Julie 2020 Blogging
(Getting Back to my Roots.)
Welcome to Julie 2020 Blogging
I sincerely hope that this year will be a good year for all of us.
If you are a regular reader of my blogs then welcome back. I will do away with any introduction as you know me already, and my opinions. If you are new then welcome! The game has started so just pull up a chair and join in. 🙂
Seeing as how I am right of the dealer then it’s my turn to roll the dice……counter clockwise but I have a feeling that will be 2020 in a nutshell.
So, here goes!
Me, with Sparky the Chug, and Spooky the Chihuahua
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Sadly, they do require hand washing. 🙁 The price we pay for beauty and comfort……
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February 16, 2020
My Favorite Amethyst Girls
A Belated Happy Valentine’s Day!
Just a few little trinket’s from my childhood given to me either on my birthday or for Valentine’s Day. The taller girl holding the hearts is a music box. All of my little knick-knack’s above are probably considered to be very tacky to most but to me they are sweet and represent my childhood. And I love to bring them out every February.
My Chocolates From Gordon
I inserted my Amethyst stone in the center. Those of us born in February, our birthstone is Amethyst. The beautiful purple stone. I even have a few pieces of Amethyst jewelry that I love to wear throughout the month of February.
I was trying to remember where I found that stone. My family used to go spelunking a lot when I was young. We lived in Dahlonega, Georgia for a few year’s where panning for gold is still done. As a matter of fact, when you drive through Atlanta you will see the Georgia State Capital building and it’s gold dome with gold from Dahlonega.
Georgia State Capital Dome
It was during the Gold Rush in our American history that many people moved to California in search of gold. It was the Mayor of Dahlonega that told all his people not to run off to California because, “There’s gold in them thar hills!” Most people have heard that quote before but hardly anyone knows who said it.
I’m not going to get into the history of gold mining in Georgia, I was actually saving that for a future post. But yes, we went gold mining and panning for gold quite often. I never found a nugget just lots of gold flakes that were put into a vial of water and worn as a necklace. But we have certainly prowled our way through many caves in our spelunking adventures. My mother has all those photos.
I can also remember us driving up through the mountains and pulling over to the side of the road where I was handed a paper cup by my mother telling me to pick up those Garnet Nuggets because they were everywhere. So, we climbed steep embankments and started looking through the dirt finding them. I don’t remember how they knew they were all over that embankment but we got quite a haul that day. And I believe for my following birthday I was given a rock cleaning and polishing kit. It was a machine and was very loud but the rocks came out all smooth and shiny. I even have a few of those stones that we had placed into jewelry. They are somewhere in my house.
But, getting back to my Amethyst nugget…….
I remembered where I found it. When my parents bought their house where my mother lives now. It was in the 90’s. There was this old shack on their property. Actually it was a pretty big shack and I would go in it sometimes. I was never afraid of things like that. I would even go into deserted houses in our neighborhoods at times when I was a little girl of 8 and upwards. My friends were to scared to go inside with me, so I went myself.
But, back to this shack…….
Even though I’m sure there were many snakes in that shack, there was some of the personal possessions of the previous owner and I would look through them. Seeing all of that stuff and touching them gave me an insight in the person that used to live there. There was also this shelf of rocks and that is where I saw my Amethyst stone and I took it. I’ve had it ever since. Whoever lived in that shack must have found it himself and kept it there until he died. My parents eventually tore down the shack and had the area cleared.
As usual, I am writing about everything BUT “My Favorite Amethyst Girls” so here goes.
Me, February 13th.
It occurred to me that most (not all) of the women that I admire were all born in February. Perhaps being an Amethyst Girl has helped to shape our personalities and just perhaps I also recognize in them common traits that we all have. Perhaps being born in February and enjoying such fun holiday’s as Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, as well as celebrating our own birthday’s, and even the President’s Day weekend holiday, just might have an influence on us that we aren’t even aware of. Perhaps all of that does help to shape us and that is why I am drawn to these women.
So, for now I’d like to acknowledge the Amethyst Girls that I admire so very much. Starting in order of their birthday’s.
