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Chocolate Box 1

Box of chocolates

Rory has a new series of questions for us…

1. Who was your favourite cartoon character when you were a growing up?

Tennessee Tuxedo (voiced by Don Adams of Get Smart).

2. Have you ever had a crush on someone as an adult?

Of course! But not for a long time…

3. Night or Day Time which is best for you and why?

Daytime. I get up very early and am tired at night.

4. Have you ever had sex in deep snow as opposed to a light frosting?

Mmm frosting!

Red velvet cupcake

5. What are three of your weirdest quirks?

Counting, matching, symmetry.

6. Can you sum up your personal life for the year 2020 using only 7 words?

Boring. And I like it like that.

7. What’s the most embarassing position you have ever been stuck in?

Trapped in a glass elevator at Water Tower Place in Chicago with everyone staring at us.

8. Some words simply roll off your tongue as if they were honey, what are three of your favourite words?

Seashells, lavender, lemonade.

9. What sweety things do you like to consume for pleasure?

Peanut butter cups

10. Do you currently have a favourited song and if so what is it?

“Hotel California” by the Eagles.

11. PJ’s, Tee shirt and shorts, Naked or Other – What is your preference?

Yoga pants and a tee (plus a sweatshirt in winter). I dress for bed as though I might have to run outside in an earthquake.

12. What is your most favoured breakfast dish?

An Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s.

13. Which colour is best worn to display your passion with life?


14. If you had to be soaked in a liquid that wasn’t water, what would you choose and why?

Bailey’s Irish Creme because yum…

15. Underwear or Commando?

Undies, of course. 🙄

16. Which bed size do you prefer for whatever – Single, Twin, Bunks, Double, King, Queen or Other – and why?

Double is perfect for me and my kitty. The larger ones take up too much room space. A twin would be okay too.

17. How quick are you to react to no warning, last minute moments?

Badly. I hate them.

18. You have just woken up …. the first thing you do is?

Grab my phone.


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5 Guilty Pleasures

Five kittens

Dr. Tanya continues her 5Things prompt series by asking us to name our favorite guilty pleasure foods. 😋

Disclaimer: I try not to think of foods as bad or good because of eating disorder issues. I don’t want to feel guilty if I eat something yummy and then spiral into believing I’m a bad person for it. That’s a recipe for disaster. However, in general, there are foods I try to limit because even though they are tasty, I want to stay healthy.

1. Ooey gooey pizza!


2. Five Guys mushroom cheeseburger with extra crispy fries!

Mushroom cheeseburger and fries

3. Cheesecake! Hmm, I’m sensing a theme…


4. Fish & chips with tartar sauce!

Image credit to Simply Delicious Food

5. Peanut butter cups!

Reese’s peanut butter cups


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Truthful Tuesday Treats

Santa cookie

PCGuyIV stays with the holiday theme this week as he continues his prompt series with this question…

What was your favorite holiday treat growing up, and has that changed over the years, or is it still your top choice for holiday eating?

The treat that I most looked forward to as a child/teen was Christmas cookies. My mom generally had two main kinds: the buttery delicious spritz cookies shaped like trees, wreaths, bells, etc. that we would decorate all festively, and her special rum balls that she’d “marinate” in a couple tins for a few weeks. At the time, I believed that the rum balls were her own special exotic creation, but later I learned that loads of people smash up vanilla wafers and make ‘em.

Nowadays, I still love cookies and wouldn’t turn one down, but I don’t really crave them. Yummy butter cookies are available all year and don’t strike me as anything special. Rum balls now give me horrific heartburn, so I don’t even want them. I guess if I had to pick a treat only available at the holidays it would be… REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER TREES!

Reese’s pb trees
Image credit to the Candy Warehouse


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Moo [SOCS]

Bitmoji milk & cookies

[Written Friday night.]

Milk was the last thing I put in my fridge. I’m not having cookies… but I did nom up some PB cups earlier. Yum! I took out the milk to splash in my tea and then put it back. Black tea with orange spice is my tea of choice at the mo, and I do drink it at night, though I’ll switch to herbal for my last cup of the day, around 10pm. Caffeine does not affect my sleep. In general, I don’t have insomnia ~ but it can take me a while to wind down. Other times, I’m completely sleepy by 11pm. And I will get up early even when I go to bed late. Usually, I’ll sleep solidly once I’m out unless Gatsby starts howling like a maniac. 🐈‍⬛

Not everyone puts milk in tea. I didn’t use to, but then in my 20s plain tea began to make me queasy, especially on an empty tummy. So does coffee. Easy fix: add milk! But there are a lot of choices. I tried to like non-dairy milk, but I failed. (At work, I have Coffee Mate.) In tea, nonfat milk tastes best, but in coffee I like whole milk or even half & half. However, the fattier milks in tea are gross. I compromise with 2%, since I’m not buying 2 different kinds of milk for one person. Two percent is also best on the rare occasions I eat cold cereal.

