Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween...

Happy Halloween!!!!

Drawing by Pamela Jo
Do you know the origins of Halloween?

Well according to, it was a Celtic holiday. Check it out.

Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

The above article is from The history channel website at 
The also have articles of Famous American the ones that haunt the USS Constitution. The history of the Irish folktale about a man named "Stingy Jack" and lots of other fascinating things.

Since I live out in the woods and don't get trick or treaters, we will be spending our halloween watching monster movies.

How are you out in blogland going to spend yours?  Let me know in the comment section. While your there see if you can guess who my pumpkins are...hint 2 of them will really crack you up and the other one could solve problem of who the mischief makers are.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Weather and Zombies...

   I went to the Weather Channel to check out the 10 day forecast, but I learned more than what clothes I need for the week. Being that it is October and a lot of us have Zombies on our minds I thought I would pass along these links as a public service. (well, having Zombies on our minds is  better than eating our minds, right**** Sorry I had too.)

   The people at the Weather Channel website,, in their ever increasing attempt to keep us informed, has a interview with Dr. Dale Dixon of the CDD.

   What is the CDD you ask. The CDD is the Center for Disease Development. The place for answers about post-apocalyptic  zombies. Have you ever thought about how weather affects zombies? Do they know to come in out of a Thunderstorm? Would they hid from a Tornado? Can they swim? Since they are no longer warm blooded, does the cold still affect them?

   Find the answers to these questions and more. How you ask...why clicking this link .

   So are you ready. Do you have your Zombie preparedness kit ready? Do you even know what you need for the kit?

   This is stright from the CDC web site...

   So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

*Water (1 gallon per person per day)
*Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
*Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
*Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
*Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
*Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
*Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
*First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to
  treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

To read the CDC entire article Click the zombie below...

Photo: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Prepared

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

AHHH!!! My Muses are at war....

   Sorry I haven't posted, but it seems my Muses are at war with each other. It's not that they aren't giving me any ideas. They are... lots of them....all at once.

   Before I get a chance to write one down completely, another gets thrown at me. Everyone wants to be first. They are throwing their ideas so fast a furious that all I get is a great big wall of words that don't make any sense.

   There was something about a book, a party, rain, dogs, crocheting...I even think Dracula was in there somewhere.

   See what happens when you take time off. Now if I can just get them to take turns, I will be set for a while.

   HEY...What did I say about shoving. Get back in line...NO single file....

  This may take a while. Wish me luck...

I wonder if he ever had this problem?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada....

   I almost missed it... again.

   But this year, I was reminded before it was over.

   I would like to wish all those in the great lands of Canada....


Picture from

*** I wish I could claim the above picture but I borrowed these pictures from free locations on the internet....Did I mention I almost forgot until the last minute again!!!! I'll try to do better next year and draw them myself....

Monday, October 3, 2011

I'm Back...

   So what does a blogger do when she doesn't have the internet....

Well, if your me you pull up your graphics program and get busy drawing.

drawing by Pamela Jo

I'm still not too happy with the surf spray. I'll have to work on that some more. But now it is time to catch up with everyone...