Sunday, August 2, 2015

Say hello to my little friend, Squiggy!

My husband and I made a quick stop in an oddities-type store in Baltimore, Maryland the other day. While we were there I stumbled across something that caught my eye (Let's be honest . . . everything in the shop caught my eye).  The object that caught my eye was a green ball in a water-filled jar. It actually looked like a tiny aquarium. After looking at it closer I realized it was a Marimo Ball Terrarium.  

Marimo Moss Balls are actually algae. The word Marimo originates from Japan and means "ball of seaweed".  The Marimo Balls are known to form in the following areas only; Australia, Estonia, Iceland, Japan and Scotland.

Domestic Marimo Balls can be cared for quite easily. They can be placed in tap water with the water being changed every one or two weeks. They also do well in normal household lighting or indirect sunlight areas. 

You can have them in a container by themselves or you can add them to fish aquariums. They would be a wonderful addition to a Betta fish home.

They have a long life span, lasting decades with proper care and maintenance.

Origin:  In 1823 an Austrian Botanist, named Doctor Anton Sauter, was the first person to discover the Marimo Moss Balls in Lake Zeller, Austria.  Shortly after this they were discovered by Tetsuya Kawakami in Lake Akan, Japan.

Growth:  Marimo Balls grow very slowly, at a rate of 5 millimeters per year.

There are three different ways that the Marimo Moss Balls grow.  First, they grow on the shady side of rocks. Second, they grow free floating, creating a blanket or carpet-like area at the bottom of a lake. Lastly, they grew just like a ball, with densely packed algal filaments in the center. 

Fun Facts:

*     Marimo Balls are considered to be a good luck charm for prosperity and love. 
*     For three days in early October, Japan holds a festival, Marimo Matsuri, honoring and
       conserving these green beauties.
*     Germans call them Russian Moosballen.

Here area a few photographs of my Marimo Moss Ball which I have affectionately named Squiggy.  I added the two small seashells to the jar for some color contrast. 

And here is Squiggy along with two other friends, Lenny the Leach (wet specimen) and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I don't know of a webpage that allows a person to review a buying experience from an individual seller. Since I had a bad experience with a seller on Facebook/PayPal, I wanted to share that experience with everyone in hopes that it doesn't happen to anyone else.

As of July 8th, 2015, Jenny Spain has yet to answer me on why she hasn't refunded my $45 or why she never sent the poster out.  She continues to post on her page about how "wonderful her life is" and how she is out doing all sorts of fun stuff, going here and there.  All while the people who sent her money for autographed posters are waiting for an explanation as to why she hasn't refunded, etc. We can all see her clearly posting on her wall about her daily outings with not one clear explanation to the possible autograph scam she pulled on all of us.

I am not the only one this happened to.  I have been in contact with several people who have been a "victim" of this situation. 

Jenny Spain's IMDB profile:
Facebook profile page:

The following are actual screen shots from Jenny Spain's Facebook wall, direct messages, and text messages between her and myself. This starts in August 2014 and goes on until January 2015.  She will not contact me about a refund or anything to do with this situation as of now.

Please think twice about purchasing anything from Jenny Spain.  Like I said, I haven't received a refund, the autographed poster or an explanation.



  • Conversation started August 16, 2014
  • Heather Haberman
    8/16, 12:05am
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny. If you still have Deadgirl posters available, I would like to purchase a signed one from you. ~Heather
    • September 9, 2014
    • Jenny Spain
      9/9, 2:48pm
      Jenny Spain

      Hi Heather,

      I do have a couple posters still available smile emoticon
    • September 12, 2014
    • Heather Haberman
      9/12, 9:29pm
      Heather Haberman

      Hi Jenny,

      I just purchased a poster from you! I saw that you had said you only had two more left! I'm so glad I noticed your reply and then your post!

      I'm excited to add your poster and autograph to our collection!

      Heather smile emoticon
    • September 13, 2014
    • Jenny Spain
      9/13, 4:45am
      Jenny Spain

      Awesome! I will check Paypal tomorrow. Did you ask for it to be personalized?

      If you want it personalized you can send it through FB or Paypal smile emoticon
    • September 13, 2014
    • Heather Haberman
      9/13, 8:14am
      Heather Haberman

      I would like it personalized however you would like to sign it, thank you! smile emoticon
    • September 13, 2014
    • Jenny Spain
      9/13, 1:20pm
      Jenny Spain

      Great! I hope you will like it. Posters are being shipped out today. smile emoticon
    • Heather Haberman
      9/13, 2:20pm
      Heather Haberman

      YAY I definitely will!! I already have a place saved for it. I'll post a photo once I get it framed, etc. Thank you so much! Have a great weekend! smile emoticon ~ Heather

                                                                                               October 11, 2014

  • Heather Haberman
    10/11, 12:33pm
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    Just checking on the posters. When you mailed them out on September 13th, did you send out the posters via USPS or UPS? Just so I know which delivery service to keep an eye out for. Our mail person isn't very reliable when it comes to packages. smile emoticon
  • October 12, 2014
  • Jenny Spain
    10/12, 11:44am
    Jenny Spain

    Hi Heather! I sent out messages on Paypal. The posters have not been sent out yet. I made an order for a little something special to send out with the posters and I'm just waiting on that. smile emoticon

    Yes it will be USPS grin emoticon
  • Heather Haberman
    10/12, 1:12pm
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    Very cool! I'll have to check my Paypal account. I may have to fix my mail notification on there. I'm not receiving mail notifications on my business email any longer.

