Saturday, November 26, 2022

It’s a hybrid, go around

  Someone please alert the public at large! 

Most hybrids have little to no power, stop trying to go thru them, go around, life much easier that way! 

There are rumors that hybrids aren’t too great on freeways. 

I’m confirming it’s fact. 

I adore my beautiful Prius, it’s fabulous on gas, it’s light, intuitive, easy on the eyes and easy to drive. 

It does NOT HAVE Power! It doesn’t go over 65 miles an hour, please let that sink in because honking at hybrids earns honky reputations. 

It is not well known that hybrids do not have power. Motorcycles have more power than hybrids. I even suggest that driving schools should teach that rule on the same page that teaches speed limits for bicycles. 

My specific model and year Prius has a small graph on the dashboard that lights up red once the 4-cylinder engine begins working too hard, which used to be quite often until I stopped driving the freeways. Only service side-roads and streets for me and my bicyclette, I mean hybrid. 

Oh, u can easily drive over 65, it will respond, until it doesn’t. 

I’ve seen a few on the freeways when I used to drive them, I even saw one of those tiny smart cars zoom past me once, a disaster waiting to happen?

There is one thing that truck drivers understand, and that is, going up hills triggers the honkies. 

I’m not kidding, my Prius baby would Not make it up a steep hill grade. How many Prius’ are in San Fransisco? If my Prius had to negotiate those hills, it might even start slinging backwards. 

If u drive a Prius in San Fransisco, please post the video on YouTube and alert me here. I’d have to see it in action and get one. Any Prius that can climb those hills deserve mention.  

So please, stop with the honking, yelling, zooming, and gestures at those innocent car-wanna-bes. It won’t make hybrids go faster, they don’t. 



Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿ™

To Everyone, have a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving! 

To my customers; the supply chain for gums and candies is thin but still available. Please forgive any current delays. I am so Thankful for my wonderful customers! 

All the best to u and yours! 



Sunday, November 13, 2022

Some good info about those pesky mosquitos!

 With mosquito season over, I thought I’d share a bit of good news about those nasty bugs for next year. 

It’s sort of good news because it may help to make them a little less annoying. 

Only female mosquitos bite. 

Of 3,500 species of mosquitos in the world, only about 175 are in the United States. 

West Virginia has the fewest species of mosquitos. 

The mosquito lifespan is only about 2 months .

Mosquitos propagate in standing water but don’t like citronella, a harmless herb ๐Ÿชด 





Sunday, November 6, 2022

Over 1,000 cats and dogs are safe after a meat truck headed for Yulin was intercepted in China

    Having been a proud person of Larry, the sweetest, goofiest Chow-mix I ever met many years ago had caused me to check out the history of the Chow-chow dog. 

    Apparently, they were bred in China to guard the fabulously intricate temples there. 

This answered my question of why Larry growled at anyone approaching the house but couldn’t care less about anyone approaching me! 

 After several generations, the temples in China gave way so much that those grand dogs were abandoned,  and soon began to be eaten! Many centuries later, the beautiful Chinese culture gave way, and all animals became vulnerable, even pets. 

  The story goes that foreign sailers saw the potential of the temple dogs and rescued, saved, and bred as many as they could, dubbing them Chow dogs. 

There’s a special place in my heart for rescuers of dogs, cats, and, okay, I admit, all critters. After all, I blatantly dedicate my candy route and this blog, to critters everywhere, and thought to share a story here of HSI, the Humane Society International Yulin rescue, an effort every year during the Yulin ‘festival’, just one among many; 

 It was a horrific scene—over 1,000 dogs and cats were crammed on a truck with dead and dying animals. Some of the animals were stolen pets being trafficked for the meat trade in China. The Chinese animal activist groups, including Capital Animal Welfare Association, worked with the police to help intercept the “death truck,” as it was headed for slaughterhouses or markets in Yulin, China.

Alongside dead dogs and cats, they found animals suffering with open wounds, broken bones, respiratory diseases and severe dehydration. 
The surviving animals are being cared for by staff at local shelters who are administering lifesaving treatments. Thanks to supporters like you, HSI provided emergency funds to help care for the traumatized animals.

