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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Dear Readers,

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day in the United States. It's when Americans pause to remember all those who died in service to our country. We honor the memories of those brave men and women, and thank their families for their sacrifice.

Mr. Frank: Hi, Doll.

Lilly Faye: Hello, Frank. I was just thinking about all the people who have given their lives for our country.

I was also thinking about dear friends who have passed away. SweetPea, and Busty Cat, and of course my beloved fiance, Jakey Wakey, the greatest Briard who ever lived.

Mr. Frank: I know you miss them all, Doll. 

Lilly Faye: I'm sorry, Frank. I didn't mean to be insensitive by bringing up Jake.

Mr. Frank: It's okay. I know you had a life before we got together. I did, too. Of course, it isn't quite the same for me. Crystal is still alive, so I could see her anytime I want.

Lilly Faye: Wait. What? Who?

Mr. Frank: My former girlfriend, Crystal the Basset Hound, from my old neighborhood. Didn't I ever mention her?

Lilly Faye: No, you certainly did not. That's not something I would forget!

Mr. Frank: It was just a crush. I used to tease her by pulling her long ears.

Lilly Faye: I didn't realize you prefer long ears, Frank. I could let the hair on my ears grow longer. I only had them bobbed for the summer heat.

Mr. Frank: It's nothing to get upset over, Doll. I love your cute little ears! Besides, I haven't thought of Crystal once since you and I got together. You believe me, don't you?

Lilly Faye: I suppose so. It's just a lot to take in. I could use a little time to myself, Frank.

Mr. Frank: Sure, Doll.

Mr. Frank: I gotta make it right with Doll Face.

Lilly Faye: Oh, Frank, I'm so glad you came back! I'm embarrassed about the way I acted earlier. We're not young pups. Of course you've dated other girls before me. I let the green-eyed monster get the better of me. But it's only because I love you so much.

Mr. Frank: No need to be embarrassed, Doll. You're the only girl for me! Here, I brought you some flowers. I picked them myself. My sister Ceecee had the idea to dye some of them blue.

Lilly Faye: I'm the luckiest girl in the world!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Starting Summer Off Right

Lilly Faye: Should we spread our stuff out here, Frank?

Mr. Frank: No, this isn't quite it.

Lilly Faye: What about here? This looks like a nice spot for our picnic. There's plenty of shade.

Mr. Frank: This is the first big weekend of the summer, Doll. It's got to be just right.

Mr. Frank: Let's keep looking.

Lilly Faye: This spot seems fine, Frank. Besides, I'm getting hungry. 

Mr. Frank: Wait! I've got it!

Mr. Frank: Follow me, Doll. I see the perfect spot for our picnic. I'm gonna unpack our stuff.

Lilly Faye: Thank goodness! 

Mr. Frank: Now come on over here and sit by Mr. Frankie.

Dear Readers,
I hope your summer gets off to a perfect start!

Lilly Faye

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lilly Faye's Movie Review: Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine

Dear Readers,

Interstellar is set in the near future, when worldwide crop failures, drought, and a 1930s-type Dust Bowl have humanity scrambling to find a new habitable planet for the human race. A secret NASA project sends Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former astronaut, now a farmer, on an interstellar search mission via a wormhole.

What did we learn from the movie, boys?

Mr. Frank: Gravity seems to be the answer to everything.

Alfie Cat: Big deal. Cats have been defying gravity for eons.


Alfie Cat: Oof! What happened?!

Lilly Faye: I think love is the answer, Frank. Interstellar is all about love as the motivation for survival against all odds.

Interstellar isn't just about science and space travel. It's also about multi-generational family relationships. I found that heartwarming.

Dizzie: I found myself invested in the characters, Boss. And I couldn't figure out how the movie was going to end, which is unusual for me.

Lilly Faye: That's true. Thirty minutes into every movie, Dizzie predicts how it's going to end.

Dizzie: And I'm usually right! 

Lilly Faye: Interstellar is an intense and suspenseful movie. It has magnificent visuals, and an excellent musical score by Hans Zimmer. The music alone kept me on the edge of my seat.

Mr. Frank: Aren't we going to talk about the dinner I prepared?

Lilly Faye: Of course, Frank. Tell our readers what you made for us this week.

Mr. Frank: I made Cajun Shrimp and Rice with Andouille Sausage. I also made homemade corn muffins, as an homage to Matthew McConaughey's character, who grows corn in the movie.

Lilly Faye: Too bad Dizzie ate most of the corn muffins before the movie even started!

Dizzie: It's a long movie, 2 hours and 48 minutes! I needed to keep up my strength. Think about bringing more muffins next time, Frank.

Lilly Faye: You can watch the official Interstellar trailer here.

The moviemakers did an excellent job of recreating the look of the 1930s Dust Bowl. You can learn more about the actual historical event here: Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl.

Time to rate the movie, boys!

Dizzie: Two Paws Up! I really liked it.

Frank: Two Paws Up! Although, the subject of crop failure and lack of food diversity is the stuff of nightmares for a chef, like me.

Alfie Cat: Two Paws Up! For its focus on time, space, and relativity, subjects near and dear to any cat's heart.

Lilly Faye: Two Paws Up! For themes of love, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Dear Readers,
If you like movies about families, adventure, and space travel, you'll enjoy Interstellar.

Lilly Faye

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Mr. Frank: What's new with you, Doll?

Lilly Faye: I've been thinking about going on one of those competition shows on television, Frank. The problem is, I'm multi-talented, so it's hard to decide which show to apply for. I could use your help.

Mr. Frank: You know I'd do anything for you, Doll.

Lilly Faye: The secret to winning is having your own fan base on social media. That way, you have lots of people voting for you right from the start. I figure, with all of my blog followers, I'm sure to win. I just have to pick the right show.

Mr. Frank: Sounds like you've put a lot of thought into this.

Lilly Faye: I'm a great dancer. I'm light on my feet, and my pirouettes are perfection, so I would wow them on Dancing With the Stars. I'll bet Derek would love to have me as a partner. I'd make him look good.

Mr. Frank: Uh, huh.

Lilly Faye: But I'm an amazing singer, too. Check this out!

Ceecee: What was all that caterwauling I heard? Is the Siamese across the street in heat again?

Mr. Frank: I think people who watch singing competitions like newer songs that are charting right now. They call it being relevant. 

Lilly Faye: I can do relevant!

(sings) "Dear Future Husband..."

Lilly Faye: What do you think, Frank?

Mr. Frank: Um, well, to be perfectly honest, Doll, you sing about as well as you drive.

Lilly Faye: I knew you'd like it! Thanks, Frank! 

Mr. Frank: I guess I don't know enough about singing and dancing shows to be of much help to you, Doll. I'm more into cooking competition shows.

Ceecee: Bingo! You'd be a shoo-in for Worst Cooks In America, Lilly Faye.

Lilly Faye: But I don't want to cook. I prefer to be served!

Mr. Frank: One thing I do know, Doll. Regardless of which show you choose, you'll be away from home for weeks, if not months, at a time. I'll really miss you. I don't know if I can stand being away from you that long.

Lilly Faye: Oh, Frank, I hadn't even thought of that! I'd miss my home, and I'd miss you terribly! Maybe being a reality television star wouldn't be much fun, after all. 

Mr. Frank: You're already a star in my book, Doll. You're the sun and the moon, too.

Lilly Faye: Frank, you're the best prize of all!

Lilly Faye: Kiss, kiss.

Mr. Frank: Smooch!