Tuesday Thoughts: Winter has Arrived

We, along with many other parts of the US, got snow this weekend. We were planning on going to get our Christmas tree on Saturday, but with that being the day of most snowfall, we put it off until the beginning of the week. We got maybe six inches or so. And I see we are probably getting a bit more plus some freezy stuff this week, also. I guess it was bound to happen sometime. I mean, it is Winter, right?

The snow weirds the dog out, for some reason. He’s usually pretty good when I take him out to potty. Walks along very nicely, does his thing, and that’s that. When there is snow on the ground, he leaps aside as if something under there jumped up and bit him, and tries to run circles around me. Which does nothing except get the leash tangled. He can be such an odd critter!

I do wish I’d stuck my camera in my pocket yesterday when I took him out. The snow downed a huge branch from one of the trees in the area I usually take him to potty across the street. It was almost a small sapling in size. And Mr. Lambeau decided that was just the perfect stick for him to have. He tried to grab it and drag it with him. It was amusing watching him trying to get a hold on this big ol’ branch and pull it around.

I have most of the Christmas decorations up now. I think there is just one smallish box left to unpack. And the tree, of course. I started getting ready to put the decorative train figurines I collected while working at JC Penney up here in my office. Things are beginning to look rather festive. The outside decorations have been up for a couple weeks, although I still haven’t found the three big ornaments we hung out there last year. Gotta assume those are in that last box, right?

Next week, I am planning on starting to bake some cookies. Haven’t done that in a few years. I did promise Will I would make some Star Wars cookies and send them to him in England. Next week will be baking week here!

Somehow, a PS4 seems to have ended up on our shopping list last week. I am not at all sure how that happened. I don’t remember putting that on the list. Of course, I wasn’t present when the shopping was actually done, so I can’t be sure it wasn’t added somehow. The reason put forth was that was the only way we could watch both the Packers and the Raiders games on Sunday, since they were playing at the same time. Apparently, the Sunday Ticket app on the PS4 will let you do that. As it turned out, we weren’t really watching both games together. We switched to my Raiders during commercial breaks (which turned out to mostly be commercial breaks over there, too). Anyway, it came with Star Wars: Battlefront II, and the BaldMan has been playing that. I haven’t really tried it yet. I never played much when we had the Nintendo system years ago, and what I did play, I sucked at. But I’ve been collecting recommendations for games and will look into some of them. I know both Carter and Will would do Minecraft (and hopefully help poor Grandma figure it out!).

Thirteen days until Christmas! And then the New Year will be right on its tail. I hope your holiday preparations, whatever holiday you may celebrate, are going well.

(If you are looking for gifts for a reader on your list, or perhaps even for yourself, might I suggest looking below? You may find something to your liking!)


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A collection of six short fantasy stories set in varied worlds of magic and mayhem. Learn more here.




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A short novelette set in a dystopian Earth after the final environmental collapse. Sam is a genetically engineered chameleon who may hold the key to mankind’s survival. Learn more here.





In a world reeling under the effects of severe climate change, food shortages are common, and arable farmland is scarce. Unscupulous distributors like Beni Oligowma take advantage of the shortages for their own gain. When a promising new technology for growing food even under the harsh conditions is unveiled, grocery store owner Frank is determined to see that everyone is able to benefit from the results, not just the Benis of the world.
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Demon hunters Johnny and Cerise travel to the small town of Carroll Fork where they find a demon-possessed thrift store, a sweet old lady who is more than she seems, and an army of underworld inhabitants. Can Johnny and his trusty yo-yo save the town from a devil of a problem?

Five and Daemon, the Yo-Yo Files #1, is a short novelette in an urban fantasy setting, with elements of the supernatural and humor.  Learn more here


Things have been quiet. No demonic possessions, no otherworldly intrusions, nothing. And then Lucifer shows up in Johnny’s living room, claiming that two archangels are missing, and something is definitely not right in the heavenly- and other- realms. Saying he has nothing to do with it- this time- he asks Johnny and Cerise to help him find out what’s happening, and who is behind the disappearances. While they are trying to do just that, Lucifer is devilnapped by a larger-than-life serpent. He manages to get a clue to Johnny before he disappears. Johnny and Cerise are left to puzzle out the disappearances and try to find the missing angels. Oh, and stop what could mean the ultimate destruction of pretty much everything.

Snake’s Alive, the Yo-Yo Files #2 is an urban fantasy novelette with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here.