ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

905bb6eff125ed45baec0cf0ac4e97bc_six_columnOn this day in 2007, the 8th PIXAR film, RATATOUILLE was released by Walt Disney Pictures.  As I think back, it’s the last movie I went to see in a theatre.  I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was completely void of social or political “agenda”.  Few films, including Disney / Pixar releases of late, can say that.  I’m tired of movies, even the ones for kids, pushing a particular leftist agenda off on the youth.  I just want to be entertained – that is ALL.  That’s my agenda…  and it’s the agenda of many others, including Lucinda Berry Hill.  ❤MY AGENDA

Ratatouille was directed by Brad Bird, who took over from Jan Pinkava in 2005.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know that ratatouille was a French dish – or that the main character in the film would be…  a rat.  It was so cute and cleaver!  RATatouille – and Remy is a RAT.  Who thinks of this stuff?

I’ll do my best not to spoil the ending for you – but basically, Remy the rat has a goal to become a chef.  He goes about achieving this dream by making friends with a Parisian restaurant’s garbage boy.  I can’t remember his name – hey, it was 2007, give me a break.  Anyway…  Ratatouille was released on June 29, 2007 in the United States and enjoyed box office success!  It also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, among other honors.

Will Remy realize his lifelong dream of becoming a renowned French chef???  Why would I spoil the ending for you?  I know – most of you have probably seen it.  If you have small children you may have seen it more than once and less than a hundred times.  I don’t like everything Disney does (okay, don’t smack me) – but this is one movie that gets two thumbs up – really high – from me.

Have you made ratatouille?  There are a bunch of ingredients, but it’s so worth the expense and the time because it tastes so good and is so healthy.  I found the link for Disney’s recipe – did not know there was a recipe from the movie – but here it is!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222006/disneys-ratatouille/

I’m thankful for the odd movie that is just cute and fun for everyone without political correctness injected or obvious agenda pushing parts.  Are those days over?  I hope not.  I’m looking forward to the next really good movie from Disney and Pixar.  🙂

 

 

 

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CHECKERS DAY

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If you’ve ever been to a Cracker Barrel restaurant, you know there are some tables that have a checkerboard on them. They provide everything you need to enjoy a great game of checkers while you’re waiting for your food to show up!

Yesterday morning we watched the cutest game of checkers I think I’ve ever seen! They were strangers, so I’m not certain of the relationship between them, but I would guess it was a father and his young son. This dad was really getting into this checker game, and I think he forgot he was in a restaurant, which is sort of cute and funny. He was intently focused on his son and their game.

His son was whooping his butt – but I think dad was throwing the game, to be honest. No one could miss that many great moves – no one! This kid was so excited, when he’d get to the goal he’d yell, “King me, dad… King me!”

The whole restaurant took interest in the game. People were pointing and laughing as they watched the father and son bonding moments. It reminded me of an old saying:

Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad. – Author Unknown

I have a feeling this dad carried a lot of photographs in his wallet of his son. Their relationship reminded me a lot of the way my dad and I acted when we went places together.

Since today is Checkers Day, why not take your checker-playing family to Cracker Barrel for some fun?   😉

ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY

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To celebrate ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY, I wanted to do something fun. Nobody wrote more fun music for movies than Henry Mancini! Of course, this is BABY ELEPHANT WALK, from the 1962 motion picture Hatari! I am a John Wayne fan and this is one of my favorite movies.

Years ago, a friend of mine collected figurines of elephants because she believed they brought her good luck. If her back yard had been large enough, she would have had a pet elephant – trust me.

As I did research for this post, I found some interesting fun facts about elephants that I did not know. Let’s learn together:

1. Elephants don’t like peanuts. They don’t eat them in the wild or in captivity.

2. Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.

3. Elephants can swim – they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.

4. Elephants can hear each other’s trumpeting calls from up to 5 miles away.

5. Elephants can live for up to 70 years.

6. Elephants give HUGS by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.

7. Elephants have pads on their feet that act to cushion each step, absorbing impact.

8. Elephants are blind at birth, and some suck their trunks, much like human babies suck their thumbs.

9. Elephants flap their wet ears, cooling the blood in these veins which keeps the entire body cool.

10. Elephants (cows, females) are pregnant for 22 months.

Oh – and they know how to sling mud, so watch out…

And since I’ll never go on an African safari… guessing you won’t either… 😉

And more play – hey, let’s just step all over mom’s face!

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without. – Rue McClanahan

I read that elephants have a philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child. Are those little babies loved, or what? ❤

RAIN DAY

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What do you do on a rainy day???  Well, unless you like to go out and walk in the rain, you could stay indoors and play with your dog!

7-29 MY NEW BALL

OK… it’s bad when a dog dances better than me… !!! 😦

In the event that it is actually raining on RAIN DAY, it would be a great time to play inside with your dog!

There are a few things to consider when purchasing a ball or toy for your dog. I’ll bet you thought price was the only thing to think about, didn’t you? I know – me too. Now I know better.

1. The age of your dog matters because a puppy will likely be gnawing and chewing more than an adult dog. Check the package to make sure the ball or toy is right for your puppy or dog.

2. The size of your dog should go with the type of toy or ball you buy. Melissa’s sweet little dog (the one the poem was written about) is so tiny and had a ball that was too big for a while. Melissa said he got frustrated with the ball and left it alone. She said he loves his new, smaller ball.

3. Some dogs have special needs. A hyper dog may need a toy that can handle rougher use than a dog that is more inactive. The nature and personality of your dog should be considered when purchasing a ball or toy. Some breeds like to chew on things more than others, so getting the right toy might save a few pairs of shoes.

4. A puppy should be given a chew toy as early as possible, but keep in mind that they don’t even have teeth until three to six weeks of age. Think of your puppy as a little baby. Your baby needs a softer toy to protect delicate gums and new baby teeth. At this stage a plush toy may be perfect. Make sure, however, that your puppy isn’t pulling the “plush” out of the toy and swallowing it!

5. As dogs lose baby teeth, around four months, have plenty of chew toys on hand for this teething period. This is the time when your dog will really come to rely on the toys for teething relief. Again, much like an infant child.

Depending on the breed, your dog may still be interested in chewing on table legs and shoes even as they enter into adulthood. Most dogs leave the serious chewing behind. We had one dog that chewed because he got bored. He did a number on our TV remote! Getting the right toys – ones that squeak when chewed – could hold the interest of your dog and keep your remote control safe.

Our beagle puppy liked a rubber ducky we got him. He bit down on it and the duck quacked three times in a row. That toy kept him entertained longer than any other toy. As you dog’s teeth get stronger, a more sturdy toy is fine.

I’m so glad Melissa’s dog got the right size ball. He looks very happy, doesn’t he? ❤