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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Today's the day to get your pumpkin on! 

So do something fun. Carve a pumpkin....but be careful with the knife:

Dress up.......barely and have a few drinks:

Encourage a friend to join you:

And don't let them try to get away:

Gather a crowd and go Trick or Treating:

Then come home and unwrap a special treat:

Remember the saying: "Trick or Treat, Smell my feet........."

".........give me something good to eat!"

You don't have to be a kid to enjoy Halloween:

Halloween is fun for everyone. So 'why (be) so serious?'

Just smile and have fun!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween is tomorrow!

A lot has happened in the last few days, and I will post on each thing as the week progresses. On Saturday TWO interesting things happened: I was surprised by an early morning visit from Nickki...........who came to deliver my "Birthday Present". (Yes, it happened, but I will post separately on that during the week. Especially since Rosa & I are heading to Nickki & Jean's for dinner tonight around 4:30, and there might be some feedback worth including in my post.)

The rest of the day was devoted to prepping for and then hosting our annual Halloween Party. It was a bit smaller this year, but that actually worked in our favor. The surprise hit of the evening, besides the food & decor......was an ongoing game of "beer pong" moderated by my son. Rules were amended for non-drinkers, but overall the table was rarely idle with a wide range of participants.

There were some great costumes again this year, but given the nature of this blog, I hesitate to post pictures of my guests. However, I will share the traditional "Rosa & KD" couple shot:

The South has indeed risen again.....from the grave!  

I did a little filter work on one shot and got this:

And here's a close-up of my makeup this year:

The scar is not a purchased prosthetic, but rather just latex & toilet paper.

There is an interesting back-story to this costume in which my brother's girlfriend, upon hearing of my idea, went on a tirade over how offensive the costume was. She was not at the party however. But I stand by decision to continue my exploration of my "ghoul family genealogy" by including this member of the family tree from the 1860's. It is in no way an endorsement of anything other than the spirit of Halloween creepiness, as anyone who knows me fully understands.

So far I have dressed as the first known ancestor, a grave-robber from the 1790's, last year. (also my current avatar photo) I have not yet done his son from the 1820's and am considering that incarnation for next year if I can manage the costume of long-tailed waist jacket This year's Confederate ghoul would be the grandson, and I have done the 1890's great-grandson with top hat and walking stick several times in the past.( he was my avatar previously ) The last in the family tree will be the great-great grandson from the 1920's who will be the last of the line (fictionally having never had any children) and I have yet to do him as well.

So this is a labor of love not a political statement. However, for those who would like to hear a pretty good rant in favor of Halloween being representative of several political and social issues, give this a view:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


While I did not have any intention of embarking on any major Halloween projects this year, I did fully plan on finishing a few things that I sort of started last year. One of the holdover projects involved a bag of three different sized plastic baby dolls. (and nothing reeks of true, twisted Halloween more than turning a cute, peach-flesh baby into something far less adorable.)

Creepy dolls are nothing new and I have already done several, both baby and also the more Victorian-looking girl dolls in dresses. But the girl dolls really look best with only slight alteration, mainly involving repainting the face and hands. The baby dolls, however, offer far more possibility. Here are the three I just finished:

Besides repainting the entire thing, I switched the hands to a pair of sinister-looking action figure hands, cut out the eyes and stomach, filled the hollow with steel wool, and added a kind of techno-alien insect parasite.

Switching gears to something more surreal and demonic, this doll was an indulgence in how many places I could add the leftover eyes from my other doll projects. I also re-used the hands from the previous doll along with some others I had laying around. I also gave this one a pair of wings left over from one of my old action figure projects.

The last doll was quite large and its body was all soft cloth and stuffing. Initially I planned to paint the cloth, switch the soft holofill to excelsior and add protruding mechanical skeletal limbs poking out from the stuffing.........a lot of work. So I just said "fuck it. I'm making you into a candy dish."