The two truck drivers have been detained by police and reported to Xian Tao officials, and the trader now faces an investigation by the Agriculture Bureau. 

A majority of Chinese people want nothing to do with the dog and cat meat trade, and we will keep working to bring an end to it.

Thank you for continuing to fight for animals worldwide.


Jeffrey Flocken
President of Humane Society International’ 






Sunday, October 30, 2022

Happy Halloween’s Eve eve!

 Traditions can keep us anchored and steady. 

I say traditional candy corn is a must! 

If you’ve out-grown any cravings for original candies made of basic sugars, gelatin, and food coloring, no sweat, an expressive Halloween is 360° the entire month of October. 

No, that’s not the temperature, that includes all aspects of an Autumn harvest before the dead of winter, witch is only one reason why October is celebratory while preparing for upcoming Thanksgiving feasts, so enjoy this time of year. Spring is on its way, too! 



Sunday, October 23, 2022

Halloween candy ๐ŸŽƒ

 I love Halloween, always have! 

This entire time of year is full of holidays and goodness. 

I guess u can say the glass is half-full or half-empty. 

Some say All Hallow’s Eve is bad, candy is bad for u, masks are scary. 

Or u can say that Halloween is once a year, candy and celebration are great in moderation, and masks are temporary and fun. 

Enjoy life and appreciate loved ones because it’s all rather fleeting isn’t it..? 

It could be better, it could be worse, either way, it’s temporary… 


Sunday, October 16, 2022



A budget is people telling their money where to go instead of wondering where it went. 

   -Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness 


Sunday, October 9, 2022

State Fair time of Year


I look forward to the State Fair every year. 

And I save up for that time of year to spend and support my home, 

then I return to scrimping and saving for next year! 





Saturday, October 1, 2022

Happy October 1st! Some random critters

They’re not pelicans, not ducks nor seagulls, 

They’re certainly not chickens, parakeets nor albatrosses, 

I can’t guess because your guess is as good as mine, 

Just a flock of beautiful white birds chilling in a shallow creek during the recent heatwave…



Sunday, September 25, 2022

A deer whisperer but why?

 Some random guy feeds deer and I can’t find out why he does it, but was amazing to watch. 

He feeds them corn and feed and they’re polite! 

They stand in cleared out areas of soil, sometimes camping out in areas of sand, almost invisible like statues, out of the way of sidewalks and driveways. 

When he opens the garage door, they look over waiting for a cue and wander over for grains and such. 


Have no idea why..!?! 



Saturday, September 17, 2022

Bluebonnet wannabes

   I remember bluebonnets in fields across the state in spring, so when I saw rolling patches of blue near fields, streets and curbs, I wondered if bluebonnets bloom in summer/autumn, too. 

Nope, not sure what these are, but on a closer look, they don’t have the flowers or colors of bluebonnets. These are sort of a very light purple and the flowers are much more delicate than the sturdy bluebonnet stalks. 

I had to really deepen the contrast to show the actual color of these flowers because they fade in pics. 

The blue-ish/purple, green, and beige color contrasts are still lovely to see along the roads and thought to share it here. 





Saturday, September 10, 2022

To remind myself 1 among many reasons why I do this and never forget…


"The thought of freeing Rocky and Rambo and having to leave Johnny behind—and in isolation—was unbearable for all of us. But what could we do? Johnny’s teeth were worn down to the gums. He couldn’t catch fish properly. So we got busy, we got creative. “Leave no dolphin behind” became our new mantra. And we turned Johnny into a bionic dolphin!” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project 

Follow-up x-rays confirmed the crowns Johnny received were of very high quality.

