Monthly Archives: February 2006

TUESDAY!!

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YES….you have the right space!! It’s just new today!!! 
 
 
I am sick of the winter and I am making

more changes here again ..Something more bright and cheerful

hopefully. I am looking into March coming as one step closer to

SPRING!!!  It will be St. Patrick’s Day, before I know it. NO..I am

not irish.. I just know that when that rolls around Easter and 

spring are not far behind. I love green, it’s my favorite

color..many shades of green mostly..maybe it’s because money is green…   img138/730/moneyagm6di.gif All I know is I just love it!! 

 

Patty sent me this today, and it really

does work.. I learn something new every day…..

If you hold down control and roll the little wheel in the middle of

your mouse, (if you have one), forward or backward ,when

placing it over the print in your e-mails etc..they will get larger

or smaller depending on which way you turn it. I find

that I learn something new about what computers do almost

everyday. I guess what they say about never too old to learn

is right. I never read that in the directions for the computer or

the mouse when I got it.

This old gal has a lot to go yet.    img137/9969/bigglasses3hw.gif  I wish you all a 

great day… Until Spring arrives…   img96/8877/blommared1hg.gif   ENJOY!!!

 

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DENNIS WEAVER

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We have lost another fine actor. I remembered today as I heard the news..I grew up watching this man..I saw him on Gunsmoke and I saw him in McCloud . I remember him saying the words.."there ya go" on McCloud and making them famous at the time. I saw him in Gentle Ben. This was my youth. . This was the times that I watched TV with my folks and it was a simpler time We had only a few channels and most people watched shows as a family activity at night. Shows lasted more than a few days or weeks, they lasted years The scripts were entertaining.The characters unforgettable. Thanks to some cable channels some of these fine shows are rerun so that we may enjoy them again and remember what TV was really like.

Dennis Weaver, an actor with a Midwestern twang who played stiff-legged Chester the deputy on "Gunsmoke" and the cowboy cop hero in "McCloud," has died. He was 81.
Weaver died Friday from complications of cancer at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, his publicist, Julian Myers, announced Monday.
"He was a wonderful man and a fine actor, and we will all miss him," said Burt Reynolds, who appeared with Weaver in "Gunsmoke" in the early 1960s.
Weaver and actor James Arness were close friends since their 1955 screen test for "Gunsmoke."
"It is a very sad time and a big loss for me personally," Arness said. "He provided comic relief but was also a real person doing things that were very important to the show."

"Universal Studios signed Weaver to a contract in 1952 but found little work for him. Three years later, he was doing freelance features and TV spots and earning $60 a week delivering flowers when he was offered the "Gunsmoke" role for $300 a week.
Nine years later, he was earning a then-princely $9,000 a week.
Weaver wasn’t immediately taken with Deputy Chester Goode, his character in "Gunsmoke," he wrote in his 2001 autobiography, "All the World’s a Stage."
Weaver considered the role "inane" but told himself "I’ll correct this character" using his training and personal experience.
His odd gait and his drawling "Mis-ter Dil-lon" gave him a memorable on-screen presence even in the shadow of the 6-foot-7 Arness, who played Marshal Dillon.
Weaver won an Emmy for his role in the 1958-59 season.
In the 1950s, Weaver also toured in a singing trio with the series’ Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) and Doc (Milburn Stone).
Weaver had other series over the years, most of them short-lived. In addition to "Gentle Ben," which lasted two seasons in the mid-1960s, he starred in "Kentucky Jones," "Emerald Point N.A.S.," "Stone" and "Buck James."
It was Sam McCloud that Weaver called "the most satisfying role of my career." The show, which ran from 1970 to 1977, featured him as a New Mexico lawman cast on the streets of New York City with a horse, a sheepskin coat and a folksy manner that belied his shrewd crime-solving talent.

Off-screen, Weaver served as president of the Screen Actors Guild and was a vegetarian and activist for environmental and charitable causes.
He served as president of Love Is Feeding Everyone, which fed 150,000 needy people a week in Los Angeles County. He founded the Institute of Ecolonomics, which sought solutions to economic and environmental problems. He spoke at the United Nations and Congress, as well as to college students and school children about fighting pollution.
His "Earthship" home was the most visible of Weaver’s crusades. He and his wife, Gerry, built the solar-powered Colorado dwelling out of recycled tires and cans. The thick walls helped keep the inside temperature even year-round." Yahoo News source 

OVER THE WEEKEND

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In case you missed it.. OVER THE WEEKEND…..  yahoo news sources…
 