Christie Brinkley, 02-02-2020
The first palindrome in 909 years. I would have really celebrated my birthday if I had been her. 🙂
Christie just turned 66 and as she said when she was 65, ‘she feels as if she’s been turning 50 for the past 15 years.’ I agree. 🙂
I have looked at her pretty smile on her pretty face since I was a teenager. I love that she tries her best to live every single day to the fullest. Her focus always seems to be on the positive side of life.
Sugar Whann 02-07-2003- 2017
Sugar was our sweet dog who died a few years ago. We adopted her. Whoever named her Sugar got it right as she was the sweetest dog Gordon and I had ever known in our lives. There is a saying in the south, “She’s so sweet sugar just drips off her chin.” Yep! It sure did!
Kim Novak 02-13-2020
Kim Novak share’s my birthday as a fellow 13er.
Seeing as how I am a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan, of course I adored her in Vertigo with Jimmy Stewart. Oh, and Picnic, a favorite movie from my mother’s generation. But, I would have to say my most favorite movie of hers was when she played a witch in Bell, Book, and Candle. I remember her having that beautiful black cat.
I can’t really pinpoint exactly what it is about her that I like so much but I was thrilled to find out we had the same birthday.
Jane Seymour 02-15-2020
I love Jane! Jane just turned 69 and she looks wonderful! That’s the thing I love about Jane and Christie Brinkley is that they don’t lie about their age. I never saw the need to do anything like that either. Jane is the epitome of aging gracefully. Oh sure, she’s had her nips and tucks but she has no desire to erase the wrinkles off her pretty face. She just smiles bigger, which is a natural facelift. She also has a very big heart. I mean come on, only someone that loves as much as she is, is going to start an Open Heart Foundation.
I’ve always loved Jane’s movie’s. For awhile there she was probably on every movie of the week in the 80’s. However, I love her as Solitare in Live and Let Die with Roger Moore.
Jane enjoys life. She loves her children and grandchildren. And from what I understand she even gets on well with ex-husband’s and their past wives and even current wives. Jane just seems to make an effort with people. I find that very big of her as I don’t think for one minute that I could do that. To me a divorce is a divorce, goodbye and good luck! 🙂
I do see common threads in Jane and Christie. It’s as if they know that they can’t be happy and enjoy life if they carry around a vial of poison inside of them, so therefore the don’t. They just seem to be able to let go of all the bad stuff and focus on the good things in life. I know that I strive very hard to put the past behind me but it is a work in progress especially when so many of these people don’t seem to want to let me go. Trust me, I have no earthly idea why?
Trish Wolfenden 02-27-1941-2017
Also, Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday.
I miss Trish so very much. I’ll even say it out loud when I am alone around the house. Just hoping that she might hear me. Trish and I had a lot in common because of our mother’s. Trish’s mother didn’t want her and when she found out she was pregnant with Trish she tried to miscarry her by jumping over fences and falling down on the ground. When Trish was 3 her mother took her to the orphanage and gave her away. When Trish’s grandfather found out about it he went down there and got Trish out of that place then took her back to his daughter and demanded that she raise her. That is another thing that Trish and I have in common. We both adored our grandfathers for loving us so much. Her husband Bob had Trish cremated and was going to place her urn in the ground beside her grandfather’s grave because she loved him so much. There are also no photos of Trish as a child because her mother didn’t want to take any.
Trish loved life. She always had such a good and happy attitude and the two of us would talk on Skype while solving the world’s problems. 🙂 She also had this great laugh. Gordon and I even took on some of her hand gestures and the exclamations she would make just because it reminds us of her. We always miss the good one’s, but she was a GREAT ONE!
(Just for the record: I told Gordon that I don’t want a funeral. I doubt anyone would come anyway. I just think they are ridiculously expensive and if they want to spend that much money on me then do it while I am alive to enjoy it. I told them to just spread my ashes on the beach but withhold a handful to throw in the bushes at The Tower of Terror Ride at Disney Hollywood Studio so that I can divide my time between the beach and there. Yeah, we’ll see, right?) 🙂
I do have a few more Amethyst Girls that I would like to mention and not necessarily write about……..
Emily Blunt, Majel Barret, Kelly Hu, Tyne Daly, Sophie Turner, Anna Pavlova, and Stockard Channing.
