Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Here Are Some Nasty Photos

I won't post them here, but will provide a link to a disaster cleanup place's website. I've been the one that had the really nasty job of removing bodies from scenes like the ones they show. I warn you, it is pretty gross.
Their "mascot" seems a bit sexist, and maybe a bit tripped out on strong cleaning chemical fumes, but a lot of their site is interesting to peruse.

I don't agree with this though, but I won't get into particulars in this post. I don't 100% disagree with their statement, but I feel there are some exaggerations to these type of statements.
Violent death and body decomposition are biohazards.Through blood and air borne pathogens you risk HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, e.coli and hantavirus.

Body Bags?

This is actually called a disaster pouch, FYI
They also come with these handles.

I can't find photos, but some come in double wide.

What I mostly use are white plastic envelopes with no zipper. They are more cost effective. In a pinch, a girl can never go wrong with a good ol' disaster pouch.

Monday, September 26, 2011

First Decoration 2011

Kyle dug the wreath out of the rafters of the garage. The Halloween one. I added some autumn colored leaves and a string of battery powered LED's. I love that we now have a season to bring all the ghoulies out of the garage rafters. He is really getting in the festive mood this year, and is currently looking up zombie makeup on the tubes. Ahh... the season is upon us haunters! I'm just starting to feel right at home again.
Bring it.

Harvest Monday Autumn Garden

Black Cherry and Super Steak
Brandywine and Super Steak
Super Sweet Cherry 100
Jalapenos, zucchini, and 3 Black Krims
We started our fall plants, Two varieties of broccoli, collard greens, arugula, and shallots. Next weekend the garlic gets planted. 
The cucumbers are doing really well this year. Something ate our 3 melons completely before they ripened. 
the white powder is premethrin dust.
Happy Autumn!

Sunday, September 25, 2011


This is the new toy. I made my medieval black witch dress with it today.  So Fun. Photos will follow.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Giant Spider

I'm pretty much finished with Sadie's costume. I've wanted to do this ever since I got her 6 years ago.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

How Could You Not Notice?

I wish I could use my own photos, but that would be wrong. This is a pretty good substitute.

That is the question so many people ask me. I asked it the first time I came across a decomp (decomposing body). The odor, the flies, the mail and newspapers piling up. There are so many indicators to neighbors that something might be amiss. I regularly joke when we come upon a house on a dog walk with an overgrown lawn and 10 newspapers on the stoop. "Must be a dead body in there" is what I say as we walk by. Sometimes neighbors eventually call the super if it smells bad, but many times they wait for it to get so bad I have to wear a respirator to enter the place. Why do people not notice? I think it is because subconsciously, they'd rather put the idea of the whole death thing off as long as possible. 

Here is a 2008 blog post about a problem in the rental business.

One of these days I should write my own stories and publish a book.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I Warned You

Gratuitous Dog Photo, Ghost Dog with Glowing Eyes

Good Reads

Mo Hayder is one of my new favorite authors. She writes crime fiction with a wonderful darkly twisted and creepy vibe. I am pretty picky about books and I find her Walking Man series to be highly entertaining. She researches her stories well enough that I don't have to cringe at her take on forensics. There are authors out there that have spent lots of time studying crime investigation and still get it all wrong. If you can stomach horrific stories about child murderers, cops hiding bodies, the upside down world of drug addicts, and dark chills, then you might be interested in picking up one of her books.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Late Summer Harvest Monday and Update

We harvested the first two of our rouge vif d'etampes pumpkins. The vines had been badly eaten by squash beetles and were drying up.
We finally started getting cucumbers and zucchinis. These are heirloom sweet zukes, deliketesse cukes, and another I don't remember the name (good thing we write this stuff down). 
Some salsa peppers, strawberries, black cherry toms, a super steak sandwich tom, and some of our burned sweet peppers. None of our sweet pepper plants are doing well. They are producing well, but all the fruits are getting burned in our intense sunlight. 
Here we have jalapenos and sweet cherry 100 hybrids. The sweet cherry plants have not done well this year. 
Hope for the future- the Christmas pole Lima beans are starting to produce. 
This year's melon, and early Minnesota variety are starting out well. 
Rosa Bianca eggplant is ripening.
The thorn less Triple Crown Blackberry plants got trimmed back. The new lateral canes are trying to establish themselves in the lawn to make a monster bramble. I am putting all those ends in pots to make new plants to give away or sell on Craigslist. 
Here's a closeup of some of the pots.
Finally, a water hyacinth has bloomed in the pondtainer.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Another Huge Influence

The Brothers Quay. Look up their films, they might not have much on the net. They are very much loners and will impress you with beautiful creepiness.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


I am now a registered board certified medicolegal death investigator. Whew, that was a mouthful.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Stuff

Here's what 9 cheapo mini spots can do to a new prop. This guy is of course inspired by Pumpkinrot's 2007 haunt. Kyle liked him better undressed, but I told him that the mystery of what's underneath is what is important to me. I hope I get the light animation down for this year's haunt. I might be a static prop haunter, but my lighting will be a bit, um, dynamic.