Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Favorite Funny Comedy Movies on DVD

My preference for movies are ones that make me laugh. Laughter makes me feel good, and it's fun. So the ones that I'll be sharing with you here my favorite funny comedies.

The first one on my list is Saint Ralph. Ralph is an adolescent boy attending a catholic school. His mother is in a nearby hospital, in a coma. Ralph has great faith and comes to believe that he needs to do something great in order for his mother to come out of the coma. The something great that he decides upon is running in the Boston Marathon. The head priest is not at all for it, but Ralph is determined. There are a few sad parts in this movies, and also quite a bit of fun. It is well worth watching. It also ends with one of the best versions of the song Hallelujah, that I have ever heard.

This second movie, The Producers, is a story about two men who become involved in making a play that they hope will flop; they figure they'll make more money from the insurance write off. So first off, they come up one that they figure people wouldn't like at all, a musical about Hitler. Nathan Lane and Mathew Broderick star in this version, and are a very comedic pair in this movie. You'll also be amazed at the play that they come up with.

Another one that is full of laughs is Weekend at Bernie's. Two young account executives are to meet their boss at his beach house. They find out that he is dead but don't want to be blamed for murder. They pretend that Bernie is still alive, taking him around and hanging out with him, as if he really were still the "life" of the party.

If you would like one that is rated G, then I recommend Mr. Bean's Holiday. Mr. Bean wins a camcorder and a paid vacation to the French Riviera. If you've seen any of the Mr. Bean movies before, you know that he gets into a variety of mishaps. He does that frequently in this movie, but also has amazing fun opportunities, and more mishaps. You'll laugh along throughout this movie.

Here's to you enjoying many laughs.

Cheryl Paton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Suncast Tiered Garden Bed Review

I always liked the idea of growing fresh fruit and vegetables. For a long time, I'd kept trying various methods to make my gardening experience better. Then I found out about raised garden beds. There is less bending, and the soil is also easier to work with, since it is soil that you add.

The tiered garden bed that I purchased is by Suncast. It comes as a kit that has to be assembled.

The assembled kit makes a four foot by four foot garden area. If you assemble it according to the instructions, there will be a higher, deeper area and then also a more shallow area. The deeper area measures 18 inches and the shallow area measures 9 inches in depth. If you dig up the ground that you are placing it on, you can actually make your planting depth be even deeper.

The panels that make the sides and ends are made out of resin. There are connector pieces to hold the ends of the panels together. The panels have interconnecting grooves in the top and bottom edges; they slide together and are used to form the second level. You slide one edge over the other to make a larger piece. These go together pretty well as long as they are clean. If you get some dirt along the edge, it can take some extra maneuvering to get them to slide. I used a hammer and a piece of wood to help maneuver them together.

I placed the wood along the edge of the panel that I needed to move, and then hammered on the wood so that the resin wouldn't get damaged. That worked pretty well. If you can keep them clean, then that definitely works better.

I have read that some people build two shallow units; one being 4' by 4' and the other being 2' by 4 foot.

There are four stakes (rods) that are used to stake the whole unit to the ground. You can also dig a channel around the panel edges, before placing the unit in the ground, to help secure it in place.

I have been quite pleased with my raised garden beds. So much so that I started out with one, and have grown my garden to having four of them now.

I also added a fence; that's another story.

I have ordered mine online, from Amazon. They ship it to my door and shipping has been free. That was the way to go for me. I commenced to digging my area where they were going to go, while awaiting delivery.

The color of the earlier ones have faded somewhat over the years, but other than that, they have held up quite well.

If you have any questions that weren't covered here, feel free to ask, and I will answer to the best of my knowledge.

Cheryl Paton

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My seeds are planted for my garden

Spring is scheduled to already be here and we have seen some warm days. Though to play it safe, the seeds that are scheduled to be planted in May in our zone, I've started indoors, so that they can get a head start.

I purchased the organic vegetable soil by Miracle Grow. I've used Miracle Grow vegetable soil before and have had good results from it.

