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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Mercurochrome? What's that?

A comment was asked by Jeff, from a previous post I did, (re: Black and White) as to what DID ever happen to Mercurochrome? Now, I do know many of you under the age of 40 won't even know what Mercurochrome is... so let's just say, it was very similiar to Iodine. It was used for scrapes and cuts and one day just seemed to disappear off of pharmacy shelves.

Wondering if I could find out the answer to this I, naturally, Googled the word and came up with an answer! (whoa!) I found it on a site called Straight Dope. So, here for Jeff, and anyone else old enough to remember Mercurochrome is the answer I found, in the form of a question and answer...

Dear Cecil: I had skin surgery recently and was told to apply Mercurochrome to aid in scar less healing. The product, once widely available, is sold by only one vendor in Boise, and I'm told they manufacture their own. Another pharmacist told me they were not allowed to handle or sell it. What happened to this antiseptic that I grew up with? --David Young, Boise, Idaho

Cecil replies:

You're dating yourself, pops. Few under age 30 have ever heard of this stuff. In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared that Mercurochrome, generically known as merbromin, was "not generally recognized as safe and effective" as an over-the-counter antiseptic and forbade its sale across state lines. A few traditionalists complained: Whaddya mean, not generally recognized as safe? Moms have been dabbing it on their kids' owies since the Harding administration! But the more reasonable reaction was: It's about time.

For many years the FDA, faced with the task of regulating thousands of pharmaceuticals and food additives, many of which long predated federal oversight, has maintained the so-called GRAS (generally recognized etc) list, originally compiled as a way of grandfathering in products like Mercurochrome that had been around for ages and hadn't hurt or killed a noticeable number of people. Recognizing that from a scientific standpoint such a standard left a lot to be desired, the FDA has been whittling away at the unexamined products on the GRAS list over time. Mercurochrome and other drugs containing mercury came up for scrutiny as part of a general review of over-the-counter antiseptics that began in 1978, and for good reason--mercury in large enough doses is a poison that harms the brain, the kidneys, and developing fetuses. While no one's offered evidence of mass Mercurochrome poisoning, the medical literature contains scattered reports of mercury toxicity due to use of the antiseptic, and these days the burden of proof is on drug manufacturers to show that their products' benefits outweigh the risks. In the case of Mercurochrome and many other mercury-containing compounds, that had never been done.

The FDA initially proposed clipping Mercurochrome's GRAS status in 1982 and asked for comment. Hearing little, the FDA classified the antiseptic as a "new drug," meaning that anyone proposing to sell it nationwide had to submit it to the same rigorous approval process required of a drug invented last month. (This took place in 1998--nobody's going to accuse the FDA of rushing to judgment.) It's not out of the question that a pharmaceutical company will do so someday--published research on Mercurochrome, though hardly abundant, suggests the stuff is reasonably effective. However, the approval process is time-consuming and expensive and any patent protection Mercurochrome might once have had surely expired long ago. For the foreseeable future those yearning for that delicious Mercurochrome sting will have to look somewhere else.

So.. there you have it. Now we all know what happened to Mercurochrome!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Fingers Crossed!

Ohhhhh, how I hope this is true!! (doin' the happy dance!)

Good news (hopefully) for LOTR fans!... I found this on the web...

Nov 29, 2006 Jackson thrown Hobbit lifeline

It looks like Peter Jackson will direct the movie version of the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit after all.

There was uproar last week when New Line Cinema told the director he was no longer needed.

But Jackson been thrown a life line by film producer Saul Zaentz who holds the screen rights to Tolkien Enterprises.

Zaentz has told The Sun newspaper the rights to The Hobbit fall back to his company next year and when that happens, Jackson will be back on the project.

Well, hello! Someone woke up before it was to late! No one could make the movie of the Hobbit better then Peter Jackson!! I really, really, REALLY, hope it gets in the works soon!!

An Email I can Relate to...

I generally don't do this but...I'm going to share this email just because it brought a small smile to my face..

Black and White....

Black and White (Under age 40? You won't understand.)

You could hardly see the tv show through all the snow,
Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.

Pull a chair up to the TV set, "Good night, David. Good night, Chet."

