Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Autumn snow on the Halloween pumpkin

One Halloween night many many years ago, a very creative teenager made two collars from old belts, added a length of chain connecting the two, harnessed his two younger siblings with more chain and a leash and terrorized an inner city neighborhood ("terrorized" is probably too harsh but it's a good word to use for a Halloween post). I wish cameras were as common then as they are now. You'll have to use your imagination to picture the scene I described. I'm certain we would have took first place in any costume contest.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, but some view it as anti-Christian and even go so far to say that it's demonic, what with all the devils and witches and signs of death. (If that's your view, then please discuss it somewhere else.) I could mention the origins of this spooky holiday but I don't feel it's necessary. And I think it's safe to say that most of y'all feel the same way I do about it.

I don't recall the number of times I've watched "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" But I can recall that night, a long time ago, when my brother and I were transformed into wild dogs leashed to a one-eyed, hunchbacked master with a whip, whose idea got us enough Halloween candy to last all winter!

I don't normally use themes for postings, but did this time. So with fall and Halloween in mind, here's a few pictures.

The local park hosts a scarecrow contest. I took a picture of two that I thought were pretty good.

They judged the scarecrows and I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the winner. In my opinion, Elvis should've won, after all, he's still the King.

I'm sure y'all know what a tough plant is, and probably grow a few in your garden. This is a wild aster, and as you can tell, it's one tough plant.

Notice there's nothing but grass growing along the berm, in either direction.

We had a prominent weather occurrence here today; the first snow.

Winter squash??

Winter mums?

Peace babies.

11 comments:

tina said...

I can picture you terrorizing your neighborhood, yes indeed. And what an innovative costume too.

OMG! Snow already?! Say it ain't so! Gee whiz, where did the time go? P.S. I think the King should win too.

flydragon said...

I think "terrorized" would probably be the perfect description for your antics that long ago night.
Love that wild aster popping up wherever it wants and in the strangest of places too. You can keep the snow.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Enjoyed your post. Love the scarecrows. Wonder what kind of frames they use to create the shape?

Messy night for all the trick-or-treaters unless that snow melts today.
Marnie

Cindy said...

That's a lot of snow. We just had flakes flying around. Lillian of course doesn't remember it from last winter so it was a novelty to watch from inside.
That Elvis is great - He is Alive!

Weeping Sore said...

The frost is on the pumpkins! What pretty pictures. Too bad you didn't have a picture of the killer costumes you wore as kids. Then again, sometimes it's more fun to form a mental picture instead of the real thing.

Kylee said...

I found your blog because you're following me! :-) And I'm glad. I'll have to stop by again! I enjoyed my time here!

Kentucky Dreamer said...

Wow. I enjoyed reading your entry and the beautiful pictures you've posted. It is amazing to see snow on pumpkins and flowers already.

Dave said...

Wow the first snow! We won't have one for a long time I'm afraid. I've missed those Pennsylvania winters for a long time. If that Aster were a cultivated one, I could see them putting on the plant label: Growing Conditions: Asphalt!

TC said...

Tina: Since the snow, we've had temperatures in the upper 60s; a heat wave! (Or Indian Summer.)

FD: No, I don't want to keep the snow! You can have it!

Marnie: I think some of the frames should actually disqualify them from being scarecrows.

Cindy: It didn't stick around long. But I thought about putting my studded snow tires on today. (According to PENNDOT, you can't put them on no earlier than Nov. 2 and they have to be off by April 25.)

WS: I wish someone would've taken our picture too. I guess I'll just have to recall the memory in my head. I bet my older brother could draw it, he's an artist.

Kylee: Thanks for stopping in and I hope my following didn't alarm you. ;~)

KD: Thank you ma'am. I don't like snow on pumpkins or flowers. But, alas, it's inevitable here.

Dave: Yes. Dreadful too. It was one of the earliest on record. The nurseries could use your labeling to signify their tough plants. I should've used it in my article I wrote last week.

Kylee said...

Oh no! Not alarmed at all! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow. Thank you for Posting picture of "our" scarecrows! I am a member of The Lakes Area Artisan Guild and I was the one that talked our group into making these. To answer about framing, two were made using plastic pipe and fittings, the man was made out of plywood and 2x4. The faces were carved out of pillow foam and then painted. Total hours was well over 200 in all by a very tallented group. The theme was Huck Fin shot the crow, momma tried to doctor it, and when it didn't make it, Papa buried it ! Sadly two of our very tallented artest have passed away from cancer. Thanks so much for posting this picture of a fun and wonderful moment we shared creating scarecrows. Ps. We took 3rd place! Judy King