Monday, April 07, 2008

Signs of Spring!

I decided to tackle my front yard Friday after work. Don't ask me why I had such a bright idea, especially considering I was exhausted when I got home. But it was sooo nice outside that my daughter and I decided to head out to the front porch.

I love our front porch, and I especially love my swing and my rocking chair. :-)
While my daughter played fetch with our dog, Charlie, I decided to rake up a few leaves that had been on the lawn for far too long. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I'd also completely cleared out the flower bed of leaves and last year's growth. And lo and behold, I found a few plants bursting through the soil.

Eureka! Green! And, since I have my handy dandy camera (I almost said handy dandy notebook - a relic of my daughter's Blue's Clues days...) I had to snap a few shots.

Saturday was D-Day - Direct TV Day. Hubby wanted to watch Animal Planet and ok, I said I wouldn't mind watching Turner Classic Movies and the History Channel, so we decided to order it. In our defense, we have not had cable for FOUR years. All we've done is watch DVD's and old VHS tapes. So I think we did pretty darn good for as long as we did!

The very nice technician came to our house Saturday and set us up - we have it downstairs in our bedroom and upstairs in the living room. Of course, the first thing my daughter wanted to do was watch Spongebob and the first thing I wanted to do was watch Cary Grant in I Was a Male War Bride. And then, of course, my stepson wanted to watch football. If my husband had been home, I'm sure he would have wanted to watch some nature show!

Fortunately, it was so nice outside that after they'd watched an episode or two of Spongebob, I kicked them out of the house. This t.v. is not going to be on 24-7.

I confess, I watched a bit too much over the weekend, but I was in a very lethargic mood and couldn't resist watching a show on the Russian Czars on the History International channel, a Bette Davis biography on Turner Classic Movies, and er, a few movies, too, one of them being The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Hubby and I watched Animal Planet Sunday and did you know that a hippopotamus can beat a crocodile in a fight to the death? Neither did I. And neither did I know that a crocodile can hold its breath underwater for AN HOUR.

So, ok, I indulged A LOT, but after the busy-ness of last weekend's trip home, I didn't mind just lounging around. Got the laundry done, dishes, cleaned the house, and also got in a work-out Sunday night. All in all, a good, relaxing weekend.

Thing is, I think I will have a love-hate relationship with the new t.v. system. I have to limit it at our house and that includes myself. I was actually tired of watching it by Saturday night, so I shut it off. I have to remind myself that there is a bunch of crap on that I could get sucked into (VH1's Pop Up Video or Greatest Songs of the '80s being two that I succumed to for a bit) but that I don't really need to watch. They are time wasters.

On the other hand, I consider watching history shows or animal shows educational. And, of course, since I'm a student of 1940's and WW2 history, watching classic movies gives me a great chance to look at all the styles of the time, down to interior decorating and slang.

Ok, ok, I'll admit - there are times when I know I'll plop down in front of the t.v. and watch any old thing that's on because I'm bored. But I really hope to make those times very, very few. I have a novel to write, after all!

Time to fess up. How many hours a night do you watch t.v.?


  1. That's spooky. I've just blogged about the rubbish shown on t.v. over here. I hardly watch anything. As far as I can remember, our t.v. has been on for 5 hours in the last week.

    Glad spring is arriving. We have snow. Again. :o)

  2. We watch about one to 1-1/2 hours a (or what passes for it, anyway) and Jon Stewart. And I'll admit it: I sometimes take a writing break in the late afternoon for Star Trek:Voyager!

    We once went a year without watching TV (we still watched DVD's, but no cable). Finally gave up because we felt too disconnected from news and events. But it was nice!

  3. It all depends. But usually a couple of hours. Since moving into our new house, where the tv is in the basement, it's been waaaaay easier to ignore it. Plus, there's so much junk on these days (I don't do reality tv), there's less temptation.

    We DO watch Rome every week, and House, Boston Legal etc, + Daily Show. But it's rare for us to switch it on before 9pm, and only when I have insomnia or Sean gets home really late from work, do we watch past midnight.

    We belong to (equivalent of Netflix), so will watch movies instead.

    Have to admit, though, I'm still addicted to Law and Order - a hard habit to break, especially with Chris Noth on again *g*.

  4. I'd say we watch the equivalent of about 2 hours a night or a movie. Weekends are worse and we will often watch stuff "On Demand" (we have Comcast). When "House" has new episodes, we watch. It could be worse, I guess :)

  5. Hey, you've been without it for 4 years. You have a lot of catching up to do.

    I have Sky and I pay for the full package because the selected package I had was only £1 ($2) cheaper per month. It's useful to have and I watch the movie premiers. I try to settle down in front of the telly by 9pm at the latest, or 8pm if there's a film on I want to see. So I suppose when I'm in, that's only a couple of hours per night, although last night I had company so the CD player was on.

    Love your porch - it looks very American.

    And the gardening will have been a workout.

  6. I'm a pretty big TV watcher, but ever since the strike I haven't gotten back into it. I tape Lost and Men In Trees and then struggle to find time to watch those. I ended up filling my evenings with other things and I'm reluctant to give that up. I know once the fall season starts up again I'll go back to watching my favorites, but over the past couple of years that list has dwindled so I'm down to about 1 show a night.

  7. Love your porch. I have that same rocker!

    I'm not much of a TV watcher. I so could give it up completely. I do sit and watch a show or two with my dh some nights though. Just a nice way to unwind. And make remarks about the stupid commercials!

  8. Seriously, I really try not to watch tv a lot. There is so many other things I need to do. But when I am tired, I love watching Law and Order. I don't like cliffhanger tv. So Law and Order is great cause you never need to see the previous weeks to know what is happening.

  9. I get home at 7 p.m., so I watch it for about four hours/night. In my defense, I don't really "watch" anything but the new puppy. I wish I had history channel international though! Stewie can stay outside :)


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