I’ve lost track on what # book I am on for this year oops. I remember this story from back when it happened. I thought it was really heartbreaking then, and 20 plus years later I still think it is heartbreaking. I haven’t watched the movie, I’m not sure that I could.
Into the wild by Jon KrakauerimageIn April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

I have also read another Jon Krakauer book: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith which was also excellent.

Russell Stover Peanut Butter Santa and Peppermint Bark Snowman

My husband and I stopped in the supermarket this evening. I was feeling festive and had a hankering for something with peanut butter. I saw this candy from Russell Stover and decided to give it a try.


I thought the packaging was really cute and Christmassy.(and they were on sale)

I tried the peanut butter and milk chocolate Santa first. I don’t see anything even vaguely Santa shaped about this candy do you? I even spent a few minutes turning it this way and that way trying to find Santa.


Sadly this tasted as much like peanut butter as it looks like Santa.

Oh well so it doesn’t look like Santa, as long as it tastes good right? I did not like this Peanut Butter Santa at all, and I love peanut butter and milk chocolate. I think it was sort of a whipped peanut butter that had a slightly marshmallow texture and it didn’t particularly taste like peanut butter which was really disappointing as I was looking forward to this.

I moved on to the peppermint bark snowman. It’s crushed peppermints, white chocolate and a layer of dark chocolate. I have seen other candy with this type of flavor combination but wasn’t sure I would like it so didn’t want to commit to a big bar or a bag of candy.

At least this guy looks like a snowman, so far so good. This one is actually pretty good. It tastes like one of those Andes Creme de Menthe thins. I like those, so this was good.


This one looked and tasted good unlike peanut butter Santa.


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!




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.
National Weather Service
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.