I had the brain on my table already, and it fit perfectly. Currently the cavity is filled with Milky Way bars and the brain is resting on them like a loose lid.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rosa's "warning"

So, yesterday Rosa bemusedly informed me that she had spent some time talking with Nickki during the day. And while much of what they discussed is confidential, Rosa did want to assure me that if I had any doubts over whether the proposed "spanking event" would actually happen, that I could lay my worries to least THOSE worries. I may need to trade them in on a different set of worries! LOL

According to Rosa:
1: She can't tell me much because Nickki wants a lot to be a surprise.....but...... 
2: It IS going to happen and that Nickki has a few "tricks up her sleeve"
3: Nickki is also VERY determined and enthusiastic about this adventure.

In fact, it seemed like my Honey was more than a little amused at just how eager Nickki seemed, and of course, Rosa told me that she gave our friend every "green light" she could! Now it's just a matter of when this will transpire. It's supposed to be for my birthday which is the beginning of December, but I'm also having my second surgery at the end of November, so I think this adventure will probably happen sometime before then.


Part two of today's post is just a nostalgic look back at an image from last year:

My little Monster has been busy at school lately and had to skip her usual weekend home last week, so I'm missing her a bit more than usual. Ana will be home this Friday though and asked if we could do a family movie night of snacks and a viewing of the Tim Burton classic, "Beetlejuice" (since Ana is going to our party as Lydia this year). It should be fun.
In the meantime, if I can't have my entire Monster, at least I have a cute shot of her pretty feet! 

Monday, October 22, 2018

A new cocktail

Our Halloween Party is this Saturday and I wanted to come up with something special for the drinkers in my ghoulish clan. I wanted something that looked creepy while still being tasty, and I had an idea. Since a lot of my group tends to enjoy gin, I decided to do a variation of an old cocktail from the Pre-Prohibition days called "The Last Word".

But I changed that recipe, substituting Blue Curacao for the Maraschino Liqueur. And by adding it slowly down the sides, I got this effect:

That's a dark sour cherry at the bottom.

I call my new drink, "The Witch's Eyeball"......mainly because the other key ingredient is Strega which has a long and famous association with witches.

Here's a standard view.

It tastes pretty good, though it is a potent brew having no non-alcoholic ingredient besides the cherry. If you want to make your own here's how:

Add equal parts of gin from the freezer and Strega into a medium martini glass. Add a dark sour cherry that has been rinsed off in water to the bottom of the glass. Now, using a teaspoon, gently drizzle Blue Curacao down 5 sides of the glass so that it leaves a trail and pools ever so slightly around the cherry. Serve promptly without agitating the contents and thus ruining your 'eye' before your guest can see it.

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Determined Nickki

Something that’s been on again/off again looks like it may be back to on. In texting with Nickki recently, I jokingly confessed that occasionally I have been fondly picturing her with ‘paddle in hand’. When I wrote it I was merely telling the truth, but without any expectation. However, my dear friend surprised me by replying that she has decided that she will indeed make this little scenario happen soon as a sort of early “birthday present” and told me to relate the news to Rosa….which I did.

As expected, Rosa was quite keen on the idea, as am I. One thing that came up in a sort of roundabout way during the texting was a mention of concern on Nickki’s part for feeling some pressure in meeting our expectations. I assured her that she should not worry about that and that Rosa felt the same way. After all, she was going to be the one “on Top” and other than maybe some basic safety tips, there really wasn’t anything she should be concerned over. She should just “have fun”.

Nickki then admitted in a follow-up text that she was fully on-board and had no internal conflict over doing this, but because it was text, it was hard for me to be clear on whether she was concerned that she might exceed my ‘fantasy expectations’ thus spoiling the fun, or not living up to them. And since she was at work and we discussing something else at the same time, I never really got to flesh that one out. That changed this Friday morning when I spent a few hours at Nickki’s house installing some ceiling fans.

While I was working, I asked her what she meant by her comment and she confirmed that it was what I had thought. She is quite comfortable with making a certain part of me appropriately UNcomfortable, but worried that I might not find her enthusiasm as ‘enjoyable’ as what I might be picturing in my head. Naturally I assured her that she need not be concerned about that and that if she was a little ‘over-enthusiastic’ in her delivery, I would not hold it against her and probably just respect her even more for displaying such disciplinary confidence.

