October 9

Love This – British Sitcoms

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We speak a common language, but not every American can appreciate British comedy.  I am one that can and does.  These are five British sitcoms that I love.  This is not an all-inclusive list, just a little snapshot of some shows that have made me laugh…a lot.

“Are You Being Served?”

This  show was my introduction to the brand of humor that is uniquely British.  The show ran from 1972 to 1985 and is set in the ladies’ and gentlemen’s clothing departments of Grace Brothers, a large, fictional London department store.

Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers was broadcast in 1975 and 1979 and only had 12 episodes.  The series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay.  The show centers on the tense, rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) who also co-wrote the series.

Waiting for God

Waiting for God ran from 1990 to 1994 and focuses on two lively resident of a retirement home who spend their time butting up against the home’s oppressive management and their own families.

Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances centers around Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet, according to Hyacinth) an eccentric, social-climbing snob whose working-class family is a constant source on embarrassment (and laughs).  Keeping Up Appearances ran from 1990 to 1995.

The Vicar Of Dibley

I love Dawn French who plays Geraldine Granger, a female vicar who is assigned to a small Oxfordshire village called Dibley.  Fun-loving and outrageous, the vicar has her hands full with the Parish Council.  The show ran from 1994 to 2007.

I first enjoyed these British sitcoms thanks to my local PBS station.  Do you have a favorite British sitcom?

Daily Inspiration

 

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.

Jean Houston

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October 2

Love This – My Library

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As a taxpayer, there are some things I like paying for and some things I don’t.  One thing I like…my local library.  I am fortunate to live in an area that has a robust library system, in a country that has long valued public libraries.  I am a card carrying member of the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library System.

This is my library…

It’s a beautiful place filled with books, helpful librarians, DVD, audiobooks and so much more…

 

and I love it.

Daily Inspiration

 

The best of my education has come from the public library… my tuition fee is a bus fare and once in a while, five cents a day for an overdue book.  You don’t need to know very much to start with, if you know the way to the public library. 

Lesley Conger

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September 25

Love This – Papercrafting Companies

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I’m pretty new to papercrafting.  I started going to a card club that my nieces lead…one sells Stampin’ Up! and one sells Close To My Heart.  I joined mainly to get together with them and my sisters.  Then, a friend at work started selling Stampin’ Up! and I joined a card club she leads.  Although papercrafting isn’t my “first love,” it is really fun and I think it will help me as I put together my photo albums.

Here’s why I like Stampin’ Up! and Close To My Heart:

1.  The consultants.

If they sell papercrafting items, they tend to love papercrafting.  That passion and expertise really helps when you’re trying to learn a new hobby or technique, decide what to purchase or dissect a project.

2.  The companies.

If you’ve ever visited the papercrafting section of your local craft store, you might have felt like your head would explode.  These two companies present a cohesive line of products, and the catalogs present the products in a way that helps you make sense of them.

3.  The colors.

All the products have an easy to understand and coordinate color palette…very helpful, especially when you’re just starting out.

4.  The classes.

The workshops and clubs let you try different products and techniques before you purchase the supplies, and the consultants take you step-by-step through a project which is a lot easier than trying to figure it out on your own.

5.  The camaraderie.

It’s fun to go to my clubs.  I get to visit, laugh, learn and eat.

Daily Inspiration

 

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Nelson Mandela

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September 18

Love This – The Purvis Burger

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My first thought when I saw this on the menu was, “That doesn’t sound good,” but my daughter said it was good so we split one.  YUM!

The Duane Purvis Burger’s secret (well, not secret) ingredient is peanut butter.  Featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,  the Purvis Burger is served at Triple XXX Family Restaurant, Indiana’s first and oldest drive-in restaurant.  Opened in 1929, Triple XXX was named after a brand of root beer sold in the early 1900’s.  I had my Purvis Burger at Route 66 Diner, which is Triple XXX’s second location.  There are a lot of other tasty offerings on the menu, but I think I’m hooked.

