Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Catching up to Halloween

First of all here's two more Ace Attorney alphabet pictures!

C for Clay Terran!

D for Dick Gumshoe!

Then here's fall pictures!

 We planted morning glories in the spring and they didn't bloom until now. Go figure.

The deer ate our pumpkins again. They'll get theirs...


...And I'll just leave that above line that my cat typed while I was on the phone... Moving on!

Halloween decorating! In grand tradition, here's this year's witch under the quilt!

Adelaide from Over the Garden Wall! That's how you know it's the best Halloween thing ever; there ACTUALLY IS a witch under a quilt!

Screenshot copyright Patrick McHale

I then knitted up this here pumpkin! 

I didn't have a pattern, but the facial design is copied from a likewise knit one we had when I was a kid.

And Halloween spills over into my still unexplained quest to find the perfect yellow cake recipe!

See, it would look like a candy corn when cut. Pretty clever, eh what? (This was the best recipe so far too!)

And with our our decor, here's the house dressed to the nines!

The Halloween nines! Which are uh... pumpkins, witches, skeletons, vampires, ghosts, bats, spiders, candy, and... cats? 
So maybe our house is only dressed to the Halloween threes. Or maybe fours.

What is definitely NOT a Halloween nines is...

...How it looks since last Friday. D: It's too early for winter wonderland! That mischievous snow isn't following the rules!

Well, here's a mischievous cat to go with it, even if she isn't really black enough to be a Halloween nine cat.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Summer photos

Boy has it been a long time! I guess I kinda let this lag during summer; that kindof seem to be my habit. Whoops. ^^; Well let's get it summed up, and then hopefully I can get back to a more regular posting schedule.

Here's some weird flowers!

Black hollyhocks! Who'da thunk it?

And then we went blueberry picking!

My Uncle told us about a new and better location to find 'em, so we got lots more than I'm used to getting.

Some were frozen, some I made into this pie.

I've never done a lattice top before. It wasn't as hard as I'd been led to believe.

...It did get a little overdone though.

And if anyone can tell me how to make blueberry pie filling cohesive and not just soup I'd be glad to hear it!

Anyways, what else? 
Ah! Here's a stereotypical red-with-white-spots mushroom!

I'd never seen one in real life before.

And here's what's doing in the garden this year! Our big success crop is, for the first time...

Corn! Last year it was ok, but now it's great! Finally we are getting ears longer than four inches!

And they GOOD.

Also in the works is my latest strange project; making many yellow cakes.

I am looking for the perfect yellow cake recipe, for reasons best known only to myself.

I have made three so far.

Obviously, you can't tell much about which recipe is best from this, but if you know a good one, do tell!

In closing, here's a picture of me from our trip to the North Shore, standing with Rocky, the mascot for everyone's favorite variety of iron formation: Taconite! 

Ravishing, no? And I look ok too, I guess.

I will post more soon if it kills me!!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

I'm still a witch in the witchy woods though

A year or so ago I made this post with this picture.

Owing to the fact that I am now a much happier camper than I was at the time when I drew this, (see my previous post as to why) I think it's time for a new, less gloomy self portrait!

There we go. Hey and you HAVE met all the bears in THIS one!


This is Jangly. I got him in my Easter basket this year. Why he's named that should be obvious.
Despite the fact that I spent the whole night before Easter Sunday sicker than even when I had appendicitis, it was still the best Easter ever.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The tale of the Naysayer

I am told that it's high time for me to post a complete and thorough explanation for the many hints I've been dropping as of late. So, in keeping with the fashion of this blog, I shall TELL you this story... in the form of an incredibly stupid comic.

Once upon a time, very long ago, (eight whole years ago, to be precise) a girl named Anna found herself wandering around an unfamiliar parish one Sunday.

The people that had brought her to this place had run off, so she went in search of her sister.

She spotted her sister talking to a mysterious stranger.

When Anna took a better look at this mysterious stranger...

...She fell madly in love.

Anna spent the next several years of her life dreaming about a glorious romance with this man.

However, although she and him had become good friends over this time, she was well aware that this romance would never come about.

Probably mostly due to the fact that she had looked in a mirror during her life.

To spare herself heartbreak, Anna did the only thing she could think of to do in this situation.

She moved to the opposite side of the country!

...Not taking into account that:

A. He no longer lived in Texas anymore either anyway, and
B. Neither of their physical locations had any effect on the already scheduled weekly online chats between their two families.

Thus, Anna began to manufacture reasons for not showing up at the aforementioned weekly online chats.

It was a foolproof plan.

Time wore on, and slowly the idea that maybe there WAS hope for this romance began to creep back to Anna. (There were less mirrors in her new place of residence.)

...Until she received what she could only interpret as absolute, definitive evidence that in fact... no. It was never going to happen.

She reacted to this information by listening to copious amounts of Keaton Henson music, and watching TV shows about android girls who decide to destroy the universe in reaction to being jilted.

She basically did this until she was sick of it.

At which point, she felt she had completely gotten over this guy at long last, and was ready to return to being a contributing member of society.

And more time went on. The weekly online chats continued, amicably as before.

Until one day last December when he asked her out.

GamerintheZone: Hey Anna, would you maybe... go out with me?
eightcrows: um                                                                        

...Was all she could think of to say before going into total panic mode. 
She panicked and flailed and pretended that the fire desperately needed tending for a good ten minutes before realizing she couldn't leave him hanging with nothing but "um."


eightcrows: ........yes?

And so it was that the two of them began planning to meet up in Houston for Easter, at which point they would go on a date. Anna was completely bamboozled, but began to wonder if maybe all her wildest dreams were finally coming true?

At which point


The Naysayer heard Anna's thoughts questioning her absolute lack of capacity for romance, and materialized to offer helpful counter-arguments.

Easter drew near, and every romantic chat conversation, phone call, or any other form of communication was speedily disproved by the unquestionable wisdom of the Naysayer.

The Naysayer helpfully accompanied Anna on the plane down to Houston.

...And then to meeting up with him.


The Naysayer... found it pretty hard to argue with that.

The Naysayer did the only thing it could think of to do in this situation.

Leaving Anna and her new boyfriend to simply enjoy one another's company for the duration of their time in Houston.

Of course, they both did have to go back to their respective homes after Easter, and Anna, back where she was before, sometimes still hears the Naysayer's ghost offering insightful comments as to the reality of the situation.

Fortunately, photographic evidence works pretty well against Naysayers.

And though the story hasn't quite gotten to its 'happily ever after' just yet, there's still something of a moral. Which I suppose is: breaking your heart over a guy for eight years can be worth it if you give him a chance...

...Because maybe he's the one who'll be able to fix it.

(That or: Keep evidence in the court record to use against Naysayers, or any other dimension-hopping imp you might come across. Or maybe just buy a bug zapper.)