Frankly, that has always been my interest in having Nickki deal with me directly. Nickki has a sort of dual nature, she has a wild side and a timid side. And the two fluctuate somewhat unpredictably. I also know that she personally enjoys watching somewhat intense bondage porn. So unlike Marta ( whose BDSM ‘experience’ was limited to reading “50 Shades”) she is not naive about what a body (or booty) can take. In addition she told me that the pictures of my bottom after getting the punishments she decreed, but delivered by Rosa, gave her a pretty clear idea of what I could handle. So in my mind, I always considered Nickki to be a potentially ‘serious’ (for fun) spanker.

Even Rosa has admitted that she thought Nickki was always just trying to work out some stuff in her head, but that once she did, she’d be an enthusiastic spanker. And Ana, who knows her well, admitted as much too. So the potential for this to be a real scorcher is more than just wishful thinking on my part. With ‘popular opinion’, my own hunch, and Nickki’s own words, it seems quite likely. And as you may expect, that possibility is less of a concern for Nickki, or Rosa, or Ana than it is for me. And that is the crux of the entire thing.

I am genuinely desirous of a “worse than expected” spanking at the hands of my dear friend…in fact I hope she roasts my butt as thoroughly as Rosa does when she’s upset…...BUT I am also worried that I might embarrass myself once such a session is underway. The last thing I ever want to do with a novice is scare them off by carrying on like they’re killing me, but I am also only human and I have been in that situation before. Not often, but I still vividly recall each time it happened and despite my willingness to endure such a punishment and my respect for the disciplinarian afterwards…...DURING those sessions, I am far less composed. On Friday I got to tell Nickki this directly. She not only understood but admitted that she fully expected to see me struggle with the spanking. In fact, she added that if I DID NOT show signs of sincere distress, she would hit harder until I did. So….so much for that! LOL

Given that view, I felt that perhaps this was the perfect time to confess my own “personal goal” with regard to our ‘adventure’. So I explained that I am fully prepared to end up with a butt that’s as red and hot, and swollen, and as sore to sit on as she’d like…...but that I may struggle hard with the process of getting there. However, I felt that as friends our relationship could be forever positively altered by a spanking that would ‘put me in my place’.

I explained that up until now I feel like I have been the instigator behind all this and also the “expert” or perhaps even the “know-it-all” whose experience might be intimidating or even annoying to friends or her in particular. In many ways I felt I might even come across as more dominant than submissive. Nickki agreed with most of that but assured me that she felt that my Dom/sub duality was specifically balanced and that my compliance with the punishments I’ve received demonstrated a pretty strong submissive side.
I asked her if she had any experience with giving a spanking and she assured me she did.  I joked that experience has taught me that while some spanking know-how can definitely aid a Top, none of a sub’s ‘experience’ is worth much once you’re over the lap of someone determined to make their own impression….even if they are a total novice, and she wholeheartedly agreed with a smile.

Cute photo, but Nickki definitely won't be satisfied just using her hand!

We went on to cover a few more issues, some of which I will save for another post. But I did learn that Nickki is doing this with her spouse Joann’s knowledge (even if she thinks we’re all crazy) and that makes me feel better about it all too. Nickki also said there were some ‘things’ she wanted to work into the session and we discussed the mechanics of making them happen. In order for this all to work out, Nickki said she will be conversing and collaborating with Rosa on details…...some of which she insisted were to remain a surprise. (And Rosa has told me that Nickki has already left her a voice message, so things are moving along. LOL)  She is even going to ask Rosa’s advice on which implement to use , but she did say that she definitely wants me OTK for the full ‘maternal experience’ and not just bent over something. So a lot was laid out in the open.

