Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes – Temple Theater


I went to the Temple Theater last night to see Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes – if you have not gone to see this show yet or if you don’t plan to see it — you really need to consider going!!!! It was truly amazing!!! I was mesmerized for every second of the show and in tears during most of it!!!

Jason Petty and his band (a fiddle, a base, a guitar, and a steel guitar) do an excellent job of bringing Hank Williams to life and tell his story! The show is a combination of telling Hank’s story through stories Jason gathered interviewing friends and family that knew Hank and singing the songs that Hank wrote and recorded, as well as some songs of those who influenced Hank and who Hank had influenced. The stories paint a picture of a man who was passionate about his music and tortured by life. It takes the audience from his early childhood through to his untimely death at age 29. It is funny, emotional, heart warming, interesting, and, above all, thoroughly entertaining!

I love the vintage country music and Hank Williams, in particular. Granted, Hank Williams died three years before I was born, but I still grew up on his music. My Mom was a fan, so I listened to his records and knew all the words to all his songs! So, the songs in this show really touched me!

Jason Petty is an outstanding entertainer – he looks somewhat like Hank, but I also thought he looked somewhat like Ernest Tubb – he could easily do a believable job portraying Ernest Tubb, too! In fact, he sings one of Ernest’s songs in the show! He does a great job on the songs from other country music stars, too – even a really enjoyable rendition of Elvis doing “That’s Alright Mama”!!!! He’s an excellent story teller and gives the stories just the right touch of humor!

The musicians in the band were excellent, too. I personally love to hear a good fiddle player and I was treated to a good one last night! And you can’t do vintage country music without a steel guitar and the guy who played that one last night really knew how to make it whine — it brought up the goose bumps!!!!

Definitely a MUST SEE!!! Even if you aren’t a big country music fan, I think you will enjoy the show. Go see it — I promise you will be entertained and won’t be sorry you spent your money and time on this one! It’s a guaranteed good time for all (short of those who just plain hate country music of any kind….)!

Dinner at the Dairy Bar


I left work early today — I was so sick to my stomach and queasy feeling, I came home and went to bed! I got up about dinner time, but still didn’t feel like eating. I fed the girls their supper and refreshed their pool and did some work on the computer. Then, about 7:30 or so I started getting hungry! So, I decided to pop over to the Dairy Bar for something to eat. I changed my clothes, freshened up, and headed out.

I got to the end of Hawkins Ave where Depot Park is and it hit me that it was THURSDAY!! I hadn’t thought about it! I almost always go to Renalds for dinner on Thursday nights — the only Thursday’s I miss are ones that I have something else going on that prevents me from being able to go. I go for lunch there often, but Thursday’s are the only nights they are open for dinner! The food is great (Chef Hamm continually out-does himself – he’s incredible), two of my best friends are waitresses there on Thurs nights, and Joni (the owner) has made her restaurant so lovely and comfortable that you feel right at home! So – when I realized it was Thursday, I thought about going there – but it was 8:00 and they close at 9:00 and since I still didn’t feel quite right, I thought just slipping in to the Dairy Bar for a quick bite might be better!

So, the Dairy Bar it was!!! I really enjoy the Dairy Bar, too — the menu is full of home cooked comfort food – my favorite cuisine!! ha-ha! I enjoy going there for breakfast on the weekends and popping in for lunch when I’m out shopping. I also go for dinner once in a while, too! I never go there without running into someone I know – tonight was no different, even though it was late. They had chicken and dumplings on the Thursday special menu and I thought that sounded soothing and just right to top of a yucky day – so, I ordered the chicken and dumplings, creamed potatoes, and cole slaw! I was right — it was perfect!!! It tasted so good and did a good job of settling my still unstable stomach! And I was in and out and back home in just slightly over 1/2 hour!

Although I am really bummed that I didn’t realize it was Thursday and missed out on my Thursday Renalds “fix”, I made a good choice for the situation!

Dancing With The Stars


I’m not much into reality shows – but there are a few that I do enjoy! I really like Top Chef on Bravo – I never miss it and watch the reruns when I catch them while flipping channels. I also like Bravo’s Shear Genius and Project Runway – neither are currently showing new episodes, but last season I watched them when I happened to think about it. But I LOVE Dancing With The Stars!!!! I set the recorder in case I dose off or get busy and miss it – I dread the end of the season and can’t wait for the new season to start!!!

So – I was very excited today to hear the announcement of this year’s participants!!!

My personal favorite on the list is CAMERON MATHISON – he plays Ryan Laverly on daytime’s All My Children (the only soap I watch – I tape it every day!) – his partner is EDYTA SLIWINSKA. She’s good, but not one of my favorites of the regulars. I haven’t seen him dance, yet, but he’s very athletic and I’m taking early bets that he’ll make it all the way!!!!

