Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday - TV, Music & Minnie Pearl

Thankful for:

I grew up watching comedian and country star, Minnie Pearl on The Grand Ole Opry, Hee-Haw, and other country TV shows of the fifties and sixties.  I loved her happy, positive attitude and most of all her clean jokes. In addition to her jokes, her act included a little bit of singing and dancing.  Her trademark was the hat pictured above (with the $1.98 price tag still attached) and her countrified dresses.   If you're not a fan of country music, you may not be familiar with her,  but you can find her Youtube videos HERE.

Minnie Pearl is my alter ego, I guess you could say.  Those who know me have often heard me holler, "HOW-DEE!" or "I'm just so proud to be here!"  I've always wanted to be like her -- happy and bright and touching people's lives with some cheer.

This is my favorite Minnie Pearl joke:  "Some girls don't like beards, but I don't mind.  A girl don't mind going through a briar patch to get to a picnic."  I'm with Minnie, 'cause I love beards, too, especially my husband, Rabbi Jem's.

Even though she acted and dressed like one, Minnie wasn't a country hick.  She was a college graduate and a part of the country club set in her hometown.  She caught the show biz bug, though, and the rest is history.  I'm thankful for her influence on my life, and that we can enjoy her performances on YouTube.  Watching them always makes me laugh and brightens my day.  I hope you enjoy her as much as I.  You can also read more about her life HERE.

Speaking of Minnie Pearl, I named our new car after her.  Here's Minnie, and doesn't she look pretty sitting in front of Golden Cottage?

She's a brand new 2016 Honda CRV, and she's got bells and whistles that we'll probably never learn.  I'm so thankful for her.  All she needs now is a $1.98 price tag to hang from her rear view mirror.

We took a trip to Barberville Pioneer Settlement last weekend for their Spring Fling.  I always enjoy the folk music and the dancing.  I'm thankful for the folks at Barberville for keeping Florida history and these arts alive for our enjoyment.

this lady is making bubbles

My flowers are just gorgeous right now, and I'm so thankful for my sweet husband's hard work in the Golden Cottage Garden.

Our peace lilly has nineteen blooms.
That butterfly on a stick lights up at night and turns different colors.  It's beautiful, and I'm thankful for sweet friends, like Barbara, who gave it to me.

I'm thankful for time with my very smart grandson.  I learned this week that he has mastered M-Bots for 10th graders.  He's only seven years old.  Amazing!

We love this boy so much!

We only have two tadpoles left, and they'll probably go to Golden Pond by the end of this week.  We've enjoyed watching them become frogs.  G-d's creations are so awe inspiring.   You can see more of how they've developed HERE.

Are you a fan of British TV?  We are because we can never find anything we like on American TV.  I'm thankful that we have options these days. We pulled the plug on cable many years ago and now only have antenna TV.  We use a ROKU device and have a subscription to Amazon, which includes Prime videos and TV shows that we enjoy.

Recently, we added a subscription to Acorn, which is British. You can view some of them HERE.  We love detective shows and have enjoyed watching shows such as Agatha Christie's Poirot and Mrs. Marple.  I love sweet, heart-warming shows and we've enjoyed Doc Martin, Where the Heart Is and Monarch of the Glen.  If you know of any other British shows like these, we'd love your recommendations.

I found a great blog party this week, and it's for grandmothers only.  So if you're a blogging grandmother, you can link up there weekly.  Here's the link:  BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS LINK PARTY

What are you thankful for this week, Gail-Friends?

Thankful Thursday is my day of the week to focus on and be thankful for all the good things in my life.

I sometimes share my posts with these friends:

Spiritual Sundays     Kathy’s Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life     GRAND Social       The Beauty in His Grip Link-Up   
Modest Mom Monday Link-up         Growing Homemakers Link-Up       


  1. I remember Minnie Pearl on Hee-Haw. On Easter weekend I wore a shirt that accidentally still had the tag on it, and I always think of Minnie Pearl for that. :) What a sweet joke about beards. I’ll have to tell that to my daughters; both their husbands have beards in the winter months. Have a great weekend, Gail.

  2. Lisa - I do the same thing when I find a tag still hanging on my clothes. Thanks for stopping by today.

  3. OK, Gail, how could anyone NOT read a piece with a catchy title like that?? All I can say is, "HOW-DEE, girl!"

  4. Michele, you gave me a chuckle. Thanks for stopping by and come back again soon.

  5. I remember Minnie! Loved her! And I absolutely adore your car named after her. Seems just as spunky as the namesake!


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