Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Most Recent Amazon Prime Purchases

 I've been purchasing quite a bit off Amazon lately, mostly for Halloween and graphic tees.  Here are some of my faves:

A couple gals at the campground have been taking fruit and veggie capsules similar to these.  Although not the same brand as what they have, I ordered these in the hopes they live up to the hype.  I definitely don't get the recommended servings of fruit and veggies, so hopefully these help.

I wanted a fun, semi-sexy Halloween dress to wear with Halloween props.  Although it's somewhat short, I love the overall fit and look.

When I get to work, my shoes immediately come off.  I walk around in socks.  For that reason, I wear slip-on shoes to work.  I bought these for the unique design and bold look.  They are quite comfy and definitely not hard to miss!

I'm crazy for Halloween and horror movies are my favorite genre.  #TheBoysOfFall with Michael, Jason, and Freddy explains it all.

Fall is my favorite season, so I purchased this festive shirt to wear.  It's comfy and true to size.

Logan sporting the mask.  He gives it two thumbs up.

I wanted a Purge mask to wear for Halloween festivities at the campground.  It comes with a power button and control pack for three light modes.  It gives the desired effect and I'll probably wear it for a bit but, like most masks, it's not effective to wear for a long time.  I'm all for it until my face starts to sweat.  

My dog is a big ole' German Shepherd and doesn't realize how big he is.  Bristol likes to antagonize play with the four cats and they're not always game.  I purchased this tall pet gate to put in between our living room and the back bedrooms.  It keeps Bristol out and the cats can still get through the little swinging cat door that is attached at the bottom of the gate.  They can escape through the door for some peace and quiet.  It's proven to be effective.

What have you purchased from Amazon lately?
Are you ready for Halloween?

I received no compensation for this post.  These are items I've personally purchased from Amazon.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Introducing My New Grandson, Waylon

He has some of the longest legs I've seen on a newborn.  His daddy (my son) is 6'4" and I almost bet Waylon's going to be tall too.

I was blessed to become a grandma in January and now I'm blessed to have another grandchild.  Waylon Eric was born October 2nd, four weeks early.  Even though he's a little guy, weighing just a little over 5 pounds at birth, he's doing great.

I was able to see Waylon for the first time yesterday, at 11 days old.  I'm so in love and can't wait to see this little guy grow.

I won't blast out the specifics, but my son will be seeing his son for the first time this Saturday.  Adam lives five hours away and wasn't able to be there for the birth of the baby.  I have no doubt Adam and Nicole will be great parents but I'm not so sure they thought the whole thing through ahead of time.  It's one of those "Hey, let's hook up and have sex.  Then I'll go home and you stay in Kentucky.  In the meantime, let's squabble about which one of us is moving so we can effectively co-parent."  Urgh! 


Speaking of grandsons, Henry is 9 months old now!  He's crawling like a champ and looooves food.  He has no teeth yet but likes to smile and show off his gummy grin.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Takin' A Crack At the Kayak

me, Ruth, and Rebecca

 For the fourth time this year, I was able to get the kayak out on the lake.  My guess is that it will be the last time this year ,with the weather getting colder.  The sky was overcast and the temps were just right for 4-hours kayaking on the lake in Wakonda, MO.

my kayak beached on the island

At one point, a big ole' fish tried to take me out.  There I was minding my own business when, all of a sudden, I felt several continuous thuds hit the side of my kayak.  A fish was trying to wage war!  He finally gave himself a concussion and swam away.  Bout pooped myself a little.

All in all, it was a good day with good friends.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

F9: The Fast Saga - #F9 Blu-ray Review

Street Date: September 21, 2021

Theatrical Run Time: 02:22:50

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and language.

The Fast family returns in the latest adrenaline-charged installment with a never-before-seen Director’s Cut of F9.  The blockbuster film has generated more than $600 million worldwide and now fans can own the global box-office phenomenon that features “unbelievable, jaw-dropping action” (io9) on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring the original theatrical release, the Director’s Cut and more than an hour of exclusive bonus content – including a behind-the-scenes look at the gravity-defying stunts and nitro-charged cars, a gag reel and even more justice for Han – fans can now add F9 to their collection to watch again and again!

