Jill Weatherholt

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Whiskers on Kittens

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Several years ago, when my parents lived in Florida, I went to visit for Christmas. Gathered around a Christmas tree in shorts and a t-shirt wasn’t what I was used to, but I was with my family, so it was all good.

A couple nights before Christmas, my mom turned on the television. She wanted to watch, The Sound of Music. I’m embarrassed to say, I was 40 years old and had never seen the movie. I didn’t know much about it, but I didn’t think it was my kind of movie.

I’ve always loved music and I love movies, but combine the two and I wasn’t interested. I did enjoy the movie, Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia-Newton John, but that was the extent of my exposure to musicals.

As Julie Andrews twirled and sang the first line of, The Sound of Music, this movie became one of my favorite things. I fell in love with the music, the story, the scenery, the accents…everything.

Since that night, I watch the movie every year at Christmas time, often more than once. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Julie’s character, Maria, sings about her Favorite Things, to the children. I loved the line, “Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes.” It always reminds me of making snow angels when I was a child.

I’m curious, what are a few of your favorite things?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

97 thoughts on “Whiskers on Kittens

  1. Hi Jill

    Musicals were my introduction to music as a child. My Mother would play recordings of all the great shows of the era. They were of Kismet, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls and the songs are still fresh in my head now. Of course, being a teenager through the 60’s introduced me to more and different music but the show tunes are still there and always will be, I expect. Music will always be one of my favorite things

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    • It’s funny how songs stay in our head for years. During my college years, I always thought if I put all the facts I needed to know for a test, to music, I’d be set. I do remember some of the music from Oklahoma…good stuff. Thanks for sharing your favorite thing, Steve. I hope you have a wonderful weekend that is full of music!

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  2. I love those musicals as well. One of my favorite memories is of watching my brother play Prof. Harold Hill in his high school’s production of The Music Man. 🙂

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  3. Oh, I made snow angels too when I was a child (and maybe a few times as an adult 😉 ). Since I live in Florida, I don’t get a White Christmas and that was always one of my favorite things. A few more of my favorite things: Wendy’s ferret-like face; the scraping sound of Luisa’s paws on the wood floors; the jingle of the bell on Maxine’s collar; and the head-bumping affection of Junior. Well, your title has kittens in it so all I can think about is my cats 🙂

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  4. I can’t believe you made it to age 40 without seeing The Sound of Music! Now you must check out my favorite musical: The Music Man with Robert Preston. When we were younger and without children, my husband used to take me to a live musical every Valentine’s Day. There’s always at least one playing in Chicago.

    A few of my favorite things: although I hate cold and snow, I love hunkering down for a good snow storm; lying back on the couch with a good book when I know I have nothing pressing to do; going out to a “grown up” restaurant with my husband; and the sunless hours I spend with a steaming cup of coffee, my Mac, and my imaginary friends 😉

    I hope you’ll share a few of your favorite things, too!

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    • I think I was 41, Gwen…don’t hate me! Well, I’m making up for lost time, as I watch it every time it’s on TV. I’ll definitely check out your favorite musical, Music Man. I wonder if I can watch it on TCM or AMC.

      I’m surprised to hear you hate cold and snow…you live in Chicago! I love the city, but I could never survive your winters; I get cold when it’s 75 degrees. 🙂 I do like snow when I don’t have to go out and it’s melts the next day. Reading and writing on a snowy day is definitely one of my favorite things, but really, I’m a summertime gal. The ocean is one of my favorite places. The sound of the waves breaking wash away every ounce of stress in my body…I love it.

      Thanks for sharing a few of your favorite things, Gwen. I hope you have a great weekend!

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      • Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my city, just hate the long, cold winters. When I was younger I suffered from seasonal depression. Every fall I’d make myself sick over the coming winter. Middle age has mellowed me and I’ve come to appreciate the change of seasons more, but if I could pick up Thom’s job and move it someplace that never snows, I’d do it in a heartbeat. He’s been with the same employer 22 years, he makes a good salary, and has better-than-average job security, so that keeps him from calling the headhunters. Fiona finishes high school 7 years from this coming June (not that we’re counting…), so the plan is to hang on that long, get them settled in college, then move out west. 😀

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      • Seven years will pass in a flash, Gwen. I visited Chicago during autumn in the early 1990’s. I remember going to the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Shedd Aquarium…loved it. And the blues clubs…fun times!

