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Blogophilia 28.14

It’s time for Blogophilia, the blogging group where Martien gives us weekly prompts for our blog. This week’s prompts are:

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 28.14 Topic: Hell Hath No Fury

Hard Bonus: Use a Clive Cussler book title
(Shock Wave)

Easy Bonus: Mention something you might see under a microscope

Yeah, I noticed that I fell off the planet in November – or seemed to. I had stuff to blog, but I just didn’t get to it. Why? Laziness, maybe? I know such a confession is likely to send a Shock Wave through y’all, but it is what it is.

So, new year. We’re supposed to have resolutions, come up with something to make ourselves better, but…eh. I don’t really have any. There are things I’d like to get back to doing – like blogging – but I’m not going to resolve to do it because resolutions always get abandoned in about two weeks. And then we all feel bad and try to punish ourselves – Hell hath no fury like someone who is disappointed in themselves.

So, what would I like to do this year? I’d like to get back to writing. I’d like to get back in the habit of blogging. I’d like to have time to listen to music again. I’d like to watch TV. I’d like to watch the movies I’ve been wanting to see for multiple years. I’d like to redo Dad’s room and get the sunroom and storage finally dealt with. I’d like to keep the house clean, keep up with laundry – I could keep going, but you get the idea. No way it’s all going to happen. And that’s assuming the world doesn’t come with some new germs we all need to be scared of.

Anyway, happy new year, and here’s hoping 2023 is a better year than the last!

Jo πŸ™‚

Halloween Decorations Are Done – Blogophilia 17.4

It’s time again for Blogophilia, the fun blog group where participants use prompts in their weekly blog. This week’s prompts are:

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 17.14 Topic: Everything Pumpkin Spice
Hard Bonus: Use a line or quote by Henry David Thoreau
Easy Bonus: Include a β€œnew girl”

It’s also the time of the year where Everything Pumpkin Spice is…well, everywhere, and the time when we see ghouls and goblins – or rather, this year, skeletons. As Halloween decorations have popped up, I’ve seen an overwhelming number of skeleton set ups, which annoys me a bit because I’d planned LAST year to do a skeleton-scentric display this year.

It’s been said, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” And here I am, following right along with everyone else. Bah!

Anyway, I present for your viewing pleasure, this year’s Halloween display!

I haven’t done much with the porch, and probably won’t, but there’s something at least.

On to the front yard where Skully’s Lawn crew is working hard at getting my yard in shape. We have a guy who’s found a surprise in his wheelbarrow full of dirt, his friend who’s run into a snag while cleaning out the bird bath. The guy with the sheers looks to be doing a fine job – better than the guy who’s mowing, because I think he ran over one of his fellow workers. And then we have the guy who is supposed to be working on the tree. Looks like he can’t hike on, but luckily he has a cloaked friend ready to help…wait a minute. Maybe that’s not so lucky. Oh well, the guy raking the leaves doesn’t seem to worries, and neither does Skully, who’s supposed to be supervising them.

Considering the luck they’re having, it’s just as well they haven’t made it around to the side of the house. I don’t think these plants would take well to being trimmed. (The eyeballs are made out of those plastic eggs like the LOL dolls come in and the man eating plants are foam pumpkins, tree branches, some floral bits from walmart, and spray paint. I might add tongues to them on Halloween. We’ll see)

On down from the plants is the cemetery and the river Styx where the boatman steers some unlucky souls to the afterlife. Even the wildlife there is spooky, as this fisherman has found out with his catch. And look at that – the duck and the frog are just as skeletal. WooooooOoooOOoooooo….. (that’s a tarp – actually three tarps- and I made the lily pads out of felt because otherwise the frog didn’t show up well)

You might have noticed that the souls in the boat seemed very concerned, but they shouldn’t because the afterlife isn’t so bad. Why, look, they even have a park -a Helluva park, haha! It looks like it’d a good place to play frisbee…erm, unless your the guy who lost his hand, I guess. Luckily the Afterlife EMTs are there to save the day. And what park is complete without a dog walker? Fido and Spot look like theyre…oh, dear. Is Spot being a naughty boy? I hope that guy picks up after him! Meanwhile it looks like the dude on the bench is enjoying feeding the birds. (He was supposed to get a vulture, too, who would have been a new girl, so to speak, but at the last minute my order was canceled because they were out of stock. Boo!) But even if we didn’t get the vulture gag, the homeless guy (based on Madao from Gintama) worked well. My uncle is the one who put the bird on his head, and frankly it’s hilarious. Cerberus is also hanging out, though if he is one of the guys’ pet or just a stray, I’m not sure.

And last but not least are the spiders, which Mike put up. πŸ™‚ They will get you if you’re not careful!

