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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mixed Signals

Cali: I can hardly believe it, Lilly Faye!

Lilly Faye: It's true. The other day, after Frank kissed me, he nibbled on my ear!

Cali: Boy, he moves fast. After all, he's only been living next door to you for a couple of weeks. Does this mean you two are dating now?

Lilly Faye: Well, he hasn't asked me out yet.

Cali: You know how males are. You'll have to put the bug in his ear, let him know you'd enjoy going out to dinner with him. But let him think it's his idea.

Lilly Faye: I believe I will.

Later that evening...

Lilly Faye: Hello, Frank.

Mr. Frank: Hi there, Doll Face. You're looking good.

Lilly Faye: Thank you, Frank. 

Gosh, I'm starving. It's almost dinner time, and I'm so tired of just opening a can. Do you know of any good restaurants around here where a girl could get a nice meal?

Mr. Frank: Afraid not. I do all my own cooking. I'm very particular about my food. Tonight, for instance, I'm making Beef Tips Au Jus, Sauteed Garden Vegetables, and Fresh Asparagus Risotto. 

Lilly Faye: That sounds delicious. I had no idea you could cook.

Mr. Frank: Oh yeah, cooking is a real passion of mine. In fact, I only came out here to pick a few herbs. I need to get back to the stove now. See you around, Doll Face.

Lilly Faye: That didn't go at all the way I planned.

Later that night, after dinner...

Mr. Frank: I can't believe Doll Face eats out of cans! Maybe I shouldn't rush into anything with her.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Getting to Know You

Lilly Faye: So Frank, do you mind answering a few questions?

Mr. Frank: I already filled out your blog questionnaire for my "Meet Mr. Frank" page.

Lilly Faye: This is different. It's a compatibility quiz I found in this month's issue of Celebrity Canine Magazine.

Mr. Frank: Compatibility with what?

Lilly Faye: With each other, to see if you and I have anything in common.

Mr. Frank: Okay, I'll give it a shot.

Lilly Faye: Good. Do you like movies?

Mr. Frank: Love 'em.

Lilly Faye: Great! Me, too! Do you enjoy car rides?

Mr. Frank: Oh, yeah, with the windows rolled down and the wind in my face!

Lilly Faye: Excellent! I love riding in fast convertibles, myself.
Do you dance?

Mr. Frank: I can do a little two-step. Nothing too fast. 

Lilly Faye: Oh. I like to rumba. I guess two out of three isn't so bad.

Mr. Frank: We don't need a magazine to tell us if we're compatible, Doll. Come to Mr. Frankie...

Mr. Frank: Smooch!

Later, at the back fence...

Cali: And then he did WHAT?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dating Dilemma

Cali: So Lilly Faye, how's the dating going? 

Lilly Faye: It isn't! Mr. Frank is scaring away all my potential suitors. It's very frustrating.

Cali: Maybe he wants you for himself.

Lilly Faye: He seems more interested in protecting my virtue.

Cali: Ha! He doesn't know you very well, does he?

Lilly Faye: Maybe that's the answer. He needs to get to know me better. Thanks, Cali! You've given me an idea.

To be continued...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lilly Faye's Movie Review: Le Week-End, starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, and Jeff Goldblum

Dear Readers, 

Dizzie, Alfie, and I recently watched Le Week-End, starring Jim Broadbent as Nick, Lindsay Duncan as Meg, and Jeff Goldblum as Nick's friend Morgan.

Nick and Meg are an English couple celebrating their thirtieth wedding anniversary in Paris, France, where they spent their honeymoon. The trip to Paris is an attempt to reinvigorate their marriage. The question is, how much trouble is their marriage in, and can it be saved?

Alfie Cat: And, do they have enough money for dinner?

Lilly Faye: Morgan, Nick's old American friend, helps put it all in perspective for them. Morgan's much younger wife and teenage son also provide Nick and Meg with food for thought.

Le Week-End was filmed on location in Paris, and watching the movie is like taking a quick trip to Paris yourself.

Dizzie: Boss, don't forget to mention Le Week-End has a lovely soundtrack. Debussy: Clair de Lune, Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone, and Pink Moon by Nick Drake!

(Diz sings) "Pink, pink, moon..." I can't get that song out of my head!

Dizzie: Boss, do you think I'm a tenor or a baritone?

Lilly Faye: You're a tenor, Diz.

Alfie Cat: I'm an alto, if anyone would care enough to ask.

Lilly Faye: Le Week-End is a lovely film, perfect for a hot summer night.

