Category Archives: Life

The Kitten We Almost Adopted

It is thanks to our diligent and daily viewing of Kitten Academy on Youtube that our cat Elsa has become increasingly spoiled.  The first thing their channel inspired us to buy her was a small cat tower.  While her “cat tower” is only a couple feet tall, and thus, really doesn’t constitute as a proper tower, she seems to love it just fine and spends plenty of time napping on top of it or lounging in the large carpeted tube.  (Larger cat towers are either too difficult to put together, too large for our car, or too awkward for anything larger than a small kitten to climb.) Continue reading The Kitten We Almost Adopted

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Bonus Post: My Grandmother’s Retro Disney Collection

With the Duck’s renewed interest in Disney, I recently recalled a very special container that had been spending many lonely years in the garage.  This container, well, contains a plethora of Disney items collected for me by my grandmother on my mother’s side, whom I only met when I was too young to remember.  Despite not getting the chance to know her, it is a nice thought indeed to know that she was thinking of me and buying these items for me when she didn’t have that much money.  In today’s video, I would like to share with you all the many wonderful Disney items my grandmother had collected for me. Continue reading Bonus Post: My Grandmother’s Retro Disney Collection

Our Dora Kuhn German Dollhouse

Mother Duck and I really enjoy dollhouses, and over the past year or so, we have found a good number of them down at the Brass Armadillo antique mall.  Several of these we have purchased and fixed up with all manner of furniture and even flooring and wallpaper.  In case you missed it, I have already written about a Marx tin dollhouse and a Victorian-style dollhouse, the posts for which you can find here, here, and here.

Well, we recently visited Hobby Lobby, which has several models of dollhouses that you can either put together yourself or buy pre-assembled.  The chances of us building a dollhouse are very slim, as past circumstances have seen us try and fail at assembling a bookcase and a cat tower, so that was out of the question.  And though we could buy dollhouses that were already put together, this doubled their prices, putting them well into the $500 range for the nicer models.  And this would just not do. Continue reading Our Dora Kuhn German Dollhouse

The Duck of Indeed Has Started a SpreadShirt Store!

Today is a very exciting day, everyone, a fact which should already be more than apparent based on this early Thursday blog post!  What, Thursday?  Has the Duck gone mad!  No, as a matter of fact.  I have simply decided to start a t-shirt shop on SpreadShirt!

I know my blog isn’t terribly big (though it has been around for seven years now), but SpreadShirt is totally free to use, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to upload some designs and see what happens.  I currently have six variations of the Duck of Indeed logo, and I plan to add more in the future.  What’s even better is that, in addition to my SpreadShop, you can also upload random, non-brand-related designs in the Marketplace, as well.  At this time, I have two special, Halloween-related designs ready to be released in October, one for my Duck of Indeed shop and one for the Marketplace.  They’re cool.  I’ll show you guys once they’re available.  But I think they’re cool. Continue reading The Duck of Indeed Has Started a SpreadShirt Store!

Bonus Post: Litchfield Park Historical Society and Museum

Due to the Duck’s quest to record interesting things and places, I simply can’t pass up local history museums.  Today’s video focuses on the Litchfield Park Historical Society and Museum, which is run by two very friendly, and very knowledgeable, ladies who spend their free time volunteering here and sharing all that they know with guests.  Litchfield Park, AZ, was named after Paul Litchfield of the Goodyear Tire company (which also explains the name of the local Goodyear, AZ), as the company needed a place to grow cotton, which could be used to strengthen the rubber in their tires.  More history and some clips of Litchfield Park’s scenic downtown (including a duck pond) can be found in the video below. Continue reading Bonus Post: Litchfield Park Historical Society and Museum

Our FNAF Group Cosplay at the 2017 Comicon

If you’ve been following my cosplay posts, then you’ll know that I’ve spent the last year working on my most complex costume yet, Foxy the Pirate from Five Nights at Freddy’s, for the 2017 comic convention.  To make things even better, this would also be the year of my first ever group cosplay.  My dad agreed to dress as the security guard (Mike Schmidt, as all you FNAF fans should know), while my mom dressed as a human version of Toy Chica, complete with a bib and cupcake that I made myself.  While my mom knows the series quite well (she and I have watched all five of the current games on Youtube), my dad is far less familiar with the games, having only seen my Halloween Live Stream on Virtual Bastion over a year ago.  So he must have found the whole arrangement rather odd.  A security guard.  A fox.  A chicken.  Nevertheless, he still played the role just spiffingly.  But I get ahead of myself. Continue reading Our FNAF Group Cosplay at the 2017 Comicon

Bonus Post: Brass Armadillo #1-Annalee Dolls and Spider Babies

I was never big into antiques…until I first visited the Brass Armadillo antique mall.  This place boasts a massive collection of unique and amazing items you won’t find anywhere else (and items you can find elsewhere, but still, that’s how much stuff they have).  And now that I’m working on building my Youtube channel, I thought it would be good fun to share with you all some of the more interesting (and sometimes spooky) items on display.  Watch in awe and wonder as we visit a table supported by dolphins, old rotary telephones, a rusted old gas pump, a doll of Benjamin Franklin, and…a baby’s head on the body of a spider?  And what’s that nun doing in that birdcage? Continue reading Bonus Post: Brass Armadillo #1-Annalee Dolls and Spider Babies

The Blog’s a Lucky Seven Years Old

My blog is now seven years old, folks!  How cool is that?  I had hoped that such a lucky number would mean good luck, and it pretty much did, as a lot of nifty neato things happened this year!  Before we get to the good stuff, let’s review my current stats.  Hmm, let’s see here…subscribers went up from 295 to 349, and total views has increased from 24,723 to 29,061.  Mm-kay.  My best day continues to be December 9, 2012 with 208 views.

I’m super happy my subscribers and views have increased this past year.  (And it’s all thanks to you guys!)  But the fact that my blog’s best day was 4.5 years ago makes me cry on the inside a little. Continue reading The Blog’s a Lucky Seven Years Old

Bonus Post: Goodyear Bible Museum

Hey there, everyone, I’ve been quite busy with Youtube lately.  As I sought out more interesting things to visit and record, I learned about the Goodyear Bible Museum.  This small museum is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which seemed rather odd at first, until I learned that it was actually situated within a hotel.  This museum may be small, but on display, you can find a good number of rare and very old Bibles dating back hundreds of years.  Mother Duck and I even learned a few things while we were there.  The Goodyear Bible Museum, which moved to Arizona from Greenwood, Indiana in 1999, also doubles as a showroom for the rare Bibles they have for sale.  I bet they’d be pretty expensive…. Continue reading Bonus Post: Goodyear Bible Museum

Bonus Post: A Tribute to Peepers

About two years ago, I lost my pet goldfish Peepers.  To this day, I still remember her fondly and believe quite adamantly that fish are severely underrated pets.  They don’t bite (unless you own a shark).  They don’t destroy the furniture.  They don’t leave surprises on the rug.  Furthermore, Peepers was a very sweet fish indeed.  She would follow me around when I went to different sides of her bowl, and if I needed to reach in to readjust her bridge, sometimes she would swim alongside my hand. Continue reading Bonus Post: A Tribute to Peepers