“The House of Tomorrow” by Tex Avery

I had a major flashback of some of the cartoons I used to watch when I was a kid. Do you remember this one —  “The House of Tomorrow” (1949) by Tex Avery? I remember wanting a house like that when I got older! I can’t believe this cartoon was made in 1949! (I saw it in the 70’s… I’m not that old!)

Some of the things I liked in the cartoon were:

“The House of Tomorrow”, completely “re-fabricated and ready to set up” (all in one little wrapped up gift).
an “automatic sandwich-maker” that cuts salami and loaf of bread and throws each sandwiches to the dishes.
a frying pan that contains a small mallet to prevent the frying bacon from curling-up.
a sun-lamp that helps people turn rich golden brown on both sides with a large spatula.

Here are some more great cartoons by Tex Avery:

“The Farm of Tomorrow” (1954)

T.V. Of Tomorrow (1953)

and who could forget “The Flea Circus” (1954)

I have no idea why this popped in my mind today, but I glad that there is YouTube so I can see these classics again and again!

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Check this out — Vancouver Timelapse

On a lighter note, since the last two postings have been about someone passing away…

Check out this video from my friend Rita’s brother, Mike Kalush. It’s called Vancouver Timelapse taken from his hotel window in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He shot it with his “video Cam … P2, set it up and went to dinner”.

I had the chance to go to Vancouver in 2006 and I loved it. I would love to go back there again.

R.I.P. Tio Sise

Today, my grand uncle Sise died, he was 92 years old. He was my grandmother’s brother. His wife Clara and him had 11 children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister and brother.

Unfortunately, my family will not be able to make it to Michigan (where he lived) to be with the family during this time. But they will be in our prayers.

Here is a picture I found of him with his wife Clara taken in Dec. 1981.

Sise and Clara - 12-06-1981

Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.

~Author Unknown

In Memoriam

Ted KennedyRegardless of your political beliefs, an American legend, Ted Kennedy, passed away late Tuesday night.

The longtime Senator from Massachusetts and member of the most iconic family in American politics had been bravely battling brain cancer for some time.

Kennedy died at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass.

He was 77 years old. He is survived by his wife Victoria, his sister Jean Kennedy Smith, and his three children. This only leaves Jean Ann Kennedy as the last surviving child of  Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

Making the situation even more tragic, Teddy’s beloved sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, passed away last week.

The Kennedy family issued the following statement about the politico’s passing:

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

Deepest, most heartfelt condolences to the Kennedy family. May strength find them and firm them up during what may only be described as an extremely painful time.

Note:

You know what they say “celebrities die in three’s”:

Not only Ted Kennedy,  but former Hollywood producer and best-selling author Dominick Dunne (9/26/2009) and Electric guitar/multitrack recording pioneer Les Paul (8/13/2009) also past away recently.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

I got this today and it sounded really good and simple to make. It has all of my favorites: ice cream sandwiches, Cool Whip, fudge topping, M&M’s and chocolate syrup — Whoo hoo!

Ice Cream Sandwich CakeIce Cream Sandwich Cake

Ingredients:

  • 16 ice cream sandwiches, softened
  • 1 16-ounce container chocolate Cool whip topping
  • 1 12-ounce jar chocolate fudge topping
  • 2 bags (about 16 ounces M&M candies)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Directions:

Layer 8 of the sandwiches in a 9×13 baking dish side by side, press down a little to join them. Spread evenly 1/2 of the Cool Whip and 1/2 of the topping. Sprinkle 1/2 of the candy over layer. Repeat with another layer of same. Drizzle with chocolate syrup to finish. Cover and freeze 3 hours or until firm. Slice with a serrated knife.

Yield: 12 Servings

‘Dancing with the Stars’ pairs announced

Season 9

Yesterday, the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pairs were announced and here is what the line-up looks like:

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres Monday, September 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

I still haven’t made my mind up on who I think ins going to win. But I know who I don’t want to see win: Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough and Mark Ballas. They have all had their turns in winning the mirror ball trophy, it’s time for someone else to win it. I would like to see Tony Dovolani, Maksim Chmerkovskiy or Kym Johnson finally win.

I have a couple of more weeks to decide who I want to win and who I think is the dark horse.

Happy Birthday to my nephew, Brad

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Today is my nephew Bradley James Keesler’s 22nd birthday! I am so proud to be his Aunt! He has grown up to be a fine young man and I can’t wait to see what he does next in his life.

Here is a picture of my brother-in-law Dan and Brad on the day he was born. He was cool even then!

My brother-in-law Dan and Brad (August 24, 1987)

Happy Birthday to you Brad!! I love you, your Aunt.

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