But the thing I really wanted to put out on the table was that I speculated that our relationship with each other would probably benefit from the readjusting of ‘roles’ that would inherently follow a good roasting. Up until now I have been the friend, handyman, and party host, and even with my submissive leanings, a bit of a dominant force in our friendship. If Nickki can spank me to a point where I am just a helpless, leg-kicking ‘sorry little white boy’, fully at her mercy, it would be very hard to erase that image or deny that new shift of power. And that is what I told her that I am looking for. I know what I am, but I also know what a darned good spanking from her could make me into. And the embarrassingly appealing footnote to that is that once done…..there would be no going back. Sure I can go on being the friend, advisor, handyman, expert, know-it-all, etc.,  but I will always be the guy who she had squirming on her lap. I admitted that I like that such an image will always be there going forward regardless of where we are, in the background perhaps but never gone. She replied that she hadn’t considered that outcome, but agreed that it was a likely, as well as an appealing and empowering, one.

Now it will just be a matter of scheduling and seeing how all of this lovely speculation plays out in real life. I want to be hopeful, but I have been disappointed too many times in the past so I am going to try to remain cautiously optimistic but not too eager.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Middle of the road

Today I'm going to briefly discuss a few positions that should highlight why we are in the state we are in as a society. The first is the position on information on food. I have a good friend who is by no means an ignorant person, but who is very far left on many things. Recently we were discussing the government's role in people's eating habits. He thinks there needs to be more money spent on educating people over food choices and he even supports things like taxes on soda. 

Now I can't even remember the last time I drank soda, so trust me when I say I am no soda advocate......BUT....a tax? To get people to stop drinking something that is probably not good for them? No. This a personal choice ....with personal responsibility attached. And I also think that nowadays, there is plenty of information out there which is easily accessible to anyone on food. I asked him if he thought spending more money on this was really the answer when the information was already everywhere, including "Health Classes" in schools, and that the people still eating unhealthily are doing so out of choice?  He said that people needed to be steered into the right choices, even by penalty taxes if necessary. 

In other words, the government should have full authority to guide us into what 'is best' for us'. AND THAT is the problem with the far left.

Now, on the other side of the coin, you have conservatives who think this way:

When I first saw this all I could think of was adding a caption of my own:
"This is the opinion of  the late Mr. & Mrs. Jones......both deceased due to lung cancer related to smoking cigarettes...prior to warning labels."

The far right is only after a buck and they disguise corporate irresponsibility in the guise of folksy "caveat emptor" common sense. But that too is nonsense. If something has a carcinogen in it, I WANT TO KNOW! Likewise for anything else that may be a concern. Granted conservatives love to point to things like the warning that coffee might be hot in order to discount warnings of any kind, but that is again why we are in the state we're in. Someone thought that "hot" label was a good way to avoid a lawsuit from a stupid person but is that really the fault of the stupid person? or the company trying to settle the issue? or the fucking JURY that found in favor of the burnt, coffee-spilling idiot?

But the answer from the conservatives is that we don't need any regulations on business and everyone just needs to make their own decisions....even if without information those decisions will be made in relative ignorance of the potential dangers. And THAT is what is wrong with the far right.

And lastly let's talk about something I have seen develop in my lifetime: the yield to pedestrian in crosswalk law. WHO THE FUCK THOUGHT THIS ONE UP? Did that person think this was a GOOD idea? Because here is my 'middle ground' take on it:

Growing up in the 60's there was a famous commercial we kids got blitzed with constantly warning us with a catchy jingle to not cross in the middle and 'wait for the green'.  So there you have the warning: follow the simple rules of street crossing and you'll be safer.

Now I have been around zones where this sign is everywhere:

And what I have seen is that it has made people dangerously callous to their own self-preservation. As a pedestrian I have no problem walking to a crosswalk and waiting for a light to change. In fact I prefer it to just going into one of these crosswalks and hoping someone will just stop. And as a driver I hate these things.....because they have so emboldened clueless pedestrians to just walk into the street that sometimes I barely see them before it's almost too late. 

Recently I was driving around the University of Pittsburgh and students were just walking out in front of me from every direction. I could barely drive a block without having to stop and wonder who was going to pop out next and from where. However, in Jersey City, where Ana goes, their students also have crosswalks, BUT they are required to let the light change before just walking out into the street. That just makes sense!

