just an old-fashioned girl

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy(?) Halloween

It´s that time again of “ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night.” That quote is part of a Celtic prayer and is particularly suitable for Halloween, when according to ancient Celtic tradition, the dead walk again with malicious intent. Halloween originated in Scotland and we Scots still take our Halloween seriously. No friendly smiling ghosts and harmless leering pumpkins for us. After all, it was a grim festival with blood-curdling ceremonies. I won´t tell you what the “trick” was but leave it mercifully shrouded in the mists of time, and I certainly won´t divulge what the “treat” consisted of. I wouldn´t want to entirely spoil the day for you and make you shudder as you hand out the candy.

My husband just missed being born on Halloween by one day so I always include something slightly macabre among his presents. Yesterday he got a very trendy dog-walking jacket – nothing sinister about that - and a giant-sized lighter with this motif on it, the next best thing to having it tattooed on his biceps...

Dora, who plays absolutely no part in any of this foolishness, would be mad at me if she knew about the gruesome looking image below which shows her in an unusually unflattering light. She hates having her photo taken anyway but especially first thing in the morning before she´s fixed her face...but then don´t we all?

Having played such a nasty trick on her maybe I´d better get off now and give her a treat.

Happy(?) Halloween!


  1. Poor headless Dora. So sad. But happy happy birthday to H! That lighter would make an amazing tattoo! Happy Halloween to all of you!

  2. Poor Dora! Oh my! What a scary sight! Yes, you better go get her a treat right away! Happy birthday to your hubby, and wishing you all a Happy Halloween too! :)

  3. If that lighter is being used for what we used to use them for, the more sinister the better! But, oh, poor Dora! What a ghastly fate to be photographed before "fixing" her face. Treat time for her for sure. Happy Halloween to you all.

  4. OMG...poor Dora although I feel much like she looks. Extreme toothache and no appointment until Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. One more day for some relief. YouR LO reminds me of the series "Bones" on TV which I have been watching lately. They hAD 2 Halloween shows this afternoon as I lay on the couch waiting for pain meds to kick in. One was about a behead corpse and thoughts that a witch from the 1800s was responsible.

    So glad your hubby missed Halloween...it's tough sharing a bd with a holiday. Tell him Happy Birthday and give Dora an extra treat for me for Halloween.

  5. Happy Birthday to your husband and give both he and Dora hugs! Dora definitely needs a treat and afternoon photo sessions!