A sampling of Johnny’s dental x-rays, before and after the crowns were placed. Credit: 

Johnny’s upper and lower jaw before crown placement, showing teeth worn down below gum line. Credit:

Johnny’s jaw after crown placement. Teeth with crowns are recognizable by their white color and protruding above the gum line, offering grasping power to the bite. Credit:

Approximately one hour post-procedure, our team witnessed Johnny successfully hunting and catching live fish in the foraging pen (a specially constructed pen for live fish feedings). It was immediately apparent he was experimenting with his new crowns. To our delight, his grasping power and manipulation of the fish dramatically improved to within the normal behavior of his species. 


Sunday, September 4, 2022

Sleet? Really?

 95° heat with sleet? How does that happen? 

Fastest climate change I’ve ever seen in my life, simultaneously fast!  

They were only about the size of a small thumbnail, but made a huge noise, really loud. 




Saturday, August 27, 2022

Post-Pandemic Skies

 No photoshop, color-mixing, not even enhancements, just gorgeous clouds, and a sky so brilliant blue, it hurt the eyes! 



Saturday, August 20, 2022

Made it! :-)

 Got to my 1st customer week before last. 

Next customer last week. 

It was so long between visits, I’ve got to go back twice! 

See? I haven’t forgotten u. Thanku so much for your patience!  


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Done deal

 Back up and running  ๐Ÿš™ 

I called my wonderful customer and they didn’t even miss me! Whew! 

 They were very nice and said to come by when I can because the honor box was empty! 

That is good that it had sold out but not good that I couldn’t even get there to replenish  ๐Ÿ™ 

The weather stayed hot but my car has cooled down, and I’m on my way Monday for real this time. 

I don’t know how long we can take the heat but at least Monday is a done deal!  

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Next week is here..!

 Next week isn’t here just yet, but give it a day or two and it will be here, reliable as the day is long. 

I’m planning on getting on the road slowly but surely and yet quickly at the same time, quick there and quick back. I can take the heat but my car not so much. 

This weather is awesome for sunning and swimming, not for driving. 

Just like snowstorms can be furious and fun, but not for driving. 

Rainstorms are the best when you’re warm and dry in a cozy cabin, not for driving! 

This current heat-storm can be perfect by the beach ๐Ÿ– or the pool, not for driving..! 

So I’m going to do my best and will update here. 


Saturday, July 23, 2022

Hiroto my hero


Hiroto  (written: ๆตฉไบบๅšไบบๅšๅœŸๅผ˜ไบบๆด‹ไบบ็ด˜ไบบ่ฃ•ไบบๅฏ›ไบบๅคงไป or ใƒ’ใƒญใƒˆ in katakana) is a masculine Japanese given name.  

It can mean flying, hero, ramen, stubborn, stability, religion, boy, the number 7, no telling! 

The Japanese people don’t have interpretable characters for no reason! 

So in that case, my Toyota is hiroto for putting up with this heat! 

We’ll be back on the road next week, briefly and in fits and starts. 

See u soon!



Saturday, July 16, 2022

To my customers

 Please forgive delays in service. 

The 100+ degree heat has gotten to my Prius. It hasn’t melted or anything, but it steams! Even the doors! 

Just when I was getting used to an electric car, I see steam from the outside of the car all around it! 

Needless to say, it’s parked and safe in 100 degree shade. 

I dare not attempt to transport chocolate in this weather, and it’s not even August yet, usually the hottest time of the year! 

If this intense weather continues too much longer, I guess I’ll have to rent a car or utilize a sizable ice chest of some sort. 

Again, sorry for delay, Thanku for your patience! 


Sunday, July 10, 2022

Are those real?

Are those real bugs? 

If so, how do I feel about this? 

Do I begin new crusades to save anyone with an exoskeleton? 

Are they better than M&Ms? Chocolate? Peppermints? No way! Not possible! 

Do they melt in your mouth and not in your hands?  


Do they freshen your breath? Bug breath? Yikes!  

Are they a delicacy of some sort? Like sushi? 

Stick with M&Ms I say. 

Pure sugar, pure chocolate, nothing else.  

 Milk Chocolate, 

Sugar, Chocolate, 

Skim Milk, Cocoa Butter, Lactose,

 Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artificial Flavors. 


