April 10, 2022
~ Taylor Sheridan, the creator, writer, director and occasional actor of not only the Yellowstone series, but it's prequel, 1883 cut a deal with Paramount to not only carry 1883, but his Yellowstone spin off, 6666, which follows Yellowstone' character Jimmy,
played by Jefferson White as he continues his life at the famous (in real life) Four Sixes Ranch in West Texas. 6666 is set in present day.
1883 and 1932 Clarification
~ The original plan was for 1932 to be Season 2 of 1883
~ However in late March 2022, Executive Producer, David Glasser stated "1883 is now considered a limited series instead of a show that could get renewed every year for new seasons. Paramount+ has announced that there will be a few “additional episodes” of 1883 that will air later this year ahead of the premiere of 1932. But then that’s it for the prequel starring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as James and Margaret Dutton.
~ Paramount+ hosts both 1883 and it's upcoming sequel 1932.
Additionally, Taylor Sheridan's Jeremy Renner the thriller series, Mayor of Kingston, also available on Paramount+
April 09, 2022
To say there's a bit of confusion about viewing the popular Kevin Costner and Kelly Reilly series, Yellowstone, is an understatement. In this blog I'll share with you not only where to view all the seasons of this epic tale of a Montana ranch's fight to keep their land, but the most economical methods.
My next blog will update you on where the series is going, and little about it's spinoffs, prequels , sequels and more.
Cut to the Chase: As of March 28th, the first 4 seasons of Yellowstone can be streamed on Peacock TV. You can watch one free episode, and will then have to subscribe to this venue. It's only $5 a month, with ads for their Premium service, and $10 without ads for the Premium+ plan (I recommend). Go to PeacockTV.com directly to create an account.
While Yellowstone isn't currently available on Netflix or Hulu, Seasons 1-4 are available for purchase through Amazon Prime, if you're already a member (Membership costs $119 yearly). Purchasing these individual episodes or seasons is pretty costly; $2 per episode, or $15 per season, but you wouldn't be the first person to make this mistake, as the Yellowstone marketing department has done poor job guiding viewers to the streaming platforms that screen it. Many of us spent hours trying to figure out where the heck to see these shows, and experienced frustration at the numerous blogs and articles that misinformed us. That being said, the world of Taylor Sheridan's productions is ever-changing, with rerouting themes and episode additions. The following is as of 4/9/22
Subscribing to some great apps through Amazon Prime
~Despite the fact that you can't subscribe to Peacock through your Amazon Prime account, if you're a Prime Member, you can add various apps to your membership, including Paramount+, AMC+, Starz and others.
~The beauty of this is that you'll log into your Amazon Prime account to view these streaming services, and all billing immediately happens through Amazon, so you can pay, track and cancel them easily, and automatically.
AMC+ has another Andrea favorite, Killing Eve, the hilarious Jodie Commer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw series about a wonderfully quirky and fashionable psychopath and a mesmerized detective who's not only obsessed with, but eventually falls in love with her in this well written comedy drama.
~ Starz is offering a limited-time deal; only $0.99 per month, as of March 2, 2022. They host all current episodes of the finely produced historic fiction, Outlander, with Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Sophie Skelton. (Note; the author of this series inspired me to look at North Carolina as a point of escape from California!) See more on that in my blog, 'Journey to the Land of Water'
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August 19, 2021
At her core, Skyler White, wife of Walter White in the ever-popular AMC television series, Breaking Bad, is driven by a strong moral sense. A practical woman, Skyler adapts to her uncommunicative husband's sordid decisions, and the realities she's left to contend with, as the landscape of their once 'normal' American family shifts beneath her.