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) thought he’d left his outlaw life in the rear-view mirror, but not even he can outrun the past. When his forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena, Bumblebee) unexpectedly resurfaces as an elite assassin, the crew comes back together to help Dom confront the sins of his own past and stop a world-shattering plot. Franchise veteran Justin Lin returns to the director’s seat for F9 and delivers this supercharged version of the hit film. From extended action to spectacular scenes that weren’t shown in theaters, F9: The Director’s Cut explodes with additional content that can only be experienced on home entertainment!
F9 also stars returning franchise cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. The film is directed by Justin Lin, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the series.  Based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson, the story is by Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello (consultant, Star Trek Beyond) and Daniel Casey (Kin). The screenplay is by Daniel Casey & Justin Lin. The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Justin Lin, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Joe Roth (Maleficent franchise), Clayton Townsend (Bridesmaids) and Samantha Vincent (xXx:Return of Xander Cage).


F9: ALL IN: The Fast family invites you to be part of the crew as they give you an intimate look at how F9 propels this epic franchise to even greater heights. This bonus feature, with more than 46 minutes of content, includes returning characters, new cast members, huge stunts, big surprises, and so much more.
PRACTICALLY FAST: When it comes to stunts, it seems each film in The Fast Saga outdoes the last. In this piece, we examine how Justin Lin and his team go to great lengths to shoot as many stunts as they can in-camera and practically, giving the film an authenticity that cannot be achieved solely through visual effects or CGI.

SHIFTING PRIORITIES: We first met many of these characters when The Fast and the Furious was released in 2001. In the 20+ years since, not only have the characters themselves grown and evolved, but so have the actors that portray them. Art often imitates life, and we look at how that's particularly true in F9.

JUSTICE FOR HAN: Han is back! Sung Kang and Justin Lin discuss the genesis for the return of this beloved character, while the cast reveals how much it means to them to have Kang back along for the ride.

A DAY ON SET WITH JUSTIN LIN: The job of a director on any movie production is huge. The job of a director on a production the scale of F9 is immeasurable. Spend a day with Justin Lin and see just how demanding it is to navigate a production day when you're the one with all the answers.

JOHN CENA: SUPERCAR SUPERFAN: John Cena is a real-life car expert, and no franchise does cars like Fast. Watch John jump from exotic car to exotic car like a kid in a candy store, giving you a true fan's look at some of the rarest and most expensive automobiles in the world.


My Review:

It's been 20 years since The Fast and the Furious was first released and I've been a fan ever since.  I've since watched all of the franchise films, including the recently released F9: The Fast Saga.  

F9 is an action-packed story within a story.  If you've watched the previous films, you'll be excited to see several returning characters and get insight on them with backstories.  Viewers will learn what happened to Dom Toretto's father and what led Dom to go to prison.  You'll also be introduced to Dom's brother, Jakob, who is none to thrilled to have lived in his brother's shadow for so many years.  

With the introduction of Jakob, a family rivalry has both brothers going head-to-head.  Jakob wants to gain control of a device that can control technology and possibly destroy the world.  Dom makes it his mission not to let that happen.  Throughout that central plot, viewers will see several characters from the previous films re-emerge to aide Dom.  

As long as viewers take into consideration that a lot of the stunts aren't realistically plausible, I think they will enjoy the fast-pace and high-ride action of F9.  It wasn't my ultimate favorite film from the franchise, but it was entertaining and I liked how it all came together.

watching the film on my TV 
(nice pecs, Dom!)

Have you viewed any of The Fast and The Furious films?  Which one is your favorite?

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Childhood Cancer Road Ride for Londyn

                                             friend and sheriff deputy, Ruth

250 = number of Side by Sides and ATVs in attendance
500 = number of people in attendance
700 = number of meals served
$170,000 = amount of money raised
4 = age of Londyn, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
limited = number of days Londyn has left on this earth

just a very small amount of Side by Sides and ATVs lined up, ready to start the event

Jason and I purchased our first Side by Side just a few months ago.  We've taken it on trail rides at the campground.  But last weekend was our first to take it and attend a Poker Run.  A sheriff's deputy that I dispatch for brought up the event info and invited us.  Jason and I made plans to go and brought along two of our friends for the ride.

