In my mailbox

The spice is flowing …


While the mailman has passed by the house leaving only a few cards, Brown has dropped off a couple of books. PYR sent me a finished copy of “The Steam Mole”. The Steam Mole was a good read, but I would recommend starting with the first book in the series “Cuttlefish”. Check out my review of “The Steam Mole” (link).  Having said that, I think it will make a nice gift for the YA steampunker in your life.

The other book that I received was Michael Moorcock‘s “The Warlord of the Air” from the good folks at Titan Books. Titan is republishing this classic steampunk title January 15th, 2013. I’m sure that you can grab some of the older copies for Christmas. This book is a classic and I intend to enjoy it’s steampunky goodness over Christmas.

The Christmas blog theme will come down a little early as I play around with different looks. I wont be posting on a regular basis over the holiday (the family grumbles about it) but I will tinker with things when they can’t see me. I want to thank everyone who has taken time to visit this blog and left a comment. Your comments are my reward! Merry Christmas everyone!

A nice gift

I decided not to decorate this year. But as you might imagine, the ghosts of Christmas present would not allow that and I have received some Christmas ornaments. One ornament really touched my steampunk soul, Sharon Day gave me a Nautilus ornament from Hallmark.


I may have to re-watch the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Looks like my Christmas is going to get steampunky after all…

Ode to Krampus

On Christmas eve some may hear the chime of a distant bell
and others may hear a sweet Yule-time carol
But, a few will hear the clatter of the cloven hooves of hell
as their greed has put their mortal flesh at peril

The Krampus stalks his prey this very night
and He will mete out justice on the looters
His feral eyes will see those he must smite
seeking out the evil users and polluters

Drink your brandy and smoke your cigars.
You will tread on your fellow man only so long
Boast of your earthly treasures in your swanky bars
The Krampus will gladly teach you right from wrong

Serve your fellow man everyday
and avoid the beast best known to flay

English: Krampus at Perchtenlauf Klagenfurt
English: Krampus at Perchtenlauf Klagenfurt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New books just in time for Halloween

When the air turns crisp and school is back in
session, everyone starts to plan for one of their
favorite Fall holidays: Halloween. Our friends at
Gooseberry Patch provide hours of frightening
fun in this brand new collection of ghoulish tricks
& treats, spooky crafts, clever costume ideas and
devilish decorations. With full-color photos on
every page, easy step-by-step instructions for
craft projects, oodles of tempting recipes for the
whole family, and so much more, this book will
be a must-have for every Halloween lover.

These 30+ costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas are not just beautiful–they are scary beautiful. From unique pumpkin decorations to a “blood”-splashed dinner-party centerpiece to a Yard Specter made from two poles, a string of lights, and torn, draped fabric, these creepy but stylish Halloween projects will give your home a spooky, sophisticated look . . . with gothic flair!



Free Cookbooks for the Holidays

Let me remind you to take a few minutes to check the price before making your purchase. Free ebooks wont stay free forever …

Circle of Friends Cookbook – 25 Savory Pie Recipes

Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Savory Pie Recipes
Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Savory Pie Recipes

21 Christmas Holiday Beverage Recipes

21 Christmas Holiday Beverage Recipes
21 Christmas Holiday Beverage Recipes

Hazel Sponili’s Christmas Cakes Pies And Pudding Recipes

Hazel Sponili's Christmas Cakes Pies And Pudding Recipes
Hazel Sponili's Christmas Cakes Pies And Pudding Recipes

Christmas Cookies Kids Enjoy

Christmas Cookies Kids Enjoy
Christmas Cookies Kids Enjoy

Enjoy the holidays …

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

This picture was taken over 30 years ago. I was entertaining a young neighbor who had Down syndrome with some sparklers during a 4th of July party.

I guess my favorite memory of the 4th would be watching a parade with Willy when he was little. I would make him stand in respect as the flag passed by. After standing up for the third or fourth time, he could see another flag coming and protested, “AWWWWW MAN!”

Hotdogs, sandwiches, family, and friends what’s not to love about the 4th?

The Dead Rabbit

A man is driving along a highway and sees a rabbit jump out across the middle of the road. He swerves to avoid hitting it, but unfortunately the rabbit jumps right in front of the car. The driver, a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulls over and gets out to see what has become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit is the Easter Bunny, and he is DEAD.

 The driver feels so awful that he begins to cry. A beautiful blonde woman driving down the highway sees a man crying on the side of the road and pulls over. She steps out of the car and asks the man what’s wrong. “I feel terrible,” ! he explains, “I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny with my car and KILLED HIM.” The blonde says,”Don’t worry.” She runs to her car and pulls out a spray can. She walks over to the limp, dead Easter Bunny , bends down, and sprays the contents onto him.

The Easter Bunny jumps up, waves its paw at the two of them and hops off down the road. Ten feet away he stops, turns around and waves again, He hops down the road another 10 feet, turns and waves, hops another ten feet, turns and waves, and repeats this again and again and again and again, until he hops out of sight. The man is astonished. He runs over to the woman and demands,

“What is in that can? What did you spray on the Easter Bunny ?” The woman turns the can around so that the man can read the label. It says.. “Hair Spray Restores life to dead hair, and adds permanent wave.”

Happy Easter!!! – Why Believe in a God? Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness sake,” will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.

In lifting lyrics from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.

“We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you,” said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. “Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion.”

via – Why Believe in a God? Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

(Editor: Oh you better watch out, you better not pray, you better not mention God or religion today … the atheists are coming to town)

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