“Beware of the Blob! It creeps, and leaps, and glides and slides across the floor.”

Today I have a late start. Every Sunday my sister from Colorado and I chat, sometimes for as long as an hour or more. That’s what happened today.

The morning was a delight. A cool breeze came in through my bedroom window so I lolled a bit. Even Henry slept. Since then, though, the day has gotten warmer and the sun is coming and going. It will be in the low 80’s. I have to go to the dump, but I’ll wait until late afternoon when the dump has fewer cars, and then again, there is always tomorrow.

My house is furry. It used to be just Henry’s white fur, but now there is black fur from the roaming cat. His fur drops in small clumps. I Swiffer often.

I’m watching The Blob, a favorite of mine. It is Steve McQueen’s first starring role. His name in the movie is Steve which struck me as a bit odd. His girlfriend, Jane, is played by Aneta Corsault who played Andy’s Mayberry girlfriend, Helen Crump. Right now “the kids” are checking out the meteor which hot rodded around in the universe. I want the blue convertible Steve drives.

My nephew is well into his thirties. He hasn’t the appreciation my sister and I have for B-movies. In The Creature from the Black Lagoon, all he noticed was the scuba tank hidden until the Gill Man’s scaly back. He didn’t realize he was watching a classic. I could while away whole afternoons watching my B-movies. I admit some are really bad, but there is fun in watching them. I am lucky that my friends Clare and Tony love these movies too. They are perfect for movies on the deck.

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16 Comments on ““Beware of the Blob! It creeps, and leaps, and glides and slides across the floor.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    During the 1950s we went to all of those horrible, horror, B movies. The only one that scared the pants off me was “The War of The Worlds”. I still can’t watch that 1954 version or any of the sequels produced since. Although, I have no problem listening to the Orson Wells Mercury Theater of the air version that was broadcast on Halloween night.

    All the other ones were so hoaky that they were funny. 🙂

    Today was sunny again with a high in the mid 90s. We haven’t had a 100 degree day yet this summer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Most of the B-movies we love are science fiction filled with spiders, monoliths, flies and an assortment of other main characters. Few are horror.

      That first War of the Worlds movie was excellent. The second was also good, but I am sentimental I about the first as it was made with no CGI.

      We laugh at all the silly plots which is why we love them.

      We haven’t yet reached 90, came close but only close.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Yes, I was referring to science fiction movies such as the ones you cited. Movies like “The Fly”, “It Came From Outer Space”. Last night I watched “Forbidden Planet”. Hadn’t seen it since 1956 and loved the plot line and Robby the Robot.

      • katry Says:

        The Forbidden Planet is considered one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s. It is closer to modern Scifi than any of the other films of that time.

        “Help me! Help me.” I love the ending with the half-fly in the web.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        The romance scenes and having earth animals wandering around as long as the daughter hadn’t been kissed was very 1950ish. The best part was using Disney’s animators create the outline of monster and ray gun shots instead of using a rubber monster. The movie gave Walter Pidgon a role in the twilight years of his career. And gave Leslie Nielsen a role right after his bar mitvah. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I have always read that this is The Tempest transformed into science fiction. It is amazing that this film is over 60 years old.

  2. Rowen Says:

    To get into a B-movie, you have to be able to appreciate the absurd, or at least not mind it. That’s a huge part of the experience.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Still hot here but even if it actually is the warmest morning so far it still feels cooler than yesterday, a cold front is on its way and perhaps this feeling of cool air is the beginning of it.

    There was lots of thunder on its way yesterday but just as its edge reached us the thunderstorms suddeenly headed east and missed us.

    My new toilet just arrived! I wonder if this kind would be something like they would have in the oid Scifi movies 🙂 🙂 Inconorate it and reuse the water. Sounds a bit disgustinf to be honest 🙂 🙂 🙂 It arrived a week early and also 8 am, I thought I might to havs to stay at home all day 🙂 Well it wasn’t our postal service that handled the packages, if it had been one would most likely not get it. Packages, especially expensive ones, has a tendency to vanish on the way now days.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It is really hot here. I am still behind the AC. Boston hit 90˚, but luckily we didn’t. Rain is predicted for tomorrow so it should cool down a bit. It may even be a thunder shower.

      I had to get a new toilet a couple of years ago. My old one broke and spewed water all over the place. My friend food it as she was here to feed the cats as I was away. It is just your regular toilet though it needs less water than the one I had. The guy who put it in carried it by himself and thought he’d have a coronary as it was so heavy.

      The news often has pictures of people stealing packages from peoples’ stoops. One showed a lady stopping her car then stealing the packages. She was identified, and her boss said she had used a company car. She was fired and the car taken away.

      Have a great day!

  4. John Wilson, Jr Says:

    I think “The Blob” one of the most prophetic films of my childhood. If you remember, the blob is stopped when it freezes in the supermarket refrigerator. The military take the blob to the North Pole and leave it there. Steve McQueen’s girlfriend says that they are now safe and Steve McQueen responds, the last line of the film, “As long as the North Pole don’t melt.” Well, the North Pole is melting and I expect that soon the blob will be paying us a visit.

    J. D. Wilson, Jr.

    • katry Says:

      I had the exact same thought when Steve McQueen said that. I figure we all need to keep fire extinguishers on hand to save ourselves. Even though the Blob moves so slowly I’m thinking it could get us in the end!

  5. Erin Says:

    I treated myself to a Roomba for my birthday. It is amazing and the animals pretty much ignore it. It drives out of its house, sweeps the floor, drives back in. I empty it daily. It sends me texts about its day. I can’t wait for the dusting, floor-washing and toilet scrubbing version. Maybe in my lifetime! But this will do for now. I highly recommend it.

    Jamie and I love our B-Movies. We watched Svenghoulie every Saturday night on MeTV until we cut our cable. Now I take them out of the library. He makes popcorn the old fashioned way with popping oil and lots of butter. Our exciting Saturday nights.


    • katry Says:

      I have my house cleaned every two weeks, but the animals leave fur all over which means I have to Swiffer every other day or so. The cats leave balls of black fur. Henry’s are white. I like the idea of a Roomba, but I am starting my saving drive as I want to go back to Ghana in 2020. I’ll just have to suffer!

      My movies on the deck are Saturdays. We’re watching Killer Klowns from Outer Space this week. Watch The Man with Two Heads. It is a laugh out loud B movie starring Ray Milland and Rosey Grier.

      We are celebrating clowns this week. I have red noses for everyone and clown pins for the ladies. I have circus theme napkins, and we’re having hot dogs!

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