Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Plan for the Fall!

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Although the chances are better that I'll get struck by lightning.
As long as we're all on lockdown, I figured it would be a good time for me to remind you to plan your garden for fall pumpkins! 

A quick search will reveal a number of seed companies, and I'm sure if you do a little research, you'll find some with good customer reviews. You can click here and here for full instructions about how to grow pumpkins.

I prefer the classic Howden pumpkin, myself. They're wonderful for carving! But if you're really ambitious and have a lot of space to play with, you might try these Big Max seeds. They can get upwards of 100 pounds!

In any case, it's a good time to consider growing your own pumpkins or other goodies for canning or preserving this coming harvest season!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Social Distancing? I Was MADE for This!

From the opening sequences of Creepshow
I'm very lucky in that my office is small and I can work at least part of the time from home! So while I work, I've plugged in a couple of my old favorites. They're movies I can half-watch while plugging in numbers to a spreadsheet because I've seen them a multitude of times.

Like Creepshow! Hooray!

Life has been busy, aside from the plague. My boss enlisted me to produce a small, proof-of-concept film which was shot this past Sunday. It was pretty crazy. He told me when I got back from vacation in Maui that we were shooting in two weeks and we had no crew or equipment as of that moment. I did get some input from the director and the compositor, both of whom I've known for a little over a year.

It was stressful, but it was so much fun! Even though we had a couple of crew members to replace at the last moment, it all worked out very well, and everyone got along beautifully! I wish I could share more, but, well. Those pesky NDAs, you know? 

I've wanted to start expanding my knowledge so that I can move out of being an executive assistant and into post-production. Production would be good, but it seems a little intense for me at this point in my life. I'm excited that I have my first Producer credit under my belt, regardless!

In any case, I hope this finds you and yours safe and healthy, and that you're taking your work from home time and making the best Halloween props you can imagine, or at least organizing your work space so that you're ready to go when the weather turns good!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Farewell, My Heart

On Friday, the 20th of December, I had to say goodbye to my Samhain, my Sam, Sam the Man, Sam-Sam. I am crushed beyond words, so I'll try to spend a minimal time on the sad, and share some of the cherished memories.
Our last photo on Friday afternoon.
Sam had been fighting Hemangiosarcoma since sometime before the end of March. Just before my birthday (which seems to be the time for things to collapse to utter garbage), he was diagnosed with splenic Hemangiosarcoma, and had the splenectomy.
Friday, after a very good day at work, the dogs got their dinner. Within a short time, Sam started showing the symptoms of bloat, and I rushed him to the emergency vet. (My dad was very brave and didn't scream once as we were racing to the vet and weaving in and out of traffic!) The vet confirmed my apprehension, and said she thought there was another tumor which had possibly caused the bloat. Sam had thrown up a few times in the past few weeks, which was unusual, and putting that together with the bloat, I felt the time had come to let him go. He was already six months past his prognosis, and putting him through a surgery would not have been the kindest thing to do for him.
There are a bunch of posts about Sam here (a couple popped up in search that don't have anything to do with him) which go back to the very beginning, when he was a newborn.
Last week at the office, helping out in the archives
He was there for me when those I trusted most, loved most, left. He was always ready to play, ready to cuddle, ready to go for an adventure, ready to hang out and watch movies. He loved people so much that he was the unofficial greeter of the UPS store next door to the office. People went nuts over him. 

The kids this past Hallowe'en were telling other kids and parents that there was a "really awesome dog" at my house that they had to meet. The babies thumped him hard on the head and he just gave them tiny little kisses on their chubby legs. The toddlers threw their little arms around his neck and he stood still so he didn't knock them over. The teenage girls fawned over him and called him handsome, and he preened and gave them mighty slurps and giant, full-body wags. The moms and dads were amazed at what a good boy I had.

He adored them, one and all.

And he was good to the newest addition of our family, even though she's a terrible brat and does not care about pleasing anyone, unlike my Sam, who was crushed to report he had, in fact, tipped over the trash can.

I don't know what I'm going to do without him.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Hallows 2019

Hallowe'en in L.A.! The fires we've had have made the traffic so bad!
How bad was it?
It was so bad, people were just dying to get out of their cars when they got home!
I didn't do very much decorating this year. I sold some props last year in the hopes that when my Hallowe'en Spirit finally returns, I can make new and more beautiful props than ever before.
A few favorites still showed their faces to good effect, and honestly, everyone who came to the door last night was just as delighted as if I'd put up my full graveyard with all the pneumatics, like I used to.
Dad graciously carved the pumpkins this year, and I was really impressed with the faces. I thought he did a great job!
I even put my own, handmade cbeeswax candles in them which was pretty gratifying!
My beautiful Sam (not pictured) was the doggo of the hour. Sweet and gentle with the tiniest of Trick-or-treaters, he was convinced that everyone had come to see him! It even got around that there was a sweet and beautiful dog at our place, and people came just to pet him.

I'm so grateful to have had him for one more Hallowe'en! I hope he'll make it to next year's.

Anyway, Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had the most wonderful of Hallowe'ens! 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Hallowe'en!

It's that most wonderful of days! Enjoy it!

Happy Samhain, all! Happy Hallowe'en!

Saturday, October 26, 2019


Thursday, October 24, 2019


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Friday, October 18, 2019

And Tonight - He Comes for YOU!

Artist unknown. If you know, please contact me so I can give credit!
The Hessian. The Headless Horseman. Fiend of our nightmares, because the only thing worse than losing your head is to have it used for a demon's amusement!
Artist signature is too small for my old eyes! If you know, please contact me so I can give credit!
Alberto Chuqui Art

Bob Kehl
Susan Henke

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pumpkin Liqueur is Almost There!

Since I had some time on my hands, I decided to make another batch of Pumpkin Spice Liqueur from the Halloween Drinks Blog.

I did the older version of it, the long-steep method. I started a couple of months ago, and to be honest, I got tied up with life and pushed off completing it in exactly the time Scott recommends. I also spaced on the ground ginger, so it will be sweeter, rather than spicier.

I found out he developed a one-hour recipe, too! I may try that in the future.

In any case, I'm in the final filtering phase. Unfortunately, since my life is still in storage, I don't have access to a couple of the things I used for the straining and filtering process, so it's going really slowly right now. I did order a strainer/funnel set, which I think may work fairly well with the gold coffee filter and paper filters I'm using. If I ever decide to do this with any regularity (doubtful, but possible), I'll invest in a better straining and filtering system, like this Buon Vino system. I just can't justify it right now, since the last time I did this was probably six years ago!

In any case, I'll let you know how it turned out!