Saturday, May 14, 2016

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

To my surprise and delight, I awoke to an absolutely gorgeous morning, sunny, warm, and breezy. It was the perfect day for a nice, long errand run, starting with my weekly trip to the Collingswood Farm Market. They were even busier than last week, not surprising given the nice weather. While most booths were still selling seedlings, more of the spring harvest had started to emerge. I picked up my first strawberries and spinach of the year, along with bananas, radishes, and cheddar cheese.

Spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon wandering around Haddon Township and Westmont, checking out yard sales. Evidently, despite the fact that it was just damp last Saturday, not rainy, a lot of people had opted to hold off on their yard sales until this week. I made some great finds, the best being a beautiful, heavy soup pot that had belonged to the mother of a woman in Haddon Township. Wish I'd had that thing yesterday when I made chili.

Other finds included:

Two Star Wars Golden Book paperback kids' books for New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, both from the marketing blitz surrounding the late 90's re-releases. Keefe had both of these. They were in excellent condition for 20-year-old kids' books. They even still came with the original advertised tattoos. The photos will make great fanfiction inspiration.

One heart-shaped cookie cutter. I have tons of cookie cutters, but not a ruffled heart that could cut to make a heart look like a heart-shaped flower.

The Effanbee Miss Spain International doll, the early 80's release in the ruffly, bright red lace gown with the simple black fringed mantilla and white plastic fan. (I named her Isabella, after Queen Isabella of Spain.)

Two small rag dolls, one of Holly Hobbie, the other of a friend of hers (don't know her name - she wears tan calico)

Two CDs:

The Allman Brothers - Legendary Hits

U2 - The Best of 1980-1990

And two records:

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Anthology

Disco House, a collection of disco songs and dance mixes.

Stopped at the Westmont Acme quickly on the way home. I forgot brown sugar yesterday. I also picked up the new Minute Maid fruit punch sparkling juice - this was past noon, and I was thirsty as heck. Got to say hi to Angie, a really sweet manager who used to work at the Audubon Acme but was transferred a few years ago.

It was just starting to get cloudy and windy when I arrived home around quarter of 1. I put everything away, then had a quick lunch while finishing out the Hello Kitty Furry Tale Theater episodes I began during breakfast. "Cinderkitty" would rather be catching forward passes than playing cheerleader. With a little help from her fairy god-kitty, she may be able to do both...and win Prince Tuxedo Sam's heart. "Kittylocks and the Three Bears" learns it isn't a good idea to trespass when she enters the house of a family of bears who think she's on the afternoon menu. Hello Kitty becomes "Sleeping Kitty" when a the evil fairy Fangora puts a spell on her. Sam has to blow her a kiss awake. "Kitty and the Beast" has Hello Kitty and Catnip trapped in the castle of a pig-like creature with a good heart (Sam). Can they get past the wicked witch Fangora and return him to his penguin form? And Grinder is the not-so-small protector in "Snow Kitty and the One Dwarf."

I ignored the increasing wind and dark clouds and did my writing. Leia and Cecil are now walking through the peaceful, green Kingdom of Endor. Seeking shelter, they find themselves in a series of treetop cottages. A hungry Cecil leads them into one, slurping soup and accidentally breaking a chair. They both fall asleep in the beds in the loft room.

It turns out the bears who own this cottage are Ewoks, seven small, bear-like warriors. They're not happy to find these intruders until Leia uses her powers to "talk" to them, and then they see Cecil and think he's a god, thanks to his gold uniform. Turns out they could use their help. The Imperials have been hounding them for taxes. Since they have no money, they've been hurting them and cutting down their sacred trees. Leia agrees to help if they take her to Jabba's Palace on the border of the Kingdoms of Tatoon and Endor.

Had dinner while doing Daffy Duck's Quackbusters, which I began earlier in the day. Daffy inherits a fortune from an eccentric long as he goes into business and provides a service. Tired of his ghostly patron trying to take his money with him, he rounds up Bugs, Porky, and Sylvester to become ghost chasers. With Bugs trying to avoid abominable snowmen and vampires, Sylvester being freaked out by an oversized Tweety Bird, and Porky completely missing the spooks in a ghost town, Daffy learns just how hard it can be to run a business...and that it's not nice to mess with ghosts. Especially ones with a strange sense of humor. The last and one of the best of the Looney Tunes movies of the late 70's and 80's, and the only one to feature two all-new shorts.

Moved to the Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs while experimenting with a Double Chocolate Almond Cake for dessert. Since this is one of the major inspirations for my current story, I thought I'd watch this one, too. Not my favorite Disney movie, but it does have some nice moments, mainly with the dwarfs, and it is film and animation history.

(Oh, and it did finally start raining around 4:30-5 PM. It's rained on and off the rest of the night.)

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