Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Dolls On a Hot Summer's Day

Started off the morning with breakfast and Blockbusters. Came in as the current champ made his next Gold Run. Once again, he didn't do very well, missing several questions. He had far more luck with a mother-daughter pair, beating them just as the episode ended.

Switched to Cartoon Network shorts on their app and Hulu as I did the dishes. The We Bare Bears trio are fed up with the "Food Truck" in the park selling expensive and bad food and with the "don't feed the animals" signs. They start their own food truck and sell calzones to the animals...but find out the hard way why they shouldn't feed wild critters when the animals attack everyone else in the park.

DC Super Hero Girls get a lesson in "#AngerManagment" when Jessica tries to help out rough and tumble Kara in an anger management course. Tough Kara refuses to take it seriously, so Jessica insists Zantana hypnotize her to think anything that makes her angry is a cute animal. This seems to work...until they need to suit up as Green Lantern and Supergirl and stop a spore monster a raging Poison Ivy sent to destroy the city.

Dressing the dolls for August was next on my to-do list. Most of the dolls wear bathing suits during this heat wave. Lauren sent Whitney's purple popsicle print Our Generation suit a few years ago and Ariel's white and green floral for Christmas last year. Jessa's floral print AG modern Hula Suit, Samantha's navy blue 1904 Bathing Costume romper and skirt, and Molly's peach print 1944 Bathing Suit all came from eBay. 

Josefina and Felicity come from time periods where swimming and bathing weren't considered ladylike. Josefina's wearing the pretty beige floral Party Dress and moccasins I found her in. Left Felicity in her Summer Gown. I really don't have enough to change her into.

Had a smoothie for lunch while watching Match Game '75. Bern Bennett took over announcing for this week while Johnny Olsen went on vacation. We also had two panelists making their first and only appearances on the show, bass-voiced comedian Joe Silver and Good Times matriarch Esther Rolle. 

Spent the next few hours working on a major project. I have slim DVD cases and CD binders that need covers or labels. Started with a simplified version of the Hogan's Heroes covers I attempted last month. Took group shots off Pinterest for the front cover and typed the episodes on the discs in the case on the other side. Not fancy, but easy to print. Took me a few hours to figure out how I wanted to do it and type everything out.

It was so late, I didn't break until Press Your Luck at 4. Made no-bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars during the first round. Only one person hit Whammies the first time around. They hit a lot faster during the second, to the point where the champ eventually won some money and nothing else. 

Returned to the computer for writing after I slid the pan into the refrigerator. Brett's chatting with the head of The Cheshire Catwoman (Lee Merriweather) when King Allen and Queen Betty come over. Queen Betty's not happy when she sees Allen near Lee and orders Sir Richard to take her head off. Sir Richard would rather flirt with her instead. Brett drags her sons and Richard's away from the tarts before they eat them all, leaving them in the Knave's care...

Broke for dinner at 6:30. Richard Dawson had a rare off day on Match Game '76 when his "brush" answer gets a thorough booing from the audience. The others have slightly more luck with the Audience Match "I Got __."

I'd been inside all day. Needed to get outside...but it also jumped into the upper 90's today. It remained  hot and humid even when I went for a walk at 7. I was going to get a treat, but The Puddin' Palace closed early, and I'm not sure Phillies Yummies takes debit cards. Settled for a stroll around the neighborhood instead, watching kids ride their bikes and parents walk their dogs. 

Heavy, thick black clouds gathered as I made my way down Manheim. They held off long enough for me to wave at Jodie as she chatted with a neighbor on the porch. She added there was a package waiting for me on as shelf in her side of the house. I retrieved the first part of my recent order, the 20th Century Fox Cinema Archive DVD for Three Little Girls In Blue, when I came in. (Look for that review towards the end of the month or the beginning of next month!)

Watched the second half of Sale of the Century as I finally had peach-blackberry cobbler for dessert. Though the one lady did win a Fame Game, the champ bought at least one Instant Bargain, picked up a card on another Fame Game, and still killed everyone at the Speed Round. He picked up a lovely upright piano for his wife on the Match the Prizes board.

By the time Sale ended, a heavy thunderstorm pattered on the roof. It was the perfect night for Clue. Mr. Body (Lee Ving) gathers six people he's been blackmailing to his remote mansion in 1954. Madam Miss Scarlet (Leslie Ann Warren), butler Wadsworth (Tim Curry), clumsy Mr. Green (Michael McKean), prim politician's wife Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), lusty psychiatrist Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), sarcastic black widow Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn), and former Army man Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull) wouldn't mind eliminating Body and his many informants, but it seems someone's doing it for them. After Body turns up dead and the corpses start piling up in the living room, they have to figure out what's going on, before they either become the next victim or end up in jail. 

Underrated all-star comic mystery is a long-time favorite in my family. We taped it around off cable around 1987. It became our official "stormy weather" movie, trotted out for the spooky but silly atmosphere whenever a major storm hit the area. I still pretty much have the dialogue memorized to this day. If you love the cast, comedy-mysteries, or are interested in the gimmick of having three different endings playing at once or at random, you'll absolutely want to chase this one up to that frightening house on the hill. 

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