Daily Inspiration

 

If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.

Albert Einstein

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September 11

Love This – Good Smells

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I love products that promote nice smells.  Here are a few of my favorites…

Don Aslett X-O Odor Neutralizer

This is my favorite odor neutralizer.  Twinkie is very good about using her litter box, but one day I shut her in our bedroom and, being a lady of a certain age, I understand that she couldn’t hold it.  I treated the area with this product, and I couldn’t smell it after it dried.  I also use it on the dog beds and after cooking anything stinky.  I purchase this from QVC and one 32 oz. concentrate makes 32 more 8 oz. bottles.

method Brand Products

 I like the whole line of method products.  They have great smells, they’re eco-friendly, the products work and the bottles are stylish.

 

Poo-Pourri

This is a funny little product, but it works.  You spray this in the toilet bowl before you poo, then the poo does not smell.  It works by creating a protective barrier on the water’s surface.  The barrier keeps unpleasant odors from coming into contact with the air.

Daily Inspiration

 

Sometimes we must unfocus our way to clarity.

Terri Guillemets

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September 4

Love This – TCM

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I’m so grateful for Turner Classic Movies.  I love movies, and because of TCM, I always have something interesting to watch and have learned a great deal about classic films.  I enjoy the introductions by Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, and features like The Essentials, TCM Guest Programmer, TCM Underground and Star of the Month have introduced me to films I might otherwise have never seen.  I also enjoy watching the original trailers and shorts.  TCM has a wonderful website, cool blog MovieMorlocks.com and a monthly viewer’s guide call Now Playing.

The TCM Event Series is my newest favorite things.  Every month, TCM hosts a classic film viewing at select movie theatres.  Fortunately, a theatre close to me is showing these movies.  In August, I went to see Singin’ In The Rain and it was magical seeing it on the big screen.  As an added bonus, the movies include a special introduction and interview.  September’s movie is The Birds.

Daily Inspiration

 

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
 
Orson Welles
 

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August 28

Love This – Amy’s Faves 4.0

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Amy, Miura (green coat) & Zonda (red coat) at the Reindog Parade 

For my “Love This” posts in August, my friend, Amy, has been sharing some of her favorite things.  Thank you, Amy, for sharing a few of your best finds.  I certainly want to try several of them.  Without further ado, here is the final installment of “Amy’s Faves”…four of her favorite Greyhound/pet faves.

Nite Ize S-Biners

Amy loves these Nite Ize S-Biners to attach tags to dog collars. They are inexpensive (six for less than $5 on Amazon), sturdy, and you can color coordinate to seasonally changing collars. 

LuckyPet Classic Jewelry Tags

These beautiful tags come in different sizes and fun colors! red, pink, purple, blue, black, yellow, white and sky blue.  Amy’s hounds wear the small size (the flower measures 1-1/8″ H x 1-1/8″ W).  She loves them because they’re pretty, and each dog has their own special symbol.  Miura has the red heart, Zonda has the blue flower, and Eva has the green clover.  An extra bonus, you can add Owner Alert for a $9.95 one-time-fee per household.  Along with your phone number, the tag also has a 1-800 number where several additional phone numbers are kept on file.  If your pet is reported to the 1-800 number and you don’t answer when they call, the service calls all your numbers, in rotation, until they reach someone, 24-hours a day.  You can call and change your listed numbers at any time, which is great if you’re traveling or change vets.  Before Amy ordered the tags, she called the 1-800 number at 2 am to make sure someone answered.  They did.  As I mentioned, Amy checks things out.

Eva modeling both the Nite Ize clip and her LuckyPet tag

Camco Drinking Water Hose

I did not know this…If you fill a kiddie pool or ever let your dogs drink out of a hose, you could expose them to things they’d be better off not to drink. The water that comes out of a regular garden hose often has lead and other chemicals that seep into the water from the materials the hose is made of, especially if the hose sets in the sun.  You can help keep your dogs (and kids) safe by using a BPA and lead-free garden hose.  The Camco Drinking Water Hose (50′) is a great pick and available for under $35 on Amazon.

