And Just Like That, It’s November!

A few unrelated jumbles of thought for the beginning of a new month: Saturday was Halloween. Our town decided not to cancel trick-or-treating this year, but encouraged masks for everyone and the usual social distancing practices. We did have candy to hand out. Yes, I wore a mask- a proper one. Didn't get many kids … Continue reading And Just Like That, It’s November!

Halloween 2018 Short Story: Catch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star by M.A. Kropp The old man stood up, stretching the muscles in his lower back. He winced as the tightness worked its way out. Picking up the carved pumpkin sitting on his worktable, he turned and surveyed the rest of the small workshop. All around him, on shelves and in boxes, … Continue reading Halloween 2018 Short Story: Catch a Falling Star

Wednesday Wanderings: Halloween!

Monday is Halloween, so for starters, here's a Wikipedia article on the holiday and its origins and customs: Halloween Want to know the most popular Halloween candy? Got you covered on that one: Halloween Candy Here's a different idea for decorating pumpkins that you can use not only for Halloween, but for Fall decorating, too: … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Halloween!

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 … Continue reading Monday Musings: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Halloween Storytime: Academy in the Night

For the past several years, I have been posting a Halloween story for the end of October. Here is this year's offering, instead of a review this week.  Feel free to be the reviewer and tell me what you think. Academy in the Night by M.A. Kropp “Jennifer, the class bell rang a minute ago.” … Continue reading Halloween Storytime: Academy in the Night

Wednesday Wanderings: Thor’s Hammer Prank, What is Orbiting This Star?, Star Wars 7 Trailer, and DIY Halloween

This is a great prank. This guy uses magnets and a thumbprint scanner to reproduce Mjollinor and confound a few would-be Thors: Thor's Hammer Astronomers using the Kepler Space Telescope have found something very unusual orbiting this particular star: Unusual Mass Orbiting Star I suppose everyone has seen the new Star Wars 7 trailer by … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Thor’s Hammer Prank, What is Orbiting This Star?, Star Wars 7 Trailer, and DIY Halloween

Monday Musings: Chili Champions and One More Cook Off, Brrrr!, and Here Come the Holidays

First thing I have to do is send a shout-out to our chili friend, Scott Navaroli from Massachussetts, who became the 2015 International Chili Society Salsa champion at the World Championship in Reno, Nevada this weekend. It is always good when a champion comes from our chili family. I always thought Scott made a championship … Continue reading Monday Musings: Chili Champions and One More Cook Off, Brrrr!, and Here Come the Holidays

Monday Musings: Flexing, Walking, Gardening, and Season’s Changing

We got Fitbit Flex wristband trackers this week. We had on of the other models a few years back, but they were clip type things, and we both managed to lose them- several times. We are National Consumer Panel members and we had enough points to get two of the Flex bands. The bracelet type … Continue reading Monday Musings: Flexing, Walking, Gardening, and Season’s Changing

Wednesday Wanderings: Pretty Pictures, More Fillion and Muppets, Cumberbatch Does Smaug, and Halloween Craftiness

Some beautiful photos from The Guardian. The first one is stunning: Guardian Photos Remember the video I posted last week of Miss Piggy getting a bit distracted by Nathan Fillion? There are two more, and it seems that little flirtation got a bit escalated: Kermit Oh, Nathan! We know that Benedict Cumberbach is awesome. No, … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Pretty Pictures, More Fillion and Muppets, Cumberbatch Does Smaug, and Halloween Craftiness