Posts Categorized: Nature

The day after the day after

The day after Halloween always presents a challenge for me. Unlike Christmas, the decorations don’t feel right sitting up after that one night is over. I mean, sure, reindeer and snowmen look good for a whole winter, but how long do people want to see skeletons and ghosts? So I tend to commit myself to… Read more »

We learn by doing

Halloween is nearly upon us and I have, for all intents and purposes completed my rights and responsibilities to friends, family and kids. My Halloween efforts are probably best summed up in two adages: – “It looked good on paper.” – “His eyes were bigger than his stomach.” What I learned by doing… The display… Read more »

Grave undertaking

The last piece of the puzzle is now complete. Of all the decorations, the graveyard is probably the easiest to set up (excluding the fence gang, which is just hanging stuff and so doesn’t qualify in *my* definition of decorating). Once the mulch is down (two bags worked fine), there is nothing left but for… Read more »

Making a short story long

Mom Nature. I love her and she drives me crazy. With great anticipation, I plugged in the extension cord for the north side of the Dead Thing Driveway, the Pied Piper and his gang of rapt skeletons. Nothing happened. Rrrr. As I silently raged and called down the wrath of Halloweens past, I glanced over… Read more »

Don’t go into the lights!

As I was taking (bad) photos of my rapidly progressing Dead Thing Driveway, I experienced a moment of profound reflection. No, gazing upon all those skeletons didn’t have me ruminating about life and death, the afterlife and other such metaphysical and spiritual considerations. This was Halloween, for goodness sake, not a time at all for… Read more »

Down to the wire

It’s been torrentially raining for the last two days, preventing me from doing any work on the Dead Thing Driveway…and I couldn’t be more pleased! “What?” you may be wondering. “Has he gone batty at last?” Not at all my friends and I’ll tell you why. (As a related aside, this looks like the 2nd… Read more »

Endlessly redundantly repeating ad infinitum

Okay, barring a brain-melting incident in the political spectrum, this blog begins its inevitable turn to the sole province of Halloween and all its associated circumstances. That means day-by-day updates on my preparations for my Dead Thing Driveway and progress towards my annual Halloween BBQ and development of this year’s Halloween goody bags. In other… Read more »

Can I get my money back?

I’m such a soft touch. A sucker. I thought I was helping Puerto Rico out. I totally bought into the fake news that getting devastated by a category 5 hurricane was a disaster. Silly, gullible me. It’s not a disaster. Not a “real” one, anyway. If you read yesterday’s post, you know I was ready… Read more »

“It’s a very big ocean”

I’ll admit, when I was growing up, I didn’t really know where Puerto Rico was. I mean, we were taught geography in school and I had an atlas, but I was always confused. Was it up near New York (I heard there were a lot of Puerto Ricans living there)? It wasn’t until I owned… Read more »

Arboreal aggravation

I had all sorts of witticisms and puns planned to open this post, but I decided, nah, my current and expected aggravation with my Homeowners’ Association (HOA) suggests a more sober tone. My home is just about perfect for me. Three bedrooms (meaning two to fill up and one to sleep in), a nice sized… Read more »