Tammie and David posing inside a phone booth that was randomly tied up to a pole alongside a gravel road

The Poker Run took place in Durham, Missouri.  The 35-mile ride was taken along gravel and blacktop, with four stops along the way to draw cards.  During part of the ride we had to wear sunglasses and face masks to keep from inhaling all the gravel dust.  We were covered head to toe in gravel dirt by the time it was all said and done.

Although we didn't stay for the auction portion of the event, we did purchase homemade meals of fried chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, cheesy potatoes, and mac & cheese. 

me and Tammie enjoying the ride

The Poker Run is an annual event, benefitting one child battling cancer.  This year it was for a 4-year old girl named Londyn.  I don't personally know her but her story touched my heart and humbled me pretty quickly.  She's been through more in four years than almost any of us have in our entire lifetime.

Londyn was diagnosed with Brain Cancer a year and a half ago.  She's had an umpteen amount of radiation, chemo, surgeries and treatments.  In fact, she's already had 29 rounds of radiation to the brain which is the maximum lifetime amount a person can have.  After all of this, a recent MRI and CAT Scan showed Londyn's masses have grown into her spine.  The diagnosis is terminal and she is now on hospice with just a few days left to go, according to the doctors.

Tammie lookin' like the Unabomber 

Londyn and her family were in attendance at the Poker Run.  "Faith Over Fear" is their motto.  Although they are very sad about the prognosis, they are very faithful and grateful.  

I was in utter awe at the amount of people who showed up to the event and the amount of money raised from a Midwest farm area.  The community rallied together for this family, and the amount of items donated for the auction were beyond anything I've seen for a fundraiser.

It's obvious that Londyn is very loved.  Although her life will be short-lived, she's already left an impact on so many people.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Baby Shark's Big Show! - DVD Giveaway

Swim into Carnivore Cove with Baby Shark and his friends in the brand-new DVD release Baby Shark’s Big Show! Available now, this DVD follows the adventures of Baby Shark and his best friend William from Nickelodeon’s new preschool series Baby Shark’s Big Show, co-produced with SmartStudy, the global entertainment company behind the beloved children’s brand Pinkfong. Preschoolers and their families will have a jaw-sometime with Baby Shark and his friends as they become superheroes, face their fears, make a wish on a shooting starfish, and so much more! Featuring original catchy tunes and four bonus shorts, fans won’t want to miss Baby Shark’s Big Show!

Baby Shark’s Big Show is available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, for the suggested retail price of $10.99. 

Baby Shark’s Big Show episodes:

●Fish Friends Forever

●Baby Tooth

●Slobber Slug

●Super Shark

●William vs. Wild

●Legendary Loot

●Yup Day

●When You Wish Upon a fish

Special Features:

●A Crumb of a Clue

●The Bunny Slug

●Operation Cool Quest

●No Time for Timeouts

Baby Shark’s Big Show synopsis:

Join Baby Shark and his best bud William as they journey on fun-filled comedic adventures in their community of Carnivore Cove! See Baby Shark and friends enter a battle of the bands, find a lost tooth, hunt for legendary treasure, plus so much more. Every day is filled with jaw-some fun, new friends, family, and original catchy tunes!

Baby Shark’s Big Show fast facts:

Street Date: September 21, 2021

Running Time: 1 hr 34min

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Forever Purge Blu-ray Combo Pack - #TheForever Purge Review and Giveaway





The old rules of the Purge are broken as members of an underground movement, no longer satisfied with the annual night of anarchy and murder, decide to overtake America through an unending campaign of mayhem and massacre. No one is safe. On the morning after the Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks a wealthy Texas ranching family and their workers. Exposed by daylight, the two groups are forced to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.

THE FOREVER PURGE stars Ana de la Reguera (Cowboys & Aliens), Tenoch Huerta (Days of Grace), Cassidy Freeman (“The Righteous Gemstones”), Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games), with Josh Lucas (Ford v Ferrari) and Will Patton (Halloween). The film is directed by Everardo Valerio Gout (Days of Grace) and from the mind of Franchise-creator James DeMonaco.




