Okay, I confess: my curiosity got the best of me and I splurged on an Amazon Echo. You know, one of those little black cylinders that talks back. The Echo is basically a sophisticated bluetooth speaker coupled with Amazon’s cloud-based artificial intelligence ‘Alexa’ ready and waiting to answer your queries. Admittedly an Echo isn’t something I needed so much as something I desired, but when you’ve had a week like ours, a little overindulgence can’t be wrong.
Less than a week ago I stood in an empty house. There was no laughter, no joy, and certainly no changing the fate of the families who used to live there. The house was the secret annex where the Frank family and others tried to hide from the senseless persecution at the hands of the Nazis during WWII. It was utterly heart breaking.
Talented writer Revis Edgewater from 33 Grams of Blog leaves us spellbound this week with an original story based on a quote from my all time favourite book. This is his second part of our Cheer Pepper collaboration - the first can be found on his blog here. “On the sea he wished to meet it, if meet it he must. He was not sure why this was, yet he had a terror of meeting the thing again on dry land.
Before my parents had Rory and Cassie, there was Rocky. He was a Collie cross Terrier (we thought) and, as kids, our first dog growing up. He saw me through high school and college before I moved away to London to go to university. He lived with my parents to the good old age of about 15 and today, 29th November, was the day we marked as his birthday - even though we didn’t really know.
If we were having coffee i’d tell you things are a bit more settled now. My mum is doing a lot better. She seems to be in a good mood overall and is gaining confidence and energy. Day by day she’s more like herself. I’ve been visiting for a long weekend so will be catching a flight home this evening, but it’s been good to be here. I’ve been attempting NanoPoblano but it’s been hard.
Oh dear, it’s a list post, I must be failing at NanoPoblano early.. I’m a sucker for impulse buys. I see things that I think I need to have in my life and I buy them. I like them, I try them, I think they’re wonderful.. but then they get forgotten about and just don’t seem that important anymore. Here are some of those from this year so far.
Many an evening growing up was spent watching the 1967 Disney animation of the same name. There was magic in the creatures cavorting across the screen and the songs were unforgettable. It was with some trepidation then that I watched the 2016 reboot, however I could not have been more pleased. Plot-wise, there are similarities with Disney’s film, however this isn’t a scene by scene copy at all and it’s not bursting with song like the animation.
We were invited to a Halloween party this past weekend and, as soon as I heard there would be fancy dress, I couldn’t resist trying to make my own mask. Given that my last laughable attempt at a mask was Felix Morton from The Dream Machine, I knew I would need some professional help. Ultimate Paper Mache by Jonni Good has lots of tutorials and how-tos for everything papier mâché and sculpture related.
I don’t think my family read the blog but this is now common knowledge to immediate family anyway. I’m sharing it because as a society we don’t talk about these things nearly enough. I don’t intend embarrassment or shame, and there really shouldn’t be any. Either way, whoever reads this, please tread softly out of respect for those concerned. We wouldn’t be having coffee this weekend i’m afraid. I’d have to politely decline and promise to reschedule.