Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Preparing for Fall

Slept in a little this morning (though not as much as yesterday). Started off with breakfast and Blockbusters. I switched on just in time to see the solo woman champ unseated by a pair of older brothers in a very close game. They just finished and were ready to move on to the Gold Rush round when they ended for the day.

Switched to Muppet Babies while cleaning up from breakfast. Animal is feeling "una-squishiated" (in his words) when Gonzo takes the help he gives him for granted. After Gonzo is disappointed over not having pickles for a snack, Animal becomes "The Pickler" and turns everything into pickles for him. Gonzo's villain Mr. Meanzo joins the Muppet Super Heroes to stop this new villain, before he pickles again! Piggy and Summer seek the perfect presents for their "Friend-a-Versary," but spend time with the guys while looking for increasingly big gifts, instead of each other.

Stripped the bed and put the spring/fall linens and comforter on next. While it's in the upper 70's-lower 80's now, it'll drop into the 60's by the weekend. Switched Dulcie and Carrie the Cabbage Patch Dolls to the new table to see if they fit, which they did perfectly. 

Ran The Cat In the Hat Knows a Lot About That as I made the bed. Nick and Sally are too excited about ice skating the next day to sleep. The Cat's friend Boris the Bear teaches them how they can calm down before resting and prepare for "A Long Winter's Nap." Sally can't figure out why her maple sapling won't grow. The Cat takes her and Nick to meet Dr. Twiggles, "The Tree Doctor," who knows all about what ails trees.

Watched Match Game as I made a Blueberry-Banana Smoothie for lunch and cleaned up afterwards. Allen Ludden and Betty White appeared together on the show for the first time during a classic week in 1975 that also introduced giggly British redhead Dolly Martin to the panel. Richard was more interested in an especially attractive female contestant, while everyone else made jokes about what Sarah Lee did to the Pillsbury Dough Boy at the bake-off and Allen and Betty's fondness for animals.

Put up the fall decorations when I finished lunch. Most of what I have for fall went in the living room or on the half-empty book shelves in the hall. The leaf garland's been falling apart for years. I thought it would work better on the ledge in the bedroom, joined by my heavy red glass leaf on the windows and one of the scarecrows. The hanging fall pillow stayed in the same place on the door of shelves that now hold my baking pans. 

Watched The Bowery Boys while I worked. The guys become Spook Busters when they're exterminators called to work on an old house that once belonged to a magician. They're caught in a series of illusions and pranks that leave them wondering if the guy's ghost stayed behind. The arrival of their friend Gabe (Gabriel Dell) back from the Merchant Marines and the disappearance of Sach (Huntz Hall) and Gabe's French wife makes them realize there's more going on in that spooky old house than just a magician's tricks.

Headed out to run errands after the Boys ended and I put the summer decorations away. The managers of the laundromat were working on fixing the washers when I came in. They changed them to use dollar coins, rather than quarters. There just aren't enough quarters to go around. I forgot to get money and had to borrow two dollars from the managers to go with the two I already had. The washers largely run the same, but the dryers now run in half-hour increments, rather than every 6 minutes. 

Ran to Family Dollar while my clothes were in the wash. I didn't find what I was looking for, which was a hook to hang over the door that would hold my wreaths. Had more luck picking up sponges, iced tea to drink at the laundromat, and more plain blue and green folders to replace the Garfield ones I gave Khai. Sat outside and enjoyed the tea and the lovely, breezy, sunny day while working on story notes.

Caught the tail end of Press Your Luck while getting organized after I got home. I think I've seen this one before. The previous champ Whammied out, and the one man didn't do so hot either. The ultimate champ hit no Whammies and won a game table and a trip, among other things.

Worked on writing after I put the clothes and linens away and cleared out linens I no longer needed. Lee (Merriweather) is still boiling angry at Malade and attacks her, only to be swept into the garden. Horrified, Richard (Dawson) goes after her...and discover Bobby (Van) and Elaine (Joyce) are more interested in making love under the asters than attacking anyone. Meanwhile, the others haul Princess Patti (Deutsch) the mermaid into the fountain to restore her magic and breathing.

Returned to Match Game while having leftover lasagna and sauteed spinach and mushrooms for dinner. For some reason, they skipped a whole week with Penny Marshall and Orson Bean and moved on to the next one. Everyone jokes about a question asking what Ann Elder did during dinner at Richard Dawson's house, while Brett's more nervous about helping the contestant in the Head-to-Head round.

The new champ on Sale of the Century had a hard time today with two new contestants. He was barely ahead the whole time. Jim kept majorly slashing prices to get him to buy Instant Bargains, which worked two out of three times. He did end up winning the Speed Round and picked up a diamond ring for his wife on the Match the Prize board. 

Finished the night online with The Beggar's Opera at TCM's on demand app. I go further into this swashbuckling comic opera featuring Lawrence Olivier as a dashing highwayman at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog. 

Cult Flops - The Beggar's Opera

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