Wednesday, April 10, 2024

#AtoZChallenge - Inspiration

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Welcome to Day 9 of the April A to Z Challenge

My theme this year is (again) things that inspire and/or entertain me.

Going back to my H post, where do I get my Halloween inspiration?  

First of all, YouTube.  These are just a very few. 

 Van Oaks Props - he takes everyday items and makes them look so realistic

ShellHawk's Nest - she is a ceramics artist & I love the pieces I've bought from her!

Oak Lane Cemetery - a fantastic display

Cobwebs & Candlesticks - he does a lot of shopping / comparison / Halloweenifying videos 

then there's HalloweenForum and HauntForum

and of course, since I'm located in SE Michigan, we have 

Tillson St in nearby Romeo

and the Clinton Township Haunt Crawl that has a whole list of haunts in that area that are always fun to check out. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

#AtoZChallenge - Halloween!

 #AtoZChallenge 2024 letter H

Welcome to Day 8 of the April A to Z Challenge

My theme this year is (again) things that inspire and/or entertain me.

So, Halloween is my favorite holiday! 

Back in 2008, I decided to cut out some headstones from a sheet of plywood.  I didn't know it at the time, but it was the beginning of my Maple Grove Cemetery 

As you can tell, it's progressed quite a bit. 


You can see the original blowmold ghost on the left.  
The Spouse called him the Union Rep one time and it stuck. 

I love yo go back thru my pictures and see where I started and where I'm at now.  I have a notebook that I jot down thoughts & ideas year round.  I start getting things out & cleaned up in early to mid September and the cemetery fence, sign, and headstones start being set up the last weekend in September and it all comes down on November 1, like it never happened.  
It's part of the magic, I think. 

Monday, April 8, 2024

#AtoZChallenge - G

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Welcome to Day 7 of the April A to Z Challenge

My theme this year is (again) things that inspire and/or entertain me.

The Grandkids.  Need I say more? 

Watching Monster trucks in Toledo last month.
No privacy in the bathroom!
They can be so sweet & cute to each other!
They wanted ALL of the stuffed animals!

Saturday, April 6, 2024

#AtoZChallenge - Flora & Fauna

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Welcome to Day 6 of the April A to Z Challenge

My theme this year is (again) things that inspire and/or entertain me.

I really like nature, so let's look at some! 

The good thing about snow in Michigan is that it fills the potholes!
The sky from my office at work. 
Sis1's neighbor's rooster.
He's so pretty!
Before the Spouse & I bought our current house, we looked at one a couple blocks away and it had an enormous, prefect oak tree in the yard.  Sadly - they just recently had to have it cut down.  The trunk was starting to split and it was becoming a safety hazard for several houses.  I don't know what they did with the wood, but I hope someone with woodworking skills got hold of the trunk because it would have made a bunch of spectacular tables if they filled the splits with colored resin....
I love having crocuses planting in the yard.  They make me so happy with they bloom in the early spring!
I have a million pics of this tree (it was featured in last year's A to Z Challenge, too)
Does the sky fit in this topic?  Why not!
This is a crabapple in my backyard.  This pic is from last spring, but it's getting ready to open up soon!
This dead tree in the back of the yard at work is really interesting. 
Funky 'schrooms!
Lake Michigan from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Friday, April 5, 2024

#AtoZChallenge - Easter

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Welcome to Day 5 of the April A to Z Challenge

My theme this year is (again) things that inspire and/or entertain me.

Since this just happened - let's talk about Easter!

We aren't overly religious people, so it's been a while since we've been to church on Easter.  We do spend quality time with family, tho. 

On Saturday we all gather at Sis1's house and we visit & have dinner.  Then after clean up, we color eggs.  Then we might sit around and visit or play games, depending on who all spends the night.  The last few years, it's just been the peeps from my house (myself, the Spouse, the Spawn & the grands) staying.  After the kids go to bed, the Bunny arrives & leaves baskets on the kitchen table.  In the morning, we check out baskets, then have breakfast, then usually the Spouse will go out & hide eggs. 

With the grandkids being 2 & 4 years old this year, they were a lot of fun!

They even had rakes left in the barn for them!
They helped hang eggs on the trees in the yard. 
Somehow I didn't get pics of us actually coloring eggs...
But they're usually silly!
And we make eggs for family members who aren't present.  
And all the critters.  
And the Spouse makes one for the Michigan QSO Party and one with both of our ham radio call signs on it.  
The bunny came to visit!

And even Chuck, my skeleton, got in on the action!

Another good E post would be an update from a post I wrote back in  December 2022.  Called "My Kingdom for A Horse."  Cliffnotes version - I am still waiting for the stars to align so Sis1 can rehome one of her horses, freeing up a stall in her barn so I can get one!  On the plus side, we have a shiny new horse trailer now!   

Thursday, April 4, 2024

#AtoZChallenge - Duhhhh

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Welcome to Day 4 of the April A to Z Challenge

My theme this year is (again) things that inspire and/or entertain me.

First of all - as a note to self.....

 DON'T LEAVE POSTS AS DRAFTS!    They don't go live when they're supposed to! 

Moving on!

My favorite band since high school has been Def Leppard.  

So enjoy!

Hysteria 1987

Kick 2022

And they're still going strong!

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

#AtoZChallenge - Critters

#AtoZChallenge 2024 letter C
Welcome to day 3 of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge!

I've done this topic for C before - but it's a good one!

also known as our fur-babies, past & present.
Maddie is getting to be a lady of quite some maturity.  She chose the Spawn from the Humane Society back in July 2012.  She's the Queen of RBF.  We're not really sure how old she was when we got her. 
The Spouse is her hooman of choice.

This is a rare photo of the girls together - they usually avoid each other. 
AKA Peep
She was born in May 2015 in Sis1's barn.  We brought her home that September.
I am her hooman, since I sat on the couch and she snuggled with me for several hours until she felt comfortable enough to explore.  
She's a spaz!  If you walk into the room, she'll run away until you sit or lay down - and then she'll come climb all over you. 
Rusty was dropped off at Sis1's barn and we brought him home in April 2017.  
Orange cats are simply the best!  
He's taken to being an indoor cat nicely, but he knows if I have the harness & leash in my hand that he gets to go outside!
They're so cute!
Daisy & Rusty
A very rare shot of all 3 close together!
Judging you!
Actually, I was in the bathroom here and had left the door open. 
Another one of them all!

Bonus shot of the ones who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. 

Skeeter (top) I brought home as a kitten in September 2000 and he was 11 when her got a kidney stone. 
He'd been my shadow and always came when I sat down and announced that I had a lap. 

Chester adopted me from the Human Society in 2002.  They said he was 3 or 4, but we had him for 14 awesome years before he passed away in his sleep. 

Maggie was also dumped at Sis1's barn and her tiny little body popped out 5 or 6 huge litters of kittens before I took her in 2006, got her spayed and brought her home.  The Spouse was her hooman, but she loved everyone.  We lost her to a Grand Mal seizure 3 months after Skeeter.  

Jack was the best Beagle anyone could ask for.  He knew who was supposed to be around our house, so the neighbors were all fine when they were out in the yard. People walking by just got a quick glance.  But if anyone came up our driveway?  He'd bay at them.  That was the only time he really ever made noise, other than when we messed with his tennis ball.  Heart disease finally got him at almost 15 years old in February 2018. 

All 3 cats are buried out in our back yard, and Jack's ashes are in a box on a shelf in the living room.