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

Of wanting a Gothic Summer (not), Pennydreadful, Timothy Dalton and Halloween~~~



Hello Darklings,

Oh we were having another heat wave, with most of August being overcast and chilly for the summer why is it before Labor Day, we get a real blast of Summer??  

I can only take the dogs out early in the morning and early evening, when it gets like this,  and even then just around the block, I do not trust drivers driving at twilight, but then isn’t twilight when Vampires come out to play, and early dawn when they go to sleep? 

Well I have been busy, my doctor has been having me do all kinds of tests, blood, urine, and just recently a bone density test, well considering that I’ve worked indoors most of my life and avoid sunlight, I have to take vitamin D to compensate, but ever since Coralline broke her ankle, even I have been cautious.  

And to add insult to my body, the doctor wants me to have a G.I. exam which means having a camera go up the nether regions where no one wants to go, again!   It seems they didn’t complete it the last time because I showed discomfort while under a light anesthesia ---- DISCOMFORT!!???   When I was told that I said “YOU give me that camera and I’ll show YOU DISCOMFORT!!”  

But they said once done it doesn’t have to be done for 10 years, (maybe)  sometimes I think my doctor is a sadist, and I’m no masochist. 

I like a little bondage but only with black furry mink handcuffs.  (at least in my younger days) and I prefer to do the tying up,  now that I’m thinking about it I did do that some years ago with one of my college boyfriends, I tied him up with his silk ties, and you know what they say “You can’t break old school ties.”   Sorry very bad pun.

Even with the heat wave I’ve been feeling a bit Gothic of late, I haven’t had a chance to purchase the latest installment of American Horror Story “Roanoke”.   But Doyle happily fulfilled my Gothic morbid craving by purchasing the three seasons of Pennydreadful,   Oh I had forgotten how wonderful Timothy Dalton’s voice could be, he could recite a grocery list and seduce me.

“Pennydreadful” is a most unusual series not PG13 more R rated, it deals with evil, and re-discovering redemption after giving in to one’s darkest desires,  focusing on the female lead, but some don’t quite make it, and some do, and bringing in a number of the classic “monsters”,  Frankenstein’s’ creature,(which was sensitively played), Dr. Frankenstein himself, Dorian Grey, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll, a werewolf, a monster hunter, in a way you sort of wanted it to continue after the end but then it would have gone in a different direction, which was not the authors or producers idea or concept.  In the end a very dark and Gothic morality play----at least in my opinion.

During my “Pennydreadful” fest, a local church was having its annual 3 day rummage sale, and I love rummage.  I managed to snare 4 Victorian  plant stands, and then had fun looking through the china and glass ware finding a few Victorian style pieces, including soup bowls although modern, were in the “Rose Chinze” pattern, perfect for soup on a cold winter’s night.  

 As I purchased, Doyle dutifully took them to the car, then I went book hunting there.   It’s amazing what people no longer want that are treasures for others,  there were a few Earl Stanly Gardner “Perry Mason” mysteries, and a couple of books in the ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ series that I think “True Blood” is based on, plus a few others of interest.

But then I began to feel a little haunted, because I had wandered over to the children’s toy area, sometimes I get lucky and find complete board games for children and adults to play and there it was! In a metal frame that was falling apart, a coming attractions movie poster of the James Bond movie “License to Kill” with Timothy Dalton (much younger of course) looking dark, dangerous and deadly.  Well for $2.00 I HAD to buy it.  

 Doyle gave me a ‘raised eyebrow’ but carried it good-naturedly to the car, the poster was in fine condition so I’ll re-frame it, and hang it, in the down stairs bedroom, that I use for guests or when one is too ill to climb stairs.

I had fun with my newly found treasures, the plant stands just need a little clean-up and a fresh coat of paint, the soup bowls washed and ready to be put to use, the books put into their proper spaces in my reading library, and when I’m done with them they will go to the Library book sale, perfect to re-purpose.

I am already seeing signs of Halloween here and there, a few new magazines, which I purchased, Halloween candy on the high shelves at Safeway, but I do have to ask, why is it that the first store to carry Halloween decorations is called ‘Michaels’ ?   (if some of you don’t get the Halloween pun, it’s your own fault)

I had gone into Michaels to get a replacement jewelry fixing for a necklace that broke and something prompted me to wander around and there they were---- all kinds of ghoulish, morbid things. 

 It’s a good thing that the credit card that I use to buy Halloween items was all paid off, now I didn’t buy everything, I was picky, there were crystal balls with a skull floating in the middle, bottles of weird contents, and a wonderful large glass dispenser with a skull on it perfect for strawberry lemonade.   And Halloween tree ornaments of skulls, witches hats, pumpkins and little bats, and tiny skeletons,  and a perfect witch topper for the tree.   

 Yes Darklings I have a black (but fake) tree, to put out for Halloween,  it’s just too bad that it will be on a Tuesday this year but I can have at least 2 maybe 3 parties for the season. 

I mean is it too early to start decoration for Halloween in September?  Why Not!

Then Doyle surprised me the other evening, he had been on the “house computer” in the Library, which is my computer, but he told me that it was for personal use and didn’t want to use his in his office since that was for work.  I just rolled my eyes on that remark.   

Then he comes up to me as I’m reading one of my Perry Mason mysteries, with Belladonna and Wiener Dog curled up next to me (making it difficult to shift around) and he announced “I bought a copy of ‘Jane Eyre’.”   I looked at him and said “Why buy a copy?  I have that book in our Library.”  

He went on to say “Not the book, the BBC program from 1983, with Timothy Dalton as Mr. Rochester.”   I looked at him dumbfounded.

I had always thought that was the best ‘Jane Eyre’ and that Dalton’s impassioned and obsessive Rochester was the best of all of them.  

 Doyle looked at me and then said “You’re Welcome.”  Finally my mouth sputtered to working as I quickly got up (which the dogs were not happy) and rained kisses all over Doyles’ face.    And I love seeing that Humphrey Bogart smile on his face as he said to me (once I came up for air) “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”

Yes, Darklings, Halloween treats do come early in my home.

Later Darklings