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30 Day Film Challenge/Day 6

Today the challenge is to feature a film you put on when you are sad. You might think the goto choice would be a full out comedy, but not for me. When I am sad, the adjustment to my mood cannot happen that quickly. I need time to transition. One of my biggest pet peeves are with people who try to cheer me up because they are uncomfortable with my sadness. Whew. That being said, let’s move on.

The movie that comes to mind is the Pixar animated film “Up”. It is a wonderful story about young explorers (Carl and Ellie) who grow up idolizing the once disgraced world-renowned explorer Charles F. Muntz. They fall in love, marry, and their progression through life continues, often sadly.

The movie takes you through love, loss, fighting city hall, adventure, friendship, healing, the love of animals, and the closing of the generation gap. All tied up in a Disney bouquet made of colorful balloons. What more could you ask for? An animated movie with all the feels makes us realize we are not alone in this world.

This clip shows how Carl and Ellie meet. It makes me laugh out loud.

There was some suggestion that the movie was based on the real life struggle of Èdith Macefield, who refused a million dollar offer to sell her house to a developer in her Seattle neighborhood. Her refusal left the construction company no choice but to build around her home. In 2009 (a year after Macefield’s death), Disney tied balloons to the roof of Macefield’s house to promote the movie “Up” but the movie was not based on this story.

A young couple from Utah had many parallels between their life and the lives of Carl and Ellie. They purchased the home from a developer who had permission to build the house on the condition the plans be turned over to Disney so it would remain a one-of-a-kind house.  This is their story and even it brings happy tears.


I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the sixth day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!


Monday Missive – What Day is it Anyway?


Another flip of the calendar has brought us into July. It continues to be that crazy mixed up world where there is so much going on and nothing going on. How is that even possible? But yet here we are.

So, just what has been going on in my world?

The end of June would have been my sister Rosie’s 70th birthday. It is hard to believe she has been gone 10 years. This week is the anniversary of my other sister BJ’s passing. She has been gone 4 years. It is all a blur, the years. My brother may need a biopsy, too, so lots of emotional thoughts these last few weeks.

My daughter’s birthday is this week so that is a cheerful note. It would be nice to see her, but that is not possible so we will celebrate with her from afar.

We are eating cucumbers, lettuce, spicy peppers, and tomatoes from the garden. We also have basil, cilantro, rosemary, dill and oregano. I have been enjoying cucumber sandwiches most days. The tomatoes are small cherry tomatoes, but they are delightful for salads.

The heat and humidity has been rough these last few days. I work in the garden when I can, but it doesn’t take long for it to be unbearable. Our walks have been early morning and less frequent. We did walk this morning. It was cool but SO humid. The neighbor’s horses were out grazing, but they were masked up which made me chuckle.

6EF13E75-2879-4C14-9296-B5BD06F47492My friend Molly made this beautiful necklace for me. Her husband is a potter and made the precious bluebird. It is a piece I will cherish for a long, long time.

We still are not dining out or even doing takeout. We are quite content to cook and eat at home. We have watched all seasons of “Doc Martin” and “The Split”. Not back to back binge watching, but over 4 months. Gardening has been a nice way to spent some time.

The cabinets are coming along. Base cabinets are in place as well as the wall cabinets. Hubby is making the surface because with our confined space we could not use a prefab countertop. Pics to follow.

I started a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I have most of the border complete but it is slow progress! I am also reading Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. Just things to fill up time.

I hope all is going well in your world!