Zonda & Miura…Santa’s Helpers

Gini’s  Greyhound Fashions Santa’s Helper Coats

For the last two years, our houndies have walked in the Reindog Holiday Parade with Amy’s houndies who always wear their Santa’s Helper coats.  For the last two years, I’ve been jealous because Miura and Zonda look ADORABLE.  Amy loves these coats.  In her words, “Great rear coverage and a snuggly turtleneck make them winners.” AND the girls always get stopped for compliments when they’re wearing them on walks.  I have witnessed this first-hand.   

Last year, Amy and her husband met their sweet Eva at the Reindog Parade when she was brought by Allies for Greyhounds of West Michigan (our Greyhound group) as a possible foster.  Well, they took Eva as a foster and promptly failed fostering…Eva had her forever home!  Eva needed a Santa coat and Gini of Gini’s Greyhound Fashions, came through with a beautiful blue one. 

Amy was a little concerned over featuring a winter item when it’s still warm, but as she pointed out “people who make dog coats to your specific measurements get really busy as soon as it gets cold, so if you need something, order now!”  I agree, and I’m working with Gini to get our Santa’s Helper coats ordered.  The Lohmeyer hounds will be turning up in style for this year’s Reindog Parade!

Daily Inspiration

A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.

Grace Pulpit

About the photo (taken on August 26)…I took this photo on the grounds of the Oliver Mansion where I volunteer as a docent.  There’s such a calming beauty to huge old trees.  I like to ponder all the years they have seen.

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August 21

Love This – Amy’s Faves 3.0

visit my mother’s family in Tennessee.  I can’t imagine how many times I’ve driven past the

Amy when she first got Miura (or the other way around) 

This month, my friend, Amy, is sharing her favorite things on Tuesday’s “Love This” posts.  Amy will tell you that she is a cosmetics junkie, but she’s also a savvy shopper, so she unearths some real goodies.  Here are a few of her beauty faves:

Notice how it goes on shimmery and develops color

It Cosmetics Lip Flush

This is really intriguing to me.  It takes the place of four products–lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss and lip stain.  Amy loves it because it brings back the flush baby lips have.  It’s a lasting stain, yet doesn’t leave a mark on a cup, and it’s super moisturizing.  I’ve got to try this.

 

philosophy Just Release Me Eye Makeup Remover

Amy swears this removes anything, probably even Sharpie.  It doesn’t leave an oily residue, so you don’t need to to rinse it off, and it leaves the undereye moisturized.  You gotta love an effective eye makeup remover…an absolute essential.

 More pressure = Darker & thicker lines

It Cosmetics Brow Power Eyebrow Pencil

Here’s something to ponder…the top 3 signs of aging are thin sparse brows, thin pale lips and dull hair, so if  you have time for anything, do brow pencil, lip stain and hair shine solution.  I want to know why all the “thin” is happening on my face.  I digress.

Before & After

This is Amy’s favorite eyebrow pencil.  One shade works for everyone!  More pressure makes darker lines, and there is a brush on the other end so you can groom your brows as a final touch.  Kudos to Amy for providing “real” before and after photos.

DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+

According to Amy, being the color of skim milk makes her an expert on sunblock.  She told me that she buys this over and over again.  One of the top safest sunblocks according to Environmental Working Group, it is light feeling and leaves no white residue or sunblock smell.  It’s organic, vegan, gluten-safe and made in the USA.  In Amy’s words, “Best. Sunblock. Ever!”

Daily Inspiration

History is who we are and why we are the way we are.

David McCullough

About the photo (taken on August 18)…This little antique store is in Fulton, Indiana.  I pass it when I visit my daughter at Purdue.  I love when I drive by and it’s open.

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August 14

Love This – Amy’s Faves 2.0

 

Amy on her wedding day

One of the things my friend, Amy, misses from What Remains Now 2011 is my “4 Faves” posts.  So for my “Love This” posts in August, she’s going to tell you about some her favorite things.  The picture above is of a canvas print Amy had made from Canvas On Demand…a bonus fave.