When I saw that our local store had it in organic, I decided to go with that for starting my seeds inside.

I planted sweet basil, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. The other vegetable seeds will get planted directly in the garden in the next month or so.

The ones that I started indoors have their own individual peat pots that I've placed down in planters that can fit on my kitchen window sill.

I chose the 4 inch wide pots to give the roots more room to grow. These pots will get transplanted directly into the ground once they are big enough and hardened off.

I'll be looking forward to seeing little seedlings pop up. I should see the first ones in about 7 to 10 days.

By the way, I purchased all organic seeds for this year. This link will take you to Amazon.

Do you have a garden started yet?

Cheryl Paton

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I received my order of more K. Bell socks. They have become my favorite brand of socks.

They are soft and comfortable, and come in a variety of fun colors and designs. My preference for socks are the crew, which normally comes between the calf and the ankle. I like them for cool to cold days, so come winter months, unless it is really cold outside, I go for the crew. On the really cold days, or when I plan to shovel snow, I wear the knee highs.

The ones that I usually choose are a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex. These usually have a bit of thickness to them, without being overly thick. They also come in other blends, including ones that include acrylic or nylon.

The low socks come either just below the ankle or slightly above the ankle.

I like that the K. Bell socks also come in seasonal designs. I like having those extra splashes of colors on my socks, whether anyone else can see them or not.

There are designs to choose from for kids, men, and women.

My favorite designs to buy are the cat socks.

Do you have a favorite design that you like to buy?

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hangman Post It Notes Review

My Hangman Post It Notes arrived shortly after Christmas and we have already used them several times. First at home to try them out, and then a couple of times at restaurants, while we were waiting for our food.

They are a nice size for writing short word combinations or one long word. That however is fine with us, giving the convenience that they offer. They are small enough for me to carry in my purse and are a ready source of activity.

Another big plus with this little game, is that my daughter has not resorted to her cell phone as a boredom buster, but now prefers to play a game or two of hang man instead.

This is an example of how much room you have to write.

We cross the letters off as they are called, whether they are used in the word(s) or not; then we can easily see which letters are remaining.

These little Hangman Post It Notes has two thumbs up from us.

Cheryl Paton

Monday, November 24, 2014

Stick Vacuum Product Review

Years ago I purchased a stick vacuum cleaner and was very impressed. It even picked up more dust and fur from the carpet than the larger vacuum cleaner that I had at the time.

The stick vacuum cleaner has lost some of its pick up power over the years, but I still use and still like it.

I like that it is bagless, so there are less supplies to buy. The filter is replaceable, so replacing that has helped boost the pick up power from time to time.

What I especially like about it though, is that I can use it on the stairs without any cords being in the way, and it is light weight enough that I can also easily carry it up and down the stairs and maneuver it too.

Another convenient feature for the model that I have, is that the main motor part lifts out of the larger unit, and becomes a hand held vacuum.

There are various attachments to use to help get into nooks and crannies, and a brush attachment to help brush up fur (for the hand held unit.)

The model that I purchased was an Ergorapido by Electrolux.

Cheryl Paton

Friday, November 21, 2014

Small Crockpot Review

I purchased a small Crockpot this fall and am quite impressed with it. I've used it several times now to make different variations of vegetable soup.

Per the manufacturer's instructions, I fill it around 3/4's full with the vegetables and then cover the veggies with broth. Then I stir in any seasonings. I set the switch to on, on High, and in around 3-1/2 hours, we have a pot of good soup, without me having to return to the kitchen to stir it multiple times.

I really like the convenience of not having to make sure the veggies aren't sticking to the bottom of the pot.

We have the 2.5 quart size, which works out great for our family of three. It's also small enough to fit on our kitchen counter without having to re-arrange things.

I used to have an older style which was also quite larger and heavier; I hardly ever used it. I'm really liking the smaller model, and I've also noticed that it is quite a bit lighter in weight than the old model that I used to have.

Today's Crock-pots come in different shapes as well. Some also have delayed starts and temperature probes.

Cheryl Paton