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  5. I had an aunt who never married, although not for the lack of boyfriends and offers. All of the cousins thought she was the most glamorous person we’d ever known, and probably was at that time. Sound of Music was her favorite film and she even bought us the sound track on large albums back in the day. I can’t hear a song from the movie or watch a clip without thinking of her. I suppose anything from that movie is a favorite thing for me. Love it.

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    • That’s the great thing about music, it can instantly remind us of a special person or a time in our life. I’m happy to hear such a wonderful movie ignites memories of your aunt. Thanks for sharing your favorite thing, Renee. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Gosh I feel foolish. I still haven’t seen it. How horrible is that? And I love musicals and Julie Andrews. There’s something wrong with me, I think.

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    • YES! I’m so happy to hear this! I was beginning to feel like I was from another planet. If you love musicals and Julie Andrews, you must go now and rent or buy this movie. Trust me, you’ll fall in love with it. Enjoy your weekend and let me know when you watch it. 🙂

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  7. Well, Jill, I had the opposite experience with The Sound of Music. It is my father’s favorite film, and every time there was a special showing somewhere, we would all pile in the VW van and trudge off. I saw the film 11 times before I was 11 years old.

    I recall seeing it once at Radio City Music Hall (the Rockettes danced before the movie!). On the way to the theater, we passed some trashy cinema on 8th avenue showing a double feature of Dracula Has Risen from the Grave and some other horror movie. I begged my parents to drop me off and let me watch that instead. “But mom, you guys can come pick me up later!” I couldn’t understand why they were opposed to my proposition. It was perfectly reasonable!

    My favorite (things) scene in the SoM is when the Von Trapps are hidind behind the gravestones trying to evade capture as Rolph the Nazi searches for them. On the way home from the movie, I would crawl under the bolted-down bench seats in the van playing “Hide from the Nazis.” Can you imagine a vanload full of kids climbing around like bugs while the vehicle barrels down the highway? And to think my parents where opposed to dropping off a 10-year-old at a grindhouse theater in midtown. Whose priorities are screwed up? Not mine.

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    • The Sound of Music and the Rockettes… at Radio City Music Hall? You we’re living the privileged life, Eric. I always wanted my dad to buy a VW van, he had the bug.
      I love that SOM is your dad’s favorite movie. Perhaps you can take your kids to see Dracula has Risen from the Grave…do you have a mini van?
      The scene you referenced is one of my favorites. I’m curious, after all the special showings with your family, do you still watch SOM when it’s on TV?

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      • The best part about going to that movie was the candy and soda. We didn’t have that in the house. I’d say that Dracula Has Risen from the Grave has not aged as well as The Sound of Music. My kid can’t handle the stately pace of movies made prior to Star Wars, so I doubt he’d get 5 minutes into either movie before he started complaining of boredom.

        I do not watch the Sound of Music on TV. I’ve seen it enough to last. I’m not even that crazy about the songs, as memorable as they are.

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      • You’re right, Eric, the best part of going to the movies was the candy, soda and popcorn. I always love the Hot Tamale candies. Of course these days, going to the movies can easily set you back $40 or $50 for two people and maybe drinks and popcorn.

        I know what you mean about the pacing of older movies. As a kid, I loved all of the Planet of the Apes movies…I can’t see kids today making it through the first film.

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  8. What were your thoughts on the Carrie Underwood rendition? I enjoyed it but it was so hard not to compare – there just is NO comparison! I feel bad for Carrie and all the backlash.

    Some of my favorite things include being in my bed all warm & cozy, having both my “babies” home, hanging out with Mr. Brickhouse and feeling relatively well. 🙂 Thanks again for checking up on me, Jill. xo

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    • I thought Underwood did a wonderful job in the role, but the actor who portrayed the father just didn’t cut it for me. It was hard not to compare, but overall, I thought the presentation was well-done – and I loved that it was live (like shows back when I was a kid.) Really, the male lead was the only weak link.

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    • Hey Maria! I didn’t see the Carrie Underwood rendition. I didn’t know about it until the next day when the local radio DJ’s were discussing the show. Even if I’d know it was on, I probably wouldn’t have watched it just because I always like the original when it comes to movies. I do like Carrie Underwood and I hate that she’s being criticized.

      Thanks for sharing a few of your favorite things, Maria. I can relate to “feeling relatively well.” 🙂 I’ll be checking in with you next week. I’ve got to look after my favorite Brickhouse Chick! Have a fantastic weekend!

