Christmas Countdown: The Holiday Sucker.

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When I was about eight years old,in maybe 1978,I went with my grandmother to North DeKalb Mall. This was a grand mall, not very big and built in, I think, the 60s. It is barely a shadow of its former self now, but I have an enormous backlog of memories from a lifetime spent of visiting it. Back then, North DeKalb Mall still had a supermarket attached to it—I think it was a Big Star. Anyway, it was Christmastime, and near the registers there were the usual stacks of holiday cookies, crackers and candies. And there was a GLORIOUS display of these giant suckers, flavored lime and cherry,colored green and red, the colors sparkling in the sunlight through the store windows. Each one was different as the colors/ flavors blended together in individual patterns on each sucker.The festive lollipops were beautiful, and I had always wanted one of those giant things—-these were about six  inches in diameter.

They were $5.99, which back then was a lot, and although my grandparents spoiled me, they were still cheap. Still,  y grandmother relented when I asked for one of the suckers. Joyfully I started unwrapping it as she paid for her groceries, and once we got outside the store, I had the wrapper off, anticipating the first taste…

 

…..and it broke into a hundred pieces. Somehow I couldn’t tell it had been shattered inside its wrapper and it simply crumbled into dust in my hands as Grandmother fumbled around in her purse, not even seeing the disaster unfolding.

I am embarrassed to say I burst into tears. Once Grandmother saw the demolished lollipop at my feet, she quickly assessed the situation and hauled me back inside. The next part is a blur—I don’t think she blamed the store, as it wasn’t their fault that some schmoe had busted up the suckers, but she somehow did convince the store manager(?) to give me another one. She made me wipe off my face and thank him, and off we went, me happily unwrapping a new, unbroken lolly and Grandmother probably very relieved that she didn’t have to deal with a crying kid on the way home.

And oh what an amazing lollipop it was. It took me three days to finish it, but it tasted AMAZING.

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Halloween Countdown 2017: Book Review of Ed Emberly’s BIG ORANGE DRAWING BOOK!

Friends, I have something SO special to share with you.

When I was a young and of course very odd little kid,I loved drawing as much as I do now, and I would devour with my eyes any books about drawing that I could get my hands on. And books such as those by Ed Emberly, one of my artistic heroes, were some of the best. Through drawing simple shapes and lines, Mr. Emberly taught us kids to really have fun, use our imaginations and explore once we had mastered the basics of his adorable little drawings. Some of these books featured things that were all one color, such as the Big Green Drawing Book, the Big Red Drawing Book, the Big Purple Drawing Book, and my favorite, the Big Orange Drawing Book.

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The Big Orange Drawing Book shows you how to draw a lot of orange animals, such as tigers and foxes,characters made out of oranges(yes, the fruit!), and–best of all—Halloween characters.

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Happy Easter from Daddles and Me!

 

I couldn’t let this one slip by.

Here is my brother and me in probably 1975 or 76, with our Easter baskets. (he says we look like aliens in this pc :D)  I had gotten a white toy kitty in mine, and I’m holding it in the photo. I still have it, but it’s packed away somewhere.

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See the little toy ducky in Scott’s basket?

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This little guy. Well, when we had to clean out my Mother’s house, I found him!

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I remember always coveting this cute fella. I seem to distinctly remember his name being Daddles. I hope it was, because I’m calling him that. Happy Easter from Daddles and me!

Sick as All Getout.

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Dear Readers, if you follow this blog, my apologies for vanishing for a week.

My siblings and stepsiblings and I just moved our parents out of their house to a smaller one. Six months of packing and clearing out a very large house with a HUGE dusty basement was done in a week. My stepdad had some sort of typhoid/ pneumonia hybrid cold that he gave us as well, and it has knocked me on my ASS. I haven’t sat at my desk all week.

On the bright side, I have gotten to catch up on reading these great old horror comics from the 70s that my brother gave me after we did a bit of clearing out last month.

Minerva seems to be enjoying the Swamp Thing issue.