Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Of rain lovely rain~~~~

Hello Darklings,

I am so happy that we have had and will have rain to wash the air and dust away.

Of course the dogs don't like it, the looks on their faces "what's dis wet stuff?"

I got my flu shot today and as always it puts me a bit under the weather, but Sis has solved that with Won Ton Soup.

Bit by bit all the Halloween decorations have been put away and now we're making plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But I swear it's like we just slide into Christmas without a wink and a "Howdie you do" to Thanksgiving. 

I'm still of the mind set that Christmas doesn't start until Santa shows up at the end of the Macy's Parade.   It's Tradition!!

Well tomorrow I'm going in for a pulmitory exam I've been having some breathing problems, and we're wondering if it was related to the particles from the smoke from the wildfires, well it doesn't hurt to make sure.

Things are a bit slow with me, I help transcribe my sister's notes, but I have to admit I'm slowing down a little.

So I just take it a day at a time.  

I've not been able to come across anything darkly delicious, but I'll keep hunting.

But Thanks Goodness for the rain.

Later Darklings

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Of the after Halloween celebrations~~~

Hello Darklings,

Well Halloween has come and gone, and oh my!  Did we have a  lot of trick or treaters for a school night,  it was a good thing I loaded up on a lot of candy. 

My party went very well, not as elaborate as previous years but then I tend to go all out when it's on Friday, Saturday and even Sunday. 

But everyone enjoyed the party, I even had a fortune teller to read tarot cards for my guests and he was very good and entertaining,  I think I'll hire him for next year or even for New Years Eve.

The skeleton horse and Rider were a big hit and so was T-Rex,  now with the break in the rain the halloween decorations are coming down, I'm glad that after the trick or treaters were gone that Doyle put heavy plastic bags over the heads of the functioning parts to prevent the rain from damaging them. 

I'm debating about having T-Rex up for Christmas with Christmas lights, because if it rains that could damage the functioning parts and with that kind of investment I'd rather not have that happen.

Doyle is making sure everything else is nice and dry before boxing or bagging it, my family is helping out as well.

My elderly house guests, Mr. & Mrs. Rodgers were so happy for the diversion and loved handing out the candy to the little ones, Mr. Rodgers said that it cheered them up a lot.  I've taken them to Target to get some replacement clothing, at this point in time they do not want to know what is lost in the fire, their son and daughter in law are keeping in touch with them, but it will be a while for any forward movement.

I don't mind having them here, Belladonna and Wiener Dog have taken a great liking to them and they enjoy walking the dogs in the neighborhood.  Mrs. Rodgers has said she enjoys the quiet (when it's not Halloween),  I took her to a craft's store so she can get back into knitting, a hobby she finds very meditative.   Mr. Rodgers likes to garden so I may have him putter around in my garden.

When they feel more sure of themselves they said they will use the public transportation to go to different venues like our museum and restaurants.   Sis tells me that it's their way of coping and has had chats with them as well.

Since there is no Spare the Air alert for today or tonight I'm going to be burning a fire in the family parlor to make it cozy and cheerful,  I've been assured by the Rodgers that will not bother them.   Mrs. Rodgers said that my house reminds her of her parents house when she was a girl, a good comforting feeling.

So tonight it will be old-fashion comfort food,  stew with rice, a small salad and french bread, later apple pie.

Then plans for Christmas.

Later Darklings

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Of Halloween and an update~~~

Hello Darklings,

I have not posted of late because of all the preparations for tonight's Halloween Party, it will be a more smaller affair since many of my friends have to work tomorrow, so it will be mini-bites, pot luck and good conversation.

My flaming skulls are in place but it's a spare the air day I've been told, so I'll have to save it for another "midnight dreary".

The children will be coming by to hand out the candy.

My skeleton Horse and rider are ready,  T-Rex is in the back at the "pet cemetery".   For the adults I've not only purchased my usual wines but also "Curious Beasts"  and see how it goes.

I am so looking forward to tonight.

I also have house guests.

If you've been following the news we have been having horrible wildfires just north of us, air quality so bad one had to wear masks.

