Saturday, May 21, 2022

River of No Retun

Howdy partners and welcome to my blog, 

Weather along the NJ seashore is expected to be hot on Saturday, perfect for the beach. For one day it will be in the 90's they say. 

I am joining in for Saturday 9 which is always a lot of fun.  Thank you Sam!

Saturday 9 comes to us from Sam.   Join in here.   It's fun!

Saturday 9: River of No Return (1954)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune?      Hear it here. 
Marilyn had a pretty little voice.
1) Marilyn Monroe performed this song in the 1954 western, River of No Return. In the movie (and at the beginning of this clip) she wears jeans. The wardrobe mistress bought the jeans off the rack at JC Penney's. Yet because of their connection to Marilyn, they are valuable memorabilia. Designer Tommy Hilfiger bought them for a reported $75,000 and today they hang in the closet of Britney Spears. Do you ever shop at thrift stores or websites for second-hand or vintage clothes?  
I bought my  little girl a brand new very expensive name brand coat at Deseret Industries once for 75cents. It had never been worn and had the tags on it.    Over all I do not like to use other people's things if I can help it.


2) In this song, she sounds melancholy as she recalls a lover who has gone. We hope this morning you're feeling more chipper than Marilyn. In one word, describe your mood.
It is night here and I feel ok in spite of some sciatica pain.    I am hopeful for the future in spite of all the ugliness in government and the explosion of mental problems around the nation.    Be kind to one
another everyone... it will bring blessings. 

3) In real life, Marilyn's love life was sailing along. During the filming of this movie, her famous boyfriend, Joe DiMaggio, visited her on location in Canada and they were married by the time the movie was released. Joltin' Joe was of course one of baseball's greats. How is your baseball team doing this season?
Talking about baseball reminds me of my friend Toni and my mother, both of them hard core Yankee fans.   I, on the other hand, and not a fan.  I do like attending games though for the company and fun.

4) It was during her romance with Joe that Marilyn learned to cook. She enjoyed preparing Thanksgiving stuffing from scratch. Do you have a favorite recipe to share? 

I make stuffing from an old TV Guide recipe.. it uses lots of celery, onion, sage, Banquet breakfast beef sausage,bread and turkey broth.  It is a  huge hit with everyone.     I also had a meatloaf recipe from the same source. It was made up by Jackie Kennedy's White House chef and it was spectacular.  I  no longer have the recipe but it was  ground beef, heavy cream, very finely chopped onion, Italian flavored bread crumbs, eggs and Lowry's Seasoned salt.      The topping was tomato sauce.  Let me assure you if you can work this out you will love it!

I found so many wonderful recipes in TV Guide.. Greek Spinach pie, Almond Chicken (torn up chicken, toasted almonds, tons of butter and sour cream served over noodles or rice.. Oh be still my heart.)    Here is a recipe for Wellesley Fudge Cake which, I believe, is one of the finest cake recipes ever.     Make sure it is two layers or you will be sorry!!


5)  Over her lifetime, Marilyn had 43 different addresses. She was always a renter until February 1962, when she bought her final home in Brentwood. If you're a renter, do you ever wish you
owned? If you're an owner, do you ever think you'd be happier as a renter?

I rented for a long time but I prefer owning a home,
The photo is one of my first apartments in Murray, Utah on Little Cottonwood Creek after I was married. It was a wonderful place to live. You can click on it to see it larger if you like.

 6) Marilyn tended to her famous alabaster complexion with Nivea, which is still available at drugstores today.   What's the last thing you purchased at a drugstore?   Was it medication?   Food or snacks?   Health and beauty? Something else?   I purchased some drug store items.. 

7) Her signature scent was Chanel No. 5. What fragrance do you wear most often?  Yves St. Laurent's Paris or Red Door by Elizabeth Arden or  I used to wear Arpege by Lavin as well.  Before he died my husband bought me Shalimar perfume for huge $$.. my grand daughter spilled most of it.. Oy. I always loved Shalimar.

8) The year Marilyn's recording was released, John Travolta was born. What's your favorite John Travolta movie?   I think he was wonderful in the movie  Hairspray.  

9) Random question: What happened to your first car? (Sold? Traded in? Still in your garage?)   

 I was in a bad accident.. I was hit by a senior citizen broadside at an intersection. The car was totaled and I mean nothing left of it  and I was nearly totaled myself.  I have never personally owned a car since. I drove my husbands old AMX and our Ford Pick Up to take my son to school and take care of the horses. We kept the horses on 675 acres,
Why Ford you ask? Cuz my uncle was vice president of Ford Truck manufacturing.  Now I would like a Ford F150. Sigh....

Thursday, May 19, 2022

A Summer Place

A Summer Place.... a great movie, a beautiful song and where I live.   My town has been a summer resort for as long as NJ has been around and we became a colony in 1660 and a state in 1787 one of the original 13 colonies. 
Our water is clean, safe, great surf, and there is beautiful scenery too.   
I thought I'd share a bit of the local scenery from my neighborhood with you today.

“Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery!” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The sea! the sea! the open sea! The blue, the fresh, the ever free!” – Bryan W. Procter

“See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me. And no one knows, how far it goes.” – Moana, “How Far I’ll Go”

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“To me, the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?” – Walt Whitman

“My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“And the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home.” – Larry Ferguson

Monday, May 16, 2022

Tuesday Already

Hi. It's Tuesday so I am doing the Tuesday 4

 Welcome  to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 and thank you so much for joining in!  

Let's do a variety of questions this week, okay?

1. Did you have a favorite cartoon program or character as a young person, or even today?

I liked Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes best. I also like Sponge Bob and I never missed Batman that came on around 3:30 in the afternoon. It was really a very good series.

2.  Can you whole heartedly give people a second chance or  do you find yourself still worried about trusting them?   

I have but it depends on the situation I think. One has to look at individual cases but over all I think most would have a bit of a question about trust after a betrayal. 

3.  Are there things/activities you'd like to add to your life or do you feel you do enough to do, ,going on etc. to keep you satisfied?

I have added  some courses on Biblical literature.  I would like to add some more time getting out and about and some travel to my life as well.

4.  Can you live without your phone, TV, social media? 

  It is difficult to live without a phone in a society where we use them for help and contact.  I don't place games or social media on my phone.      I see no good that comes of it and I can see how it harm's people.    I can do without TV and  except for friends I have made on the internet through Twitter and Facebook, I could do without it too.

Weather here on the east coast has been stormy but temperatures are inching up into the high 70s the past couple of days.  Today was a bit rainy/cloudy but warm.  
As we head toward Memorial Day and the official opening of the Jersey Shore, temperatures should be warm and lovely for vacationers.

Are you enjoying Tuesday 4?  I could really use some feedback about the questions, etc.  Are they okay or are they boring , too hard, not hard or interesting enough?  I want to keep it fun and enjoyable as well as useful to people.   
Thanks for joining in.