Monday, February 9, 2009

You're Gonna Make It After All

Thanks to everyone who played along with "What's In A Name", and to those of you who left such lovely comments on my previous blog post. Those comments have now been posted and I'll reply to them shortly.

It looks like between all of you, you knew all but one character, and some of you were stumped by a few. The answers, as well as a few new photos are below. Please take the time to click on some links. You may just find a new blog to love.

1) Otis Campbell, played by Hal Smith was the town drunk on The Andy Griffith Show, also known as Mayberry. He regularly drank to excess, and when even he deemed himself intoxicated enough for arrest, he used his own key to put himself in jail. Equally absurd was Detective Barney Fife's (Don Knotts) ineptitude in handling his gun. As a matter of safety, Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) insisted he keep his lone bullet in his shirt pocket.

Many of you knew who Otis was, but Dawno was the first to get this answer correctly. Dawno is a long-time writing board (Absolute Write) friend of Frank's, and she makes beautiful beaded jewelry which she sells on her Etsy site. You can find her wonderfully-crafted pieces by following the link from her blog.

2) Consuelo Lopez, played by Elena Verdugo was Marcus Welby M.D. (Robert Young)'s loyal nurse, secretary and confidant. The show also stared James Brolin as Dr. Steven Kiley.

Also new to my blog is The Accidental Bavarian who was the first to guess this answer correctly. She has an interesting blog which covers her travels with her husband through much of her home state of Washington, and beyond. She has traveled to 38 cities in 6 countries. I'm glad to see that one of her favourite destinations is Niagara-On-The-Lake right here in Ontario, as it's also one of mine.

3) Pinky Tuscadero, who was played by Roz Kelly appeared in the show Happy Day as a love interest for The Fonz (Henry Winkler). The character's sister Leather Tuscadero was played by rock singer Suzi Quatro known for a few songs, my favourite of which is Devil Gate Drive.

The Accidental Bavarian was also first to name this character but next was NJ of The Path of Least Resistance. She is a fellow Canuck and an empty nester who lives in Napanee, Ontario. NJ likes to knit, and she takes some lovely photographs. Her blog gives us simple, warm and inviting glimpses into her life.

4) Agnes DiPesto played the quirky receptionist to private detectives Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) and David Addison (Bruce Willis) in Moonlighting. The character, who usually answered the telephone in rhyming lines was played by Allyce Beasley.

Dawno was also the first one to name this character, but a close second was Tired Dad a first time commentator over here, and a blogger after my own heart. His site, A Tired Dad's Ramblings always includes a Pun of the Day, for those of us who are gluttons for Punishment.

5) Gil Chesterton. Nobody knew this food critic from Frasier, who was played by Edward Hibbert.

6) Jenny Piccalo was Joannie Cunningham (Erin Moran)'s best friend and partner in crime on Happy Days. As Suldog stated in his comment, she wasn't actually seen on the show for years, but for the last few seasons, she did become more than just a reference, and was played by actress Cathy Silver.

Leah was the first to answer this one correctly. Her blog, The Goat's Lunch Pail is a treat. Leah is a fine writer and photographer who has also shared some delicious recipes with us, so I know she's a great cook too. Join her for Gratitude Monday, Photo Finish Friday and everything in between. You won't be disappointed.

7) Georgette Franklin was Ted Baxter (Ted Knight)'s dizzy, soft-spoken girlfriend who eventually became his wife on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She was played by actress Georgia Engel during the last several years of the show's existence.

Once again, Dawno was first to identify this character but Russell of Iowa Grasslands dropped by shortly afterward, and also named her. Russell's blog is warm and welcoming. He lives in an old farm house out in rural Iowa with his wonderful dog, Bailey. He teaches law at a community college, has an affection for farm machinery and is a fine photographer. You'll always feel comfortable over at his blog so do yourself a favour and give him a visit.

8) Joe Gerard, played by David Groh, was of course married to Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda fame. As with many real life couples, their marriage ended in divorce, which gave a bit more flexibility to showcase the Rhoda character, and her sister Brenda (Julie Kavner, also the voice of Marge Simpson).

Accidental Bavarian and Leah did answer this one correctly but Suldog came along with the right answer shortly afterward. If you've never read his blog, do yourself a favour and subscribe to it right now. I guarantee you'll be entertained. Sully's stories are chapters of his own life, or are about family members who he brings to us in living colour. He's warm-hearted, clever and very funny. Just don't give him an award - it's kind of like feeding a gremlin after midnight. And don't let him fool you into sending naked photos of yourself. He's also very sly.

