Halloween Countdown 2017: A Different Kind of Orange and Black–The Atlanta Koi Show!

A few weeks ago, I heard that the Atlanta Koi Club was having a show at our local fairgrounds. Being a true lover of koi and goldfish I had to go. I will probably never be able to have a koi pond so I will take any opportunity to go view these lovely fish. I did rescue a koi once,and gave it to someone with a proper pond.

Click on the pics to enjoy. The fish were so beautiful and had so much orange and black–perfect for Halloween!

Aha! I found a very pretty guide to all the koi color and scale varieties. See if you can match these with the fish in my pictures. ­čÖé

Koi variety

Halloween Countdown 2017: So I caved and got a Zombie from Starbucks.

I have zero interest in coffee from Starbucks. If that’s your thing, that is totally fine; I have plenty of stuff I spend my money on that people would tilt their heads like puzzled terriers about. I’ve also never really been one for “flash sales” of things. But, when I heard about the Zombie drink thingy from Starbucks, I thought, what the heck, I will add it to this year’s Halloween fun experiences.

From the Starbucks website:

Walk, run or drag one foot with your arms outstretched to grab one of our limited-time Zombie Frappuccino┬« Blended Beverages. It’s more treat than trick with delicious apple and caramel flavors.

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I got the smallest size and even then the barista took off a dollar,so it was $4.


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Eclipse 2017!!



The Eclipse! Wow! What a day. I had been looking forward to this for weeks; I had a bit of a hard time getting the special glasses, though. I thought I was ordering them in plenty of time, but even a month before, they were selling out FAST. I got mine from a telescope supply company, and dangitall, I had to buy a ten-pack because that was all they had. But I was able to share with friends who couldn’t score any, so that was nice.

Jellybean was ready, too!

Steve and I attended a viewing party at a friend’s workplace—-they brought in food and drinks and the event was on the flat-screen TV’s for us to follow when we weren’t running outside every few minutes.
I should point out that Steve just had cataract surgery on Wednesday.
So he made a box viewer!

Steve is ready to go with his box viewer. It worked perfectly!

Steve got the instructions for his box solar viewer online. Here is a link to NASA’s page on how to make one. You won’t need it for a while, but it’s also good for regular solar viewing.

Isn’t science beautiful??