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America’s Favorite Halloween Candy by State


Okay, it’s clear that me and my taste buds need to move to Montana.  Love me a Kit Kat bar.  Or maybe West Virginia.  I don’t think I ever got Oreos while trick-or-treating.  I feel deprived.  Why anyone likes candy corn baffles me.  My state’s choice?  Butterfinger.  Other than Kit Kat, my favorite candies are Almond Joy, Reese’s Cups, and Peanut M&Ms.  I don’t think I’ve ever had Toblerone or Swedish Fish.  Not all that sure I’d like Toblerone since I’m not a big fan of honey.

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There is now light!

The power finally came back on yesterday evening.  Now I have the fun task of cleaning out my fridge and freezer. The storm left a lot of sticks in my yard and one mid-sized tree limb.  So, not bad there.  The ground still squishes a bit when you walk on it, though.  Fortunately, there’s no rain in the forecast for the next week.

I don’t live in a flood-prone area, so that’s something.  Around here, the gauge for the last seventeen years has been “If it didn’t flood after Floyd, it probably won’t”.  In some places, that’s being thrown out the proverbial window, but the rivers and creeks closest to me are not forecast to exceed Floyd levels.

Hurricanes are strange

Have y’all seen the latest GFS model?  And I thought yesterday’s European model was strange.

Okay, according to the GFS, Matthew will move up the east coast of Florida, right along the edge, then Georgia a bit further off shore, then make this sharp, easterly turn off of South Carolina.  Then, this is where it gets weird, it makes a loop and goes back to the Bahamas and ends up off of Miami, again!, next week.  This is extremely good news for me, but not so much for Florida and the Bahamas.  Remember, yesterday’s European model had it do something very similar.  Nicole has put a really big spanner in the works just by its existence to the east of Matthew.  Because of Nicole, Matthew can’t just go east and out to sea, it has to go south.  Very bizarre.

And it keeps getting worse…


HurricaneTrack Matthew Discussion

Not liking this AT ALL.  And it seems I’m not the only one skeptical about this storm’s forecast strength.  Hurricanes don’t usually maintain Category 5 status for long, so if it is one midway up the east coast of Florida, then would, most likely, be a four or, if we’re really lucky, a strong three by the time it comes ashore close to Cape Fear.  Not good.

Hurricane Matthew Forecast Tracks

I live in North Carolina, not the northeast, but this is the best channel I’ve found for me to see the latest model runs. At the time he posted this video, the latest European model hadn’t been released, yet. But of the two models discussed, I must say I prefer the UKMET (sorry, Florida) because Matthew would be almost guaranteed to be a tropical storm by the time it got up here. The weaker, the better. Either way, we’ll be getting a crap ton of rain, which we DO NOT NEED. Heck, two of our rivers have flooded within the last couple of weeks.

Here’s another one with a more detailed discussion of the GFS model run:

Looking at the just released 5am update from the National Hurricane Center, Matthew is forecast to come onshore just to the west of Cape Lookout in Carteret County late Saturday night as a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds, then move northeast along the southern Outer Banks, exiting just north of Cape Hatteras in the wee hours of Sunday morning. I’m not sure I buy that much weakening, frankly. On this track, my area would experience tropical storm conditions.

085025w_sm_nhcmatt-5am_10-04BTW, the stats say the storm is moving north at 9 mph, but the satellite loops I’m seeing this morning look to me like it’s moving northeast or north-northeast.

September Reads 2016

rosen_dressWell, I started off the month with a quick re-read of A Breath of Fresh Air by Amulya Malladi. I just couldn’t resist. And, yes, I cried. Again. I think this the fourth time I read this book and it always ends with me in tears. And wanting to beat Prakash into a bloody pulp.

