Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mysteries & Music – Agatha Christie - part two

As far as I’m concerned, David Suchet was BORN to portray Hercule Poirot. I’ve seen a lot of Poirots in my time, and none of them even came close. Suchet nailed it. There is not a whole lot more I can say about him or this series. Marvelous. Wish I had the funds to own them all.

The theme is magnificent. Written by Christopher Gunning. There are various versions of it on youtube. All of them are great, but this is my favorite.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mysteries & Music – Agatha Christie - part one

By far, my all-time favorite mystery writer is Agatha Christie. I have ALL her books. I can read them over and over and still get a great deal out of them. Same with the televised mysteries.

For the Jane Marple stories, I already had a pretty clear mental picture of what she might look like. Of the various actresses, Joan Hickson WAS Jane Marple, as far as I was concerned. And the theme music for those episodes was my favorite as well. Written by Ron Howard. NOT of “Opie” fame…

The other Marple was played by Geraldine McEwan and she was OK. She was a lot more physically spunky than Ms. Hickson, but I’ve never thought of Miss Marple as being very physical. Gutsy, yes, but in a much quieter manner. Always soft-spoken. The theme music for these episodes was good too, but I still prefer the first one. This one is by Dominik Scherrer.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January 2015 Book Report

When I saw the blurbs for the movie The Giver, I was greatly interested. I love Jeff Bridges. I made some kind of comment on Facebook, and a friend just raved about the books by Lois Lowry. So I decided to get The Giver Quartet and read all 4 of them before seeing the movie. The movie really only deals with the first book, but once I had started, I COULD NOT STOP READING! Awesome books! I highly recommend reading them and THEN see the movie. I’m glad I did. The movie took some real liberties, as usually is the case. Purists will boo. But I still think the movie has value. I enjoyed seeing The Community, even though it was a bit different from the one I pictured in my mind. And as I said before, I love Jeff Bridges. If you’ve already seen the movie, that’s OK. Get the books and read them anyway!! I really hope that they bring the other books to the big screen.

I really don’t want to give much away in a review. I don’t want to spoil it for readers who have not experienced the books yet. All I can do is tell you to read them. You will be better for it. I was fortunate to get the Quartet on Barnes and Noble online with a coupon. Here are the titles in order:
By Lois Lowry -
The Giver (1993)
Gathering Blue (2000)
Messenger (2004)
Son (2012)   

I was talking to my sister-in-law about how much I liked the movie, even though I had read the books. She was surprised, because she had not seen the movie, but had read the first book and didn’t care for it. It does have a very ambiguous ending, and can be a bit of a downer. I told her to read the other books as well. It completes the story.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Body And Mind Have Reunited…For Now

OK. I’m back. Some days that’s about as far as I go. Many mornings I wake up and just lay there praying for the mental wherewithal to fling back those covers. Doing better, though.

Christmas was nice with Sarah and Lia (and Diva) here. Did some crafts with Lia that were fun. Just wish I had more time with her.

Since Tuesday was Epiphany, we dismantled the tree. The tree is now in the attic, but until yesterday afternoon the ornaments were still all over the kitchen table waiting for me to box them up. This year I didn’t put many ornaments at all on the tree, and was amazed at how nice it still looked. My first priority was getting the ornaments that used to belong to Marv’s mom and put them on the tree. I still miss her so much. Marv and I had debated about getting a smaller tree next year and giving this one to Sarah. As were getting ready to pack it up, though, we realized this is really a NICE tree. And the fact that I hadn’t put many ornaments on did not take away from it. So we might end up keeping it. Sorry, Sarah…

Marv FINALLY got his CPAP machine right after Christmas, and I was amazed at how quiet it is! The oxygen concentrator was pretty darn loud, but I got used to it. This thing is wonderful, though. I have to admit it creeps me out a bit to see him lying there with the mask on, but I will probably be ending up with one as well.

Since getting our Smart TV with the ability to watch youtube on it, we’ve been having a great time watching old TV shows. Marv really likes the Combat episodes. My brother and I watched that show growing up. Also The Rebel was another good old show. For New Year’s Eve, we watched Alfred Hitchcock Hour episodes until midnight. Tons of fun! Discovered some new authors as well, as most of those episodes were based on books or stories by mystery writers.

So the New Year has begun. And we carry on.