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Some good news. Sort of…


Activists save “Lucky” dog from meat shop in Yulin and call for COVID-19 ban on city’s dog meat festival next month

Yulin authorities urged to ban Summer solstice dog meat event to protect public health and animal welfare

Humane Society International


Chinese animal activists intervened to save the life of the last dog found alive at a dog meat shop in Yulin, Guangxi province, a month before the city’s summer solstice dog meat eating gets underway. 

The dog, named Lucky by his rescuers, was found chained up outside the shop, with a dog meat for sale sign in front of him. 

The Akita was the last dog of the day due scheduled for slaughter before the activists persuaded the shop keeper to give him up. 

There were obvious signs he had once been a pet dog and had therefore likely been stolen by dog thieves. 

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Happy Father’s Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

It’s a busy week in June! 

Happy Flag Day week and Father's Day weekend!  

All the best to Fathers everywhere, may God bless u and your families, it can be a tough job providing for family. Thanku! 




Saturday, June 11, 2022

The Shelf-Life of York Peppermint Patties

 M&Ms are amazing because they last so long, don’t melt quickly if at all, and are satisfying. 

Another fun fact is how well they survive extreme temperatures. 

They can be frozen for an extra bit of crunch, or when they are in the heat for whatever reason, they may produce a coating that makes them slippery until they cool off when that coating hardens into a semi-transparent white covering over the candy shell. That is the bit of oil that forms as a sort of condensation in warmer weather. 

Should the bag of M&Ms warm up and cool quite often, the chocolate inside the candy may develop a chalky appearance which doesn’t affect flavor at all. It doesn’t appear very appetizing, but nothing at all wrong with the candy itself. Very durable candies! 

York peppermint patties have the exact same reaction to heat and cold, except the patties can develop that chalky exterior very quickly, almost immediately, when, say, placed in a refrigerator. Absolutely nothing wrong with the mint itself, and in fact, a York mint that is placed in a refrigerator for over a month, will look chalky and expired, but aside from being firm from the cold, the mint is still fine! 

Not only that, but in it’s original silver individual packaging, a York mint can be stored in a refrigerator for almost a year and still taste the exact same.  That same mint patty can be warmed between the hands, without pressing the mint, placed in a warmed stove, or even in the hot sun, and that mint will become glossy and fresh as if it just came out of manufacturing plant! 

Don’t even get me started about the shelf-life of a can of soda…

Saturday, June 4, 2022

A random store review

 A random store review

As a driver on the road for my tiny route and merchandising assignments, I rely on C-stores. A lot!  

Always a tad pricey, I keep purchases slim, but we pay for the convenience, and these quickie stores can save a lot of time, gas, and hassle. 

When they are up to date on their rewards app, the occasional freebies are decent perks. 

Circle K at 8001 W University Blvd may be new, so isn’t easy to Google which also would be why it was so clean. 

  Staff at the 8001 location friendly, customers, too! 

It was so clean that it might be a new build, except that almost all Circle Ks I’ve visited over the years have been clean.  I really appreciate that. 

  They’re behind on their rewards app or I’d make sure to find them more often, otherwise, a friendly easy place for quick snacks and goodies, and did I mention clean? That’s best! 




Saturday, May 28, 2022

Kitten Season is here

 If u love birds, what to do, what to do..?!? 

As long as there are responsibilities, there are choices to make so that managed cat ๐Ÿˆ colonies are awesome, rewarding, and clean. 

The surrounding areas will be free of mice and bugs, but will also be free of birds and their beautiful song, 

like I say, it’s always decisions! 

It’s your choice and preference.

One choice; 

To become a kitten season hero, you can volunteer, foster, donate or adopt. 

Find a Best Friends Network partner in your area


As long as everyone is well-fed, we can all get along…


Sunday, May 22, 2022

This Month’s Google Doodle

This month’s Google Doodle has nothing to do with candy nor critters, just makes u go, ‘hmmmm’…

NEW DELHI: Google on Sunday honoured the undefeated Indian wrestler Gama Pehlwan popularly known as “The Great Gama,” on his 144th birthday with a doodle. 

