Monday Musings: Life, the Universe, and Everything

42. That’s it. That’s all I have to say this week. Because, really, what else is there besides the answer to it all, right?








Oh, okay. I’ll add more. Last weekend was another grandchild’s birthday party. This time, our Miss B turned three. She seemed happy with the tea set and picnic basket we got her. She wanted cupcakes for her birthday, so her Mom (our youngest) made both vanilla and chocolate, with blueberry and strawberry fillings. A little glitch on baking the vanilla ones (she under-baked them just a bit on the first batch), but the final results were quite tasty. And the birthday girl seemed pleased.

Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet week. Nothing special, mostly business as usual. The BaldMan had Monday off, so we did some errands.

Things are quiet on the chili front right now. The Worlds Championships are this coming weekend, in Reno, NV. We are not going to be there. It would have been nice, as this is the 50th anniversary of the WCCC.  It is just too darned expensive. Air fares, hotel (the host hotel/resort is really pricey!), possible car rental, meals and other miscellaneous costs just added up to too much this year. So, good luck to all our East Coast cooks! Bring home some bling!!

I’ve set aside revisions on the space opera for a short while to work on this year’s Halloween story. I’ve done a story that I’ve posted here on the blog for Halloween for a few years now, and it is a fun little diversion. This year, it’s a bit of a mild horror thing (no overt violence or anything like that. More on the psychological level. I hope.). I’m calling it Danse Macabre, and it begins at a party. Stay tuned for it to go up on- well, Halloween!

Otherwise, things are quiet and rolling on as usual. Another week, another set of plans to run afoul! Though I do hope not too afoul.

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