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  9. My favorite things (at least for this time of year!) the first snowstorm, a hot mocha latte, a good book with a cat trying to stop me from reading it. In a few months my favs will include being outside and not freezing my ladybits off, talking to my frogs (who are now hibernating) and dancing in the grass.

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  10. I’m so glad you watched this movie. I watched it on TV when I was a kid and every year after that. I also loved the music. This has to be the best musical ever. All of the songs are great. I love this more than Mary Poppins. 🙂

    A few of my favorite things: Christmas lights, chocolate, Doctor Who, great books, a roaring fire to curl up beside. Another favorite thing is a bottle of Heet. I live in a cold climate, so Heet is a necessity to avoid gas-line freezing since my car is parked in an open-air lot.

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    • I just love the movie, especially the music. Oh, Mary Poppins, I haven’t seen that in years. I always enjoyed Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang.

      Like you, I love Christmas lights. I’ll have to search for Heet coupons so I can send them your way, Marie. 🙂 You’re tough, I couldn’t live in such a cold climate.

      Thanks for sharing your favorite things…stay warm and enjoy the weekend!

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  11. I LOVE musicals, and Sound of Music is definitely a favorite! I first saw it on the big screen when it hit the movie theaters (a little age-giveaway, there.) I knew the words of every song (and quickly noticed the two songs in the recent live TV presentation that were NOT in the Julie Andrews version!) As well as I knew that movie, it wasn’t until I began teaching units on WW II that I recognized the historical content in the movie’s story. I used to show the movie to my 8th graders because, although the film was highly fictionalized for entertainment purposes, the core of the story was true. I believe there are still some Von Trapp family members living in New England.

    If you feel a yen to try any other classic musicals, my top recommendations would be Fiddler on the Roof (1971 starring Chaim Topol in the lead role) and My Fair Lady (1964, Audrey Hepburn in lead role.) Both have great music and great stories!

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    • I love that you introduced your students to, Sound of Music, Natine. Yes, there are a couple Von Trapp family member still living.

      When I wrote this post, Sound of Music was my favorite musical, but after reading comments and recommendations on other musicals, you’ll have to stay tuned. I love Audrey Hepburn, so I’m sure I’d love My Fair Lady. As I respond to your comment, I’m watching White Christmas…another favorite Christmas movie.

      Safe travels, Natine!

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  12. My favorite musical in New York was PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and it’s “Music of the Night.” (Not the light and happy song of “Favorite Things.” When our daughter was 11 we took her to a traveling production of CATS, and she’s been hooked on musicals ever since.
    My first I-Max BIG SCREEN movie was in Kansas City–THE SOUND OF MUSIC!

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  13. I used to make snow angels in the snow when I was little around this time of year. Also now when I go to the beach, I make them in the sand.

    I like sunsets. And stars. And the color acid green. And the color blue. I like petting my dog. Hearing her growl at squirrels outside. I like the deer in our woods. I like seeing a lizard and knowing it means to pay attention to my dreams. I could go on and on…..Thanks for asking!

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  14. The first time I saw The Sound of Music was when my two Grandmothers took me and my sister to see it in London when it first came out. I remember the event well as one of my Grannies managed to fall off the bus which, as we had been brought up on banana skin humour, greatly amused my sister and me. Happily she was alright and laughed about it too. Since then I’ve watched it countless times and my favourite part is when Christopher Plummer sings Eidleweiss.
    Other favourite things are London at night – all the lights; brisk walks in chilly weather; the colour blue, the number 7, having complete solitude; chocolate; Marmite toast (it’s a British thing – an American friend was completely traumatised when she first tried it); Bob Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man.
    Is that enough? 🙂

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    • Some how I knew your first time seeing The Sound of Music would make for a great story, Jenny. 🙂 I’m happy to hear your Grannie was okay after the fall.
      Ah, Eidleweiss…one of my favorite parts of the movie too. I loved watching the reaction from his children.
      Thanks for sharing your favorite things. If I ever see Marmite toast on a menu, I’ll move right along. Enjoy your weekend, Jenny and thanks for a great post today!

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      • Hmm…Marmite on an American menu: now there’s a marketing challenge. But you never know – who’d have thought we Brits would ever accept a Drive-In McDonalds?

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      • I’m going to have to Google Marmite, Jenny. 🙂 I wonder if your drive-thru McDonalds are like ours on a Saturday afternoon…the line is wrapped around the building. I’ve never been a fan of their food. Americans eat way too much fast food.

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      • Marmite? Please explain.

