking classic films?
As a general rule, I can't stand it when they (whoever "they" are;) remake a classic.  These films are classics for a reason.  There are a few exceptions to this rule.  You've Got Mail and In The Good Old Summertime are both remakes of The Shop Around the Corner, and I love them all for their own unique qualities.

How about colorizing black and white films?
Absolutely, definitely, decidedly against colorizing black and white films!  They're works of art, created to be viewed at their best in black and white and should not be tampered with.  That being said, there are two colorized films which I grew up watching that I continue to watch in color even when presented with the option to view in the original black and white.  Those two special films would be the original The Shaggy Dog and the original The Absent-Minded Professor

Name a few of your favorite silver screen actresses.
Olivia de Havilland
Audrey Hepburn
Jean Arthur
Hayley Mills
to name a few.

Now a few of your favorite actors.
Steve McQueen
Jimmy Stewart
Errol Flynn
Ronald Coleman
to name a few.

Why are they your favorites?
Firstly, I love all of them because they are excellent actors and actresses.
I love Olivia's sweetness, the way she brings innocence to a role without making it sappy.
Audrey Hepburn is elegant, classy and a lady.  She's just marvelous in every way.
Jean Arthur's cute little voice makes me smile.
And Hayley Mills...well, she's cute and spunky and makes my day better. you want the short or long version of why I love Steve McQueen?!  As an actor, he's adorable, cute, cool and tough all at the same time.  He can act without saying a word.  As a man, he rose above his less than perfect beginning (an alcoholic mother and an abusive step-father) to become one of the greatest stars of all time.  No, he was not perfect and he had many failings, but he achieved the greatest victory man can when he gave his life to the Lord 3 years before he died.  He completely turned his life around after that.  Now there's a man.
Jimmy Stewart, you are wonderful in every way:)
I like Errol Flynn because he is outrageously good-looking and has a gorgeous accent.
Ronald Coleman is the perfect gentleman and he has an awesome British accent which I absolutely adore listening to.

Do you enjoy westerns? Why or why not?
Yes, yes, yes! I LOVE westerns!!
I love the hard riding cowboys, the daring feats of marksmanship, and the romance.
And if we're talking Roy Rogers, the songs:)

Are you a purist when it comes to adapting a book you love to the screen?
Sort of.  There are some things which the filmmakers must get right in order for me to enjoy the film, but I totally understand that some things just don't adapt well to the screen so I can forgive most changes they make.  What annoys me the most is when they change a character's character.  For example, Peter and Edmund Pevensie from Narnia.  They turned Peter the Magnificent into Peter the Jerk in Prince Caspian, and did almost the same thing to Ed in Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  I've read those book so many times and they are very near and dear to my heart, so it really irritated me.  Same thing with Faramir in The Two Towers.  Ugh.  However, I still enjoy all of those films, cause they're awesome=)

Are there any film adaptations that you enjoyed more than the original book?
Probably War & Peace (1956).  I've started to read War and Peace twice, and just couldn't make it through.  I wanted to love it very much, especially since one of the characters is named Natasha;)  I love the film though!  And it doesn't hurt that Natasha is played by Audrey Hepburn=)

There are a lot of wonderful classic TV shows, but which one is your favorite?
Wanted: Dead or Alive (well, it stars Steve McQueen;)
Also, Leave it to Beaver.
Oh, and Mission: Impossible.

After watching a musical, do you hum and singing snatches of the songs as you go about your day?
Every time!  I don't always remember all of the words, but I sing them anyway;)

Assuming the answer to the above is "yes", which song, without fail, get's stuck in your head?
It's A Grand Night For Singing (State Fair 1945)
Good Mornin' (Singin' in the Rain)

What's the corniest film you've ever seen?
Mr. Imperium
Lame, lame, lame.
Don't waste your time.


Happy Trails, y'all!

March 28, 2012

More Sherlock & Dr. Watson

Warning: viewing these photos may result in overexposure to cuteness.

Watson & Sherlock
Not even a full day old yet, these little boys are as active as Mexican jumping beans!
Which makes it hard to get decent pics of them because of the constant movement;)



Watson again - he was being more cooperative for the camera than Sherlock:)
Two completely healthy ram lambs.  Praise the Lord!

time for a nap
I had a short video of the lambs I wanted to share, but Blogger was taking forever to upload it.
Oh well.
Happy Trails, y'all!

March 27, 2012

Sherlock & Dr. Watson

The first of my babies arrived this evening!

