Well Hung

Today was a free day for me…no work, no chores, just a “do what I want” kind of day. The only thing I did even remotely related to productivity was frame and hang the puzzle.

Yup, 4th post in a row talking about this damn puzzle!

After that, I grabbed my pile of recently acquired comic books (thanks eBay) laid my head upon that there Green Lantern pillow you see in the above pic, and spent the rest of the day reading comics.

After Jeffrey got home from work (i.e. came down stairs at 4:00pm) we loaded a cabinet we no longer needed into Hedwig (my trusty Subaru Forester) and headed to my mother’s for a drop and dash. (Mom is the queen of “if you don’t want it, I’ll take it” re-homed household items.)

We headed home with a pile of old photographs my cousin recently scanned and gifted to us.

It was a hoot looking through the photos with Jeffery. This is one of my favorite – me and my 4 siblings, posing in a playground near my grandmother’s tenement during a visit to upstate New York, where I now live (not the tenement, upstate New York. We were living in Phoenix AZ at the time.)

You’ll never guess which one is me!

And that, my friends, is another exciting day in the age of Covid!

Here’s hoping we’ll all have something to celebrate real soon!

A picture is worth a thousand words

The puzzle is complete.

It has been a welcome distraction from current events and I found it very calming to work on. Because so many of the pieces were similar, I really had to focus my attention and spot the tiniest bits of variations to be able to place each piece. After a while, I began to notice the slightest variation in shade, or the speck of a different color I hadn’t noticed before that made each piece unique. (I’m sure there’s a life lesson in there somewhere.)

I think this is a beautiful image. I have applied puzzle glue, and after letting it dry overnight, will be framing and hanging this in our home.

It’ll be a constant reminder that we always have love in our home, even if it is growing harder to find evidence of it outside our door.

Stay safe.

All Hallow’s Evening

Happy Halloween!

While, usually at this time of year, we’re dumping candy into a bowl, putting out green front porch lightbulbs, putting the dogs in their superhero costumes, and hosting my Mom (who hands out candy to kids) while we watch a favorite Halloween movie and enjoy a cocktail or two, things are quite different this year.

Like any logical, sane, civilized, thinking person, we eschewed handing out candy, to avoid exposing ourselves to dozens of children and families because there is a worldwide pandemic that is currently raging out of control in our country. (Better we miss out on one Halloween than the rest of our lives, am I right?)

Instead, we started the morning with breakfast while watching our favorite Samhain Special.

Then, I did a little housecleaning while Jeffrey went grocery shopping.

I finished before he got home so, while I was waiting for hubby to return with the rations, I put together four mini-puzzles I had been gifted over the years.

I started with this 24 piece giraffe puzzle
Then I assembled this cool shaped 48 piece Avengers puzzle
Then this 100 piece glow in the dark Batman and Robin puzzle
And, finally, this awesome 100 piece Justice League of America puzzle.

Now that I’ve done these, I’ll gift them to my brother’s kids.

Lest I be accused of having no Spooky Spirit whatsoever, we did put out our Halloween decorations:

I also put on a Halloween Party playlist from Apple Music Radio, lit 2 Lavender scented Yankee Candles, and baked up a special holiday treat using a recipe I’d never tried before: Low carb, Gluten Free Coconut Blondies.

Hubby returned home at last, with a special surprise piece of mail – my Power Records Amazing Spider-Man Book and Record set I won on eBay last week.

I had this when I was a kid, and loved it, so I’m excited to have it again. Very apropos to get this today, given the day, don’t you think?

Around 4:30pm, while enjoying a lazy afternoon with the hubby and the dogs, watching TV, we were startled to hear a gaggle of kids run up on our porch, bang on our door, and ring our doorbell twice. Families were actually bringing their kids around the neighborhood to multiple strangers houses for candy.

While I felt a pang of guilt that I had not bought any emergency candy in case someone actually showed up, I’m relieved we had none, because I’d probably have given it out, out of guilt, and I really didn’t want to be exposing ourselves like that, unnecessarily. So we waited for the kids to leave, then I placed a sign on our door saying “Sorry, No Candy This Year” just in case any one else visited, and proceeded to make dinner.

Tonight, we’re watching “Fright Night” (the highest level of “scary” movie this timid heart can handle – horror movies are just not my thing) while enjoying a dinner of Tuna steak and mashed cauliflower, a couple Coconut Blondies for dessert, and nightcaps: Raspberry Vodka Martini for myself, Gin Martini for the better half.

Thankfully, there have been no further knockings at our door, so no further pangs of guilt for me.

And, I don’t think the dogs missed wearing their costumes one bit this year.

Stay safe, y’all.

Oh, and BOO!

Obligatory Post: First Snow of the Season

It started snowing last night – our first snow of the season. What makes this more exciting (for me) is that I don’t have to drive in it (I’m a timid driver) do I just get to enjoy it from my warm, dry house. While it’s not a huge accumulation, it is beautiful and it justifies a roaring fire tonight after work.

These first two pics I took last night (from our front door) before going to bed:

These next pics I took this morning:

Pretty neat.