Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday Night Live: White House Christmas

Saturday Night Live did a funny skit based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" centered in the current White House. It's hysterical. :) 
President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) is visited by the spirits of Michael Flynn (Mikey Day), Billy Bush (Alex Moffatt), Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon).

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Enjoyable New Book: Supergirl Age of Atlantis

DC Comics and Warner Brothers teamed up to create a couple of new superhero novels in November (7th to be precise) of this year featuring Supergirl and the Flash, from the CW Network TV show versions. I just finished reading and enjoying the Supergirl novel, "Supergirl: Age of Atlantis."
  The writer, Jo Whittemore did a fantastic job bringing the TV show characters to the novel and allowing the reader (and fan of the show) to visualize all of them as if they were watching in on television. That's the mark of a good writer, and this was a really, really enjoyable book and a GREAT GIFT for anyone who is a fan of the show.
  5 out of 5 stars!  - Rob

ABOUT THE BOOK: Supergirl (aka Kara Danvers) has been running across average citizens performing amazing feats all over National City. But that’s not even the weirdest thing going on. The Department of Extranormal Operations has captured a mysterious humanoid sea creature. Supergirl must find out what has drawn him to National City, and his connection to this surge of super-citizens. Written by celebrated author Jo Whittemore, this is one adventure fans of the TV series won’t want to miss!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Rediscovered: The Remains of the Tudor's Greenwich Palace

The Old Royal Naval College is situated where the Tudor palace once stood ORNC
Greenwich palace near London was known as "The Palace of Placentia" and it was a key palace during the Tudor Period. It was torn down to make room for another structure, but recently archaeologists found part of the palace beneath the Old Royal Naval College which now sits on top of the site. 


The site was occupied in the 1420s by Bella Court, a manor house owned by the powerful nobleman Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, brother of Henry V. Later, Queen Margaret of Anjou - wife of Henry VI - extended the manor to create the lavish Palace of Placentia (or Pleasaunce). Henry VII, having taken the throne and ended the Wars of the Roses, extended the palace into Greenwich Palace, and it was here that Henry VIII was born in 1491.

Sketch of Greenwich Palace around 1443
HENRY VIII's PALACE - Henry VIII, who thrived on lavish displays of wealth and power, would make the palace the center of courtly life.  It was close to the docks at Woolwich and Deptford, where his favorite warships the Great Harry and Mary Rose were moored. The size and scale of Greenwich Palace was once comparable to Hampton Court Palace and it contained state apartments, a chapel, courtyards, gardens and an area for jousting.
WHAT HAPPENED THERE?  Elizabeth I and Mary I held their courts at Greenwich Palace, one of the most important Royal Palaces in the country.A vast palace complex, Greenwich Palace was arguably the main Royal palace throughout the Tudor period. Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary I were all born here; Henry enjoyed jousting here and his wife, Anne Boleyn, was famously arrested here; even Shakespeare performed here as an actor to Elizabeth I.
REDISCOVERED!  Beneath the floor of the Naval College workers! 
The rooms are believed to have been used as kitchens, a brewhouse or laundry areas.
One of the rooms featured a lead-glazed tiled floor and the other contained what experts believe are “bee boles” - wall cavities which housed beehive baskets or “skeps” during the winter months, when bee colonies hibernate.
FELL INTO DISREPAIR-During the English Civil War, however, the palace fell into disrepair, and most of the buildings were subsequently demolished: today only their foundations exist, buried beneath Grand Square
DESTROYED IN 1660:  It was demolished by Charles II in 1660, to make way for a new palace. 
WHAT IS THERE NOW? It's the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9NN, UK Henry VIII.  It features the sumptuous Painted Hall and the neo-classical Chapel, the site has seen a variety of uses, as Greenwich Palace, the Royal Naval Hospital of Seamen and then the Royal Naval College.

The rooms may have been used by Henry VIII's courtiers or in connection to the onsite armory or nearby church.Credit: Old Royal Naval College

Sources: Independent UK, Old Royal Naval College website

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Randy Rainbow Fun Video: She Was16 Going on 17

It's another timely Randy Rainbow funny parody video (this came out before the Alabama election) about Roy Moore, the pedophile, ex-judge who was tossed off the bench twice there.  At least Randy can bring some humor to the situation in his parody of  "She Was SIXTEEN GOING ON SEVENTEEN (Roy Moore Was 32)." (The original song was in the Sound of Music if you're trying to remember!)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why "X-mas" isn't removing christ from christmas

A nonsensical argument we have heard for decades about a ridiculous "attack on christmas"
cites those referring to Christmas as "Xmas." Those people say "calling it Xmas  takes the Christ out of Christmas." That's totally FALSE!! 
Here's why! 

The "X" is actually from the Greeks and it means "Christ." Further "Xmas" has been used since the 16th century! So the next time someone tries to get you angry for using "xmas" educate them. 

