Saturday, April 17, 2021

Sunday Synopsis


American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st CenturyAmerican Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have no idea how I had never heard of Israel Keyes before, but that was the situation. I enjoy reading true crime, and I got this at a bargain price on my device, so I couldn't pass it up.

Israel Keyes killed people all over the United States then went home to Alaska to his "normal" life as a single father. He buried "kill kits" throughout the states, and some of them are probably still hidden in their secret spots today. He was so scary because he didn't have a type, couples, men, women, etc. or just one MO. His killings appeared to be totally random. His methods for hiding evidence were extreme and varied, until he got a little sloppy. He was caught completely by chance.

Once caught, he toyed with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies by promising them information he never gave. In fact, it made me angry that law enforcement basically kowtowed to him, one prosecutor in particular, until he finally figured out they weren't going to give him what he wanted, a quick death sentence. Then he clammed up and would not reveal information about other crimes. Keyes wanted to be notorious, but even though his crimes lasted about a decade, he is not as well known as names like Bundy, Manson, or Gacy. We should all be glad for that.

This book is written in a slightly unusual way. Instead of beginning at the beginning of Keyes' crime spree, it begins with his last victim, basically beginning at the end. It then goes back to tell the stories of some of his other crimes and some backstory of his character. In one way, I thought that was clever, but in another way, it became repetitive. His life doesn't completely instill sympathy, either. Yes, he had some unusual hardships, but he was just evil. He committed suicide while in custody facing trial, something he never wanted to happen.

As true crime writing goes, this was, thankfully, not as dry as some I've read, yet it was based on actual interrogations and chock full of facts. It just became extremely repetitive. Overall, it was a good book.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Photo Wednesday

 Some of the treasures from cleaning out the attic. This was so fun!

For more fun photos, check out image-in-ing and Wordless Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Happy Random Tuesday

 Please visit the hosts of Random Tuesday Thoughts (Stacy Uncorked) and Happy Tuesday (Comedy Plus).

Hope your week is off to a good start!

Last week, my husband and I cleaned out the attic (mostly him) so we could have new AC ducts installed.  We found so many great things hiding up there that brought back cherished memories... and, of course, a lot of junk!  Going through it is time-consuming because I get distracted by yearbooks and photo albums!  LOL

Picture of a picture!

 I even found some of my Rainbow Girls stuff. (Not to be confused with Gay Pride, The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a service organization for girls age 11 and up.  It is affiliated with the Freemasonry.)  Fun trip down memory lane!

Yesterday I was looking at an article (if you can call it that) that was titled 30 Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True.  

Here's one: The Joke: In the 2000 Simpsons episode "Bart to the Future," Lisa Simpson, as the future president of the United States, wears a purple coat and a pearl-string necklace.

What Actually Happened: When Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first woman vice president of the United States on January 20, 2021, she wore a purple dress and coat, and a pearl necklace.
Purple and Pearls in
the White House- 21 years apart.

And another: The Simpsons' Season 4 episode "Marge in Chains" from 1993 apparently foreshadows the events of 2020 with the spread of a new flu virus. When a worker in Osaka, Japan, sneezes into a package that ships to Springfield, the entire town is subsequently threatened by what they call the "Osaka Flu," mirroring the spread of the coronavirus around the world. 

What's more, scientists in 2020 claim to have spotted Asian giant hornets in Washington state - a species that threatens life with its poisonous stingers. In the same Simpsons episode, residents knock over a truck they believe to be carrying a cure, but instead crack open a box labeled "Killer Bees." 
Simpsons predict global pandemic and killer bees back in 1993

If you want to see all 30 "predictions," click here.

Did you hear about the woman in Massachusetts who was finally reunited with her missing dog after five years?  FIVE years!  What an uplifting story!

Read the story here!

I am looking forward to seeing one of my daughters who moved away, the one who got married last November.  Her husband left last week for Air National Guard Reserves training which will last 3-4 months.  She's so sad.  She can't even talk to him for the first 7 weeks.

And now...  let's laugh!

I can completely relate!  More about my thumb next week,
the latest in body parts to wear out.

We have had this debate at my house recently!

Rude or funny?

This cracked me up!

And last, but not least, 
How about some West Side Story Cats?
Have a great week!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Crafters: Designs and Fonts for Your Cutting Machine.

 Hello crafters!

Look at this beautiful script font from Creative Fabrica.  I love it!

Here's a cute slogan for upcoming Mother's Day projects! 
What a great sentiment for a card or project!

 Check out the FREE and inexpensive PNG, SVG, DXF, EPS,  and JPG files as well as the plethora of fonts at Creative Fabrica. 

 Crafthouse SVG also has great resources for Mother's Day. It's less than a month away! Look at this cute design!

