Monthly Archives: July 2013

Thorin Thursday: Artwork Comedic to Sublime



Another lovely image of RA in Thorin garb by evankart.


OK, yes, it’s slashy, but it’s beautifully done. You can always imagine it’s you with your arms wrapped around Thorin’s naked torso . . . by loobeeinthesky


Animawolf’s artwork–Dwalin will follow his friend anywhere. We understand, Dwalin. We’d do the same!


Thorin having a “emotional outburst” of relief that his beloved nephews are OK. By animawolf.


Beautiful drawing of Thorin by KRIS (with a backward “R”)


Adorable creation by Susikiss.


Gorgeous Thorin artwork by Amanda Tolleson


francoclun is the artist who created this piece.

I ran across some of these on FB  and then wandered over to and snaffled some more. Many of the artists’ work I have shared here have pages at DR. So many talented people involved in TH/RA fandoms!

Wookies & Yoda and Storm Troopers, oh my! PRP’s latest vid. :D


Here’s my newest video creation for Pecan Ridge Productions, made from footage and stills shot at the local library last weekend. If you view and you like it, please give it some love at YT–hit “like” and comment.

We have another gig to shoot, a combination birthday/retirement celebration at the lovely Cambrian Ridge Clubhouse this Saturday. And still working on the wedding . . .

Pet Photo Contest closes today . . . thank you for your support!


While today is our official deadline, I will say we will definitely take additional photos over the next few days. We want to have plenty for the calendar! I want this to be the most gorgeous one yet! 😀 Still hoping for some photos from Guyity now that she’s back home.   Digital copies can be sent to


A friendly reminder from our favorite green-eyed smiling puppy dog.


So far, $300 has been donated by our generous blog readers which is a tremendous help in covering the expenses incurred in have the calendar assembled and printed by the company we use. We could probably have it done a little cheaper elsewhere, but I don’t think the quality would be as good.  My friend Betsy has submitted 13 photos and already bought 15 calendars to give away as gifts–that’s an animal lover putting her money where her heart is! We appreciate all animal lovers both near and far. I don’t know how much we’ve collected in total re entry fees, but this adds up to over $500 we’ve already taken in and the calendar hasn’t been put together yet! Whoo-hoo!


Because of issues with our current BCHS website (mainly the fact it’s a effing nightmare in terms of user-friendliness and yours truly will probably have to start from scratch to build a new one when she has the time) we are still taking donations and entry frees for photos submitted through the “donate” button here on my page. Checks and hard copy photos can also be sent to our address: Butler County Humane Society Pet Photo Contest, PO Box 264, Greenville, AL 36037.

And now, here’s a video from one of the animal rescue groups featuring some homeless animals from right here in Butler County on their way to forever homes in other states. I do love a happy ending, don’t you? 😀

I have one more non-RA post to throw up, and then I will get back to Mr. Armitage. Ah . . .  glad I don’t have anywhere to go today. Especially as it’s now thundering and about to rain yet again.

Info on the Extended Editions of THAUJ–and some Thorin *thud*


At long last, info on the Extended Editions of the film starring that hottie dwarf we all love  . . . from The One Ring Net. 😀



Features a 13-Minute Longer Cut and 
 Nearly Nine Hours of New Special Features Burbank, Calif., July 31, 2013 – Fans of Middle-earth will have the opportunity to gain a broader experience of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, when the epic fantasy adventure is released as an Extended Edition on Digital Download October 22nd and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on November 5th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, this new cut includes 13 minutes of extra film footage that extends individual scenes, making this the must-see, definitive version for fans. All disc versions of the Extended Edition include nearly nine hours of new bonus features and will be available just ahead of the December 13 theatrical release of the second film of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

“I’m thrilled that the Extended Edition will give fans the opportunity to experience certain key scenes in the film as they were originally shot, as well as an abundance of special features,” said Jackson. “It’s exciting to present this expanded and enriched version of ‘An Unexpected Journey’ to allow fans to fully immerse themselves in the movie, before seeing the second part of the trilogy.”  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition will be available as a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D set ($54.98 SRP) that features the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray versions of the Extended Edition; a 3-disc Blu-ray ($35.99) and a 5-disc DVD ($34.99) The Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD all include UltraVioletTM which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the Extended Edition in high definition to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.*  The nearly nine hours of new special features boasts audio commentary with Peter Jackson, director/producer/screenwriter, and Philippa Boyens, co-producer/screenwriter, and “The Appendices,” a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the Trilogy. Complete special feature details are provided below. The first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was nominated for three Academy Awards®1.

