Vintage Beistle skeleton

I found this vintage Beistle skeleton for 50 cents not long ago. The big price sticker was right in the middle of his face(ugh!). It makes me crazy when people put a price sticker on in a spot where it can do damage to an item. This one really made me crazy as the back side of the skeleton was plain unprinted cardboard.
I was really hoping I could get the tag off without the paper coming off. I thought I had it when the corners came off easily. The damn middle pulled off the paper right in the center of his face. arrghhhhh!

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Why do people put price tags on the front/face of paper things?!
I tried to be so careful but his face still peeled off.

 

Just your average Tuesday……except for the tornado!

A tornado hit where I live this morning. It apparently whipped through my street/neighborhood and then was done. It seems to have started one street in front of us and ended on the street behind us. I hope they can come up with a better idea of what path it took soon. It was totally crazy. We lost electricity for 7 hours, our street was blocked off all day. It’s a mess of downed trees and tree limbs. The really weird thing is that if you drive a block or two away from my house it’s like nothing happened. You would never know a tornado hit my street.
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We lost our trash bins and some deck furniture was tossed around but that’s about it. I have never seen rain and lightning like that and never felt a wall of wind come through the house like that and I have been here through hurricanes several times. I knew it was bad when one of the cats started howling, she’s never done that before.

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Praying Mantis

The praying mantis is upside down, and in the middle of the picture. Look for the larger bunch of red flowers.

I tried to mow the grass on the side of the house this afternoon, after relocating the fifth praying mantis I gave up and tried to mow the backyard, and gave up after spotting a praying mantis back there too. If I see one, past experience has taught me there are many, many more.

I then thought that watering the garden should be safe. Until I spotted this guy on the catnip and another in the flower garden. I didn’t want to accidentally hurt any praying mantis that might be around so I gave up. At least we can mow the front yard. They seem to prefer the side and back yards.