Pumpkin Time

It has been decades since I carved a pumpkin. So while at the grocery store last night I picked up a pumpkin and one of those pumpkin carving kits.  What I really wanted to do was find a stencil of Handy Manny and carve a pumpkin for my nephew.  No luck after searching all over the Internet and even trying to create my own using photoshop.  So I opted not to waste the pumpkin.

I used a regular kit and carved a pumpkin today.  It took a while just ot get the image on the pumpkin.  It was lots harder than I thought it was going to be.  I guess I should have stuck with a traditional pumpkin. 

Below is a shot of the before and after. 


New Rental Friend

I have been using Netflix since they started.  I have now found a new company that is even better and cheaper.  The company that I am referring to is REDBOX. They are located outside almost every Walgreens.  Movies cost a $1 per day. 

Go to REDBOX and sign up.  Just for signing up you get a coupon for a free rental.  The best part is that you can reserve movies in advance and then pick it up.  Of course, it only works for movies the machine has in stock.  It would be nice to be able to reserve movies for when the become available.

Baby Squirrel

About 2 weeks ago, the dogs started going nuts and barking around the tree in the yard.  Stacy stopped them and just in the nick of time.  The dogs were about to catch this baby squirrel that must have fallen out of the tree.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I hate squirrels.  The reason I hate them so much is that they destroy your house.  Of course,  I did not want any harm for this little squirrel so before letting the dogs out I would always check to see if the coast was clear. 

After a few days of keeping watch of the baby squirrel and keeping the dogs away, Stacy and I noticed another animal to keep an eye open for.   While watching TV we noticed this big white thing flash by the window.  We looked out the window and saw this huge hawk that landed on the deck railing not even 3 feet from the window.  My camera was in the car so I missed that great photo opportunity.  It flew away, so we went out and notice the baby squirrel right under where the hawk was perched. Luckily, it survived.  I moved it under the deck so it would be safe. 

It has been days, and we have not seen the baby squirrel.  Either it is still hiding under the deck or something else.

Favorite T-Shirt

Here is a shot of one of my favorite t-shirts. I got this in Krakow, Poland and reminds me of the vehicle I would see daily while walking everywhere.  The vehicle I am referring to is the Fiat Polska. I wish I would have taken the opportunity to actually rent one for a day and drive it around.

Monkey Boy

This past week Stacy and I were at Old Navy just looking around when I noticed this costume that I thought would be perfect for Nico.  Reason being we usually call Nico, “Monkey Butt” or call his feet “Monkey Feet”. So I called my sister to make sure that she had not purchased a costume for him yet. 

Her response, “Does it look like a baby costume?”

My response ” Anything for a 2 year old is probably going to look like a baby costume.”

More Photos at Flickr.com

Inkan Corn Nuts

On my parents recent trip to Peru, they picked up the Peruvian version of Corn Nuts.  The corn is made from Peruvian Giant Corn.  They also have a few Roasted Plantains.  If you want to give them a try follow the below link.

Inka Crops

Commissioned Art

For the past 2 years, I have been trying to get my parents to find me a specific type of painting from Peru. I bought my brother a smaller version of what I was looking for the last time I went to Peru and used that as a guide.  On my parents most recent trip I was able to get the painting.  Of course, this was with the help of my aunt that found a painter that would do a custom job.    Check out the photo below.  Now all I have to do is get them all 3 framed.


Last Saturday I went to the Zoo with my nephew Nico and and my sister. Nico had a blast.  We got his caricature made while we were there.  I was not as impressed by this guy as I was with the guy that did mine when I was in Poland. The link to mine are below Nico‘s caricature.

Nico's Caricature


 My Caricatures