Cereal milk blueberries

My fridge is pretty empty right now.


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HallChall28: Trick

Written for Tourmaline’s Challenge

Hand on glass

Trick or treaters, stay far away,
From that house with the fogged glass door;
Candy’s not what they have in store.
If you walk upon their path,
I fear you may not come back.


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15 Small Joys

15 small joys

Carol Anne @ Therapy Bits tagged me for this challenge. Seems like a good exercise to switch my focus to joy instead of the usual gloom & doom.

1. Gatsby, of course! He’s small, he’s joyful, and he’s a snuggly cuddle-bug. 💖


2. A hot shower. Helps to get rid of some of my aches so I can start the day feeling better.

3. My morning coffee, so good. ☕️

4. Jigsaw puzzles on my phone. 🧩

5. My new Lenovo Yoga laptop which is so light, fast, and easy to use.

6. My grandchildren! They’re still very small and super adorable. 💖💖

7. Texting with my daughters during the day to stay connected.

8. Peanut butter cups! 😋

9. Finding a powerful little poem on Twitter.

10. Writing poetry!

11. Amusing wordplay.

12. Music music music! 🎶🎶🎶

Rainbow music

13. The scent of fresh basil. 🌿

14. Making a perfect grilled cheese.

15. Fun prompts from blogging buddies!

Happy Bitmoji


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Random Spooky Q’s

Happy Halloween

I found these fun questions at Melanie’s, who got them from Brian.

1. What are your thoughts on green pea soup?

It’s tasty and filling on a cold day. I prefer a veggie version sans ham. If this is about The Exorcist, I haven’t seen it, thankfully.

2. Would you rather be Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy or Sarah Jessica Parker?

Bette Midler. She’s cute and sassy and I love her voice! 🎶

3. Do you carve pumpkins or do you consider it to be a violation of their civil rights?

Heh, neither. Too much work. 🎃

4. Have you ever screamed whilst watching a horror movie? (Legitimate screaming, not mere gasping or knocking over your wine glass.)

I don’t think so.

5. Who was the actual killer in the original “Friday the 13th” movie?

I don’t know… Saturday the 14th?

6. As a young child and presumed trick-or-treater, did you carefully plan the streets and houses you would conquer, or did you rush up to each one you could find, full of great expectations, thus setting you up for a lifetime of disappointment?

Lol, the latter. But mostly I cared about my costume and having fun, not candy, which I could get anytime.

Ghost candy

7. As an adult and presumed non-trick-or-treater (not judging if you still do), have you ever turned off your porch light on Halloween night because you just weren’t in the mood and/or somehow forgot it was Halloween despite the candy displays that have been in every grocery store since Labor Day?

Yep, not out of forgetfulness, but because I didn’t want to answer the door while alone.

8. If dared, would you stand in front of a mirror and repeat “Candyman” five times?

Sure. Maybe… 😱

9. Do you remember the time when you could safely eat anything in your collected stash of treasures without fear or worry?


10. Do you remember the time when those treasures might be popcorn balls or candied apples because grownups made an effort to do it up right for the children of the neighborhood? And we would say thank you, ma’am, and really mean it?

I don’t remember getting homemade goodies, only wrapped candy or pencils or stickers.

11. Do you believe in ghosts? Spirits? Lingering traces of what once was?

Only in people’s minds.

Ghostly spirit

12. Have you ever read “Something Wicked This Way Comes?” (Because Ray Bradbury is a master, and you should.)


13. If you were raised in a country or culture that doesn’t observe Halloween, do you have a similar holiday or time of year? We all have shared experiences, but they often go by other names…

I was born and raised in the USA ~ NY, NJ, and Illinois. VOTE BLUE! 💙

14. Did you (or your parents) make your own costumes as a child, or were they store-bought?

Some of each, mostly bought. I tried making my own “gypsy” costume one year when I was 12 and a grown man said I looked like a hooker. 😬

15. What are your thoughts on school systems and communities having “Fall Festivals” instead of “Halloween Parties”?

I don’t care.

