Moments Seize Us

I just downloaded Photo DVD Maker Professional.  I installed it and realized it was an updated version of a previous purchase in 2006 called Photo Slideshow at no charge. This one you can put movies, the last one just pictures. I really appreciated the fact that when I installed it up pops my registration already there.


That is what I call a up and up investment. I hate that I paid $45 for the other one that was fine until you burned your time consuming creation and nothing burned. If it did say it burned it would not play in my computer or DVD Player.

Plus you can’t save the creation in any format. Just BURN that is all. What a waste of money.

So, as you see my mistake was not looking up my papers on it with the register code that  I had saved in a prior vintage backup.

When I did I was even more surprised at how easy the update was and the fact it was already registered from 9 years ago.


The companies are Anvsoft and Aimersoft.

The first one is the up and up one, the other one offers no refund after 30 days. No answers after numerous attempts and complaints that worked. No further solution solving to a program that is a definite not on the Up and Up.

Even though I paid $45 for it. I am uninstalling, cleaning up the register and getting rid  of any saved movies I created that would only open in the program.


So away it goes.


Live and Learn to differentiate between similar names.


On a added note I just finished watching the movie “Boyhood”

The best movie I have seen in years.

Girl: You know how everyone’s always saying, “Seize the moment”? I don’t know why… I’m kind of thinking it’s the other way around.

You know, like, the moment seizes us.

Mason: Yeah… Yeah, I know. It’s constant. The moments… It’s just—It’s like it’s always right now, you know?


All the more reason to BE HERE NOW

The Dovekeepers-A Miniseries

I am watching this and it is spell binding. The novel was written by Alice Hoffman. I watched the first part online and have recorded the second installment.


Clips from Part 1


The story is about the Shirah Witch of Moab, her children Aziza by Eleazor Ben Ya’ir , her mother forced her to live as a boy to protect her. She was raised as a warrior. Another child (a son named Adir) was born of her marriage to Sa’ adallos who found her in the desert after she was shunned and sent there to perish. Her child born after her capture by the Romans was named Yonah was also fathered by Eleazor Ben Ya’ir .

Her life and how it intertwined with the other women. Yael with flaming long red hair (Her child, a son was fathered by Ben Simon and named (Arieh) which is the Hebrew word for lion. Later she befriends a Roman slave who is infatuated with her and speaks of raising the child as his own. Her brother (Amram) ,Revka.

All the women are Dovekeepers and keepers of secrets.

2,000 years ago in a place called Masada, high on a mountain in the Judean Desert they hid from the Romans.

I ordered the book.


The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

“Here is the riddle of love,everything it gives you it takes away. But I ask you would you have it any other way?”

“All things change, for that is the way of the world we walk through.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

“Dreams came to men for many reasons, both as oracles and as warnings.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

“Even as a small child, I understood that woman had secrets, and that some of these were only to be told to daughters. In this way we were bound together for eternity.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

“The stars are reflected from within the black water in the cistern. I find comfort in the omen I glean from this: light in the darkness, truth when it seems there is none.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

TGIF~Thank God It’s Friday’s

I do not feel the over powering urge to do a review but when I do it’s a special one.

Today we remember and honor our Mother. My mother is missed terribly. I wish I could call her. Only she had the answers I needed. No more direct info~answers from that beautiful woman. Then again, she is always with me and each time I look in the mirror I see her; so this is a good thing. She is never far away.

My daughter took me out for the day. Not just one ,but three awesome journey’s.

First we went to the local Marriott pool and hot tub. The drinks and water were perfect. The iguana’s  were sunning in the palms and all was serene in my world.


We came home changed clothes and were off to the movies.”The Great Gatsby” It was a beautiful, but bittersweet love story.


(Daisy is not a very likeable girl in my opinion)

Last stop, TGIF. No crowd. Perfect service and the food was seasoned and prepared to perfection. Kudu’s to the chef’s.

We had the Thai Pork Taco’s and Seared Tuna for appetizers.

~Thai Pork Tacos

Three soft corn tortillas with Thai marinated pulled pork, Sriracha aioli, ginger-lime slaw and hoisin sauce.

The Taco’s were moist, very spicy and delicious.

