I'd love to see the Northern Lights....and remember it. We saw them once, when we were camping way up north; I don't remember if it was in, or near the UP. I also don't remember seeing them....my brother and I were just toddlers at the time. Dad was a big star gazer, and from time to time, he'd about how magical it was to see the Northern Lights.
As a 'tween, one of my favorite reads was "Laura's Luck" by Marilyn Sachs. (And it's still a good read. Marilyn Sachs was wonderful.) In it, Laura, a shy, bookish girl, struggles to enjoy summer camp. At one point, her camp counselor takes her outside and shows her the Northern Lights. Laura was so awestruck by them that it made me want to see them, too. I still do.
As our local meteorologist often says, Oklahoma has truly spectacular sunsets. And I try and savor them as often as I can. I have a feeling the Northern Lights might top the wonder of a sunset.
Sorry I missed the Halloween deadline with this. But for some people, scary movies are to be enjoyed year-round. So, for those brave souls, here's a quite thorough "best scary movies" list. It includes several of the films we've mentioned as favorites around here.
So, for those brave souls, here's a quite thorough "best scary movies" list.
Pictures?!!! You didn't mention the "list" had pictures!!!
After a month-long scary movie marathon, I've seen enough gruesome images to last for quite a while. I had to page through the link the same way I watched some of the movies - with one eye closed and the other squinted, just in case there was something about to come on the screen I didn't want to see.
One of the most bizarre movies I watched was a 1962 black-and-white, low-budget flick titled "Carnival of Souls" (it aired on Turner Classic Movies). Not eye-closing scary, just eerily strange. I've since learned it's considered a cult classic. Definitely worth a watch if you ever see it airing.
I didn't know the heads had bodies either. BTW, "Mental Floss" is one of my favorite websites; I used to read it at least weekly. When I got the new computer though, it got lost in the move - I never downloaded my old "favorites" to the new computer. Thanks for the reminder, Joxie.
There's a whole lot of strange stuff going on out there in the world; this isn't the most bizarre news story I've read lately, but it's strange enough to make me wonder how some people can be so ignorant.
Oh-my-gosh, it's sooo cute! And economical too. I want one!
From a town in England converting cremated bodies into electricity, to whirling columns of insects called "bugnados", here is a run-down of some of the weirdest stories of 2011 in the world of science:
I thought this was a nice story. Especially since I live in a small town. Especially since Walmart is hated here, and often referred to as The Great Satan.
Especially since there is another big-box store eying land in town. There is much debate going on, opposing viewpoints given, studies done, lines have been drawn, and groups formed. The biggest jeopardy is losing our local hardware, and grocery store (one grocery already fell when Walmart went to a Superstore). This area is not big enough to support two box-stores and have local establishments still stay in business.
Here's what another small town did to support their local hardware:
Whenever I've looked through old photographs of Mom in her twenties and thirties, I've always thought "Wow!". Although, not a raving beauty, she always looked so impeccably dressed....so glamorous. She worked in the secretarial pool for the telephone company during the late 40s and 50s, and dressed to the nines for work. But even in shots with her girlfriends on vacation, wearing shorts or jeans, she - all of them - had that "glamor shot" look.
Here's a fun blog that celebrates those all those fashionable Moms whose "style was born before we were".
Oh, I love that, Gams! My mom is another of those glamorous women. Still beautiful (I hear it all the time, even from strangers), but a true showstopper in her day. And always "done up" - clothes, makeup, and hair.
Whenever Google has an unusual icon in place of its logo, I know it's a special day, and worth a look. Here's today's:
Some of that stuff is just plain weird. Others have a high "Eeeew!" Factor - canned fish mouths tops the list in that category for me!
The label on the reindeer pate made me laugh. "Farm raised relative of Ruldoph", followed by "An indulgent Christmas treat!" Can you imagine little Johnny leaving out carrots for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve, then telling him Christmas day that Ruldoph's cousin is on the menu.
Siren! They're so cute! (I checked out the link to the Little Library website provided in the article). And such a great idea too! Maybe not Hubs - I'm still trying to get him to build the cold-frames he offered to build. But my Man-boss has a woodworking workshop....
The wheels are turning.... I think a Little Library would be the perfect thing for the Children's Garden at the nursery. We've got a couple of wooden benches out there already....I can see Moms and Dads doing some reading out there while the kids explore, and kids doing the reading too, maybe to Moms and Dads.
I'm getting ready to have coffee with the Lady-boss to go over some plans and stuff before the nursery opens. I've just put Little Library on top of my list!
I am too, Siren. Sheesh, I couldn't fit half the stuff I've got hanging around into one of those houses, much less any furniture. I'd have to live outside, and use the house as a closet.
Gosh, the house would look trashed with just a pile of junk mail on the counter, and a couple of pairs of shoes at the door. At least, it'd force me to keep on top of clutter!
LOL! I agree on all counts. But if someone gave me one of those lovely houses, I would need a REGULAR-size house out back for all my stuff! But it's nice to dream about living in such a tiny, tidy area, with everything in its place.
Step and Mia, particularly, should get a kick out of this site. As our resident techies, it will bring back some memories for you, I think.