Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Installment 5 - The Maltese Falcon

Today’s installment finds Paula Mallia as Mary Astor as Brigid O’Schanussey with Falcon in hand. 

Paula Mallia as Mary Astor as Brigid O’Schaunessey met The Fat Man in a dark corner of a local bus station, as soon as The Fat Man displayed the Falcon she quickly diverted his attention with a slice of roast beef she snatched the statue and ran out of the bus station into the cold rainy night.

As she enters her room she turns on the light to admire the beauty of the Falcon, to which a voice from afar says: I am trying to sleep, turn off the light also that is not a bird it is a dog, you have the wrong statue, The Fat Man has bamboozled you (loud organ music plays)!

Paula as Mary as Brigid says: I must stop wearing dark glasses in the middle of the night mustn't I, but; might I remind you that I may not have the Falcon but I do have something far more rare I have "The Maltese Doggie!" 

Time to shut up and go to bed!

The End

Installment 4 - The Maltese Falcon

Since we could not find a stout Englishman in the house, today the role of Sydney Greenstreet as The Fat Man will be played by Cody Mallia, my stout Beagle whose nick name is Fat Boy.

As the scene opens, Fat Boy as Sydney Greenstreet as The Fat Man has just rung up Brigid O’Schaunessey.  He claims to have the statue of the Falcon in his possession and for a mere liver flavored treat will turn it over to Miss O’Schaunessey.  This news excites Brigid she arranges to meet Fat Boy as Sydney Greenstreet as The Fat Man at a clandestine location, however; Fat Boy as Sydney Greenstreet as The Fat Man does not know what clandestine means (he is a dog, Hello Brigid) and just sits on the bed with a blank look on his face.

To which a voice from afar can be heard saying: “Will you get the dog out of the bed I am tired and want to go to sleep”

To which Brigid and Fat Boy as Sydney Greenstreet, as The Fat Man reply: Shut up, give me my liver treat (that is Fat Boy's line by the way), and sleep on the couch we are making art here!

Stay tuned for the last chapter of “The Maltese Falcon.  

Installment 3 - The Maltese Falcon

Today’s installment of the Maltese Falcon finds Paula Mallia, as Mary Astor as the now Brigid O’Shaughnessy contemplating what truth she should tell Mr. Spade.

Should she reveal her shoe size (oh no not that), her age (oh no definitely not that), her weight (heck no!), should she tell him (oh gasp) she was the one that ate the last slice of Key Lime Pie in the fridge!!!!!

To which an angry and whiny voice is heard “I knew you ate it, I knew it wasn’t one of the dogs!”

To which Paula Mallia as Mary Astor as Brigid O’Schaunessey replies “Oh get over it; go to bed!”

Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of “The Maltese Falcon”

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Installment 2 - The Maltese Falcon

Today’s installment finds John Sweet as Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade. Sweet as Bogart as Spade has just found out the truth about Miss Ruth Wunderly, aka Leblanc, aka Brigid O’Shaughnessy.

Miss Ruth Wunderly, aka Leblanc, aka Brigid O’Shaughnessy asks John Sweet, as Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade to meet her at a clandestine location to tell him the whole truth, however;
it is so dark he loses his way and refuses to ask for directions. As he searches he spies a light at the far end of the street. He stops to light a cigarette in hopes of looking cool when Miss Wunderly, aka Leblanc, aka O’Shaughnessy arrives. As he reaches for his matches he realizes that Paula Mallia told him he could not smoke in the house anymore and took then all away, so in order not to look lame he pretends he is smoking his cigarette, figures since it is so dark no one can tell.

A mysterious voice is heard from afar saying, that looks very lame John Sweet as Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, do you think you can take out the garbage while you are out there?
To which he replies, shut up and go to bed!
Tune in tomorrow for Installment 3 of “The Maltese Falcon”

Monday, April 26, 2010

Film Noir Week - Installment 1 - The Maltese Falcon

So for Film Noir Week, I have chosen to do my version of what else "The Maltese Falcon", so first up, Paula Mallia as Mary Astor as Miss Ruth Wonderly.

As the scene opens, Paula Mallia, as Mary Astor as Miss Ruth Wonderly, wonders; hmmm why is it so dark in here has Mr. Spade not paid the electric bill?

To which a strange and mysterious voices replies, could it be that it is midnight and you are wearing those stupid sunglasses in the house, duh....

To which Paula Mallia as Mary Astor as Miss Ruth Wonderly replies; shut up and go back to bed.......

