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2015 in review


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,500 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Diving Into Holiday Time

Christmas gifts


Whether we like it or not, we are now diving into holiday time.  Turkey day has come and gone and so has Black Friday.  Today, Cyber Monday is a big one for me, as I work online.  But how overwhelmed are the online shoppers today?  Will they even see anything posted by me.

I hope so.

I mostly sell products leading up to Christmas, as opposed to buying products.  This year under the tree will be very skimpy indeed.  Not to worry, there is really nothing any of us badly need.  And that is probably true in many households.

As time goes on, this time of year leaves more and more of a bad taste in my mouth.  The whole Santa thing just doesn’t fly (pardon the pun).  It’s impossible to explain to a poor child why Santa gave his friend a new snowboard, when the less fortunate child got a much needed pair of mittens.  Santa just doesn’t come out looking good in many instances.

And the saying, “Jesus is the reason for the season” has truth to it, but does anyone really think that Jesus would be happy with the way we celebrate?

So what to do?  Skip Christmas and ignore what the world around us does? It’s impossible.  I immerse myself in my work and grumble a lot.  Bah humbug.  I guess this means I have gotten old.




Happy Halloween From Some Black Cats I Know

black cat tongue

H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N !!!

Black cat photo.
One of my faves.
Skittle on the deck.
Sleeping with her tongue out.

Halloween is quiet here. Not many trick-or-treater’s come to my neighborhood. I may give out 6 candy bars. That’s my guess. So I buy big candy, since I can afford to.

Beware of black cats that may cross your path tonight while Trick-or-Treating, or don’t you believe in the black cat folklore?

Personally I think black cats are beautiful. They cross my path daily, and I’m still here to tell about it! At shelters, most cats are black, because people don’t want to take the chance of bringing bad luck into their homes. Ahhhh… this is how the world is now.

STAY SAFE KIDS! And may you get lots of good candy in your treat bags.

black cat sitting

A Spooky Walk in the Forest


As Halloween approaches, I thought I’d share a spooky story from my walk in the forest.  (Not really too spooky, just fun.)

moss covered tree roots

A Big Green Hand

I love to walk in the woods with my camera because there is always something interesting to photograph. I went looking for mushrooms this fall and ended up taking pictures of some creepy, crawling tree roots! Trees that have partially fallen over leave many of their roots exposed to create a tangle of wooden arms. The roots appear to be crawling like a big hand, in the photo above.

Is this the hand of a witch, with the fingers dug down in the rocky soil trying to pull herself along the forest floor? Does this thing move when I am not there to see? Just who is it trying to get, and where is it headed?

tangled tree roots in forest

This tree reminded me of a land octopus

Everywhere there were exposed roots.  The many tentacles of this land octopus reach out and try to trip the passerby. What happens if I fall? Will it grab me and pull me into it’s black den made of criss-crossed roots?

black cat in woods

The Witches Black Cat

Then, I came across the most frightening site. A black cat sitting near a dark tangle of tree roots seemed to be watching something inside the black recesses of the roots.  I decided to get out of there before she alerted her master to my presence.

black cat in woods on rock


Just when I thought I was home free, another black cat appeared. The first one had brought reinforcements! She sat like a (dark) princess up on top of a rock and watched me navigate the fallen tree bridge.  Luckily I didn’t slip and made it safely across where I found my trail.

I left the spooky forest behind and have only these photos to tell of that disturbing walk in the woods.

Happy Halloween to all!

Visit From a New Hampshire Tree Frog

gray tree frog

Gray Tree Frog

In Florida the bright green tree frogs are everywhere. Until recently I didn’t know that here in New England we also have northern tree frogs.

The gray tree frog has skin that looks like the bark of a tree in fact. A few weeks ago, this little guy sat on the edge of my outside chair for most of the day. The cats ignored him, and he rested on the chair undisturbed. I’m glad I got his (or her) photo.

The colored splotches are so interesting. It would be difficult to spot this frog if he were clinging to lichen covered tree!

This frog photo is my own, but I’ve donated it to Pixabay for anyone to use, so help yourself.