16. Did you ever read a scary book, in your bed and under the covers, with a flashlight?

Not exactly, but I’ve read Stephen King when alone and that was scary!

17. Who is your favorite horror author, if you read such? If you don’t, why are you still taking this quiz? Just kidding. Sort of. (Alternative question: What author best reminds you that life is far too short to read anything that isn’t worth your time?)

Stephen King, naturally. 🖤

18. What horror movie series starred a young Johnny Depp in the first installment?

Idk, but he was awesome in Dark Shadows.

19. Would you rather walk through a remote cornfield in the middle of the night, talk to a clown that you discover in a sewer grate, be the winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, live in the last house on the left, sign the guest register at a questionable motel that features a taxidermy theme, or use an ATM in the bad part of town at 3AM?

Uhhh… the house on the left?

20. If you were to write a horror story about your own life, would you change the names of the people who did you wrong?

Already have… 😈

21. If you were offered the chance at everlasting life, albeit with some not-so-good side effects like having to suck the lifeblood out of innocent people who happened to be in the Ikea parking lot at just the wrong time, would you do it?

Nah, too boring to live forever, though this year feels like an eternity…

22. Of all the people who have passed before us, known or unknown, who would you most like to see sitting across from you at a table in a tapas restaurant in southern Spain, with that golden sun making everything surreal yet perfect, and you can just talk and talk and talk? Because I shouldn’t end this thing with real horror, but with love, and remembrance, and hope, and peace, and the imagination of little Dolly Partons in green-velvet mini-skirts who clutched a bag of treasures and briefly thought that everything was right as rain…

Erm what? My mom. 💔



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HallChall9: Candy

Halloween ghost candy

I’m not a huge fan of candy miniatures (see what I did there?). Let’s get that out of the way upfront. Take Snickers (ack, not mine!)… the regular size bar has a perfect proportion of peanut/caramel/nougat goodness to the milk chocolate coating. When you smallify it, the ratios get goofed up. It’s mostly choccy at that point, amirite? I know some people will be like… don’t see the problem. But I like the original ratios…

Awkward snickers

Same goes for any candy bar that has yummy stuff in the middle. EXCEPT PEANUT BUTTER CUPS WHICH ARE DELICIOUS ANY SIZE!!! Hey, quit yelling. Oh right, that was me. 🤣🤪

I actually love the holiday PB creations, such as pumpkins, trees, and eggs. Are there other ones? They rock. So do regular PB cups and all the variations thereof. Anyway, back to the main point… ah, the heck with it… need to nom on some pb cups now! 😋

PB cups
Halloween challenge


Written for Tourmaline’s Challenge.

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Scary Share


Melanie has some new questions for us this week…

When was the last time you tried something new? How did that go for you? -Generally, I avoid new things like the pl… you know. But recently I have tried kefir in a couple flavors and it’s delicious! 🤩

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say? -“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” (Maya Angelou) 👍🏻

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? -80… I’m cranky, achy, set in my ways, and want to eat dinner early! 🤣

Lastly, I’ll be doing one “Halloween” themed question per week during October.  Those who don’t observe the holiday are welcome to answer or to ignore it as they wish.

Fun  CREEPY Halloween Question:

Have you ever seen a ‘fresh’ corpse (aka dead body)? -Yes, my mother. 😢💔

GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Do you enjoy any seasonal traditions around this time of year? -The girls and I have a “tradition” of eating pumpkin pancakes 🥞 in the fall, which is nice. Not sure I will this year if I have to make them myself. Being efficient, I already ate a bag of Brach’s pumpkin candy, which I usually do in October. Still need some Reese’s PB pumpkins though. I guess this is all about sugary food for me! 🎃😋

Rainbow pumpkins


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5 Fall Faves

Kittens cats five things

Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things prompt series with fall favorites. Here are mine…

1. A break from oppressive heat. While I love summer days, by October I’m ready for cooler nights. Since I’m in Southern California, we’re not talking freezing temps (usually), just a civilized dip into the 50s or so.

2. The opportunity to wear boots!

Happy Color chess phone boots

3. Going north for Thanksgiving to visit my eldest and her hubby. Yay!

4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin candy. (These are peanut butter/chocolate cups in a pumpkin shape, which are even more delicious than regular ones because of the ratio or some other magic.)

5. Pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin pie


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Images credited to Happy Color and Google.