Marie Osmond, Wayne Newton, and Jane Seymour will probably do OK and be fan favorites for a few episodes, but I’m guessing they won’t last too long. The rest are anybody’s guess — I don’t know much about some of them. Scary Spice is an entertainer, so she may last a while (but, then again, she did just have a baby a few months ago — maybe that will slow her down some). The Abercrombie and Finch male model will probably make a good showing and be in the last few. We’ll see — I’ll have more of an opinion after the first couple of shows and I see how they do.

Watch for my weekly commentary on the progress of the show!!! Warning, though – I get pretty excited and passionate about the contestants and how I feel about who gets booted off (or who doesn’t get booted off, but should!!!).

Here’s to a great season of Rumbas, Sambas, Waltzes, Paso Dobles, Quicksteps, Cha-Chas, Jives, Foxtrots, and Tangos!!!! WOO HOO!!!! I’m so looking forward to Monday September 24th!!!

Songs that take my breath away….


Songs can take you back to a moment in your past like nothing else can! Songs link you to good and bad times and instantly take you there and allow you to relive a memory or moment for the few minutes that the song is playing.

Here are the songs that never fail to take my breath away – they catapult me into a specific moment, link me to a special person or time, or are just so beautiful I literally have to stop and let them absorb me!

I surely have forgotten some, but these are the ones that pop in my mind with little or no effort.

In no particular order:

Whiter Side of Pale, Procol Harum
Old Time Rock ‘n Roll, Bob Seger
Turn The Page, Bob Seger
We’ve Got Tonight, Bob Seger
Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers
The Dock of The Bay, Otis Redding
The House At Pooh Corner, Loggins and Messina
Danny’s Song, Loggins and Messina
Stairway to Heaven, Led Zepplin
Maggie May, Rod Stewart
He Stopped Loving Her Today, George Jones
The Long and Winding Road, The Beatles
Michelle, The Beatles
Hey, Jude, The Beatles
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams
Lady, Kenny Rogers
Why Me Lord, Kris Kristofferson
Sunday Morning Coming Down, Kris Kristofferson
Help Me Make It Through The Night, Kris Kristofferson
Colour My World, Chicago
Teddy Bear Song, Barbara Fairchild
Tequila Sunrise, The Eagles
Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
If I Can Dream, Elvis
One Night, Elvis
(Such an) Easy Question, Elvis
American Pie, Don McLean
Sugar, Sugar, The Archies (ok, so this one doesn’t take my breath away, but it sure brings back some great memories!!!)

Movies I could watch a zillion times…..


Movies touch our soles in one way or another – whether you like comedies, thrillers, love stories, dramas, action/adventures, or whatever other genre I missed….. I love going to the movies – I particularly enjoy going to a Sat or Sun matinee to see a good romantic comedy! I believe that if I leave a movie and I have laughed, cried, and have the “warm fuzzies” for a while afterwards, then the movie has met all my criteria of being one that I will definitely want to see again! I thought I would come up with the top 5 movies I’d see again and again and again……..but, I couldn’t do it — there are way too many!!! So, I started to just jot down all the ones that I can think of that I would stop everything to watch in a heart beat! Here is my list – I’m sure I’ve missed some, but these are the ones that came to mind – the ones that I still cry when I watch them even after seeing them over and over (in fact, I actually start crying earlier in the movie because I know the sad parts are coming……LOL) and the ones that still leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy!!!

In no particular order:

Hope Floats
Chicago
Sweet Home Alabama
Fried Green Tomatoes
Pretty Woman
Untamed Heart
Walk the Line
Guarding Tess
The Notebook
Steel Magnolias
Gone With The Wind
Wizard of Oz
Manions of America
Thornbirds
The Rose
Rebel Without A Cause
West Side Story
A Star is Born
The Way We Were
Love Story
Terms of Endearment
Urban Cowboy
An Officer And A Gentleman
Mr. Holland’s Opus
City of Angels
Step Mom

It’s Raining!!!!


WOO HOO and Hallelujah – it’s raining!!! And it’s coming down at a nice gentle steady pace — not so hard and fast that it will just run off and not so fine that it won’t sink in!!! If it doesn’t stop too fast, I think this just might do us some good!!!!

Oatmeal


I love oatmeal………….unfortunately, I don’t think about making it very often! I don’t mean the instant kind that you dump out of a pouch and add hot water – I mean the good Quaker Oats kind you make in a pot! They can be Quick Oats that only take a couple minutes, but the regular ones are better!

I like to make them using a little less water than the box calls for – that makes them stiffer, thicker and less runny! I don’t put any milk in them (sometimes just a drizzle, but only if I make them TOO stiff and thick!) and I like to add lots of brown sugar (not white sugar – it has to be brown sugar). Occasionally, I like to add a few chopped walnuts or pecans or maybe a few golden raisins – but I really do prefer it with just brown sugar. I also like to eat buttered toast with it and dunk the toast in the oatmeal — YUMMY!!!!