Next I dived into Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen. This was a fun read about the little black dress of the season from its creation, to its runway debut, through its life at Bloomingdale’s and beyond. And it’s about the nine women who wear it. All of the romances were predictable from the start and the adultery thing easy to figure out, but it remained a delightful little book. Though, maybe it’s because I live in the rural South, but the “cow in a cotton field” had me blinking at the page a few times, going “Why would a cow be in a cotton field?” 🙂

robb_apprenticeNext was the new Eve and Roarke! Forty-four books and they still haven’t gotten old. Even when the case is a little ho-hum, which this one isn’t, the characters make this series fun and addictive. I really wanted Eve, or Roarke, to kick Mackie’s Dr. Frankenstein wannabe ass. I know Eve did, metaphorically, but, though I enjoy a good metaphor, it doesn’t beat a fist in the face. Or knee to something more painful. One thing’s for sure, Omega has got to be an interesting place with both Rayleen and Will there. Fun times.

scot_macleanAfter that, I went on a bit of romance kick. First up, Sarah MacLean’s latest A Scot in the Dark. I liked Lillian quite a bit more than I did Sophie. She didn’t seem to have as big a case of RHIS (Romance Heroine Idiotic Syndrome). After the loneliness and neglect of her adolescence, it is understandable that she would fall for the first man, heck first person, to pay any attention to her at all. So what idiocy she does display, the man was an obvious ass after all, is understandable. Alec’s is not. Why did her believe that bitch? I don’t get it. Even when his childhood is explained it still didn’t justify his stubborn belief in her insults. It was annoying. But a fun read, nonetheless. I’m quite looking forward to Serafina’s story. Although I’m not sure how Ms. MacLean means to rehabilitate Haven. From what I remember of The Rogue Not Taken, he was another obvious ass, magnified and enhanced by ducal arrogance.

noble_gambleIn her newsletter, MacLean mentioned her Romance recommendations page. Curious, I checked it out. A few titles jumped out at me. One of them was The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble. I’m sorry to say I can’t echo Ms. MacLean. I ended up dropping it due to annoyance with the airhead hero. I have problems with the Bet Trope to begin with, but add in a space cadet and it was just, “No.” To give credit where it’s due, this was different. Usually it’s the heroine who’s the idiot. There are some other books on the list that have gone onto my TBR wish list: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen, For Real by Alexis Hall, Rock ~N~ Soul by Lauren Sattersby, Soul Song by Marjorie M. Liu, and The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev to name just a few.

kleypas_cold-heartedI finished the month with the first book in Lisa Kleypas’s Ravenels series, Cold-Hearted Rake. If you’ll remember, I read, and enjoyed, the second book, Marrying Winterbourne in July. First, would someone explain to me why the woman on the cover is wearing pink? Kathleen was a widow in deep mourning. It should have been a woman in an elaborately ruched black gown, complete with bustle, wearing a gorgeous autumn colored shawl. Anyway… I quite enjoyed this book. I wanted to smack Devon upside the head for being obtuse, but that’s par for the course. The next book, Devil in Spring, will be Pandora’s. That should be interesting, but what I’m really looking forward to is West’s story.

Winnie-the-Pooh makes friends with a penguin to mark anniversary | Books | The Guardian

milne_90_bestbearNinety years after AA Milne’s first book about Christopher Robin’s bear, the much loved children’s character is returning with a new companion

Source: Winnie-the-Pooh makes friends with a penguin to mark anniversary | Books | The Guardian

Any other grown-ups looking forward to reading this? I LOVED Winnie-the-Pooh, and Tigger, too. And I still do. As I discovered a few years ago when my sister and her son, Brady, were visiting. Reading him The House at Pooh Corner brought back memories.  I wonder if Disney has bought the rights, yet?

LibraryReads October List

library_reads_logo_websiteLibraryReads has posted their October list.  Skimming the titles, there are several already on my TBR list.  I’m especially eager for Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple, one of my most anticipated books of the year.  Still don’t like the cover, though.  mothers_bennettThe Mothers by Brit Bennett, sounds really good.  The Motion of Puppets is also on my list.  It’s bound to be the perfect Halloween read.  Keith Donohue’s books are always wonderfully creepy without being full of gore.

I’m surprised to find I now want to read Connie Willis’s new one, Crosstalk.  She’s one of my sister’s authors.  I’ve never really gotten into her books, but this one sound like fun.  And I think I’m going to add their favorite, News of the World by Paulette Jiles.