These pictures aren't the best as it was getting dark, but here they are anyway.
I'll get better ones tomorrow:)

Allow me to introduce you to Emma's lambs...


Named after Sherlock Homes and Dr. John Watson, naturally.
That's what I've been reading lately, so there you are:)

Sherlock again
Their cozy home:)

The Bonnie dog was miffed because I wouldn't let her in the sheep pen with me.  Wouldn't even look at the camera for her picture;)  Bonnie loves the lambs and sheep, and as a general rule they don't mind her.   The mommas do not appreciate her presence around their newborn lambs though, so I have to keep her away from them for the first few days.

Ok, I've got to run - the family is yelling at me to come watch a movie with them.
The Lost World, to be specific.


March 25, 2012


Birthdays are so very special.
It's the day you came into the world.
A day devoted entirely to celebrating how marvelous you are.
Well, at least celebrating the fact that you were born;)
And to make it even better, presents are involved...
...and really, who doesn't enjoying opening presents?

Is it terribly juvenile and corny to have pictures taken of you opening presents on your 23rd birthday?
Well, even if it is, I'm sharing them anyway...
You'll just have to deal with it;)

I had a simply marvelous birthday this year, despite the fact that my Kellie missed it.
You can read her beautiful Bappy Hirthday post, if you want.
It made me smile, and I think you'll see why;)

Anyway, my grandparents came over for lunch (Noodle Express! Yummy!!), and my Grandma brought a beautiful (and delicious) chocolate cake.  The voice lessons really paid off, as I was able to blow out all 23 candles with one breath.  I don't think I've ever done that before!
Yes, I am ridiculously pleased with myself;)

My wonderful extended family sent me a group Happy Birthday email, and a phone call from my dear cousin Abbie and one from Kellie made my day perfection itself!

Alex gave me the best card ever.  He made it himself, and all he wrote inside was "Hi!"
If you've never seen Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, then you won't get it.
My bro is the ultimate younger brother.

He gave me an autographed copy of his newly published children's book Rathdrum Willie.
I'll be sharing more about his book at a later date.

Dad and Mom
 My mom was having a really good day that day, which made it all the more special:)

Now, I don't want to brag, but I got some seriously awesome presents.

I have long desired these puppies...

Ahem, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Special Extended DVD Edition.
I LOVE how the DVD covers look like antique books.
And if you're going to invest in these movies, do yourself a favor and get the extended editions.  They're way better than the theatrical cut.

I add films to my collection as meticulously and carefully as I add books to my library, so I'm absolutely thrilled to be adding those to my shelf, as well as these...  

My daddy knows me well;)

 Also a lovely teacup from The Victorian Trading Co. with my birth month March inscribed upon it.
You can't see the lettering very well in the picture, but it looks very Hobbit-ish to me.

My birthday post wouldn't be complete without some outfit pics.

o u t f i t
ruffled cardigan - gifted
 jumper - made and designed by me
shoes - Fred Meyer

Happy Trails, y'all!

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March 24, 2012

Going Through the Era's {Matinee Saturday} - 1950s

I'm linking up to Bramblewood Fashion's Going Through the Era's event!

This week {March 18th-24th} is the 1950s.

Today's theme is...Matinee Saturday!
{do movie reviews of movies from the era. share your favorite Actors/Actresses, fun movie trivia, etc....}

The films that stand out to me from this era are the lavish Biblical epics (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis, The Robe, etc.) and, at the other end of the scale, the totally bizarre Science Fiction adventures (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Them!, This Island Earth, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Blob, etc.).

I loved watching The Ten Commandments when I was little and was delighted when I discovered the other wonderful Biblical epics.  They're big, colorful, and in many ways bring the Bible to life for me and encourage me.

I also grew up watching the old sci-fi films, thanks to my dad.  There's really nothing he likes better than to sit down with all of us and watch The Day the Earth Stood Still, Journey to the Center of the Earth, or When World's Collide.  All of that exposure to sci-fi fare at an early age must have had it's effect, because I'm right there with him enjoying every minute.  It makes for a rather startling contrast to my usual old-fashioned, girly self;)

was too lazy didn't have time to review a film today, so I thought I'd steal Ashley's idea (hope you don't mind, Ashley:) and just list my favorite films from the 50s.
I have included links to any films I have previously reviewed.