As any woman who's been cheated on may have experienced, Skyler has to guess at what's really going on with her man, with their finances, and with his continued absences. In my experience, drug addicts may not be cheating with another person, but the drug itself becomes the entity with whom their affair is enacted. In Walter's case, though he isn't consuming drugs, his affair is with his newfound identity as a skillful chemist, producing the purest methamphetamine in the world, and the game of staying alive and free among drug cartels, and street gangs, not to mention the DEA agent who's literally sitting next to him. All this while he's contending with a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, hence his reason to begin producing a cache to leave his family upon his death.
Skyler, the woman left behind so to speak, unwittingly witnesses her relationship with Walt as it begins to disintegrate. When point blank questions go unanswered, when she catches Walt in lie after lie, only to finally discover what's really been happening, where vast sums of money are coming from and then what to do with it all to hold her family together, she becomes a player herself, laundering the literal piles of drug money to keep her family's finances above the law.
Just before her discovery however, in retaliation against Walt, and to feel cherished by a man, she begins an affair with her boss, Ted Beneke, for whom she'd worked as a book-keeper. Refusing to cover up Ted's cooked accounting books, she eventually quits and buys a car wash; a perfect cover to launder Walt's dirty monies with a clean alibi. A season or two later, when the criminal division of the IRS charges Ted with felony tax fraud and slaps a $100K fine on him, in addition to the $617K he owns, he ignores it, refusing to accept that he may also be facing a 5 year prison sentence. Skyler slips some of the drug money aside to help him pay that bill, though she creates a fictitious inheritance so that he doesn't know the money came from her. This she does because if he's audited, she, as his former book-keeper will likely also be audited, an event she'll do everything in her power to avoid. However instead of using the money to pay the IRS, Ted buys a Mercedes, and opens his business again, completely ignoring the IRS' threats. She arranges to have a couple of strong-arms visit Ted to compel him to write the check to the IRS. During this visit, in fear for his life, Ted runs and trips on a rug, paralyzing himself for life. Skyler feels entirely responsible for his demise, and a this point, her life begins to spiral into a very dark place.
In the meantime, it's Skyler's brother-in-law, Hank, the head of the DEA who's been hot after a methamphetamine mastermind fictitiously named 'Heisenberg'. It takes many months for him to put two and two together that that mastermind is his own brother-in-law Walt! Mexican drug cartel, street thugs and numerous other players threaten Walt and Skyler's family, though Walt continues to tell Skyler that she and the family are safe. He and his young partner Jesse are forced to kill or be killed by a handful of people, both in self-defense, and to protect themselves from competition that will also cause their deaths. At one point Walt disappears for days, and throughout this epic, reeling 5 seasons, he comes home with the evidence of severe beatings on his face and body. Skyler reaches the point when it all becomes too much for her to cope with. Her own life, and her children's are at risk, and the safe, comfortable life she's known begins to teeter. Terrified, she goes numb and suffers a near nervous breakdown because she's no longer in control, and has nowhere to turn. This image shows her after she's walked into the swimming pool, just to escape the conversation at a family dinner.
Throughout the 5 season series, this complex character carries a simple style. Her clothes are never flashy, but humble housewife clothes, professional office-wear, and a few tighter fitting and lower necked blouses when she's feeling frisky. All befitting a practical woman who's sexuality is understated. She wears primarily simple beaded necklaces, sometimes with a small silver drop pendant, a leather watch band, and small earrings that don't make a statement.
Suddenly, beginning the 3rd season, we see her wearing two of the same bracelet, stacked on one wrist.
These bracelets, called Flinging Arrows, step in and take the spotlight, and like so many landscapes we've seen in the great Westerns, they become characters in the story, accentuating the sensuous and empowered feelings that Skyler begins exhibiting when she stumbles into the enriching money game Walt has created. They convey with their blast of silver and undulating movements as the two pieces play off of one another, what this strong, no-nonsense, and very human woman is feeling. Every time this duo of wrist embellishments appear, we're riveted to them, as they fill the screen with their unique personalities. In some scenes they're so central, you may be mesmerized to the point that nothing else exists!
Stay tuned for upcoming blogs on Skyler White's memorable character, and the four bracelets she wears from season 3 through 5!
