Trick or Treat

Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley

Look who rang my door bell last night!

I recognized Harry Potter, forehead scar and glasses, but had to ask about his sidekick.  Ronald Weasley, I was told, and his friendly rat, Scabbers.  Having never read any Harry Potter books, the bell-ringers were polite enough to indulge me.  The black cloaks, lined with red satin, had hoods and the official crest of Griffindor, their house from the Hogwart school of wizardry.  The scarfs were the school colors of Griffindor … could have been Iowa State alums for all I knew.  I was relieved to hear the magic wands were replicas.

Geez, what happened to the pillow-case ghosts?

Thought for the Day:  Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.                                                                                                           Albert Einstein

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Halloween Costumes


Here’s an idea for Halloween.  This was taken last June at the Elkhorn Days parade, promoting a haunted house for Halloween.  The costume is fairly easy to make, but I’m not sure where to get the tongue extensions.

Now I understand why little kids are afraid of clowns.

Thought for the DayThe essence of true horror is a clown at midnight.                                                 Lon Chaney



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Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Mansion

John Harding (thoroughbred horse breeder) started Belle Meade in 1807 with 250 acres of land six miles west of Nashville, TN.  He had the original house built in 1820, and then modernized in 1853 as his farm continued to grow.

So modern for its time, the mansion had hot and cold running water and gas lamps in every room.  The 5400 acre farm’s cattle and other livestock supplied enough manure to produce methane gas for cooking, hot water and lights.

Only 30 acres remain today … quite a spread.

Thought for the DayWisdom outweighs any wealth.             Sophocles (496-406 BC)

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Sack Race

Sack Races

The old fashioned sack race.  No batteries required, no assembly required, no complex rules, and good for all ages.  Just kids and a gunny sack.

What a blast!

Thought for the Day:  Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.                                                                                                                                               Vince Lombardi

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Ready for Take Off

Ready for Take-Off

This is the Black Swallowtail butterfly that was clinging to the railing of my deck.  (click here).  I just rotated the image 90 degrees to get a level front view.  It reminded me of a large airplane at the end of the runway.

Since then, it has snowed almost 4 inches; hope he got cleared for take-off.

Thought for the Day:  Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.                                                                                              Martin Luther King

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