Here’s the link to TORn’s complete post on the Extended Version:


Of course, this is what I zero in on when I look at this cover . . .


What a nice treat for Hump Day! 😀

The highlights on my lowlights & CURLS (you-know-who’s)


So this morning I got my rear in gear (in spite of too little sleep) and got myself up, spackled and dressed and hit the farmers market for some more fresh, juicy tomatoes. I also scored a small jar of homemade blackberry jelly. A girl needs her little treats.

And then on to get my hair “did” along with a little waxing and plucking. Kristi added lowlights to give my color more dimension and flat-ironed it. Here are the results.




I have a flat iron–a very nice one–but with my shoulder issues due to the FMS I hardly ever use it. So you won’t see me like this very often. I think Benny really prefers my “big” hair, but he was nice enough not to say so. He did, however, point out my hair seemed to be “expanding back out” tonight. I laughed and said you can’t keep those wavy/curly hair shafts down for TOO long. Not in the current heat and humidity.


Somehow, somewhere between the hair salon and the car dealership I managed to twist Even Worse Knee and it bugged me the rest of the day, but a bit of RICE–Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation– helped quite a lot. once I got home.  I spent considerable time at the dealership working once again on the Star Wars Day video–I could tweak my creative projects until the bloody cows come home–but I finally got a version I was more or less satisfied with and left it uploading to YT with Benny so I could come home and hang out with the ice bag. I’d plan to do several other things but only managed a trip to CVS to spend yet more ExtraBucks before they expired. Not that I’ve ever wasted any by forgetting all about them. Not this girl. *snort*


Thought you might like to see me sporting the “new” vintage hats purchased from my friend and former co-worker Sherry who now has her own vintage and collectibles shop.



Oh, I DO love a good hat. I guess I can wear the white hat when I feel like a good girl–and the black one when I am feeling just a bit BAD. 😉


Nape curls and waves make me feel naughty. *sigh*



Love to you all. I shall try to catch up with your comments tomorrow. Lots more rain expected, so I will be staying home and staying inside, I suspect. 😉

Oh I love it when you let down your hair, RA


I’ve been busy again. Humane Society biz, Pecan Ridge Productions biz and trying to complete a video from the footage I shot Saturday. It offers good practice editing video and gives us a chance to promote our wonderful library (and it’s not bad publicity for PRP, either).  Hoping to get it finished tonight and upload it tomorrow while I am in town and can borrow the dealership’s faster connection. Got in a walk while the sun was shining and now my shampooed tresses are drying as my sweaty garments spin in the washer. Tomorrow I am going to try something new at the hair salon. If all goes well, you will see the results . . . if not, oh well . . .


Speaking of hair, I am still thinking often of Mr. A’s lovely, silky-looking curls and luscious waves we’ve seen in recent weeks. So tempting whether he’s dressed up or down . . .


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But, oh, how the curls get to me when he is unguarded, feeling frisky with a few drinks inside of him, all big, brilliant, cheeky grins and boyish charm.  Yeah, even with “ghosty eyes” he’s gorgeous.



There is a definite hint of devilishness, of a genial sort of naughtiness that I find nigh unto irresistible.  I love it when he feels comfortable and free enough of work obligations to let loose a bit and let down his hair. I want to see him become an animal on the dance floor . . . and elsewhere. *sigh* Right now I’d like to feel that way myself. Satisfied with a dream job well done, looking to future endeavors, onward and upward, a little tipsy and rather euphoric.


I hope he takes a little well-deserved time off to do whatever he wants to do–I hope he feels he can give himself permission at long last, after years of hard work and a lot of struggles at times, to do that. Workaholic though he is, all work and no play might not make our Richard a dull boy, but it does drain some of the joy out of his life, methinks. I love and appreciate his dedication to his roles, his focus and intensity as he prepares for, rehearses and performs each character; but I also want that mischievous, fun-loving lad inside to have the opportunity to come out and play.


