Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The birthday celebration

Finally, here are some photos of my Birthday Dinner.
I didn't take any of them, at all, but three friends who were there took quite a few pictures, for which I am very very grateful.
That Orchid on the Piano near the Balloons was given to me by my Gardener, Seven.....It is absolutely Gorgeous!

We started fairly early and it was still light outside and a pretty clear day in L.A., so we could see things outside my floor to ceiling windows that aren't always visible......
That is the lovely Bridget Hanley with yours truly----with my 84 shirt and the city behind us.....It was a lovely warm evening, but not too hot like it is now.......
My dear friend Glenn was one of the people taking pictures.......
I was showing him how to use my camera.....And he took a lot of terrific pictures! 
The wonderful Dianne Travis took a lot of pictures, too....In fact she took the one above of Glenn and me......
And there on the left is the lovely Dianne, talking "Horse" talk with the beautiful Karen Culliver Parks......They both love horses and in fact, Dianne has a Beautiful horse named Chisholm who she calls Chis, for short....
And above, there are Karen and Garrett Parks.......it is always lovely for me to be with Betty G.'s boys and their wonderful wives.....This year, daughter Maddy was not her because she is in New York working----of course, it's the family business----Show Business. 
She has the most Beautiful voice and has 
"IT"!
That elusive special quality that some people have, called 'Star Quality'.
Any of you who have been reading my blog for a long time have watched Maddy grow up.....
Well, here is a picture Garrett emailed me the other day----this is the Beautiful Maddy now!

We missed her, but it is thrilling to know she has begun her New York career......I'll keep you updated!
And above, the wonderful Annie Guilbert with Andy Parks, betty G.'s younger son.....
Annie is on an HBO series called "Getting On".....she is such a wonderful actress---stage and TV and film----And what a career! The neighbor on "The Dick Van Dyke" show.....and many years later playing Yetta, The Grandmother, on "The Nanny", and now "Getting On", plus all sorts of plays and films and TV shows all along the way.....She has been in two plays of mine and won an Award for one of them.....It was fabulous to work with her!
And of all the people at this party, I've known Annie, the longest!
 I met her in the early summer of 1962.....when I was singing at this little Piano Bar called Verney's.....Annie was in a show called "Billy Barnes, L.A."....it was a terrific 'review' right next door at The Coronet Theatre.  And Billy played the piano in Verney's, and I sang there.

And just a few months later I met the dear sweet Lee Meriwether when I joined Theatre West, and of course, that's where I met Betty G., too......
It's wonderful to have such dear sweet friends for 53 years. And wonderful that they were celebrating my 84th Birthday with me......
And above, there is Lee with her darling talented husband, Marshal Borden---a superb actor and a fabulous writer, too.
They met doing a play at a Theatre that my sweet friend Earl Holliman ran many years ago.
And there is Earl, arriving-----I've known him for 50 years!  It doesn't seem possible.......And over on the left, the Beautiful Seemah Wilder.....!
I love this picture of Earl---still a handsome devil----with Annie and Bridget.....it was such a fun happy night.
I love that you can see those two Rollators in the background----one is Annie's and one is mine!  We are falling apart but still having fun! LOL!


Part Two will be along sooner than later----


(I hope!)


More To Come........

 


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Friday, June 19, 2015
the latest and greatest.....


It's been quite a while since I have posted anything here......Sorry about that, my dears.
I feel like I have very little to say since my life is so restricted by my Health issues.....
I don't go anywhere, so, there are no new adventures to talk about......
I do watch a lot of TV......films and some shows.....It's getting close to Emmy time again, and as a voter, I have received umpteen amounts of "For Your Consideration" DVD screener's......plus, now you can watch so very many things on Netflix and Amazon, etc.
And, many many things are available through the Television Academy's Website......

It is pretty overwhelming and I cannot watch everything.....but, I try to see as much as I can. There are so very many channel's now, between the three Networks and all the Cable  Networks, etc.....
This is just one tiny example of what is mailed to you---and then there is HBO, STARZ, NETFLIX,TNT, FX, USA, BET, NBC, CBS, ABC, BRAVO, THE FOOD NETWORK, COMEDY CENTRAL, and about 25 other networks and/or Producing Company's..........ALL send these elaborate boxes filled with pictures and, of course, the DVD's----all this---must cost a fortune!

Trying to watch all that.....?

It Is Daunting!

The good thing about it is, doing all this makes me feel a part of my old life, so to speak.
And voting makes me feel as if I am still contributing in some way.....

The first go round of voting began on Monday (June 15th and goes through Friday, June 26th) and this year, for the very first time, ALL the voting is going to be done
 'on line',
No more paper ballots.
No more paper anything.
The Television Academy has definitely moved into the 21st Century, in a BIG way!

I'm not sure how this will go for me, because I always had a system that worked well when it was still all on paper.....
This is going to be interesting, or a disaster!

Well, here's the answer!



It is a frggin' Nightmare!

But.......I persevere, anyway.

The only other bit of nice news I can share with you is that a play written by the wonderful Actor/Writer, Jim Beaver, called 
"VERDIGRIS",
which was first produced 30 years ago at Theatre West----and for which I wrote a song and score, was revived in a new production at Theatre West and once again, my music and song (with me singing from the tape from 1985) were used as they had been back then.
I didn't get to see it, but I got some lovely feedback on the production and particularly on my musical contribution to the play.
It was a lovely reminder of what that part of my creative life was like before my confinement.

