19 September 2018

3 Days Till Autumn

Happy Wednesday! Happy Yom Kippur to my Jewish friends/followers!
(c) the Joyous Living
Autumn is almost here and today I have another tip on how to celebrate the last days of summer with y'all. Have you been enjoying my series thus far? What has been your favorite post? Do share in the comments below.

Tip #16
Break the fast and grab brunch with a girlfriend or handsome boyfriend 😉.
My Old Dutch. (c) The Joyous Living
Brunch is probably my favorite meal of the day/week/etc. So any excuse to have some delicious food is good with me. In fact I am going out to brunch myself this morning with a friend who has school off due to the holy holiday.

Some favorite brunch spots in Ventura County, California, USA:
(c) the Joyous Living.
- Mimi's Cafe (Thousand Oaks)
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- Country Harvest (Newbury Park)
- Eggs n Things (Camarillo + Thousand Oaks)
- Marmalade Cafe (Thousand Oaks)


18 September 2018

4 Days Till Autumn

Autumn is just 5 days away! So how best should we celebrate this Tuesday?
Rebecca: La Prima Moglie. (c) Rai Uno.

Tip #15:
Do yourself a favor and try out a foreign language film. You'll be surprised how much you might enjoy it and what you will learn.

Some of my favorites are:
Rebecca: La Prima Moglie (Rai TV) - Italian Language. I have not been able to find and English subtitles but thankfully I know the general story well enough to follow along. (Youtube Part I) (Amazon DVD Region 2)


La Rafle (The Roundup) - French Language with English Subtitles. About the true story of the infamous Vel d'Hiv Roundup starring Jean Reno and Melanie Laurent. Stellar cast and filming. Don't forget the tissue.


The Sicilian Girl. Italian Language with English Subtitles. About the true story of Rita Atria who broke the code of silence and gave evidence against the Mafia. I believe there is some adult content but it's been a while since I've watched it.


Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great. Russian with English subtitles. Lush and gorgeous production about Catherine the Great's arrival and early years in Russia. The second season covers her reign after the coup. Adult content is relatively mild throughout. You can also get the gorgeous soundtrack here.

What is your favorite foreign language film?

17 September 2018

5 Days Till Autumn

Autumn is just 5 days away! So how best should we celebrate this Monday?

Tip #14:
Give a furry friend a kiss and feel the love radiating out of him/her as you cuddle. There is something so encouraging and warming to the heart to be loved so unconditionally by your furry friend. When you're crying they sense your heart breaking and are there to cuddle in your lap. When you are overjoyed by life's good fortune, they are eager and thrilled to share in the joy and excitement. Life is good with a furry friend.
If you are considering adopting a dog/cat, please consider adopting from a shelter or rescue instead of visiting a pet store. When dogs/cats overfill a shelter there is the possibility of a kill order which is heartbreaking but sometimes that means the dogs and cats can be adopted for less $. And please stay away from scammers online who request money in advance of the adoption.

We adopted Captain Hastings Alyosha from Life Animal Rescue in Agoura, California, and the stories of the dogs and cats for adoption will certainly tug on your heartstrings.

PS Today's post is #600!! Do you have a favorite post? Please share in the comments below.