Sunday, October 30, 2016

Have a Holly Jolly Halloween!

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What's going on here? It’s Halloween Eve and there are Christmas movies airing on Hallmark right now. Didn’t we get enough of that this summer?

Where are all the ghost specials… It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown…. The Canterville Ghost….  Arsenic and Old Lace... and my personal favorite, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken?
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But still.... Mama didn't raise a liar so I confess that I’ve been sucked into leaving it on the Hallmark channel today as I do chores around the house. It was a choice between grating-on-my-nerves politics, or watching a sappy Hallmark Christmas movies marathon with snooze-fest leading men.

Sorry Christmas Hallmark lovers. I really don’t think all their movies are like that, but that’s just been my viewing experience overall. (Why can’t all their leading men be like Warren Christie when he was in “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?”)  And in addition to that, those little Folgers coffee cameos in each movie I find a bit distracting. 

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 (Looks like Lucy Van Pelt was right about all that commercialism racket).

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I wonder how that makes wannabe actors feel. Think about it. Wouldn’t you be upset if your acting aspirations for being in a Folgers commercial were carelessly tossed aside as you were being replaced by the red plastic tub of Folgers coffee itself?  Humans need not apply.  (Well, unless you're one of the Hallmark actor regulars).

I bet those aspiring actors felt how the first astronauts did when they sent a chimp up into space instead.
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But what I DO enjoy the most about the Hallmark Christmas movies are the holiday decorations. I often find myself fast forwarding through parts of the movies just to see those scenes decked out with Christmas bling.

My favorite so far is “A Royal Christmas.”  (I wish I could find screen caps of the decorations). I especially loved how all the little businesses were decorated at the end; the pretty teal and red colors with all that crisp white snow… gorgeous! Especially the snow.  (Does snow count as decoration?)
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Enough Christmas rambling. I still haven’t forgotten that tomorrow is Halloween. There are no bags of Halloween candy in our house, so the closest ‘Halloween Experience’ I have in my hands right now is perusing old Halloween blog posts and posting Halloween graphics.

Sad, I know. It's sad, but at least I'm being honest.
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Santa is watching after all.

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Random 2013 and 2014:

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October 31, 2014
Fall, Where Art Thou?

November 1, 2013

 Halloween '13
October 30, 2013
Trick or Treat

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From my other blog:

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October 30, 2014

 Count Dracula Speaks

November 2, 2012

 Weird Glows Gleam Where Spirits Dwell

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This Week:
(Not very “Halloween-ish,” but that’s just how it’s been this year).

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October 29, 2016
Spooky Spider Webs and Butterflies

October 26, 2016

 Happy Hauntings From Crick Hollow

October 24, 2016
90 Degrees October


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Spooky Spider Webs and Butterflies

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(Artwork: Gretchen Ellen Powers)

While some places are enjoying fall colors.... or even SNOW as evidenced on the Moon Spinners blog on Thursday... here at Crick Hollow we're enjoying blue skies and butterflies. butterfly photo butterfly.gif

And I do mean A LOT of butterflies.  Bees also.  They're all in love with the bottle brush trees right now.  I think we need to plant some more.  They seem to be one of the few things that actually grow out here anyway.

The dragonflies are still around, too.  As I was ushering one out of the garage the other day it landed on my hand!  It was a beautiful green dragonfly.  I hope the butterflies will do the same, but so far no luck.  They seem to prefer the bottle brush over humoring some random human's whim.

It isn't all butterflies and dragonflies around here though.  We also have spider webs absolutely everywhere.  They have taken over. They're on every single rose bush, every tree, the front porch, the back porch, the front yard, the backyard, out in the fields... even inside the house.  

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I guess this means we don't need to add fake spider webs to any Halloween Decor.  
Not that we've decorated the outside at all this year.  We don't even have a pumpkin yet, which is pretty unheard of for us.  It's been a little crazy around here lately, so I guess our jack-o-lanterns will just have to go to some other home this year.

I can't upload any new videos just yet, so at the bottom of the post I'll share those vids that I - thankfully - didn't lose after all when our computer went kerplooey.  
And I have even more photos to add, but I'm going to share those in a separate post later in the week.  There's no way I'm going to go overboard - again - in making a single post about 5 miles long.

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I LOVE "Hershey" and "Fudge." (They belong to our neighbor). They are the sweetest little gentlemen you will ever meet.

They actually come up to the fence each night, patiently waiting for us to feed them their carrots. They're like well-behaved dogs!

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