Just popping in to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving this week! Sure, it’s going to be a weird one but just make the best of it that you can. 🙂
Mr. C&M had a successful deer hunt opening weekend. He brought down his first deer and he killed it instantly which is great. We had to buy a deep freezer which I’m excited about because now I can bulk buy things and go out to the stores less.
My science fiction reading is going well but I’ll detail that in an end of the month post.
I’ve been thinking about New Year’s resolutions for the blog already and I’m excited about them. In all fairness, they’re probably not that exciting but any change after this year seems big lol.
How do you plan to spend your Thanksgiving?
We’re doing a quiet day at home with good food, books and video games. So an average day in this household, but with more food. 😛
It’s a new glorious day folks. We spent last night having a very small going away party for a friend and celebrating the results of the election. So I come to you this morning, slightly hungover and slowly sipping this coffee. Oh, the wonders that are coffee. I was sick this last week (not covid, I was tested), and threw up coffee. It only put me off for one day. My love of coffee knows no bounds.
Okay well, I don’t see myself ever getting into coffee enemas, so I guess there are SOME bounds.
As many of you are already fully celebrating, November is Science Fiction Month. Usually, I hop on board another blog’s hosting of a sci-fi extravaganza, but not this year. I’m just not feeling the commitment this go-around. If you wish to join in those festivities however, check out Imyril’s blog. It is a great time.
I did decide to take on a sci-fi giant and since it’s a thicker book, I didn’t want to feel rushed reading to make blog content.
I’m already 344 pages in and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I look forward to a lazy Sunday and getting more of this in.
Ah, the grand finale of what proved to be the best month of 2020. In my opinion at least, although, the rest of 2020 hasn’t left much for comparison. :3
5 out of 5 stars – I forgot to include this in my books last week so here it is. I took this book to leave at work every day back in March and I finally finished it. (I didn’t feel like reading every day on my lunch.) This was a great account of the women who shaped the frontier of Kansas through their own words. I learned new things about frontier life that I didn’t previously know and enjoyed the random pictures to accentuate the stories. Especially the picture of turkeys in harnesses pulling a child’s carriage that had zero accompanying information.
5 out of 5 stars – I felt the need to read a non-fiction book while trying to stay in the spooky lane and that brought me to serial killers. I only owned one book that fit the bill. This was my first Harold Schechter full length novel. He comes highly recommended by Marcus of Last Podcast on the Left, so of course, that peaked my interest. I was not disappointed. It was thoroughly researched and yet the writing style kept it fresh, avoiding boring explanations. This was the first ebook I’ve read with scrolling pictures and animation, which made it all the more fun.
Up until Halloween, we backed off of movies to check out:
Let me say that this was very well written and enjoyable in one aspect, however, we did not find it spooky in the slightest. It was actually incredibly DEPRESSING more than anything. So you’ve been forewarned if you decide to move forward with watching this.
Halloween is Mr. C&M and I’s wedding anniversary. Without needing to say it but saying it anyway, Covid has made things different. Trick or treating was not canceled here but we decided to not hand out candy this year anyway. No virus-y little kid hands here, thank you.
Instead, we started the day off with pumpkin cinnamon rolls and our favorite horror movies;
We then made our way to the cidermill, with the intention that, should there be too many people we would bail. Luckily, there were only around 10 people on the entire property, so we snagged our donuts and apple cider, feed a few animals some grain and headed home.
We got carry out later from one of our favorite breweries that we are lucky enough to live by and then preceeded to stream on Mr. C&M’s Twitch channel a full run of Castle Crashers. I’ve never sat down and beat a game from start to finish, and to do that with my husband was a lot of fun.
Lesson here is, the holidays are going to be weird this year, just make the most of them. There are still plenty of ways to make great memories. Get creative!
5 out of 5 stars – Its hard to NOT rate Elvira anything less than 5 stars. This was fun and campy just like you’d expect.
Random horror movie that we decided to watch and I want my time back. It wasn’t the worst thing that I’ve sat through but it wasn’t good either.
Love, love, love this movie. It’s a classic for a reason and we really should revisit it every year.
Another one that we revisit every couple of years. There are so many great one liners it’s ridiculous. Probably not a movie for the feint of heart.