Even if you're not doing a Mother's Day project, there are plenty of other SVGs, PNGs, and JPEGS as well as fonts.
Check it out! 
   And use this link for 10% off any design, bundle, or font you choose! 
Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 09, 2021

They Weren't Kidding!

 Hi!  Come in and stay awhile.

A few days ago, I had my second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.  After the first one, I had a reaction in which I had an itchy rash on my arm.  It stayed about two weeks.  This time, much different!  I had thought that most of the people saying they felt bad after the second dose must have been exaggerating; now I know that they weren't!

Every inch of my body ached, I had a horrible headache, it hurt to move, I was lethargic yet had difficulty sleeping, and I had fever.  I think I am fine now, so it only lasted 24 hours, but that was more than enough!  I felt awful!  My mom, father-in-law, and brother-in-law had NO reactions.  My sister didn't feel well for about a day, but she had the Pfizer vaccine.  I'm apologizing (in my head) to those people that I thought were exaggerating.

Last week I mentioned a wood craft I was trying based on something I saw at Hobby Lobby.  It didn't work.  I was disappointed.  But we cleaned out our attic, so now I have lots of yearbooks, photo albums, toys, and so on to go through.  That will keep me busy!

I used a new recipe for lemon pepper chicken.  I won't link it here because I wasn't that impressed with it.  If you have suggestions on good lemon pepper recipes, please let me know in the comments.  Thanks!

Go out this weekend and do something you love!  And don't forget to visit Create with Joy for more friendly fun!

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Thursday Thirteen - Snacks


I know that eating snacks may not be good for me, but I'm craving a snack right now, so that's what I'm listing here:  some (not all) of my favorite snacks, in no particular order.

1.   Sour cream and onion Lays potato chips.

2.  Peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich.

3.  Fiber One brownie.

4.  Ben & Jerry's peanut butter cup ice cream.

5.  String cheese.

6.  Frosted Flakes. 

7.  Peanut Butter M&Ms.

8.  Munchos (especially on a road trip!)

9.  Toast and chocolate milk.

10. Single-serve Velveeta Shells & Cheese.

11. Chocolate milk shake.

12. Buttered saltine crackers.

13. Cheetos - crunchy or puffy (but not the flamin' hot kind).

Do you like any of these?

Link up with Thursday Thirteen for more fun!

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Wednesday Photos

 In July of 2019, my husband and I visited San Antonio and stayed at the Menger Hotel.  The Menger is the longest continually operating hotel west of the Mississippi. It's basically next door to the Alamo.  Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders gathered in the Menger bar back in 1898.  Some say it's the most haunted hotel in Texas, but, who knows?  2021 marks its 162nd anniversary.  It's quite a place!

The ceiling in the Victorian lobby.

More of the lobby

The outside of the hotel.
I took the above photos, but I couldn't find my photo of the bar which is  a really interesting place, so I can't take credit for these last  two photos.
Image Credit
Above is a picture facing the bar.  You might be able to see the balcony reflected in the mirror above the bar.  Below is a picture from the other direction, behind the bar looking out to the seating and balcony.  When I visit the bar, I really don't have a hard time thinking the bar is haunted!
Image Credit

I'm linking up with image-in-ing and Wordless Wednesday (even though I actually used a lot of words!)  Come visit for more photos!

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Random Happy Tuesday

 Visit Stacy and Sandy for some blog-hopping fun!

Howdy!  Come in and stay a while. How was your Easter?  I made a little bucket for our grandbaby, but we have no children of Easter-egg-hunt age yet, so ours was relatively quiet.  

I had no idea how hard it was going to be shopping online for bowls.  Yes, bowls! Who knew there were so many different kinds?  Cereal, soup, salad, noodle, serving, dip, snack, mixing, and so on. 

It doesn't help that when you search for a certain color, size, or capacity that 100 bowls that don't fit your criteria will show up instead of what you were looking for.  I searched three online stores and finally chose a set from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Who knew it would take me almost two hours?  And don't even get me started about shopping for bras or swimwear (I need both)!

My mom's wound (on the outer side of her calf) still isn't healing.  If anything, it's getting bigger.  Last week she had to have a PICC line inserted so she can receive antibiotics daily for about four weeks because oral antibiotics did nothing.

She's a trooper.  It took them three times to finally get it inserted correctly. Luckily, they won't have to stick her at all to give medication or to draw blood while she has the line.  She also had an angiogram to place a balloon in an artery of her leg and an MRI.  I don't know what we do next if this doesn't cause a positive change.  Prayers are appreciated.

I've been coloring pictures of kittens lately, which makes me happy.  It's also me being random!  We also went to see our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter for a short visit last week, so that was happy, too.  The weather was beautiful!

She loves to swing!

So, with that, I'll move on to some funnies:

Dye!  Apropos for Easter eggs!


I miss reading Family Circus in the Sunday paper.


I learned this when visiting our granddaughter!


And last, but not least...


Have a great week!


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