Halloween Countdown 2017: Gifts from my Nephew!

Sometimes I really enjoy being the crazy aunt. For one thing, my beloved nephew and niece send me fun stuff, like this:

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My nephew works for a logistics company,so he’s conscientious about including a “shipping manifest” for a box of stuff he sends. In the box were all kinds of things for me, my husband, my other brother,and my mother and stepdad, and my nephew Bryan neatly wrote a description of everything and who it all should be distributed to. 🙂

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Here is most of my stuff before I uncovered a few more things. I should note that my oldest sibling’s children attend the University of Arkansas and therefore are big Razorbacks fans. I by default apparently now have to support the team —Bryan asked me if I would send some good juju—–so.uh..WooO PIGS! SOOOIIIEEEEE!(did I do that right, kids?)

Anyway, I got a kitty candleholder and candles, a lighter with an awesome reptilian eye(I don’t smoke, of course,but people can send me stuff like this anyway if it looks cool), a couple of Oreo Halloween eggs that I have to share with Steve, a sweet kitty and pumpkin magnet, and a great drawing of a Jack o’ lantern face on the envelope with my card. 🙂

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Halloween Countdown 2017: My Brother’s Handmade Yard Decorations!

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Do you ever have decorations from any holiday that you take out, year after year, and they get a little shabbier, a little more worn out and fragile, and you just can’t part with them or fix them up because they are so precious to you, you wouldn’t want to change their original charm? Do they bring back memories of holidays past? Or maybe someone long since parted from this life made them, and you don’t want to cover that person’s craftwork? Are those decorations practically like part of the family? Well, I certainly can identify with these sentiments, and my oldest brother Jimmy sums it up very well with these wooden cutouts his late father-in-law made. I’ll put in his original words:

Back around 1992, my father-in-law Harry M—- bought a really fancy scroll saw. Another addition to “Harry’s Hardware Store”. He quickly put it to use making these cut-outs for the family. In addition to the Halloween ones here, he did some for Christmas and Thanksgiving. He made sets for us, my brother in law’s house and for his house. After he passed in 2004 we got his sets of cut-outs.

Here they are for their 24th Halloween (have more in front of the house) and they still get great comments from the neighbors. They need repainting but I really don’t want to paint over Pawpaw’s art.

Happy Halloween everybody!

Shark Week 2017: Watching “Shark Exile”.

A huge thanks to my dear sweet husband and my mother-in-law for letting me commandeer the TV and enjoy sharky goodness all week. Last night I was watching “Shark Exile” (about removing problem sharks from beaches in Brazil and the Australian coast instead of killing them) while eating Shark Bites fruit snacks and drawing occasionally, using the colored pencils stored in my shark-covered Vaultz pencil case. 🙂

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My Weird Life: Floor Smiley.

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This innocent-looking knothole once got me in a heap big mess of trouble, if just for a minute.

My mom and stepdad recently moved to a new and smaller home, so I am glad I have a pic of this. This knothole resided beneath the kitchen table in their previous home, pretty close to where my mother’s seat was. When Mother first noticed it in the hardwood floor, all hell broke loose.

She was younger and fitter then, and she came tearing into my room and told me to get into the kitchen NOW. Having a healthy respect for parental authority, I obliged, albeit a bit hurriedly. Once we reached the kitchen table, she grabbed my arm and pointed to the floor.

“WHY DID YOU DO THAT?” I heard in my ear, which made it ring.
“What? What? What did I do?” I asked, racking my brain to try to think of any befoulment of the floor I might have committed. I came up with nothing.
“You drew on the floor!!”
Scanning the floor below, I could only shake my head and say,”I don’t know what you’re talking about! I didn’t draw on the floor!” (did she really think I, a college student, was capable of such idiocy?)
She thought I had drawn a smiley face on the floor. When she got down on her knees and inspected it, she realized that it was a knothole and she did apologize.

It became one for the books, an often-told bit of hilarity we remember to this day. The Floor Smiley isn’t the most pleasant smile in the world. It’s almost evil, a little mocking. But still, once you knew it was there, you couldn’t ever not notice it. To really see it you have to see it from far away.

I wonder if the home’s new occupants will ever notice it.

 

 

Happy Birthday to my brother!

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There’s a bit more to tell about this drawing. I drew a lot of little dog and cat characters in the late 70s and very early 80s, still in grade school. I also had a mouse and bird character, seen here too. The cat’s name was Oglevie..no idea where I got that name…and the bird’s name was Elmo. This was long before Elmo Monster trashed Sesame Street, but oddly enough, the bird was red. I am drawing a blank on the mouse and dogs’ names.