chasing shadows again











{October 31, 2007}   Halloween Fun!!!

I cannot have a zombie movie marathon with fun treats this Halloween, because I have about zero local friends here in the land of loud birds. However, I will post these things up here, because they are fun. Hopefully next Halloween I can have a party (and all this stuff will be waiting!). And my Ravyn says I can visit him next Halloween for zombie movies and cutsey spooky treats! This is excitements!

Halloween Cakes on AllRecipes: Spider cupcakes, Mummy cupcakes, Graveyard cakes, + more!!!

Bat sandwiches-Which should of course be made with sweet curried tuna and apple sandwiches.

Halloween Drinks!!!

Cherry-Berry Spider-not that I see the spider, but this looks like a fun, non-alcoholic treat.

Green Grog-How can you say no to any drink that involves both limeade AND rum?

Boo Beverage-It’s all about the floating ghosts on top!

Apple Cidertini-Need I clarify?

Brain Hemmorage-Anything with this in its description honestly kinda scares me: “The schnapps curdles the Irish cream and the result looks like a brain floating in your shot glass. The grenadine adds the hemorrhage affect.”

Transylvania Punch-I might have to make this even with no one else here to love it.

Hot Buttered Cranberry Cider-Hot. Cranberry. Cider.



It is the return of the secrets!  Not that they have been gone, I have just not been able to have words as much lately.  This week, I note this card and it brings me right back to wondering about online dating services.  (Not trying them out, I have two absolutely amazing people I’m lucky enough to be dating.  No hurry to find more.)  But to wondering about them.  There is a part of me that wonders just how that could work – I have made some damned intense connections through the online world (my Ravyn is one, in fact), but so much of how I’d choose to date is…I dunno.  Being matched on however many levels of compatibility is great – but…I think I would prefer to find out from the very beginning?  I still don’t know quite what to think.

PostSecret now has a community where you can discuss secrets and connect with other people reading secrets, listen to (or record your own) secrets, and view information on upcoming PostSecret events/books/news.   I’ve added many e-mail and messenger contacts (it’s about my only accomplishment of the morning) and will try to talk to them.  As I was writing this, one of the people I added pinged me, and our discussion so far has been lovely, and I’m enjoying it greatly as I write this post.

I may come to chatter later, but for now I leave you with a hibiscus.  🙂  I love having a camera again!

Hibiscus



{October 26, 2007}   Moon

Moon

Picture for a Ghost. 🙂 Since he needs to see the moon we’re currently talking about.



{October 26, 2007}   Lucien

Lucien October 2007

Lucien is realizing his destiny is to be a bush! This is his temporary home, where he has two pineapple friends!

Lucien’s Unnamed Pineapple Friend

This is Lucien’s as yet unnamed pineapple friend. Feel free to leave suggested names in the comments. 🙂

Lucien’s Pineapple Friend Camille

This is Lucien’s pineapple friend Camille.

The Vacation Home

Here is the big picture of the temporary place. Lucien will be moved to a place higher up on the incline, nearer the pool fence. First, though, there will be a rock wall to protect him from dogs and the weed-whacker.



{October 25, 2007}   Poetry TAG: I get line #5

Poetry Tag Poem

The sound shook his bones
like a cymbal
crashing fast against his soul,
a soul detached from mind and body,
shivering in the dark

I found this poem fragment at K. M. Ryan’s.

Please play with us! Pick up the poem and take us on a walk through dreams, or follow our dreamwalk forward and back!

How this works:

It’s a game of poetry tag. Be the first to post TAG in the comments. Then take these lines and add one, in a post on your own blog, along with these instructions. Whoever adds the nineteenth line then takes the poem to Poets Who Blog at http://poetswhoblog.blogspot.com/ and puts the whole poem in the comment section there. Each person who plays need to also mention what site you were at when you found the poem so that other bloggers can follow the breadcrumbs back to this poem. You can play more than once but not twice in a row.



{October 25, 2007}   No More Hugs!!! :(

The hugs counter is dead!!! This is injustice!!!

Failing it’s resurrection, is anyone around who can (and is willing to) make a similar thing to share? I miss my hugs, and I would imagine others do too.

Any kind of sharable hug things would be welcomed, icons or little boxes with words and texts for signatures so that cute hugs can be left, whatever hugs things are sharable. I am no good at creating these things. But I will collect them for the sharings!



when I
come back from the edge
of the world I
will bring for you
maps
seeds to grow
stars; there will be
wonders where I am going –
where you cannot
follow
guard me
against serpents
rising up like dragons
from the sea.

they will not be able
to frighten
anymore; not me –
watching them unfurl
like exotic poisoned flowers
on storm-swept decks
I will remember
not fear; but
the immortality of souls.

swallowed whole
or not
their tongues
searing flame
will trail over my skin
no more than a caress –
my love
your love
our love
will save me.

the words you
gave me
whispered in the dark
have become
armor.

Although Poetry Thursday is ended. 😦 Their site will remain up as an archive until January 2008. If you’ve been meaning to go poking through there but haven’t found the time (like me! I am a bum!), do make it soon.