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day is everyday for me.  I love the planet earth and all it has to offer.  One thing my photo project has given me is a chance to stop and look at all her beauty, from a nut shell on the ground, to a bird in the sky, to a bud waiting to bloom.  Even the most skilled crafter could not turn out the wonder that mother earth produces.  So today in honor of our planet stop a moment and take a good long look :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I took my mom to the doctor the other day as a follow up for her heart condition. When we got there she started shaking like a leaf and even though the doctor told her she was fine she was still very scared. I asked her what was wrong and she could not pin point it, I figured she is still thinking she is going to have her heart give way on her and thinks she is going to die. I know we are all going to die but when you actually come face to face with death it must be a frightening experience regardless of how many times we say we are ready to meet the maker are we really. I remember when my Dad was in the hospital with a brain tumor I went to see him one day and he actually broke down and cried as I think he knew there was not much time left, I wonder if he was thinking did he do everything he wanted, my dad was very selfless and always did for others and put himself last did he get from life what he truly wanted or was there something one more thing he needed to do. My brother on the other hand was killed in an accident at the age of 17; he never even had time to contemplate what he wanted to do with his life, as a kid though you do tend to have more fun, no responsibilities and still carefree I hope that he had no regrets. Me I try not to think of it but then there are those days when I see my mom so fragile and afraid it frightens me too, what is out there, if I knew would I live my life differently, there are still things I want to do but how to do them is another story, life always seems to get in the way, I often get mad at myself for being responsible and doing the right thing, some times it is just fun to be wrong!

Do I want to do it all, sure I do but the reality is I won't so this is what I need to make peace with as do we all.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Walking the Cat Walk with the Dogs!

Sunday was the annual Fashion for Compassion fund raiser for our shelter.  This year John walked our Cody and Cory down the catwalk.  I think John and I were more nervous then the dogs, they were having a great time getting tons of attention from the attendees and playing with the other animals.  There were 21 canine models, 1 iguana and 2 sheep that walked the runway this year in their trendy outfits.  If you can't tell my group were dressed as cowboys/girls and walked to Trisha Yearwood, "Cowboys are my Weakness".

It was a great feeling to hear the VP of the shelter say we have saved not hundreds but thousands of animals in the last year, from dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, rodents, wildlife, farm animals and on and on and on.  It is a nice feeling to know that you may have helped in someway find these little guys a home and believe me they know it and they love you for it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Squirrel's Tale

I always know it is spring when my little visitors come peaking over the fence looking for food.  This year I have two new babies to feed, I can't believe people call squirrels rodents they are so cute. 

I have a little merry go round thingy out in the yard that I hook corn cobs to and you should see the little guys finish that corn off in a  flash, once done with the corn they proceed on over to the bird seed and start to polish that off too!  Well better the birdseed then my strawberries or apricots I guess. 

The dogs quite enjoy thier visits, they would all sit at the back window for hours if I let them to watch these little guys eat away, I call it "doggie t.v."  The squirrels are quite smart as they know the dogs are not coming out they are stuck gazing behind that window, sometimes they even tease my group as if to say you can look but you can't touch.

And now, when comes the calm mild day, as still such days will come,
To call the squirrel and the bee from out their winter home;
When the sound of dropping nuts is heard, though all the trees are still,
And twinkle in the smoky light the waters of the rill,
The south wind searches for the flowers whose fragrance late he bore,
And sighs to find them in the wood and by the stream no more.”

Quote by William Cullen Bryant 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter From my Mom and Sophie and Me

Since I don't dress for Easter anymore I thought I would buy Sophie a little Easter Dress and doll her up, I would have gotten her a hat too but she refused, oh well..

I kind of miss the days when I was little and my mom and I would go shopping for an Easter Dress and Hat, that was the one holiday we used to go all out for.  I remember going to church and all the ladies and girls wore beautiful Easter Bonnets, wonder what has happened to those days, are there still people out there that wear Easter Bonnets?

I also miss my Easter Basket filled with tons of great candy and toys, it wasn't so much what was in the basket but the grand way it looked.  My mom would always make our Easter Baskets, I remember her coming home with the baskets, colored hay, candy, and then we would paint our Easter eggs to place in the baskets.  The actual making of the basket was more fun then the eating.  As I got older I grew out of the Easter Basket tradition but my Dad would not let it die, he would still buy me a chocolate Easter Bunny every year regardless of how old I was up until the day he died, I sure miss my chocolate Easter Bunny every time I pass by a Chocolate Easter Bunny I think of my Dad and how happy he was to present me with the bunny.  Just the site of the bunny brings back my Dads smiling face.

The one thing about Easter I haven't lost is my faith, Easter is a time for hope and new beginnings.  So to all of you out there wearing an Easter Bonnet or not have a happy, blessed Easter.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Birds of Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall

I have always been fascinated by birds.  They are so colorful and beautiful and free.  Imagine being able to fly above the earth and go where ever you want to be.  Sometimes I dream of flying above the earth and it is such a great feeling I don't even want to wake up as I know my feet will be grounded to the earth.  I remember as a little kid my grandpa used to have my brother and I sit outside with a box that he used to prop up with a stick and we would put bird food in there and wait for the bird to come for it and then catch it for his aviary.  As we waited my grandpa would tell us stories of all the different birds there were.  I would love to look in the aviary at all the beautiful birds, but I would feel sad for them as they were all locked in there and not able to fly free like they should.  One day I let everyone go and I was afraid grandpa would get mad, but he didn't he just laughed and nodded he understood.