9) Gladys Kravitz was everybody's favourite snoop. She was the busybody neighbour who lived across the street from Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) and Darrin Stephens (Dick York and Dick Sargent) in Bewitched. Gladys was always peeking through the curtains at the Stephens household because she knew something strange was going on - something she told her husband Abner (George Tobias) every chance she got. In his comment, Suldog suggest that Gladys had been played by two different actresses, just as the character of Darrin had been portrayed by two actors, and he's right. The first performer, Alice Pearce passed away in 1966, and the role was taken on by Sandra Gould.

Dawno, Leah and Suldog all answered this one just before Daryl came along and also replied correctly. Daryl's blog, Out And About In New York City is a daily stop for many more than 45 of her readers, despite what her hubby seems to think. ;) She's a talented photographer and artist who has regular photo themes such as Waiting Impatiently, Sky Watch, Wordless Wednesday and Thursday In The Hood. She also entertains us with Toonsday Husbandisms - her cartoons featuring her hubby, which has women everywhere nodding with understanding. Daryl is a polished gem in city of New York. Give her a visit and see for yourself.

10) Dr. Alfred Bellows was the NASA psychiatrist on I Dream Of Jeannie. Much like Gladys Kravitz in Bewitched, Dr. Bellows, who was played by Hayden Rorke, was convinced that Major Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman) was crazy, and was forever trying to figure out what was going on between Tony and Jeannie (Barbara Eden). He never did though, and Major Nelson's job as an astronaut remained safe.

Dawno, Suldog and Tired Dad all answered this one, but then along came Phyllis. So many contaminated foods have been responsible for various illnesses throughout the world recently, particularly salmonella. How are we to know which products are not safe for consumption? Phyllis' blog has all the answers. She posts daily updates of food product concerns, wherever they occur around the world. Her tag line says "Your dependable, independent source for food safety news and information" and you can count on Phyllis to live up to that statement. Mark her page as "must-read" if you have concerns about food safety in your area. Oh yeah, she also happens to be my cousin.

11) Earl J. Waggedorn was the best friend and downstairs neighbour of Corey Baker (Marc Copage), the only child of Julia (Diahann Catroll) on the sitcom of the same name. Julia was a nurse who worked for Dr. Morton Chegley (Lloyd Nolan). Earl J. Waggedorn was always referred to by his full name. He was never just Earl. The adorable red-haired kidlet was played by Michael Link.

Only one person knew this character, and I'm so impressed! Sully, you didn't let me down. I expected my sister to know this character name, but she didn't play. I'm glaring at you, Andi! ;)

12) Kelly Kapoor is the somewhat unstable, immature, shallow chatterbox who works as a customer service rep in the current television program The Office. She's played by actress Mindy Kaling who also writes and produces the show.

Accidental Bavarian and Suldog both got this one correct.

Thanks again for playing along everyone. Below are some recent photos. Please remember to click on them to enlarge.

Until a couple of days ago, we've had quite an accumulation of snow. I live in a townhouse with a single car garage, so our driveways are narrow. This will give you an idea of how high our piles have grown with the numerous snowfalls.
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A branch which extends over the pond after yet another overnight accumulation.
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On the weekend, the temperatures warmed up and everything began to melt. When the night air dropped down again, thin layers of ice formed on the recently thawed surfaces.
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A near-full moon as seen late in the afternoon - before the sun even set.
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The setting sun shone brilliantly as if to remind us that Spring isn't too far off. It peeked at me from between these evergreens.
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A late night walk takes us around the pond which began its melt earlier in the day. These ducks were relaxing on the surface of refrozen glass ice. The Honda dealership across the road joins their reflections.
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Zephyr sits close to Alex and watches me as I prepare a blog post. How long do you figure it was until that bottle cap was on the floor?
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Skittles moves in even closer to one of his favourite people.
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Over at Frank's place, Lucy, his African Grey helps us play Cribbage. (please click to enlarge)


Leah J. Utas said...

I loved the quiz. And thank you so much for the kind words re: my blog.
I love your photos and I must take a moment to note how tickled I am at how your mind works when it comes to pics. I'm thinking of the duck shot currently. Well done.

Mental P Mama said...

What a fun game! And that parrot cracks me up. Almost as much as that empty bottle;)

Phyllis E said...

And I thought it was "Along Came Mary" ;)

Thanks for those kind words, Cuzzie.

