Yay! I’m finally on vacation!

Mural begins

Woohoo! Sorry but posts are sporadic this week as I flee this dreary winter for sunny Mexico. I leave you a picture essay of the mural a friend of ours did for our wall over the course of many months. This is his rendition of the poster for the Hammer movie, Quatermass and the Pit (1967). This movie was known as Five Million Years to Earth here in the States.

Mural and cat


Partially finished mural with Chupacabra (happy cat according to our granddaughter), Chupa is sitting on my 60-in-1 cocktail arcade machine. The arcade machine is a wonderful showpiece and everyone who sees it, loves it but it turns out that the fun is mostly nostalgic. I play a few times a week for a brief bit of fun so that was a bit of extravagance.

More mural

Art and mural


Art finishing up his wonderful mural.

Final mural


Final mural.

Home Theater Mural and Popcorn Machine

Having devoted all of our living room to a home theater (because loving wife loves me) and plastering the walls with movie posters, we wondered what we could do to improve it. I’ve previously spoken of the wonderful arcade cocktail table we got. My wife thought we should hire one of our artistic friends to do a mural.



The central image is from the poster for Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth was the american title), one of my favorite Hammer movies. The mural isn’t complete and clearly Chupacabra (sitting on the arcade) is not impressed but I love it.

Popcorn Jenny

After much research on both our parts, Jenny bought a popcorn machine (Deluxe 4 oz. popcorn maker by Paramount) as well as a case each of 2.5 oz. (feeds 2) and 4 oz. popcorn (feeds 3-4) and 500 popcorn bags. The popcorn is from Great Northern and includes pre-measured amounts of popcorn, butter-flavored salt, and coconut oil. Each batch is absolutely delicious, though Jenny is our popcorn fanatic (she’s a salt junkie, I’m addicted to baked goods).

Dorothy Popcorn


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