Life Lessons

"Figuring out our gifts in life is part of our journey to becoming enlightened human beings.” – Allison DuBois

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cuppa Tea

Song - Tea for Two by Art Tatum

On these colder than usual California days, I like to make a cup of tea in the late afternoon.

The sky is gray and it's getting dark,

it's been a full day, 

the birds are trying 

to elbow the squirrels

off of the bird feeders

for one last bit of seed,

the heater just clicked on, 

the house is oh so quiet,

soon it will be time to get dinner started 

but for now it's tea time!

I get out my ingredients.

Fire up the kettle.

 Warm up my teapot with hot water.

The last few weeks, I have been enjoying "Blue Eyes" by Lindsay's tea.


It is a blend of hibiscus, rose hips, delicate sky-blue cornflower blossoms, orange peels & sweet apples that are mixed to create this flavored blend.

And what I love most makes my tea........

a lovely shade of Cranberry pink!

I place a cozy on top of my tea pot, curl up in a comfy chair and watch as the sky goes dark.

According to George Orwell  A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell  tea making has 11 steps in making a proper cup of tea, #6 is to bring the pot to the kettle as the water should be boiling at the time of impact! (oh dear, I think I have been doing it the opposite way all of this time!!)

And according to John Lennon....
“Yoko, you’re supposed to first put the tea bags in, and then the hot water.”
One night, however, John came up with “I was talking to Aunt Mimi this afternoon and she says you are supposed to put the hot water in first. Then the tea bag. I could swear she taught me to put the tea bag in first, but…”
“So all this time, we were doing it wrong?”
We both cracked up.

(I think Aunt Mimi got it a little bungled up!)

"I got nasty habits; I take tea at three." - Mick Jagger 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Movie Night

 Song - Saturday Night at the Movies by the Drifters

 It has been about a year now that I informed my family that one of the things on my "bucket list" was to watch 100 of my favorite movies together.
I think it began as 50 movies and has grown to 100 plus!

So we decided that Sunday night would be our "Dinner and a Movie" evening.  I either cook something simple or we order pizza but most likely than not we grab some Chinese food!

Of course, a lot of changes have happened to my movie list over the year.  Most of the changes are from Mr. B who wants to get some "Real Guy" movies sprinkled in.  The boys weigh in too as to what they want to watch.  But I also think they have been pleasantly surprised by the diversity and interesting story lines.

So here is my list....anything missing?

Absence of Malice
 An Affair to Remember
African Queen
All About Eve
Amelie  X
American Graffiti
The American President


A Beautiful Mind  X
The Bells of St. Mary’s
Billy Elliott  X
The Birds
 The Bishops Wife
 Bottle Shock  X
Breakfast at Tiffanys
Breakfast Club
 Breaking Away
Bringing Up Baby
Buena Vista Social Club
Bull Durham
Bus Stop
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Chariots of Fire
Chocolat  X
 Citizen Kane
Coal Miner's Daughter

 Dave  X
Dances with Wolves
Dirty Dancing
Driving Miss Daisy  X
Dr. Zhivago

The Elephant Man

Father of the Bride
Fiddler on the Roof
Field of Dreams
The First Grader
Forrest Gump
French Kiss  X
Fried Green Tomatoes

The Godfather
The Gods Must Be Crazy  X
Gone With the Wind
Good Will Hunting  X
The Graduate
The Grapes of Wrath
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

A Hard Day's Night
Harold & Maude
His Girl Friday
The Holiday
The Horse Whisperer

Il Postino
It's A Wonderful Life

Julie & Julia

 The King and I
The Kings Speech  X
Kinky Boots  X

Lawrence of Arabia
A League of their Own
Legends of the Fall
Life As A House  X
Life is Beautiful
Love Story

The Magnificent Seven
The Maltese Falcon
The Milagro Bean Field War
Miracle on 34th Street
The Miracle Worker
The Motorcycle Diaries  X
 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
My Big Fat Greek Wedding   X
My Cousin Vinny
My Fair Lady
My Favorite Wife

The Natural
North by Northwest

The Quiet Man

An Officer & a Gentleman
On Golden Pond  X
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Out of Africa

The Philadelphia Story
Pretty Woman

Rain man
      Rear Window


  Rebel Without A Cause
Remains of the Day

       A River Runs Through It
Roman Holiday
Romeo & Juliette
Rosemary's Baby

Same Time Next Year
Scent of a Woman
The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao

       Sideways X
       Sleepless in Seattle

       Some Like it Hot
       The Sound of Music
       Splendor in the Grass
       Steel Magnolia’s
 The Sting  X

       The Thin Man
       To Kill A Mockingbird
       Treasure of the Sierra Madre
       Twelve Angry Men

       You’ve Got Mail

       Waking Ned Devine  X
       When Harry Met Sally
       The Wizard of Oz
       Working Girl

The " X  " means we have seen it.  

Can you figure out my original list and the one's Mr. B added?

What would you add if this were your list?

 “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”  -- Ingrid Bergman

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