Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bewitching season

I thought this new header would be fun to use over the coming Halloween weekend. It was made for me by a blogging friend who sent it to me a few days ago. I think it’s really cool that she’s got my house in there behind the spooky trees, plus George looks like he’s wigging out over those ghosts in the yard.

I also like that my avatar looks exactly like me.

About 30 years ago. I used to have a pair of skinny jeans just like that, too.

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My husband took this photo of George yesterday, which I found in the camera this evening along with over 200 other images. He took several similar shots but the ones where George was facing the camera were blurry. This is the best of the bunch and I like how the black & white looks against the colorful trees.

When I got home yesterday, I noticed that my husband had decorated the pumpkins from the garden.

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He used my pumpkin carving stencils from Williams Sonoma and copied them onto the pumpkins then colored them with magic marker. I really think they’re cool. The carved one at the top left is interesting with the stick in his cap and is that a real fly? Yes, just to the right of the stick is a big housefly, which adds the perfect touch, I believe.

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He also strung the last of the garden peppers and hung them from the garage doors. We have four long strings and honestly, I think they look pretty festive.

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If you’re like me and looking for a movie to watch around Halloween, here’s a list of suggestions from yesterday’s comment section. I put the scarier ones at the bottom. I haven’t seen several of them, so thanks to all for sharing your favorites.

    • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
    • Casper
    • ET
    • Hocus Pocus
    • The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
    • The Adams Family
    • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
    • Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Monster House
    • The Rocky Horror Picture  Show
    • Dracula (Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins)
    • Dracula (Louis Jourdan as the Count - a BBC production from the seventies)
    • Interview With the Vampire
    • Shutter Island
    • Rosemary’s Baby
    • Halloween (the original with Jamie Lee Curtis)
    • Silence of the Lambs
    • The Hitcher

I leave you with a scene from a great family Halloween movie. It’s Hocus Pocus (1993) starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and a very young Thora Birch. I used to have a friend whose name was Thora.

Have a great Thursday, all. Thanks for stopping by.

Header designed by Di at The Blue Ridge Gal. Thanks, Di!


Annette W. said...

The header is definitely cute! She did a great job! Your dear husband's pumpkins are great!

Ellen said...

Once again, your husband has done a wonderful job with the camera. I love the color of the trees.

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

I don't remember Maryland having such nice colors! Maybe its different across the bay...

And Hocus Pocus is one of the best Halloween movies ever. That and Frankenweenie were two of my most favorite Halloween movies ever. Oh, and nightmare before Christmas... that one is pretty awesome too!

Marla said...

Hocus Pocus is about the closest thing to a scary movie I can watch. :)

Lovely colors.

Marla @

Unknown said...

I really like the last photo and the one with George gets my vote as well!

Debra said...

Love the new header, Halloween is my favorite holiday.

Just to add another to your list of movies is my favorite - Practical Magic starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. It wouldn't be Halloween without it.

Deb said...

love the new header...great pumpkins....

Mental P Mama said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new Header!!!! And, George, too.

Candis said...

That header is awesome! :)

Very festive blog post too ... George is as handsome as always no matter where he's looking ... ;-)

TexWisGirl said...

Love the shot of George's side against the oranges!

Dawn said...

Great Pumpkins!
And those peppers are indeed festive:))

mrs mediocrity said...

Seriously, your husband is the best.
Love the pumpkins. And the header. And George.

ELK said...

how fun is that looks just like you..

your husband enjoys photography and it shows...nice!!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I LOVE Hocus Pocus! I'll definitely be watching it again this year. ;-)
What a perfect Halloween header for you, too, Kate! Your DH sure took a nice photo of George yesterday, too.
So much goodness in one place!

Unknown said...

Love the photos....and the pumpkins....and well, I guess I have some movies to watch...smiles.

Caroline said...

I love the fun! And your photos...gorgeous...and your pumpkins too, so cute! And when it comes to Halloween I have to watch the great pumpkin, it's my fave! I also like watching Michael Jackson's Thriller.

GailO said...

The new header is so festive! I love it! Between that and your husband's fantastic pumpkins I have really gotten into the Halloween spirit!

JacksDad said...

So you had skinny jeans when you were 2 years old?

Kathryn Dyche said...

Love the new header and those pumpkins are cute.

Karen said...

Snappy Di did that header, I cant tell :-)

Love that your husband did those pumpkins... mine would never. He's missing out. Tell yours for me that I think that's really cool.

Gail said...

I love the header, so cool and so you!

Quite a list of favorites, I did not add mine. It's seems my favorites are ever changing but I do love Hocus Pocus. The bloody, gory ones hold no interest for me.

Happy Day!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Karen, twas Moi.

Yep, used to wear those skinny jeans back in the day when I was showing 'it' off. Now I'm in the business of hiding 'it'.

I think you know, Kate, that you probably have the best husband in the world, well, next to mine that is. :-)


deborah said...

The new header is so cute!
George, the pumpkins, the peppers...your husband is enjoying all of the colors of the season!

Meg McCormick said...

Love the header and the strung-up peppers and the pumpkins!

I would add to your list - Children of the Corn and The Exorcist. I have a CD of horror movie themes that we put on our boom box and play on repeat every Halloween. Pretty scary, kids!

Country Gal said...

Fantasic header , post and photos ! Have a great day !

Country Gal said...

Oh Nightmare on Elm street the original !

The JR said...

Cute header. Great pictures from your hubby.

I luv Hocus Pocus.

Gail Dixon said...

Thank you for your kind words about my butterfly edit on the PW photo!

When I clicked on your site I was immediately mesmerized by the dog photo and the red peppers. Amazing!! Wish they were on Flickr so I could "favorite" them.

Hope you have a great day!

Daryl said...

What a fun header and so nice of her to make that for you .. I like your long hair .. and the decorations are superb .. can he come to my place and decorate?

Rambling said...

Great header! I love it. Congrats on getting the housefly to cooperate.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Di did a wonderful job with the seasonal header. Too cute! Hubby continues to take wonderful photos;love the peppers!

Jeanne said...

Enjoyed that youtube! I love Bette Midler.
You have a great blog and I've enjoyed my visit.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have fallen in love with George now that I know he is wearing such a lovely white muffler round his neck.
Love the new header too.

Lili said...

Hey that's a great idea your husband came up with for the pumpkins and your new header is awesome. ~Lili

Kelly Marie McKee said...

Your new header immediately made me smile.

Oh, and Hocus Pocus was my two daughter's favorite halloween movie! (I think it still is, lol!)

Love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

What a cute header! Funny, but I don't remember my kids watching Hocus Pocus... I'll have to put that in the Netflix queue.

LOVE the shot of the peppers and pumpkin!

yasra said...

That shot of the trees is phenomenally gorgeous. They are so dense and robust and vibrant. Wow!