Posted by: Mark | October 17, 2016

Three Board Games

Things haven’t been great but I played three new games.

Mysterium:  a team of psychic investigators are summoned to a haunted mansion so a ghost can reveal a murderer. The catch? The ghost can’t talk and only can reveal clues in dreamlike visions.

One player is the ghost, handing out hints; the others play the psychics. The ghost has the hardest job because the selection of visions are extremely vague and surreal.

It reminds me of an older game called Dixit in that Mysterium is fun and creative with imaginative artwork but can be frustrating at times.

Betrayal at House at the Hell (expansion pack):  I’ve played the standard game before and liked it a lot. The expansion might make it even better but I didn’t see enough of it to tell. The haunted house now has a new section on the roof and, for the first time, a bathroom. I’m not sure if that’s reason enough to buy the expansion. Time will tell.

Descent  (second edition): just started this D&D knockoff. It’s simpler than D&D but takes about as long to play. We should finish it up next month but so far I like it.

Posted by: Mark | October 5, 2016

R.I.P. Squeaky/Kiki, Last of the Campbell Hamsters

2016 continues its downward slide. Kiki or Squeaky (they were identical) died, leaving us with one Syrian hamster and one Robo hamster. Both are old so, for the first time since 2005, we will soon be hamsterless.

Posted by: Mark | September 29, 2016

Yellow Fly


Is this a yellow fly? No matter how I try I can’t build up any confidence.

Supposedly they bite. I’m glad I had a window between us.

Posted by: Mark | September 28, 2016

Milk Mushroom


Is this a milk mushroom? From what I can tell, maybe.

Some milk mushrooms are safe to eat; others are not. It’s been tough bur I’m still not to the point of sampling unknown fungi.

Posted by: Mark | September 18, 2016

Ruby Throated Hummingbird


If you squint, you might make out the dark shape of a hummingbird on the left hand side of the feeder.

It’s a lousy shot but I don’t think I’ll get another this year.

Posted by: Mark | September 17, 2016

Turkey Vulture


I expected to get a picture of a turkey vulture much earlier. I’ve seen them many times but never got a shot.

My kids have watched a number of nature shows that included info about turkey vultures (their legs are naturally black but defecate on themselves so they look gray).

I don’t think I would like one as a pet.

Posted by: Mark | September 12, 2016

R.I.P. Little Bit and Fred

I’ve been meaning to post when things got better but that might be a while.

Two pets died this week. Fred the Leopard gecko died a few days ago. We got him full-grown in 2011 so I’m not sure how old he was.

I always worried about keeping him warm enough in the winter and assumed he was safe during summer. I have no idea what he died of but I’d like to think that I would have been more observant if this started in February.

Little Bit the Campbell’s dwarf hamster was born in November 2014. His uncle/father Squeaky  is still alive but Little Bit had something happen since last Thursday when I cleaned their cages. Again, in a better time, I might have caught him in time but I don’t know.

Posted by: Mark | August 25, 2016

Reading Library

Devilboy’s new school is within a few miles of the Reading branch library. It’s smaller than I expected–normally Devilboy finds a few dozen books but in this case he only found one.

There wasn’t much of a selection of books on mythology, pets, or nonfiction in general. It seemed more of a community center than a library. . . which is probably how most patrons like it. There were many public computers,  meeting rooms, and other resources that the community was using. Maybe this is the future of libraries. Not my first choice but it’s better than shutting down.

Posted by: Mark | August 19, 2016

Fairy Ring Mushroom

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I was proud of myself for matching these with a picture of fairy ring mushrooms but then I learned this a blanket term for more than 60 species of fungi.

If you believe evil fairies live inside the mushroom ring, there’s only one sure-fire way to dispel them–run around it nine times. Clockwise or counter-clockwise? The lore is vague.

Posted by: Mark | August 15, 2016

Bearded Dragons

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Shipping and distribution sent the store a package of bearded dragons despite the fact that is no place for them. After some confusion, they were driven to safety.

From what I’ve heard, these are the best reptilian pet available. Maybe some day.

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