Other than that, this proved to be a pretty quiet week. No baking was done. With a possible second lockdown on the horizon, we’ve been a bit distracted with not getting caught with our pants down again.
How was your week? What are your plans for Halloween?
Welcome back ghouls and ghosts to the next stop in the October train of fun! Spooky movies, tasty treats and autumn adventures were had!
2 out of 5 stars – This novel frequently comes up on horror story lists so I read a sample, it seemed like it might be something so I bought it. Ultimately, it was kind of a dud. It’s not bad but it’s not much to write home about. The ending made little sense. So all-in-all, I would avoid this one if you’re looking for a spooky read.
Mr. C&M and I hit the movies hard this week and it’s been great:
We’re both huge Chucky fans and only sick curiosity and the fact it was free on Prime got us to watch this. That being said, it wasn’t the train wreck that we had expected. It’s an alright movie but it’s no original.
Somehow, in all my life, I’ve never heard of this movie. It’s 80’s horror perfection and I loved every second of it. Highly recommend.
Another classic 80’s horror movie that I had somehow missed. (This whole endeavor has made me realize that I may have to continue this horror movie extravaganza far past Halloween.) I also thoroughly enjoyed this one and would recommend it.
For all the years that I have been with Mr. C&M, he’s talked about an edition of this movie with Type O Negative music over-layed it. This year he finally tracked down a copy and purchased it. (Only later to find out that it was on YouTube for free. Doh!) Again, I had never seen this, original or Type O version. It was fun.
That can of pumpkin was nagging at me from the cupboard so before heading out to see a couple of people, I whipped up some pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting. It’s a recipe that never fails and you can find it here.
We ended the week with a nice hike through some local trails with a friend and his dog that are moving out of state soon. The day started off very cold but it warmed up while we were on the trails. It was a beautiful day and we hiked 2.5 miles. We thought this might actually wear Samus out but she took a nap and woke up ready to play again. :3
The first full week of October shaped up to be one of the best weeks in all of 2020. One can only hope that the rest of the month continues to be just as awesome.
4 out of 5 stars – I love historical fiction and this reimagining is fun. The Donner Party is trailed by creatures that may be the first vampires in the United States. Each character is given a new revamped back story that helps lead to the eventual demise of the party. I’ll look for more historical fiction from this author.
My C&M and I each created a movie list for the season of the things we wanted to watch for the first time or rewatch since it had been quite some time. This one was on my list of movies I had somehow never seen before. Mr. C&M couldn’t believe it and it was as great and weird as he promised.
Mini Low Carb Pumpkin Pies – I FINALLY used the ramekins that we received for Christmas last year to make tasty little crustless pumpkin pies. This recipe is low carb, low sugar, keto-friendly. I’ve lost 10 pounds cutting back on carbs. 🙂
Finally, we ended the week by taking part in the most epic wedding; Ms. Ignited Moth’s! It was SO much fun and everything went off without a hitch. I can’t wait until the professional pictures are done because the photographers were just awesome. 🙂
Mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a hot topic everywhere, why not here too?
Yesterday I woke up and I just HAD to go do something outside that didn’t involve my yard. I had the realization that I haven’t been more than 5 places since quarantine began, including my house and work. I’m not whining by any means. Whatever needs to be done to get this thing over with, I am down to do. I just really wanted to get out in nature and absorb some sun rays.
Mr. C&M and I loaded up the kayaks and hit the river mere minutes from our house and it was exactly what we needed. We had just got our kayaks 2 weeks before so we had not tried this trail yet. It was really boring at first but after porting at a mid-way point, the river picked up and we had a lot of fun trying not to crash into banks and trees.
It was also really good to see some wildlife besides the squirrels in my backyard.
On top of a couple hour break from monotony, I’ve decided that I really have to cut back on my phone screen time. Social media is really good for no one these days. I’ve decided to split that time between reading and catching up on movies/documentaries.
Ignited Moth and I haven’t seen each other in 5 months so we decided that Friday nights are now for drinking and FaceTime. I can’t wait to start that this Friday. We’ve also decided to do a buddy read of Gideon the Ninth starting August 1st since our book club has died off during the pandemic.
I am hoping that starting all of this will make me less grumpy. Especially since Mr. C&M wants to start a low carb, low sugar diet this week. I’ll need the extra attitude boost lol.
