Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Look Back At October And Happy Halloween...

"Witch and ghost make merry, on the last of dear October days."



Yes, it is the dearest of October days, and it seems like forever until it comes around again! And as of tomorrow, November 1st, I will begin longing for it! Ever since I was a child, I have had the unreasonable fear that I wouldn't live to see another Halloween. Silly. Of course I will, and not only that, I will have plenty of things to muse about having occurred in the time between! My life loves to take strange twists and turns. I was just saying to Alan the other day that we never do things the way other people do. We just seem to find the odd circumstance. Oh well, at least our life together isn't boring! LOL. 

Okay now, on with the look back at October...

Leaf Of The Day
October 31st 2015

Mood: Excited

~Me :)

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Night Befor Halloween

"There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick or treater looking for a brightly lit front porch."

~Robert Brault

Are you ready for tomorrow night? The best night of the year? The one that completely knocks other best nights of the year on their butts? I am! Halloween has always been a big deal to me. It's been my favorite holiday since I was a wee one, watching spooky movies on the TV with my father! He really got into the spirit of things, always bringing home multiple pumpkins to carve, and buying ridiculous amounts of candy to pass out to the neighborhood goblins. But it was those super spooky movies I loved best! Soylent Green was one of his favorites, while clung to the old black and white movies like The Innocents. Oh well it was all good, as long as it was fun, and if it was one thing it was always was... it was fun!

Leaf Of The Day
October 30th, 2015

 Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Witching Time Of Night

"Tis now is the very witching time of night,
when churchyards yawn and Hell itself breathes out 
contagion to this world."

~William Shakespeare

One more little homemade Halloween greeting for this year! I didn't do nearly as many as I planned to do, this vacation was much more subdued than previous years. Still managed to get some good stuff as I traveled here and there. Funny about photography, you never know when or where the muse will whisper in your ear, and encourage you to see the image beyond the obvious! Photography has taught me to be a much more careful viewer, as well as listener. Its almost spiritual at times. Don't believe me? Take your camera with you next time you visit your favorite haunt. You never know what you might see!

Leaf Of The Day
October 29th 2015

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sleeping In Autumn

"I've dreamed a lot. I am tired now from dreaming but not tired of dreaming. No one tires of dreaming, because no dream is to forget, and forgetting does not weigh on us,
 it is a dreamless sleep throughout which we remain awake.
 In dreams I have achieved everything."

~J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord Of The Rings

I have been really tired today. My Fibromyalgia has been poking at me. It seems that since all the stress has died down, and I can relax a bit, my body is reacting in a way I simply didn't have time for over the summer. Oh don't get me wrong, my Fibro hurts when it hurts, but the last summer, while looking for a house, I couldn't take the time to sleep when I needed to, so I dulled the pain with extra pain killers... 2 different kinds... and pretended that I wasn't in pain at all. It's something that can be done on a limited basis, but I wouldn't recommend making a habit of it. Anyway, I am sitting at my desk, in so much pain every stroke of the keyboard makes me want to crawl into a blanket and lie still until my body stops piercing me with a 1,000 needles of pain. So, here are some of my favorite photos from the last couple weeks, hope you enjoy them.

Leaf Of The Day
October 28th 2015

Mood: Tired

~Me :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Every Day Costumes

"I think if human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn't life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don't they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you'd meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to... like talking to dogs."

~Douglas Coupland
The Gum Thief

Alan and I visited the Spirit store yesterday to pick out a costume for me, and choose some decorations for the lawn. We decided on some cute fencing, and some Candy Corn lights. It's the first Halloween in our very own house, so it will be fun to watch the decorating evolve over the next few years! We already decided to make some yard ghosts for next year. I saw some years ago while vacationing in Nevada, and I never forgot how cute and whimsical they were! It will be a fun project for us. I wish we had time this year, but everything just happened so fast! Anyway, my costume this year will be an emoticon. An emoticon with sunglasses! LOL. I am a happy/cool face. Fun! Alan's costume is... oh wait... I better ask him before I tell you. Maybe he will let me take his picture on Halloween! We'll see! Stay Tuned!

Walking around the Spirit store certainly reminded me about how things have changed. You didn't see demonic babies or pop culture figures as Halloween costumes when I was a child, or young adult for that matter. I remember political figures, and there were costumes of certain people like Madonna or Freddy Kruger, but it wasn't until O.J. Simpson that things seemed to take a strange turn as far as Halloween costumes went. I guess I am showing my age here, but even back then I found it in poor taste to dress as O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson. We won't discuss the subsequent serial killer costumes that came after. 

For the most part I say Go For It! Make it the scarier the better! But when it comes to cases like with O.J. I can't find the fun in it. War is another thing I can't seem to find a positive in trivializing. I think dressing as a soldier is fine. Especially if you are a child of an active service member, but once I actually saw a young man, maybe 13 or 14, in a costume depicting an active service duty member with multiple gunshots across his chest, and blue in coloring. In other words... a dead soldier. This was several years ago during the Iraq war. It was shocking, it was depressing, and it completely turned me off. So much so that I just left the costume parade and went home. 

To each his own. And at his age he had a right to make a statement but is Halloween the right time? I really hope this year there are a lot more Candy Corn witches, and less pretend victims of serial killers. But that's just me. I suppose freedom of speech doesn't end on Halloween... right?

Leaf Of The Day
October 27th, 2015

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Blame It On The Devil

"October proved a riot to the senses and climaxed
 those giddy last weeks before Halloween."

~Keith Donohue

The devil did it! Well, it's as good as explanation as any I suppose. The problem is my AT&T Uverse. You see, since we had it installed in the middle of September, it has gone our six times! We have had 14 different technicians out and they keep scratching their heads over it. Sigh. It's been just one more thing weighing on me. I will plan to relax in front of a wonderful old movie like, Arsenic And Old Lace, and poof... that little red light of doom will appear on the gateway box and out goes the TV and the Internet! 

It's not very helpful, especially when I hear tech after tech say they can't figure out whats causing the problems. The latest techs were out on Sunday and they say it is fixed once and for all, but they have said that before, so right now I just have my fingers crossed. In the grand scheme of things it's not the end of the world, but when you need a quiet little escape like an old movie, and suddenly the Uverse goes out, it can be the proverbial straw that breaks the camels back! I have already decided that if it goes out again I will simply call and exorcist... I mean we have tried everything else! LOL. 

And yes, I am kidding. 
Something Pretty...
Leaf Of The Day
October 25th, 2015
Leaf Of The Day
October 26th, 2015
Mood: Happy/Not Happy

~Me :)