And I do confess I want to know if the delicious curls are staying. And if he’s grown it out for a specific reason, for a role he has already secured in some upcoming project Oh, yes, I want to know. And I want to run my fingers through those dark, silky waves and tempting nape curls   . . .  my husband now fears I will never let his own nape curls be cut. I told him, “Girls love curls . . .” To which he replied, “I have my hands full enough with just the one.”

“One curl?” I queried.

“One GIRL,” he grinned. Who, ME??

And a few minutes ago he walks in looking like this, wearing the two vintage hats I purchased from my friend Sherry, who has just opened a vintage and collectibles store in Crenshaw County.

And if you were wondering if hubby was feeling better after all the antibiotics, I’d say–yes. 😉



I DO love a man with a good sense of humor.

What I’ve Been Up To, Saturday Night Edition


First of all, I am short on sleep and took a muscle relaxer earlier and keep drifting in and out, so I disavow any really goofy mistakes. Got some wonderful salsa today at the farmers’ market from my friend Jeanie Cobb, who is a yoga instructor and fellow FMS sufferer. A very cool and caring lady. And her homemade salsa is seriously good-even the mild version packs a lovely little punch.  As Leigh pointed out, the capsaicin in the peppers is also good for pain relief.


Followed that up with a visit to CVS to use my ExtraCare Bucks before they expired–this has been known to happen on more than one occasion–and earned even more. Whoo-hoo!


And then on to Star Wars Day! Outdoor games at the pavilion, followed by face painting and arm tattoos, coloring contests, Star Wars bingo and more.  Spent most of my time at the library shooting with what I like to call Papa Bear Cam–the big professional-looking one–but I did take the SLR and shoot a few stills, too. Here are some of them . . .






A great turn-out and a good time appeared to be had by all.

Oh, and I have new HATS! Arrived this week.




Guyday Friday: brunch with LW


It was a first for Sir Guy. His first reduced-sodium hot Spam sandwich with two thick slices of juicy home-grown tomato, accompanied by a glass of Coke and a dish of chilled (and equally juicy) watermelon. Ladywriter had to indulge her brunch cravings, and Sir Guy shared it with her.


(actual sandwiches looked better than this, but LW failed to take photos)


Even with the paper towel he’d tucked into the front of his Floppy Black Pirate Shirt, the juices were rolling down that handsome stubbled chin of his. Ladywriter’s favorite Dark Knight raised a brow, that pink tongue darting out to capture the flow as he reached for his towel. “God’s tears, these are good and ripe, LW!”


Ladywriter gave a longing inward sigh. She’d have been glad to lick that pesky juice away for him . . .

“Uhmmmm . . .  oh, yes. I do love a proper tomato and the watermelons have been just lovely this year . . . I will miss the fresh fruit and veggies.”

Sir Guy took another bite of his sandwich, chewing with his customary gusto before giving a great swallow, followed by a mouthful of Coke.  What a pleasure it is to watch that man eat . . .


“This–spam?–is rather tasty. What an amazing assortment of foodstuffs you have in the 21st century . . . ”

LW smiled. There was an endearingly boyish side to her favorite SO Not Dead Character, that part of him that delighted and took wonder in so many things she took for granted.

“It’s not exactly banquet fare a la Nottingham Castle, Sir Guy.”

He gave her a lop-sided smile, just a hint of sadness in those kohl-rimmed blue eyes. “Better a spam sandwich with a true friend than a feast with the Treacherous Troll and a fickle, foolish, foppish prince, my lady.”

Ladywriter returned his smile, lifting her Alabama Crimson Tide thermal glass. “I shall drink to that, my dear Dark Knight. And what do you say to a walk with a ‘leper’ and her plebian canines a little later while this glorious sunshine holds?”

Sir Guy’s eyes positively twinkled as he gave her a courtly bow. “I would be honored to accompany you, my lady, along with the beauteous Lady Seabee, Sir Rascal and the young petit couchon-chien.”

Oh, how the French rolled off his tongue!

