Happy 45th Sesame Street!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning on Good Morning America, they announced that Sesame Street is celebrating its 45th season on television!  Yeah! This has been one of my favorite shows for many, many years! I was one of the first children to watch this fabulous show.  I loved learning the letters and numbers and all of the fun that the characters had.

To me the people were always as fun as the muppets. People I liked were Bob, Gordon, Maria, Luis, Mr. Hooper, and now Alan. Bob has been on the show since its debut on November 10, 1969.  He was my absolute favorite for a while.

This photo is of all of the Sesame Street characters in Ian’s collection.  From left are: Grover, Elmo, Big Bird (on Elmo’s head), Bert, Ernie, and Cookie Monster.  As far as the muppets, in addition to the ones in Ian’s collection, I liked Mr. Snuffleupagus and Oscar The Grouch. My favorites were and still are Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, and The Count.

Ian was never as big a fan of the show as I was.  For a few years, I was more excited to watch it then he was.  I suppose since it took me back to my childhood and how fun and new the show was when I was a young child. A few great characters have been added since I was little — Elmo, Abby Caddaby, and Murray among them. I still enjoy watching the show.

One of my favorite clips recently was of Murray and Benedict Cumberbatch.  Murray had a hard time understanding that Benedict wasn’t actually Sherlock Holmes.  Instead, that he plays the character of Sherlock on PBS’s Sherlock. I cracked up since it was such a clever skit.  Another fun skit was the Law and Order Special Letters Unit.  The detectives are hunting for the missing Letter M.  The bum-bum sound they are famous for was included and really bothered the Letter M.

Other things I really liked were how much The Count loved numbers.  It was great seeing him play his organ and see all of the numbers pop up.  He helped me appreciate numbers more than I would have.  I have always been a word person.  Oscar The Grouch was a lovable complainer.  He did care about his friends but had an odd way to show it at times.  And, I loved the friendship of Bert and Ernie and Bert’s love of pigeons and Ernie’s love of his rubber ducky.

Thanks to PBS for keeping Sesame Street on the air as long as its been. Several generations of families have been able to enjoy and learn from this wonderful program.  Thanks also to the amazing cast and crew for continuing to entertain us.  And thanks to my parents for introducing me to this show.

This blog has been brought to you by the letters H and B for Happy Birthday and by the number 45.  Happy 45th to all at Sesame Street.  Thanks for all that you taught me.

A Taste of Winter / Monday’s Musings

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!  It is hard to believe that it’s already the last week of January.  Seems like the new year just started.

Saturday’s photo challenge was A Taste of Winter.  Here is a photo that I took a few weeks ago when we had a little bit of snow.  I like this holly bush in my yard. I meant to post this then but then got busy on a few things. You know how that goes, I am sure.

Part of this weekend was cold but then it was warmer than it’s been.  However, a cold snap is coming later today for the next few.  A much colder winter this year than we have had in a while. We still haven’t had much snow though, which is probably just as well.  I know of several people who have been dealing with a lot of it.

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Mondays’ Musings is something I may start on Monday mornings if I have a variety of items to write about.  I may not be using the word musings quite right but it sounds fun.

**This weekend was a good one and we had some down time, some time with friends, and then some time to play and get out of the house.

We went to dinner on Saturday night with one of my best friends.  We hadn’t seen her in months and it was so great to catch up.  She had been quite sick and thankfully, she is feeling better.

It was fun to hang out and visit and just be together.  I had truly missed seeing her and was so glad we were able to work it out.  Thank goodness for dear friends!

**On Sunday, we went to church and heard a great sermon about love and living like you are dying.  The pastor was talking about what true love is and that not only is it important to tell people we love them but also show to them.  He also wanted us to remember to be really and truly thankful for each and every day.  He mentioned that we are never promised tomorrow.  It was a thought-provoking sermon and one that was really well given.

I hadn’t realized how closely Ian was listening until he gave me a note just before bed.  He had asked me to write a few words down for him, but I didn’t know what he was working on.  It was the note, which states, “To Mommy From Ian.  Mommy, I will love you forever.”  Wow, how amazing and sweet is that.  I have to say I teared up and told him “I will love you forever too.”  He then kissed my hand and gave me a hug.

The love of a child — there is nothing like it.  So pure, and honest, and unconditional.  It is given just as Pastor was saying love is supposed to be. I was truly moved and was amazed at my son.  He truly is a blessing!

**Last night was the Grammy awards telecast.  I had seen some ads about it but then when the time came for it to come on, I was interested in other shows.  Two of them I watched were Downton Abbey and Sherlock, both on PBS.  Both of these are amazingly well written, clever, and full of amazing and rich characters.  Just like a favorite character in a great book, these are so rich and well-drawn that you almost wish you could meet them.  Well, at least I do.

The writing, dialogue, and acting are wonderful.  As a writer, I am inspired and in awe of the talents of the people who bring us these shows.  I laughed, cried, and laughed some more.  One of the funniest lines I have heard in a long time was, “He’s clueing for looks.”  I don’t want to mess up the plot if you haven’t seen it, but it was perfect for the situation and oh so funny!

***Those are a few of my musings for this morning.  Do you have any musings you’d like to share?  Please do! Hope you have a great day!