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in icepack coolers, but I can't remember getting e. coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took Gym, not PE.. and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $149 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that w e needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?


Monday, November 27, 2006

Soups on!

Whelp, I made the Turkey soup! Now all i have to do is cook some noodles . Got to love nearly non-cook days almost as much as non-cook!

I've always liked making soups and stews, meatloafs or big turkey's... anything that lasts for a few meals. For some reason or another they always taste better the next day when you don't have to spend hours cooking them.

But for Sunday night David tried to make Turkey sandwiches for himself and my brother. Note: I used the word tried.... BooBoo Kitty and Frickey kept a close watch for those "droppings". When they weren't happening BooBoo made himself more noticeable!

What I couldn't show here, because BooBoo was too fast, were those quick swipes of the paw, trying like mad to snag a piece of the turkey before it was all gone!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Few Glorious Moments to Myself..

With David at home for a long weekend, it's given me a little time to myself (a rare and cherished event!). I dug my heels in and finally began a book I've had for a while now, Dragons of Dwarven Depths.

Someday I will take count of how many Weis-Hickman books I've read, right now let's just say, "quite a few!" This book being their latest collaboration, and using their older main characters which I have come to love to read about.

There are many.. MANY ..Dragonlance books and sprinkled among them are other writers carrying on the stories, but Weis and Hickman remain my staple. I did read a "prequel" written by someone else, and it wasn't bad... just not as good.

So, now I am half way thru this latest installment and when I finish this post I will hope I still have some time to plop my butt on my bed and read at least a few more chapters!

When I finish that book I have a few more waiting in the wings. Small pun there since the next in line is a Dragon book. Anne McCaffrey's Pern books are some of the BEST Fantasy written, and I've read the main books more then once over the years.

Anne is slowly turning over "Pern" to her son Todd. In so doing I'm sure she's trying to put at rest for the many fans, that Pern stories will go on for a while yet.

I'm sorry to say that Todd isn't his mother. I think when the initial story and characters come from within one person, it's near impossible to come across with that same sort of love for the characters. It's one thing to have "a good story", but another to make characters in such a way that you just don't want them to leave your own life. I think part of me reads the books now because I still love the dragons and the characters.. just not as much as "Moms"!

If I ever get through with that book, I will take a small break from Fantasy (something I do rarely) and finally read a book that took me nearly 2 yrs to find! "A Bright Particular Star" by Michael Coveney is the only known "bio" of Maggie Smith, who is my favorite female actress.

This book went out of print some time ago and with all my searches I'd either come up with nothing at all or a copy that was outrageously expensive! Then one day this one popped up on Amazon! It's not in the best of condition, but considering my alternatives.. I'll take it!

There are two small sections in the book with some photos. I don't know if many realize just how much stage Dame Maggie Smith has done over the years.. here's a glimpse.....

(She really is beautiful isn't she?!)

And to think there are many young folks out there that think Maggie is just a Professor at Hogwarts!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Feline Friday

Feline Friday (a day late) ...

Yes, yes I am late posting the kitty pictures.. I was busy with the Turkey and all that stuff (good pun huh?! )..

So this week I finally caught BooBoo Kitty taking a long luxurious bath...

But before he took his nap ,he stumbled upon the wild stuffed animals and took care of them so they would never attack PeanutChew again!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

November 23rd 2006

Enjoy your day! Eat lots of yummy food! then take a nap and start all over again!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The 30 Meme

30 Things I have never done Meme...

1. I have never seen Yosemite or the Red Woods

2. I have never been out of the USA

3. I have never had a daughter. (two sons, no girls)

4. I have never seen a Broadway play

5. I have never sky dived or bungie jumped (and don't plan to!)

6. I have never had anything published

7. I have never seen Alaska or Hawaii

8. I have never had a massage

9. I have never had a facial

10. I have never been able to find any family history

11. I have never met Harrison Ford or Sean Connery (dang!)

12. I have never been in a movie or on stage.

13. I have never felt pretty

14. I have never had a cactus garden (sorry Naomi!)

15. I have never bought something without having to check the price first!

16. I have never had major surgery of any kind

17. I have never met my father

18. I have never got to say the word "daddy"

19. I have never traveled in an RV

20. I have never won anything

21. I have never purchased anything from an expensive store

22. I have never been to the Olympics (but would love to!)

23. I have never had a mentor

24. I have never been really good at anything.

25. I have never been in jail. (might not be bad if I had Morgan Freeman as a friend in there lol)

26. I have never been in a car accident. (did have one with my motorcycle once)

27. I have never walked out of a movie

28. I have never flown first class

29 I have never liked diamonds

30. I have never thought my life would be what it is.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Monday Photo Shoot

Your Monday Photo Shoot: When (Stuffed) Animals Attack!