Gama Pehlwan was widely considered one of best wrestlers of all time. 

Gama remained undefeated throughout his international matches and earned the name “The Great Gama.” 

Today’s Doodle—created by guest artist Vrinda Zaveri—celebrates Gama Pehlwan’s accomplishments in the ring but also the impact and representation he brought to Indian culture. 

Traditional wrestling in North India started to develop around the early 1900s.

 Lower class and working class migrants would compete in royal gymnasiums and gained national recognition when lavish tournaments were won.

 During these tournaments, spectators admired the wrestlers' physiques and were inspired by their disciplined lifestyle.  



Saturday, May 7, 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022

M&Ms an Acronym or a name?

Image of What does M&M stand for?

In 1941, he struck a deal for the chocolate with Bruce Murrie, 

son of Hershey president William Murrie.
They named the candy M&M, which stood for “Mars & Murrie.”

Sunday, April 24, 2022

U love pets, they need your voice.


There really is a place that works to make all states no-kill sanctuaries for critters by 2025. 

Of course it’s a wonderful premise, and I wish them the best mostly because I wish it was true. 



Saturday, April 16, 2022

Have a Happy Easter Month..!



There is so much to know about Easter, it can’t be contained! 

It’s actually quite a long holiday, taking up Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and of course, Easter Sunday. 

Christians are supposed to fast during this time. 

So there’s some sort of fasting days in there somewhere. 

All I know for sure is that Good Friday and Passover occurred on the same day this year. 

Does that complicate things or make it easier? I don’t know enuf about the history of Easter to say.  

It’s not surprising that a common bunny rabbit (who lays Easter eggs?!?) has come to represent Easter. 

So I’ve included only a couple of paragraphs copy/pasted here from Wikipedia for partial info;  


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the Christian and cultural festival. For other uses, see  Easter disambiguating.

 It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a 40-day period of fastingprayer, and penance.

Easter-observing Christians commonly refer to the week before Easter as Holy Week, which in Western Christianity begins on Palm Sunday (marking the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem), includes Spy Wednesday (on which the betrayal of Jesus is mourned), and contains the days of the Easter Triduum including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. 

 In Eastern Christianity, the same days and events are commemorated with the names of days all starting with "Holy" or "Holy and Great;" and Easter itself might be called "Great and Holy Pascha", "Easter Sunday," "Pascha" or "Sunday of Pascha." 

In Western ChristianityEastertide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the 50th day, Pentecost Sunday

In Eastern Christianity, the Paschal season ends with Pentecost as well, but the leave-taking of the Great Feast of Pascha is on the 39th day, the day before the Feast of the Ascension.

Easter and its related holidays are moveable feasts, not falling on a fixed date; its date is computed based on a lunisolar calendar (solar year plus Moon phase) similar to the Hebrew calendar.

 The First Council of Nicaea (325) established only two rules, namely independence from the Hebrew calendar and worldwide uniformity. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March. Even if calculated on the basis of the more accurate Gregorian calendar, the date of that full moon sometimes differs from that of the astronomical first full moon after the March equinox.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by its name (Hebrewืคֶּืกַื— pesachAramaicืคָּืกื—ָื pascha are the basis of the term Pascha), by its origin (according to the synoptic Gospels, both the crucifixion and the resurrection took place during the Passover)and by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. 

In most European languages the feast is called by the words for passover in those languages; and in the older English versions of the Bible the term Easter was the term used to translate Passover. 

 Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, midnight vigils, exclamations and exchanges of Paschal greetingsclipping the church (England), decoration and the communal breaking of Easter eggs (a symbol of the empty tomb). 

The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection in Western Christianity, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide. 

Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include Easter parades, communal dancing (Eastern Europe), the Easter Bunny and egg hunting

There are also traditional Easter foods that vary by region and culture.  


Saturday, April 9, 2022

Bluebonnets abound..!

 Before such a thing as responsibility and working for a living, whenever I used to meditate in my younger days, this is exactly what I’d see; 


Gently rolling hills of green grass, blue skies and fields of bluebonnets, nary a street curb in sight anywhere! 

