Halloween Has Come & Gone


And I just let it.
Not a fan anymore.
I still like some of the old Horror movies from Hammer like Christopher Lee’s Dracula, but I’ve never been a fan of horror films. I used to love Trick or Treating & getting the biggest haul I could.
Our culture is very different from the 50’s & 60’s. If I had children or grandchildren I don’t know if I would allow them to “beg” at the homes of strangers.

I live way out in the country in a secure apartment building now that does not allow trick or treaters, though I stopped giving out candy many years before simply because of the late hours I worked. Once my kids grew up & moved out, no more “beggars.”
I hope everyone had a safe Holiday time for those that celebrate this or Dia de los Muertos.

 

Layered Photography

If you are into arts or crafts you may be familiar with collages.  Layering various materials to achieve what ever idea you have in mind.

Many think of art as creative expression.  A way that some can “work through” various issues they have emotionally.  I’m sure some do.  I never thought of art as a way to express myself.  If I did I’m sure I would create much more and very different art than I usually do.

I just love collages.  I enjoy seeing others ideas and hoping something touches me.  Personally I create any art with beauty in mind be it visual, music, dance, etc.  Some modern art is downright ugly and offensive.  I don’t care if it is someone’s expression, if it’s ugly I don’t want to see it.

Some things can be a mess to some and I might like it.  Then there could be another mess that actually looks like a mess to me but someone else gets it.

I have always been enamored with the Old Masters.  They were perfection.  They had talent and went for realism.  Then came the sloppier impressionists.  They helped bring about what I call “crap on canvas.”

Speaking of which, I do love my collages.  The ones from altered books, pages, pictures, paints, papers, lace & anything else you can glue on.

This was one I layered from various photos to look hand made.  Usually when I create layered photos I have a different technique, similar to the one below which might be various flowers with complementary colors layered on an enhancing background.

 

Starting the New Year Right

I’m probably going to be folding up shop in 2019, not positive exactly when but……

Now you see me…

Soon you will not.

I have not been able to buckle down as I had planned to turn this site into what I wished it would be.  To be very honest, most things in my life and in the world are nothing like I planned or imagined.  I’m sure most of us feel this way.  Right now I’m tired.  I’m beat.  I know that this is part of the reason for my losing my passion to do what I had originally planned.

Many of my plans cost me WAY more than the projects were worth emotionally and financially, especially since internet traffic is becoming worse and most of it is now controlled by mega corporations that hold the little guys hostage with increasing fees for everything.  Especially advertising.  If you don’t let them extort you, you are dead to the online world.  They can bite me.  I will eventually be off the grid, just not sure how soon that will come to pass.

The problem with information being held hostage is pretty soon the world will become nothing but propaganda with only the very wealthy having a voice and controlling everyone and soon everything.  How will truth fit in?  This is VERY DANGEROUS.  Never before now have we experienced such a horrific scenario with cameras on every corner and absolutely no privacy anywhere.  These are indeed the end times and how I wish I was just a “fanatic.”  I will never forget when I first heard folk talk like this 40 years ago and I thought they were nuts.  Now we all have proof they were not.  They believed in scripture as the “Gospel” when I just used it to guide me.

Important scripture to remember right now, especially after Christmas.  I used to say “The Holidays” until the Word Nazis got “butthurt” over the word Christmas because “Christ” was in the mix.  They can “get thee behind me” in the name of Jesus!

I love spreading Jesus all over social media.  Many love it, that follow me specifically, but to others I am simply spreading the “butthurt.”

Winter joke! (still no snow here)

Another joke (?)

Speaking of bull, remember those BS news stories from a year ago about possible Chocolate shortages?  https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/experts-say-chocolate-could-be-impossible-to-produce-by-2050  Problem with nonsense like “shortages” is they can and usually are falsely generated by various entities to carry forth their agendas and to control the people and/or profits.  As someone who comes from a long line of farmers, food shortages are almost impossible for any reason.

God created cocoa beans!

Praying for the world to find Jesus and appreciate what life is really for.

Fall is Fleeting

So hard to believe just another week until November!  Less than a month until Thanksgiving and the Holiday season begins.  Autumn is just not long enough.  Nothing is ever long enough when you love it so.  I sit through the cold winter to welcome spring and then swelter through summer until the welcome autumn chill cools it down again.

That being said, I didn’t forget Halloween.  Though I don’t celebrate it anymore, those around me still do and I still have many fond memories I will share very soon.

Prepare!  Gather your talismans & good luck charms or say your prayers, which ever you think will save you!

Sunflowers

Sunflowers are very striking flowers and fields of them are so impressive to behold.  I have seen only two such fields that I can remember.  I used to grow a row of Sunflowers in my garden along the edge where our small cornfield was.  I really wish I would have taken pictures of that garden and many other things.  Photography was not a priority back then and was expensive to develop.

My post is dedicated to Sunflowers but I am thinking about my cornfields right now.  One year was dedicated to what I believe was the “Silver Queen” late corn, very sweet and tender, and another year we planted hulless popcorn.  Never together because of possible cross-pollination issues.  I have since found “hulless” at markets, but not often and none has ever been as tender as the popcorn we grew so many years ago.  We hung the ears out to dry and then stored them in large mason jars still on the ears, kernels removed right before popping.  Not sure of how to do this at first, we somehow dried them to perfection because they popped beautifully.