So what we have done with these new pedestrian crossings, in the name of safety, is make people more of a danger to themselves. And that's where we are at as a society. We have one group that thinks it's every man for himself and another that thinks that some benevolent guardian needs to protect everyone from everything. Doesn't it just make more sense to go to the logical middle: GIVE PEOPLE THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO BE SAFE, AND THEN REASONABLY EXPECT THEM TO ACT SAFELY? 

But a lot of this has to do with the people themselves. They are after all the ones occupying those jury seats when some silly litigation awards money to an idiot..... thus forcing someone else to enact a ridiculous law or attach an obvious warning label. Then when people get sick of this, they swing the pendulum back to the opposite extreme and try to cap awards in cases where companies ARE at fault and eliminate labeling that could very well be life-saving. 

And as always, it's always "the other idiot". I am sure that the person who created the anti-warning label meme would be the first to litigate for millions if their kid ended up hurt or dead because of the LACK of a warning label, and perhaps even the far left activist rolls their eyes at hearing about someone who sued over hot coffee. But until we can use logic and reason instead of emotion, we are doomed to keep going from ditch to ditch. Maybe what we need is a street sign that would encourage both sides to safely meet in the middle of the road?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Disney Politics

OK, so if Trump called Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" because he didn't believe she had any Native American ancestry........

........and he used to claim Barrack Obama was born in Kenya.......

......and both claims have turned out to be utterly untrue, (link to Elizabeth Warren's DNA test) would that make Trump......

...........Pinocchio? After all he does come across as a puppet (Putin's) whose desire to be regarded as a "real boy" (i.e. taken seriously) is thwarted by his compulsive lying. Maybe if he keeps up this reckless mendacity, he should end up like the clock-boy in "Pinocchio"?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

O-ctober (2nd half)

Up until today October has been an alternating cycle of an "O" one day and a tease the next. Today marks the last day of "tease only", meaning that as of tomorrow I will be having an "O"every night and a tease each morning.

After having spent years with very limited orgasmic release, I had wondered how my body would adjust to this new regimen of relative frequency. I have been pretty surprised at how quickly my body seems to have adapted to the new routine. The only side effect has been a little bit of rawness from all of the friction......but nothing too bad.

Now going to a daily diet will really test me. I have yet to feel like "oh no, not again" and am wondering if I will experience that in the next two weeks or just welcome each release? 

It will also be interesting to see what November will feel like after having had all of these frequent releases and then going to none.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Befuddled genius

Dave Chapelle said that Kanye West is a genius and I know there are times when a genius speaks and the average people around them can’t comprehend what they are saying.................... but the same is also true for idiots and crazy people. So when someone utters something like this about the 13th Amendment:

 “Why would you keep something around that’s a trap door? If you’re building a floor, the Constitution is the base of our industry, of our country, of our company. Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and accidentally something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You got to remove all that trap door out of the relationship.”

….you have to wonder if it is truly a genius speaking, or someone considerably less cerebral.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Curious fate

So, yesterday......rather than watch my 401K crumble....I decided to take the advice of my wife and son and focus on more pleasant things. In my case, this is easily done through working on Halloween. Now one of the things I told myself going into this year was that I really didn't need to buy anything new or do too much in the way of additional props. Yes, there were a few things that needed to be repaired, and there were some minor projects that I wanted to do to enhance existing set-ups ( like my outdoor "Headless Horseman" ), but nothing on the scale of making the full-sized corpse I did last year! LOL

However, on a trip to Michael's with Ana, I saw this figure set of Lemax zombies that just sort of called out to me.

The strange thing is this set must have been a "made for Michael's exclusive" because any internet search of any Lemax site shows each of these folks being part of different sets. Mine however, came as a couple.

Once I saw the crawling female zombie, I had all sorts of thoughts and had difficulty settling on one. But, fate sort of stepped in by having me drop my crawling skeleton on the hard floor, breaking it into several pieces.

