Saint Patty’s Day Cinema….The Quiet Man

Happy St. Patty’s Day Folks! 💚🍀🍻 House smells amazing with the aroma of corned beef and cabbage,,,potatoes and carrots and Irish soda bread! Looking forward to our wonderful meal and then we’ll be watching one of my favorite movies.. The Quiet Man. I just love the two of them together!

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day then to watch John Ford’s, “The Quiet Man” (1952). It’s been 64 St. Patrick’s Days (including today) since the premiere of The Quiet Man, but it’s been a lot longer since John Ford first wanted to make the film back in 1933 after reading Maurice Walsh’s, “The Quiet Man”, a short story first published in the Saturday Evening Post. (Borrowed from the John Wayne FB Page)

Sunday Cinema…Legend Of Bagger Vance ⛳️

Another of my favorite movies. Was planning on using it as a blogging subject one of these days, today is that day. I have my friend Danny over at Dreambigdreamoftento blame for that, as he to is a fan!

Promising golfer Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) is the favorite son of Savannah, Georgia and a noteworthy golfer; Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron) was his girlfriend before he went off to war and is from a rich family. While serving as a captain in the US Army during World War I, Junuh is traumatized when his entire company is wiped out in battle. Though he earns the Medal of Honor, he returns to Georgia and lives a shadowy life as a drunk, golf being just a distant memory.
Years later (circa 1930[6]), Adele is trying to recover her family’s lost fortune by holding a four-round, two-day exhibition match between Bobby Jones (Joel Gretsch) and Walter Hagen (Bruce McGill), the best golfers of the era, with a grand prize of $10,000, at a golf resort her father built as the Depression struck. However, she needs a local participant to generate local interest, so she asks her estranged love Junuh to play.
Junuh is approached by a mysterious traveler carrying a suitcase, who appears while Junuh is trying to hit golf balls into the dark void of night. The man identifies himself as Bagger Vance (Will Smith) and says he will be Junuh’s caddy. He then helps Junuh to come to grips with his personal demons and helps him to play golf again.
When the match starts, Jones and Hagen each play well in their distinctive ways, but Junuh plays poorly and is far behind after the first round. With Bagger caddying for him and giving advice, Junuh rediscovers his “authentic swing” in the second round and makes up some ground. In the third round, he closes the gap even more. Junuh and Adele also find their romance rekindling.
Late in the final round, Junuh disregards Bagger’s advice at a crucial point and after that plays poorly. He hits a ball into a forest, where he has a traumatic World War I flashback, but Bagger’s words help him to focus on golf. Junuh pulls back to a tie with Jones and Hagen, then has a chance to win on the final hole, but calls a penalty on himself when his ball moves after he tries to remove an obstacle.
Seeing from this that Junuh has grown and matured, Bagger decides his golfer doesn’t need him any more. Bagger leaves him as mysteriously as he met him, with the 18th hole unfinished. Though losing a chance to win because of the penalty, Junuh sinks an improbable putt and the match ends in a gentlemanly three-way tie. The three golfers shake hands with all of Savannah cheering, and Junuh and Adele get back together.
During the match, Bagger Vance has a young assistant, Hardy Greaves (J. Michael Moncrief), who caddies after Bagger leaves. The beginning of the film features Hardy as an old man (Jack Lemmon) playing golf in the present day. Hardy experiences a heart attack and loses consciousness. The story ends with an old Hardy awakening and seeing a never-aging Bagger Vance on the golf course. As Bagger beckons, Hardy follows and the film ends. (Via Wikipedia)

Bagger Vance: Yep… Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing… Somethin’ we was born with… Somethin’ that’s ours and ours alone… Somethin’ that can’t be taught to ya or learned… Somethin’ that got to be remembered… Over time the world can, rob us of that swing… It get buried inside us under all our wouldas and couldas and shouldas… Some folk even forget what their swing was like…

Love this quote!!!

And the music!!!!! Oh the music!

Sunday Cinema….The Lightkeepers 

A bottle of wine, some cheese and crackers and………….

   The Lightkeepers is a 2009 romantic comedy film directed by Daniel Adams. Adams also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner.[1] The cast also includes Mamie Gummer and Tom Wisdom. The film was the final screen appearance of Julie Harris. Zana Messia wrote the film’s theme song.


The LightKeeper by The Makem and Spain Brothers (Calen I think you’ll like these guys!)

If Your Wondering by Zana Messia

Thanksgiving Morn ☀️ Always Have a Grateful Heart ❤️

Early morning Blessings rise with the sun.

