Archive for October, 2018

Here’s a fun little book perfect for today, Halloween, or any time you need a little smile – 100 Ghosts by Doogie Horner. Simple yet clever illustrations of the iconic little white ghost as things ranging from Harry Potter to a superhero – and it’s all fun.

About 100 Ghosts by Doogie Horner:

“Cut two eyeholes out of a bed sheet, and BOO! You’ve scared yourself up a classic Halloween icon. But what does that ghost look like when he’s shy? Or in love? Or a pirate, a llama, a bond villain, or Russian nesting doll? 100 Ghosts explores every sort of spook in a series of whimsically haunting illustrations. It’s a delightful collection for adults, children, and anyone in need of a friendly fright.”

100 Ghosts by Doogie Horner is available from Amazon and fine booksellers everywhere.


I was going to save today’s find for the Christmas season and then I thought heck no, these are good for the whole year round: the Evergreen Pillows I found from the fine folks at Three Bad Seeds

About the Evergreen Pillows from Three Bad Seeds:

“Our goods are crafted from quality woolen fabrics handpicked at US mills — much of it comes from nearby Pendleton® Woolen Mills. We also incorporate vintage wool sweaters and blankets. We cut every detail by hand in our Pacific Northwest studio. Each piece is machine sewn for durability and many feature hand embroidered accents.”

Find the Evergreen Pillows from Three Bad Seeds here.

Find all the fine handcrafted items from Three Bad Seeds here.

OK, so I have mentioned many of the searches I have going on for furnishing my home. Well, none is more important right now than my search to find the perfect long narrow hall or console table. The problem is not finding good ones, the problem is finding ones in my price range. The latest table to catch my eye is the Holden Console Table I found from the fine folks at Hollywood At Home. Starting at over $5k I think my search will continue.

About the Holden Console Table from Hollywood At Home:

“Our Holden Console Table is handmade in Los Angeles with turned white oak and a natural handwoven rush shelf. It’s a versatile, handy piece that works in many types of rooms.”

Find the Holden Console Table from Hollywood At Home here.

See all the great home furnishings from Hollywood At Home here.

Well, it is almost November, and believe it or not, my little backyard raised garden is still producing. In fact, my yield today is one of the biggest of the season. Still plenty of peppers and tomatoes. There are some fresh buds on the tomato plants which means with some good sun we may have more to come.

So Kansas is not quite my native New England where the autumn colors are legendary, but thankfully in the northeast corner of the state, where I live (just across the river from the great city of KCMO) there are plenty of trees which manage to make me feel at home.

The fine folks at Cost Plus World Market are up to their old tricks with everything you need to celebrate Oktoberfest – heck there is still some time left in October – so check out their Oktoberfest collection here. Meanwhile, here are a couple items that caught my eye.

FF: Oktoberfest Napkins:

About the Oktoberfest Napkins from Cost Plus World Market:

“Our exclusive beverage napkins are perfect for beer connoisseurs and Oktoberfest partygoers. Featuring a banner inscribed with “Oktoberfest” against a blue background, each napkin is complete with festive pretzel and beer designs.”

Find the Oktoberfest Napkins from Cost Plus World Market here.

FF: German Pretzel Mix:

About the German Pretzel Mix from Cost Plus World Market:

“Whip up a batch of authentic Bavarian pretzels with this easy mix – simply add water and oil to bring home the soft and chewy taste of Oktoberfest. Delicious with mustard, sauerkraut and a cold brew, these pretzels have been known to lead to lederhosen and at-home beer gardens.”

Find the German Pretzel Mix from Cost Plus World Market here.

Wait! There’s more…

And while you are there – check out Word Market’s awesome Halloween Collection.

See all the cool stuff from Cost Plus World Market here.

OK, so I am looking for a new sofa for my new living room in my new house. I really want a statement piece, and I think I have found it with the Fitzgerald Sofa from the fine folks at Of Iron & Oak.

It could just be the name, as I love all things Fitzgerald.

About the Fitzgerald Sofa from Of Iron & Oak:

“The Fitzgerald packs all the classic Chesterfield style in with a few modern updates. Available as a sofa, loveseat, chair or sectional, it’s taller sloped back and softer sit boosts comfort and luxury bombastic enough to take center stage at a party in your West Egg mansion. And if that’s not enough, the Fitzgerald can be customized to have a sleeper unit—full or queen. Have your guests sleep in style while they visit. When they leave, convert it back to an elegant Chesterfield sofa.”

Find the Fitzgerald Sofa from Of Iron & Oak here.

See all the great furnishings from Of Iron & Oak here.

It is pretty much undeniable that Eric Idle, a founding member of Monty Python, is a comic genius. It is also well noted that Mr. Idle has managed to stay relevant over the years by evolving that genius and reinventing it for new media and audiences – Spamalot, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comes to mind. Now Mr. Idle blesses us with a wickedly funny memoir, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography, that is as touching as it is funny.

About Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle:

“We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python—from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, and Robin Williams, all of whom became dear lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving other close friends and luminaries such as Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, and many more, as well as John Cleese and the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian and which has since become the number one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humor that has delighted audiences for five decades. The year 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is marking the occasion with this hilarious memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.”

I chose the audio version of this book read by the author – which totally added to my enjoyment.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.


I love animal figurines. Seriously, all over my house you can spot various little statues of animals – mostly dogs, monkeys and the occasional elephant. Some of these little animal sculptures are fancy works of art, others are cheap little artifacts. But there is nothing cheap about the great collection of Animal Figures I found from the fine folks at Material Possessions.

I love Material Possession’s flying “Floyd Pig”:

“’When pigs fly’… well now they do! This little guy makes a whimsical and adorable addition to any home. Made of metal, he is sure to melt the heart of any animal lover.

See the collection of Animal Figures from Material Possessions here.

See all the great products available from Material Possessions here.