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Getting Ready For Taxes; YUCH!

Amen to that!!!

Mary slept in until 8:30 am, and it worked; the cold was gone. A slight cough remains, but she is 95% recovered! Scout went outside but returned immediately, saying it was too wet for him!

We finished decorating for St. Patrick’s Day this morning. You can see everything on our St. Patrick’s Day page.

Yes, we do turn off the fireplace on St. Patrick’s Day eve, so when Patty comes down the chimney, he will not burn himself.

What is Irish diplomacy? It’s the ability to tell a man to go to hell. So that he will look forward to making the trip

Warmed decorations.

We try to cover all the bases, including changing the lightbulb colors to green via our LIFX control system.  With Irish music playing in the background, it still does not look like an Irish pub.  Perhaps next time we will use the She-Shed and decorate it!

We cover every location with something.

The final touches went on the ballroom’s St. Patrick’s Day tree. Shorty passes me the garland, and I stand high on a ladder to get it on correctly.

Mary asks for assistance.

We put green and white lights on the tree, and I do the final placement under the guidance and supervision of my little leprechaun!

The tree is looking good.

We fixed the angel, so she was standing up straight, plus we put a new cartridge in the electronic air freshener; the room smells like corned beef and cabbage!


The tree is ready except for a few remaining feet of garland.

We stayed home all day and rested because it was “Movie Night”! Robin and Bob are coming over with their popcorn maker and a surprise.

We called Connor at around 5:00 pm t wish him a happy birthday, 27 years old today!  He is our third oldest grandson.  He was at his mother’s house (the poor little guy) so we sang to him to cheer him up.

We fixed dinner together before the kids came over; Mary has a slice of pizza and gobbled down two Vicky beef tamales.  It was quick but it worked!  Could I put green food coloring on the tamales and served them on the 17th?  Maybe not!

When they arrived, Robin looked like she robbed the concessions stand at the local theater; we had one of each kind of candy.   Bob set up and made the popcorn, I melted some butter, and Mary got a parmesan cheese container out and we sprinkled the popcorn liberally. We were ready to rock and roll.

The pierogi chef has other hidden talents!

Did You Know? Sometimes, after the popcorn has finished popping there are still unpopped kernels remaining. These kernels do not pop because they don’t have enough moisture within them to create enough steam for the explosion. These unpopped kernels are known in the popcorn industry as “old maids.”

We set up the blue ray player, and the kids brought their copy of “Song Of The South.” We watched it with an eye on its demise as a racist film. Someone has their heads glued up their butt if there was anything racist about this movie! It was uplifting, showing people getting along with the three little people enjoying each other’s company. Were their poor blacks, you bet? But there were also poor whites with two mean-cussed little boys!

Did You Know? The film takes place in Georgia during the Reconstruction era, a period of American history after the end of the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery. The story follows seven-year-old Johnny (Bobby Driscoll), who is visiting his grandmother’s plantation for an extended stay. Johnny befriends Uncle Remus, an elderly worker on the plantation, and enjoys hearing his tales about the adventures of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear. Johnny learns from the stories how to cope with the challenges he is experiencing while living on the plantation.

Walt Disney had long wanted to produce a film based on the Uncle Remus stories. It was not until 1939 that he began negotiating with the Harris family for the film rights, and in 1944, filming for Song of the South began. The studio constructed a plantation set for the outdoor scenes in Phoenix, Arizona, while other scenes were filmed in Hollywood. The film is predominantly live-action but includes three animated segments, which were later released as stand-alone television features. Some scenes also feature a combination of live action with animation. Song of the South premiered in Atlanta in November 1946 and the remainder of its initial theater run was a financial success. The song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Original Song  and Baskett received an Academy Honorary Award for his performance as Uncle Remus.

A wonderful movie.

Hattie McDaniel was an American actress, singer-songwriter, and comedian. For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939), she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first African American to win an Oscar. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,

She was great!

James Franklin Baskett (February 16, 1904 – July 9, 1948) was an American actor who portrayed Uncle Remus, singing the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” in the 1946 Disney feature film Song of the South.

In recognition of his portrayal of Remus, he was given an Honorary Academy Award in 1948, making him the first Black male performer to receive an Oscar.

Uncle Remus was magical!

I loved this movie and will watch it again and send the CD to my friends.

After this movie, we watched RV, a 2006 Robin Williams movie about Bob Munro and his dysfunctional family renting an RV for a road trip to the Colorado Rockies, where they ultimately have to contend with a bizarre community of campers. I laughed so hard I darned near wet myself!

The kids departed around 10:30 pm; we tried to stay up, but the old bodies said” night all!”

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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