    I didn't want to bother you but I wanted to make sure that it wasn't due to arrive yet. Our mail woman has been giving people in our neighborhood issues with delivering packages! smile emoticon

    Thank you so much! Have a great Sunday!
  • Jenny Spain
    10/12, 1:20pm
    Jenny Spain

    Your welcome. You have a wonderful day as well smile emoticon

  • January 3
  • Heather Haberman
    1/3, 12:20am
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    Just checking in after the holidays to see if you had a set date on when you're sending out the Dead Girl posters? I know you had said back in October that you had ordered something to go along with them.

    Hope you have a great holiday season! And Happy New Year!

    Thanks, Heather! smile emoticon

  • January 9
  • Heather Haberman
    1/9, 10:36pm
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    I am checking in again! You haven't answered back my last two emails, one on here and one to your gmail ( I know you're very busy and I hate to keep bothering you! Do you have a status on the autographed Dead Girl poster, when is it being sent out?

    Thanks, Heather

Heather Haberman

Jan 6
to spain.jenny
Dear Jenny,

I reached out to you Facebook on January 3rd to see what the status was on the autographed Dead Girl poster and I haven't heard back from you.

On September 13th, 2014 via Facebook you stated the poster was being shipped out on that day.
October came around and I hadn't received the poster yet. So I reached out to you on October 11th, 2014 to see which mail carrier you used to send the poster so that I could track it somehow. You had stated to me that you hadn't sent the posters yet because you had purchased something to go along with them and were waiting for the items.

On October 22nd, 2014 you had tagged me in a Facebook post stating that you had finally gotten your order in and that you were getting everything ready to ship.

I let the holidays pass because I know that everyone is busy during that time of year.
Now it's January 2015; I emailed you on January 3rd to see if you had an actual date of when you were sending the poster out and I have not heard anything back from you.

Today is January 5th, please let me know what is going on with my order. It has been paid for since September 12th, 2014.

I decided to reach out through Paypal because I don't know what else to do.  I am also reaching out through this email account because it has been four months now.
Please let me know what is going on with the poster.  If you do not have the poster, please refund me my $45 to  I feel that I have been patient, nice and understanding about all of this.  And I feel that I am owed an explanation along with the poster I purchased and/or my $45 returned to me.

Thank you for your time! Heather Haberman

  • Jenny Spain
    1/10, 1:07am
    Jenny Spain

    Hi Heather, I'm currently going thru some legal stuff and working with a lawyer. You are more than welcome to call me.

    Its a very bad situation.

    Feel free to text or call **CELL NUMBER REMOVED** my cell
  • January 10
  • Heather Haberman
    1/10, 11:43pm
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    I am sorry to hear that you are going through some bad stuff right now. I'm confused as to what that has to do with getting the poster to me. But I'm sure you wouldn't be mentioning it unless it did.
    I was starting to really worry about this entire situation because I had a few guys contact me through Facebook wondering if I knew anything about the posters or if I had, in fact, ordered and received one. And then I hadn't heard from you.
    Here is my cell **CELL NUMBER REMOVED** so that you know my number when it comes through your phone. I may give you a text tomorrow. smile emoticon

  • January 19
  • Heather Haberman
    1/19, 8:19pm
    Heather Haberman


    It seems like you are really busy these days. And I'm not sure what is going with you legally. I have text messaged a few times; and I am not one to play phone tag. Actually I shouldn't be the one contacting you at all because I honored my end of the purchase. You offered a product that you took money for and have not sent it or explained why you haven't sent it.

    As of right now I am not sure why I (and a few other people who have reached out to me regarding the Posters) are pulled into this situation.

    I have been nothing but nice to you since September and I feel I deserve an explanation as to what's going on. It's been since September that you have my $45 and I have nothing to show for it. I really feel as if I have been taken for this money and I don't understand why.
    Please, when you have a minute, just let me know why I am not receiving the Poster and/or why you are not returning the $45 to via PayPal.
    Thank you! Heather

Friday, October 31, 2014

A list for Halloween!

To celebrate my favorite holiday “HALLOWEEN” I thought I would make a quick list of my favorite scary movies.