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      • I didn’t have a clue, Mark. Here is the definition according to Wikipedia: “The British version of the product is a sticky, dark brown food pastewith a distinctive, powerful flavour, which is extremely salty. This distinctive taste is reflected in the British company’s marketing slogan: “Love it or hate it.” Uh…I’ll take a pass. How about you? 🙂

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  15. Like you, I’ve never been a fan of musicals, but there are two that were constantly on the television when I was younger – Mary Poppins and Paint Your Wagon. I hear the songs in my head quite often these days. I hit 35 not too long ago and have yet to see The Sound of Music, but your post has convinced me to give it a shot.

    A few of my favorite things this time of year? For fun, I’ll stick with the scents – pine tree, gingerbread, and coffee in the morning (though I enjoy that every day of the year 🙂 ).

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    • Well, if you want to follow in my footsteps, you have another six years to watch The Sound of Music. 🙂 I do think that you and your wife would enjoy it. I’ve never heard of Paint Your Wagon. I’ll have to Google it.

      Thanks for sharing a few of your favorite things, Phillip. I’m with you, coffee in the morning, it makes the sound of an alarm clock tolerable. Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Besides Julie Andrews voice and The Sound of Music and Stowe New Hampshire where the real von Trapp family has a mountain resort, one of my favorite things is when I write a blog post and schedule it to publish at the end of December, then pop over to a blogger friend’s place and see that we both quoted the same line. “Snow flakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes” must have been floating there in the air, begging to be quoted!

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  17. A few of my favorite things are: your blog posts, classical music, action movies, a sauna, left-over white meat turkey sandwiches with mayo, writing a blog post, short story, book, and, most of the time, watching our beautiful Bengal cat. We watched a few nights ago the new version of ‘Sound of Music’ with Carrie Underwood. It was enjoyable, but it was not the epic that was Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer — I believe the recent version was a live production.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear Jill, from Julie and Me to you and yours.

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    • Thanks for sharing your favorite things, Billy . I’m honored you listed my blog as one…you’re the best! 🙂 I’m so with you on the left-over white meat turkey sandwich, it’s one of my favorite things too. I don’t do dark meat.

      I missed the live version of The Sound of Music, but I’ve heard mixed reviews. For me, nothing can compare to the original version, it’s in a class all its own.

      Merry Christmas to you, Julie and Benal! Enjoy the weekend!

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  18. Sun on my back
    Fred and Ginger
    Home made rice pudding (though I can’t remember the last time I had any 🙂 )
    Christmas trees
    Cherries
    Snoopy
    My blog (am I allowed that last one?) 🙂

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    • YES! You’re allowed to list your blog, Jo. It’s certainly one of my favorite things. I take a mini vacation every time I visit. 🙂 Oh, I love Snoopy too! Thanks for sharing your favorite things, Jo. Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. A few of my favorite things…a polished manuscript, a new Moleskine journal, a sexy read, and cuddling on the couch with my honey. Happy weekend, Jill. 🙂

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  20. I also can clearly remember the first time I saw The Sound of Music. I probably was about 10-years-old. My family seldom went to movie theaters, but my aunt and my mother decided to take their children to see a matinee show of The Sound of Music. I remember having a wonderful time with my cousins.

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  21. My favorite things? Hayrolls! I’m totally smitten – to the point that I have a Pinterest board dedicated to the lovelies. No matter the season, they are a scenery enhancer!

    I know how you feel, Jill, being a latecomer to such a classic – I STILL haven’t read OR seen the movie “Gone With the Wind” – much to the annoyance of my best friend who counts it as one of her all-time favorites. I did DVR it about six months ago – I’m getting closer to absorbing more culture!

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    • Hayrolls! I love that, Shel! I may need to sign up for a Pinterest account just to view your pages.

      Okay, I don’t want to sound like the obnoxious people who were shocked when I told them I’d never seen The Sound of Music, but…YOU’VE NEVER READ OR SEEN GONE WITH THE WIND? I read the book when I was in the 7th grade and recently I’ve thought about reading it for a second time. As for the movie, I’ve probably seen it 20+ times, it never gets old.

      I’ve been thinking about you and I hope your recovery is going well. I think a great thing to do with your sister in town is to watch Gone With the Wind. Take care and rest.

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      • Maybe I should get the movie while I’m at Shel’s and MAKE HER WATCH IT! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha…

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      • Please, make her watch it, Natine. I think she’d like it. I hope she’s doing okay.