I think I’m in very good company. 🙂
Happy Birthday to ALL!
More Photos From My Birthday
Gordon brought home take out from Tibby’s. After all the cooking we had been doing all week we just wanted things easier and we didn’t want to eat out this year so we had our casual dinner at home.
All of our fattening New Orleans favorites. 🙂
Brodie, Me, Veronica and Spooky Lou
Veronica got me this Vanilla Cake with my creamy rich frosting with a filling of Chocolate Eclairs.
My Biegnet Donuts
One can never have too many cakes. 🙂
February 13, 2020
Happy 59th. Birthday to ME!
The Bathroom Selfie
(Aquanet Hairspray in Background. 🙂
Where most of us love to take pictures of ourselves for some reason?)
And before I get started let me just say that the aerosol Aquanet Hairspray purchase was of a nostalgic nature. It was the can of hairspray of choice in the south for our BIG HAIR. It was just the glue we needed. Of course, we would panic if a bee got to close to us.
I quit using Aquanet when a 14 year old Heather Cothran who was standing behind me (I was 23) while we were in line for our Fellowship Supper at The First Christian Church in Rome, Georgia tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I wear Aquanet Hairspray? I told her that I did. She then remarked that she could tell because she could smell it from across the room.
(I never did like that Heather Cothran.) 🙁
I’m kidding! I always did like her.
But seriously, we do have a saying in the south that we girls are born with a teasing comb in one hand and a can of hairspray in the other. Of course maybe things have changed now and big hair is not as important as it used to be. How sad.
So, tell me, is it narcissistic of me to wish myself a Happy Birthday? Well, regardless, I will whether it is an excepted protocol or not. I love birthdays and I am happy to be getting older in this age of cancer and deadly virus’s.
Just a few past birthday’s with cake and ice cream.
Some of my birthday’s from when I was a young girl.
So, how many of you still have your baby clothes and first blanket from 59 years ago? HUH?
I’m guessing only me and the Royal Family of Great Britain. I come from a long line of hoarders and I’m guessing the Queen and the Fam must be too.
I have always loved my birthday’s. Cake probably has something to do with it. When it comes to a birthday cake I want the one with the sugar and Crisco frosting. The most unhealthy, fattening, and sugar, sugar, sugar, and more sugar frosting. I remember when I was a little girl and would eat that frosting it was like a drug and my eyes would roll to the back of my head with the best sugar rush. Although, I didn’t understand that at the time. I just knew that I loved Birthday CAKE!
When I woke up this morning to go into the kitchen for coffee after everyone had left for work, I saw this. 🙂 It’s nice to find those little surprises that I wasn’t expecting.
Oh, we aren’t planning on doing much today. It will just be the 4 of us. Me, Gordon, Veronica and Brodie. Gordon is running by Tibby’s on his way home from work to grab us all our New Orleans favorites for dinner.
Veronica and Brodie were asking me what I wanted for my birthday but the only things I am interested in are things that I can eat, drink, or smell. (Flowers)
Which reminds me of a saying that we had when we were living in Hawaii and just too poor to afford very much, “If we can’t eat it, wash our clothes with it, or wipe our butt’s with it, then we don’t need it.”
But all kidding aside, did you know that most elderly die around their birthday’s? It is fact. I think the reason that they do is because that number, whatever number it may be is a reminder of how “old” they are and that something mental just takes over and they feel it’s their time to go. My grandmother was an active senior until she turned 80. Then it was if she just stopped doing things because in her head she was just too “old” now that she was 80. Imagine had she not felt like that? Perhaps we could have had her around longer than her 87 years before she died?
So, the fact that I LOVE my birthday’s is hopefully an indication that I won’t have that problem.
Happy Birthday To ME!
February 10, 2020
Happy February and What’s New?
My Eternal Selfie
Just me messing around with the phone selfie’s while Gordon and Brodie and Mackenzie cook my early birthday dinner. This year my birthday lands on a Thursday, February 13th. I wanted Gordon to cook me a meal of my southern favorites with my favorite New Orleans critters. I wanted my birthday dinner before my birthday and not the weekend after, so therefore it had to be the weekend before.
