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Getting a Bit of Knowledge

This morning is the complete opposite of yesterday morning. Dark dark skies. We also have a wind advisory but the wind is barely moving anything right now. Damn, the birds can’t find where Chris put the feeder (turns out it was Stella that ate the suet) and neither can I. I’ll have to go look for it and find a spot in the area that it was to put it up higher. I need to replace the feeder. I can only put suet in it as someone broke on of the sides and now only one suet packet because Stella all but tore the one side off. On the plus side if I can find one that comes with a hanger I can put it up in the maple trees right there so it will be in the same area. Not to mention I can give them both seed and suet then. The general opinion is that it will be a hard winter so the little critters will need food and water.

I watched two documentaries yesterday. One was on Steampunk and the other on a specific horror convention in St. Louis. “Vintage Tomorrow” was about the Steampunk culture and movement. I find myself using the term movement with that documentary because the people interviewed had thought about what being involved with Steampunk meant to them and how it could be used as a tool to better the world. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Steampunk it is a cross between all things Victorian with steam and metal. But the mindset behind it goes much deeper. It is a very good documentary and on Amazon Prime for those of you interested.

The second documentary was on a horror/sci-fi convention in St. Louis called “Contamination.” There have been plenty more that have come to the city since but this was one of the first to arrive and thrive. “Contamination: A Convention Story” covers I believe the second year that it was there. It reminded me of why I really really want to try to make an effort to get to one of the horror conventions. All the cool goodies for sale and just to see all the awesome costumes and be around people who like the same types of things. Not to mention the star factor. You can meet one of your icons and actually talk to them. It would be like getting to meet Joe Hill. You are no longer looking in from afar. Just to be able to be submersed in all that for a few days…. sigh. The documentary interviews not only the people who put it all together but the stars who attended and the average attendee. The interviews were interesting and I thought it was cool that the stars had taken the time to be a part of the convention. A lot of them really enjoyed the experience, most actually. If you are interested this was also on Amazon Prime.

As promised I took a lot of photos yesterday. I will pick out a few to share this morning and use more tomorrow since I’m pretty sure that I won’t be taking any photos before work. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, dreams, Emotions, family, Life, Movies, Photography, Thinking

Another Day

Moose is snoring behind me. Essie is trying to sleep in the man cave but every once in a while she goes outside. She’d not been feeling well. Stella is hunkered in on the couch amongst the blankets. I’ve only gotten a few hours of sleep despite my best efforts.

The sun brightens everything up despite the heavy cloud cover. The warm day we had yesterday will help bring out the Fall colors. I found a small frog beside one of the ponds yesterday. It is about the size of your thumb nail. I was pleasantly surprised to find it. It has been very cold at nights and some of the days haven’t been that warm. I also broke down and brought in the hummingbird feeder and cleaned it. It is down until next Spring. All I have to do tomorrow is my classwork and work on my novels.

I am trying very hard to be positive right now. I am tired and I don’t much feel like going to work but I have to. Bills gotta be paid. Today is Mental Health Day apparently. It has popped up in my news feed as well as several blog posts from fellow bloggers.

I started watching Netflix’s next haunted house series The Haunting of Bly House. I have to say I like it better than the first series they did. It is much more creepy and the plot twists are not only very good but believable. In their first series, The Haunting of Hill House, some of the twists were just put in to make things unpredictable (or so they hoped). Some of them weren’t very believable in the world they created. I have three more episodes to go. What I also like is that you can binge watch if you want or dole it out. The story is compelling enough to keep you coming back. Bly House is haunted but by what…. or whom?

I guess I will wrap this up and put a few photos in (I should check to see how much room I have in my gallery on here). I hope everyone has a great day! Stay safe and thanks for reading!

Dogs, Emotions, family, Friends, Holiday, Life, Movies

Friendship

Nature looks as sleepy as we feel this morning. It is cloudy enough to make you wonder if it night rain later but the sun is poking through here and there. I think it will be a lazy day as much as I can make it today.

