Monday, December 29, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I will confess to making them and breaking them and starting over. But for now, I have an idea for you. Let me guess one of your typical (LDS) resolutions... is it more effective, spiritual, fun Family Home Evenings? Ding Ding Ding Ding!!!!!!!! I got it right.

Well, boy, do I have an idea for you! I'm going to try it to, if I can get Ronald darling to agree. Two oldish people get kind of used to counting dinner as FHE. Really.

But here's the good idea. There is a website that has used episodes of the Andy Griffith show, the original, not Matlock, as the basis for Sunday School lessons. They are fun, cute and spiritual. Honest.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

This isn't a particularly spiritual clip, but speaking of Ronald darling.... I love the Darlin's!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

It's Christmas Eve and we are all tucked in for the night. I'm leaving out cookies, just in case I made the Nice list this year. It's not a white Christmas, more of a gray one; but still the celebration of the birth of our Savior into the world. One of my very favorite, one of the most wonderful times of the year.

And to all a good night!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

When Herald Angels Sing

Our Christmas program was this morning and it was wonderful. No talks, no scripture, all music. Music carries the spirit so well. One of the pieces was one I'd never heard before, Pachelbel/First Noel. I don't know who the genius was who thought of combining the two pieces of music but it was truly heavenly.

Gesu Bambino is absolutely glorious to hear... I just loved it!

And Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming sounds so sweet.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I Stayed Up Past My Bedtime!

My alarm goes off every morning at 4:00am and up I get. I didn't used to be a morning person, but I teach Early Morning Seminary. I taught for 6 years when my children were teenagers, many moons ago and am on the 5th year this time around. I love teaching Seminary and I love the teens I teach. Consequently, I need to go to bed early.
Last night, I was reading a friend's blog and she mentioned an actor whom I admire, Danny Kaye. She had a film clip of him so I trotted over to youtube to see what else they had on him.
BIG mistake!! One of the clips I saw was a guest appearance that he made on "What's My Line?" An interesting game show and I had completely forgotten about it. One of the segments of the show had the panel blindfolded and a celebrity guest. The panel tried to guess who the celebrity was by questioning and the guest tried to fool them by disguising the voice.
I was hooked. I was up until after midnight watching video clips of mystery guests. What a hoot! Even you young whippersnappers will recognize some of these folks.
And it's already an hour past my bedtime! I gotta go!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Movies

I've been sick for the last few days. I missed work for a day and a half, temple service yesterday and my church meetings today. Just a bad nasty cold; but that always settles in my chest. I'm doing much better now and expect to be back to normal activity tomorrow. Maybe a little under par, but back in the trenches.

So, what do you do? I've been either in bed or a recliner for the last three days with the lap top and the remote control for the television right by my side! LOL Luckily for me, it is December and the Christmas movies have started. I LOVE IT!

I haven't seen all of my very favorites yet, but for your enlightenment, here are the top three:

1. It's A Wonderful Life - My very favorite. I admire the sense of duty that George has, putting others always before himself and the fact that he is loved and appredicated by those for whom he toils. It doesn't get better than this!

2. Christmas in Connecticut - Barbara Stanwyck plays a writer whose magazine column chronicles her idyllic life on a farm in Connecticut. It's all lies and gets her in trouble with her publisher. A great, warm comedy.

3. Miracle on 34th Street - I like to watch mom defrost through the film, the lawyer start to believe in his client and Natalie Wood. Period.

If it calls itself a Christmas movie and includes a lamp shaped like a leg, a bunny suit or a frozen pole - it ain't on my list! LOL

Do you have one movie that tells you it's Christmas?