Anyway, that poem is for Carlos-the-Jackal. (Carlos-the-Jackal is my favorite of your nicknames that I remember. If you want another one here, you may have it.) If he does not know why, I will be forced to bat at him when I visit this winter. (As both a hint and a message – thank you again for the book.) I felt like playing with line breaks and punctuation. Carlos-the-Jackal always did like it when I tried new things. I’ll try in Word too, where I can play more with the spacing of lines horizontally. WordPress gremlins eat my spaces! (If I manage, I will bring it when I come home. Or perhaps entrust it to the mail.)



{October 24, 2007}   Good Morning Cosmos!

 

Tulip Tree

Good morning!  There are ten minutes left of it.

Look!  A picture!  I took this one with the new camera.  While standing on two separate plant boxes and almost broke my neck approximately 38.6 times.  But I thought that we were long overdue some pictures.  [Lucien pictures are coming Molli, I just need to get a post with him and his pineapple friends arranged!]

I spent the morning reading through Tina’s blog.

Last night,when I almost updated and then didn’t, I was contemplating putting out an open account of what was going on with me, and shrank back.  For several reasons, one of which is that I have tried to keep from whining on this blog.  I’ve posted poetry and links to meaningful things that are not always cheerful, but I have tried to keep the overall theme here playful.  And the second is that as much as I think I’m reaching a place where I have to express where I am, I am reluctant to do that.  So…I’m debating putting things here, or putting things on another blog, or not talking about it at all for the Internet to view, or whatever it is I will do.

Anyway – Tina’s blog is an amazingly open and primal kind of view of depression and anorexia.  It is not just ranting, but is full of little bits of helpful information on how one person lives with depression and anorexia, some of which are probably helpful to see.  Most importantly, at least to me, its a kind of affirmation that I am not the only person who has been or still goes through these things.  Sometimes, that kind of affirmation is much appreciated.  As it was at eight this morning, when the thought I would have to make a grocery list was entirely overwhelming.  [It’s 12:05 now, and I’m still working on it.  But, partly that is due to the fact that I am searching for recipes, which I will of course share.]

One such recipe, which looks absolutely amazing is this recipe for Panang Curry Beef!  It comes complete with family story.  There is also a vegetarian take on that recipe, that also talks story, this time a dinner party one.  Also on the list for this week is this impossibly easy baked macaroni and cheese.   I shall add Anglo-Indian Curried Soup and do a pot roast.  Yes, half the reason this post exists is to hold my recipes for this week where I can find them.  I have yet to lose WordPress.

Enough ramblings for now.  I shall finish grocery lists and compress pictures of the garden for you.

Have a wonderful day peoples!



{October 22, 2007}   Monday Morning Madness!!!

Good morning to the cosmos!

This romp through the internet is for people who would like to follow me on my search for the decadent, the strange, and the unusual – this time with alcohol. I figure some playful and occasionally outrageous madness is good on a Monday morning (though most of this was typed by an insomniac fox late Sunday night).

Recipe for Rum-Soaked Veal Chops with Pineapple Salsa–while I am not a fan of veal (tortured baby cows make me sad), this recipe could be easily adapted to something else. As it’s grilled, some manner of steak would be appropriate, most likely.

Ambrosia Nectar Cigars–cigars with rum! Makes me think of the Baron.

For having the audacity to actually use the phrase “L.A.’s rum-soaked jungle cultureThe Wit of the Staircase gets a place here. The Wit of the Staircase comes “from the French phrase ‘esprit d’escalier,’ literally, it means ‘the wit of the staircase’, and usually refers to the perfect witty response you think up after the conversation or argument is ended.

Rum-Soaked on DeviantART

The description for this Caracas Cake at Bertrand’s Inc. is “chocolate genoise soaked in rum, chocolate truffle ganache, coffee mousse, marbled chocolate wrap, coffee glaze and marbled chocolate shavings.” Um…I want….

The Nibble reviews Dolcielo Brownies. Flavors include: Amureo (Apricots/Amaretto Disaronno), Bellasanti (Cherries/Cherry Heering liqueur), Celesola (Pineapple/Bacardi Gold), and Donamato (Plums/Kahlúa Especial). For more about what sound like brownies inspired by some manner of divinity (and their special holiday flavor) do visit The Nibble!

Holdsworth Chocolates offers quite the selection of alcohol infused truffles!

Recipe for Warm Chocolate Cake with Brandy-soaked Apricots and Caramel–Despite the decadent picture, it looks relatively easy to make. I may make some for local beggars or beggars that I go to visit.

Rum-Soaked Figs in Chestnut Honey from Jacksonville Mercantile.

Rum-Soaked Sultanas! What is a sultana? I have no clue! But you can buy them soaked in rum and dipped in chocolate, so I think I lean toward approval…. They don’t call it dipped in chocolate, but “chocolate enrobed.” I like that.



{October 20, 2007}   Good Morning Cosmos!

I have been quiet.  I know.  It happens.

Yesterday was my birthday – and I got a new camera (and ice cream cake)!  I go out now to take pictures and look forward to sharing more exciting garden updates!

Cameras often equal chatter.

🙂

Back to add things soon!

(I’m now 27, for those of you wondering.)



et cetera