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Oh no! You and/or someone you love is being attacked by a stuffed animal! Document the moment of terror!

Ok.. so I took this one more step and had stuffed animals attacking Peanutchew!

Actually, I did more then one photoshoot to get this, but I like this one the best, I may even post a second one if I get up the energy... meanwhile, I have faith that Peanutchew can handle the attackers!

"huh? whazzat?"

Monday, November 20, 2006

Only a few days left...

Only a few days left.. the Turkey Rush is on!

My guess is that most ladies that cook for Thanksgiving have already begun! If not the baking then the food shopping, which is anything but joyful standing in those long lines! You can forget buying bagged ice for now... by the time you get checked out, it's water! Needless to say, Ice Cream doesn't do any better.

I feel sure the 20 lb turkeys are trying to defrost in the refrigerators as we speak (I know ours is).

I have to say stuffed turkey is one of my all time favorites. I love, love, love turkey gravy and bread (pepperidge farm) stuffing!! I make mine with lots of chopped onions and celery, I add four (cubed) slices of fresh white bread and fresh rye bread to the pepperidge farm crumbs, and also take a small bag of walnuts and pound it to dust and add that, along with 2 beaten eggs, more poultry seasoning and pepper... that's about all my stuffing consists of. (oh and a full tub of land-o-lakes "spread" that i cook the celery and onions in)

My job at the house is to make and stuff the bird and make the gravy... all the other stuff David cooks. Which I am very happy about because as much as I love Rutabegas, I absolutely hate trying to peel and chop them up! Rutabegas bring up a very old memory. When I was really young my mother would cook a Rutabega and mash it up and mix it with the mashed potatoes because my brother hated them... when he'd say the potatoes tasted funny she would say that they were "New York Potatoes". Every year my brother would tell her not to get NY Potatoes!

Even though David cooks mashed potatoes and bakes sweet potatoes and such I don't eat them for my meal. He often gets frustrated with me because of it. He knows I love sweet potatoes and keeps asking why I won't eat them.. well, it's simple! I only get turkey stuffing and gravy once a year and I'd rather fill myself on that then anything!! So all that hits MY plate is a little turkey, lots of stuffing, lots of gravy, some baby brussel sprouts and jellied cranberry sauce! But I will say this: I sure don't go away hungry!!

The next best taste after Turkey Day is over is Turkey soup! Mmmmmmmm.. boy I can't wait!

The one other memory that Thanksgiving always brings to me is from when I lived in California. My friends, the Kelley's always went to a friends home for that particular holiday, but I could never see them coming home to "no leftovers" and so I (who lived alone) would get a 20 lb turkey and stuff that baby to the gills. The "day after" I would go over and bring them turkey and stuffing and all the goodies so that they could have another hot meal of it. Then when I got around to making the turkey soup I would bring a really big container of the soup. Carolyn and De both loved it.. Carolyn ,probably more then De since she hated to cook lol. And yes, they could have afforded a cook but they were very private people and didn't allow any sort of workers in their home. A gardener was the extent of their "frivolous" help.

So this particular holiday can't go by that I don't think of them, and wish they were still around for me to cook for. But I'll still make that stuffing and still eat it until I am nearly sick!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Challenge Excepted and Done!.. woohoo!

Over at (sometimes) Photoblog, Steven who holds Feline Fridays, posed a challenge

can anyone get a photo of their cat looking at Pickle, who is looking at Eclipse, who is looking at Pickle?

... why yes Steven I can!! I put Pickle's photo up and low and behold Winkey came to have a look-see!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Feline Friday

Here we are at Feline Friday once again! Time to show off the Kitties...