 Since I had to fix it, it got me thinking and I decided to kill two birds with one stone and go for something near and dear to my heart. The one thing I hate about Lemax is the crappy quality.....BUT I love how easy it is to customize them. So, with the help of some spare parts, tools, and some Milliput, I brought the zombie girl back to vibrant life.....but tore up her dress. 

I can't help but picture the young lady thinking: 
"and here I thought that zombies only wanted to eat brains!"

And here they all are in Sunnydale, mingling with the crowd.

The thing is, while I love this new addition, I'll need to amend my Sunnydale story (link)  to include this little scene. And I'm not sure what to do with that. There's a certain ambiguity to the piece now that lets any viewer sort of decide for themselves what's going on, or about to happen, and once I commit to my own interpretation, that flexibility is lost.

It's not something I have to do right away.....or I suppose even at I have time to figure out what this little scene is actually depicting. What do you all think? What's the fate of this buxom, raven-haired beauty?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Unequal rights

So I have a question: If a person has the 'right' to deny the validity of climate change, why don't I have the right to deny having my tax money used to bail them out when their property floods? It just doesn't seem fair to me.

Climate change denier wondering why his god went back on his word to never again destroy the earth with water.

So, that U.N. report is a little scary, eh? Well to those of us who think that scientists studying these changes may actually know what they are talking about. To others I guess it's just business as usual. (Maybe Trump always wanted Trump Tower in NYC to beachfront property and this was his way of achieving it?) 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Cruel to be kind

Suppose for a moment that  you are a Democratic Senator or Congressman. ( and who knows? Maybe you are?) With the way things have been going with Trump, in order to win elections you really only have two avenues left to pursue: you can try to convince the independent middle and undecideds to vote for you, or you can encourage the people who already agree with you, but who don’t vote, to get up off their asses and do so. You’re not going to persuade the ardent Trump supporter to cast a vote in your direction, and the Democratic base who does vote is already more than energized. So that leaves the two options I just listed.

But how does one accomplish either of these goals? Sure, you can launch noble campaigns to register people and patriotically encourage everyone to get out there and vote, but that only works to a degree. Some folks are just too comfortable, too complacent, to take an active role. No, if this were up to me what I’d do is pay lip service to opposing things like the Kavanaugh confirmation and the rest of the conservative agenda, but I wouldn’t do much to stop it. I mean after all, anything the conservatives do won't really adversely affect me…...a middle class, heterosexual, married, white male, with a 401K and grown children. No one is going to deport me, or take away some entitlement. No, other than the planet going to hell, I’ll be fine. And besides…….I DO vote.

No, I think I’d let life go to shit for all the people who generally benefit from Democratic programs and let them suddenly be TRULY SCARED. Not merely angry, not outraged, not philosophically challenged…...but in downright fear that the life they have known is over…..or soon will be. In fact, I’d want these folks to think that the ONLY hope they have is to vote for me and my colleagues......again and again and again. 

In "V for Vendetta", Adam Sutler (John Hurt) doesn't just allow bad things to happen, he causes them, and then tells the frightened populace that he will fix it all if they elect him.

When I think of what has been going on, when I listen to the speeches from key Democratic leaders, particularly Barrack Obama’s latest couple of outings, I get the feeling that there is a real undercurrent of: “hey, you all seemed to have wanted this… I hope you are happy that you stayed home, or cast a protest vote, or whatever. You all have no one to blame but yourselves.”  And I think if it was me, I’d echo that sentiment. It's a hard, cruel 'punishment' of sorts and I would think a pretty effective one.

In "The Watchmen" (book & movie) the character, Ozymandius truly wants a world of he creates a situation of ultimate death and terror to get the feuding 
nations to unite against a common enemy.

I think the only way to overcome the seeming irrelevance of the Democratic Party, is not to "redefine themselves" or try to come up with some catchy platform that may or may not resonate with voters….or in this case non-voters. No, I think I’d sit back, let it all go to shit, and then say, “well if you really aren’t happy, I guess you need to vote for us next time…...AND EVERY TIME.” And I think that may very well be EXACTLY what they are already doing.

