Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I never put stuff from Facebook on here, but I never saw this video until today and it hit me so hard. Warning, make sure you can watch this on your own time. Even me, the person that works with death, cried like a baby. It is a wonderful, inspirational video and I hope to have this sort of comfort when my last days arrive.


Simply amazing, I hope I can comfort someone as well as this dog has at least once.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Scary Movies

Link: The Haunting 1963  Check it out.

I just recently found this list of Martin Scorsese's 11 scariest horror films of all time. I know the man hasn't produced a lot of note lately, but I love his list. Most are black and white, low tech-compared to this day. My favorite scary movies are low on special effects and high in tension and the best scare of all, (where is Vincent  Price when I need him to narrate?) the fear of the unknown. I can't wait to check out the other's on Scorsese's list that I haven't seen. 

Funny thing is that I am a child of the late 70's early 80's, during the last heyday of Halloween before parents became too paranoid and Halloween trick or treats started taking place at trunk or treats. Ugh... Things are improving though. I wasn't allowed to see the slasher movies until I was older, but my mum introduced my sister and me to some of the early greats such as The Haunting and The Uninvited. Perhaps that is the reason why atmosphere is so important to me in my creations.

I know several people will want to hang me for it, but these kinds of fear of the unknown movies made me very picky about horror and I am almost always disappointed with the genre. Very rarely do I actually get caught up in a movie like I did The Haunting 1963, or The Ring. The last one I loved was the Blair Witch Project. There, I said it. I loved the Blair Witch Project. 

72 Years Ago

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Morbid Garden Markers

These would be perfect for any home haunter with a green thumb. Click the photo for the link.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Harvest Monday

Wow, it is mid-August and this is all I brought in this week. What a late year. I think next weekend will begin the real tomato harvest. Pictured above are black cherry, black krim, super steak hybrid, sweet cherry 100 hybrid, dragon's tongue beans, rosa bianca eggplant, ping tung eggplant, and triple crown blackberries. 

I think the rosa bianca was a bit overdue. So far, all we've done is grill the eggplants as slices with olive oil, salt and pepper. The ping tung's are perfect for that. They have the best texture. I'm not sure how the rosa's will be used best. The black krims are awesome, and I love the black cherries. This is the first year that I am really eating tomatoes. I made a nice tomato salad with all the ones in the photo, cut them up in different ways and dressed them with fresh basil, oregano, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a splash of balsamic. I also salted the tomatoes with a few pinches of sea salt in a colander over a bowl to draw excess moisture out. Oh, and my secret ingredient was a splash of white truffle oil. I love the stuff. The hybrid tom's skins are a bit too tough for me, but the heirlooms were made for this salad. I ate most of it before I thought to take a photo.

brandy wine ripening

This year I learned that my garden is very utilitarian and not very pretty. There are hoses everywhere, organic garden dust is the only pest control I use and is usually on everything, ugly power lines cross my backyard, and a lot of plants grow along our foundation of concrete with yellow plastic siding. It is really hard to get a nice shot. This year is particularly bad. Leaf miners have gotten to out of control and my plants look a bit sickly even though they are producing fine. The damn leaf miners hit Kyle's pumpkin box pretty hard. 

I dusted the plants thoroughly. Here is a 12 inch diameter pumpkin next to a dandelion. 

The triple crown thorn-less blackberries are ripening and never make it far from the plant if my mouth is anywhere around. Thanks for the plants Mom!

black cherry tomatoes on the vine

bee fun

baby pickle

more baby pickles

baby melon

The best part of the weekend seeing my baby dog have a fun date with her new friend Juliet. We went on a walk with Juliet and her very nice owner Michael. the two girls had a great time. 
Update: we got the power line fixed last week. We lost our biggest brandywine tomato, and our tomatillo plant was obliterated by the tree branch that fell on the garden. Things could have been worse.