So, what's the word in Greek?  Χριστός
The "X" in Greek is pronounced "Chi"

WHERE DID THIS LIE ABOUT "XMAS ORIGINIATE? Here in the U.S.,the lie started with the Republican Party to get Christians to hate society, Democrats, Independents and fire up their right-wing base.  **Sadly, so many stupid things are political**

What does the "X" mean?
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: Christos
Phonetic Spelling: (khris-tos')
Short Definition: Anointed One, the Messiah, the Christ
Definition: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund Brings Toys to Shelter Dogs!

This is what the season is about - Our favorite Celebrity Dachshund, Crusoe donated toys to a local animal shelter in Ottawa, Canada (he lives in Canada with his parents). He was sharing the love, and no one has more love than Crusoe! It brought a tear to my eyes to see these shelter dogs so happy with a new toy. 

Great Collection of True Ghostly Encounters: Vol 3: Encounters With The Paranormal:

Mike Ricksecker, the Author, Ghostorian, paranormal investigator, paranormal show host, and more has done it again. He's collected great stories from a variety of paranormal investigators, mediums and more in  Encounters With The Paranormal: Volume 3: Personal Tales of the Supernatural 
   I just finished reading the book (I have a short story in there, too), and the experiences will prove there's no such thing as a coincidence when it comes to ghosts or spirits (as I always say). - You'll find that out in a story called "Dodge Charger Sentinel" by Brooke Haramija. 
   Shana Wankel is an amazing sensitive, whose accounts had me glued to the pages. OI would love to go on an investigation with her.
  The last third of the book contains personal experiences by the owners of the "It's Raining Zen" shop in Alton, Illinois, located in the very, very haunted former Mineral Springs Hotel. The stories and encounters are amazing. 
  I just picked a couple of stories out of the great collection, but this is well worth reading if your a paranormal fan, curious or if you don't believe in ghosts -you will. 
  Mike's book is available on in paperback and E-book.

Monday, December 11, 2017

FACTS: The Reason Nothing Happens on Gun Control: NRA Payouts to GOP

NRA's millions are paying politicians to prevent gun safety measures
Wow. The NRA is not only loaded with ammunition, it's loaded with money. A lot of that money has and is being given to Republican lawmakers to ensure nothing is ever done about gun control on vetting and banning automatic weapons. 
  We understand the need for guns and everyone has the right to own one. However, the U.S. just needs better vetting. Eliminating automatic weapons from getting in the hands of the general public would also be a good thing. If you care about our police, yourselves, children or anyone, work to keep these automatic weapons out of anyone's hands (other than the military). 
  After the Las Vegas mass shooting of 529 people, 29 of whom were murdered, the anger of "bump stocks" seemed to suddenly disappear. Since then, there have been 2 more mass shootings from white men... and again, no action.
  Here are a couple of graphics showing how much certain politicians received from the NRA, courtesy of the New York Times as of Oct. 4, 2017.

The NRA spent nearly half a billion in 2016. Last year, the NRA, which is registered as a nonprofit, spent nearly $140 million on legislative programs and public affairs, an increase of about $75 million overall from 2015. These categories are not itemized further in the financial report, but they likely encompass the lobbying efforts and campaign contributions that have become a cornerstone of the NRA’s political power.  

This $140 million figure includes a $30 million investment in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as well as at least $20 million more to help GOP Senate candidates ― though recent reports suggest spending on congressional races may have been significantly higher. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ironic Signs to Make You Laugh

Here's a collection of ironic signs to make your day! 
The first one will really make you shake your head... taken on a bridge.
   The last one about making a call to fix your phone if your phone isn't working is something we've seen and heard many times.  If you live in a remote area and your service is out, and you don't have a land line or cell phone to make the call, well, tough!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Did you know? John Adams' Cousins House Now an Historic Home

We love learning about history, and as an architect, Tom loves architecture, so here's a story that combines both!  An historic house that is now on the register of historic places. It's in  New Hampshire, though, so if you visit this winter - expect snow. 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — When a 300-year-old home of eight generations of distant cousins to President John Adams was researched for New Hampshire’s Register of Historic Places, family members were surprised to learn a couple of things about Adams’ uncle, the first owner: He had a healthy ego and owned slaves.

300-year-old Adams homestead sits in Newington, N.H. 
   The simple, white Georgian-style home in Newington, New Hampshire, was first occupied by the Rev. Joseph Adams, a native of Braintree, Massachusetts, who died in 1783 at age 95. The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources announced last week that it added the home, a carriage house and barn to the state register.   

John Adams, president from 1797-1801, visited his uncle at least twice and referred to him in an 1821 letter as "vain and loquacious, though somewhat learned and entertaining."

John Adams, president from 1797-1801, visited his uncle at least twice and referred to him in an 1821 letter as "vain and loquacious, though somewhat learned and entertaining."

Nov. 15, 2017 photo the 300-year-old Adams homestead sits in Newington, N.H. The home of eight generations related to President John Adams has been named to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.less
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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next