“ Day 7 at home and the dog is looking at me like, “See? This is why I chew the furniture.”
Sometimes we will have moments of streaming shows during our lock down moments. I try not to get into this pattern too much because streaming too many hours gives you a sort of entertainment hang over. There are so many other ways to pass the time. Remember all those projects I am always talking about finishing, well I am starting to make some progress and that is a great way to kill some time.
When I take a movie break I at least like it to be somewhat entertaining. Lately though, actually these past 3-4 years it seems, good movies are hard to find. It is really sad and disappointing to witness this happening in my country. A country that is suppose to be known for it’s great entertainment.
I will not go into the politics of what I think is happening, think you all know yourselves and if you don’t then I am truly sorry about that. I notice patterns and I also know this can be very upsetting when your choices are so…I don’t know, let’s see, a safe word to use would be …weird. But I rather use another description, but politics ya know. Seems there is a whole lot of propaganda going on out there.
So when I click through hundreds of shows that have been picked out for us here in the USA for our viewing entertainment, one after another after another and just can’t find anything, I turn on the free over the air channels. You know, those free channels everyone forgets about. They do come with a lot of medical ads but that is usually when I get other things done (yeah, they last that long). I remember as a child watching my mother and Nana watch soaps during the day and as soon as a commercial would come on they would turn the volume down and work on house chores or bathroom breaks. No one really paid attention to the ads. I learned how to get around those visually pleasing ads and that was to turn it down and walk away. Children now days do not have that advantage, they stay through the whole process and never leave their seats.
My husband and I cut the cable cord years ago when we ended up paying over a $100 a month for mostly pharma adds, infomercials and chaotic reality shows filled with hate. Reality shows that made us either want more in our lives, made us depressed because we didn’t have those things or even worse, which was when we started feeling good about watching people get taken down by their so called friends and family right in front of our very own eyes.
“When did the world become more like a High School popularity experiment” I ask my husband all the time. I remember those days back as a teen and all the cliques, with the popular people always seeming like they had everything easy but in reality to be popular like that you had to step on a lot of people. To keep up with that popular image you have to become ugly inside and cruel emotionally. It is such a sad and stressful environment to have to keep going.
So my husband and I got rid of those reality shows and ads and bought a Roku and haven’t been back to cable since, even when we were offered to sign a contract again with them and get a free $200 gift card…no thank you.
If you are tired of the choices you are being given here in the USA or whatever country you live in (not sure how it works in everyone’s area) then try old DVD’s. VHS tapes, free streaming channels, and some of these over the air channels listed below:
Circle- The country channel. They have old Heehay shows and beautiful photography on Sundays with all their nature and animal shows. My grandparents and parents loved watching HeeHay every weekend when we my husband and I were kids. My husband remembers watching it before he had hockey practice.
Laff- Home improvement, and 3rd rock from the sun are some of our favorites on this channel.
Bounce- We will sometimes watch Judge Brown but this channel also shows movies like Any given Sunday.
Me Tv- The Waltons, The Flinstones, Andy Griffith, Carol Burnett and my favorite… Alfred Hitchcock.
Antenna Tv- This channel is a fun one because they show a lot of the 80’s shows I watched as a kid like The facts of life, Different Strokes, and even some from the 70’s like The Patridge family. They also have Mork and Mindy.
PBS- They have some very creative people and beautiful photographers on this channel. I do love the artists out there in the world. Lots of DIY’s and cooking shows.
Ion- I don’t really watch this channel, it is all cop shows. I used to watch Law and Order way back in the day but now they have new cast members and I miss the old. On this channel you can watch shows like Private eyes, Blue bloods and lots of Law and Order.
Buzzr- Another fun channel to watch, it’s old game shows from the past. Sometimes it is just entertaining seeing the different hairstyles and clothes they wore back then…oh, and the prizes they gave out. Yellow and Olive green were popular colors back in the day.
Decades- For all you I love Lucy fans.
Grit- All old western shows.
Cozi TV- another favorite channel of mine because they are always playing Little House on the Prairie, I watched this show as a little girl. They also have other shows like Murder she wrote and The Munsters.