And that’s it. Hope you enjoyed the little tour.

Have a spooktacular kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚


Edit: I’ve been promising autumn pics. They’re finally uploaded so here we go. Now I need to do a blog about the Ren Fair yesterday.

Wednesday we went to Council Bkuffs, like usual, and the trees were starting to look good, so I took a billion photos. Of course I’m sharing them here. Aren’t you lucky?

Pretty, huh? Another week or so and I may do some more because the color should be even more pronounced – or else the leaves will just suddenly drop and they’ll all be dead, lol!

While I’m a photos, here are a few random photos from downtown Council Bluffs. Just some pretty autumn stuff.

And for something totally random, we ate at a new place – The Pizza Counter – ast Wednesday. It was pretty good. I had pasta, of course, but the bro had pizza and said it was good. The staff was super nice, and look at the table cloth! I live those, because it reminds me of Pizza Hut back in the day.

Ok. If all these pics ever finish I’ll publish this.

Have an autumn kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Uranium in Des Moines

First, I shared some pretty rose photos the other day that weren’t my flowers, so let me open with a photo of my favorite rose, which is blooming again.

I love that thing! And it always blooms several times, including in the fall, and, yes, it is finally autumn here. Tada!

Anyway, so Tuesday we went with our cousins to Des Moines to catch their flight. Since it left later in the day, we had some time to look around a little bit. You might remember we went thrifting – or tried to – in Omaha Monday. That’s because both my brother and cousins are crazy about Uranium glass. What’s that, you ask? It’s glass that literally has a little bit if Uranium dust in it, which gives it a really nice green color (sometimes it can be blue, yellow, or red). The neat thing with this glass is that it glows under black light, but they didn’t know that when they made it. Back then (and they were making it clear back in Roman times) they just used the Uranium for the pretty color. Here is an example we ran into that we did not buy.

Yeah, it’s a cool color. It’s also slightly radioactive, which is why we bought a Geiger counter, but it’s all a nice, low number, except a candy dish that is only high very close to it. I refuse to touch that one. Haha!

So, the first place we stopped was A OK Antiques in Valley Junction, which is in Des Moines, but you know how cities work. Anyway, they had a cool window display of clowns.

Inside, they had some neat stuff, including a 6,500$ chair and ottoman. Yeah, this place was super pricey.

There was a sculpture garden in the back that had a Sinclair Dinosaur – or one meant to look like it, anyway.

They also had a weird staircase that said no wedding parties or photos, but I’m a rebel.

(I assume they actually mean no photos taken ON the stairs, but you know)

We tried to go to another shop by a little park area, but it’s not open until the 8th, so instead here’s the park, which has a shelter and a caboose, and a really cool tree. Oh, and some pretty flowers. The whole area has tons of flower boxes. I actually took some street shots but they were crappy, so no luck there.

So we went to the Atomic Garage instead. It was actually more of a costume and clothing store, but in the back yard it also had some cool things like a giant chicken and an old McDonald’s story tree!!

Some random neat things from the area:

Last, we visited Memory Lane which was crazy, crazy huge and had the kind of stuff we were looking for. It’s a consignment store, so one area might have something that’s super expensive and the next will be really cheap. Always fun.

Then we went to a fun pizza place – Chuck Celsi’s Tavern – for lupper (half lunch, half supper). I got the baked Cavatelli with cheese (though it wasn’t real cavatelli, just shell macaroni) and it was good. The bro had pizza, which he liked, and hubby had the burger and fries because he’s a nutcase. Haha!

Then we had to run to the Asian store for the delicious elixir of joy that is Calpico.

Man, I love that stuff. And this time they had a new to me flavor, melon. I’ll let you know when I try it. (Lychee is my favorite, so I had that one first!)

And of course here are some random Des Moines pics:

And even more exciting, a couple of houses were decorated for Halloween!

And now I’m leaving you with…what? You want to know if the bro bought any Uranium glass? Well…all right. Yes. Yes, he did.

My cousins also got some stuff, but alas I have no photos of it. I will have photos of them, later, so wait for that.

And now I really am leaving, and I promise tomorrow will be the last extensive blog for awhile. Or until Sunday (Renaissance Fair time, baby!)

Have a Uranium kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Plink Plink

What’s with the title? I dunno. Just finished RoP episode 4 – which I’ll probably yack about tomorrow after I’ve had time to dwell on it – so my brain is a bit occupied.

Yesterday was our weekly trip to Council Bluffs. This week we went to Culver’s. I didn’t even know we had a Culver’s around here, so that was a surprise. It’s only the second one I’ve ever eaten at, but I had the pretzel bites again. They are sooi tasty. And the root beer is pretty good. And then there’s the new lemon ices.