THE OLYMPICS ARE OVER…
Gold Silver Medal TOTAL
Germany GERMANY 11 12 6 29
United States UNITED STATES 9 9 7 25
Canada CANADA 7 10 7 24
Austria AUSTRIA 9 7 7 23
Russia RUSSIA 8 6 8 22
Bode Miller didn’t win a single medal despite the hype and the excitement about him..Sasha Cohen won a silver medal despite the fact that she made two falls in her program. We did good overall even though the high powered Michelle Kwan was absent. It is the second time that Germany has beat the U.S. in medal count, the last time was in St Lake City.
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The much hyped finale of ABC’s Dancing with Celebrities ended also with Jerry Rice coming in runner up to Drew Lachey..brother of
Nick Lachey. I admit..I did not watch this program , I saw highlights on TV..that’s all I needed to see. I did notice that the contestants worked really hard to perfect their dances and got beter as the program went along. There was no money involved or donating to charity..just a trophy at the end of the contest.
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We lost two great actors over the weekend. DON KNOTTS and
DARREN MCGAVIN. Sad to see all of our legends leave and we will surely miss them.
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Madi Gras is going on in New Orleans despite the fact that many thousands have never returned and there is little progress in really
cleaning up and rebuilding the cities that were so damaged. Crowds came
to visit and celebrate the occasion and bring more money and business back to the area.

"The Washington Post reports more than $2 billion has been dispensed to hurricane-hit residents, more than half of it in cash, to pay for immediate short-term needs such as food and water, medical supplies and emergency housing.

Officials say the long-term needs in rebuilding the region and aiding residents will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. "There are many, many needs that the federal government cannot cover," said Don Powell who  President Bush named as coordinator of the Gulf’s long-term recovery in November."

So where is the money going to come from to continue the effort..who knows???

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UH OH..Walmart has over..1.3 million employees in the U.S.

and they don’t give many health benefits to their employees!!

Wellll..what do you know, they are asking the GOVT to please help them out because they can’t do it alone. …………….

"Lee Scott said Wal-Mart’s health care costs have risen 19 percent in each of the last three years and that it’s only a matter of time before it, along with other businesses, cannot sustain rising costs.

"We know our benefits at Wal-Mart stores are not perfect," Scott told the National Governors Association. "Do we want more of our associates’ kids on our health plans? Of course we do."

Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been the target of harsh criticism from watchdog groups and organized labor for what they say are costly and inaccessible plans. Under mounting criticism Wal-Mart last fall offered new lower-premium insurance aimed at getting more of its work force on company plans." 

I had no idea that Walmart had so many employees…course with all those stores popping up all over the place I guess it was bound to happen some time.

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The BIRD FLU continues to run rampant over in Europe and now

"France is  vaccinating more than 300,000 geese and ducks against avian flu while Niger became the second West African country to be hit by a virus which is spreading among birds at unprecedented speed."  

Should the U.S. be taking steps towards this way of vaccinating their poultry? Well.. if they do, they better start right now cause it will take a long time to cover all the chickens, ducks etc. in this country. I can’t even imagine it.

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AREN’T YOU GLAD IT’S MONDAY???  

P.S. For the relatives ..it snowed here over night..not much..less than an inch..just enough to make it white again…don’t blink… it will be gone by wednesday when it rains and is predicted to have thunderstorms…what a whacky winter! 

Have a great week!!

THE ROAD IS UNKNOWN

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The road is unknown ..and many trails take us in many different directions. We travel many miles and use many methods to get there. We make mistakes and learn from them. We meet new people and learn exciting new things along the way. I call them adventures. Life is one adventure in learning and living every day. I am glad I have met the people I have and seen the things that I have. I have learned much about cultures and living..wisdom and love and grace and faith. I look forward to living many more days to see what the next road leads to….
Speaking of roads..Ms Vickie has a wonderful post today and you all should read it..you can find it here… http://fromachapterof.blogspot.com/ BOB …. http://inthedriverseat.blogspot.com/ is a person who lights up my day when I visit  him and I look forward to many more days of that. Many prayers have been said for him and his illness..I do hope he is able to go "On the road" again to places unknown…