I thought I'd try to get some new pictures so I took my little digital downstairs... Here is what they were all doing... SLEEPING! No one wanted to budge! There may be 9 cats in this house but unless it's feeding time this is the sight generally found around the house....

... hmmm, maybe they have the right idea here.. yawn.. time for a nap!

Don't forget, if you want to share your kitty photo to leave a link at Stephen's so others can find you!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

A Fall Day

Mary’s hair had turned gray some time ago and she had grown all too aware of how short life is.

Her mind often wandered to the past, to a place when time was of no great importance. Today, however, was one of those days that reality was slapping her in the face. Today she felt old and somewhat tired. She needed desperately to get her mind somewhere other than where it was.

It was a fall day. The sun was full, and though it was cool, there was no breeze to chill her when she wandered outside. Putting one foot in front of the other she moved mindlessly into the back yard. She glanced down at the fall flowers she had planted and then looked up to notice that the tops of the trees were becoming bare. Soon it would be winter again. Her head bent down and she saw the leaves that had fallen from the tree, when something inside of her made her kick her foot to make the leaves take flight once again. She took step after step repeating the scuffling of her feet to make the leaves jump up and fly to the side or ahead of her.

As her walk ended, she raised her head and found that she had wandered into the woods beyond her yard. Suddenly her eyes filled with tears as she looked into the forest. There was a time…,” she thought as she drew in a deep breath and let out a sigh.

Her eyes tried to rid their selves of the water that had so often filled them so that she might clearly see the tree that she found herself reaching out to. Gently, almost lovingly, she touched the tree but her eyes began to fill once again. She started to walk, the fallen leaves were deeper then they were in her yard. Listening to the rustle of the dead leaves became soothing to her, and she began to feel a calm washing over her.

The creek,” she remembered, “it should be right over here.”

She was right; winding around the trees and splashing over intermittent rocks she spotted the small creek. Finding a large boulder she sat down to watch the creek as it floated some of the very leaves she had walked thru, down the winding stream of water, to who knows where.

Time passed when she began to realize that she was no longer sad. She felt tranquil sitting there in the forest, listening to the sounds of the creek and hearing the occasional squirrel rushing about trying to store enough food for the winter.

It was the leaves. The leaves had led her here. The leaves, if only for a while took away her pain and her fear that her life was nearly over. She leaned back on the rock and let her feelings flow from her. The treetops were barren, but in the spring they would come alive once more.

She decided she wanted to be in this very spot to see the new leaves when spring arrived. Drawing in a breath of the cool fall air she sat up and let herself slide off of the rock and onto the ground full of leaves. She picked up a handful and put them to her face to smell them. Smiling for the first time since the day had begun, she tossed a leaf into the creek and felt at peace as she watched it float away.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I just can't pass them by...

Which actor's movies would you watch, even if you didn't know what that film was about, just because he/ she was in it?

As for myself, I would have a list...

Harrison Ford

Sean Connery

Maggie Smith

James Earl Jones

Kate Hepburn

Roy Dotrice

Alan Rickman

Morgan Freeman

(little known) Turhan Bey

(and OF COURSE:) DeForest Kelley!

I never miss any movies these people are in.... when I turn channels on the television, if I see them or just hear them, I stop and watch... something about them that won't let me turn the channel... something about them keeps me watching.

And who are the actors that you can't pass up???

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


On my last post I sorta pimped a blog that I really enjoy about sci-fi and fantasy. At the blog they often talk about movies and television shows long gone. It brought to my mind two shows that I really like that had an all too short time on television, and I'd love it if they would show up someday in reruns, but for whatever reason, they just don't.

That upsets me since I see many rerun shows that weren't as good as the two I am going to mention. I don't really know who or how old shows get into reruns and others don't. If I knew I'd do my best to try to get my old time favorites back on the air.

The first show was called Earth 2. This show was Sci-fi and aired in 1994-1995. The premise of the show went like this:

Two hundred years into the future, Devon Adair embarks on a mission to save her son's life and to provide humanity with a second chance. After traveling through space for twenty-two years, Devon and her small Advance team are forced to crash-land onto the far-away planet known as G-889. They are thousands of miles from their destination: New Pacifica, where they're supposed to set up a colony for the 250 families that are following. The survivors start out on a long and perilous journey toward New Pacifica. During their journey they will learn a lot about the mysteries of their new home and themselves.