So since it’s there, let’s take a look at the reality of this curb, call it Curbology101. 

No tire tread skid marks. Why not? Because cars can see the grass and know to avoid the curb of grass, even at night. 

When there is unpainted curb and then immediate sidewalk concrete, THAT’s where u will see tire treads all over those poor unpainted curbs.

 Why? Because at night, sometimes during the day if u aren’t paying attention, and especially just after dusk when all contrasting colors tend to be washed out a bit, look again, skidmarks all over the place! The street briefly looks like there’s another lane, Bam! Oops, nope, that was sidewalk! 

When there are curbs and then some grass and then sidewalk, u immediately detect that it is not concrete and u rarely see tiremarks on the curbs by grass unless it’s at the corner of entry/exit driveways, especially when they are skinny driveways, u can see where the corner curbs have been run over so much that big chunks have chipped off! 

The chunks of concrete falling off the tips of concrete medians didn’t do that from age, they do that because: 

1) they weren’t painted, much less reflected, and; 

2) they were run over so much, the corners were chipped into powder. 

Poor curbs, such a mixed blessing..! 

That being said, enjoy the springtime bluebonnets in bloom just in time for Easter holidays, too.  


There, that’s better… 


Saturday, April 2, 2022

Snacks Suggestions

 Every time I turn around, there’s a new M&M style and I try each and every one of them at least once. 

 The most recent one is perplexing. It’s a new style (I call it a style because it’s more than a flavor or ingredients, it’s marketing, and the new style explains what I mean). 

 It’s called Snowball. Is it a mint? No. Does it have some sort of cooling affect? No. Is it coconut or icing or anything resembling snow? Sort of. It’s white chocolate. Okay. 

Now here’s the same difference. There is already an M&M mint, white chocolate, and pretzel. 

The M&M pretzel is the absolute tops for travel snacks by the way. 

It’s the chocolate u expect, doesn’t melt right away, and then a salty pretzel interior makes for a larger than usual M&M, not too filling, and no sugar-dump effect, the best design in my opinion long-lasting for the road. 

I just didn’t understand why it was called snowball. The packaging is blue with a snowman holding a snowball. Hard-packed snowballs have ice in the middle, maybe that was the intention? Except pretzels ๐Ÿฅจ are sort of a summery item. Pretzels and mustard at baseball games comes to mind. 

At any rate, despite the juxtaposition of winter and summer packaging, the new style of white chocolate M&Ms are delicious and satisfying. If u enjoy salted caramel, you’d like the salted white chocolate pretzel M&Ms, they’re very good ๐Ÿ˜‹




Saturday, March 26, 2022

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Claim Responsibility for your animals I say…

 Know animals for safety

  A 22-year old pet-sitter was nearly torn part by 2 big dogs she had already met once before. 

  They had a baby in the house who the dogs understood were part of their pack, the girl was probably seen as an intruder, not part of the family, they protected their home and attacked the girl. 

  They said she had pet-sit for 6-years, but there’s no way a 22-year old could understand the finer details of animal behavior such as trigger points, much less the potential danger of dogs. 

  She probably walked right in thinking they were going to be the sweet dogs they were before, and was blind-sided. 

The owners didn’t seem to understand trigger points either. 

  It’s such a dichotomy to think of the thousands of animals who are neglected, abandoned or abused, and not realize that tho dogs can be protective, affectionate, and entertaining, they all have basic instincts and behaviors to one degree or another that should be understood. 

Sometimes I think Mr Dave Ramsey and Mr Cesar Milan should be required reading courses in schools. They both teach safety.

  Dave Ramsey teaches financial safety and Mr Milan teaches physical safety. Do they still have police officers and firemen talk at schools? Or career days? Or Home Economics? Caring for a home while raising a family is no easy task! 

   Anyway, the girl is receiving the best of care and kudos to her boyfriend for sticking by her. I’ll try to follow up the story after years and hope it’s a blessed one.