Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Movie Review- Ghost Train

     I am a big fan of old movies.  In most cases they are just better due to many factors (for example, they tend to be much cleaner).  A new favorite for old movies was accidentally found by my cousins on YouTube.  After listening to them quote lines from it for a few months, I decided I had better go ahead and watch it.
     The story follows a group of passengers on a train that miss the switch and have to stay at the station for the night even though they are discouraged from doing so due to a local superstition.  The main character, Gander, who is a professional comedian, lends a lot of the humor to the movie as he continually tries to cheer all of the other passengers up but keeps failing miserably.  However, that never stops him but he just continues merrily along.  This movie kept me laughing but also put me on the edge of my seat at times.
     YouTube is a great way to watch this movie.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  I will admit you modern people might think it is dated humor but I am sorry, that is what I really enjoy and if you like that kind too, then I am sure you will enjoy it as well.  And in case you don't want to go around YouTube looking for it, I am putting the video here on my blog.

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My Newest Crochet Projects

     This last weekend was the 4-H Fashion Revue competition for my county where we displayed many different items including our crochet patterns.  Like the great procrastinator I am, I didn't start working on my planned four projects until a week prior.   However, I ended up with two hats, a little doll satchel for my sister's doll, and a pair of earrings.  I had another pair of earrings as well but I could only enter four items, not five (as somehow my brain convinced me was so).  I learned several new things with these projects such as, don't leave everything to last minute or else you have to crochet several hours straight and hurt your poor wrists, which probably is going to give me arthritis later on in my life.  I did have lots of fun though.  Several of my patterns I found via Crochet Pattern Central, a favorite website of mine when it comes to finding crochet patterns.  I also was blessed to find one of my hat patterns from a book I chanced upon while working at the library.  All in all it was a good year for crochet and while I am in the crochet mood I had better get started for next year as it promises to be more busy then this one.
My sister's doll with the little satchel I crocheted for it.

One of the hats I crocheted.
The brim on this one had a unique stitch called a linked treble crochet.

My crocheted earrings.
I have crocheted several earrings before but they all used crochet thread.
This pattern used three strands of sewing thread, which was interesting to work with (by interesting I mean difficult).

My other crocheted hat.
I am sorry you can only see the front of it in this picture but you can get the drift.

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Too Much Romance

     I had the enjoyment of watching some favorite mini-series this past weekend.  The first was North and South, an adaption of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel of the same title, and the other was Pride and Prejudice, which is an adaption of course of Jane Austen's timeless classic and my overall favorite movie, though I do enjoy them both.  If you are acquainted with me much you will know that I am not a fan of romance novels or movies at all.  In fact, I tend to ridicule them.  Those two mini-series are probably the excess to which I would go when it comes to romance in movies or books and even then it isn't just about romance, far from it indeed.  As I told my siblings as we talked about Pride and Prejudice this evening, it would be an alright love story but without the depth Jane Austen adds to it with her understanding of human nature as well as the forever quoted (at least in my family) witty lines, it would be nothing more than another romance novel.  However, after watching both North and South and Pride and Prejudice just a day apart from each other, I think I am ready for something different, with a little less romance and perhaps with a sword fight or two.  Maybe Lord of the Rings is on the horizon. :)

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tea in Summer

      The other day I was feeling the need for a cup of tea so I boiled the water and seeped my tea as  I always do.  However, as I went to drink it, I realized how hot it was and thought perhaps I needed a change of plans for the summer.  Iced tea was the obvious solution so I dumped my tea over ice and put it in the refrigerator for awhile and viola! Iced tea.  So for you all that think that summer is a "No Tea Zone" y'all are wrong.  I know iced tea isn't as amazing as a nice cup of hot tea but it is rather refreshing with the current hot temperatures. I have been enjoying iced chai black tea with honey as a flavoring, which is pretty excellent in my opinion.  I also tried some honey vanilla chamomile that wasn't too bad either.  I hope all of my blog followers are enjoying the summer and hopefully I'll be posting some more on my blog in the near future.

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.
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