The golden glow lights everything afire.

Thanksgiving Blessings are felt as the warm glow of a new day emerges.

It is also a reminder to keep a Grateful Heart, not just today, but everyday. 


Since moving down here, we’ve started our own little traditions. As always, we welcome in the new day with a Thanksgiving Blessing and toast of mimosas on the beach. Breakfast consisted of coffee and French toast muffins this year (I made the muffins on Tuesday and OML were they good!)

We came home, and put Mr. Tom turkey in the oven. Then it was off to the base. I started baking goodies for the men and women of the fire dept. who have to work the Holiday shift about 5 years ago. This morning we delivered Pumpkin Bread, along with giant chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. I love delivering the goodies and visiting with them. I do this on Christmas morning as well. 

Past years we’ve opened our home and shared our meal with anyone who was going to be alone….this year it will be just the two of us. I’ll FaceTime with all the kids and grandkids….we’ll then enjoy our meal and then…….. turkey coma!!

 Late night turkey sandwiches and watching Jumanji rounds out our day. Kristen and I started the Jumanji tradition and though she and I can’t be together to watch it, we watch it and text each other though-out the movie,,,this year Landon is joining in!!! 


Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow bloggers! I’m truly grateful and thankful for the last few months of getting to know y’all through your blogs, and for the time you’ve taken out of your days to visit mine. Wishing all of you a Beautiful Day ☀️☀️


Saturday Cinema…November Christmas

This little movie has become a favorite of mine. I look look forward to it every year. Along with a wonderful story, I fell in love with a song….

A small Rhode Island community comes together to create special Halloween and Christmas moments several weeks early for Vanessa Marks, an 8-year-old girl with a life-threatening illness.

At the beginning of the film, the father (John Corbett) gives Vanessa a snow globe of a little girl holding a snow globe, and inside that globe is another little girl holding a snow globe. The mother (Sarah Paulson) tells Vanessa that she has to shake the globe to make it snow. Vanessa is fascinated with the snow, having never seen it before, and wishes that she could see it for Christmas. The father, hearing this, becomes concerned that Vanessa may not live to see December.

After the father quietly asks a neighboring farmer (Sam Elliott) about buying pumpkins – and later Christmas trees – the farmer figures out that the father is trying to speed up the holidays so that Vanessa will have a Christmas before she dies. The farmer, searching for pumpkins to surprise the family, heals an old friendship that he’d lost when his own son had died, and is rewarded with an invitation to be his old friend’s best man at the friend’s upcoming wedding. Together, the two men sneak a truckload of pumpkins onto the family’s front porch, much to the surprise of the daughter who decides she wants to have a Halloween party. The mother tries to explain that it’s too early, but the father agrees to the party and Vanessa (and her younger brother) begin to plan their Halloween costumes.
As a show of appreciation, the father goes to the farmer’s home and invites him and his wife to the party. The farmer goes to town and mentions it to Tammy, a young waitress (Elizabeth McLaughlin) at the local restaurant whom Vanessa had befriended. Later, the farmer gives the father a box of Halloween decorations to help decorate the family’s house, and on the night of the party the waitress arrives with the town’s children to help celebrate. Vanessa – who was prohibited from going to school and meeting other children because of her illness – is overjoyed at having so many playmates. The farmer, his wife, and his friend and his new wife follow carrying trays of food. Tammy tries her skills as a storyteller and tells a ghost story that makes the children scream and laugh.

Together, the farmer, his old friend, and the waitress help the family celebrate Halloween – and each holiday thereafter – a month early, and in doing so unite an entire community and teach everyone that what really matters in life is love.

As Vanessa and her family return home one night from a particularly sorrowful hospital visit, they find that the neighbors have decorated their homes and streets with brilliant lights and holiday decorations a full month early. The farmer, his friend, and the neighboring community line the family’s driveway to greet Vanessa as she arrives home; her own house covered in beautiful lights. Everyone is invited inside the home to celebrate with food given by the town’s local restaurant, and later, Vanessa runs outside with her snow globe just as an early snow begins to fall, duplicating the little girl inside the globe.

Later, Tammy writes a children’s book about Vanessa’s life, with pictures that Vanessa had made herself during her illness. In the final scenes, a teenager (reading Tammy’s book to children at the local library) explains that she is Vanessa; she survived her illness after that early Christmas. Afterwards, she goes to the farmer’s Christmas tree lot where she reunites with her family and the farmer; to select the town’s annual tree.

The music and her voice……magic!

Same song used in the movie….