Ahi Tuna Crisps

Three blackened Ahi tuna slices on tortilla chips with house-made guacamole, jalapeños, Sriracha sauce and Avocado Vinaigrette drizzled with Cucumber-Wasabi Ranch.

For dinner I had the Grilled Salmon with Langostino Lobster

Norwegian salmon fillet fire-grilled and topped with a sauté of langostino lobster and cremini mushrooms in a zesty roasted Alfredo sauce. Served with your choice of two sides.

That too, was moist and flaky. Perfectly cooked.

The other dinner was Jack Daniel’s® Black Angus Sirloin* & Shrimp

10-ounce Black Angus sirloin fire-grilled and basted with Jack Daniel’s® sauce, paired with crispy Cajun-spiced shrimp. Served with your choice of two sides.

We had as sides~ Fridays House Salad ,Romaine, red cabbage, grape tomato, cucumber, mixed cheese and focaccia croutons with choice of dressing and a hot garlic breadstick.

The bread stick was not noticeably missing, sweet potato fries, loaded baked, mashed potatoes and Broccoli.

It felt like I was dining in a palace. Everyone was attentive and friendly. We met the manager KC, he was very personable and gracious.Several of the other servers came too our table to inquire of us.

66-48…just an observance pleasant too mine eye Smile

Our server was Dale.

That made us chuckle as we have an ongoing relationship with the terminology of DALE. Actually Dale’ in Spanish means “Speed up” Or “Hurry up!”

The dinner was perfectly timed.

We did notice one thing. We could hear everything. The music system was down and everyone’s conversation could be heard as we dined. That was interesting.

Oh and my Ultimate Long island Iced Tea created by Dale was superb. Smirnoff Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Bombay Gin, triple sec, brandy, Fridays  original sweet & sour, Coke and fresh lemon

Our take home dessert~Tennessee Whiskey Cake~A warm toffee cake topped with glazed pecans and vanilla ice cream. Served with butterscotch Jack Daniel’s® Whiskey sauce.

Really, I can not make one complaint if I tried.

There is something to be said for dining in a slow paced atmosphere. We were not overwhelmed with everything at once, and that I believe is what made the experience so enjoyable.

It was that great!!!


DPChallenge~Local Flavor~Key West~ HogFish Bar and Grill


I had the opportunity this past weekend to take Out of Towner’s to a fairly hard to find eatery. The island has been my home for over 20 years so I do know where the best spots are Smile

The Hogfish Bar and Grill is in Stock Island, just a five-minute drive from Key West.

NOTE: Listen to the “Stock Island Song” from the link above.

They serve the freshest fish anywhere in Key West, Florida.

The problem is finding it.

The address is 6810 Front Street, Safe Harbor~Stock Island, Florida

Phone # 305-293-4041


The real Key West? It’s not even on Key West proper anymore, but just over the Cow Key Channel Bridge, on the even tinier Stock Island.

Source: NY Times


Directions from Key West:

Take US1 North out of Key West and across the Cow Key Channel Bridge. At the third stoplight, bear to the right and on to MacDonald Avenue. Follow this for approximately 1 mile and make a right on 4th Avenue (across from Boyd’s Campground). Take your next left on Front Street and drive almost to the end—you’ll see the Hogfish Bar and Grill on the right.

Years ago it was called “No Name Bar” A rowdy little spot back then…the drinks flowed and many fisherman in their white boots made a bar stool their home till closing time.

Further up the Keys is another hidden spot called “No Name Pub” This bar is in Big Pine Key.

The Hogfish Bar is a little piece of old Key West. Scrumptious lobster bisque soup, killer Hogfish sandwiches with chips and slaw on the side, to die for Key West Pinks (Shrimp) snuggled next to a yellowtail snapper, a mound of stone crab claws and fresh slabs of grouper. My mouth is watering.

I was married to a fisherman and my fridge was always packed full of seafood.


Live Music and the drinks still flow fast and furious Smile

Plenty of cats roam in between your feet. A bowl of water is always a welcome treat from the gracious servers.

The following pictures were taken of the local color.


The Colors of Key West


Huge Fried Shrimp Basket


Fried Yellowtail Basket


Baja Taco’s with Blackened Yellowtail

Bon Appétit

HOGFISH Bar and Grill

Come on down !