Friends of mine that I have stayed at when I've been at Sonoma lost their house, including their in-law unit where there elderly parents were staying.

Because they wanted them to be safe, I've taken in the elderly parents, they are quite mobile and alert, but after the shock of the wild fires do not want to be close to the devastation, and my friends agree, so I have them with me.

For how long I don't know but they are a fun couple, so I have them in my downstairs guest room with bath, and we'll help get them back on their feet.

That way my friends can work on getting what needs to be done to re-build without the extra worry about their parents safety.   And it's no trouble for them to check on the elders.   For them my location is safe, friendly, and a complete change for them to relieve the worry on their minds.   And with Sis's help if they have any form of depression she can address that possibility.

But now I must go back to the preparations for tonight. 

Enjoy Halloween My Darklings.

Later

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Of Halloween coming near~~~~

Hello Darklings,

Well as you know my favorite holiday of the year (besides Christmas) is approaching!!

Yes you guessed it, Halloween!!!

I have been busy at work, yes I know I'm suppose to be retired, but I am on call if someone is out ill for longer than a week, or is taken an extended vacation like to Cabo.

So I've been working, and I have to admit I'm feeling it, but fortunately the boss told me that since one other staffer has returned from vacation they can do the work and has freed me.   And just in Time for Halloween!!

Well on my days off I have been looking at Spirit, Target, Wal-mart and you guessed it Home Depot!

As you know I both 2 skeleton horses one 6 ft and one 4 ft and a 9 foot tall T-Rex,  well at CVS they had the howling wolf and skeleton Bats and skeleton snakes but Target has some Wonderful Resin Graveyard headstones, and cemetery decorations,  HAD TO HAVE THEM!!

And a punch dispenser the kind you'd put lemonade in, had one labeled "Poison".   Again Had to Have IT!

I went to our nearest Wal-mart but they were focused on kiddie costumes and huge blow up (air filled) displays, no not what I wanted but did they have a good deal on paper plates and napkins in the halloween patterns so I got that.

Spirit had some very nice indoor decorations for the fire place mantles,  and door hangers over the parlor doors,  and fun drinking cups.   But there was a coffee mug I had to have that said "Normal People Scare Me"  it was designed for the American Gothic T.V. program promotion,  as a matter of fact I bought two of them one for home and one to take with me when I'm called in to work.

Sis and I were at Nob Hill the other day and she got happily surprised when she discovered baking pans to bake witches fingers cookies and all kinds of decorations to put on mini-cupcakes and everything. 

We whipped out our Halloween cook books for old time favorites, although we did buy the new magazines with new recipes but she said for now lets go with the tried and true and experiment with the new one's later.  I could only agree

Doyle said that he's going to need help with decorating so I've recruited my nephew to help out.   Coralline will help with the indoor decorations. 

Even though Halloween is on a week night again, we still get a lot of trick or treaters because we are such a popular block and I've been sending out invitations to friends and family.  The party will not run late because it is a school night, but on the weekends Look Out! 

I've also been restocking the cellar with Apothic Red, and Dark and for me a new one Apothic Inferno, and Apothic Crush,  Crush is fruity with a carmel taste, but Inferno is like blending whiskey and wine together smokey and different, it may not be to everyone's taste,  but Doyle liked it, in a whiskey glass, so I stocked up.  It's one of those wines were you want to kick off your shoes, loosen the tie, sit in a recliner and listen to "Old Blue Eyes" singing "its a quarter to 3". 

Another wine that we took a strong liking to is Curious Beasts  Blood Red, its smokey, chocolatey and with dark red fruit flavors,  so we loaded up on that as well.

I have not had a chance to do my wine tour this year as I prefer to do it in the Fall, but well work did call.   So I'll see about doing it next year in the late spring.

So all the Halloween plate ware and table ware are out and getting dusted and washed getting ready for the party.

And I did order two of those flaming skulls, I have them perched in the front parlor fire place, I've not been able to use them because of the spare the air days.  But it will get nippy enough and I can't wait to try them.

