Sunday, October 20, 2019

Autumnal Changes

Ivy's ready to check out the late blooming flowers and see how the garden is doing this fall.

Thanks to climate change we have been spared a deep frost - so far.

On the bright side, we do get to enjoy the tropical plants a little while longer, 

There are fewer of the pretty visitors but also less of the pesky ones.

I guess you could say that the fall blooming plants are the garden's last act.

These Heuchera bring a nice color with some small but interesting blooms in summer. It's in the autumn that they really put on a spectacular show when their leaves all turn different colors. 

Mother Nature has been busy sprinkling Black-Eyed Susan plants around, as usual. I can't complain too much about her color scheme with this combination.

Then there is the old stand-by rose that just keeps on going until it snows.

Finally, it looks like Stewart will get to have fresh catnip awhile longer, too.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Cemetery Tales

On this Friday, just thirteen days before All Hallow's Eve, we will be exploring the cult of death! Bwaaaa Ha Ha!

It all starts here at the Oshkosh Public Museum.

It's a spooky enough place for an exhibit about death.
Although, the museums most famous attraction is this Tiffany stained glass window.


What got us to the museum in the first place was this creepy promotional postcard. The skeleton crew really liked it, too. His Madness volunteers there and took some photos for the displays. 

The exhibition was a smorgasbord of death. It began with elaborate Victorian funeral traditions.

Then there were the technical or practical aspects, like this embalming equipment.
(Way more than I really wanted to know!)

Finally it ended up in the realm of the supernatural. Those long cone shaped objects are "Spirit Trumpets", they supposedly amplified the voice of the spirit during a seance. I think I saw one on Washington Island last month, only there it was labeled a "Boat Fog Horn". Interesting.

Those were some of the highlights but I had to include this clown doll because it just fit in so perfectly with the exhibit! It was in an interactive display of items from the museum, one of which was certified by a paranormal investigator to be haunted. You were supposed to guess (or possibly channel the spiritual energy to know) which of the four objects it was. Sadly the little clown was not haunted at all,  just creepy.  

However, just a few steps away His Madness discovered one of the former housemaids.
Looks like he made a new work friend.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, October 17, 2019


Just two weeks to go? Really, already?
Guess it's about time to decorate the front porch.

Burt's all set to clean up after the squirrels and string up the lights.

Of course, there's more of those pesky, new jack o'lantern lights to put together. 

The Skeleton Crew always take their tasks seriously.

They're careful to maintain the integrity of the lighting design.

Finally, they are all assembled and now it's time for a side by side comparison. Which looks better to you, the classic, plastic version or the new polyester one? Which one did Burt and Ivy pick?

Old plastic. A classic.

Six sets of spooky eyes need to find homes. 

Eventually, the sun when down, 

the moon came out and an orange glow began, marking the entrance to the magic candy portal. 
Not for a couple of weeks yet, though . .  and we need more pumpkins, too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lost and Found

How did it get to be the middle of October already?

A few days ago I discovered that I couldn't find my outside Halloween decorations, so His Madness and I went in search of replacements. There were still plenty of lights around but garland was nonexistent, so I planned on improvising and picked up a lot of fake black flowers. Michael's had the best selection by far and HM found a hat to model there, too.    

Burt and Ivy were impressed with our haul


Burt was particularly fond of the black and silver skulls.

Kibitz was skeptical of the lights and as usual, he was right!

They were horrible! The Jack o'lantern part was constructed like a paper lantern and each one had to be stretched open using supports and then attached to the string of lights. Of course, it took forever and then when they were all lit up they looked more yellow than orange. Ivy did have fun using them to channel her inner Minnie at least.

So what happened next? In the basement I moved a box and behind it were the two bins with the old outside decorations inside. I knew I would find them as soon as I bought new ones. 

So what are we going to do with all those fake black flowers?
That remains to be seen. I'm afraid Burt might have some ideas.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Paine Gardens in Fall Colors

It's been rainy and dark here for days, so I thought it would be nice to take a look back at a time when the sun was actually shining. HM and I paid a visit to the gardens at The Paine, our local art center. Funny enough, it looks like we had the entire place all to ourselves!

Even though it was the middle of summer the color scheme was totally autumn.

This is the New Formal Garden which replaced the old Formal Garden.

These white coneflowers were a cool surprise amidst all the warm tones.

I keep thinking I see pumpkins growing in the flowers.

Some purple grass and coleus. Apparently, not everything was yellow and orange, ha!

Over in the rose garden - there weren't any roses! 

It was pretty anyway.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope it's not cold and rainy where you are!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Some Halloween Kitsch for the Kitchen

Today Burt and Ivy decided it was time to spruce up the kitchen for Halloween.

They started with the stove. After all these years, I am still wondering why I thought it was a good idea to buy a stove with a shelf over the cooktop. It looked cool in the showroom but did we really need all that extra stainless steel just to hold the salt and pepper?


Since it really has no practical purpose it got decked out with an array of heatproof, washable objects.
It looks like Minnie has found her dream home!

Speaking of Minnie and Mickey, the mice got replaced with a cat! Since the kitchen is the size of a postage stamp (and destined to remain that way because we don't dare to remodel it) we have a poster that gets changed with the seasons. It looks festive and makes the most of an awkward space.

 Unfortunately, changing the posters can be a rather irksome task!  
Did the tape get the best of Burt or was Ivy just tired of listening to him complain?

With the those two areas of the kitchen decorated, it was time to clean up.

Burt found the perfect towel for Ivy,

she got him a new drying mat,

and now it's time for a cup of tea.

Thanks for stopping by!