“The little pig-dog will be thrilled. He’s really taken to you, Sir Guy . . .”

A dark chocolate chuckle. “He’s a friendly little fellow. And one knows where one is with a dog . . .very loyal, they are  . . . ”

Happy (if slightly belated) Guyday Friday to all!


All good things . . . why do I feel like crying?

This is from Sir Peter’s FB page. Feel asleep early, then endured a painful night filled with strange dreams. Feeling melancholy today after a late start.
The last shot.
Big monitors, main unit. Small screens bottom right, splinter.
We’re neck and neck … Shooting our final shots at the same time. … 10.32 pm. 4 or 5 takes so far.
No, wait … Done! While I was typing this, we shot more takes and finished! Richard was fantastic. Splinter almost done. Minutes away.
Smiles and happiness… And sadness. Yikes, very sad.
As I’ve discussed elsewhere, it’s hard to bring something you’ve worked so hard and lovingly at creating to an end. I have a hard time saying goodbye to my extended fanfictions–did some of you ever think I’d finish “Truce”? Same thing with “Dangerous to Know.” Obviously, I didn’t want to do so.
All good things . . . it must be a very bittersweet time for Sir Peter, the cast and crew. Richard loved playing this character, that is clear. He loved talking about Thorin and the crafting of this unforgettable character. He’s invested so much of himself into it. Will it be a little hard to truly let go and move on?  I wonder.
Thank you, dearest Richard, and dear Sir Peter and everyone for all your hard work and dedication and sacrifice and talent. I am proud of you. And yes, I am a little sad.
At least Sir Peter had the faithful Mr. Smudge to provide him with furry solace.  Oh, gosh, that cat reminds me so much of Lucky with longer fur–now I feel like crying all over again.  What a day!
So I look at these photos with such a mixture of emotions . . . pride, happiness, sadness . . . curiosity as to what will come next for Richard and the rest. And will RA and PJ work together again? I truly hope so.
This one puts a right ol’ lump in my throat . . .
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Don’t worry, Guyday Friday will still make an appearance here. It’s not often we come to the end of such an era . . .

Sir Peter, you know how to pique our interest . . . ;)

blogsirpeterFrom Sir Peter’s latest live blog entry at FB. Are those two penguins with a disco ball in that photo? Sir PJ isn’t saying . . .
Setting up our first shot.
9.15. Should be shooting soon. Two cameras, both with 16 mm lenses. Two huge wide shots of a fight happening on an enormous set that filling most of K Stage. This is going to be hard, posting pics without spoilers. I’ll do my best! We have video diary cameras here, so you will eventually see what we’re doing today in detail – but not until the Film 3 extended cut, which I guess will be towards the end of 2015!
We have a splinter unit also filming today, directed by Christian Rivers. … The day has a messy start, because the first couple of hours are going to be spent shooting stuff we were supposed to have finished yesterday. But because of the sheer complexity of the choreography, we worked late, and still didn’t finish.
The real problem is that we were supposed to be shooting in F Stage today, and splinter was to spend the day in K Stage. But we need a couple of hours in K to wrap up, and then we’re going to quickly shift to F, and carry on with our day. It’s forced the splinter unit to stay in A Stage shooting  green screen this morning, until we clear off K and let them in.
Too much detail! But this is the type of thing we’re always dealing with. I do have to get a Facebook filter quickly written, so Warner Bros doesn’t read that we didn’t get yesterday finished!
Hey, just spent so long writing this, we’ve just started shooting!!! Runs are on the board!
The photo: yes, we did actually just film this. Please don’t ask me to explain!  Let’s get that WB filter activated! Thank you Hannah and Dusty!
And from an earlier entry. PJ’s own kitty, Mr. Smudge, he waits to say goodbye to him each morning and greets him at the door each night.  You see, I KNEW I liked that hobbit-y, twinkly-eyed rumpled genius.
There should be some more interesting photos and info to come from Wellie . . .

Thorin Thursday: Photo Edits, GIFs & other Hobbity stuff



Oh, Thorin. What a gorgeous creature you are, even tousled and tangled and worn by your misadventures. In fact, it all makes you that much more appealing, you sexy beast!


