Friendly Friday Fill-ins

Joining Friendly Fill-ins hosted by McGuffy’s Reader and 15andmeowing. I enjoy having Fill-in fun on Friday and if you would like to join or check other Fill-in posts please click on the badge above. I am sliding in a bit late this Friday, something else had the nerve to get in the way of my morning blog happiness but here I go!

  1. The Winter Olympics are a wonderfully bright spot in a boring time of TV programming. Of course they are much more than that and I think a lot about how much we look forward to seeing all the athletes compete and enjoy the extra news and stories that are part of the programming. CH and I enjoyed watching Curling yesterday afternoon. I am fascinated by the sport of Curling and get a chuckle out of watching them do the sweeping with the brooms. There is a lot of intensity in the faces of the people who participate in curling… what can I say, I just love watching it.
  2. I think the most romantic movie (or book) is Desk Set with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. There are so many “most” romantic movies but I love older movies and I have always had a crush on Spencer Tracy. We watch Desk Set at Christmas every year. It is a tradition for us and is right up there with homemade noodles on the HAPPY meter.
  3. Recently, I had an odd experience when I was in the grocery store. I don’t have odd experiences like this so it left me with a mix of emotions. CH and I were food shopping  and I turned to go down the aisle and there was a tiny figure that looked just like my Mom from the back. Her distinctive huge purse, hair, and a top and navy blue pants that were just what she would have worn. And the shoes… a pair of white tennies with what I assumed were pantyhose. My Mom never went out of the house without pantyhose on. I just wanted to go up to this lady and slip my hand in her hand. A few days later I had the radio on and Smokey Robinson’s song “Just to See Her” came on. Those of you who know me know what a big fan I am of Smokey Robinson. “Just to See Her” played on the radio when CH and I were making the hour drive to begin the service for her wake back in 1987. I looked out the window and tears rolled the whole drive. I am sure many of you have experienced something similar to this. It left me unsettled but comforted. CH often sees people who remind him of his Dad.
  4. I believe that love is complicated and way too deep a subject for this befuddled gal to get into today. I have lots to say about love but not gifted enough with words to get it right! Love can be such a tiny thought or action and that is the kind of love that amazes me the most. I have so much more to say and just can’t put it into words without getting all caught up in an emotional ramble.

39 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Fill-ins

  1. Oh I’m not familiar with the Desk Set. I’ll have to get Bryan to look on TCM for it.
    I like lots of the sappy romantic comedies too. Summer Place from the late 60’s. Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee. To this day my favorite instrumental or vocal is A Summer Place. It is playing on Pandora as I type. Love Nicholas Sparks books Message in a Bottle and the Notebook always tug at my heart.

    #3. Oh you will get folks thinking. I read yours with moist eyes. Bless your heart.
    When I was cleaning out my parents home I discovered Daddy was a ‘hoarder’ of many things. They were big on buying vitamins BOGO. But the most amazing thing was 1,000s of dental swords. Google them you’ll see a pic. I found bags every where probably BOGOs too. For years DAddy used toothpicks then he must have discovered these. Now when we are walking I see dental swords carelessly discarded in parking lots but they remind me of Daddy. And there have been several times an stately elderly man has reminded me of Daddy.

    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Oh, I love the instrumental for A Summer Place… memories. CH used those dental things until he got a Waterpik. My Mom hoarded things too, After she died we found close to 40 unopened Dearfoam slippers stacked in her nightstand.and I couldn’t believe all the shoes in her closet… LOL. I guess I get the shoe thing honest from her. I think you would like Desk Set… watch on a cold, cloudy day with a fire and a glass of Duplin!

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  2. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I love the story about seeing a lady that reminded you of your mom, I think things like that happen as a sign from those we love.A few months ago my hubby and I went out to eat with a friend and ended up chatting with the man across from us in the restaurant. He reminded me a lot of my dad and I wanted to invite him to come sit with us, but I didn’t think my hubby and friend would be thrilled with that idea. I know what you mean about love, there are so many kinds of love and each are special in their own way that it is hard to explain it. I need to see if I can get that movie from the library. Have a nice weekend and enjoy the Olympics 🙂 XO

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    1. I so love the Fill-ins… 🙂 I agree Ellen, about them being a sign and I never felt like I had a sign from my Mom. This story has more to it but my comment was already getting long. I so know how you felt when you wanted to invite the man to your table. I guess it is a wonderful thing to have so many kinds of love. I really enjoy Desk Set but like I said I had a huge crush on Spencer Tracy when he was doing movies in the late thirties, forties and fifties. I loved him in Captain’s Courageous, too. Enjoy the weekend with your Crew, too! XO back at you!

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  3. When cleaning out my mother’s attic I found 40 pounds of sugar that she was hoarding for Christmas baking. She had about 10 nightgowns still in cellophane packaging. I also have lots of nightgowns, none of them are sexy either. Practical. I don’t hoard sugar. Not since I met Mr. Pepperidge from Pepperidge Farms. 🙂 Also, every once in a while I’ll hear a phrase that she used to say. I’ll look around for her and realize that I said it. Scary!

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    1. 40 pounds of sugar… Ida been freaking out over the ants! Mr. Pepperidge is good! Yes, I hear Mom very often… her words right out of my mouth. I miss seeing her getting out of her car with a still warm cherry pie and yelling, “Hi Sweets!” … I miss her.