In the final episode of "I,Claudius", Derek Jacobi's Claudius is fully aware that the world around him is going to shit, despite his past efforts for the opposite. His solution shocks his supporters:
 'let it all happen'. His hope is that if everything falls apart, 
Rome will abandon emperors in favor of restoring a republic.

Now, I say all of this very theoretically. I am NOT a Democrat. And in nearly every election for quite a long time, I have voted Libertarian. But come November, I will likely change course and vote Democrat…...just to put a check on the nonsense currently being tolerated, or enabled, by a spineless, soulless Republican Party. But I won’t be happy about it, and I won’t feel like my vote mattered much. NJ is pretty darned “blue” no matter what I do or don’t do. But I am very interested to see what, despite any polls, ends up happening this November nationwide. I am genuinely curious to see who we choose to be as Americans. There is no fooling anyone now. No one can go into a booth unaware of what has been going on. Whatever lever or button is pushed, it is a willful decision based on a two year period of experience that will state pretty flatly who each voter....and America collectively....IS. And it will be enlightening to see what that personal and private revelation will be as America’s soul is laid bare.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

No Rest

I have never held the RenFaire as late as I did this year. It is always towards the "early-middle" of September, or even the beginning, depending how the calendar falls. But with conflicting weekends for key people and my surgery, I pushed it all the way back to the 29th. 

On one hand, that turned out to be extremely fortuitous, since the weather was not just good.......but downright PERFECT! So no regrets there. (Feedback keeps coming back that this was the best one ever. And having hosted a LOT of these, I would have to agree.)
However, by the time I got everything from the party down, it was time to put Halloween up!

As regulars here are well aware, Halloween in our household is not something to be taken lightly. Anyway, I usually try to have a lot up by October 1st or 2nd, but here it is the 4th, and I still have a bit to go. The other thing is that some of my 'usual' props were in need of some repair and refreshing......which takes time. I have a couple of creative projects to finish as well, but fortunately they are not crucial to the main set-up.

One thing nearly 90%complete, is the outside. One thing I try to do every year is change what my skeletons are doing. Last year they were making S'mores. Before that, they were digging graves, and one year even changing a faulty light bulb (probably one of my favorites). This year, in honor of imminent legalization of marijuana in NJ I did this for my graveyard:

Thumbs up!

Not only are the party-ers coming out of the woodwork to celebrate......they're clawing their way up out of the ground!

So I have been busy, and will continue to be for a while yet. On a side note, 'O'-ctober is fully underway and I have had 2 O's already with more to come!

Monday, October 1, 2018

RenFaire 2018

Sir Dynaden of the Villa Alava

I have been conspicuously absent from all blogging for the last few days because setting up, hosting, and then cleaning up after our annual RenFaire is an incredible amount of work. I want to publicly thank everyone who helped that may read this, (I know Ana will and she was our resident face-painter once again.....and did a very fine job of it!) And I want to really heap some hefty praise on my Honey, Rosa, who made my tunic so that I could alter my usual late Renaissance attire to something much more Medieval.

Here I am posing with my crossbow.

And here I am with Lady Ana....which also gives an 
overall image of how the full tunic looked.

The one worry I had was weather, and it turned out to be literally one of the finest days of the entire year! Lady Marta reprised her role as resident disciplinarian and got to whack quite a few behinds......of all willing victims......including mine! LOL And by sheer luck-of-the-draw, she was also chosen for our coronation:

Here, Rosa, who was last year's Queen, passes the crown to Lady Marta 
posing with both scepter AND her leather strap/slapper!

And here I am with my bevy of full and part-time disciplinarians: Rosa, Nickki, & Marta!

There was only one dark moment (but I am not going to discuss it least not today) but it was brief, probably inevitable, and resolved itself quickly.

Me and my Royal Honey just as the sun started to set.

Today also begins O-ctober! I'm figuring on the first O tonight with Rosa.