But I have to tell you this Dear Darklings, the other evening I got a shock,  I mean granted the stores sort of sneak Christmas onto a few shelves but I was watching T.V. and Wiener Dog distracted me and I then heard the instrumental version of "Jingle Bells"  I looked up and there they were in all their artificial glory  the Balsam Hill Artificial Christmas Trees it was on Oct. 1 and already they're advertising and we haven't reach Halloween or Thanksgiving!   It was too much,  Please I say let's at least keep our holidays in the correct order.

We have not assembled the T-Rex yet, it's going to go into our pet cemetery, and I'm not sure what the dogs will make of it.  Most likely give their seal of disapproval.

But we've got a cowboy hat for the Ghost Rider, I found it at the Dollar Store.

But this coming weekend, we've got to load up on the candy,  Wal-mart has the best prices with Target a close 2nd  but I've seen a good deal at Lucky's so much to choose.   But Wal-Mart will be our primary candy go to store.

And now Sis is calling me, dinner is ready.

Later Darklings



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Of skeletons and flaming skulls~~~~



Hello Darklings,

Well we’ve been having another wave of heat, followed by drizzling rain with a lot of thunderstorms,  PERFECT for an aging elder Goth, but just give me the drizzling rain and the thunderstorms, I can do without the heat.

I am not looking forward to my GI test in a few days, tomorrow is when I take that meds and pretty much drink clear liquids,  I’m going to hate that.

But for the last week, Doyle and I have been having some fun,  I had to go to Home Depot with my handyman, and I have to confess, his old Dodge Truck rides like an old Dodge Truck but it is dependable as he says.   Although my bones wonder what roller coaster did I ride in.

We had to pick up some paint to do some painting work on one side of the house that gets a lot of weather and fortunately I had the original “paint samples” to compare with what was needed.  

As we  walked through this very busy business (I swear you need a traffic cop to direct people)  THERE IT WAS!!!   It was perfect!!    I HAD TO HAVE IT!!!

Yes Folks a 9 foot tall skeleton T-Rex with sounds and light up eyes,  and there were baby dinosaurs hatching out of eggs.

 But besides that there was also a 6 foot tall and a 4 foot tall skeleton Horse,  I knew instantly we could put them in the front of the house with a skeleton Rider on it and the T-Rex could be in the Pet Cemetery with the eggs.

My Handyman gave me a look like “Are you crazy lady?”  then shrugged his shoulders, he knows the insanity I do for Halloween.   Well around Halloween for an elder Goth who isn’t.

The good thing is that I have plenty of space in my basement to store them afterwards,  But I’ve always wanted a “Ghost Rider” and here it is!

And CVS has wonderful things out that would be perfect indoor decorations and Michael’s with theirs.   

And several Spirit Stores have opened up I am in HEAVEN!!!

Of course after we came home with the paint and painting supplies plus the skeletons Doyle saw them and said to me “You’re serious aren’t you.”   And I said “Yes!”   he sighed and said “Fine”.  

But first things first the painting.   And the GI test.

You know I’m thinking, for Christmas I could move the T-Rex to the front yard, have him holding Christmas lights with a Big Santa Hat on his head,  one of my cousins I know could whip one up provided I buy the material. 

That would be perfect for an Elder Goth Christmas!   Oh and I can also order buzzards as well!  Good thing my basement is large to hold all of this for the off season.

But then Doyle said to me, “Would it be possible to have a skeleton horse made out of re-bar and cement for a decoration in the yard?  Have it all year round?”  I love the way this man thinks.

And Darklings I’ve come across something else that’s terribly scary,  Flaming Skulls!

Let me explain they are made out of some flame resistant material and if you have a firepit, you know one of those elevated ones with a screen over it for the back yard, you could have a fire in it and the flames dance around the skulls.   Or put a couple in the fire place with the same effect.

This is what Charlie Hintz on the Cult of Weird site has to say about them:

“These life size deluxe skull-shaped fireplace logs from Myar come in black, white, and brown. From the photos, it looks like the mandibles can be open, closed, or removed entirely so you can get the perfectly arranged pile of skulls in your fireplace.