I told Gordon that I wanted a birthday cake of Crab Stuffed Beignet’s and that is what I got! I also told him that I wanted to eat “critters” for my birthday. So, we set to planning the meal. Having grown up throughout the south we southerner’s are very familiar with “critters.” We keep critters as pets, we also eat critters. But, we don’t eat our pets. Just to be clear on that one. 🙂
Gordon, Brodie and Mackenzie Cooked me the BEST early Birthday Dinner!
I can’t wait to do the write up on this dinner. Of course that won’t be any time soon.
If you know me. 🙂
Of course we do have more fun food plans for this week. One low country meal is never enough for me! I plan to eat several more meals from my southern table before this week is over.
I will be turning 59 in 3 days and I am actually excited about it. I LOVE my birthdays! I don’t mind getting older I just don’t like looking or feeling older. However, I do have to admit that as of last year I have started to look OLD! I still feel good. Gordon and I don’t have any serious health issues. Not that we are aware of anyway. Of course you never know……
But I like to refer to us as “Active Homebodies.”
We are very active around our home. Gordon and I love our home, inside and out. We love to cook. We love our projects, usually home improvement ones. We have a nice large backyard with a large existing lanai 40 x 10 feet, and our new lanai extension 36 x 18. We garden, create, do yard work, clean, bleach, rake, sweep, you name it! We like to take care of our home and our property.
We still have many plans that we haven’t implemented yet to our property that we hope to get to very soon. For example we were going to hire the man who built our lanai extension to put gutters around the side of our house, and to do a cement pour on the side of our house for us to build a fence around and store our trash cans and recycling containers behind a gate, and to also hide our new A/C unit. However, he says he is too busy to do it, but, that he will sell us the gutter materials at cost and Gordon and Brodie will be installing them. Gordon can also do the cement pour himself so that shouldn’t be any problem as well. It’s just work that we wouldn’t have minded outsourcing so that we didn’t have to do it. But, it will make a nice new home improvement post, so…. why not?
On a more serious note…….
I believe we are in very serious times in a very dangerous way and I don’t know how things will turn out. I can’t see it. Not at this time. And it bothers me that I can’t see where things are going. As someone that usually can foresee directions, I feel very helpless. (In other words what I see is bad, I just don’t know how bad.)
Oh, I can tell you what I see about Meghan and Harry, they are easy to read. I also knew that Oscar’s viewing was down. I know that I myself didn’t care to watch them either. I just don’t think that people are as interested in watching the wealthy dress up in their gowns and jewels and then give each other awards for being able to pretend to be someone other than the person they are. Isn’t that what acting is anyway? I can also tell you what I know about the ‘good ‘ol boy network’, that is the GOP. I can tell you how they do ban together to bring down someone among them that they cannot control that is abusing them, but the ‘good ‘ol boy network’ that I know would never have allowed things to come to this point without taking action. I’m assuming you know what I am talking about.
The “Good ‘Ol Boy” network of the south is no different from ‘The Gentleman’s Club’, of New York or London. They protect each other. Lie for each other. Defend each other. Kill for each other. They are all in the same cult.
Until……. that person deceives them. Then it is a whole new ballgame.
Only then do the “Good ‘Ol Boys” ban together to bring down one of their own. Oh, they won’t usually jail that person but they will bring that person down so that person cannot continue to do to them whatever it is that they did to them to begin with.
I don’t think it’s not a matter of “If” the GOP bring down their leader, but “when.” That is, when they start loosing elections that they can no longer steal. But until that happens the evil can do such terrible damage. That is what concerns me. Karma always catches up to those that do things they shouldn’t. But until that time they can do terrible things to people that cause ever lasting damage.
I do believe that we need to work on our own mental, and psychical health. Perhaps keeping such close tabs on the news isn’t something that we need to do every day. When we live in a country where the system is rigged against us then what can we do about it? I don’t know how much longer I have on this earth and the thought of spending years fighting and getting upset isn’t something I care to do. I’m not young, I’m old. Let the young people fight for the country they are to inherit. I will always be supportive, I will always speak out, I will always vote, but my protesting day’s are over.
Good luck to us all!
