Movie Review-"First Daughter"

Three females in my surround suffered serious man trouble over the holidays. It was three-year-old Kaitlyn who temporarily stopped the heartbreak and taught us all the joy of Christmas through a child's eyes.

Also, a TV review of "First Daughter", a cotton candy confection of a movie featuring Tom Cruise's new love, Katie Holmes.

Pic of the Day
Bear raids birdfeeder

Quote of the Day

On grandparents

When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window. ~Ogden Nash

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete. ~ Marcy DeMaree

Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies. ~Author unknown

Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever. ~Author Unknown

If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first. ~Lois Wyse

My grandkids believe I'm the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too. ~Gene Perret

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Rousing New Year Greeting

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For the Love of Peroxide

I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little old bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide, or they would lose thousands of dollars.

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe)

No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash (small print says gargle right on the bottle.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of "Peroxide" to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters, table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years - until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine, but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

8. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

9. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenver you have a cold, or plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the backteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue.
10. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

11. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it's not a drastic change.

12. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

13. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, Pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

14. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors with, and there is no smearing which is why I love it so much for this.

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Christmas 2006, Broken Hearts and Kaitlyn Mae

There is no time of year sadder than the holiday season right after someone suffers a broken heart due to a relationship breakup. Been there and done that. The rest of the country is jovial and happy while inside a heart melts and crumbles with the pain of love gone bad.

It was the Christmas of 1980. My daughter was 3 years old and her father passed away that prior St. Patrick's day. While I had plans to join my family later in the day for Christmas dinner and gift exchanging, it was the first Christmas morning of my then 30 years of existence that I would awake on the holiday, all alone.

Alone save for my precious toddler and perhaps due to my guilt over the loss of her father that might mar HER holiday, I went overboard on gifts under the tree. Indeed a whole kitchen set complete with stove, sink and cupboards sat gleaming and ready to be found by an excited child.

She did, as expected, shout with glee at the sight of her new kitchen set. But instead of running to her bounty to get absorbed in the play, my toddler daughter went and retrieved "her" Christmas morning gift to me. I was surprised because her excitement at giving me that gift was as intense as her excitement at the sight of her own gifts.

It was wrapped in blue construction paper, a really bad wrapping job. Someone likely helped the child to wrap it as she was too small to do it all by herself. Still it looked like a gift a child wrapped and she probably did.

It was a dish that Melissa had decorated with her handprint and the date of its "manufacture".

That was it. That was the sum total of my gifts under the tree for me that Christmas morning. The bigger gift was the joy the child got from retrieving from its under-the-tree resting spot and giving it to me with such exuberance.

There are plenty of others who likely have had much sadder Christmas mornings. For sure I wasn't poor or destitute and could afford to provide for my child. I was, however, lonely and despondent. All my prior Christmas mornings had been exciting events, my husband, stepchildren and baby all gathered around the tree, exchanging gifts, oohing and aahing, as those things go.

Point being a)I know how much sadder the Christmas holidays can make an already sad individual and b)the innocent eyes of a child can make one see the true blessings of the season.

Kaitlyn did the same to my own house full of broken hearts who came to guest with me on Christmas-Eve’s Eve. My three guests had all just been involved in a breakup of either a cherished relationship or a marriage. I was filled with despair that all three of my scheduled guests would be deep in the throes of love lost, this while I hoped to celebrate that quiet evening as my Christmas with Kaitlyn. An exuberant three-year-old at Christmas might not be so welcome to the broken-hearted, or so went my fear.

It’s not easy being three and looking at a pile of presents under a big Christmas tree filled with sparkling lights. For Kaitlyn had to spend some time just looking at the gifts as all guests had not yet arrived and it seemed prudent to wait until this was the case. Kaitlyn did not agree, however, and began to sob her frustration.

It was then that I had to sit the child down and explain to her the concept of ANTICIPATION. I’m not sure that Kaitlyn bought into my tale that sometimes just the excitement of waiting for something to happen can be as joyful as the actual event. She did become enamored of my notion that she had butterflies flitting around in her belly from the excitement.

As each guest arrived Kaitlyn proceeded to explain that she had TEN (I don’t know where she got that number) butterflies in her belly and it’s time to open the gifts.

Each broken heart took joy at the eager child and soon all guests were enjoying homemade chicken wings, deviled eggs, cheese, fruit, home-made cookies and Jewish Apple Cake. Since Kaitlyn received a few games in her gift trove, it was required that one or two be opened and in due course, games were being played, Memories were being recalled, Candy Land roads were traveled. There was no sign of a broken heart in the surround as everyone ate, played games and finally, all sat and sang Christmas songs to Kaitlyn’s surprise, joy and wonderment.

We had a lovely visit this past Advent season, Kaitlyn and I. We went to various Christmas functions in the area, we went shopping, we had a regular pajama party, she and I.

One evening I put Kaitlyn’s hair in curlers. The picture is below but silly me, I forgot to get a picture of her resulting curls.

Still I think Kaitlyn looks fetching as all get out in just the curlers.

Don’t you?

Kaitlyn in curlers

More Kaitlyn posts HERE

DISCLAIMER: Movie Reviews

I never see a first-run movie so any movie reviews I do are likely older ones. But if you're looking to rent a DVD for the weekend, or just want a new perspective on a movie you remember fondly, or not-so-fondly, read on.

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”First Daughter”, Starring Cruise’s Kaitie Holmes

Movie info at IMDB.com.

Goodness ole Tom Cruise has been jumping on Oprah’s couches over this child so when I saw her name as star in a movie about, well a first daughter, I just had to tune in.

The film, billed as
The girl who always stood out is finally getting the chance to fit in.
was so much balderdash.

Katie Holmes is a cutie pie but isn’t she a little young for Tom Cruise? Goodness, she played a teenager in this film.


Girls around the age of 9 or 10 would like this movie. The film captures all that a pre-pubescent child dreams of: fame, celebrity, beauty, fancy dresses and handsome men to save the day.

Yes Katie plays the President’s daughter who chose to attend a college far away from the glare of D.C. She expresses a desire to be just like anyone else although Katie’s character manages to do more Audrey Hepburn imitations in one movie than anyone in a lifetime. This at a time when the character kept insisting she wanted to be like everyone else!

There’s a love angle. Katie’s character falls for another student who turns out to be a secret service guy. In a fit of pique, the first daughter abandons any pretense at class and hangs out at the local bars, dancing on the tables and other such slut-type activities.

The drama reaches a climax, parents are devastated, until finally, love conquers all.

For me, the movie was a waste of time. I can see and youngish Kaitlyn Mae totally smitten by this movie starring Tom Cruise’s love adolescent.

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