OK, you are probably sick of hearing about it, but my search for the perfect bag continues. But good news, the search may be coming to an end soon now that I have found the Journey Messenger Brief Bag from the fine folks at Stephen David Leonard.

About the Journey Messenger Brief Bag from Stephen David Leonard

“This is the bag Indiana Jones would carry if he carried a laptop along with his bullwhip. The Journey Messenger Brief has a classic style and plenty of storage for your laptop, power cords, tablet, e-reader, snacks, passport, files and more. With easy access to pockets and internal padding and storage this bag will meet your every need from the office to the plane to your favorite coffee shop. Made of real, soft, durable, vegetable tanned Buffalo Leather with antiqued metal plated closures and thick waterproof coated fabric lining.”

Find the Journey Messenger Brief Bag from Stephen David Leonard here.

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Right now as you read this there is a kid somewhere playing a video game excessively while her parents lament her future and the future of mankind. My advice to the worrying parents? Calm down, the kids will be OK. How do I know? Well every generation have had their pastimes that their elders felt would be the ruin of the world. Thirty plus years ago, Martin Amis, who would go on to be an award-winning author, put his misspent youth at the arcade (as in colossal waste of time) into the brilliant Invasion of the Space Invaders: An Addict’s Guide to Battle Tactics, Big Scores and the Best Machines.

About Invasion of the Space Invaders by Martin Amis:

“Back in a facsimile edition is Martin Amis’s closet passion project, first published in 1982: a compulsive gamer’s guide to arcades and beating your younger self’s high score. In this offbeat book, introduced by Stephen Spielberg, acclaimed author Martin Amis explores how 1980s video games took a generation by storm. Delving into the electric atmosphere of the arcades where he misspent his youth, he asks: Why did Space Invaders invade our hearts and minds? How much time, loose change and sex appeal did they cost us? And most importantly, which secret cheats and tactics must we master to reach the next level? Part cautionary tale, part celebration of a lifelong addiction, this is an essential manual for many a self-confessed cyber geek, computer nerd and joystick junkie.”

Now available in a new reprint edition, Invasion of the Space Invaders is an entertaining time capsule of a time gone by while being a harbinger of our evolving popular culture, and is great fun to read to boot.

Invasion of the Space Invaders by Martin Amis is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

Believe it or not – this weekend we will be marking 10 years of Lost Cowboy Found. …and they said it wouldn’t last.

By “they” I mean me, as I am well aware that I never finish anything. So yeah, it’s pretty cool that I started something and kept it going for this long.

So how are we going to mark the occasion? I am sure we will think of something special. The way to celebrate is to keep it all going.

So if you have any ideas or suggestions let me know.

Jim@lostcowboyfound.com

It’s been a while since I posted about my 2019 raised bed vegetable garden. Actually, it has been a while since I have tended to the garden as I have been traveling quite a bit over the past few weeks. And like many things, my garden has thrived because I wasn’t meddling every day. We are a week into October and I am still getting a nice yield of tomatoes (with many more coming), peppers, and as much basil, mint, and rosemary I could ever want.

I really do like summer, but there are many reasons to like autumn, chief among them is it’s time for soup. I love making soup and enjoying it on those cool fall evenings and cold winter days. One of the first soups I am going to try this season is this recipe for Easy Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon I found from the fine folks at Southern Living magazine.

About the recipe for Easy Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon from Southern Living:

“We spiced up plain-Jane lentil soup with the addition of tender sweet potato chunks, fire-roasted tomatoes, and bacon. This rich, comforting, smoky soup is perfect if you are planning a tailgate event or weekend party because it can be prepared up to three days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. It tastes even better when the flavors have had a chance to marry.”

Find the recipe for Easy Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon from Southern Living here.

Find all the great recipes and other tips from Southern Living here.

When you think of tobacco, you probably think of big plantations in the south and mid-Atlantic, not the lush valleys of southern Vermont, and western Massachusetts and Connecticut. But “Connecticut Shade Tobacco” is indeed a thing and thrives in the Connecticut River valley. Last weekend I found myself in Westfield, MA in Western Massachusetts and took this shot of tobacco drying in one of the dozens of tobacco barns that populate the countryside. This specialty tobacco is exported all over the world for use in bindings and wrappers for premium cigars.

FF: The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Byrd’s Famous Cookies

About the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Byrd’s Famous Cookies:

“Everybody knows that nothing goes together better than peanut butter and chocolate. But, when you throw a delicious cookie into the mix, we’re talking about something really special! Our Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are baked with the perfect amount of peanut butter chips and chocolate chips to deliver the mouthwatering flavor combination we all crave in every bite!”

Find the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Byrd’s Famous Cookies here.

See Byrd’s Famous Cookies entire cookie collection here.

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FF: The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Hammond’s Candies

About the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Hammond’s Candies:

“Enjoy the decadent combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips. These buttery, bite-sized tea cookies are a delicious treat!”.

Because no two flavors mix together as well as chocolate and peanut butter.

Find the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Hammond’s Candies here.

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How can you not fall in love with the Liewood Grey Knit Elephant I found from the fine folks at The Mini Edit? I have!

About the Liewood Grey Knit Elephant from The Mini Edit:

“Liewood designs conceptually strong collections – respecting the tenderness and innocence of childhood and the lifestyle of modern families.  Pure shapes and delicate prints full of personality go hand in hand with functionality – making Liewood the fun and fabulous alternative.”

About the Liewood Grey Knit Elephant from The Mini Edit.

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The famed show business entrepreneur, P.T. Barnum has never been too far out of the spotlight for a very long time now. The circus that carried on his name was still performing up until 2017 and Hugh Jackman portrayed Barnum in the recent hit film musical, The Greatest Showman. But few know the full story of Barnum’s amazing life, only hinted at in the afore mentioned film and past biographies. Now we have the definitive biography of one of America’s all time greatest purveyors of popular entertainment, Barnum – an American Life by Robert Wilson, and it is fantastic.

About Barnum – an American Life by Robert Wilson:

“Nearly 125 years after his death, the name P. T. Barnum still inspires wonder. Robert Wilson’s vivid new biography captures the full genius, infamy, and allure of the ebullient showman. From birth to death, Phineas Taylor Barnum repeatedly reinvented himself. He learned as a young man how to wow crowds, and built a fortune that placed him among the first millionaires in the United States. He also suffered tragedy, bankruptcy, and fires that destroyed his life’s work, yet willed himself to rebuild and succeed again. As an entertainer, Barnum courted controversy time and again throughout his life—yet he was also a man of strong convictions, guided in his work not by a desire to deceive but an eagerness to thrill and bring joy to his audiences. He almost certainly never uttered the infamous line, ‘There’s a sucker born every minute,’ instead taking pride in giving crowds their money’s worth and more.”

Barnum – an American Life by Robert Wilson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I love old school toys. First, I had a few when I was a kid, although the electronic toy craze was well underway then. I have always loved things like wood block or toy ships and trucks. Second, now as a adult I think old school toys are cool to have around as decoration or art. This is why I love the Classic Wood Building Sets I found from the fine folks at Roy Toy.

About the Classic Wood Building Sets from Roy Toy:

“Our oldest and most popular line. Designs of building sets and packaging remain the same as they were when first introduced in the 1930s. Lift the box top and smell the all-natural pine wood. We always enjoy watching a smile form on the face of a new grandfather as he is reminded of a time many years ago when he, as a small child, was helped by his grandfather to build a log cabin for the first time. Together they built memories that lasted a lifetime. What greater gift can a parent or grandparent give than memories? Start building some today with someone that you love.”

Find the Classic Wood Building Sets from Roy Toy here.

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