I had some this morning for breakfast and it really hit the spot – big time – the only disappointment was that I was out of butter, so I didn’t make any toast to go with it!!! I tend to not think of oatmeal unless it’s cold outside – not really sure why! I guess because it is very “warming” and it’s easier to think about things like that when it’s cold and you need to get warmed up! But, it is good any time. A real “stick to your ribs” breakfast that makes for a great foundation for the day!!! And it’s even good for lunch or supper, too!

So, that’s that — here’s to more oatmeal……….

Hairspray


I went to the movies tonight and saw Hairspray! I’ve wanted to see it since it came out, but didn’t get a chance to go until tonight! I am really glad I went — it was actually quite good!!! What a great place the world would be if everyone could just burst into song and dance in the streets whenever we felt the desire to!!! ha-ha

John Travolta was wonderful as Tracy’s mother!!! Christopher Walken was a hoot as her father!!! I really got into loving to hate Michelle Pfeiffer as the bigoted station manager!!! Zac Efron was a perfect Link Larkin — he has the most gorgeous blue eyes I’ve ever seen! And Nikki Blonsky is really going to do well – she’s got star appeal and did a great job as Tracy Turnbald. I really enjoyed it and recommend it! But – if you don’t like musicals, it might not be the best movie for you – the breaking out in song over every little thing might be a little much for you!

I’ve seen Hairspray before — I saw it on Broadway and on video when Ricki Lake played Tracy Turnbald and I can say that I like the current version the best! That is odd because I usually don’t like remakes – I think they tend to not be able to stand up to the original. (Major exception to my stance on this subject is “A Star Is Born” – the original 1937 version starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March was good for its time, but the 1954 remake starring Judy Garland and James Mason blew it out of the water — they didn’t just remake the movie, they updated it and made it fit into the time period!!! Then came the 1976 version starring Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson — WOW — they updated it to fit in the time period again and it became my single most favorite movie of all time!!!! Amazing!!! So — definitely an exception to my stance that remakes tend to not live up to the original…..)

So, anyway — Hairspray was well worth my time and money and made for an enjoyable evening!

OK – I’m ready for it to cool down, now!!!!

OK – enough with the stifling heat, already!!!! I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but I’d even take being stuck in the Buffalo snow belt in mid-January over this heat (grew up in a small town near Buffalo – been there, done that – but if it’ll cool me down, I’d do it again)!!! From what I can tell from forecasts and predictions, we don’t have much relief coming any time soon and what little is possible isn’t supposed to last long!!!

My grass is full of brown patches, my bushes, trees, and plants all look pretty sad —- it’s even too hot to put the top down on my car and enjoy a little cruise around town!!!!

My idea of the perfect climate is 70-75 all year round with occasional peaks in the low 80s, a constant refreshing breeze, sunny every day with nice frequent gentle rains at night or during work hours, and no really severe weather events!!!! Oh, wow – you know what? I’m gonna just sit here in my air conditioning, put my head back, close my eyes, and project myself there for a while today (hey, whatever it takes….right?)!!!!

Y’all stay cool now, ya hear?????

The Girls Love Their Pool…..

The girls love their pool so much! I fill it with fresh water and they go absolutely nuts!!!! They don’t like it when the water gets warm from the sun, so I have to freshen it up and cool it down every evening, but it is so worth the effort – it gives them a ton of joy and keeps them occupied – and cool…..


Amy gets in there and bites at the water and dunks her head under the water to throw it up over her back – she splashes around and lays down so that only her head sticks up out of the water — she really gets into it! Then, she rolls around on the grass or pine straw to dry off before she heads back in for more….. Katie, on the other hand, likes to run, jump in, splash around, dunk her head under the water, and run like the wind through the yard to dry off. Sometimes, she just stands there enjoying the cool water on her legs.

Then, there is Megan — she’s the one that wasn’t sure she liked the pool, at first. She would go up to it and get a drink, but get away from it whenever the other two came around like she was afraid to get wet from their splashing! She’d stand a safe distance away and watch them having fun. Then, one day she got in and she’s the craziest one of the three of them now!!!! She digs at the water and throws it up under herself to get herself totally soaked! She’ll dig at the water so fast and hard she ends up throwing it out onto the ground and the pool is 1/2 empty and needs to be filled after every trip she makes to it!!! And, unlike the other two, she doesn’t mind staying wet – she doesn’t seem to do anything special to dry off, except to lay out on the patio to get “sun dried”!!!

What a riot it is to stand on the deck or sit on the patio and just watch them take turns going crazy in the pool…………..when one is ready to get in and another is taking too long to get out, they will bark at the one in the pool until they give in and relinquish their turn — sometimes they all get in together and that really takes the cake!!! They bite at each other to fight over who gets what section of the water to do their rituals in!!! That pool is the best fifteen bucks I ever spent!!!!


When the playing is done, it’s time to rest — they come inside and CRASH!!! Here they are all peaceful and snoring – Megan, Amy, and Katie – in that order:



Goodnight, all……