Wednesday, October 31, 2018

HALLOWEEN






The grandfather clock just chimed three times. It's 3:00 a.m. Halloween morning. The witching hour.

I haven't been to bed yet - as usual. I just had a cup of coffee and some brownies with peanut butter. I consume copious amounts of peanut butter. And caffeine. Not always at the same time.

I went outside on the back porch just in time to see the yellow moon rising over the forest. It's an unusually quiet night. No owls or coyotes. A soft breeze is rustling through the treetops and their whispering lament is the only sound.
If any ghosts are lingering in the forest shadows they seem to be safely out of sight.

I thought it would be an appropriate time to post my video The Bogey Wail. I made this video last year for YouTube. It's a haphazard collection of old Halloween cartoons and other spooky things that I spliced together. It's accompanied by the 1929 song The Bogey Wail sung by Jack Hylton.

For not knowing exactly what I was doing, I think it turned out very well.

So, what is on my agenda for this Halloween? Not much. I'm going to stay at home, eat some goodies, and be thankful that I live in a rural area where trick or treaters never dare to tread.

Of course, I can't be sure that a few genuine witches or ghouls might show up
Or an ax murderer......

How about a few random and unspectacular photos?


I initially thought it would be easy to get a few great Halloween photos of my black cat Bosco with a pumpkin. Unfortunately it wasn't as easy as I thought. I finally took this picture on the front porch yesterday afternoon.

 It gets dark out early now and the feeble sun disappears quickly beyond the edge of the forest. I took these pictures in late afternoon yesterday.








This is definitely NOT the most flattering photo ever taken of me, but it's the only one I could find with me as a child with a pumpkin. I was either four or five yrs. old. And I was holding some candy in my left hand.


Nope, it's not a Halloween scarecrow -
this is me a few days ago, holding a pumpkin. Slightly older than in the above photo.
Note:
My El Cheapo digital camera only has a ten second timer. I had to set the timer, place the camera on the rail of the porch, grab the extremely heavy pumpkin, and run (with my bad back) and sit on the porch swing - - trying to look relaxed and poised.
It sure as hell wasn't easy.


Have a great Halloween!
And don't let the spooks bite. Unless they're cute ones.

20 comments:

  1. I have mentioned on other blogs that for some strange reason nobody takes part in Halloween where I live in the UK. There are no decorations or parties. It is as quiet as a mouse right now. Thank goodness everyone wakes up in time to organise their Christmas trimmings.

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    1. I think you're fortunate to live in a quiet neighborhood! I love Halloween, but the little "trick-or-treaters" can be annoying. I live in a very rural area and don't have to worry about them.

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  2. Great porch. And I love the single swing. I have never seen one like that. You look sufficiently relaxed and poised.

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    1. That single swing was put up by the previous owner of this place. I like it a lot, but nearly every time I sit in it I get attacked by wasps. Perhaps I'm irresistible....

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  3. Love the video … LOVE the selfie! Particularly, imagining you doing the 10-second hustle! Now I'm wondering if our place could accommodate a swing like yours.
    That's a darling photo of 'little' you. Are you, perhaps, left-handed like me? (Actually, I'm left-handed but right-armed.)

    Pass the peanut butter, won't you?

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    1. I love the swing, but I'm always afraid that if I gain a little weight it will come crashing down someday. I'd better not eat too much peanut butter.

      I'm not left-handed (my Mother was), but I do a lot of things with my left hand - like eating. I think being a pianist has made me ambidextrous, since I have to have complete control of both hands.

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  4. I grew up on a farm in a rural county. No trick or treating there, so we went to the school gym where there was a big costume contest, lots of treats and great donuts made by Lucille Chamberlain. She was the school cook whose food was the stuff of legends, esp. her donuts.

    Enjoyed your blog. I'll be back.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Susan! Trick or treating is fun for kids, but I actually think it's better to attend an organized indoor event, like you did. Especially if the food is good!

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  5. Are you aware of the peanut butter allergies that kids have nowadays? I think I read that ten years ago it was 1 in 250 and now it's 1 in 70. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches were a staple at every birthday party I ever went to as a child. Does this portend the end of Reese's peanut butter cups? Ack!
    No trick or treaters here either. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop me from buying candy as if I would be besieged by hoards of screaming children.
    Snowed here Monday. So much that the driveway had to be plowed. The weather had been so warm up until then that flowers were still blooming.

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    1. I can't understand why peanut allergies among children are so prevalent nowadays. When I was a kid they weren't heard of. I love Reese's peanut butter cups - it wouldn't be Halloween without them.

      No snow here (thank God) but there were a few frosty nights. Today it has warmed up considerably. It's windy and 68 degrees. Rain tomorrow.

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  6. How you managed to get that picture with only ten seconds to do it in is amazing!
    Love the shots of the sun coming through the trees. Happy Halloween!! :)

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    1. I had to try three times before I got that photo of myself. The first two times I captured my ass as I was running towards the swing! I'd do much better if I had at least twenty seconds!
      Anyway, I hope your Halloween is a pleasant one.

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  7. Hey Jon, a very nice Halloween post. Great picture of Bosco with the pumpkin and the one with you too! You do live in a lovely and peaceful part of the country. I hope your problems ease into the background soon and you can enjoy your wooded paradise. Nice porch too!
    Ron

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    1. I was determined to get a photo of Bosco with the pumpkin but it wasn't easy. He quickly lost interest in it and kept going away. I always enjoy being out on the front porch because it's way up high - overlooking everything. The only problem is the weather has warmed up and there are a LOT of wasps on the porch. Yesterday I kept getting attacked - but didn't get stung.

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  8. Wonderful video, Jon. Delightful. And the photos are great! 4th one down looks like a forest spirit emerging from the trees. Thanks for this.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the video, Geo. I think the music goes well with those fantastic old cartoons (so much more creative than what we have nowadays).
      The light and shadows in the forest are really haunting late in the day when the sun is vanishing.

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  9. you look amazingly relaxed and poised considering what you had to go through to get the picture. loved, absolutely loved The Bogey Wail.

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  10. It took several attempts before I was able to get a fairly decent photo with the timer. It would have been easier with twenty seconds.

    I love the "Bogey Wail", too. Those spooky old cartoon clips go so well with the music.

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  11. You did a fantastic job with that video! It must've taken you a while to put it together, but it was well worth the effort.

    We had more trick-of-treaters here this year than we've had in a long time. Maybe because it was such a beautiful warm evening, but I was glad to see most of the candy disappear. Better for it to go out the door than to fatten us up like Thanksgiving turkeys.

    Great job on capturing that selfie with the pumpkin! (I can hardly even tell you're panting...)

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  12. Thanks, Susan. Most of my "videos" consist only of still photos. The "Bogey Wail" was a lot more complicated to make but well worth the effort. I had fun with it.

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