Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Cookie Baking Day

Began the morning with breakfast and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. He and Miss Elaina are delighted with "A Snow Day." He wants to wear his astronaut helmet outside, but eventually figures out that even astronauts need to wear the right clothes to keep warm. Katarina wants it to be "Tutu All the Time," at least until her favorite dance outfit gets smudged with pain and won't fit through the block cave opening when she's playing with Daniel and Prince Wednesday.

Continued with Body Language as I finished eating. This was the episode I saw during the marathon in January where the contestant got so insane when he won the bonus round money, Lauri Hendler and host Tom Kennedy put up their chairs to hold him back. The mother and daughter pair continue to dominate Blockbusters. They defeated a lady at the beginning, only missed two questions on the Gold Run, and were starting again with another lady when the show ended.

Looked up something on my phone, then headed out to run errands. At least the weather continued to behave. It was sunny, breezy, and cold as I strolled down the White Horse Pike to the laundromat. They were a little busy when I arrived, so I also made a quick run to Family Dollar for sponges and evaporated and condensed milk for candy next week and to WaWa for a Peppermint Mocha Smoothie. (It was amazing, by the way, delicious and very minty.)

As soon as I got home, I decided it was time to finally get rid of the old dresser. It's been leaning on the side of the house next to my door for months. I took out the drawers, then managed to carry it down the path to my place. Once that got to be too much of a strain, I was able to drag it on the grass and the new sidewalk to where Jodie had the rest of her trash. 

When I got in, I put away the groceries and the laundry, then had lunch while watching In the Good Old Summertime. I go further into this romantic comedy featuring Judy Garland and Van Johnson as music shop salespeople who don't realize they're corresponding with each other at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Switched to The First Christmas Snow as I began the first Christmas cookies of the year, Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal. Little shepherd Lucas is taken in by the nuns of a small parish when he's left blind after an accident. All he wants is to see snow and figure out what to give Sister Angelica (Angela Landsbury) for Christmas, but the fussy priest (Cyril Ritchard) thinks he should be in an orphanage, and then a couple of boys play a mean trick and lose his sheep. 

The cookies were almost out of the oven as Tattletales began. Popular pugilist Sugar Ray Robinson and his wife Millie beat Robert Culp of I Spy and his wife Sheila Sullivan and Charles Nelson Reilly and his buddy Elizabeth Allen, getting all but two answers right. Moved on to Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies by the time Press Your Luck was on. The champ was on her last day and would have been done anyway, but she was still defeated by a young man who wound up with a trip and a jet ski, despite him having 3 Thanksgiving dinner-eating Whammies.

Worked on writing for a while after the cookies were out of the oven. Gene's frustrated and disappointed that Brett couldn't trust him with her secret, and he's angry and betrayed by Richard's defection. Allen and Tom aren't happy with Richard either. Tom admits that other pirates have called Richard "arrogant" and claim he'd been nothing short of a dictator on the Family Fortunes, too.

Broke for a quick leftovers dinner and Match Game '75 at 6:30. The episode began with Orson Bean coming onstage to admit he was there as a stand-in just in case Gary Burghoff's wife had their baby and trading quips with Gene and ended with Gene leg wrestling with a contestant (and losing). Match Game PM got almost as crazy when Debralee Scott showed off her leg to illustrate an answer and modest Bill Daily tried to cover it with his coat. 

Was working on the biscotti by the time Sale of the Century began. The two men pushed each other around all evening. One of them bought a trip and won a Fame Game, but the champ came on very strong in the Speed Round. He eventually picked up the 10,000 on the Match the Prizes board.

Finally finished the night online with more holiday sitcom episodes. "Dear Sis" from season 7 of MASH gives us Father Mulcahy's (William Chrisopher) views on the lunacy at the 4077th during the Christmas season. He's feeling useless when no one attends his sermons and upset over having to belt a belligerent soldier in the mouth, but the others eventually make him realize how important he is to their morale.

The Golden Girls also help the less fortunate in "Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas" from season 5. Tired of shopping in record Miami heat, they eventually decide to do a Secret Santa and focus on giving one person each a gift. Rose (Betty White) convinces them to join her in volunteering to dole out dinner at a homeless shelter. Among the folks they're feeding is Stan (Herb Edleman), Dorothy's (Beatrice Arthur) ex-husband dressed as Santa. He's frustrated and broke after his latest get-rich-quick scheme fell through, but Dorothy reminds him that he's better off than the homeless families with small children.

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