The latest Weta Workshop Chronicles book is now available to pre-order at Amazon. I have the first two and I LOVE them. Worth every penny.


Ah, those two old friends, Dwalin and Thorin.  They fight together–and stick out their tongues at each other in rehearsals . . . cheeky RA.


Can’t wait to see this scene in the film!! Wet, roaring, raging Thorin–in a barrel. Yes.


This is an updated version of that work in progress by bohemian weasel I have featured here in the past. Really love the art nouveau-ish feel of it.

This is an updated version of that work in progress by bohemian weasel I have featured here in the past. Really love the art nouveau-ish feel of it.

More GIFs. Hope they work OK for you.




What I’ve been up to: Furry Babies, Facebook, Facing Endless Rain & More


I am not dead or dreadfully ill, but I have been both busy ( writing my new column, volunteer duties for the Humane Society and working on a musical montage video for Pecan Ridge Productions. I love video editing but it is time-consuming work) and somewhat under the weather. And that’s true in more ways than one in regards to the latter. My FMS is flaring as the grey skies and gloomy, wet weather linger with us.  It is an unhappy combination.


Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day . . . like in about a month. I swear, this has got to be one of the soggiest summers in south Alabama I have ever experienced. It’s late July and we have often faced drought conditions by now, only likely to be alleviated by rains in hurricane season.

Not this year. This was our road this morning BEFORE the latest torrential downpour, which came less than two hours later:


The continued rains are causing headaches for our local farmers, forcing the cancellation of a lot of outdoor events, and making us all go a bit stir crazy, not to mention bringing on fears that a bad hurricane season could mean LOTS of trees toppling in the over-saturated soil, causing widespread damage and power outages (which we experienced with Hurricanes Opal and Ivan). Almost 5,000 Pioneer Electric Coop customers, including yours truly. lost power yesterday. We were among the lucky ones who had power restored within an hour; many did not get the lights back on until today.

Things are certainly still green here, what with all that precipitation. But I long for a bit more of the sun–even though I have to be so careful with my pale eyes and skin. I miss it this year!  So I have to edit it into some of my photos . . . though I have captured a few somewhat blue skies.  A touch of it here peeping through on the right . . .


But already turning grey in a photo taken earlier on the farmhouse’s brick front porch.  Definitely needed some sunshine enhancement here!


I am certain my canines wouldn’t mind a bit more sunshine and some dry days, either. We have gotten in a few walkies in between the showers in recent days–new pics!!


Rascal with his soulful caramel brown eyes.


That elegant and charming lady, Seabee.


Our sweet, exuberant, green-eyed puppy, Buddy.

I mentioned Facebook. It’s a good tool for me to promote our video production company–the last couple of events we’ve booked have stemmed from there–as well as a place to promote our humane society and the current pet photo contest for our calendar. I have had two generous donations made via PayPal here (thank you, thank you!) and several photos emailed or linked to me. Here’s one of them . . .  lovely Sammy as photographed by his proud owner, Sebastian, aka Gisborne’s Boy. 😀


Our deadline on entries is a week from today–July 31–so there’s still time, folks!!  Visit our Facebook Page and “Like”

And speaking of Facebook, I do find some fun stuff there~


Come on–who doesn’t love a smiling hedgehog???  And I find some wise words, too~these courtesy of Hayley Williams of Paramore . . .


And then there are images that just make you giggle like a kid. Which is very nice, too.


Benny returns to the doctor tomorrow for his follow-up. I can tell the antibiotics are taking a toll on him. He looks so tired every night, poor thing. Supposedly we will have two rain-free days Thursday and Friday. I guess I will believe that when I experience it.

Saturday, I am planning to attend this:

Courtesy of The Greenville Advocate

Courtesy of The Greenville Advocate

Methinks it will be fun. 😀   I plan to video it. If you haven’t visited our Pecan Ridge Productions FB Page yet, check it out at  I fear I’ve neglected it a bit of late, but girlfriend can only do so much multi-tasking, it seems.


Some actual Mr. Armitage is planned here for later, my darlings.

Oh, and I have a Facebook Page for him, too. Go show it some love, too, if you will. 😀