Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Prepping" For Atlanta

I will be in Atlanta this weekend, acting as part of the production team for Vivien.

PLEASE come see this show...It's amazing!!  The LA Times called it one of the "10 Best" of the Year when it debuted.  Here's the info....

Follow me on Twitter or Instagram for more... Judith will be doing a meet-and-great after each show, so come meet one of the stars of The Young and the Restless!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: Coming Soon

This book comes out at Christmas.

I have all the other "Frenchwomen" books by Mireille Guiliano, and I must say this one particularly intrigues me!

What do you think?

(I don't like needles or knives, so  need other options!!)



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday Tip: Cleaning Up Electronic Clutter

I had a wonderful morning working with the amazing Debbie Bowie, who's an organizing wizard.  She taught me so much about different ways of looking at clutter and grouping things together before making decisions about what to keep, give away or throw out. My Tuesday Tip is all about decluttering, too....specifically electronic clutter.

I saw this website on the news last night and it was an answer to prayer!  I have been going through online accounts and websites I have joined, to pare down to the minimum.  Sometimes that's not as easy as it seems.  Just as I was getting frustrated....Voila!.... www.justdelete.me. Our local news did a report on it, and although I have yet to try it...I can't wait to see what it does!  I'll report back soon....


Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday At The Movies

Sorry... No Downton Abbey "enthusiastic preview" today. I am not even sure I want to keep watching at this point. Thank goodness a friend in the UK warned me. No spoilers in what I write today, but it wasn't very easy to watch, in my opinion. (***Do NOT visit this link if you do not want to know what happened, but the public outcry against this episode has been so strong that it is all over the international media. That is why I am posting the link.  I am joining the protest!)

So, we turn to movies on this Monday morning.  I am a huge fan of old movies.  Always have been, even as a kid, when there were no cable channels to feed my obsession.  TCM is showing a classic today, The Great Ziegfeld, with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer and others.  (Myrna Loy plays Ziegfeld's second wife, Billie Burke, best known as Glinda, the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz.)

Luise Rainer is a stunning actress and human being.  Because she retired decades ago, many people don't know her work....but she won two Academy Awards as Best Actress. My favorite film of hers is The Good Earth, but what I think is simply extraordinary is that she is still living and quite lively at that.  She is 103!   Putting her into perspective with the current season of Downton Abbey.... She'd have been a 12 year old at the time.  Wow....

Have a great day, everyone!  Cheers, Liz

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Silly Sunday: Do The Twist

Just ran across this....It came out in 1962, the year I was 3...and not long after I started my first year of dance classes.  I remember my wonderful teacher, "Miss Genia" (Genia Howard) taught our little class the Twist.  I thought I was so cool!

I Got Lucky is a perfect song for practicing, so have at it!  Twist the day away... It's great exercise!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Saturday At The Cemetery

I am a sad today.... My husband is down in SC at the funeral of his cousin, who was a dear young man.  Another college friend is in Richmond this weekend for the funeral of her sweet aunt, her dad's sister.  Sadly, this family lost an uncle a couple of weeks ago, so the mourning is double.  We know the Lord has wonderful things waiting in heaven, but there is still the grief for the loss we feel here on earth.

Some people avoid cemeteries like the plague.  I, on the other hand, being the family genealogist, often find myself spending hours upon hours, visiting various cemeteries throughout Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia, taking pictures and recording information from tombstones.  I also participate as a member in FindAGrave.com, supplying photos and info for family members and others.  I have connected with several distant cousins through that work and my work on Ancestry.com.  Becoming a genealogist/family detective is a lot of fun...just like working on an interesting jigsaw puzzle.  But with genealogy, you start at the center and work your way out....so the picture of the puzzle grows and grows!

If you are doing any genealogy work and happen to visit cemetery websites, looking for your ancestors, be sure to check out (via FindAGrave.com) who else might be there.  I have briefly visited (and paid my respects) to past film star Joseph Cotten (Petersburg, VA) and a former member of The Little Rascals/Our Gang, Norman "Chubby" Chaney (Baltimore, MD).  I even ran across the story of a young man who has made the effort to record the final resting places of those actors/performers who gave so much to the public, even though some of them are fading into obscurity as their fans of old are also aging out.  It is called, Looking For Miss Crabtree and it is by Kevin W. Buck.  It is a very sweet and dear book, and I highly recommend it.  It covers everyone from Humphrey Bogart, to Irene Ryan, to members of The Little Rascals.  

You can order it through Amazon.com...and there is a special Kindle version available for only $1.99 at the writing of this post.  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday Find: Petanque...And Books

Love, love, love this game!  I play with a group in Richmond called Les Boulefrogs.  Check out the Petanque America website to see where you can find a "terrain" and learn to play in your area.  It's fun...

Another thing I am mad for are books of all kinds.  If you love books even half as much as I do, you will be mad for this blog post at The Entertaining House.  Those rooms are my ideal!!!!  (And, yes, I still need a 12-step program to help with my being a book-a-holic.)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tired Thursday

Whew!  What a day... I didn't really have time to post, but since I've been writing every day, it's become habit and I just can't let the day close without something.  So, I will simply say "good night."

Hope you have a great night's sleep!  When I was a very little girl, Miss Betty used to rock me to sleep singing this wonderful gospel song.... She wasn't a soprano like Kathleen Battle, but her voice was beautiful to me.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Turquoise Tuesday

Saw this online and just loved it!  It's too late for me or my girls...but one day I may have grandchildren.  Wouldn't it be fun if grandmother had a tree house in which to sleep?