COLLAPSING THE SYSTEM: BEHIND THE FOREVER PURGE - Go behind the scenes to witness the stunts, explosions, and chaos on the set of THE FOREVER PURGE.

CREEPTASTIC WARDROBE - A mostly daytime, never-ending Purge mixed with a western theme called for a whole new twist on Purge wardrobe and masks.


THE FOREVER PURGE will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital.

4K Ultra HD delivers the ultimate movie watching experience. Featuring the combination of 4K resolution, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.  

Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital copy.

Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can buy or rent instantly.

The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States.

My Review:

I really like horror movies and I've been a fan of The Purge franchise ever since it came out.  Although I don't wish it to happen in reality, I can envision the premise of being able to commit crime one night a year.  What makes The Forever Purge different than the previous four movies is that some people have decided to carry on The Purge for more than just 12 hours.  These people are on a mission to clean and purge people of different ethnicity and beliefs.  

This film is packed with a lot of action (mostly shooting) and makes you think.  What would happen if our government allowed The Purge one night a year?  What if we took it in our own hands to make The Purge last longer?  I feel there are some political and current event undertones within this movie that make it seem a little too real but it's still a good horror/action movie nonetheless.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Heck Of A Labor Day Weekend - 2021


obligatory selfie!

Just like most other weekends I'm off work, I spent Labor Day weekend at our campsite at Woodyz Acres Campground in Missouri.  The place and its people have become our second home and family.  Because the owners were busy with their daughter's birthday parties, me and another friend took over operations of Activity Directors.  The schedule was packed full!

The owners, Marty and Kasi, with their three girls.  They were dressed up for the middle child's birthday party.

Friday night was pretty low-key.  We just hung around, gabbed with friends, ate a ton of food, and rode the trails on our Side by Side.  Saturday was a whirlwind of activities.  Throughout the day were cornhole tournaments and scavenger hunts.  Tammy and I entertained the kids with a Cake Walk.  Later in the day was Candy Bar Bingo for the kids, followed by regular Bingo for the adults.  

Dalton and Jason calling the numbers for Bingo

Sunday was a Poker Run for kids and adults, a water balloon fight for the kids, and a "Pick A Duck for a Prize" game for the kids.  It was followed with Candy Bar Bingo, regular Bingo, and a movie for kids on the outdoor projector.  Sunday also included an outdoor church service on TV and a large inflatable water slide.

me posing for pics with vehicles made up to resemble those from the 'Cars' movie. (Yes, I'm wearing a tutu!)

I think it all went over well.  There wasn't much time to relax, considering I was busy with a bunch of stuff to do.  But, I have no complaints.  Now we're planning on how to make next year even bigger and better!

The water slide was wildly popular.

How did you celebrate Labor Day weekend?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Blue's Clues & You! Story Time with Blue - DVD Giveaway


Get ready to celebrate 25 years of Blue’s Clues with the special 2-disc DVD release of Blue’s Clues & You! Story Time with Blue! Available on September 14, 2021, this DVD is full of fun stories from Blue and her friends as they use their imagination, attend a pajama party, and discover Blue’s favorite part of bedtime. Also featuring a bonus disc with eight episodes from the original series, Blue’s Clues & You! Story Time with Blue will capture the hearts of both new and nostalgic fans of all ages!

 The Blue’s Clues & You! Story Time with Blue 2-disc special edition is available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment on September 14, 2021, for the suggested retail price of $10.99.

 Disc One - Blue’s Clues & You! Story Time with Blue:


Story Time with Blue

Blue’s Big Imagination

Pajama Party with Blue

Sleepy Singalong with Blue

Special Features:

Freeze Dance!

 Disc Two - Blue’s Clues: Blue’s Biggest Stories:


Blue’s Big Birthday

Treasure Hunt

Blue’s Pajama Party

Magenta Gets Glasses

Steve Goes to College

Blue Takes You to School

The Legend of the Blue Puppy

Blue’s Room Snacktime Play Date

Special Features:

Blue’s Memory Photos

Blue’s Room Shorts

Blue’s Clues & You! Story Time with Blue synopsis:

Are you ready for Story Time with Blue? Play Blue’s Clues to help figure out Blue’s favorite story. Then, imagine along with Josh and Blue, attend Blue’s first pajama party, and help Blue’s friends discover her favorite part of bedtime!

