Sunday, October 30, 2016

October's Final Hoedown!

~ photo by Suzanne * 10-30-2016

Scary, huh?   Well, today is one of the days reserved for Frankenstein/Monster Day.  I believe the other Frankenstein Day is observed on the 30th of August, in remembrance of its creator, Mary Wollenstone Shelley.  When she was about 19 years old, or so, Miss Shelley was on holiday in Switzerland, and, a storm brewed up heavily, forcing her to stay indoors.  She and some friends had been reading monster stories for fun, and, Mary became compelled to write her own monster story.  Thus, in the year 1818, Frankie (I mean, Frankenstein the monster) was born!  

Frankenstein, the Monster

Would you agree, that this has been one fast-moving month?  October just WHIZZED in and back out again at a pace that would make even "Frankenstein's" head spin!  As if that would be possible with those bolts holding it down, lol!  Nevertheless, hold on to your hats, because November just may sweep us right out of Autumn and into Winter!  Let's hope not just yet!

Meanwhile, maybe we can recap a few of the events that brought my neck of the woods through this exciting month.

~ photo by Suzanne * October 6, 2016
Lots of Mums, many colors available everywhere-
-what a beautiful crop in Texas this year!

WOW!!!  What have we here?
Pumpkins, anyone?

~Not quite into the Scarecrow is he?

~Shrimp Boil?  Well, okay...YUM!  (Oct. 27, 2016)

~Late October Birthday! THAT'S my game!

...or, IS it???  LOL!

~And, it's off to the races with Dad!

~Okay, Okay...Ladies and Gentlemen, please!  I concur that we are all in agreement ...
October has been one TERRIFIC month!

***  Trick or Treat, my dear readers ***

Please don't worry about giving me something good to eat...believe me, I've already had plenty!

But, allow me to remind you all to be safe this Halloween night. 
Watch out for the children, and, have a Wonderful time!

Thank you so much for coming by.  Please stop in and say hello-I'd love to hear from you!

also thanks to:
Yahoo images (Frankenstein ONLY)
My adorable Scooter
Son Rusty
All of the participating Fort Worth Farmer's markets

***  All photos except the Frankenstein photo are property of Suzanne/KardKornerKrib ***

~Which way is it, really???

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mason's Saving Grace!

August 1947 issue of The American Magazine
"The Case of the Crying Swallow"
illustration by Robert W. Douglas

Greetings, fellow sleuths, gumshoes, and, bloodhounds.  Hope you're having a great day, and, gearing up for the spooks and goblins that will be roaming our streets in a few days!

Does anyone recognize the above magazine, I sure didn't!  The American Magazine was founded in 1906, after a series of failed publications, and, having been renamed several times.  I think the magazine primarily focused on human interest stories, fiction, and, social issues.  Hmmm...why, then, was the periodical failing?   Then, in 1915, the magazine was taken over by yet another publishing company, Crowell Publishing Co.

The journey of the magazine shifted somewhat to involve more female readers.  It focused on fictional serials, and short stories, which brought more popularity to the magazine.  In fact, sales doubled in less than 2 years, earning the magazine several O. Henry Awards.  Nevertheless, even though The American Magazine still appeared on the stands, and, with the successful editor changes, it folded in 1956.  Not a bad run, actually!

***  Below are a few more of the American Magazine covers I was very fortunate to find:

~How Safe is Your Daughter * by J. Edgar Hoover
July 1947

~Before I Die * April 1947
This is a short story, published for the first time in The American Magazine.
 The Nero Wolfe mystery novella by Rex Stout, was then published by
Viking Press in book form, in a short-story collection in 1949.
*It was adapted for the 2nd season of the A and E TV Nero Wolfe Mystery Series,
making its debut on June 16, 2002 on A and E television.

So, tell many of  my gracious readers, have a favorite show?  I mean, a show you will always LOVE...a show that has spanned over a period of,  let's say, 50 years? (not that I have been watching TV that long, haha).  I know you all have a favorite "TO DIE FOR" standby, I do!  Actually, I have two, but will only speak of one for now!  I heard that "sigh of relief"!

I'm sure you have figured it out by now!  It's Perry Mason!
It's not the original Perry Mason, you have time for me to introduce the
first one?

~Warren William * Dec. 2, 1894-Sept. 24, 1948 *

Warren William was the first to grace the silver screen as Perry Mason.  He was a very popular actor, and, handsome, I must say!  In the early 1930's, being well known for his portrayal of famed detectives, it appears as though this Mason is depicted as a dashing and debonair character, who was known to have love interests!  Otherwise, very little is known about Perry Mason's personal life, or family life, as such is not elaborated on in the novels.  He lived alone in an apartment, and never entertained there.   However, it has been said that in one of the 1930's films, Perry Mason actually marries his longtime secretary, Della Street!  Really!!!

