Let’s Gogh Trick or Treating!

I love Halloween. How awesome is a holiday that encourages folks to dress up as their favourite things, and get free candy to boot? Admittedly, I’m a bit of a Halloween costume purist, blessed as I was to have a mom (often assisted by a dad) who sewed my costumes year after year. There is…

And I Was Suddenly a Grown Up

The Electrician turned 29 recently, and to celebrate my (slightly younger) husband’s existence for another year on the planet, I decided to buy him a new pair of shoes. Finding shoes for size 13 feet is not always a simple task, and as a result of spending too many hours with his feet squeezed into…

Mammal Mondays: Da Free, Da Proud

Today, we depart from the standard Mammal Monday stories for a little something from the islands and a critter that is more feathered than furred. I’m aware chickens are not actually mammals, and I’ve been aware since Miss Geary taught us about classes of animals in first grade. Since my own mammals have been behaving…

I Have No Use for Photoshop

I often mention here at Blue Speckled Pup my lack of a relationship with Photoshop. I have never used photoshop on any of the photographs I’ve taken and posted here, admittedly in part because I don’t have a clue how to operate the program, but mostly because I’m tired of living in a world where…

I Am a Slow Learner

I don’t know why I do this to myself. I have a terrible habit of browsing the “impulse” stand at the grocery store while I’m waiting for my turn at the till. Like most folks, the people who organize supermarkets anticipate–correctly so–that by the time I finish shopping a giant store full of a thousand…

Halloweenie

Late in October, every year without fail, things get a little creepy. It’s dark by seven o’clock, and a chilled wind twists through the neighbourhood, tossing the carcasses of leaves along the gutters and knocking bare branches against my windows. I can’t help but feel my skin crawl when I’m outside alone after dark. The…

Couch Potato

As we drove home past the cemetery one neighbourhood over today, I mentioned to The Electrician the historical tours that particular graveyard has been offering lately, and asked if he’d like to join me some time for a look around. I like graveyards and enjoy visiting them; my beloved is not so enthusiastic about marble…

Kay Reviews Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

A few times each summer, I indulge in one of my life’s greatest pleasures by reading a book cover-to-cover in one sitting. Most often, my marathon reading takes place over the wee hours of the morning, when I don’t have to deal with phone calls, texts, or feeding myself or the mammals. I really wasn’t…

Nerdage About Turdage

A warning to my readers: I have located a rarely-used extra gear in the transmission of my sarcasm today. Some of you were nearly injured the last time I made fun of signage, so please chew your food and swallow it, empty your bladders, climb off your extension ladders and proceed with caution. Sometimes, what…

No, I’m Not Dead

I realized today that it’s been way too long since I wrote for Blue Speckled Pup. Oops. True, the last week and a bit has gotten away from me: part school, part life, and part last gasps of jet lag. If you missed me, thanks for the sentiment. If you thought I was deceased, I…

Up, Up, and Away!

Today is the day! The Electrician, his grandmother, and I will be hurrying to the airport this afternoon to embark on our world tour. I realize we’re technically only visiting three countries if I count the stopover in Frankfurt, but calling it our “world tour” makes me feel like a rock star. Would you like…

SnowFox!

The dollhouse was almost snowed-in this weekend. For the first time in this very mild winter, we got a major dump of snow that scared folks into staying indoors and off the treacherous roads and the endless snow drifts that used to be sidewalks. I was not amused. For one, I hate driving in crummy…