At the Risk of Sounding Like a Scrooge, It is Way Too Early For Christmas Music

Look, I like Bing Crosby as much as the next person. He was one heck of a singer. But, we still have 6 days until Thanksgiving and, as far as I'm concerned, Christmas season doesn't (and shouldn't) start until after that. And, that includes Christmas music.

It's bad enough I have to listen to it at some stores already (and, in their case, they can at least use the excuse they are trying to inspire people to spend more money). But, when it's only November 17th and I can't turn on my car radio without hearing almost non-stop holiday music, that's just too much. Stop trying to rush things.

It's Still Too Early to Decorate for Christmas, But....

The holiday wreath we ordered from the ice rink arrived earlier this week and, fearing it would turn brown if I tried to keep it inside for a week or two (not to mention, having to deal with all those needles), I decided to just hang it on our door.

It needs to be fluffed a bit but I think it looks pretty nice. Maybe I can convince the rest of the family to just keep that as the only decoration on the house.

A Couple Random Cat Photos

My oldest daughter was taking forever to get out the door this morning so, to avoid pacing the floor, I ended up snapping some photos of the cats.

Echo was in his usual spot on back of our recliner.

And, as always, Mouse was on the back of the couch watching out the window. I'm not sure what he was watching though. I think maybe he was fascinated with the bird feeder swaying in the wind.

Book Review: The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie (1925)

Synopsis: When Anthony Cade agrees to travel from Africa to London and deliver a controversial manuscript that may have political implications, he isn't surprised when he encounters resistance. However, when the presumed heir to the throne of a small Balkan country is murdered, he ends up being the focus of the two detectives investigating the crime and must find a way to catch the real killer so he can clear his name.
Review: I started reading this Agatha Christie novel a couple weeks ago and, to be honest, when I first started reading it, I thought it would be one I wouldn't enjoy all that much.

Part of the reason for this is, with the various political and criminal plot points, ranging from selecting a new king of a foreign country to hidden diamonds and a master thief who was a master of disguise, I was concerned the book would become a little too bogged down and confusing. Plus, there were so many characters involved in this story, I did, admittedly find it hard at times t…

Movie Review: BeDeviled (2016)

Synopsis: After their friend dies unexpectedly from a shock-induced heart attack, a group of five teens accept an invite sent from her phone and download a personal assistant app. At first, the app seems harmless enough. But, eventually, the group realizes it is trying to use their inner-most fears to kill them the same way it killed their friend.

Who's in it? The movie stars Saxon Sharbino, Brandon Soo Hoo, Robyn Cohen, Kate Orsini and Jordan Essoe.

Review: I had never heard of this movie until coming across it on Netflix last night. And, to be honest, the only reason I ended up watching it with my wife was I was fighting a slight headache and figured we would just end up turning it off after about a half hour anyway.

Based on the fact it was a movie I wasn't familiar with and had actors I didn't recognize, I didn't have high expectations for this film. However, after watching it, I do have to say it was considerably better than I was expecting.

The movie does leave qui…

Why Our Cat Prefers It When We Pick Paper Over Plastic

In addition to the paper bags being better for the environment, Echo absolutely loves to play with each and every one we bring home and makes sure to take the time to explore all of them. Sometimes, he just hangs out in one (which is why it is very important not to kick or step on any paper bags you might see on our floors).

I Hit 1,100 votes!

There's a little over two weeks left in the "I Love Beaver Dam" photo contest and my goldfinch photo is still in the lead after hitting the 1100-vote mark today. This looks to be a 3-way race at this point so, while I have the lead now, there's nothing guaranteed yet.

Again, if you'd like to vote for my photo, the link is