Posts Tagged: halloween

It’s scary how fast time flies

The big birthday BBQ is in the rear view mirror and so, thoughts naturally turn to…Halloween. Well, natural for me, at least. Sure, you say, it’s barely mid-June. But, in truth, preparation for Halloween can never start too early. You see, it’s scary how fast time flies. When I “upped my game” last year for… Read more »

Battling artificial deadlines

Since I left Corporate America, I haven’t had any deadlines to meet. That is both a good and a bad thing. I no longer have the stress of a “drop dead” date. But, I also don’t have the motivating force behind “you better get this done!” So, I end up finding myself battling artificial deadlines…. Read more »

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 »

Again or still?

What is it about BBQ’s in general and Halloween in particular that makes them so dangerous to me? Okay, I kinda know the answer to both, but somehow that’s no consolation. Tackling the first part…er…first, the BBQ parties I throw, though only twice a year, usually create all kinds of damage to my body. Sometimes,… 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 »

Trouble counting to two

My admiration for Amazon grows daily. It’s not just the pricing, because they are not universally the cheapest (for instance, I’ve found a number of Halloween items significantly cheaper elsewhere), though most times they are at or below other retailers. It’s the consistency. Ever since they had a bad holiday season a couple of years… 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 »

Halloween is for sportsmen

I think I’m making progress with my Animal Control skeleton and I have my years of experience as a sportsman to thank for it. I’ve had several vexing problems regarding AC (as I call him). First, the stand that is supposed to work for this type of skeleton is either poorly made or I got… Read more »