I actually ordered the smoothie but got the ice instead so, oh well. It was good, at least.

We also saw a fun van on the way home. I saw it from the corner of my eye initially and for a second it git me, haha!

There was also a banan duck involved, but I forgot to take a photo so you’ll have to wait until later. Other than that, there wasn’t anything very interesting so I’ll end this and head to bed.

Have a lemon ice kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Pokemon Go Fest Finale!

Saturday was the Pomemon Go Fest Finale, and despite what everyone seemed to think, so long as you bought a ticket to the first Go Fest, this one was free/was a continuation.

The storyline for this year’s Go Fest was that a mysterious portal opened up to another dimension and allowed in and Ultra Beast, and also sucked in Professor Willow (he’s the guy that you’re assisting with all the research and pokemon catching and what not). After he disappeared, a mysterious guy from the other dimension shows up to help you (aka take Willows place). This happened in June, and over the next months, the monthly research was the mysterious space guy, because of course Willow couldn’t be there since he was missing, so it was a cute way to keep the story going. Of course this last Saturday, Willow finally returns, and the portals increase, allowing other Ultra Beasts (who had been released at in person only events over the summer) to appear in raids, and our spaceman friend created some Ultra beast balls for catching them and…now everything has been returned to normal.

Anyway, Go Fest days started at 10 a.m. which meant we had to get up and get going early. The one joy of getting up early is that I get to eat breakfast, and what a yummy breakfast it was!

That’s right! A hot dog from the Weiner Wagon! Ha!! I actually ran into them a couple years ago at Buzzard Fest in Coin, but then they were the Teeny Weeny Weiner Wagon and had a tiny cart, so it’s awesome to see they’ve been able to upgrade. So tasty!

Lunch was just as good because it was a walking Taco from the DAC creamery (I had ice cream, too! Why not! It’s a special day, after all! Carbs don’t count on special days, right?)

And here’s something weird I noticed while driving around that hubby assures me has been there forever:

Anyway, though we did do raids to get Ultra Beasts, my main goal was shiny hunting. And I did waaaay better than usual. I think it’s because we spent most of the time driving around so instead of staying stationary and checking 50 mons we could check 200 mons. In all I got 22 shinies, which is a record for me for any event. I think 12 is the most I’ve had before.

The event ended at 6 pm, in time for a killer rain storm. (I wonder how the people who’ve been in the tents for weeks faired with it?) There was a lot of wind and rain, so we got trapped in the truck for awhile. But, when it ended we went to Stadium 34 for dinner with friends, and had a nice time.

The drink is a Rum Rollover. I’d never had it but yummy! So good! It’s coconut rum, OJ, pineapple juice and grenadine. Mmmmm… and chicken parmesana is always good.

So, anyway, it was a good day. The storm was weird, and the chick hiding in the park bathroom for well over an hour was weird, but what’s a day without a little weirdness, right?

Have a shiny pokemon kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Not Dead

I’m not dead, just been lazy. We went out Saturday, pics to come later. But anyway, I’m here.

Have a not being dead kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Last Covid Day

Saturday was the last day of my covid quarantine. We spent it responsibly – started the Kdrama Hometown Cha Cha which so far is cute (we’re 2 or 3 episodes in) and also watched a few random things. As you can see, Benji has been my covid buddy. What a loyal little guy!

Have a TV kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

A New Year, A New Scent

Lemon blueberry was the scent of the pandemic. Tropical Mango was the smell of my mother’s death. Exotic Bloom has been the twilight time after. It’s a new year, and time to get back to life. But will it smell like Margarita Citron or Candy Cane?

I guess we’ll see.

Have a good one

Jo πŸ™‚

Godzilla is Not the King

Not a lot yesterday to really speak of. I mentioned a couple days ago that we needed to redo the contact paper in the crafty room because the other stuff was pretty but junk. Well, we finally did it and it looks pretty nice. Even better, it’s not see through.

I did get some cookies made. Oatmeal raisin. We fell off the year of cookies thing the last month or so, and I’m trying to get back on it because it’s fun. And tasty.  Anyway, the recipe called for soaking the raisins in hot water for ten minutes and they’re right, it does make them plumper, I think. If you’re interested, the recipe came from They came out pretty good, though I got three pan loads instead of the two it says.

We also finally played Funko Godzilla. First off, the mini figures are amazing. Second, there is a bit of a learning curve and, wow, did it seem intimidating at first. But, after a round, we had it figured out and it was fun. I won, btw, mostly because I figured it out first. Go Megalon, King of the Monsters!

And that’s all I’ve got, so off I go to try to work.

Have a king of the Monsters kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

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