Some of the "aliens" native to the planet they were on were Terrians.

Terrians are tribal creatures who live underground and count among their powers the ability to travel through solid earth. They have two primary modes of communication: through a trilling, almost whale-like song, and through dreams. Unlike humans, they don't view themselves as individuals, but rather as extensions of the planet, whose molecular composition is virtually indistinguishable from their own. Thus they often think and move in unison, as if controlled by a single mind. They are peacefulbeings, but will act ruthlessly to protect the planet, which they consider their "mother". Their weapon of choice is the lightning staff -- a wooden pole topped with a rare mineral that channels and directs electrical energy from the planet into bolts of lightning.

And then there were "creatures"called Grendlers.

Solitary and nomadic, Grendlers are acquisitive, conniving and self-serving. They will trade anything -- information, objects or their own loyalty -- for advantage. They are compact and extremely strong, able to lift ten times their own weight.

This show was not filled with special effects and was well acted with a good story line going for it. It was offbeat from other sci-fi shows in that it all took place ON the planet , which was something I found very refreshing. It gave time to concentrate on the characters, which I will admit is something I like. Often I find myself more interested in things that extend the characters than I am with the overall story line.

I was pleased to discover that it is available (all 21 episodes) on dvd. But I'd still rather watch it in reruns on television once a week.


Ok.. that brings me to a show that I thought was one of the best shows ever to be made for television: Ron Koslow's Beauty and the Beast which began airing in 1987.

Oh boy.. each week I'd wait for this show to come on! I don't think I knew a female who wasn't in love with Ron Perlman, as the Beast! The voice he used when he was the Beast was a sound every woman wanted to hear whispered in their ear.

I happened by this review and thought it worth putting in my journal......

Reviewer: "nioliver" -
This show was ground-breaking for what it tried to do. The romance that blossomed between a New York lawyer (Catherine Chandler played by Linda Hamilton) and a half man half lion (Vincent played by Ron Perlman) showed that no matter where you come from and what you look like - none of that matters when you connect with another person. And for the decade of indulgence and greed, that was something special.
Once Upon a Time in New York is the first episode where we are introduced to Catherine and Vincent. She comes from a privileged and monied background, he comes from a secret world below where he has been hidden by a caring man who he comes to look upon as his father (Roy Dotrice). They meet under the most dire of circumstances after Catherine is attackedand left for dead in Central Park. Vincent finds her and cares for her - changing her life forever. When Catherine eventually returns to her life, she takes with her the knowledge that part of her has remained with Vincent - and part of him goes with her.
Subsequent episodes of this show had Catherine facing various dangers as part of her job and Vincent saving her. We also got to know more about the people that lived with Vincent in this underground world.
It was a shame that this show did not go on longer because it made people believe in true love overcoming insurmountable odds -and that isn't a bad thing.

Sometimes a show comes along that you swear was written "for the actors" instead of finding someone to "fill the part". This was one of those shows. The casting of Mr. Perlman, Linda Hamilton and Roy Dotrice, along with all the regulars, was supurb!

At one time there was talk of a Movie with the original cast but Linda Hamilton had moved on to the Terminator series and had no interest in a Beauty and the Beast Movie. What a shame.. I really feel it would have done well at the box office, as it still had a large following.. the "die-hards" that never forget a good thing .

I am happy to report that this long loved, long awaited series is FINALLY going to be available in DVD!! And can be pre-ordered .. the release date for the first season is February 13th.

Long ago, I did go to a few Beauty and the Beast conventions and was privileged to see Ron Perlman speak once in NY and I had a few times I saw Roy Dotrice, including meeting him in Florida, where I got to meet both he and his wife Kay. From that time on we wrote to each other for a few years, before life interfered and I lost contact with him. (A fabulous actor, who's career I still try to follow)

So... that's two shows I'd still like to see come back on television! How about you? Any old favorites that haven't made it back in reruns that you'd like to see?