You might be heaped high with white stuff, but I've been snowed under with peanut butter press releases. I don't think I'll ever look at another peanut!!!!!

Stay warm.

Cuzzie P

P.S. As always, I am smitten with your images - both visual and verbal.

JC said...

Very informative post. Great pictures as always. I can't imagaine living with so much snow and ice. I love a full moon in a clear sky...awesome.

Jinksy said...

All those names made me feel like the alien creature I am, all the way over here in UK. I have been cowering in a corner ever since I read them, waiting for a being to appear and say those dire words 'Take me to your leader!' as any visiting spacecraft occupant would ...

Angie Ledbetter said...

Loved the TV trivia even though my scores were way low. Pics are great too...except the cats. *shudder* :)

Drop by for a bowl of virtual gumbo today if you get a chance!

Reb said...

Lovely photos, I really like the thin skim of ice and Lucy helping you play crib...does she help Frank cheat though!

Lots of links to check out now.

lime said...

well, even if i wasn't first i am tickled that the ones i guessed in i guessed correctly. that was a fun little quiz.

as always your pictures are just breathtaking!

Zuzana said...

That is a LOT of snow. I now get why you are tired of the "dusting!";)

I love the picture with the sun shinning through the tree branches. I will have to get a permission from you one of these days to use your pictures as subjects for my paintings.;))

Zephyr is a beautiful cat!;)) Very much in charge.;) But I guess that is how cats are.;)
Is it you holding Skittles?

I have never had birds, but the one your picture sure looks like lot of fun!;))

Daryl said...

I got one right ... yea for me .. LOL ... I love Skittles and if you ever miss him/her its cause I stole her/him.

Great pix .. tho snow that high is amazing to me ...

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I love that pic of the sun through the evergreens.
Odd that you people have gotten so much snow this year compared to us on the other side of the the lake (snickersnicker harhar) :)

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane, Hilary. I was unsure of so many of the names that I decided not to make a fool of myself (I can do that easily on my own blog...)

And I love that you've included the other animals in your life in this blog post (oops, sorry Alex - didn't mean you!) - Benny usually steals the limelight, so it was nice to see the rest of them! (And amazing to see how much Zephyr looks like my cat. Except for the black spot on his nose!)

Frank Baron said...

Okay. So I was a tad slow to respond to that previous post of yours and Dawno and Suldog hogged most of the glory. And...I suppose it's safe to say I didn't know most of them anyhow.

So, it was darn kind of you to give me a plug anyway. ;)

I'm semi-officially declaring winter nearly, almost, in a away, over. Good job you grabbed those snow/ice shots while you could. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the peek at your critters! Skittles reminds me of my Cleopatra.
I LOVEloveLOVE the sun between the trees photograph!

SnakeMaster wants to play on those piles of shoveled snow.

Suldog said...

Hilary -

I was the only one to get Earl J. Waggedorn? I am so impressed with myself (but you knew that already.)

Fun quiz. Thanks!

photowannabe said...

Boy, did I bomb on your quiz. I thought I knew more than I did. It was lots of fun Hilary, thanks for posting it.
Love the pictures and oh my you really have had the snow. I'm glad I don't have to shovel that.

NJ said...

Hi Hilary, I was so happy for the warm temperatures this weekend. I'm at the point that I know I can make it through whatever mother nature sends us because spring is just around the corner.

And my sister worked at Mount Sinai in Toronto the day she met Alda. I know a strange place for him to be...he was shooting in Toronto and he personally went to pick up some rats that were to be part of the film. Surprising that he did this task. This would have been roughly 18 years ago.

Andrea said...

Love love love the photos!! My photo challenge this week is moon shots...arrgh! I'm out of my element...I'm using your wonderful shots as inspiration....I can only hope to get one even half as enchanting as yours! :)

Country Girl said...

What an excellent post, Hilary! I loved this introduction to new bloggers and the answers to those burning questions as well! Very well written. As always.

Hilary said...

I am sure that people who read my blog think I comment on my entries and then answer myself!!! But it's the other HILARY, honest!
Loved reading the answers to your game....sorry I missed it.
Love your photos!
...the other Hilary

Russell said...

Okay! Now I know who all the people are for sure! I confess I did not watch some of those shows but most of them I had - especiall Bewitched with Dick York and Elizabeth Montgomery.

I really enjoyed the photograph of the early evening where the water has frozen and you can see the lights of car dealership in the background. All of them are nice but that was my favorite.

And, yes, now I will be hearing the theme song for the Mary Tyler Moore Show for the next day! Heh!