DARREN MCGAVIN

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By GREG RISLING, Associated Press Writer 23 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES –
Darren McGavin’ , the husky, tough-talking actor who starred in several TV series, played a grouchy dad in the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" and had other strong roles in such films as "The Man with the Golden Arm" and "The Natural," died Saturday. He was 83.
(McGavin died of natural causes at a Los Angeles-area hospital with his family at his side, said his son Bogart McGavin.
McGavin made his film debut in 1945 when he switched from painter of movie sets to bit actor in "A Song to Remember." After a decade of learning his craft in New York, he returned to Hollywood and became one of the busiest actors in television and films.
He starred in five series, including "Mike Hammer" and cult favorite "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," and became a prolific actor in TV movies. Among his memorable portrayals was Gen. George Patton in the 1979 TV biography "Ike."
Despite his busy career in television, McGavin was awarded only one Emmy: in 1990 for an appearance as
Candice Bergen’ opinionated father in an episode of "Murphy Brown."
He may be best recognized for his role as the hot-tempered father of a boy yearning for the gift of a BB gun in the 1983 comedy "A Christmas Story." The film has become a holiday-season staple on TV.
McGavin lacked the prominence in films he enjoyed in television, but he registered strongly in featured roles such as the young artist in Venice in "Summertime," David Lean’s 1955 film with Katharine Hepburn and Rosanno Brazzi; Frank Sinatra’s crafty drug supplier in "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955); and
Jerry Lewis’ name parole officer in "The Delicate Delinquent."
McGavin’s other films include "The Court-martial of Billy Mitchell," "Airport ’77," and "Billy Madison." He starred alongside
Don Knotts’ name , who died Friday night, in the 1976 family comedy "No Deposit, No Return."
Throughout his television career, McGavin gained a reputation as a curmudgeon willing to bad-mouth his series and combat studio bosses.
McGavin starred in the private eye series "Mike Hammer" in the 1950s. In 1968 he told a reporter: "Hammer was a dummy. I made 72 of those shows, and I thought it was a comedy. In fact, I played it camp. He was the kind of guy who would’ve waved the flag for George Wallace."
McGavin also disparaged "Riverboat," an 1840s adventure that ran from 1959-61 and costarred Burt Reynolds’ When "Riverboat" was in danger of being canceled by NBC, McGavin rented a room in St. Louis, interviewed riverboat captains and searched old files about Mississippi traffic. He presented the network with a detailed plan for improving the series.
"NBC used none of my ideas, went fumbling ahead, and `Riverboat’ sank," he said.
McGavin’s other series included "Crime Photographer," "The Outsider," and the short-lived "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," in which he played a reporter who investigates supernatural occurrences in Chicago. Last fall, ABC began airing a remake of the 1974 occult fave, but that too was soon canceled.
He is survived by his four children York, Megan, Bridget and Bogart.

We are losing so many wonderful actors..men and women from my past that I have watched and admired all these years..I am saddened at their passing.
I watched a lot of McGavin’s programs and movies….in his later years the word
"crusty" comes to mind as the kind of character he was. I remember him most from the series Night Stalker and Murphy Brown. A fine talented man.

TAGGED!!!

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OH NO!!  I have been tagged by Patty!
Shoot… I have no strange habits..yeah right…
 
HERE ARE MINE:
 
1.  I have to sleep on my right side if I dont, I don’t sleep at all. 
2.  I like ketchup on my hotdogs no mustard, no relish just ketchup.
3.   I have to wash down the tub before I take a shower to make sure it’s clean.
4.   I sing or hum while I am baking..especially
when it involves chocolate.
5.   I  say I am gonna hang up or have to go when speaking to someone on the phone and then go right on talking and talking.. ms. yakety yakety yak!! 
 
If you cannot remember what your bad habits are then ask the one closest to you, they can fill a book!! HAH! I don’t know who has been tagged and who hasn’t been, so you all get a break from me! 
 
 

DON KNOTTS

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Actor Don Knotts Dies at  81.       Go to fullsize image   Go to fullsize image
 

 

Saturday February 25 5:42 PM ET

Don Knotts, the skinny, lovable nerd who kept generations of television audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show," has died. He was 81.

Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, said Paul Ward, a spokesman for the cable network TV Land, which airs "The Andy Griffith Show," and another Knotts hit, "Three’s Company."

Unspecified health problems had forced him to cancel an appearance in his native Morgantown in August 2005.

The West Virginia-born actor’s half-century career included seven TV series and more than 25 films, but it was the Griffith show that brought him TV immortality and five Emmies.

The show ran from 1960-68, and was in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings each season, including a No. 1 ranking its final year. It is one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top: The others are "I Love Lucy" and "Seinfeld." The 249 episodes have appeared frequently in reruns and have spawned a large, active network of fan clubs.

As the bug-eyed deputy to Griffith, Knotts carried in his shirt pocket the one bullet he was allowed after shooting himself in the foot. The constant fumbling, a recurring sight gag, was typical of his self-deprecating humor.

Knotts, whose shy, soft-spoken manner was unlike his high-strung characters, once said he was most proud of the Fife character and doesn’t mind being remembered that way.

His favorite episodes, he said, were "The Pickle Story," where Aunt Bea makes pickles no one can eat, and "Barney and the Choir," where no one can stop him from singing.

"I can’t sing. It makes me sad that I can’t sing or dance well enough to be in a musical, but I’m just not talented in that way," he lamented. "It’s one of my weaknesses." >>> Yahoo News…

We will all miss his lovable laugh…the world was a better place with him in it.