What are you doing to keep yourself from becoming a Grumpy Gus??
Hey everyone! Hopefully you didn’t melt during those few weeks of extreme heat. I don’t think our AC shut off for 2 weeks straight. It just could not get the temp in the house to less than 80 no matter how hard it tried.
Beginning during my staycation and ending the very first few days of July, I completed not one but two wood projects before it became too hot to hang out in the garage.
The first was a Father’s Day present for my dad. He hunts and he requested that I make him a gun rack a few weeks before. I thought he was just kidding but decided to do it anyway. Turns out he wasn’t and he had full confidence that I could do it. That was not something I shared in during the process. There was a hell of a lot of swearing involved but in the end, I like how it turned out.
I probably looked like a bit of a psycho to my neighbors walking around my driveway and garage with my husband’s shotgun under my arm. :3
The second was just a little pallet wood project I decided to fiddle around with. One of those projects where I didn’t particularly care if I screwed up because I had plenty of back up material. I kept the first results since they didn’t turn out too shabby. Mr. C&M hung them in his office and they’re now used to display some sweet candle holders my aunt and uncle gave me years ago.
Good morning you beautiful sirens and stud muffins! What has me in such a good mood? I haven’t worked in a week!
As an essential employee (pharmacy), I only quarantined on my days off and on one of those days, I always had to grocery shop. Luckily, I haven’t gotten sick (yet anyway). But as time wore on, customers became less and less nice. At first, people thanked us left and right for working through this pandemic and then gradually, they got pissed off that they still couldn’t come inside. You see, in Michigan, as soon as the governor lifted the stay at home order, people thought that that meant the virus no longer exists. It’s been real fun.
That all brings us to ME, and how I told my boss that I HATE the general public and needed a vacation, even if I couldn’t go anywhere and he happily agreed. In fact, he said, “Why not take it sooner rather than later?” So I did. I have a great boss and in the entire 8.5 years I’ve worked for him, I’ve never once told him I hated the public. I think he took that very seriously.
So, what does a C&M do on a staycation? Well the intent was a whole hell of a lot more than I actually got done. We had a very nasty storm last week that brought down very large branches out of our ancient maple trees. That made a lot of the week doing clean up. Not so bad since it’s been fairly nice outside and the pups have loved the hell out of it.
One other major project happened. Two weeks ago today, our roommate moved out. Amicable and long overdue. So we turned his old bedroom into Mr. C&M’s new home office to work and game out of. Since he works at home, I can officially be inside now without worrying about making too much noise or the dogs barking in the background of his calls. 😀
Why black and white? Because why the hell not? We’ve both wanted a black room since we were teenagers and were always told no by our parents. NOW WE OWN THE PLACE AND NO ONE CAN STOP US!
I’ve also been working on some wood projects that I’ll post in the future when they’re done. The toughest one being a Father’s Day present I’m working on. I’m a perfectionist but I don’t have the wood working stills to back it up yet and it’s frustrating the hell out of me.
What big projects have you accomplished recently?? It can be anything!
That’s probably pretty obvious after a two month hiatus. Sorry about that. I’m not here to promise that I’m going to be active again, but to explain why.
It’s going to be a little TMI:
The first and foremost reason behind my disappearance was a change in birth control. Sounds weird right? But, after reading reviews of the birth control I was using at the time, I found a lot of reviews complaining of depression and brain fog. I had never considered that my brain fog and sometimes bouts of mild depression might be caused by my birth control. I always thought it was an issue stemming from my grandfather passing away, which was about the same time that I started BC and I never put the two together. So, I decided to switch drugs and see if I had different results. It has very much turned my life around. I feel like my old, happy, creative self again.
Second, my husband had lost his job due to corporate restructuring. A lot of stress there. He was re-employed again in just a few weeks thankfully.
Third, Coronavirus hit. Being a pharmacy technician, work got crazy (still is). Plus, we live in Michigan, one of the hardest hit states. So obviously, life has been very different and my attentions have been else where.
On top of all that, I decided that I wasn’t reviewing books anymore. It was becoming a bit of a chore and since quitting, I’ve been enjoying reading more.
Where does all this leave my blog? Honestly, on the back burner.
I want to try to post at least once a month BUT I’m not going to pressure myself.
I am however, off to catch up on some of my favorite blogs while the mood has struck me!