Saturday, June 25, 2011

Unscheduled Post

I've said it before, but thank goodness for wifi.  Since I did not get a chance to blog while I was home (or at son's college orientation), I'm typing this during a layover in the Salt Lake City airport.  The subject of this post changed when I received a certain text message last night. 

 You can't go anywhere in Orlando without hearing about the Casey Anthony trial.  There is live coverage on every local station...did you know they even hold the trial on Saturdays?  The few times I happen to catch it on TV, I find myself being drawn to the drama like many others.  However, I don't watch it for long because I feel like I walked into a movie theatre halfway through and don't know what's going on.  At times like this, I rely on text alerts when "real" news happens.  Last night, I received this text alert from CNN with sad news:  
"Actor Peter Falk, who rose to fame on a rumpled raincoat and a shambling manner as the TV detective Lt. Columbo, has died at 83.  Falk died peacefully at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on Thursday evening, according to a statement released to CNN by a family friend. The cause of death was not released. In 2008, Falk's daughter said he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease."

I'm a crime drama to read mysteries, especially who done its...DVR Law & Order Criminal Intent and Criminal Minds reruns even though I've seen every episode numerous times (come to think of it, now I'm not sure why I don't watch the Anthony trial)....but before I became smitten with Goren (and Eames) and before I discovered Derek, I was obsessed with Columbo. Falk!  Back in the day, I recorded Columbo reruns on VHS tapes while I was at work and thought he was perfect in The Princess Bride.  These days, Columbo keeps me company in my sewing room.  I pop him in the DVD player.  I have seen the episodes so many times, I don't need to watch every scene....I just like having it on in the background while I sew. 

#6989 Memories and #7111 I Spy a Button
 I was sad to learn that Peter Falk suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.  Now seems as good a time as any to talk about the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  (See....everything relates to quilting...)  If you click on the link now, you will see the fabulous headline:  "Island Batik Donates $25,000 to Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative", and just two weeks before that was another great headline:  "AAQI Awards $60,000 Research Grant".  These are my latest AAQI purchases...have you noticed I've been doing more buying than making lately?

Originally, I planned to write about my trip to Minnesota by way of Montana....notice all the important items in my suitcase....fabric and cowboy boots...Yee hah!

More about that to go catch my flight...


  1. The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies -- a big reason for that is Peter Falk's role! Safe travels, Rene'!

  2. travel safe - love the cowboy boots, ditto Peter Falk! :(

  3. Faulk was really great! (In everything he did).
    Aside from that...great boots! Have fun.

  4. Loved your unscheduled post and your great seque from Peter Falk's alzheimer's to AAQI! Remember how he used to act as if he couldn't remember details? How ironic to end up that way in real life! Love your new quilts and will keep tabs on their numbers to get them up on site! And buying quilts is just as important as making them. Without buyers, we'd have no money whatsoever for Alzheimer's research!

  5. Fellow fan of Columbo here. I just got another DVD set in the mail just a couple of days before I heard the news about Peter Falk. So adore him and the show. Always enjoy it although there are a couple of eps in the later years I can't stand. I really enjoy L&O:CI too but not Criminal Minds. Have you watched The Glades? I really like it - very easy going and it takes place in my area code. Love the chemistry between the leads. The show does annoy me with the young hot attractive marine biologist/cop etc.

  6. I LOVE your boots! What brand are they? I love mine.