Other than that, my days are spent taking care of all the many holes in my body and just trying to get some joy out of whatever small things I can.

And speaking of the little joys, here is a bit more news:

I have a Birthday coming up towards 
the end of the month and I am planning on having a small dinner party here in my home, with some dear close friends.

We are looking at 84!



OY!

How the hell did that happen????

So, life goes on as best it can.......


More To Come.........


  


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Friday, May 08, 2015
happy mothers day

A Very Happy Mothers Day To One And All!
A few pictures in celebration of the day........
And a few more.........
And below,
My favorite color.......

And here is more..........
And what is more beautiful than an Orchid.......
So.....
Have a Very Happy Day, My Dears.........


More To Come.......


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Thursday, April 16, 2015
update......


I know it has been a very long time since I posted and I am truly sorry about that......

A few days ago I got what I felt was a rather mean spirited comment from someone who I do not recall commenting in the past---(and if she has, please forgive my lapse in memory)......


The comment was chastising me for being a bad blogger because I have not responded to the many comments asking how I am; that it was rude of me and at 84 I should know better.....and saying it was very wrong of me for not letting people who care about me know how I am, and then added, and, "if you are dead...well, RIP."

I didn't post it because I found it so cold and truly shocking, unfeeling and hurtful. 
(And if the person who wrote that comment happens to be reading this, I am still 83 and will turn 84 the end of June, God willing...)

To all of you wonderful reader friends that I actually know from your years of caring commenting, and from your truly wonderful blogs, your incredibly supportive understanding has not gone unnoticed by me----and I have tried to get around as much as energy permits, to as many of you as I can, thanking you and letting you know where I am at and what is happening to me---all be it, in rather vague terms......

My Health Issues have really really laid me low and leave me with very little energy for blogging and even for going on the computer, at all.

The other factors of living life with an incurable disease plus one's body just falling apart as it sometimes does as we get older, have left me very depressed.
More losses of dear ones which seem to be the 'norm' these days, has added to that depression.
And that, on top of the ravages of the body, makes it very clear to me that there is no good end here.
There is no light at the end of the tunnel here except possibly the light you see, hopefully, when you leave this life.

As many of you know, I have been confined to my home for over 10 years.....not able to go anywhere; not able to participate in any of the life I lived before this disease was diagnosed----and that has been very very hard.

This blog has saved me.
All of you have saved me.
But, I am running out of steam now.
Things are getting worse and will continue to do so, I'm sorry to say----that's the nature of illness and age, and I must say---
it really pisses me off,
and leaves me feeling pretty hopeless.

And I have to say, I really hate writing all this to you because I always wanted my blog to be a place of creativity and hopefulness, in spite of what was and is happening to me.

But I'm at a point now where all of my waking hours are just about taking care of my bodily needs and that is very wearing and it takes all my energy.
  
I wish I could hug each and everyone of you to let you know how meaningful your loving friendships have meant to me over these more than nine years of blogging----a gift I never expected and a gift I truly treasure. 
You will never know just how important all of your friendships are to me.

I have no idea when I will write again on my blog, and I hope and pray I will be able to......And if I am not able to, I also hope and pray you all will understand.

I guess I should thank the person who chastised me because it did propel me to write this update.....


I love you all with all my heart, and I will continue to stay in touch as best I can, when I can.




Hoping there is More To Come, but I make no promises because I don't really know what is to come......



   


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
hi, again......


Well......
I've been away from my blog for quite a while now.....
Between 'Health Issues', which have kind of worn me out, and other stressful things that have been happening, 
I just don't have the energy or desire to try and write a post.....
But......
During this last 7 or 8 weeks, I got to watch a lot of films....I'm so very grateful to have been able to see almost all of the films up for Awards and winning many Awards already.
There are some very very good films this year, each of them hoping to pick up that 
Golden Fellow known as OSCAR!

What to go and see or rent?


Here's a suggestion:


If you haven't already seen it,
give yourself the gift of---
"THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL"

This is a funny, endearing, delightful and beautifully filmed and edited picture that is pure joy!


There is a wonderful performance by Ralph Fiennes---brilliant, really....



Fiennes is handsome and charming and utter perfection as the Greatest Concierge of any Hotel, ever, ever---anywhere in the entire world!
He can make you laugh out loud, and a second later.....bring you to tears!



There are lots of fun 'name' actors in this film--some in very small parts----but, all, important!
It is a brilliant ensemble, and
it's a truly 'Original', (in every way) Screenplay by Wes Anderson, who also directed it.
It is gorgeous to look at---the production design and the sets and the costumes---plus the fantastic editing all add up to a feast for the eyes, and a truly special film experience.
This is a 'feel good' movie that is a welcome change from many of the so called serious and somewhat depressing films available right now.

There are nine inspiring films vying for the Best Picture Award.....

All worthy......
and
All worth seeing.....



"The Grand Budapest Hotel" stands alone in it's 100% entertainment quotient!

Top notch in every way.
Will it win Best Picture?
Probably not.
Should it win Best Picture?
(in my humble opinion)
It absolutely should!!
Oh, do try to see this, if you haven't already, before Sunday February 22nd.....



More To Come........



Note: I thank all of you dear sweet wonderful people for your concern and encouragement and your heartfelt caring....These are hard days, but knowing you are out there sending all of these sweet messages, means everything!
I thank each and every one of you with all of my heart.....!
Not sure how soon I will be posting again----time will tell....
And I promise to visit you, when I can....
Sending big hugs to you all.......


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