This trailer will give you a good feel for the movie:

Le Week-End Official Trailer

Lilly Faye's Movie Rating: Two Paws Up!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Welcome to the Neighborhood Mr. Frank!

Lilly Faye: Hello, Mr. Frank! Welcome to the neighborhood!

Mr. Frank: Hello yourself, Doll Face. I haven't seen you in ages!

Lilly Faye: Feel free to call me Lilly Faye. After all, we're next door neighbors now.

Mr. Frank: Sure thing, Doll. And you can call me Frank. Say, are you still going out with Jake the Briard?

Lilly Faye: Sadly, my beloved Jakey Wakey passed away a year and a half ago. We were engaged for almost five years, and it has been very hard for me to go on without him. I'm only just now thinking about getting back into the social scene, and maybe trying a little casual dating.

Mr. Frank: Whoa, once word gets out that a cute little blonde like you is on the market, this place will be overrun with dogs!

Lilly Faye: Well, I don't know about that, tee, hee.

Mr. Frank: Don't worry your pretty little head about it. I'll take care of everything.

Lilly Faye: What do you mean?

Mr. Frank: I'll keep your property line well marked. No other dog would dare cross a boundary set by me. You won't be bothered by a pack of lusty hounds with Mr. Frank next door!

Lilly Faye: Wait, I'm not sure I want...

Mr. Frank: It's no bother, Doll. It's the least I could do for Jake.

Lilly Faye: Really, thanks all the same, but I...

Mr. Frank: No need to thank me. I'll get started on it right away.

Later, at the back fence...

Cali: So Lilly Faye, what do you think of our new neighbor?

Lilly Faye: He seems very sure of himself.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Books, Books, and More Books!

Dear Readers,

Those of you who regularly visit me here at the blog know how much I love books, and how much I envy those lucky dogs who work at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.

They like to blog, too, and this week on the Parnassus Shop Dog Diaries blog, Opie is blogging about training young Eleanor Roosevelt to work in the store. If you love bookstores as much as I do, I think you'll enjoy reading Opie's post.

Here is the link:

As for me, I'm trying to decide what type of book I want to read next. It's a tough decision, these all look so good.

I think I'll just have to sleep on it.

Lilly Faye

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lilly Faye's Movie Review: The Invisible Woman, starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, and Joanna Scanlan

Dear Readers,
My friends and I recently watched the film The Invisible Woman, starring Ralph Fiennes as the celebrated writer Charles Dickens, Felicity Jones as his young mistress Nelly, Kristin Scott Thomas as Nelly's mother, Tom Hollander as Dickens' friend Wilkie Collins, and Joanna Scanlan as Dickens' wife Catherine.

The Invisible Woman is beautifully directed by its star Ralph Fiennes, and adapted from Claire Tomalin's biography also titled The Invisible Woman, about Dickens' secret mistress, Nelly Ternan.

Ralph Fiennes does a fine job of portraying Dickens as a man of contradictions, a man at times highly insensitive to the feelings of his wife and family, but also highly sympathetic, compassionate, and generous toward the downtrodden in society.

Charles Dickens was a superstar in his day, constantly followed and reported on by the press. Dickens apparently enjoyed his popularity a great deal, even though it forced him to hide his years-long relationship with Nelly at a great cost to both of them, but mostly to Nelly, who was twenty-seven years his junior.

Dizzie: Dickens was writing great novels, making personal appearances all over the world, giving innumerable public readings, raising money for charity, staging plays, fathering ten children, and carrying on a secret life with Nelly. Honestly, how did he find the time? That's what I want to know!

Alfie Cat: They didn't have TV back then, for one thing.

Lilly Faye: Back to the movie, the scenery and costumes are exquisite, and directors of today's action movies could learn a thing or two from studying Fiennes' masterful direction of a reenactment of the Staplehurst train crash of 1865. 

Alfie Cat: The Invisible Woman is rated R, but don't expect to see any hot sex between Dickens and Nelly. I stayed awake for nothing!

Lilly Faye: Readers interested in learning more about the affair between Dickens and Nelly Ternan might want to read the following piece from the January 31, 2014 issue of The Guardian:

In the above article, Claire Tomalin tells the real-life ending to Nelly's story, which was not as happy as it is portrayed in the movie.

My U.S. readers might be interested in listening to the following December 2013 National Public Radio interview with the film's stars, Felicity Jones and Ralph Fiennes, who appeared on NPR's program All Things Considered:

Dear Readers, 
After watching this film, I'm glad I'm living in the 21st Century, when a female is free to have her own blog and speak her own mind!

Lilly Faye's Movie Rating: Two Paws Up!