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 Sunday, we finally had a whole day out doors. The kids flew out my back door as if they were prisoners released back into the free world. Life was good. I nestled into my comfy Adirondack chair with a hot cup of java and watched them from afar. My nephew called my three children into a huddle. I could hear him telling them to pick a celebrity. My oldest daughter quickly yelled out, “I’m Hannah Montana.” My youngest daughter advised that she would be playing the role of Cinderella. Because my son was taking too long deciding, my nephew informed him that he would be Chris Brown, while my nephew declared himself to be Usher.

     My curiosity piqued, I sat at the edge of my chair straining to hear where they were going with this game. My nephew acted as a director, instructing the actors what their lines would be and informing them of the rules of the game. They all had a mission; they were to catch the bad people. The four of them ran through the yard chasing down imaginary men and taking nosedives into the grass screaming out “I have been hit.”

     “Wait, we have to take a call from our boss,” my nephew said.

     They gathered around the rock garden and looked nervous as they waited for the big guy to call (I must say, they were good little actors).

     “The phone’s ringing, Justin is calling.” My nephew hushed the others, advising them het would take the phone call from Justin Timberlake. They assured Justin that everything was going as planned, hung up the invisible phone and took off throughout the yard again.

     For a moment, I envisioned Usher, Chris Brown, Hannah Montana and Cinderella running through my yard chasing down bad guys while answering to Justin Timberlake and thought-Maybe my kids are on to something. It could be Reality TV with a twist, where real life and fairytales come together fighting for a happily ever after. Hey, they thought up an interesting cast.         

Thirteen Things about Maribeth

This past weekend I watched the Wizard of Oz with my children. We have not watched it in a very long time so it felt like it did when I was a little girl. Back in the day, you would have to wait a whole year to see Dorothy and her friends dance across your screen. Now, you can buy the DVD and watch it whenever the mood strikes. I was thrilled that we watched it on television not DVD but I must admit I did DVR it in case the mood strikes again. This week I have decided to list 13 of my favorite scenes from the Wizard of Oz.

1…The tornado-I loved watching the people pass by in the sky. The old woman on the rocking chair knitting, oblivious to the fact that she has been swept up in a tornado. However, the best part is when the scary music plays and all of the sudden you see… the wicked old neighbor peddle on by only to turn into a witch seconds later.

2…The Munchkins – I remember as a little girl wanting to go to Munchkin Land. The small people appeared to be so friendly. I remember thinking they were all children who just looked a bit older. My favorite was the Lollipop Kids. I also loved the coroner.

3…The Ruby Red Slippers- The very beginning of my shoe fetish. Girls love their shoes and I find it appropriate to have made the shoes the ticket to get back home. Make sense to me- Shoes are definitely magical in my book.

4…Glenda the good witch- She was like a breath of fresh air, a beautiful vision. Her dress was gorgeous and her crown made a loud statement. The way she elegantly moved her wand made me believe that maybe one day I could create magic too. I do have to admit, watching it the other night I thought she was actually a lot older looking than I remember.

5…The Yellow Brick Road- Follow The Yellow Brick Road… Follow The Yellow Brick Road… Follow. Follow, Follow the Yellow Brick Road-lalalalalala –I’m still humming this tune days later. As a child I was mesmerized by this bright road-I could not wait to follow her on her journey.

6…Realizing the Scarecrow was alive- I loved watching the scarecrow get down and try to walk. I felt so bad for him. Listening to him sing “If I only had a brain” made me want to cry for him.

7…The Oiling of the Tin Man- For some reason watching Dorothy oil the tin man was so cool.

8…The Angry Apple Trees- Ooh they scared me something fierce. There was an urban legend that someone actually died on the set of the Wizard of Oz and it happened right after the Apple Tree incident.

9…The Lion-Put your dukes up- I loved lions ever since.

10…”I’m Melting”, I loved when Dorothy spilled the water on the witch and she began to melt. I cheered every time

11…The Poppy Fields- I loved the visual of the poppy fields. It symbolized peace and serenity, until they became deadly.

12…The Horse of a Different Color- As a little girl I could not grasp how they got a horse to change colors. It remains my favorite scene- I was dozing off the other night while watching this and woke up to watch the horse change colors

13…Last but not least – “Over the Rainbow” Such a poignant song-It’s one of those songs that the melody alone could bring tears to your eyes. It is inspirational, sad, and happy at the same time.

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Thirteen Things about YMaribeth

Wow, I can’t believe it’s Thursday again. Time for another TT. It’s the end of summer, school is starting and Fall is just around the corner. Networks are gearing up for the new television season. I have decided this week to make a list of the television shows I grew up on. I’m sure you will be able to recall a few. Have a great Thursday.

1… Happy Days (Forget the Fonze, I loved Chachi. Pinky Tuscadero was a cool chic but Leather was the coolest. The Mallachi brothers scared me and I sat on the edge of my seat watching the demolition derbies)

2… Laverne and Shirley- Loved these two girls. I probably tried Milk and Pepsi a dozen times hoping I would love it as much as Laverne (I never did). I wanted to love a stuffed animal as much as Shirley loved Boo Boo Kitty (never did) (I loved when Shirley was down she could be cheered up by the song High Hopes-Just what makes that little old ant-Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant…)

3…Mork and Mindy-Na-Nu Na-Nu(I could never get my fingers to do what he did-But I tried like heck)-I thought I looked so cool wearing a pair of those multi-colored suspenders-I would love to have a photo of that now.

4…Dukes of Hazzard- Bo and Luke Duke were such heartbreakers. Every Friday night was a date night with Daddy and the Good Ol’ Boys.(The tomboy in me wanted to jump in a car through the window. I’m sure I would have broke the door if I tried)

5…Fantasy Island- (The plane)I loved the beginning where Mr. Roarke and Tattoo would stand on the island and wait for the plane to come. There was an episode in which mannequins were coming alive. For years I would walk past the mannequins in a store and think they were moving.

6…Waltons-This was a show I would watch after school right before 5:00 dinner. I loved John-Boy (probably because he was the writer) I wanted our family to say goodnight the way they did (it never happened)

7…Little House on the Prairie-My favorite part was in the beginning when they showed them rolling down the hills. I wanted to do that. I have since done it and would do it again, Very Fun

8…Knots Landing-My mother would watch this on Friday nights, I would sneak in and watch. I thought Nicolette Sheridan was the prettiest girl I ever saw.

9…Gimme A Break – I loved Nell and I am still saddened that she died. Who could forget Joey he made the show

10…Facts of Life- I loved the girls on the Facts of Life. I wanted to roller-skate around like Tootie. Blair was such a snob-you loved to hate her. I wanted to be in a boarding school

11…The Love Boat- Loved the Love Boat, Gopher was my favorite. I wanted to be on the cruise ship-I loved seeing what celebrities would come on the ship each week

12…Magical Garden-A local television show about two hippie girls that would play their guitars while swinging on giant swings. Everything was magical, the trees, the flowers, bushes etc. I would love to see this show one more time.

13…Bewitched-I wanted to be Samantha-I thought if I scrunched my nose hard enough and stared at an object without blinking I could make it move. I think one of the hardest things to accept as a child is the fact that we don’t have powers like they do on T.V.

Hope you enjoyed my TT, I would love to hear what your favorite shows were.
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