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      • Oh my – a conspiracy! One of the reasons I’ve avoided the movie for so long is my best friend and my sister highly recommend it – and it has become clear over the years we do NOT have the same taste in movies. Example – I did not enjoy anything about Steel Magnolias or Pushing Miss Daisy. And my best friend talked me into some “great” movie where a totally unsuspecting me was subjected to seeing Robin William’s butt – ewwwww – I’ve been traumatized ever since! I’m more of “A Time to Kill” or comedy type of lass! I guess I’ll soon find out if we are movie rec compatible or not, Jill!

        And thanks for asking after my health – not sure which ailment you refer to but my most recent (second total knee replacement on Tues) went very well and I’m making marked progress – expect to be limp-free for the first time in years within weeks!

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      • Yes, Natine and I were conspiring before she left for your house. 🙂 I’ve never seen “Pushing Miss Daisy.” 🙂 I loved “A Time to Kill.” The book was even better. So, the plan is, for you and Natine to watch both “The Sound of Music” and “Gone with the Wind.” I want a report !

        Yes, I was inquiring about your knee replacement. I’m so happy to hear it went well, Shel. That is great news! Thanks for the update.

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  22. Just love this movie! I didn’t much like it as a kid, but, as an adult, I have to say it is one of my favorite things. Another of my favorite things is the memory of the look of pure joy on my daughter’s face the first time she saw this movie. She was entranced from the first moment. 🙂

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  23. Oh I had to laugh when I read this post Jill, a dear friend of mine is totally obsessed with The Sound of Music and I am always teasing her by breaking out into ‘The Hills are alive with the sound of music….ahhhhhha hhhha hhhh’ I’m pretty sure though that the hills are probably cringing in despair by the time I’ve finished with my rendition 😉

    I am just like you in that I always say I don’t usually like musicals yet one of my favourite shows in the West End (as in London) is Hairspray and I adored Greece. I remember going to see it at the cinema when it first came to our shores in 1979 (back in the day when there was just one huge screen and usherettes walked around at the intermission selling drinks and ice cream – you got two films for your money!) in my then hometown of Ipswich in Suffolk and it was packed out. My then boyfriend (the American GI, whose story I’m telling in my memoir…) was amazed when he recognized that the high school was John Marshall High in LA which was his school! It made him really homesick as he hadn’t long been sent from California to England after signing up for the USAF!

    Hope you are having a great weekend Jill 🙂

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    • LOL! I can’t carry a tune either, Sherri, but it doesn’t prevent me from singing along when I watch The Sound of Music. Now your friend, Derek from Devon, he has a wonderful voice. 🙂

      Wow, that must have seemed unreal to your old boyfriend, to see his high school in the film Grease. I have a vivid memory of seeing Grease myself. My friend’s older brother took us to the theater and afterward, we went to Friendly’s, an ice cream parlor. I had a chocolate ice cream cone with sprinkles…it was a great day. 🙂

      I’m trying to be patient in regards to your memoir…but, can you speed it up? 🙂 Just kidding! Have a great weekend, Sherri.

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  24. single malt whisky and small fluffy dogs………… and a not very tall best mate who is also a wife.

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  25. Jill: When it comes to musicals, one can really do no better than those Rogers & Hammerstein classics! Also, I’ve been hooked for as long as I can remember on White Christmas and Holiday Inn, two old staples of the Christmas season, featuring wonderful music and lots of corny dialog. Of course, though not musicals, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim version) are favorites every year. Another favorite thing…northern Illinois mornings such as this one, with a shroud of snow and slate gray sky outside and classic holiday music coming through my speakers here inside! Time to get some revisions completed this morning. 🙂

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    • Funny you mentioned White Christmas, Mark, I just watched it last night. Growing up, my sister and I would huddle around our black and white television and watch it every year. I haven’t seen Holiday Inn in its entirety, maybe I will this year. Oh yes, It’s a Wonderful Life is a must every year. No matter how many times I’ve seen that movie, it still makes me cry…but a good cry. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing a few of your favorite things. I’m with you on the classic holiday music. Enjoy!

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  26. I’m embarrassed to admit that just realized I love the Nutcracker ballet!

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  27. Don’t be embarrassed, Dor. Although I’ve never seen the Nutcracker ballet live, I do love the music. I would have to guess that taking photos is one of your favorite things too. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!

