Monthly Archives: October 2014

Ingredients for a Scarylicious Halloween

Today is Halloween.  All the pancreases the country over, in particular those encased inside younger bodies, are cowering in fear.  All that sugar, aiiieeeeee.  If they could run away screaming, they would.  As it is they are hiding behind the stomachs, clutching their blankies and whimpering.

But Halloween is so much more than candy.  Here I have listed a few of the wonderful ingredients we have included in our Halloween this year, to make it extra special.

1.  Obsessive sewing of spooky Halloween dolls.
I bought the book Zombie Felties and have been having fun sewing patterns from that book and making some of my own.

I bought the book Zombie Felties and have been having fun sewing patterns from that book and making some of my own.  I modified their zombies into a zombie doctor, librarian, and bride and groom.

2.  A visit to Legoland, even though the kids are little old for Brick or Treat.

Legoland.Halloween

3.  Creepy yard decorations.
Our front yard was invaded by crabgrass, and I dug it all up. Just in time to put up a spooky graveyard. Always be careful to leave a plate out for the zombies, so they don't eat you. Or any stray kids.

Our front yard was invaded by crabgrass, so I dug it all up. Just in time to put up a spooky graveyard. Always be careful to leave a plate out for the zombies, so they don’t eat you. Or any stray kids.

4.  A mini graveyard.
You can't have too many graveyards on your property for Halloween.

You can’t have too many graveyards on your property for Halloween.

5.  An amazing mini haunted house.
I made this tiny haunted house out of two fruit boxes, a little wooden house that I spray painted, small figurines, coffins, and pumpkins, and votive candles. Yes, more mini stuff.  I like little things. See two of my other posts for more little things! (https://shibumo.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/turning-an-antique-printers-drawer-into-a-shelf-of-tiny-wonders/ and https://shibumo.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/microworlds/)

I made this tiny haunted house out of two fruit boxes, a little wooden house that I spray painted, small figurines, coffins, and pumpkins, and votive candles. Yes, more mini stuff. I like little things. See two of my other posts for more little things! Turning an Antique Printer’s Drawer into a Tiny Shelf of Wonders and Microworlds.

6.  Costumed kids.
The kids are older this year, so no more pirates or fairies. The kids went anime this year. Sam is Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist and Emma is Road Kamelot from D. Gray Man. I also got to dress Trevor as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control. He is covered in giant germs, including, of course, ebola. Down in the bottom corner we have Sam again, J.D. as Roy Mustang from Full Metal Alchemist, and I am wearing a tee shirt I made with Izuma Curtis, the housewife.

The kids are older this year, so no more pirates or fairies. The kids went anime this year. Sam is Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist and Emma is Road Kamelot from D. Gray Man. I also got to dress Trevor as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control. He is covered in giant germs, including, of course, ebola. Down in the bottom corner we have Sam again, J.D. as Roy Mustang from Full Metal Alchemist, and I am wearing a tee shirt I made with Izumi Curtis on it.

7.  Finally, of course, Pumpkins, the orange heart of Halloween.
Pumpkin fun

Kids are never too old for a pumpkin patch, or for carving pumpkins. Emma paints one of hers every year, it was particularly evil looking this year!

In a few hours we will be heading out for the annual ritual of trading the candy I bought for the candy that our neighbors bought.  We will check out the Kalal’s haunted house down the street, and will go around the corner to see how insane the crazy people who rent out a storage unit to store all of their decorations have gotten this year in doing up their house and yard.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL!!!

p.s.  Be kind to your pancreas.  Put down the Tootsie roll.  10 is enough.

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A Celebration of Our Sun – San Diego Solar Eclipse – 2014

Eclipse.header

Today in San Diego we were treated to a partial solar eclipse.  However, since at its maximum the moon only covered 45 % of the sun’s surface, most people were unaware that an eclipse was happening.  How amazing is that, that 45% of the sun’s rays onto the Earth are blocked by the moon, and we don’t notice?  Our sun is AWESOME!

Here is a link to an amazing video of the eclipse taken by the Griffith Observatory in LA, it condenses 2 1/2 hours of the eclipse into one minute.

http://new.livestream.com/GriffithObservatoryTV/solareclipseOctober2014/videos/65868914

This is my attempt to document the eclipse.  I put my eclipse viewing glasses over the lens of my point and shoot camera and snapped a picture.

Mo's eclipse pic

You can’t see them on my picture, but on the Griffith Observatory picture you can see a big patch of sun spots.  When I looked with the naked eye I could see what looked like one big sun spot, not the collection of 3 or 4 you can see on their photo.

Here is the view of the eclipse at maximum, again from the observatory.

Max eclipse

There are other ways to view an eclipse.  You can make a pinhole camera by poking a hole in a board and holding it up to the sun, and then you can look at the image it projects onto a surface.  Or you can get a super fancy version of that, like they had today at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego.

Pinhole camera.eclipse

You can get the same effect by looking at sunlight filtered through tree leaves onto a sidewalk.  I took this picture this afternoon during the eclipse.  See all the little crescents?

Sidewalk eclipse

Or, as my son Sam showed me after I picked him up from school, you can create the same effect by interlacing your fingers.

Sam waffle fingers

This morning, before the eclipse occurred, I noticed the morning sun shining through the petals of a newly blossomed cactus orchid in my yard.  It is a good thing to be in the celestial Goldilocks zone!  Life on Earth is so beautiful.

Pink cactus orchid flower

And finally, a picture Sam took recently.  He pointed the camera directly at the sun.  If you listen carefully, you can hear the image sensors in the camera screaming.

Sam's photo of the sun

There you have it.  A celebration of our sun, on occasion of a solar eclipse, this day, October 23, in the year 2014.  Enjoy our sun in its current form.  After another 5 billion years, it will burn up the remainder of its hydrogen, swell up into a red giant, consuming Mercury and Venus in the process, and toast away any remnants of life on Earth.  But that’s a story for another day…

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