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December 21, 2020
December 14, 2020
As I walked along the creek, with horse pastures flagging my other side, frost, so thick it looked like snow blanketed the world. Tall, bladed grasses, moss tufts, the frozen mud road with hay cart and hoof prints, pebbles, river rocks and boulders, trunks of Walnut, Poplar, Maple, and White Pine, the short needles of Hemlock, and longer hairs of Fraser Fir were en-robed with a fine-glittered frosting.
When I was a little girl, it wasn't so much the windows of the advent calendars that tickled me, it was that fine glitter. Thankfully the horrors of adulthood and getting here have failed to kill that joy. Along the creek-side though, inside the frost's glitter and infiltrating all this land is mica, another fine, silver-sparkling glitter. Can you imagine dual sparkles everywhere? They're literally glittering inside glitter! I do believe sometimes I've died and gone to heaven.
So many people here dread the Winter, but it's as magical as the other two seasons I've experienced in these Blue Ridge Mountains...and I know I've only seen and felt the tip of the glitter. I had a tequila cocktail the other day called a Sparkling Pony, which had tequila, cranberry juice, lime and edible glitter. How could I resist, being a lover of horses, tequila and glitter!
I'm also intrigued to explore the sliver of the Blue Ridge that Tennessee claims, which incorporates the Smoky Mountains, the Chilhowee Mountains, and the Snowbird Mountains. The average elevation of the Blue Ridge area is 5,000 feet above sea level; all a part of the Appalachian Range for those of you who don't know. I continue to meet people I resonate with who hail from Tennessee, though I can't imagine leaving my new friends here in North Carolina.
I watched every DVD I could get my hands on from the library about Appalachian history; the people, wars, music, etc.. It's given me a wonderful perspective on the attitudes of my friends here, many, as well as my own whose Scot-Irish ancestors fled persecution and repression in Europe in the early 18th Century. These peoples fought to retain their newly found freedoms in these remarkable mountains, and the homes they'd forged through hard sweat and tears. Moonshine wasn't just a way to lubricate their pain, it was quite the lucrative business for many of them. Prior to the American Revolution, when the British taxed them, they complied. When the British became greedy and imposed higher taxes, the mountain people stood up to their soldiers. With a vast understanding of the nooks and crannies, the hollers, ridges and caves, the mountain people were at the advantage and either drove the British out, or massacred these invaders. When Prohibition came along, they began souping up their cars to out-run the police, hence the birth of Stock Car Racing, which eventually became NASCAR. The first of these raceways is now defunct, but only a few miles east of where I'm living. I've come to realize that these attitudes live inside me, and they're raging most acutely with the repression our own government is currently imposing upon us. I believe it's a cellular memory bucking the repression, and I'd imagine it has a lot to do with my draw to horse-gentling, as opposed to the aggressive tactics historically employed by horsemen to get a horse under saddle.
As with all my monologues, I learn as I write. How do you like this! "I looked into the origin of "souped up", and it turns out that the origin of the term has nothing to do with the automobile and largely predates hot-rod culture, with it first popping up in the dictionary back in 1911 in reference to a "narcotic injected into horses to make them run faster." In that sense, "soup" was slang for the narcotic involved; you gave the horse "soup," and thus it was said to be "souped up." Of course, its slang usage probably was spinning around the American lexicon before it was recorded by Webster." (From an article in Auto-Trader "The Origin of the Term “Souped Up” Isn’t What You Think" 2017.).
Along the subject of cocktails, or rather beer in this case, I found an amazing stout the other day that is crazy delicious. It's called Breakfast Stout, and has double chocolate, coffee and oatmeal. So yummy!
Do I digress? Welcome to a morning with Andrea, as I watch Mortana rolling after her breakfast, as birds chirp above me. BTW, I finally saw my first Red Cardinal the other day! What a site he was to behold!
Happy December my Friends!
September 30, 2020