A Special Edition: The 2017 Halloween Countdown

For those of you who read my post “Confessions of a Halloween Junkie,” you know I’ve been counting down the days to Halloween since early August. Nineteen days to go.

Our school district started school before Labor Day. After the twelfth car drove by during the Labor Day weekend asking when we would start to decorate, we put up the count-down board.

My better half and I have been cleaning the yard, cleaning the roof, and cleaning the driveway and sidewalk all in preparation for our favorite shared holiday, Halloween. We’ve been decorating for over three weeks. Families driving up and down our street shouting encouragement.

One of our neighbors’ grandchildren plus dad came over to help with the set-up. Enthusiastic seven-year-olds welcome here.

Two-hundred-twenty plus tombstones cover our yard. Animated bats hang from the garage overhang . . . the closest thing we have to a belfry.

Oleg Torvaldson changed a wee bit from the conception drawing to the final tombstone.

Garden gnome, professional speaker. Wows the ladies at a staggering 3’2″ tall.

Not sure how it happened, but he ended up with Brad Pitt’s eyes.

The Grim Reaper available for guided tours of the graveyard.

Leading the way to the grave since the beginning of time.

While you’re listening to your guide, you are blissfully unaware of what is creeping up behind you.

Dragons, under-represented in graveyards.

If you’re reading this on Friday, happy Friday the 13th!

Until next week.







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Sydney Opera House

A lesser seen angle of the Syndey Opera House on a beautiful spring day.

The Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia.

I marvel at the engineering and design of a roof that is self-cleaning every time it rains.




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Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan

The Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan.

This zen temple was once the retirement villa of shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu until his death in 1408.

The golden-bronze phoenix on the roof taking flight in the crisp morning air. When I look at this building I’m transported back to feudal Japan during the reign of the samurai.

A fanatical monk set fire to the original building in 1950, the pavilion in this photo was rebuilt in 1955.


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Here’s Your Sign . . . Septic Smarts in September

This is one of those signs from above that says it all.

. . . because intelligent septic systems will save the world.

Enjoy the rest of your Septic Smart Week. I know the good people of Sequim (pronounced sk’wim, rhymes with swim) will be joining you.





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Lady Moira Shearer Kennedy

Moira Shearer, dancer, actress and all around lady. This month’s contribution to the Blog of Funny Names.

The Blog of Funny Names

Welcome back funny names fans, please pardon my tardy Tuesday post, I have been juggling one to many balls this week. I dropped the balls on the floor and this one rolled behind my desk. Fortunately, one of the cats found it and here were are. Pardon me, I think I got a little cat hair on you.

September is on the calendar and ballet should be in the air instead of hurricanes, forest fires, and smoke.

What happens when fate meets destiny–Moira Shearer

So let’s get more festive and meet Lady Moira Shearer Kennedy—British ballet dancer and actress, not to be confused with Moira Quirk the voice over actress and worthy of a post in her own right.

The name Moira is derived from the Greek meaning “destiny, share, fate” and fate is what took a little girl born Moira Shearer King born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland to Ndola…

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Summer Memories Before The Fall

My backyard early one morning in June before fire season started.

Clematis and Roses

“Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings – sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time.” ~Peter Zumthor




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The Pacific Northwest is Smokin’

Greetings from the smokin’ northwestern United States. Unlike our neighbors to the south and south east who are being pummeled by hurricanes, we looked like this a few week’s ago.

Before the forest fires. The Tacoma Narrows to the left.

Fire season started in late June. Since then thunder storms ignite anything worth burning from British Columbia, Canada, to California, from the west coast to the interior west.

Burn bans rise and fall with the changes in the wind. Sometimes the air pollution sticks to the air like glue making lighting charcoal for the barbecue a $1,000 fine.

Monday, September 4, 2017. Smoke fills the air and ash falls from the sky like snow, reminiscent of Mount St. Helen’s eruption in May of 1980. Tacoma Narrows to the right.

By Tuesday, September 5th, we reached 93°F (34°C), the air turned orange but the ash stayed gray.

We pray for rain and the fire fighters and their families and those in the path of the hurricanes.












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