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Downton Abbey has been a hugely successful British drama TV series, that follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family’s classic Georgian country house. The series starts with the Titanic of 1912, which leaves the future of Dowton in flux, as so many Crawley family members die in the catastrophe. With fascinating story lines, wonderful costumes and sets to die for – it’s been a huge success.
But there are other worthy, excellent shows to watch on TV, with similar plots from England to Spain and through world wars. They are just as enriching…if not more!
These other programs, have all the charm, history and also give us a unique look into our past
They provide hours of leisure time, without wincing through blood and guts, yet still mesmerized by the action and rich characters!
Dowton was done for the season, but we certainly weren’t!

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We went to see that new show at the movie theatre, oh… I’m showing my age, they don’t call them shows any more, do they? My point is, we went to see THE BIG SHORT on New Year’s Day and the theatre was half full. This seems odd for a day, when so many adults are with family and have excess time on their hands.
Isn’t New Year’s Day a typical – “movie day?”
Totals are in and it appears 1.32 billion movie tickets were sold in 2015, according to The Numbers – Where Data and the Movie Business Meet – those figures represent a 6 billion dollar increase in ticket sales from 2014.
2014 was definitely an off year for the movie business. According to FILM blogging the reel world – Estimates say 1.26 billion cinema tickets were purchased in 2014 — which sounds like a lot, until you realize it’s the lowest number since 1995.
Are cinemas in general loosing steam?

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OK, what’s the deal, do I look that pathetically bored?
Is that why my lovely daughter bought me this coloring book to what, help occupy my time?
There’s no doubt these books are beautiful, diverse, imaginative and have intricate patterns and pictures – but me?! I must be having the wrong reaction, based on the rise in popularity of these colorful coloring books.
Did you know there’s over 450 of them online now?
I have trouble doing something that doesn’t have meaning in some way. Maybe she’s right and I suffer from ADD, not sure but I know I’m too Type-A for this activity.
No – seriously – I’m having trouble with this concept, but is it just me? Have you seen them, those gorgeous these new adult coloring books? They come in every shape, color and form and with numerous themes.
Crazy that there’s 23 pages of these: “Adult Coloring Books” – actually on Barnes and Noble they show 10,044 of them – isn’t that hard to believe!

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As “over 60 somethings” much of our everyday focus is geared towards helping our parents or planning memorials for them. It occurred to me that maybe we can sustain more memories of them and their history for their children, grandchildren and great-grandhchildren.

Thanks to my sister-in-law, at my mother-in-law’s memorial, a video interview of her was presented. All of us treasured seeing her facial expressions, voice and overall sense of life, as we said goodbye. This priceless video gave me the impetus to do the same with my mom on her recent visit to California. Obviously, pointing a phone in her face wasn’t going to relax her. So I went on the hunt for a simple tripod. Here’s an inexpensive tripod for your phone. The tripod allowed me to focus on her, making the process natural and fun.

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One of the most fascinating things I find about travel is people watching. Heck, I like it in airports especially. When’s the last time you were in Heathrow airport in London? What a sight! But then let’s take it up a notch and check out the streets of Rome, Monte Carlo or Nice for that matter. The women in Europe still have it all going on as far as I’m concerned. Elegance still matters. You will not witness too many tennis shoes, sweat shirts or jeans adorning their lean bodies. You can’t bottle the European flair and take it home but you can give it your best shot. How? The only way women have been immitating fashion for centuries, by shopping! Shopping is as personal as the clothes we wear each day. Color, style, textures, anything that appeals to us which may or may not appeal equally to the very person we sleep with each night. So let’s get down to it. What do you “take out” on a trip to the Med? I think of it as “take out” because that’s what you do as a tourist. You claim it and take it out of one country and into yours and you’d better not be over your limit. When we filled out our customs form on the way back into the states we could only claim up to $800/person.

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The people here play the French game of Petanque. The pension owners, Jim & Ann, said it is quite popular in Healdsburg with leagues of play going on – they have their court on the property for their use. Apparently this game is much like Bocce, but the courts are very graceful and not like a bowling alley. We enjoyed bocce and did not know of this game. You play from a ring once the Jack has been thrown. In this version, your feet must remain planted while you attempt to toss your ball as close to the jack as possible, much as in bocce. Popular amongst the landed elite in France and here in Healdsburg as well – little did I know? If you love bocce or horseshoes, you may want to investigate Petanque. Here’s a link for more information; Petanque America Lily’s Chinese Massage If you need a massage while in HEALDSBURG Oh my gosh, this was the best massage I’ve had since our trip last December to Bali! Lily specializes in Swedish, deep tissue massage & foot massage and trusts me she is excellent! Very reasonably priced as well. Click here to the website: Lilys Chinese...

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