Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Scrub Away the Winter

Slept in this morning and didn't get up until past 10. It was 11:30 before I was in the kitchen/living room, having breakfast and watching Sheriff Callie's Wild West.  Callie, Peck, and Toby are heading to Junctionville for the big Sheriff's contest when they're attacked by "Train Bandits" who steal the gold star trophy. Callie proves she has the right stuff to be a winner when she figures out how she can stop the bandits and rescue the passengers on the train. Pig brother miners Dirty Dan and Dusty owe each other "A Dirty Dusty Apology" when they fight over where to find iron for Mr. Dillo. Callie tries to get them to make up, but they don't listen...until they get into trouble at the mine.

Switched to Match Game '78 while cleaning up from breakfast. Charles sports a shirt in a brilliant pale blue that, for once, looks smashing on him (it goes great with his eyes), and he still gets teased about it by Brett and Gene. Brett and Mary Wickes have more luck with two very difficult Head-to-Head questions. Charles gets Gene back in the next episode with a reference to Gene's infamous slip of the tongue a few years before with what he called a contestant's dimples, while Richard Paul throws his shoe into the ring...literally. 

Rose finally called me back during the first episode. Now I'm glad I never got around to calling her before this week. The day after the big ice storm last month, Rose slipped on her concrete back steps and went flying, missing the steps and landing hard on her back. She ended up with a huge, hard black lump on her back that was so painful, she went to the hospital. It didn't require surgery, but she did have to stay overnight. Plus, she's been incredibly busy with a ton of work and two kids frequently stuck at home due to bad weather.

She said she was willing to try calling the bike shops after a doctor's appointment. She still hasn't called me back. If I don't hear from her by the time of my next day off on Friday, I'll call her first thing that morning.

Put on Footlight Serenade after Match Game ended. I bought this made-to-order title last spring from Amazon after I made a few really good paychecks, but never got around to watching it until now. I go further into this 1942 black-and-white Betty Grable vehicle at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Footlight Serenade

Spent the next few hours scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom. They both needed it rather badly, especially the sinks and tub. I was home a lot last month, including for almost all of last week. Vacuumed and dust-mopped after I finished in the kitchen. 

Went to Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood as the movie ended. Daniel shows how he and his family spend time together when they go to the clock factory for "Margaret's First Chime Time." He and his family join Miss Elaina, Lady Elaine, and Music Man Stan for a dinner of pancakes and fruit skewers and some "Tiger Family Fun." 

Switched to a banana-cherry smoothie for lunch as Super Password began. Richard Kline and Constance McCashlin lead their contestants to Super Password bonus rounds, but had far less luck with the Cas$word mini-game this time. The always-hilarious married comedian couple Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill were the big winners on Tattletales this afternoon. 

Dusted the apartment as Press Your Luck began. Whammies flew all over today. One contestant amassed three Whammies during the first round alone, though oddly, no one was knocked out. The winner picked up a trip to the Canadian Rockies and a catamaran, among other prizes.

Did a little writing after I finished cleaning. Ira's tiredly reminds Richard that he's only following the rules that his bosses set up for the show. He needs to take it up with Goodson, not him. Richard angrily claims this wouldn't have happened if he were in charge, like on Family Feud. Ira curtly reminds him that he isn't. Not on this show, anyway. 

Broke at 6:30 for a delicious dinner of turkey burgers, mashed sweet potato, and green beans with almonds. Watched Match Game '76 as I ate. A young male contestant admitted he hoped to take a bike trip across the US after he finished filming the show. I wonder if he ever did? Gene had more problems with Dick Gautier's imitation of Doc Adams from Gunsmoke

Started taking down the winter decorations and putting up what I have for spring and St. Patrick's Day as Match Game PM came on. The delightful Minnie Pearl, whimsical Fannie Flagg, soft-spoken Dick Smothers, and a writer contestant in a cowboy hat really livened up this goofy southern-fried episode. Richard was especially funny as he made jokes about what a baseball player brought on his honeymoon. 

We had yet another close and low-scoring game on Sale of the Century. The champ bought the Instant Cash, the other guy bought both Instant Bargains and won the Fame Games. In the end, the champ called in too fast, and the other guy just got through the Speed Round. He won the Bonus Round with a few minutes to spare.

Finished the night as I ended the decorating with Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name online. The Baby is one of the friends visiting Strawberryland with the (suddenly female) Plum Puddin' and southern belle Peach Blush. The Purple Pieman and Sour Grapes are convinced there's a monster in the woods and they can catch it and sell it to the circus. Strawberry and the girls are even more scared...until they discover that what's really hanging out in the woods is hardly scary at all. 

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