You may recall a few years back that Mother Duck and I visited a butterfly conservatory. This particular conservatory is called Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, AZ, and is, in fact, the largest butterfly conservatory in the United States. As you might expect, this delightful place is filled with butterflies of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and since you get to walk right inside the lush conservatory they call home, there is nothing stopping them from landing on you if they see fit. We recently decided to revisit the Butterfly Wonderland, and this time, I had the pleasure of recording our time there. A video sure beats a bunch of photos, right?
Furthermore, about a year ago, they built the OdySea Aquarium right next door, which has the honor of being the Southwest’s largest aquarium. This place was pretty awesome, with exhibits spanning from rivers, to the seashore, to the ocean, along with a rotating Living Sea Carousel, where you can see sharks, sea turtles, and sea lions, among other aquatic creatures. Continue reading Butterfly Wonderland and OdySea Aquarium
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
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
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
It should be more than clear by now that the Duck is a big fan of kitties. Having had many kitties of my own that are loved like the family they are, not to mention my ability to befriend almost any cat I meet, cats and I have a bond indeed. Therefore, it was quite a treat when I learned about a Youtube channel called Kitten Academy, which sports a 24-hour a day, 365-day a year live stream showing the many kittens they are currently fostering. This doesn’t include the live “Kitten Close-Ups” that take place every evening where, as the name suggests, you can see the kittens up close and personal.
Kitten Academy deserved a shout-out of its own because it is more than just a regular Youtube channel. The two people who run it, Mr. A and DJ, are kind people who have chosen to give up several rooms of their house and devote their spare time to fostering kittens until they can be adopted. In addition to the “alumni”, they also have six “faculty” cats who remain with them, from Headmaster Acro and the elusive Headmistress Smokey to several “Professors”, Custard, Loganberry, Ari, and Eddie. Oh, and they also have a very large, but very gentle dog named Elsie who seems to be in charge of ensuring that cats can get along with their canine counterparts. With a doggy as nice as Elsie, growing kittens can’t help but see dogs as friends rather than foes. Continue reading Youtuber Shout-Out: Kitten Academy
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
We’ve got a special video for you guys today. We shall be visiting the…um…Kick “Butt” Gift Shop (except in place of “butt”, you have the Biblical term for donkey…). This place has a nice collection of spicy snacks and sauces, including peanuts, jelly beans, popcorn, and of course, hot sauce created by Southwest Specialty Food. Peppers range from the mild chipotle and the jalapeno to the fiery inferno that is the ghost pepper and Carolina reaper (the latter one being the hottest known pepper in the world). Mother Duck and I have picked nine items covering this range of spiciness that we would like to try, for better or for worse. Will we survive? Of course. But will this be a pain-free experience? Not likely. Continue reading Bonus Post: Kick “Butt” Spicy Food Taste Test
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
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
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