Friday, March 02, 2007
Saw a few good movies in February. Can you stand one more review? Friday night. Technically not in February, but my brain was still stalled there. Me and one very subdued cat watched Ladies in Lavender, with Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. A movie I've eyed longingly in the past, but known the menfolk would cast me out into the wilderness had I brought it home. But just for me? You betcha! And as I expected, I loved it. I've been a Maggie Smith fan since I first saw her in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, many years ago. And Judi Dench? Classy dame, literally. Heaven would be looking that good when I'm that old.
So, two awesome actresses, a handsome young fellow whom they find washed up, unconscious, on the beautiful Cornish coast, crashing waves and screeching gulls, a crackpot housekeeper, scores of quaint villagers, a mysterious visitor, and violin music. Add it all up and what do you get? Two hours of BLISS. Five mollystars. Check it out.
Totally bummed on my February read, By the Lake, by John McGahern. One hundred and twenty nine pages of yawning before I decided life is too short, so..... chucked it. On to an old Anne Tyler one, Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant.
Finally opened the cans of paint I bought last August, and painted the laundry room. Yellow. Very yellow. Not the shy and delicate yellow conjured up by the name, Pale Cowslip. Which I probably picked as much for the memories as for its pastel charm! Memories of riding bikes out one country road to a particular field ,with the ruins of an old castle in the middle, and a sea of pale, delicate cowslips, begging to be picked..... But its growing on me, and it is clean, and , most importantly, not white!
Biggest February accomplishment, second only to not losing my mind? No, sad to say, I did not finish my Opus Magnus, the Star of Bethlehem quilt for my little grandson. Thought about it a lot, and while thinking, was mindlessly making blocks from four and a half inch squares and two inch strips. Which, as often happens, acquired a life of their own, and which, I brilliantly decided, will become an interim quilt for same little grandson, while his deadbeat granny gets her head around finally finishing the other.
Dug deep into my stash and found the perfect border! Voila! There it is at the top. Couldn't turn it the right way, my skills being non-existant in this department. Beggars can't be choosers---I'm just glad I got it on here at all!Turn your head---the checkerboard should be at the bottom. What do you think? Will he like it?---he'll be three this summer.....
I realise the world has gone ahead and started March without me, but now I'm ready to start running to catch up.