Fancast-keepin me sane in my HGTV deprived world

You’ll remember that part of the reason I started a blog was to give me another “hobby” so that I would not go into deep dark depression over losing my satellite service (that is a severe exaggeration of course!). Anyway, I was kinda looking forward to not being able to have the TV on all day and I would instead listen to more records and podcasts and such. But, alas, just as I was on my way to complete recovery- I found out about all these great websites that let you stream TV shows for free!!! I don’t care about any of the new shows on these sites, but when you tempt me with Perry Mason, Adam-12, The Dick Van Dyke Show and the Hitchcock Hour you have got me hooked! To make matters worse, Josh bought a couple cables that would hook our Macbook up to the TV so it’s just like watching it on TV (he took pictures of the cables so I think he might blog about that later…). So, I’ve decided to limit my “TV time” to 2-3 shows a day, which isn’t too bad since they are mostly all half hour shows minus commercial breaks. I try to always be doing something while they’re on, like laundry or I’ll watch one while I eat lunch.
In case you’re interested, Fancast, ABC, NBC, CBS and Hulu all have similar streaming services. Hulu even has movies, but like with any other type of streaming, depending on what time of day you try to watch, sometimes the show/movie will get hung up alot and it can get pretty aggravating. But for the most part, I watch during the afternoon and there’s rarely any problems during the day.

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My Favorite “Vintage” movies (60’s-80’s)

Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen
In chronological order:

1. Magnificent Seven (1960) I really love this movie. It stars Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and James Coburn. It’s set in the old West. These seven gunfighters are hired to protect a Mexican farming village from Banditos (bad Mexican dudes!). A WONDERFUL cast, and a great story.


2. Charade (1963) Starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, and James Coburn. Clever spy movie where the guy gets the girl. I love movies where an older man gets the pretty young woman! I just think it’s so romantic.

3. The Birds (1963) Starring Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Tippi Hedren. Thriller/suspense Hitchcock film. It’s about birds!

4. The Nutty Professor (1963) Starring Jerry Lewis and alot of people I have never heard of. I was introduced to this movie at a very young age and loved it. Steve and I used to watch it alot growing up, it was on a very short parent-approved movie list! Very funny, true to form Jerry Lewis style. Definitely his best movie, in my opinion.

Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn
5. My Fair Lady (1964) Starring Rex Harrison (sigh) and Audrey Hepburn. A musical in which a wealthy English linguist agrees to teach a common girl who sells flowers on the street how to speak proper English and other etiquette. I must say that it would have been better had they cast Julie Andrews in the leading lady role. Another one where an older gentleman gets the young woman. Josh refuses to believe that they are in love because he thinks it’s gross!!

5. Sound of Music (1965) Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn and many more! This is definitely my top 10 all time favorite movies. I’ve loved this musical since I was a little girl. A nun-to-be falls in love with an Austrian military captain and his seven children while the Nazi’s try to take over Austria.

6. That Darn Cat (1965) Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Roddy McDowall. Also affectionately known as “That mmmm Cat” by the Douglas household. When we were growing up we weren’t allowed to say “Darn”! This was by far my favorite movie growing up and I still pop it in occasionally and enjoy it thoroughly! Disney movie where a cat leads the FBI to bankrobbers and kidnappers. Dean Jones is one of my favorite actors.


7. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) Starring Don Knotts, Dick Sargent, Joan Staley, Liam Redmond. I still laugh and laugh when I watch this one. It’s a mystery/comedy. Lowly newspaper type-setter helps solve a 20 year old murder. I love Don Knotts, even if he does act like Barney Fife in everything he was ever in!

8. Barefoot Executive (1971) Kurt Russell, Harry Morgan, Joe Flynn, Wally Cox, John Ritter. A TV studio mail room worker’s “itty-bitty-barefoot friend” helps to boost his career. Really hilarious!

9. Fiddler on the Roof (1971) Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann….. Musical. Russian peasants in the early 1900’s struggle with everyday life and attempt to preserve their devout Jewish traditions but in the end realize that family ties are more important than keeping strict rules.

10.Rocky (1976) Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young. I don’t really think I need to give this one a synopsis, do you? Great movie, discovered it way too late!

11.Star Wars 4,5,6 (1977,80,83) Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher. It’s about a war in a galaxy far far away! Just plain cool. What can I say? If you haven’t seen them, you’re an absolute threat to society.

12.The Goonies (1985) Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen. I can’t believe I never saw this until this year! This is such a hilarious, well done “treasure hunt” movie. Town misfits try to save their homes from being foreclosed on by the country club building bad guys.


13.Clue (1985) Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Brennan, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn….. A great cast! Another movie I was introduced to just this year. This instantly made it into my top 10 all-time favorites. It’s what it sounds like- based on the Clue board game!

14.Back to the Future 1 (1985) That was a good year! Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson. This is probably Josh’s favorite movie ever. It is one of mine. I never saw it until he made me watch it after we got married and I was captured by it! I always really enjoy Christopher Lloyd, and Michael J Fox too, for that matter. A teenage boy accidentally goes back in time and changes his present life forever (for the better!)


15.Lethal Weapon (1987) Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey. I enjoy all of the Lethal Weapons, but the first is my favorite. A suicidal cop grieves his wife’s death while adjusting to a new (police) partner. Funny and moving.

I thought of several more while I was working on this but I am really tired of typing! So, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s close!

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The Bravos are finally over the .500 mark! I just know that they will not sink that low again this year! Smoltz has the opportunity to be the 16th pitcher to accumulate 3,000+ strikeouts tonite if he can get 4 more! Josh and I had been watching games on SS at Mom and Dad’s, but they changed from cable to satellite last week and didn’t get a package that included SS! 😦 I’m very sad about it… by the way, we do make house calls if ever anyone wants to invite us over to watch a game! GO BRAVES!!!!!
John Smoltz

Yard Sale!

Heather (at Heather’s Hodgepodge) and I are having a yard sale at my house this weekend. I am SO looking forward to getting rid of alot of JUNK! I hope hope hope it all sells, I plan on using the proceeds to start painting my bedroom and maybe get a second hand dresser to refinish. Right now Josh and I are sharing one dresser and 4 Rubbermaid tubs on the floor! I’m just prayin’ for good weather!

What Jane Austin Character are you?

I don’t remember much about her… in your opinion is this accurate or not?

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

Trixie and her orange Teddy!

Turn up your speakers for this one!

“New” Chandelier

I meant to take a “before” picture, but unfortunately I got in a big hurry to get it done and forgot to take one. 😦 So, I’ll tell you what it looked like before. First of all, I bought it at Goodwill for $3.03 a few months ago and had planned to put it in a bathroom. But I decided we needed a new fixture in the bedroom instead since we had a hideously ugly and dusty fan/light fixture before. Anyway, it was brass with no shades when I bought it. Probably at least 20 years old. I bought silver metallic spray paint for under $5 and 5 new shades for $10 (half price sale at Hobby Lobby!) and for a grand total of $18 I have a great new chandelier! We have a LONG way to go for the bedroom to be presentable (thus the really bad paint job on the trim in the background) but at least now I have something pretty to look at while I’m in bed!