Each skull is highly detailed (just look at those cranial sutures!) and hand-painted. They are made of fire proof steel-reinforced ceramic and lava granules, and heavy enough that they won’t blow away if you leave them outside in the fire pit.”

Amazon sells them but I’m not sure about the pricing it seems they say you get 2 of them for $79.95 or it’s really 1 for $69.95.   Either way it’s made in the USA and I’m going to get 2 just to freak people out.

And Darklings if you’re into the strange, bizarre and just plain weird, then check out “Cult of Weird”  the link is    http://www.cultofweird.com/    It’s perfect reading for the dark October nights.

Later Darklings 

Here's that Big Boy I've been talking about

And how about these Flaming skulls----Creepy enough?





Saturday, September 2, 2017

Of the Heat---The Hellacious Heat!!~~~~~~~



Hello Darklings,

We are having another heat wave and it is a killer, totally “Hellacious”, I cannot believe that for the first time in over a hundred years we hit 101 degrees, and inland 115,  San Francisco hit 106, the last time it was that hot in the City was 103 degrees when Ulysses S. Grant was President.

And the weatherman is saying that today will be even hotter!!   On top of that we are having heavy haze coming down to the ground, all from the various wildfires that at burning here and in near by Western States, the Easterly wind is bringing it making breathing conditions horrible.

Well I did have to open my mouth and ask where was the Summer weather, I guess that will teach me.

The school that Christopher and Coralline and the twins their air conditioning system failed, so all the parents were called to pick up their children, my brother and sister in law couldn’t do it, so I came to the rescue,  we stopped by their house to pick up everyone a change of clothing and then on to my home, where I had the misters’ going on the screened back porch, to create a cooling environment, I do not have air conditioning but I do have fans.

It didn’t matter in my house if you were inside or outside, the temperature was equal,  Sis has a window mounted air conditioner in her office for hot days for her clients comfort,  but once she saw her last client she turned it off, to do her part to not strain the power grid.

Poor Coralline she was still wearing the compression brace on her ankle but the heat was making her ankle swell up,  Christopher removed it and I iced it, and had her laying down on the chaise lounge,  the twins being their goofy selves, put on the lawn sprinkler and somehow packed their water guns and were playing getting wet in the heat,  while Coralline and Christopher emulated the dogs and myself and simply laid down and drank water.

My brother and sister in law joined us, and so did Sis, she suggested that the children sleep on cots in her office with the air conditioner,  she was going to do the same, but Coralline wanted to sleep on the back porch, so the twins and their Mother went, while everyone else slept on camp cots or lawn lounge chairs on the porch, my brother said he would sleep on the porch as well, and with Belladonna and Weiner Dog to protect us from evil squirrels or other nocturnal creatures we managed to pass a comfortable night.

And now we are facing another hot day, my brother and sister in law have left early to do grocery shopping,  Sis and I will be leaving in a few minutes to do the same, Doyle said he’ll watch the children with the dogs.  And except for the children doing their homework, we are doing nothing today.

The misters because they are wetting down the air seems to be making breathing on the back porch a little easier I kept it going till late last night and I'll do the same today.

At least the weatherman is saying that by Monday we should start seeing a decrease in the temperature,  all we can do is rest,  stay in the shade and drink lots of water.   Thank Goodness I don’t live in Death Valley.

Later Darklings

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Of Donating to Hurricane Disaster Relief~~~~

Hello Darklings,

Here I am complaining about our Summer, and people are drowning in Texas because of Hurricane Harvey,  I should be ashamed of myself.

I've been watching the 5 o'clock news and the devastation is unimaginable, flooding on a Noachian scale, what some people would call a thousand year storm, worse that Hurricane Katrina.

My sister and I are making donations as well as other family members and friends.

If you have been hearing about this devastation and want to donate the best organization is the Red Cross.

Either call 1-800-Red-Cross or go to their web site you can find it on the internet.  

Be careful to not get taken in by scams,  especially any "gofundme" campaigns, the Red Cross is the best way to go.

Later Darklings