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  4. Love reading your words today… My Mom is a hoarder and who knows what I”ll find when we have to clean out her house. I can’t complain… I cleaned out my half of the closet 2 weeks ago and came up with 26 crocheted hats I had made and never worn. I boxed them up and sent them to Big Brothers-Big Sisters. I figured there was lots of cold weather left this year and so far I’m right 😦

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    1. Yes to the cold and this morning we have ice on everything. Ice scares me and I hate to see the trees bending under the weight of it. Mom was a neat freak and everything had its place. She hoarded just certain things and I wonder why those certain things were so important to her. Always thinking about her lately. Very sweet and like you to give the hats to people that can use them. The only thing I seem to buy a lot of is toilet paper… go figure. And Bounty paper towels. My Mom-in-law does the same thing.

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  5. You described love perfectly, Pix! ❤
    We love the Winter Olympics, too. I'm looking forward to the opening ceremonies tonight.
    How have I not heard of Desk Set? I'll have to check it out.
    Have a great weekend!
    How have I not heard of

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  6. Awesome Fill-ins today! Love the almost-mom sighting. She’s there whether you see her or not, of course, but those moments make her that much more real. And BTW I’m reading this while watching the Olympics. NOT curling, but still….

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  7. Pix your fill-ins are so wonderful and descriptive – and they always “speak to me” in that I have such similar thoughts and experiences. Are we long-distance sisters perhaps?? LOL I have not had sightings of either of my parents but I sure “hear” from my Dad and when I look in a mirror I “see” my Mom sometimes. I always thought I looked more like Dad but lately – as I’ve aged (!) – There’s a lot of Mom in the mirror. Neither of them were hoarders – in fact they were both minimalists…..Still they had things I never knew they had and in finding them I learned a lot about these two very “closed” people who were my parents. I will have to add Desk Set to my “gotta see” movies….if YOU like it, I know I will.

    Love, Pam

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    1. Yes to long-distance sisters… 🙂 Mom’s house was as neat as a pin. There were just a few things that she hoarded. I would love to know why she felt she needed all those slippers… funny. You do find out things when you have to go in to someone’s house after they pass. I found many things, one big thing I never knew about my Mom. I think about her often every day.

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      1. I had a rather strange relationship with my Mom except for the last couple of years of her life……but I did find out a couple of things I would never have guessed about her and one thing about my Dad – after they’d passed. They both were extraordinarily “closed” people – just didn’t talk about their lives before US. Interesting to look back and realize that now. To us at the time it was “normal” but now I’m thinking “not so much” !!!! HUGS ON A SUNDAY! ❤

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        1. Ditto on the relationship with my Mom. I finally got the Mom I had always wanted 3 years before she died. Three years wasn’t long enough, but it was wonderful. My parents were “closed” people in one way but socially they were extroverts.

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  8. This is the first time I’ve seen fill ins. What great answers! I see my mom all the time. She was such a tiny, timid, little thing that she appears around the corner every time I turn around. I hear her often when I open my mouth. It unnerves me. What unnerves me even more is the realization of how much I am beginning to look like her every time I look in the mirror!

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    1. Yes, I hear my Mom right out of my mouth… Ha! I think I look more like one of my Mom’s sisters. I don’t look like my Mom or Dad… kind of weird! Glad to see you blogging again! It would be fun if you did the Fill-ins! I am going to be taking a break for a short time soon but hope to get back on the blogging wagon.

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  9. aw, sweet post Pix! haven’t been blogging too much lately but i am back at it today and was happy to find this post. after my Dad passed away, I saw reminders of him in the most unexpected places. he used to drive an ’82 blue Olds Cutlass, and I saw so many similar looking cars on the road that made me think of him.
     
    and then on my drive home from work i used to pass by this one short barricade on the right side of the road. this might seem odd, but it had such a configuration from a distance that at first glance after i saw it for the first time after my Dad passed, it looked like him sitting on a garden wall. i did a double-take, and in all the many hundreds of times i have driven by since, i never saw it like that again. but i do remember that moment each time. it’s been almost 19 years, but i there are times I still miss my Dad more than at other times.
     
    anyhow, lovely to hear from you. do take care and here’s sending you hugs. and purrs from Timmy too! xx

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    1. Chris, I so get the moment you thought you saw him with respect to the barricade. Thank you for the hugs and sending some to you and scritches to Timmy. I am going to take a break from blogging shortly but I hope to get back to it quickly.

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      1. Now you’ve said Christmas, I definitely have to find it! We have a list of movies that we choose from at Christmas. Some are traditional Christmas movies and some are set at Christmas. Some are good and some not so much, but we enjoy them all. 😀

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  10. We watched a little bit of the Olympics yesterday, mostly skiing games. Perhaps, God sent that little lady and the song your way as a sweet reminder of your mom like a hug from heaven. I can relate to what your experience because sometimes out of the blue a song or memory about my brother hits and often times I get teary or deeply emotional. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone almost 12 years. Love is a complicated thing that requires everyone involved willing to work at the relationship. It doesn’t matter if it’s a love between husband/wife or parent/child. We all have impurrfections and only love can show us how to look past these points. Thanks for visiting! 😉

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  11. Thanks for stopping by Pix and for letting me know you are taking some time off from the computer . I would have worried with all of this major illness going around.
    Take care and see you when you’re ready to blog again…sometimes taking a break is good.
    Carol

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  12. First…I hope you BlogBreak is a good one for you. I will miss you. Please keep in touch. Okay…
    I love curling! I watched it, too! There are teams and leagues near us. If I did not have the joint issues, I would do it. I love it! I agree with old movies, and that is a good choice!
    Pix, your mom…she was talking to you in a way that you would hear it. That, my friend, is love.
    And, you did put it well in #4. Hugs. ❤

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