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    Musing: Monstrous Attack

    This week’s Monday Musing comes in a different form. Watch the video below:

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      If you have questions or thoughts, drop them in the comments below.

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      17 Comments

      1. JEAN BURKHARDT on July 17, 2023 at 6:24 am

        I really enjoyed today’s Monday Musings as a video. So nice to hear your voice and and see you. The story was again(as always I think)hilarious! SO what finally happened? Did Roscoe get his treat before said spider was evicted from your glasses?

        By the way-LOVE Roscoe P’s picture!

        • D.K. Wall on July 17, 2023 at 6:30 am

          Egads, no. The spider had to go. Of course, Roscoe would point out that it was smaller than his treat, but that’s besides the point. It LOOKED bigger.

      2. Claudia Williams on July 17, 2023 at 8:45 am

        Loved the video musing. Hearing you tell the tale was as funny as reading it. You told it exactly as I imagined you would. You sounded so calm when the spider was on your glasses. I would have freaked out. lol I like the idea of switching between the two.

      3. Amarok & Co on July 17, 2023 at 9:09 am

        Really enjoyed the video musing with the photos. Fun to hear your voice and see you too. Thanks! I think switching between the two forms is great!

      4. Wynon Ball on July 17, 2023 at 10:35 am

        I enjoyed listening to today’s Musings. You have a natural voice for doing the musings this way. l look forward to them either way you want to do them.

        • Jan Jasa on July 18, 2023 at 3:20 am

          Awesome to see the video! But the fact that you can remain so calm while explaining about the spider, or that during the time it was happening you remained calm, is mind boggling to me. I would have immediately started screaming and flung my glasses off my face! Kudos to your calmness!!

      5. Rachel Churchill on July 17, 2023 at 11:29 am

        I enjoyed the video. Video or written, I will enjoy it either way.

      6. mary michaud on July 17, 2023 at 11:54 am

        I enjoyed hearing you tell the story about that horrible incident, also enjoy reading your stories. You have a wonderful voice for storytelling, very relaxing. Your stories are interesting and amusing whether written or voiced

      7. chris on July 17, 2023 at 2:09 pm

        Sorry but my internet does not support watching videos. Too bad because I really look forward to your writings.

      8. Debbie & Miss Ruby on July 17, 2023 at 3:00 pm

        I enjoyed the musing via video today. It was just as amusing as the usual written ones. Either way please keep them coming. Being an early walker also, the webs in the face sure are annoying.

        • Fay Bach on July 17, 2023 at 3:55 pm

          Hi! I certainly enjoyed today’s musings! (As usual, I might add), and it was nice to see you & hear your calming voice. The short story was amusing and
          interesting! I actually hate spiders, and always have,
          But you made them sound harmless, and annoying!
          Poor things have to live , too, and spin their intricate
          webs! Love your dogs too! Enjoy your walks!
          Looking forward to next weeks musings, either way is great! You

      9. Ann Foose on July 17, 2023 at 3:51 pm

        I really enjoyed listening to you narrate the musing, of course I always enjoy reading them, too. I also enjoyed the photos of the herd, but I happen to like spiders and was concerned that this story might have an unhappy ending for this one, was relieved when it apparently survived.

      10. Lilian on July 17, 2023 at 5:07 pm

        Fabulous HuDdad, it’s the one before the audiobook (haha)
        …and almost 14 years after following you, we can finally meet you! And like every day, you stole a smile from us! Thank you!

      11. Terry G on July 17, 2023 at 6:24 pm

        Love the audio version of Monday musing!
        I’m getting rather blind,too- so audio was a pleasant change from the squinting!! Haha
        I just don’t know how you can be so calm while describing the attack of the hideous monster 😮
        Glad Roscoe got his well earned bribes, er- rewards!
        Thanks for the fun:)

        • Vicki Renai on July 17, 2023 at 6:52 pm

          Loved it, especially with the addition of the photos of your beautiful Sibes.

      12. HokiePack on July 18, 2023 at 9:13 am

        Loved the audio version! Adding pictures of the characters and the description is a keeper !
        I would have dropped the leash and ran screaming from the monster!!

      13. Carolyn Codding on July 18, 2023 at 1:04 pm

        Thoroughly enjoyed the audio.
        I look forward to Monday morning and reading your musing while I enjoy my coffee.

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