Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Poor Sad Neglected Blog

Sigh - Sorry to neglect you blog readers.  I have started this post multiple times only to find it morphing into a Debbie Downer.  2021 has been a hard year.

Hence I will just share a few pictures and keep my dark thoughts to myself as to not depress you.  I hope someday to find my way out of this funk.

Baby M is getting married in October and we have been working on some Centerpieces for the tables.

We found lanterns, doilies and candles in various thrift and antique stores.  The flowers and a couple of the lanterns came from  Michaels. Everything that was not black was dyed or painted.

I have safely stored them for October to keep them dust and animal hair free.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Profit - A World Premier

 One of the more interesting things to come out of the hoard that was my Fathers and his wife's condo was Profit, a funny old film commissioned by Dad to train his sales representatives when he worked for Swift Inc.  Filmed circa 1973, it features a fictional game show that tortures its' contestants.  What makes this little 20 minute training film remarkable is that it stars Steve Martin and Howard Hessman, both of whom went on to have illustrious careers.  It also stars Jim Cranna and Julie Payne who had careers in television and theater. Finally, my siblings and I make a brief appearance at the very end as the family who was locked in a subterranean detention center (I am the one with the long curly hair who gets on the guys' leg).  This is not your typical 3 minute video so grab some popcorn and sit back.  I guarantee this will make you laugh. 

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Creepmas in January

As most of my readers know, I spent November and December in Chicago taking care of my ailing father. This meant I totally missed that most festive of blogger seasons, Creepmas.  I love Creepmas and have participated for many years on and off since 2011. If you are unfamiliar, it runs from the 1st to the 13th of December and you can sign up for it here for 2021 - closer to the event of course.

Tonight Baby M and Son of Nell will come over for the first annual Creepmas dinner in January.  We will exchange Creepmas gifts and enjoy cremated jungle fowl (not me - I don't dine on the flesh of murdered beasts). Baby M got me some fabulous new flatware that she let me open early for the occasion.  It has cute little skulls on the handle.

I scored those bat napkin rings from Home Goods the day after Halloween.

Baby M got this lantern from Michaels around Christmas.  It is really meant to be a wedding prop next fall but I have pressed it into service a little early.
I set a festive Creepmas table.  I plan to check in with all your blogs to read up on what you did for Creepmas and will likely have some belated comments.


Thursday, January 7, 2021


 I have passed some interesting sculptures adorning the buildings of the Edgewater district in Chicago this past couple of months.  If they do not divert water, these sculptures are known as grotesques.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Down the Rabbit Hole

I totally spaced out that I had signed up for Roxanne Rhoads of the Bewitching Halloween Blog's Christmas card exchange until his Lordship returned to Chicago today with a card from her.  Isn't it cool?  Unfortunately, I promised one in return.

So I had to scramble to come up with something to send her.  Enter an adult cuss word coloring book and gel pens I found while cleaning up the hoard.  My father's wife had anger issues among other things.

So I found an appropriate offering - nothing as cute as I could have done at home with proper craft supplies but I hope she understands.  That just about sums it up.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Greetings from Chi-Town

Hello dear readers and greetings from the 36th floor of a condo along Chicago's lakeshore.  So much has happened since arriving here that I hardly know where to begin.
It all started with the unexpected death of my father's wife.  My siblings and I thought we would never see our father alive again so when she pre-deceased him (she was 15 years younger), we sprung into action, taking it as the opportunity it is.
I arrived weeks ago knowing that my father wanted me to succeed his wife as durable and medical power of attorney.  The condo was a hoarder situation and my father was in the Sheridan Village Rehab.  Because of covid, we could not see him there so we had no other choice than to spring him.  Lots of work went into organizing his home and convincing the "rehab" center to let me return him to it.  
Since then my siblings have been coming to spend some time with my ailing father.  He is in a pretty bad way as he is in late stage Lewy Body Dementia.  I plan to stay with him as his full time care giver and the family has been really supportive.  We are enjoying our time with our Dad at last.  So I am not sure when things we return to normal for me as I am just standing in the present moment.  Happy Holidays to you dear readers - I will see you sometime in 2021.