Imitation of Mink

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Merry Christmas Coffee Mug For 2016 Now Available

Merry Christmas Coffee Mug Gift

Merry Christmas Coffee Mug Gift

Here’s a very merry Christmas coffee mug created on Zazzle for this holiday season which features photography by Paul Myrick. Gift yourself and enjoy your coffee or tea while wondering about what that little elf is up to. Coffee mugs make great gifts for co-workers, relatives and friends. To purchase the mug, just click on the image or the link below and you’ll be taken to the website to complete the purchase.

Current Zazzle discount code (good thru December 8, 2016) is ZSEASONSENDS.

Paul’s Spooky 31 Days Of Halloween Movies List 2016

Spooky Halloween Movies List For 2016

Spooky Halloween Movies List For 2016

Here’s my spooky Halloween movies list for 2016 — one for each night of October.

In the “how to watch” column, here’s the meaning of the codes:  N=Netflix, ND=Netflix DVD only, AV=Amazon Video, AVP=Amazon Video + Prime, ATV=Apple TV, B=Blu-ray, D=DVD

DayMovie TitleYearCommentsHow to Watch
1Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl2003A great ghost story inspired by Disney’s classic theme park ride.N, AV, ATV, B, D
2PBS Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations, Episodes 1 thru 32012While not a ghost story and there’s nothing supernatural in the film, the creepy, specter-like Miss Havisham and her rotting, haunted-looking house will definitely set the proper spooky mood. The scary criminal Magwitch is an added fright.ND, ATV, B, D
3The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975Tim Curry in his element as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
4Clue1985Tim Curry as the butler.AV, ATV, B, D
5Murder by Death1976Truman Capote entertains.ND, AV, ATV, D
6House on Haunted Hill1959Vincent Price stars in this thriller featuring a famous Frank Lloyd Wright house — with a vat of acid in the basement. Don’t bother with the lame 1999 remake.AVP, ATV, D
7Beetlejuice1998Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton in a classic Tim Burton production.ND, AV, ATV, B
8Halloweentown2004Very light Disney channel fare but entertaining nonetheless. Debbie Reynolds.ND, AV, ATV, D
9Casper1995Bill Pullman being threatened by ghosts instead of aliens.AV, ATV, B, D
10Hotel Transylvania2012More light animated fare, but completely watchable.AV, ATV, B, D
11Elvira: Mistress of the Dark1988Camp fun with a macabre theme.ND, AV, ATV, D
12Young Frankenstein1974A Mel Brooks classic in beautiful black and white with an incredibly talented cast.ND, B, D
13House of Dark Shadows1970For those who are fans of the original Dark Shadows TV series.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
14Night of Dark Shadows1971More 70’s creepy camp with the Collins family from producer Dan Curtis, but no Barnabas.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
15Dark Shadows2012Fun remake by Tim Burton with a great 70’s soundtrack.AV, ATV, B, D
16Sleepy Hollow1999Another Tim Burton production full of classic creepiness.N, AV, ATV, B, D
17Corpse Bride2005While we’re on Tim Burton, might as well watch this one. Lots of famous voices: Joanna Lumley, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Christopher Lee, Jane Horrocks.N, AV, ATV, B, D
18Ghostbusters1984The classic.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
19Ghostbusters II1989The classic, revisited.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
20It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown1966Another autumn classic.ND, AV, ATV B, D
21The Witches1990Anjelica Huston as the grand high witch. Who knew witches had square toes?ND, AV, ATV, D
22The Addams Family1991Anjelica Huston as Morticia.N, AV, ATV, B, D
23Addams Family Values1993Even more Anjelica Huston.ND, AV, ATV, D
24Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge2001Because you already watched the first one on October 8.ND, AV, ATV, D
25Pufnstuf, The Movie1970Attend the annual witch convention at Witchiepoo’s castle. Groovy Mama Cass, and Martha Raye as Boss Witch.ND, AV, ATV, D
26Mad Monster Party1967Classic Rankin Bass stop motion animation. So bad, so tacky, so good. Voices by Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller.AV, ATV, B, D
27The Nightmare Before Christmas1993Back to Tim Burton again.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
28Bram Stoker’s Dracula1992Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
29[The Fall of the] House of Usher1960A Roger Corman/Vincent Price classic based on the tale by Edgar Allen Poe.AV, D
30The Pit and the Pendulum1961Another Roger Corman/Vincent Price classic, also based on the writing of Edgar Allen Poe.AV, B, D
31Hocus Pocus1993My ultimate Halloween movie.ND, AV, ATV, B, D


Pumpkin Spice Latte – Calorie Count

Beware The Pumpkin Spice Latte Calorie Count!

Beware The Pumpkin Spice Latte Calorie Count!

Ahhhh, autumn. The time of year when the weather turns cool and crisp (unless you’re in the deep south) and we all get mad for pumpkin spice lattes. This is just a friendly reminder to everyone about the calories contained in that special treat. In many cases, one pumpkin spice latte could be a meal replacement, calorically speaking.

Calorie count information source:  Starbucks.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Calorie Counts

Drink SizeMilk TypeWhipped Cream?Calorie Count
8 oz.NonfatNo130
12 oz.NonfatNo200
16 oz.NonfatNo260
20 oz.NonfatNo330