P.S. If you are going to protest or attend demonstrations then I suggest writing the name of a lawyer on your arm in permanent marker just in case you are arrested. Good luck!
January 11, 2020
Happy 55th. Birthday Gordon!
(His Birthday was January 8th.)
Gordon and Julie, Hyde Park, Tampa
Gordon and I enjoying our drinks before our dinner and movie. I am drinking a Pink Flower and Gordon is drinking The Don. (Maybe as in Don Juan “Whann”) In his dreams! 🙂
This is a dinner and a movie kind of place. Luckily for us there were not many people.
That is good! As I hate crowds!
Brodie and Mackenzie Joined Us
I adore being some of the only people in a movie theater!
Goat Cheese Dip with Bread, PERFECT!
At this Cinebistro you arrive about 30 minutes prior to the movie and order your cocktails and food. I purchased our seats ahead of time and got great ones!
Gordon and I both ordered the Mahi Sandwich w/ Tater Tots
We ordered 3 apps, this magnificent Goat Cheese Dip with Crudities and Pita Chips, A Hummus Dip, and Wings.
Brodie ordered some giant chicken sandwich and Mackenzie ordered a salad.
Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker
If you are familiar with us then you know we are HUGE Star Wars fans!
We even quote Star Wars ALL THE TIME!
( I cannot tell you how many times when our children were growing up and arguing that I was say, “If you two don’t stop fighting I am going to come back there and use the force on you!”)
With this movie being the last in the installment (9), I can’t help but think back to the first time I watched the original Star Wars movie. It wasn’t at the theater either. I believe the first movie (4th.) came out in 1977 but I didn’t watch it until 1980 I believe, and I saw it on T.V. I was living in Charlotte, North Carolina with my modeling agent, Libby Stone and her family. They had a T.V. in the back of their house and I was sleeping on the couch. It came on in the middle of the night and I stayed up all night watching it. I couldn’t believe how good that it was? I only watched it because I just couldn’t sleep and there was nothing else to watch on T.V. that night.
THE Original Star Wars
So, when the second (5th.) movie came out, The Empire Strikes Back, I happily took my little brother’s to see it at a movie theater at the shopping center in Rockingham, North Carolina.
THE Empire Strikes Back
(Episode 5, The Empire Strikes Back is my absolute favorite!)
When the 3rd. (6th.) movie came out, Return of the Jedi, in 1983 I was living in my Grandmother’s basement in Rome, Georgia and working at Miller’s Department Store at the mall. Gordon was also living in Rome in the garage apartment of my Great-Aunt Margie and Great Uncle Ray, and working at the Coca-Cola Plant.
Return of the Jedi
One Sunday night after I got off work Gordon and I went to see it. I loved it so much that I told Gordon I wanted to go back and see it again the following Sunday. 🙂
I have episode’s 4, 5, and 6 on VHS. I may even have episodes 1 and perhaps 2 on VHS as well. But once they did away with VHS and everything went over to DVD I certainly purchased all of them that way as well. And of course then when they came out on Bluray.
(Oh and a big P.S. I have the very first Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark on BETA.) Which btw: Still works!!! I still have it as well. 🙂
Star Wars Episodes 1, 2 and 3
I am probably the only person that loved Episode 1 with Natalie Portman as Queen Amadala.
It was interesting to me that this 14 year old girl was a Ruling Elected Queen. And when she met Anakin Skywalker, he was a 9 year old boy that was a slave on Tatooine.
We were living in Maryland when it came out on VHS/DVD and I purchased it. I do admit that it is a bit boring but I happen to like boring. I like the beginning’s of things. Queen Amadala’s elaborate wardrobe represents excess and when things are at their height. It represents peace, but it also represents frivolity and excess. Also, lots of gossip because there are no hard times for people to fret over so they attack each other.
I loved that her body guards were young women around her age and height, and weight that resembled her. Camouflaged as hand maidens. They could take you out in no time if they had to.
But every story has a beginning and not all beginning’s are exciting. They are usually a bit boring in order to set the stage and tell the story. Things tend to heat up mid story.