I had a fun surprise yesterday afternoon when I got home from work. Two actually. The first was a long time friend stopped by to spend some time with us and the second was that Chris elected to stay home from work so we could spend time with our friend. When I got home I was beat and a bit too exhausted to play hostess. But that didn’t last for long. Soon the three of us were catching up and making plans for October. Jim is a big horror fan like myself. With COVID happening the yearly Halloween Horror Movie Marathon at our local theatre probably wasn’t going to happen (we had such a blast staying up literally all night watching Halloween (the movie franchise) movies and playing various games between viewings!). So we are making plans to do our own. We are defiantly including Trick-R-Treat and Nightmare Before Christmas but the rest of the viewing is up for grabs. Also under consideration in the menu. He has started the Keto diet so I want to make sure we stick to stuff he can have. Needless to say it was a good visit. Oh and as an added bonus he brought me my Halloween/October gift of a Chucky tee shirt (Child’s Play movies).

I took on a meeting last night for the paper and got the article written this morning. Which is why this is so late. Before the meeting Chris and I had a really nice dinner on the grill together and we started watching the series Ratched on Netflix. It was nice and relaxing to spend the bonus time together.

I am debating about whether or not to watch my class videos today. I may put that off. The kids really want me to get out with them and really I do too. I need a break from things. That being said I am gonna wrap this up and send it out to the world. Thanks for reading and as always stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Life, Movies, Nature, Photography, Writing

Cloud Watching

This morning my thoughts are a grey as the skies.  Essie won’t eat which means she hasn’t had her medicine.  I still haven’t received my money from the 401K so the vet bill is still unpaid.  I am concerned that Essie does indeed have cancer and that her time with us is more limited than we think.  It is not me being negative.  It is me watching her and her habits.  I’ve not voiced this to anyone here because I would get the talk about being more positive.  I’m not sure how long til we get the results from Essie’s biopsy.  Maybe as late as next week.

We slept later this morning.  Mostly due to us being up late.  We would’ve been in bed by 10pm but when I went to close the sliding glass door I noticed that I could see stars which meant that the clouds from earlier had gone.  Sooooo I decided to wander out and see if I could see the comet.  And lo! there it was just over the house.  So then I had to get the binoculars to see how well I could actually see it.  Well by the time all was said and done it was going on midnight.  The kids really wanted me to go to bed but they wanted to make sure I was ok outside.  Moose and Essie came out alternately with me while I was star gazing.  My patient puppies!

I watched two movies I hadn’t seen for years yesterday.  The first was “Sleuth” with Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine.  The second was “Deathtrap” with Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and Dyane Cannon.  I enjoyed watching both of them.  Sadly we had no popcorn but that’s ok.

The sun is trying to come out.  That will bump up  the humidity which I am ok with but I am in the minority.  I am going to try to get some work done on my stories.  Since I seem to be willing to do it mentally I’d better do it while I can.  I will leave you with some photos I took yesterday around sunset.  The one cloud formation reminded me of Godzilla, one of my favorite childhood “monsters” (I never thought of Godzilla as a monster and I always thought that Godzilla was a she because of baby Godzilla).  Anyway thanks so much for reading and your awesome comments!  Stay safe and have a great day!

Animals, Books, Life, Movies, Reading

Coffee and Werewolves

I hate it when you just get up and someone who has been up for a while expects you to fully function with no coffee right off the bat.  Anyone who knows me understands this.  Or atleast I thought they did.  I am not a morning person but I get up early out of necessity.  Sigh…. oh well.  Another side issue is that even after one cup of java I am still not awake.  So hang on while I get my second.

Yesterday I received my copy of The Howling by Gary Brandner.  I had been looking at getting it for awhile.  It is the novel that the movie of the same name is based on.  I plowed through it in a few hours.  I LOVE this book!  It is a straight forward and uncomplicated werewolf novel.  No side romances with other supernatural creatures.  Just a what-would-happen-if-there-were-werewolves slice of life.  No complicated descriptions.  No hidden meanings.  It was so refreshing to read!  And if someone picks apart things like silver bullets (you cannot use silver as a bullet because among other things it is too soft) then that means they are missing the story and not enjoying it.  The book was written in 1977.  There are two more books in the series and I think I might get them soon.  I have watched most of the movies based (at times in name only) on the trilogy and I have preferred some and not others.  But I am really excited to find the books.  Incase you’ve not read the book or watched the movie the basic story is a couple moves for 6 months to a small community in California to help their relationship (in the novel she is recovering from a rape that is vividly described so fair warning).  The town is quiet and unassuming.  The husband falls in lust with one of the locals and gets turned into a werewolf.  The wife keeps hearing howling at night and does some investigating on her own.  While doing that she meets and befriends an ex-nun who believes there is a werewolf living in the town.  Together they unravel the mysteries of the town.  It is quite good.

