In this slice-of-life visit with Cutie she chats about her favorite comediennes, including Lucille Ball and Mrs. Molly Goldberg of old-time-radio and early television fame. But the neighborly habit on Mrs. Goldberg’s show of leaning out the tenement window to yell out greetings gets failing marks from Cutie, whose innate good manners as a girl ensured she would simply wave to passing friends, but never holler. Cutie shares some insights into what it means to be born a lady, but suggests that even if you’re born a peasant, you can learn to have a lady’s manners… before being distracted when her “lover” Pop Pop comes into view.
When Cutie was a girl, her family pulled together to make it through the Great Depression, and while they weren’t well off, they had each other and the essentials, and that was enough for them.
Now, as the world goes through another tough time, Cutie shares her advice on how you can keep it together when cash and opportunities are tight, and why it’s not the end of the world if it’s “not all Skittles and fish.”
It’s not every set of grandparents that get their love story told on national television and radio. So the granddaughters dropped in on Cutie to ask if she thinks all this attention will give her husband a swelled head.
Cutie is concerned that widespread publicity for her criticism of Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” video might have hurt the star’s feelings, so she sends out this special message of appeasement for Miss Gaga’s eyes, and yours.
To see what Cutie had to say about the “Alejandro” video, visit https://www.the-ogs.local/ladygaga
Cutie gets a surprise package of novelty cake pans from her fans at Pipedream Products, and takes the opportunity to teach granddaughter Chinta the finer points of baking a cake from not-quite-scratch, including advice on shopping techniques and if it’s okay to eat raw cake batter. Prepared with the help of an agreeable pussycat, the results are a hit with the family–especially after the already sexy cake gets a makeover to look more like Cutie’s beloved Pop Pop.
In this edition of Picture Book, a peep into The OGs’ historic photo albums, a photo of Cutie with her friends from the water aerobics class that appeared on the front page of the Los Angeles Times inspires musings on her lifelong love of water, how much fun it is to splash with a pal, and possible astrological connections.
When a husband yearns to be a bachelor again after 32 years, his wife writes to Cutie seeking some grandmotherly wisdom. Is the marriage doomed, or is this just a bump in their long journey together? Tune in to find out why Cutie says “Hold on with your teeth.”
Some peoples’ grandfathers like to talk about about what they did in the war, others tell fishing stories, or muse on their wild times when they were young. But when Chinta recently asked her Pop Pop to tell his favorite story, he touched her heart with his sincere, grateful and in-the-moment response.
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