Category: Movies/TV

Per Linda G. Hill:

Today’s prompt comes to us courtesy of Barbara. Thank you so much, Barbara! Please be sure to visit her blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there if you’re not already!

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 28th, 2020, is “television.” Use the word “television” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

This is a bit meandering, but I guess you’re used to my wandering s by now.

In the 1950s when we got our first Television, black and white, it was a huge box with buttons to turn to get the few stations, a small screen, and shows like Buck Rogers, Howdy Doody, various cartoons, wrestling, and roller derby. The news was on one station and everyone watched it.

Our generation was the first raised with the fifteen-minute interval for commercials. Some shows like Sheriff John sold stuff during the show, like Maggio Carrots. I could have sworn I could see the bright orange of the carrot and the crispy green of the ends.

I don’t know if the commercial is to blame for the short attention-spans. Nowhere else in our lives did we get those breaks. Sunday School lasted the hour. Church another hour. School breaks every few hours for recess. I know this.

My grandmother taught Sunday School. It taught me to read as she had the 23rd Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer on the wall as big as the door. Each week she would point to the words and the class would recite. When she was teaching a lesson she made sure we had crayons and paper to color. She believed busy hands kept our minds open to learning.  If we grandkids sat next to her in church, a lifesaver and a pencil and paper was her go-to. She did carry those plastic number puzzles that I learned weren’t impossible if you pulled a number or two out and then rearranged the order. At any rate, being in the adult talking room was boring, but Grandma was smart!

And now I still see her genius. While bingeing television shows, fast-forwarding the commercials, or watching where you don’t have any of that nonsense, I keep my hands busy. I can remember what I was watching last time the next time I pick up the project. I thank Grandma. It is my drawing during lectures in school or college that helped me get good grades. I remembered my notes for tests because of the doodles on the page.

But back to commercials and attention-span and television. Fast-forward to the bingeing without commercials. My concentration is able to do hours of watching. And I have ADD. Maybe the proof is in the hyperfocus I can put into what I do every day. I think television has a lot to offer. So much to learn about writing, good and bad, news, the arts, especially acting (good and bad), not to mention pain relief as a distraction. In my position, a good book wouldn’t work, like it used to a few years ago. Now I get most of my stories on screen. The books are text-to-speech or Audible. But I do love watching the story acted out. How the score behind a show can add or subtract, how a side-eye or nod can do wonders and writes up well when used. Television is inspiring for me. Even at its worst.

Everwood was my newest binge Just finished yesterday. As I told a friend, it is Hallmarky but it kept our interest. My husband had to watch with me and loved it enough that we couldn’t go it alone. You know those kinds of shows! Anyway, here’s another trailer. They are taking it off Hulu soon so binge away.

Janet gave us our prompt word for today. Thanks so much, Janet! Please be sure to visit her blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there!.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 23rd, 2020, is “drive.” Use the word “drive” any way you’d like. Have fun!

Drive equals passion. Passion may include romance but in my life passion is what you live for. In my past this was my passion:

Not so much the roses or that is it a keyboard. But piano, music, voice. I felt most alive when in that element. As with reading my tracking has made reading music very difficult and headache-inducing. But I have found that my passions have a good shift control in that they can be redirected.

A lifetime passion has been the beach. Though I haven’t been for a couple years I tucked the experience into my cellular memory. I can go to the beach in my dreams, in my meditations any time I need to smell, feel the spray, feel the heat of the sand, hear the waves, envision myself walking or dancing at the beach or swimming in the surf.

But every day, this is what drives me:

I know to some this is boring. But during the time I am learning new stitches, feeling soft yarn, I can go to the beach or sing or think of my next story, or binge the next show.

Speaking of which, this is the show I’m bingeing now:

I’m watching it on Hulu. If you want to watch you have to be quick as it is leaving Hulu soon. It is sweet and fun to get to know the characters. A couple of the main characters just got their driver’s license. There. I managed to use a version of the word one more time!



Per Linda:

It’s Sunday, and time for the 19th prompt for Just Jot it January 2020, brought to us by Jim. Thank you so much, Jim! Please be sure to visit his blog to read his post and say hello. And follow him while you’re there!.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 19th, 2020, is “gobbledygook.” Use the word “gobbledygook” any way you’d like. Have fun!

Is it just me, or are the prompts harder this year? Last year I felt a bit of inspiration with each prompt. This year my brain comes up with gobbledygook. Thank goodness in that that is exactly what I needed tonight.

