Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Crazy Train

 We passed by this house today, and noticed their Christmas train decoration. It was made from some kind of strange reflectors, and glittered so much in the sun. That does not come through in the photos too well, but maybe you can get an idea.

It made me think of the Ozzy Osbourne song "Crazy Train". When I looked up the lyrics, I couldn't believe how they fit so well with what is happening in the world today.

Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe. It's not too late
To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

Mental wounds not healing
Life's a bitter shame
I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train

Ozzy Ozbourne – Crazy Train

Monday, November 29, 2021

Neon Spiders

 You simply will not believe what we parked next to at Wal-Mart. A spider car. Now, this was about two weeks ago, way after Halloween.

A big spider on top of the car.

And big spiders all over the back.

Not only that, but each spider was WIRED, as you can see, and lit UP!

And INSIDE...well, we won't even talk about that. Enough to make me completely forget WHY I came to the store in the first place.

“Worse than seeing a spider is suddenly no longer seeing that spider.”


“The spiders with their pot-bellied bodies and beady eyes, are not beauteous objects, but a spider-web in the sunshine with dew upon it, is one of the loveliest things in the world.”

~Dorothy Scarborough

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Riding With The Queen

 As we came to a stop at a red light, I nticed that the Queen was in the car beside us. Yes... pearls, hat, and all! Good thing I had my camera handy.

Who would have ever thought she would visit our small town, and with no publicity? 

Unfortunately, the car she was in was rather beat up, with a large dent and scratch. Oh well, she must have been travelling under cover. Still, how very improper!

"It's really splendid to imagine you are a queen. You have all the fun of it without any of the inconveniences and you can stop being a queen whenever you want to, which you couldn't in real life." ~Lucy Maud Montgomery

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Sunday Sunset

 I am back, and feeling so much better! The shortness of breath only lasted for a day, and in a couple days the other symptoms were gone. I am also so thankful for all of your wonderful and caring comments; thank you!

Now a lustre glowing
In the silent west,
From the sun was flowing
As he turned to rest;
And the Cloud borne sunward
Ever nearer, nigher,
Ever floated onward
Toward the sunset-fire...

~"The Cloud," Excelsior: Helps to Progress in Religion, Science, and Literature edited by James Hamilton, 1856

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Taking A Break

 I was up all night with flu-like symptoms, and now have some trouble with breathing when laying down. If no better  tomorrow, I will see a doctor. So I will be taking a break for a few days. If I do get better, I need to do some Christmas things. I'll sign off with these beautiful trees we passed this weekend.

The breath of autumn had already passed along the foliage, and a coming death had spread over its hues golden, brown and crimson—a strange gaiety of decay, which, with all its beauty, carries an idea of sadness into one's heart.

 ~T.H.E., "The German's Daughter"

Saturday, November 20, 2021

November Trip

 Going Christmas shopping today, we came up behind this on a very busy highway. He was not peddeling, and the wheels were so thin. We still don't know what kind of contraption this was.

The stores have been MOBBED, with almost no spots left in the parking lots. I don't ever remember it being this bad this early. How about where you are?

“Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.”


Thursday, November 18, 2021


 Running errands this evening, we happened to park beside this car, with a dog waiting for his master. He was so sweet, one man stopped and petted him through the window crack.

Then we headed for Target, where the exact opposite happened. The parking lot was crowded, but we found one good spot close to the store. Next to these dogs.

They HATED us. They lunged, growled, barked, and were in a visious frenzy.They wanted to KILL us!

When Phil got out of the car, they tried to get out so badly that I was afraid they would escape. Because look how far the window is rolled down! Then we would be dead meat. I told Phil to get back in the car, and we drove off to find another parking spot further away from the store. DOGGONE!

“...a door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.”

 ~Ogden Nash

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

A Big Bite

 What a beautiful tree! But strangely enough, it looks like someone took a huge bite out of it! I wonder what happened? There are no wires around, or anything else that would have gotten in the way of it.

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.”

Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Pumpkins

 Pumpkins and Squash are out in force now, everywhere. Stands and patches galore. Here are some around here.

Here is our granddaughter Anne Marie's first trip to the pumpkin patch.

And here she is with her parents this fall on the evening of her high school homecoming. Time runs like a freight train.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Zombie Apoocolypse

 Last month, we came across this tiny food truck. It was named Hydro Quenchers, and evidently was in partnership with the nearby local college. 

Apparently, Hydro Quenchers are a high energy drink.

They also sell a large variety of drinks called Zombies. Which makes no sense to me, since I have never seen an energetic Zombie. But maybe the Zombies could use these drinks to perk up a bit.

“…the dead do not know anything, nor do they have a reward any longer, for their memory is forgotten.  Indeed, their love, their hate, and their zeal have already perished, and they will no longer have a share in all that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9


 On the outskirts of town, we happened to pass this building. It used to be a gas station. But what a difference now! What was going on? One...