This special 2-DVD set also includes Blue’s Biggest Stories in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Blue’s Clues! Steve and Joe join Blue and all of her friends for more stories!

Blue’s Clues & You! Story Time with Blue fast facts:

Street Date: September 14, 2021

Disc One Running Time: 1 hr 30 min

Disc Two Running Time: 4 hr 46 min

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Boss Baby: Family Business Blu-ray - #BossBabyFamilyBusiness Giveaway


The Boss Baby is back and reporting for business in DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS, a hilarious sequel guaranteed to bring the whole family together for non-stop adventure and laughs. On August 31, 2021 The Boss Baby Family Business is available to own on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™ and DVD on September 14, featuring an all-new short from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Building on the success of the first film, welcome back brothers Ted (Alec Baldwin) and Tim (James Marsden) as they’re introduced to a brand-new boss baby, Tim’s daughter Tina (Amy Sedaris), who is on a mission from BabyCorp. The entertainment extends beyond the film with all-new exclusive bonus features offering endless fun and sure to get the entire family into the ‘back-to-school’ mode.  These features include a brand-new animated short, deleted scene, gag reel, interactive Creative Experiment Labs, Boss Baby Art Class and more.

This family animation comedy also includes a star-studded voice cast featuring Alec Baldwin (It’s Complicated, The Departed), James Marsden (Hairspray, X-Men Franchise), Amy Sedaris (Puss in Boots, Elf), Ariana Greenblatt (Love and Monsters), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Eva Longoria (‘Desperate Housewives’), James McGrath with Jimmy Kimmel (‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’) and Lisa Kudrow (‘Friends’, Booksmart) also returning. THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS is directed by filmmaker Tom McGrath and is produced by Jeff Hermann.


In the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar®-nominated blockbuster comedy, the Templeton brothers—Tim and his Boss Baby little bro Ted—have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina with a cutting-edge approach and can-do attitude that is determined to bring them together again...and inspire a new family business.


ALL-NEW ORIGINAL SHORT “PRECIOUS TEMPLETON: A PONY TALE” - In this original DreamWorks animated short, Precious Templeton has entered the Perfect Pony Pageant in hopes of winning top prize. Just as the winner is about to be announced, the crown jewels are stolen. What will they do now? Find out in this hilarious original short.


DELETED SCENE – “Time Out” with introduction by Director Tom McGrath.

NEVER GROW UP: THE BIG BABIES BEHIND THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS – Get behind the lens with cast and filmmakers as we uncover how The Boss Baby: Family Business came to life. Dive deeper into the inspirations for each character and see what it took to bring this animated feature to life.

“TOGETHER WE STAND” LYRIC VIDEO – Sing along with Tabitha as she performs “Together We Stand,” in this whimsical lyric video.

ROLL CALL – Meet the voices behind the babies as we take a cast roll call of The Boss Baby: Family Business.

Alec Baldwin – Boss Baby (Ted)

Amy Sedaris – Tina

James Marsden - Tim

CREATIVE EXPERIMENT LAB – Schools in Session! Join us in the creative experiment lab to become a scientist in your own home. Hosted by James Marsden (voice of Tim), we’ll teach you everything you need to know to pass science class with flying colors.

Potato Power

Volcano To Go

Plastic Fantastic

BOSS BABY ART CLASS: HOW TO DRAW – Ever wondered what it would be like to be an animator? Get a firsthand look at how to draw your favorite Boss Baby at home with this fun drawing tutorial. Hosted by Catherine Rader, one of the lead story animators of The Boss Baby: Family Business, you’ll see step by step how to bring this big baby to life.

Boss Baby (Ted)


Precious Templeton

FEATURE COMMENTARY – Feature Commentary with Director/Exec. Producer Tom McGrath, Producer Jeff Hermann and Production Designer Raymond Zibach.

Street Date: September 14, 2021

Rating: PG for rude humor, mild language and some action

Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian, Latin American Spanish

Run Time: 01:47:05

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