So, we're down to the real reason I've asked you here today! 

My favorite TV show is a classic black and white series, and, no matter how many times I've watched this show, there is always something new going on that I missed previously.  This series ran from 1957-1966, and, in my neck of the woods, it makes a twice a day appearance on TV.  This guy is cast as a high profile criminal lawyer, but should have been a detective!   

In The Case of the Caretaker's Cat (1935), his principal antagonist, District Attorney Hamilton Burger, says: "You're a better detective than you are a lawyer. When you turn your mind to the solution of a crime, you ferret out the truth."    

~photo taken by Suzanne * 10-19-16
I took this photo while actually watching the episode via 'MeTV'
I think it was the case of "The Startled Stallion"

And, now, my secret is out!!!  I love Perry Mason...who else would take pictures of scenes while watching a TV show?

Tell you what...I'll stop talking for now, and let you see the slide show I meticulously pieced together from several Perry Mason episodes!

*** Note ***  if you're viewing via email, and you  are unable to see the slideshow, please access from the internet,  for this post.

  ***  The following slideshow was produced by Suzanne Prickett, from photos taken while watching the episodes on television, via METV!  The Perry Mason theme song was also purchased by the same for the purpose of accompaniment to the slideshow ***

Photos are from the following episodes:
  ""The Case of The Startled Stallion
"Paul Drake's Dilemma"
"The Golden Fraud"
"The Absent Artist"

Bring back great memories?  My only regret is that I wasn't able to score one photo of Paul Drake in his trench coat with the collar standing up-my favorite look of his!  And, one day I hope to write a Perry Mason episode.  When I do, you will be the first to sample and critique it!

I have to tell you all how grateful I am to see you here.  I appreciate all of the views and comments I have received over the years.  I apologize for not having time to write a spooky Halloween story this year, but, I do have a featured post on my sidebar of a spooky story I wrote a few years back if you would like to read it.

I'd better thank:
Yahoo Images
Perry Mason, Raymond Burr

Do stop in and say hello, or,  'trick or treat'!   Feel free to check one of the reactions at the bottom of this post, just above the comment section to let me know how you feel about my post.

And, by all means, if you're getting out on Halloween night, please be safe and keep the kiddos safe!

Hugs to you all-see you next time!

~Love you, Scootie!  Happy 8th Birthday!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lazy Autumn Days

~Ridgmar Farmer's Market * Fort Worth, TX
photo by Suzanne * October 5, 2016

Welcome all to KardKornerKrib...home of the Autumn produce stalker!
  It's so nice to be feeling the brush of the fall season against my cheeks, and, watching as pumpkins and scarecrows mysteriously appear on the grounds of many farmer's markets in towns everywhere!

~Farmer's Market * Haltom City, TX
photo by Suzanne * September 26, 2016


And how about them mums?  Too many colors to choose from, so, I had to get more than a few.  I'll show you my display when it's completed. may have to pop over to MyTexasGardens to get the full disclosure sometime next week.

~ Home Depot * Fort Worth, TX
photo by Suzanne * October 4, 2016

Pumpkins with Flare!  And, gourds galore!

~Farmer's Market * Haltom City, TX
photo by Suzanne * September 26, 2016

You say something is missing from my fall portfolio?  Exactly!!!  No Autumn foliage or trees!!!  Well, in my neck of the woods I don't get to see many orange and gold leaves-they turn straight to brown, crumble, and fall to the ground.  But, I promise, to keep searching for that perfect Texas Autumn tree, and I will post it as soon as I find it, haha!

Well, my dear readers, the time has come to be honest about my visit today.   I will have to take leave for 2 or 3 days from blogging.  My computer is going in for a transplant.  I have a laptop that crashed over a year ago, and when I took it to be worked on, they stripped one of the screws on the back and said they couldn't get the back off to get to the hard drive!  So I had to buy another computer-the PC I use now.  This poor laptop has sat for another year, and I am sick about it because I had many photos and wonderful memories on it, that are lost!  But, I took it somewhere else, they got the back off, and discovered that the mother board is READABLE!!!  And, they can transfer my files from it on to my PC.  So, off we will go for the procedure on Friday morning, and, hope for the best!

I promise to catch up to you all once I'm back on the road, lol!  I know...I do have a phone, but, I have a hard time communicating with it!  However, I can be reached by email.

In the meantime, if you get the chance, and like some of the old time music, pony over to Rockabilly Rock, and see who's dancing over there.  
Thank you so much for coming by...stop in and say hello if you can!

* Have a lovely and safe Autumn weekend, I'll see you soon!