A little chaos reigned for me a few weeks when I watched the movie “A Little Chaos” on Netflix. The basic plot is that Kate Winselt is a designer or a builder or a large breasted woman they needed to look forlorn and longingly at the guy who was also a gardener or a designer or whatever for the king. She is hired to design a fancy concert hall/garden for King Louise VIII (Alan Rickman) and few seemed phased she’s a woman building for the king in 1800 whatever. She’s a woman with tragedy in her past and it takes the entire movie to figure out what her tragedy is.

I believe all the characters are supposed to be French but only the gardener and a couple other characters have actual French accents. The rest have British accents. Not sure what that was about. It sort of reminded me of Robin Hood when Kevin Costner kept losing his British accent and slipping back into Brooklyn or something.

I spent most of the movie trying to figure out why Kate seemed the only woman who wore a dress that pushed her breasts up and almost out completely.

I guess the French were (and are?) an open group but I was really getting confused over who was sleeping with whom as well.

And is it bad that every time I saw Alan Rickman all I could think was “why does the king look like Captain Hook?”

All in all, there was still something charming about the movie. The scenery and sets were beautiful, the costumes were breathtaking, the plot fairly predictable.

Would I watch it again? Not unless I needed another good giggle.

Also in the movie department, I found myself completely delighted with Tea with the Dames on Amazon. This was one my brother mentioned to me when we were talking about another movie. The Dames are Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins. Once a year they meet in the country and chat and “talk shop” so to speak. The movie is a documentary and features the women chatting about their careers, what it meant to become a “dame” and their time as actresses on the stage.

In case your curious, here is a trailer to give you an idea what it’s about:

In the book realm, I am finishing up All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott and A New Song by Jan Karon.

It was nice of my brother to ruin Herriott’s books for me a bit when he told me that wasn’t his real name. After looking up the reason why James Alfred Wight used a pen name, I understood better and accepted that it wasn’t appropriate for veterinarians at the time to promote themselves so he felt it was better not to use his real name. He also changed the names of those in the books, to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent. The fact James Herriott isn’t his real name doesn’t take away from the witty and touching stories in the book for me like I thought it might. I have learned not to talk to my brother about books I’m reading if he has already read them. Who knows what else he will feel compelled to tell me – maybe the endings of one or two.

I’ve been reading All Creatures Great and Small on my Kindle, which is connected to the Kindle my mom uses. She’s on my account and we share Kinde Unlimited. Normally we are reading different books at different times but Mom started All Creatures Great and Small after me and blew through it before I was done. I almost attempted a competition when my Kindle would notify me that another device registered in my name had made it to a page further than I had, but then I remembered my mom is retired I am a mom with two young children, a needy dog, a pushy cat and a newspaper editor husband who asks me to proof his weekly columns. I finally gave it up and let her blow right past me and finish the book before me, even though I had been reading it for a month longer than her. That’s how slow of a reader I am.

A New Song is a slight departure from Karon’s other books in the series because the story takes place outside of Mitford, N.C., which is where most of Karon’s other books about Father Tim Kavanaugh take place. In case you’ve never read the books, the main character is Father Tim, an Episcopalian priest who lives in the small town of Mitford. The books are about his adventures and how they relate to the quirky, fun, and sweet characters in the town. If you’re looking for something light and not very deep then Karon’s books are for you.

Next up on my book list to read or finish is The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, All Things Bright and  Beautiful (after I finish All Creatures Great and Small) by James Herriott and On Writing by Stephen King.

As for what I’ve been writing on my blog lately: here are some links to my recent posts:

When You Finally Stop Waiting for the Calls to Come

A New Beginning For A Small Pennsylvania Farm

And the fifth part in my fiction story “A Story to Tell”

So what are all of you reading or watching or even writing ? Feel free to share here or find out what others are reading by visiting Readerbuzz’s weekly wrap up and Sunday Salon feature on her blog.

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Written by Lisa R. Howeler

As a writer, photographer and former journalist, Lisa R. Howeler writes a little bit about everything on her blog Boondock Ramblings. She's a wife and a mother and enjoys a good John Wayne movie and a cozy Jan Karon book. She's also a freelance writer and photographer who is a contributor to various stock agencies, including Lightstock and Alamy. Her photography work focuses on documentary and photojournalism.

15 comments

  1. Luckily for me my brother isn’t much of a reader. However, he loves to ruin it for me when it comes to movies. Thank goodness that my sister-in-law tries very hard to make sure we watch major movies together as a family.

    I am reading Sunshine by Robin McKinley (thoroughly enjoying), The Paper Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg (currently on book 4), and Transcription by Kate Atkinson (I am struggling with, boring at times, but I am trying to push through it).

    I just finished watching Good Omens on Prime, which I highly recommend. Currently I am watching Black Mirror season 5, Charmed reboot with my son, and Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (I’ve been meaning to watch, but Netflix keeps putting out good cooking shows that my son and I have become obsessed with). Loved this post! 😊

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    1. We just finished watching Good Omens, a favorite book of my husband’s and I’ll be writing about that next week. We’ve watched Parts Unknown but I had to take a break after his suicide. It really broke me and I couldn’t look at him the same for a long time. I still struggle with it.

      The books sound good. I’ll look into them!

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  2. I suppose that all brothers have annoying qualities. My brother, Randy, is predisposed to make bunny ears when he is photographed, so every photo I have of him is tainted, even a recent group photo taken at the funeral of an elderly cousin.

    I love all of the dames and I would love to have tea with them; I think I need to look for this documentary.

    I read all of the Herriott books back when they were first published. I couldn’t read them fast enough. With all the pet-love mania I see around me in 2019 America, I imagine these would be best sellers again for a new generation.

    Have a great week.

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    1. My dad talks through every photo so his mouth is open for every family photo. The bunny ears thing would make me break some fingers.

      The documentary was really worth it. I made myself some tea and snatched the remote from the children and watched it. I only got interrupted 20 times by children, a dog and a husband but it was worth it even with the interruptions.

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  3. I have never wanted or thought about reading the All Creatures Great and Small series, but after reading this post and checking out the books online I’m adding them to my list, even though Bryan is a meanie!

    Shame on you Bryan! (Kidding not kidding)

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