I have a brother who lives in Minneaoplis and his town house is close to the park where Mary throws her hat up into the air during the introduction to the show. (That's as close I have been to something really famous! Heh!!)

Take care.

mansuetude said...

i watched Bewitched, some... and couldn't remember. Love that you named the cat Skittles, that was the first candy my baby sister ever asked for by choice, and we thought it sweet.

Love your accumulations. its warm here but i miss the white snow.

was waiting for these answers... no mind for movies after i see them.

Anonymous said...


I loved trying to recall those folks, though I knew I would never win any guesses with my memory!

Sorry, but seeing your cats and Frank's bird...Um, those guys should never meet :). Though they all look perfectly lovely!

The pond was my favorite photo of the post today, besides all the cute critters over your way.

Nancy said...

Of course, I remembered all of the characters once you said who they were! Fun game.

Loved the pic of your cat and the bottle cap. Stay warm, Spring isn't far off. Right??? (Snowed here today. But it was okay since we need the water.)

imbeingheldhostage said...

I was feeling pretty smug with my knowledge-- for about 10 seconds.
This was fun thinking of these shows again, thanks for the trip down telly memory lane :-)

SandyCarlson said...

These images are great, Hilary. I learned a lot, too!

Rick said...

Otis dried up in "Return to Mayberry." He drove and ice cream truck. And it wasn't his own key he used to get into the jail. It was the key that Andy and Barney conveniently hung between the two cells that he used. He was also the voice of the professor in the Focus on the Family series - I forget the name. But I'm guessing that more Otis trivia then you cared to know in the first place. Sorry- just surfing through.

Tink said...

I was all bummed that I missed your game (I love your games). But then I saw what the game was... Yeah, I can't remember half the names of the guys I work with, and I've worked here 5 years.

The picture of the sunlight-star through the trees is amazing!!! I really like the frozen water over the rocks too. Beautiful photographs as always.

Lyn said...

Hi Hilary, I hope you don't mind - but I tagged you!

Hilary said...

• Thank you, Leah. I had tried to photograph them from the side at one point, but the light just wasn't cooperating. Once we made our way directly in front of them, Frank and I both noticed how they appeared when backlit - so he gets the credit for this shot too. ;) I'm glad you liked the quiz. I'll have to come up with more sometime. :)

• Thanks, MPM. Yes, Lucy is a hoot - you should hear the things she says! And that wee bottle (of vodka) was emptied by me - right into a shot of creme de cacao. It was chocolate martini time! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Phyllis but ixnay on the eanutpay talk in front of Lucy. That's her favourite treat - one that she asks for often. ;) Thanks so much for your very sweet words, Cuzzie. They made my day. :)

• Thanks very much, JC. You'd probably get used to the snow and ice after a while but I suppose it would be a tad overwhelming at first if you're not used to it. Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated. :)

• Ack, Jinsky.. come back! And write us a poem about your alien abduction. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Angie. That soup looks delicious. What a great idea! There were some very creative ingredients in those comments. One day, you're going to have to tell my why you despise cats so much.. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks very much, Reb. I'm glad you like the photos. Lucy doesn't need to help Frank cheat at Cribbage. He cheats just fine all by himself. ;)

• Thank you for the very kind words, Lime. I'm glad you enjoyed playing along too. :)

• Protege, those "dustings" should diminish considerably over the next few days. We're expecting highs up to 10C (50F) and overnight lows above freezing. Thanks for you kind words about the photos. You have my OK to paint any of my photos at any time. I'd be honoured if you did. :) Zephyr is a big, ole, gentle bear. And he purrs very loudly. Skitty is a gentle critter too, but full of kitten-like energy. That's my son, Alex holding him. And Lucy is quite the character too. Thanks for stopping by. I haven't forgotten that I owe you an email. Soonish! :)

• Thanks, Daryl. Try shoveling it and having to toss it that high! I'm glad you like Skitty but I'd be like a momma tigress trying to get him back. He's a GREAT cat! Come visit though, and I'll share. ;)

• Thanks, Gary. I really don't mind the snow all that much. It's those ultra cold days that make me wish this season away. The snow actually makes it bearable with its visual beauty... until it needs to be shoveled. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Baggie. I'm glad you enjoyed the quiz despite not taking the public risk. ;) You must have been inside my head when I decided to post the cat pics. I was thinking pretty much the same thing about how few I've posted of them compared to Benny. And he's not even mine! It's just that the cats tend to keep out of his way, lest he engage them in a chase. I think we've noticed the resemblance between your kitty and Zeph before, eh? :) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Frank, I could see you virtually trying to shove Dawno and Sully out of the way, and stepping over them and others in order to get your answers in. I figured that you at least earned a mention for effort. ;) I know your theories about Spring coming soon and I hope you're right. We'll see. :)