Comet- For all your Sci-fi fanatics (which there are three of in this house) this is the channel for you. They show old movies during the early part of the day and then old television shows like Battlestar Galactica in the evenings. My dad and I used to watch that series together, love the old sci-Fi before it got weird that is. Now everything is a bit too extreme and so violent…what the heck happened?. Also, I don’t know who is writing up some of these scripts now days because they are terrible stories with no direction but hey they look absolutely gorgeous, I will give them that. Visually our movies are outstanding (most anyway) but what happen to the stories they used to tell? I miss fairy tale endings and the moral of being of good character, and the good guys always turned out to be the heroes at the end. Usually the bad guys always lost…that isn’t the case now.
Dabl- a lifestyle network. My favorite show on this network is called Escape to the country. It is kind of like house hunters. I have heard you can also watch this series on Netflix but this is about free streaming channels and shows that are available.
I have also been watching some fun shows on YouTube like:
Hanabira has talent. He makes miniature houses and the background music he plays while he shows the process of making them is so calming. A great show to watch before bed.
The Hollar homestead is about a family who moved from California to somewhere in the heartland (I can’t remember now…think North Carolina or Missouri) anyway they are such a sweet family. They have four little boys and a new baby on the way. They decided to buy a bunch of land and start homesteading. They take everyone through the process of what that is like. Chickens, pigs, gardens, building a home and starting up their small business of soap making and hand made knives. I really enjoy watching their story unfold.
Harold…At first my husband thought this guy was a bit of a show off which tends to be the case with some social media stars out there in the world, but I stuck with watching it and discovered that Harold was instead a bit of a modern day Robin Hood. I told my husband to come back and watch him with me because “ You are going to like this Harold guy more then me I bet.”
My husband now is a big fan and can’t wait for a new show to come out. Harold promotes the little guys, the mom and pops, the families working hard to feed each other. There are moments when he surprises them with big cash hand outs to help them in their small businesses.
That is my favorite part, watching the people, very humble, sometimes fighting back tears accepting help from a stranger that just showed up as a tourist one day. Harold reminds us all what my husband and I already knew from our early days of travels back in our 20’s and that is that there are beautiful people all over the world that can’t wait to share their lives and stories with us all.
Thank you Harold (he will never read this blog to see this thank you but it is always nice to thank people who do kind things) If you are a follower of mine then you know I always support those artists and mom and pop business out there in the world.
Also I have noticed something else while watching these vlogs by Harold…he knows how to read a room really well. There are tricks when out in the world to test your environments. Tricks like seeing how well the animals react around you. Will they come to you?, will they let you pet them?, if not, then maybe they are being mistreated…you very well may be in a cruel area if that is the case.
Aggressive frightened animals are a warning of what type of situation you could be walking into, so stay alert. I leaned that little trick as a little girl growing up around biker dogs. My Swedish Uncle was in a biker gang. He lived next door to me when I was a kid, there were bikers around all the time. Biker gangs, at least in my experience, are always kind to children and very protective, just their guard dogs and women they are not so kind to.
Kirten Dirksen ….Oh my gosh, I LOVE THIS SHOW. Watch this episode, it is my favorite so far out of all her shows. This man tells his story about building his home surrounded by nature and using what he had available around him to do that. He even added a green house. He said one time him and his wife didn’t go shopping for three months by using supplies they grew. They homeschooled and raised their two boys in the middle of acres and acres of giant redwood trees. A beautiful story that I hope you all take the time to watch. I hope he finds someone very kind to take care of the place when he is no longer here (he brought this up) because he put a lot of love into taking care of those trees.
That’s it, just remember, if you can’t find anything to watch, try old school shows and if these get taken off here in our country there are also VCR’s, DVD’s and many out of print books from the past. There are also all kinds of ways to keep busy, doesn’t always have to be a screen. Stay safe out there you guys and I hope you find something fun to watch yourselves. If you have seen any good movies or shows lately that you would like to share please leave them in comments below. I am always up for suggestions. My husband and I watched The Big Country the other day, never saw it. It was a great movie with stunning photography.