This is Gordon’s favorite Star Wars movie. It is also NOT part of the 9 part story. It is an addendum. An Insert. But a very important part of the story. This episode takes place between Episode 3 and 4.
It fills in a gap.
My favorite character in this story is the blind Asian guy that is untrained but he has the makings of a Jedi Knight. He does have the force but because there are no more Jedi there is no training for those that are one with the force. He is literally a powerful blind man but finding his way as a blind man that is force strong.
I am the Force, and the Force is With Me.
Episodes 2, and 3
Star Wars Attack of the Clones
When this movie came out on DVD we were also living in Maryland at the time and we loved it! Veronica did see it at the mall with her friend Caitlyn. Anakin had grown up and was a Jedi. Padme had grown up and was a woman, and a senator for her country of Naboo. I loved everything about this movie. I would even say that this is my second favorite Star Wars movie. Anakin was a bit of a whiner though. But if you go back to see the early episode’s of Luke, he was something of a whiner as well.
Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith
I don’t like this episode and I don’t watch it. This is where they slaughter all the Jedi. That makes me very sad as the Jedi were the guardians. The keepers of the peace. Once they were gone then evil took over.
Keylo Ren and Rey
They ended up being really good characters although I didn’t think so at the time when I saw their first movie, Star Wars Episode 7, The Force Awakens.
But Episode 8, and then Episode 9, they do get more interesting as the saga continues. They are a “love story,” but a very dysfunctional one.
Ben/Keylo Ren is Han Solo and Princess Leia’s son. Luke trains him along with several others but during that time he turns evil and slaughters those Jedi that do not follow him. Luke feels like a failure and isolates himself on the isolated island that houses the Jedi Temple. Leia keeps insisting that there is good in him and sends Han to retrieve their son, (in Episode 7.) Ben/Keylo Ren then kills Han Solo, his own father. When Leia talks about how he still has good in him then all I can think of to say is, “So What?”
Everyone has some good in them. Even the most evil and vile. But that doesn’t mean we should take them back because they have “some” good in them. In the end Keylo Ren turned back into Ben Solo and he died helping Rey to defeat Palpatine. He did redeem himself. But he needed to die as he has just done too many evil things in his life. He had done way too much damage to be forgiven by anyone. He was a mass murderer. It’s nice that he did the right thing in the end but he also needed to die, and he did.
I’m not one of these people rooting for some ‘Space Ghost Relationship’ between Rey and Ben. She has been through enough in her life and deserves some happiness with a very boring and stable human being that loves and adores her and appreciates her for herself. I guess we will never know what the writer’s intended but we can use our imagination and have her live out her life how we want her to. Personally, I always wanted her to get together with Poe. He is good, and he is cute! 🙂
May the Force be With You,
P.S. AND SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!
I decided to write about this instead of not. At the end of the movie you see Rey on Tatooine at Luke’s home where he was raised and where his aunt and uncle were murdered. She had taken Luke’s and Leia’s Light Sabers there to bury them in the sand. After all, she had defeated Palpatine (her grandfather), and all the Sith Lords. While Poe and Finn and the Rebel Alliance were able to defeat the Empire.
It was while Rey was there burying the Light Sabers that a woman wandered by and asked her who she was? She told her that her name was Rey. The woman asked, “Rey, who?” After pausing and looking out into the distance and seeing the ghosts of Luke and Leia she answered, “Rey Skywalker.”
I have a big problem with that.
First of all, Luke was never particularly nice to her. And it was revealed that Leia did know her family history which she withheld from Rey and didn’t tell her. Leia may have been kind to Rey but she kept important information secret that I believe Rey needed to know about.
Next, Ben Solo/Keylo Ren as Leia and Han Solo’s son is also a Skywalker.
Ben/Keylo has been nothing but cruel to her from the moment he encountered her. He made her life harder than it needed to have been. He could actually be quite cruel to her. The last name I would ever take would be HIS!
I wish that she would have created her own last name and went with that. Started something new. Do we really need any more Skywalker’s? I think the name should have died out with Luke, Leia and Ben Solo. There is no Rise of Skywalker, they are all dead. We will miss them forever, but they are gone. Now it’s time for a new generation of Force Strong individual’s that don’t come from some famous family name to reign supreme!