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  28. At this time of the year Jill I surely love to watch nice musicals. Most of them were introduced to me by my hubby and that’s when I saw Sound of music, Mary Poppins, My fair lady, and the list will go on and on. I like sound of music the most, but I love to watch another Julie Andrews movie with Robert Preston and that is Victor, Victoria. It is hilarious and I enjoy every time I watch. I like to cozy up in front of the fireplace and have my favorite chocolate drinks and chocolates, weight control is least on my mind these days. You wouldn’t believe Another thing I love doing these days is last minute shopping and wrapping gifts very nicely. None of my friends enjoy this but I do. Taking photos is also my favorite hobby and I love doing it these days. I just get carried away with the spirit of Christmas and believe in enjoying every moment as if there is no tomorrow. Live in the moment becomes my motto. I know you must be having a lovely time with family and friends. Enjoy. Blessings and best wishes for this season of giving. Lots of love and hugs from me. Loved this lovely post my friend. Take care.

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    • “Weight control is least on my mind these days.” And that’s how it should be during the holiday season. You are too cute, Samina. I love reading your comments, they always bring a smile to my face. I’ll have to check out Victor, Victoria. I’ve never seen it, but I always love a good comedy. I hope you’ll post some of the pictures on your blog. “Live in the moment,” that’s a great motto to live by. I have no doubt you live by that motto every day, Samina. Wishing you and your family peace and joy in the new year.

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  29. Oh, I LOVE The Sound of Music! It is most definitely one of “my favorite things!” What else… hmmm… My dog, coffee, and…….. wordpress. Bahahaha I sound normal, for the first time in my life.

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  30. Jill, I also saw this movie as an adult. I absolutely love it. I have it on DVD- I’ll have to go watch it:-)

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  31. I love the Sound of Music. So much so, I did the Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg. If you get the chance, do it! I got to see the Gazebo where Lisle and Ralph talked of their future, the church where Maria got married. Even the lake and house where the kids fell in the water. So so fun to visit. 🙂

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  32. The Sound of Music (The original, with Julie Andrews) is one of my favorite movies. I have lots of favorite things–my teen, my mom, my pups, little bottle of coke, sweet anything, waking up in the morning looking at the clock and realizing I can sleep another 20 minutes 😀

    Merry Christmas!

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    • It really is a fantastic movie. Oh, I love that too, when you look at the clock and see you have more time before the alarm is set to go off. This morning, I woke up an hour and a half before my alarm, but I couldn’t go back to sleep…that’s not one of my favorite things. 😦 Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  33. I’m ashamed to say that I’m older than you were when you first saw the The Sound of Music. I’ve only seen bits and pieces up until now, and am familiar with some of the songs. Funny thing … was just randomly talking to my wife recently about sitting down and watching it this year. I hope to get to it within the next week 🙂

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    • Don’t be ashamed, Dave…between you and I, I’ve never seen the Star Wars movies or MASH. I hope you and your wife have an opportunity to watch it together over the holidays. I’m still waiting for it to come on TV and so far, nothing. I might have to purchase the DVD this weekend. I hope you and your family are all doing well.

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  34. Your post made me smile, Jill. I love The Sound of Music and haven’t seen it for several years. I think it might be time for trip to the rental place. 🙂 One of my favorite winter things is sledding with the kids and coming home to hot cocoa and warm gingerbread. I’m also pretty fond of whiskers on kittens. 🙂 Happy New Year, Jill. Hope it’s a good one! (hugs) Elizabeth

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    • I’m happy I made you smile, Elizabeth. Guess what I watched last night…yes, The Sound of Music. 🙂 It was on the other night so I recorded it. I just love it! Thanks for sharing a few of your favorite things. Happy New Year to you and your family, Elizabeth!

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  35. I liked your winter and snow memories, Jill! The songs were especially ones I loved also! At some point in time, I wrote about “The Sound of Music,” too. When we weren’t connected in our posts! I love the song, that wipes away fears of storms and other things, “My Favorite Things,” too! Jill, you and I may be ten years apart, but we have similar thoughts! I wrote about “My Fair Lady,” too! We were raised with musicals, I think! To me, they meant more than the animated movies, since they had ‘real’ people who were telling their stories through their songs. i only wish that Audrey Hepburn had been able to sing, or have Julie Andrews in the part, since she could! (She was in the Broadway version of “My Fair Lady!”) Smiles, Robin

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    • Thanks, Robin! When I get some time, I need to weed through your older posts. I agree, our thoughts are similar…scary huh? 🙂
      Growing up, I loved musicals. I have wonderful memories of my sister and I watching, White Christmas and all of those old beach movies with Annette Funicello and James Darren. We also loved the old Elvis movies. 🙂

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