• Thanks very much for the kind words, KC. Tell SnakeMaster that he can play in the snow piles any time he likes as long as he's on call for shoveling. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• I'm glad you enjoyed it, Sully. And your humility impresses me too. ;)

• Thanks, Sue. I'm glad you enjoyed the quiz - and that you don't have to shovel snow. I'm hoping that we won't have to for much longer either. Thanks for stopping by and for the always-kind words. :)

• NJ, more spring-like weather for today and tomorrow, eh? It's going to feel great. If the rain holds off, I think I'll go for a long walk this afternoon. What a strange circumstance with which to meet Alan Alda. It must have felt surreal to her.. if she had known who he was. ;) Thanks for the visit and for the story. :)

• Thank you very much for such kind words, Andrea. I have no doubt you'll do wonderfully well with your moon shots. I'll have to stop by and see them. Of course if it continues to be overcast as it is now.. well another full moon will come along in a few weeks. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much, Kate. As always, your kind words mean a lot to me. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks for the visit, Hilary. I don't come across too many of my namesakes out in the real world, but have probably seen more than the law of averages might suggest out in the blogosphere. Thanks for your visit. I'd tell your readers that you're not really talking to yourself, but then they'd think you're arguing your own case. You can't win this one. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks for the kind words, Russell. I'm glad you liked the quiz and I'm sorry if you're stuck with the MTM theme song stuck in your head (and if you'd lost it by now, I'll bet it's back!). And I beg to differ, but you're much closer to fame than your brother's twin city park. You're forgetting just how famous Bailey has become lately. ;) Thanks for stopping by which such kind words. :)

• Thanks, Mansuetude. I'm glad you enjoyed the quiz. Skittles was named for that same candy. The spots on his belly reminded me of a jumbled handful of Skittles. Much of our snow ought to melt over the next few days, as we're expecting warmer temperatures. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks for playing along, MT. Lucy the parrot is quite familiar with cats as she's lived with a few of them over the years, without incident. She just made sure they knew that she's top dog. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, L of L. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope you're right about spring. Soon would be very nice! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, IBHH. I sure wouldn't have known all of these details if it weren't for my pal, Google. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks very much, Sandy. Much appreciated. :)

• Welcome, Rick. And thanks for the additional information about the Otis character and actor. You're right of course - he did use the key that hung by the cells, and not have one of his own. Thanks for pointing that out. I hope you'll surf by again sometime soon. :)

• Thanks for the very kind words, Tink. I'll try to come up with another game sometime soonish. If I recall, you were good at captions.. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Lyn, thanks for thinking of me but as I said in the comments over at your blog, I'm going to respectfully decline. Thanks for thinking of me, but I hope you understand. :)

Cheffie-Mom said...

Sooo fun!! (: I love the picture of the sun shining through the evergreens! BEAUTIFUL!

Ian Buchan said...

What a really nice blog. The snow pics are interesting: speaking a sone from the sub-tropics I just can't imagine being close to that! Your pets are great, I love the grey cat! Looks like a 'character'. Hope your Spring season goes well!

Moderator said...

I've checked into hotels under the name "Pinky Tuscadero."

JC said...

Thanks for the idea to Google the dentist. All I found were great things. That make me feel good. I would never have thought to do that. If I have it done, I'll post a new picture

Shammickite said...

It seems like there are a whole lot of people out there in blogland who spend far too much time watching the telly!
Love those kitties!
This week I'm catsitting the kitties next door while their humans are cruising the Carribbean... and I'm left here in the cold!

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

The quiz was fun! I guess it shows my age that I knew most (although not all) of the characters in your quiz. Great post! And as always, your photos are captivating. So glad I don't live in an area with snow. brrrr!

Anonymous said...

The African Grey is beautiful. We had a Blue Fronted Amazon that would ring like the phone, and then answer it. Hysterical!

Sorry I missed the game, but I did enjoy remembering the answers!

tiarastantrums said...

beautiful photos

. . . and does it show our age if we know all these shows???????

Aly @ Lip Zip said...

Those are some huge piles of snow! I love the picture of the sun shining through the trees.

Indrani said...

It was interesting reading the answers! Lovely snow shots!