We are now bingeing on Anne With An E and loving it far more than I thought I would. I kept telling myself that I was waiting until I read the books. And I obviously want to read it for when I went to see if I have it in my kindle or audible library I found I had four different versions of the complete set of books.

Though I have enjoyed taking German and Spanish on Duolingo for a few years now, the subtitles of French that show up on Anne With An E do look like gobbledygook to me. I tried to take that language, too, but taking more than one language is probably unwise. But I never can decide at which language I want to excel in.

Well, there you go, I did think of something to discuss! Here’s the Anne With An E trailer.

What I’m Doing

Just change that to knitting/loom knitting. And don’t you feel like throwing things at the TV when this interrupts the flow? I gotta lay down in the middle of a count to pick up both remotes cause it is never the right one first. Then I have to go back and figure out what I was doing. Usually, that means I have to tink back a stitch or two. If only Netflix could see how counterproductive this is! Oh, and if I am using it to help me sleep, this wakes me back up. Can we sue for our own sanity? Please!

And back to the loom. See ya all soon!

One-Liner Wednesday

The Unlisted has kept me distracted all day.

One-Liner Wednesday is a fun, easy challenge. Thank you Linda G. Hill. 


Film Friday


So I didn’t finish any of my knitting projects. But we did finally get caught up on Blacklist. It is so good we didn’t watch anything else so now we are catching up on all our other shows. Again here is the YouTube trailer.

And a quickie about NaNoWriMo, yes, I’m on that again! Word count 1,766. If you are writing come be friends. I’m Dars Haven. And this year a different planet in Haven’s universe! Balter’s Dance Studio.

Friday’s Film

Okay. nothing got finished for today. It may be in part due to the binge. My hubby and I are so addicted to Blacklist that we have gotten behind on all our other shows. The part that made us nearly lose our minds was the season one finale We had to go to bed, it was midnight after all! So we didn’t get started until after lunch the next day. No, I am not going to spoil it for you. But it was a very difficult time through the next few episodes. \

If you get the chance we highly recommend this show. James Spader is, well, James Spader! Here’s the trailer.

I had hoped to be finished with at least one of my projects today but in spite of hurting hands from constant knitting loom and needles, everything is still in progress.

But I did enjoy the accompanying shows today, Raising Dion and Absolutely Anything. And currently, I am watching This Beautiful Fantastic. Trailer YouTubes below.

I can’t wait for season two! This was a very touching show!

So funny!

I’m only an eighth into it and I know I will love it.

What are you watching?

Theater Thursday

I just finished watching a good quiet show on Amazon Prime. Not exciting but heartwarming and great for my book-reading friends.

Hope you enjoy it like I did.

Per Linda:  Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “blue.” Talk about the first blue object you see when you sit down to write your post. Have fun!


The sky wasn’t very blue today. Prescribed burning was taking place up in the nearby hills. Cough, cough! I know they do it to keep us from having a big fire. But when you are downwind it doesn’t seem so healthy.

There is a blue tinge to the picture on Netflix that says, Time Trap. I LOVED this movie! I wish it were a series! Yet it seems to have bad ratings. As we finished, my husband and I were so excited about it and wanting to see it again soon. Check out the trailer here:


The only reason we went searching for something to watch was that we were finished, at last, with Van Helsing. It isn’t my favorite series but it kept me interested and the cliffhanger ending made me mad, yet hoping to see that last season coming up.

I have to admit to being a little blue about summer ending. Not nearly as much as previous summers. As I hate when it gets to the point where it is too cold to swim. But since I haven’t had the chance to swim in two years, getting a chance to cool off is more along the lines of staying inside. Even with no AC, it is still cooler with fans and windows open than outside.

I don’t want to complain about the weather. It has been quite a reasonable summer here for us. And only this day is smokey, unlike last year when it was smokey a lot. Temperatures haven’t gotten above the nineties.

Hey, I forgot to tell you about last weekend! It was absolutely wonderful. My offspring came up to see us. They set up camp at the campgrounds about 12 miles from here. That way we all got to visit while in the evening we had a campfire and fun. But it was only for the weekend. So now I miss them and feel blue. I can’t wait until we all see each other again. I’m thinking I need to make a trip down to see them before the winter and icy roads hit. I need to go will the skies are still blue. Did you see what I did there? I ended on BLUE!


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