I really hate modern “Holiday” movies

Wonderful life

It is Friday and Friday’s are for fun. Today is Black Friday which can be fun. Last year I scored a new phone for about $200 dollars off and didn’t even have to leave the house to buy it. This year I plan on bagging a refrigerator.

My favorite Christmas movie is “It’s a wonderful life”. It was released in 1947 and only one or two great Christmas movies have been released since.

Modern Holiday movies always center around two white people, one man, and one woman, between the agents of 21 and 55 falling in love because of the magic of Christmas. They are either recovering from a bad break-up or the death of a significant other.

Sometimes they are moving back to a town that they left right after college or are estranged from their family and return to fall in love with someone they don’t like at all.

Apparently, for many people, Christmas is about falling in love. It is understandable why some people get a little depressed during the holidays. They probably watch too many holiday movies.

For fun, this holiday season watch the original 1947 version of It’s a wonderful life.


The gray days of November

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. This is the time of year when we see a lot of cloudy gloomy days. Even though I am already tired of the holidays I plan on putting out some lights this weekend to brighten things up a bit.

View of downtown from the river bluff

I have a front porch that I like to decorate with lights and whatever else I can find that makes it look festive. I create what looks like a Christmas tree by flipping a wire tomato cage upside down and decorating it with lights. I use some of those handy dandy zip strips to attach it to the railing on my front porch.

Tomato cage

memories of the world not ending

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. So far this has been a long cold Winter and we are only halfway through November which means there are only 37 days until Winter begins and 40 days until Christmas. It has only been 60 days since we started seeing Christmas items on store shelves.

11/12/13 at 11:12:13 was supposed to be when the world would end. I think there was at least one day in 2012 that was supposed to be the last day and that was 12/12/12. Did you see what I did there? I left off the 20 from 2012 so that I got 3 12’s in a row which is pretty creepy.

As I recall people were concerned as we approached 11/11/11 too.

If I have to choose between winter and the end of the world it is an easy choice.

snow and cold will come

The unfortunate fortune cookie

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I love fortune cookies. Earlier in the week, I got a fortune cookie with my Chinese take-out and it didn’t have a fortune in it.

Is it lucky to get a cookie without a fortune or is it unlucky? I wanted to know so I did some research and there are two schools of thought:

  1. It is lucky to get a fortune cookie that doesn’t have a fortune in it because they are so rare.
  2. It is unlucky to get a fortune cookie without a fortune in it because they are so rare.

I decided that my cookie was lucky and that I was fortunate to the one to get it.

My christmas cactus

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. My Christmas cactus is in full bloom. It blooms a couple of times a year usually at the end of October, in January and then again in the spring. I bought my first Christmas cactus when I was in kindergarten. The school had a “funfair” and I had a ticket worth 5 cents and wanted to use it to buy something for my mother.

I bought her a very small Christmas cactus. She always loved plants but had never seen a plant like the one I gave her. She consulted with my grandmother who told her what the plant was and how to care for it. They are not hard to care for but like a lot of light and are more likely to bloom if they are in a cooler room.

The plant thrived and bloomed faithfully every Christmas. I know my mom had it for many decades. She kept it in a huge wicker plant stand in a north-facing sun porch.

About 10 or 15 years ago my mom gave me a Christmas cactus as a gift on my birthday. It was in full bloom and has always been in bloom on my birthday in early November. It is the gift that keeps on giving. In the summer I put it out on the front porch and take a few cuttings to create smaller plants. They make wonderful gifts during the holiday season but only for people who like plants.

Christmas cactus
Christmas cactus