The following movies are my go-to scares. And now that I look at my list I notice that the majority of my favorites are from the 1980’s; my absolute favorite decade for movies, television shows and music.

These aren’t in any particular order but here goes . . . my all-time favorite scary movies.

1981 - American Werewolf in London
~ Favorite quote: “Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors.”

1992 – Candyman
~ Favorite quote: “Be my victim.”

1984 - Children of the Corn
~ Those kids scared the shit out of me!
~ Favorite quote: “OUTLANDER”

1987 - Dawn of the Dead
~ Favorite character: Hare Krishna Zombie
~ Favorite quote: “When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”

1985 - Day of the Dead
~ Favorite character: Bub

1981 - Evil Dead
~ Favorite quote: “We’re going to get you. We’re going to get you. Not another peep. Time to go to sleep.”

1980 - Friday the 13th
~ Favorite character: Crazy Ralph
~ Favorite quote: “I’m a messenger of God. You’re doomed if you stay here!”

1978 – Halloween
~ Favorite actor: Donald Pleasence aka Doctor Sam Loomis
~ Favorite quote: "Hey, Jerk! Speed kills!"
~ Doctor Loomis made you believe and fear Michael Myers.

1987 – Hellraiser
~ Favorite character: Pinhead
~ Favorite quote: “We have such sights to show you!”

1968 - Night of the Living Dead
~ Favorite scene: Cemetery scene in the beginning.
~Favorite quote: "They're coming to get you, Barbara!"

1984 - Nightmare on Elm Street
~ Favorite characters: Freddy Krueger, Nancy Thompson and Lt. Donald Thompson
~ Favorite quote: “I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy!”

1982 – Poltergeist
~ My Mom didn’t like this movie because the little girl and I were the same age and it freaked her out!
~ Favorite character: Reverend Henry Kane (Poltergeist II). It still gives me chills when he is singing and talking to Carol Anne. "Are you lost, Sweetheart? Are you 'fraid, Honey?"

1988 – Pumpkinhead
~ Favorite actor: Lance Henriksen
~ Favorite quote: “It’s what you wanted, Ed Harley!” (This entire scene is one of my favorites.)

1989 - Puppet Master
~ I was totally obsessed with all of the puppets!

1974 - Texas Chainsaw Massacre
~ There is nothing that frightens me more than a huge creepy guy that screams, hollers and runs around like a little child. Oh, yeah, and wielding a chainsaw.

My husband and I attend a lot of horror conventions and have had the pleasure of meeting many actors and actresses from the above movies. What an amazing way for us to relive our childhood together.  I hope you enjoyed my movie list.

Happy Halloween to you all! Be safe out there

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ghostly lights or just gas?

In Latin, ignis fatuus means "foolish fire."

Ignis fatuus

Ignis fatuus (also known as Friar's Lantern) is a phosphorescent light that hovers over swampy ground at night.  It's said to be caused by spontaneous combustion of gases that are emitted by rotting organic matter.

Other names for this are
will-o'-the-wisp, jack-o'-lantern and friar lantern.


A will-o'-the-wisp is an incandescent flame often seen hovering over marshy ground at night.  These lights are often times explained away as ignited marsh gas.  There are a lot of different cultures out there that have accounts to contradict these theories.

Some cultures believe that these flames are marking locations of treasure.  While other cultures believe the phenomenon is intricately linked with a mischievous spirit carrying a lantern or a torch leading weary travelers astray into a marsh.


A jack-o'-lantern is a carved pumpkin most commonly associated with Halloween.   The top of the pumpkin is cut to form a lid.  While the inside flesh of the pumpkin is scooped out.  After this a spooky or silly image is carved into it to expose the hollowed out pumpkin.  Once you have the pumpkin hollowed out and carved, you place a candle or flickering-type light source inside the pumpkin to illuminate the carved image.

In English Folklore,
the jack-o'-lantern is said to be associated with the term foolish light also known as will-o'-the-wisp. There are, however, endless folklore that surround the origin of the jack-o'-lantern.  They tell a story of a man named Jack and the Devil himself.  (A story for another blog . . .)

Another type of "ghost light" that is often talked about is a corpse candle.

Corpse Candle

A corpse candle is said to be a ball of light most often seen in cemeteries or churchyards and are thought to be an omen of death.  They are usually red, white or blue in color.

These balls of light are said to appear the night before a death.  The lights mark the route of the future funeral, from the victim’s house to the graveyard where it would then disappear into the ground at the burial site.

Corpse candles were not feared during Medieval times, they were welcomed.  It gave the dying person a chance to get their affairs in order, so to speak.  It gave them the chance to make peace with God.  If a dying person was to ignore the corpse candle, it was said they would have a bad death and their souls would end up in Purgatory for eternity.

So the next time you are out for a nighttime walk and/or drive and you see a mysterious light hovering somewhere, will you be curious enough to venture in its direction?!