Oh geez… I have a butterfly that is stuck in the house.  I am going to wrap this up and try a rescue before it gets stuck somewhere.  Thanks for reading!  Have a great day and stay safe!

Aging, Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Life, Movies, Thinking

New Is Not Necessarily Improved

Atleast the sun is out.  The nights have been cold.  I guess that can keep the bugs down.  Moose and Stella are beside me vying for my attention.  I type a few words then scratch and love them. Ahhh Stella has just gone outside to lay in the sun.  Moose is behind me on the love seat.

I find myself being drawn back into horror movies.  So many of them are just…. so uninteresting.  I am beyond over with zombie flicks.  It has been years since a good werewolf movie has been made.  The same can be said for vampire movies as well.  Ghosts seem to be doing pretty well though.  And demons.  I watched
Don’t Knock Twice” last night and was pleasantly surprised.  The basic premise is if you knock twice on door of a certain house where and old woman commit suicide she would come and get you.  The usual camp fire story.  But what they did with it made me pull out a notebook and start jotting ideas.  They had believable twists and turns that enhanced the story.  The underlying story is about a rehabed and now successful mom trying to get her teenage daughter that she gave up to the system back.  The whole storyline was well done and very compelling.  The characters are well thought out.  Even minor characters may or may not become more as the story unravels.  It is very well done on all fronts.\

There have been so many horror movies that have been touted as being so fabulous and everyone needs to see them then you watched them and wonder how much money was paid to critics to say that.  People just rehash the same stuff over and over with no originality.  I guess that has been one of my big complaints as I’ve gotten older.  Instead building from ideas and stories and giving them a new spin they think they can remake something and call it good.  For instance a lot of the cartoons when I was growing up (oh let’s pick two off my favorites… Winnie the Pooh and Scooby Doo) get remade.  And remade badly.  They make these iconic characters into some thing they are not.  They completely change them so that they resemble the originals in name only.  Now there have been some well done updates to Scooby Doo (not the cartoon series… those new ones all really suck).  The live action movies I didn’t think I would like but I really do.  And my all time favorite is when the tv series “Supernatural” used it in season 13 I believe.  Soooooo my favorite!  One of the few times something has lived up to all the hype!

I will probably watch some more horror once Chris leaves for work this afternoon.  Although I do need to throw more toys over the course of the day.  I didn’t tire the kids out enough last night so they are restless this morning.  I should probably wrap this up so I can get outside while the sun is out.  Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!  Stay safe!

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The Poetry of Life

Coffee doesn’t seem to be working this morning.  The sun is out but it is cold.  Essie is sleeping in the man cave.  I’m not sure how long she’ll be out as her medicine (two pain pills) is supposed to make her drowsy.  She fought it all day yesterday after I brought her home.  She wouldn’t let herself fall asleep and stay there until we went to bed.  It turns out she has an ear infection as well as the sting on her paw has become infected.  So she has ear drops that go in both ears and an antiseptic pad that I wipe her paw with as well.

I am finding myself looking at more poetry lately.  I have followed a few new poets (new to me) on here.  Some of them are very avant guard with their words and visions.  It was nice to read a poem and have the words depict things in the minds eye way out of my norm.  When I was in my 20s I found myself reading a lot of poetry.  I still have all of the books I purchased.  I may spend some time going through them again to explore them once more.  Maybe that will help.

I enjoy listening to Sir Patrick Stewart recite sonnets every day.  I some times wait and just listen to a bunch in a row.  Dad used to recite poetry to me when I was little.  I remember him reciting “The Raven” from heart as I read along in my book (I still have the book) at bed time.  Mom was less than thrilled with the choice of reading material but she and I were the ones that stayed up and watched the Ghoul on Friday nights as well as all the old school horror movies on Saturday afternoons (after cartoons of course) with Sir Graves.

I think I will get a fresh cup of coffee and curl up with a book.  Maybe poetry.  Maybe prose.  We shall see.  I hope you and yours are safe.  Thanks for reading!

Animals, Dogs, family, Life, Movies, Nature

A Day in the Life

It snowed last night and is cold enough that it is still her this morning.  Moose ate breakfast but neither of the girls ate.  This is the first time since I brought Stella home that she would not eat.  She went right to the love seat and curled up.  I can hear Essie’s tummy gurgling from across the room.