La Rochere Napoleon Bee Glassware

Amy found and purchased these because she kept breaking her more “delicate” wine glass and wanted to replace her remaining mismatched glasses.  Tip to Amy:  Amy, you’re supposed to stop drinking before you’re stumbling around breaking your delicate stemware.  I digress. Stylish, sturdy and reasonably priced, these glasses from Open Sky filled the bill.

See the embossed bee design?  These are inspired by a travel set belonging to Napoleon and are made by the oldest glass factory in France, founded in 1475.

Fig Butter

Amy is a “foodie” and always finding cool and unusual treats.  A current favorite…fig butter on mini pita breads.  If you love Fig Newtons, give this a try.  1 Tbsp is only 45 calories.

Sliding Measuring Spoon

Along with being a “foodie,” Amy is an AWESOME cook and always interested in helpful items in the kitchen.  How could you not love this?  It works with both dry and wet ingredients and is dishwasher-safe.  Also, you can adjust it with one hand…very convenient for the busy cook.

Salts & Peppers

Amy recently discovered the thrill of a variety of unusual salts and peppers.  Some of Amy’s favorite combinations are Pink Peppercorn on fruit or eggs because it has a sweet peppery taste, and Pink Himalyan Salt on anything including chocolate milk.  It’s a fun and inexpensive treat for yourself or when you have guests.

Daily Inspiration

 

The first step binds one to the second.

French Proverb

About the photo (taken August 12) …Probably because I feel I’m on a new “leg” of my journey through life, I find myself attracked to “paths”  This picture was taken outside the Polish Worker’s Home (Dom Robotnika) at the Center For History in South Bend, Indiana.

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August 7

Love This – Amy’s Faves 1.0

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Zonda & Amy

Every Tuesday in 2011, I did a blog post entitled “4 Faves” where I told you about 4 of my favorite things.  When I changed my posting line-up for 2012 and dropped 4 Faves, my friend Amy was devastated.  So, in honor of my friend, I’m declaring August “Amy’s Faves” month.  Here are some of my buddy’s favorite things:

 

The Lily Pad Lid

This clever (and lovely) kitchenware item is from Charles Viancin.  Made of FDA approved silicone, it is safe for the oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher.  It has venting holes in the “flower” handle.  Amy likes it because it’s a quick and easy universal lid that creates an airtight seal.  She also likes it for covering food outside…no bugs.  It comes in 3 sizes, and if lily pads aren’t your thing, they also offer a sunflower.  This is cool.

 

Shakeology

Amy credits Shakeology (and a little hardwork and willpower) with helping to shed those last stubborn 10 pounds.  Shakeology shakes include pro-biotics , five servings of vegetables and spirulina, a super antioxidant.  It has a low glycemic index so you don’t crash.  Chocolate vegan is Amy’s favorite.  She mixes it with ice and almond milk.  Amy has had such success with Shakeology, that she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.  Check out her website for more information or to contact her if you have any questions.  If you want proof that it works, checkout Amy’s pants in the picture above.  Amy, you need new pants.

 

Stainless Steel Straws

The first thing Amy said when she showed these to me was, “I wish you still did 4 Faves.”  Amy loves them because they are environmentally-friendly and you can stir your shake (or margarita; Amy’s example, not mine) with them.  Amy ordered them from Open Sky.  $20 for 4 long, 4 short and a cleaning brush.

 

Lemon Balm Salve

Amy swears this has kept her from getting cold sores for six months.  She heard about it on Dr. Oz.  Other bonuses…it smells delicious, heals chapped lips, and is good for cuts, bug bites and burns.  This balm is from WiseWay Herbals.

Daily Inspiration

 

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.

Francesco Guicciardini

About the photo (taken August 6) …I’ve had this sunflower floral arrangement for over 10 years.  Every summer, I bring it out, and I never grow tired of it.  It’s just so happy.

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