Sunday, September 20, 2020

Damn It

I cannot get that badge for the countdown to Halloween to display on my blog.  Now I have gone ahead and deleted all my past badges that I loved.  Does any know how to retrieve those again once deleted?  That is, how to return to an earlier layout if possible?  Also, have you had luck getting the new badge to display?  I use to just copy the code and paste it into the area of my layout. But this year the badge doesn't display, just the code.

Alright I got the new badge to display by changing the gadget I was using.  But still lost all my old badges.  Boo Hoo.

Ok crisis averted.  So I changed the gadget type in the layout to an image and not a URL.  So I have gone back and saved all the old badges from the countdown to Halloween website to my computer and now will display each in its own little gadget.  A lot more steps and gadgets but at least they are back on my blog. I love my badges.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Disneyland Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House

This album, for all of you old enough to know what that is, was a favorite of ours as children.  We used to listen to it repeatedly especially around the Halloween season.  I think it set the gold standard for haunted sound effects for years.   The first side, as I recall had some narration and the second was just sounds.We had the 1973 version with the orange cover pictured above.  The Chinese water torture or the martians were not particularly  scary.   Our pet cat, Boots, never sounded like that.   Anyway, I came across this on the web the other day and it sure brought back some memories.

The track list was as followed:
Side One
1."The Haunted House"3:00
2."The Very Long Fuse"1:28
3."The Dogs"1:13
5."Your Pet Cat"0:49
7."The Unsafe Bridge"1:21
8."Chinese Water Torture"2:02
9."The Birds"0:46
10."The Martian Monsters"1:41
Side Two
1."Screams and Groans"0:57
2."Thunder, Lightning and Rain"2:01
3."Cat Fight"0:37
5."A Collection Of Creaks"1:54
6."Fuses and Explosions"1:11
7."A Collection Of Crashes"0:45
9."Drips and Splashes"1:18
10."Things In Space"

Monday, September 14, 2020

Man Best Friends

No it wasn't always this drooling, slobbering kiss ass.  

Back in the day, man's best friend was a creature that truly earned that title through millennia of hard work and sacrifice.

"Look back at our struggle for freedom,
Trace our present day's strength to its source;
And you'll find that man's pathway to glory
Is strewn with the bones of the horse."
- Author Unknown

So today I celebrate the horse!  Not just any horse - the best horse in the world.  Here he is: Liathach the wonder horse.  That name is pronounced Lee ock.  If you've ever been to the west coast of Scotland, then you know from whence it comes.

He's a fine beast who loves his groceries and treats
He's a patient jovial fellow who works hard for food.
He's a huge beast who is absolutely terrified of  pigs.  Since the pigs moved in, he hasn't quite been himself.
Sometimes he dresses up for Halloween.  We are busy working on his costume for this year.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Holiday Shop

Despite reservations about leisure shopping in the time of the covid pandemic, I could not resist checking out the Halloween offerings at my favorite antique mall, the American Classics Marketplace.  They had many bespoke pieces that have been upcycled.  It was neat to see the creativity at work.

This adorable skeleton dog is in a house make from reclaimed wood
This Jack O' Lantern created from all old dutch oven lid. 
I have definitely made something like this before - I used vintage newspaper, looks like they've used a dictionary.
Bits of old fencing have been used to make these cute mummies
This is a unique covid mask
The witches are welcome here.
This pillow caught my eye as well as these brooms and branches.

This cabinet featured a few unusual, creepy dolls

We also have a witch booth with taxidermy butterflies and spell/ritual kit.

This is a fabulous sign - I wish I had a place to set up the Cadaver Tavern.
Very creepy deer taxidermy
Super cute mask with Jack Skellington but it was in the same display as the ones below so I said "no thanks - I am not supporting your Trump loving ass"
So are you curious what I might have purchased?  Well first I got a lantern for Baby M's nuptials.  We are looking for some that are unique and for $15, I though this one fit the profile.
Then I found this amazing damask crock pot.  This is going to look great at the next Halloween party after I add a few spooky touches.
But the pieces de resistance is this baby carriage for my spooky dolls.  I have been looking for something like this for a long time.  Usually they are marked close to $100.  This one, however, was was a steal at $30.   It has authentic, dark blue paint with lots of lovely rust and patina.

Don't Megan and Brittney just look fabulous in here?  They are almost smiling.
Well I hope I did not catch covid venturing into the unknown. I guess only time will tell whether it was worth it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


Just rreturned from yoga to a beer and a fire. Isn't his Lordship grand?