I move a bunch of stuff out to the garage and rearranged a bunch of stuff in the house so that we could put the new recliner in the bedroom when it came.  It is too small for Chris.  So.  He will meanwhile look for another larger recliner to sleep in.

Mom did get her autographed jersey before Mother’s Day.  It wasn’t supposed to arrive until the middle of next week.  She was over the moon when she got it.  The new dryer works really well.  Jeans are dry the first time through with only 45 minutes to dry them.  Moose was shaking when I started the new dryer but wasn’t when I went to check the clothes when it finished.  The lint filter design is also something genius as it wraps around so that nothing can get into the body of the dryer and mess things ups like on the old one.  I do need to figure out how to turn the melody that it plays off.  It goes on for almost a complete minute quite unnecessarily.

My treat to myself last night was I got pizza and Pepsi delivered and I watched all but the second movie in the Phantasm movie franchise.  It was interesting to follow the characters but I think that I like the first one the best.  I usually do when it comes to the original versus sequels to movies.  Although with Candyman I liked all of them and I really enjoyed some of the Child’s Play sequels.  But I am usually willing to give things atleast one watch through before I say yea or nay.

The natives are getting restless so I supposed I ought to wrap this up.  I will take them out to the garage for a run about.  I need to put together a grocery list as well.  That will probably happen once Chris gets up.  Not sure if I will make it home before he leaves for work though.  It will depend on how busy the store is.  Be safe and thanks for reading!

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The Good and the Bad

It is a steady rain this morning.  The skies have darkened since we got up.  It was another late night last night because I stayed up to see Chris when he got home last night.  Unfortunately my body was awake at 7:30am.  Yesterday was hard.  I found out that a dear friend died from COVID-19.  I shared the news on my Facebook account because it was honestly easier than having the conversation around twenty times over phone calls and messages.

I did get some time out in the sun in the afternoon.  It got warm and the sun was shining so out I went with a book.  Once 3pm hit it seemed that the dogs demanded I spend time with them so I packed up my goodies and we played and watched tv.  I found more documentaries on writers I admire (or just enjoy their writing) on Amazon.  The other day we watched one on Margret Atwood.  Last night I watched one on Neil Gaiman (I respect him even more after watching) and then one on Harlan Ellison (I am still not sure how I feel about him; a brilliant mind but no filter).  As I watched I complied a list of my heroes (in regards to writing).  So I am trying to use that as inspiration.

I got an article written last night and I hope to get more done today.  The temperature has dropped for today so I think it will be an inside day due to the rain.  If it stops later I might venture out and continue weeding one of the raised beds out back.  I did get all the indoor seeds planted in pots.  I have been taking them in and out of the sun everyday.  My Italian sweet basil is sprouting like crazy so I think I will have some inside and outside.  I always seem to do well with herbs from seed.  This will be the first time I will be doing other food stuffs from seed.  We’ll see how I do.

I also want to thank everyone who has been reaching out over the past few weeks.  It means a lot.  I should get myself together and try working on a review or my novel.  Thanks for reading.  I hope you and your family stay safe.  Have a great day!

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Another Day and Some Hockey Memories

This will be another short one.  I slept until my alarm this morning and then spent more time than intended reading the news.  Things are slowly grinding to a halt.  I went to the store for supplies yesterday and the shelves are becoming bare at the grocery.  No yeast there or at many stores so my bright idea of making bread from scratch may end up a bust.  Or just find a different kind of bread to make.  I posted on Facebook that I would make bread for people if they bought the supplies.  I would even deliver it if it was within a reasonable driving distance.

A nice thing that has come about (even though it will shut down the repo yard eventually) from all this in that many banks and such are waiving missed payments due to the outbreak.  I am not sure for how long (I got an email from my bank this morning but I’ve not read it) or what the details will be.  But I appreciate that the almighty dollar is not going to be in control with some of these bills.  Atleast not yet.

I watched two hockey documentaries last night.  One  was on Bob Probert and the other was on Grant Fuhr.  I met Probert when I was in high school (he has to come and sign autographs as part of his probation terms).  And I LOVE goalies and Fuhr has always been a favorite for me.  Watching those docs I remembered how awesome hockey was for me growing up (I even dated a hockey player for a while… sigh) and how hard it was for those guys coming up from the minors with all that talent and being exposed to all the attention and glam of the big leagues.  Amazing stories form most of them!

Nuts.  I need to shut up and get gone!  Thanks for reading!  I hope you have a great day!