Born Yesterday

Annie Get Your Gun (Betty Hutton & Howard Keel)
Born Yesterday (Judy Holliday & William Holden)
Broken Arrow (James Stewart)
Father of the Bride (Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor)
Harvey (James Stewart)
Winchester '73 (James Stewart)

The Day the Earth Stood Still

The African Queen (Humphrey Bogart & Katherine Hepburn)
Bedtime for Bonzo (Ronald Reagan)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Michael Rennie & Patricia Neal)
Quo Vadis (Robert Taylor & Debora Kerr)
Royal Wedding (Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford)
When Worlds Collide (Barbara Rush)

Singin' in the Rain
Bend of the River (James Stewart)
High Noon (Gary Cooper & Grace Kelly)
The Quiet Man (John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara)
 Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor & Debbie Reynolds)

Roman Holiday
Calamity Jane (Doris Day)
The Naked Spur (James Stewart)
Peter Pan (Disney)
The Robe (Richard Burton & Jean Simmons)
Rob Roy, the Highland Rouge (Richard Todd & Glynis Johns)
Roman Holiday (Gregory Peck & Audrey Hepburn)
Stalag 17 (William Holden)

On the Waterfront
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Kirk Douglas & James Mason)
Brigadoon (Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse)
The Caine Mutiny (Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray)
The Country Girl (Bing Crosby, William Holden, Grace Kelly)
The Long, Long Trailer (Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz)
On the Waterfront (Marlon Brando & Eva Marie Saint)
Sabrina (Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Jane Powell & Howard Keel)
Suddenly (Frank Sinatra & Sterling Hayden)
Them! (James Arness)
White Christmas (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, Rosemary Clooney)
Young at Heart (Frank Sinatra & Doris Day)

This Island Earth
Daddy Long Legs (Fred Astaire & Leslie Caron)
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (Fess Parker & Buddy Ebsen)
Guys and Dolls (Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons)
Rage at Dawn (Randolph Scott)
This Island Earth (Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Faith Domergue)

War and Peace

Anastasia (Ingrid Bergman & Yul Brynner)
Friendly Persuasion (Gary Cooper, Dorthy McGuire, Anthony Perkins)
High Society (Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly)
The King and I (Deborah Kerr & Yul Brynner)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (James Stewart & Doris Day)
The Ten Commandments (Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, etc.)
War and Peace (Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer)
The Wrong Man (Henry Fonda) {my review}

Funny Face

Battle Hymn (Rock Hudson)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (William Holden & Alec Guinness)
Designing Woman (Gregory Peck & Lauren Bacall)
Funny Face (Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire) {my review}
Johnny Tremain (Disney)
Love in the Afternoon (Gary Cooper & Audrey Hepburn)
Old Yeller (Dorthy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran)
The Spirit of St. Louis (James Stewart)
Tammy and the Bachelor (Debbie Reynolds & Leslie Nielsen)

The Big Country

The Big Country (Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives)
The Blob (Steve McQueen)
A Night to Remember (Kenneth More) {my review}

North by Northwest

Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (James Mason & Pat Boone)
Never So Few (Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Peter Lawford, Dean Jones, Charles Bronson)
North by Northwest (Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint)
The Shaggy Dog (Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran)


Whew!  I thought I might not make it through to '59. ;)
Happy Trails, y'all!

This comes under the heading of bragging rights rather than trivia, but I recently discovered that I share ancestors both with William Holden and with Ronald Reagan.  They're cousins 7x removed...or something like that.  I'm not exactly sure on that point, but...
I thought that was pretty cool and I just had to tell someone=)

March 21, 2012

Going Through the Era's {Random Wednesday} - 1950s

I'm linking up to Bramblewood Fashion's Going Through the Era's event!

 This week {March 18th-24th} is the 1950s.
Today's theme is...Random Wednesday! 
{share photos/magazine scans/dishes/cleaning recipes/things you own from the era/etc...}

Today, instead of sharing more family pictures, I want to share some scans of my two Roy Rogers Comic books and one of my Roy Rogers music books.
These are all from the mid-fifties.

Click the images to enlarge.

an advertisement from the comic book
It can be very difficult to find Roy Rogers memorabilia that's in good shape and for a reasonable price.  
The guy was and is so popular and loved!

Roy and I think that's Roy Jr. "Dusty" with him.
Roy teaches you the basics of guitar

These pictures were also in the music book, although I'm not sure which film they're from.
That looks like Bob Hope with Roy, so possibly Son of Paleface?  I've never seen the film, so I don't really know.

And here's one of the songs from the book...


Happy Trails, folks!