Dave said...

I really enjoyed your photos of the cats and bird Hilary. Also the snow photos. Wish I could be there for a couple of days to escape our heat and humidity! - Dave

Clowncar said...

what alotta snow! i'm envious.

i love the daytime moon. like a ghost. nice picture of that.

Dianne said...

how cool that you gave so much info about all the characters and linked to so many wonderful people - that's a lot of work

your snow piles are so clean - they look like toxic sludge around here

the sun peeking through the evergreens is a stunning shot

and I always love seeing all the critters :)

Susan English Mason said...

That was really fun! I only know Suldog's and Daryl's blogs so I'll make sure to get by and visit these others soon. I love the photo of the evergreens with the sun poking through.

Unknown said...

I never get tired of coming are so clever and I really enjoy reading your words and seeing your images of your life.

steviewren said...

I was too late for the quiz, but I can tell you that I would not have been one of the ones to remember all those character's names. It took reading your answers to jog my memory.

I'll check out your links. Love your pictures as always.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh I loved that sun flare and, of COURSE, the cats! I'm partial to anything with fur on it!

We just had to put our cat down of 14 years and I'm so heartbroken yet. =^..^=

Hilary said...

• Thanks kindly Cheffie. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very much for the kind words, Ian. The gray cat is actually pretty timid and though he's a great cuddler, he doesn't overflow with spunk. The other one though, he's full of crazy energy and keeps us laughing at his antics. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you'll be back soon. :)

• Grant, you made me laugh out loud at that concept. Thanks for that. :)

• Thanks for letting me know, JC. I'm glad that worked out for you and hope the procedure does as well. :)

• Yes, Shammie, and I'm obviously one of them. Cat sitting - how nice of you. A couple of purry cuddlers are just what you need on a cold, winter's night. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much for the kind words, Debra/Doris/Mimi and I'm glad you enjoyed the quiz. It's not the snow that's so bad, but the cold temperatures. If I could give up one it would certainly be the cold. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks Gawilli. I'm glad you enjoyed the quiz. That's so funny about your bird who would answer her own phone calls. Lucy just calls Frank's younger son to the phone every time it rings, because it's usually for him. She also makes the sound of a pop/soda can opening every time she hears someone open the fridge. And many more. Birds are great. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you, T&T. Sadly, yes! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks kindly, Aly. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Indrani. I'm glad you dropped by. :)

• Thanks, Dave. I'd trade some of our cold for a bit of your warmth if I could. Thanks for the visit and kind words. :)

• Thanks, Clowncar. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. Your kind words always mean a lot to me. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much, Dianne. I enjoyed doing the quiz and follow-up. Thanks for your always-kind words about the photos. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks for the kind words, Susan. I'm sure you'll enjoy these other blogs too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much, Chessa. Your kind words mean a lot to me. I'm glad you enjoy coming here and hope you'll be back again soon. :)

• Thanks very much, Steviewren. Much appreciated. :)

• Awww MamaGeek. I'm so sorry that you just lost your cat. I know how hard that is. I'll send warm, healing thoughts your way.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for stopping by, Hilary!

ConverseMomma said...

Thanks for the links to some new blogs to check out.

Kathryn Magendie said...

THanks for stopping by my place *smiling*

I love the trivia!

And it seems we both have photos of a moon in our posts today !

Crabby McSlacker said...

Great photos again; it's always such a treat to visit. And I loved getting introduced to all those blogs! What a clever way to broaden all our circles.

So it was interesting to me how many of those answers I SHOULD have known. I watched many of those shows, and when you provided the answers, I went, "duh, of course!"

Wonder how much other stuff involving real people, and not just tv characters, I've also forgotten? It's scary to think!

Cedar said...

I'll never complain about snow again...

MaggieGem said...

What great fun to try to remember all those characters (and no Googling!).

Love the way you linked to brand new sites for me explore.

Hilary said...

• You're welcome, Sandi. Likewise and ditto. :)

• You're welcome, Converse Mama. I hope you like them. :)

• You're welcome and thank you too, Kathryn. They say that great minds think alike. ;)

• Thanks very much for your always-kind words, Crabby. It's kind of scary to think of our forgetfulness in those terms. Considering that real life is not nearly as trivial as TV shows, maybe (hopefully) not nearly as much. Now... from where do I know you, again? ;)

• Cedar, of course you will - and it will be in that hilariously funny style of yours. At least you'd better! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much, Maggie Gem. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Much appreciated. :)