Friday, October 31, 2008

Getting in the Halloween spirit

I ain't afraid of no ORBS

Not much.

Cemetery tour, anyone?

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Not-spooky v. spooky ~ final installment (thankfully)

Not spooky: Foliage shot

Autumn's beautiful colors even make these weedy trees look pretty.

Our dear daughter in her witch costume in 2002.

Spooky: Our son in costume last year. eeek

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Questions for the ages...or at least for October

Q. How do you fix a Jack O' Lantern?

A. With a pumpkin patch.

Q. What is Beethoven doing in his coffin right now?

A. Decomposing

Q. What kind of dog did Dracula have?

C'mon, give it a guess...

A. A blood hound


Q.: What is something yours truly doesn't need?

A. Volumizing shampoo

I do need to see my 6'3" boy once in a while, though. Here I am when we visited on parents' weekend, after a seven-week absence. Cameron is doing great at college, so I'm a happy Mumsie.

And no, that's not my Halloween mask.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Not spooky v. spooky ~ Part 6

OK, so I guess you can tell by checking out this photo of these orbs I captured on camera at a local cemetery Sunday night that this is the spooky part of the post.

Ralph and I joined about 20 other people and took a lantern tour of the cemetery with the local historical society director as our guide. The tour was supposed to be on Saturday night, but bad weather postponed it to Sunday, which turned out to be a perfectly mild and beautiful evening.

Linda was supposed to be on the tour with us Saturday, as was her daughter Amanda. Sadly our plans didn't materialize (like these orbs seem to have!)

Q. What did one ghost say to the other ghost?

A. Do you believe in people?


Not spooky:Card I sent to our great-nephew, Adam, for his second Halloween.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ruby Tuesday * Urban foliage

I snapped this last Thursday when I was parked in a bank parking lot, looking across the street at another bank. I call it urban foliage.
I saw several shades of red before me, and immediately thought: "Ruby Tuesday!"

This is a bank of trees also in the downt
own area. A few spots of red here, too. More urban foliage!

To join in the Ruby Tuesday fun, visit Mary, The Teach.

Kitties ~ they make us smile



toothpaste for dinner

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Our journey to church

No, not our faith journey. Our real trip to church this morning.
I'm glad I grabbed my camera on the way out the door because there's still some pretty fall color here and there. The morning sun and clear blue sky just added to the beauty.
So as Ralph drove, I took pix. It's only about a two-mile trip.

This is when we turned the corner off of our side street onto the state highway, before I decided to chronicle the ride. No, we don't live in the country.

Heading down the hill.

This is Elm Street Cemetery in our town's historic district.
(Note to Duchess Linda: Is that an orb?)

Elm Street.

Nearing the intersection.

Steeple coming right up. Shady side of street.

When we got to the parking lot, who was there but fellow church member and chef extraordinaire, Dennis, dressed in his Rye, N.Y. volunteer firefighter garb. He moved here to southern Connecticut from Westchester County a few years back.

Local firefighters visited our church today, as they do each October. Dennis is wearing an apron because he and another member volunteered to prepare lunch for a clergy meeting. Dennis had some yummy-smelling bean soup simmering on the stove. Perfect for a fall day.

Hope you enjoyed coming with me and Airhead 55 this morning. Have a peaceful Sunday.
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Seems we all get so used to driving in our communities, and barely notice our familiar surroundings. If you're lucky enough to have someone else taking care of the driving, snap some photos. You'll definitely see your hometown in a different light.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Creative Photo #14- Week 4

Here is "Autumn morning." How's that for an original name? Tee hee.
I like how the sky came out. The sun filtered through the clouds at an angle that gave the picture an interesting quality, I think.

Below is how it looked after I used some contrast

Which one is your favorite?

This is my entry into Roger's Creative Photography contest.
To join in the fun, visit him at Idaho Photo, and click on the Creative Photo tab.

Gold found in backyard ~ gold leaves, that is

I only had to go out the back door to get this foliage shot last Sunday afternoon.

And here's a closeup:It's sad that October is almost over. It's such a beautiful time of year.


What is a witch's favorite subject in school?

What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?

A sand-witch.

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Q:What kind of street does a ghost like best?

A: A dead end.

Q: What did the papa ghost say to the baby ghost?

A: Fasten your sheet belt.

Q: How do ghosts fly from one place to another?

A: By scareplane.

Q: What directions did the ghost give the goblin?

A: "Make a fright turn at the corner."

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Friday, October 24, 2008

A bit of New England

Breaking my own rule here by posting a "steeplechase" picture I took today of the First Congregational Church of Derby.
I was going to limit myself to steeples in our town, but this is the church we attend.

I snapped the photo from a side view because the sun was on the building, and the foliage was pretty. Shadows were covering the front.
What I like is the photo makes the circa 1820 church seem like it's in a rural setting, instead of being located on a heavily-traveled state road.

The church was originally gathered in 1677, at a different location. Here's a picture postcard I found online, taken a "few" years back:

That's my glimpse into history for today. Who knows what I will come up with tomorrow?

UPDATE ~ to my Creative Photo post question: Duchess Linda wins the bonus points. She spotted my car reflected in the van's windows.

Congratulations. That's it, just congratulations. Sorry, no prizes.

Duck for peace ( ^ >

I spotted this guy with a pond all to himself when I was out on an assignment this week. He seems to be having a peaceful life. Let's take a page from his book and Quack for Peace.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Not spooky v. spooky ~ Part 5 (complete with kiddie clip art!)

Not spooky:
Why did the game warden arrest the ghost?
He didn't have a haunting license.

What did the skeleton say to the bart
ender?I'd like a beer and a mop.

What is a mummy's favorite type of music?



Two men were walking home after a Halloween party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs.

Right in the middle of the cemetery they were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows.

Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones.

"Holy cow, Mister," one of them said after catching his breath, "You scared us half to death -- we thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?"

"Those fools!" the old man grumbled. "They misspelled my name!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

River views

These are two more foliage shots that I took last Friday, a beautiful fall day.
The view is across the Housatonic River taken from the grounds of Yale University's Gilder Boathouse in Derby, Ct.
A lot of green was still evident. I wonder if I should go back there and to see if I can get a better shot with more color?
Or are we now past-peak?