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Friday, October 31, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Tricks & Treats!

After waiting in vain all week for a hauntingly beautiful Halloween sunrise to share, I had a sky-less Halloween post ready to go… until just a few minutes ago! As my finger hovered over the "publish" button, BW called to me with eerie timing, "Come see the sunrise!" Sure enough, it was a colorful, luminous beauty that seemed to mimic a glowing jack-o-lantern…



Oh those trickster Wyoming sunrises! Now you don't see 'em, now you do! :-)


So here's my originally planned post with more Halloween fun from (mostly) ground level…


Above-ground level, that is. ;-)

First, a sneak-peek at one of this year's quilts in the annual Fiber Arts show at the library. The lone Halloween quilt in the exhibit and one of my top three favorites in the show, I thought it would be better appreciated here than on my upcoming quilt show post...

"Who's Watching?"
Technique: Pieced
Artist: Tammy Johnson
From a kit designed by Heidi Pridemore
Quilted by: Karen Van Houten

On the day of our visit to the cemetery and picnic among the "Roman Ruins" last week, we also drove by this old home in Sheridan's historic "Residence Hill" neighborhood. It was for sale when BW and I were looking for a place and we made an offer on it, but it was not to be (just as well - ideal location, but way too big and in need of too much work, it would have meant delaying BW's retirement and thank goodness that didn't need to happen!)

A spooky spider, pretty pumpkins, and comely crow await trick-or-treaters

I didn't have to wander far from the home we did end up living in to get these next photos. Our neighbors a few doors down have their place very festively decorated for fall and Halloween, but I especially love these gossamer ghosts gamboling around the festooned spruce...



And up the street in the opposite direction one is greeted by these gregarious ghouls and their hauntingly hospitable howdies! :-)


Remember our friend the Red-tailed hawk? He showed up again at dusk last Friday, perched on our next door neighbors' roof. I took some more photos of him (of course) despite the bad lighting, and really liked this one of his eyes reflecting my camera's flash. By darkening the original a little I ended up with this great silhouette ~ add a few spooky elements courtesy of PicMonkey and our red-tailed friend becomes The Haunted Hawk of Halloween! :-)


It's predicted to be sunny and 71º here today (and tomorrow) with no wind. Combine the balmy weather with the fact it's a Friday night and we're expecting a record turnout of monstrous moochers Trick-or-Treaters, though we "only" bought enough vegan goodies for the first 250 or so. Wish us (and our poor doorbell) luck, and enjoy a safe and happy Halloween! 

34 comments:

  1. Wonderful sky shots! And cool decorations in the neighbourhood.

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    1. Thanks! And yes, despite our gale-force winds at times, several homes around town are looking very festive.

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  2. What a gorgeous sunrise!!! I love those flaming colours!
    The quilt is so interesting as well, but didn't you get a bit tired of Halloween by the time you were done?

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    1. It was indeed a beauty!
      The quilt isn't mine (I don't quilt). As I said in my description of it, it was one of the entries in our town's annual fiber arts show, pieced and quilted by two local women. (I don't think I'd ever get tired of working with those colors, though - and Halloween is my favorite holiday!)

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  3. I actually saw this sunrise this morning, although it was towards the end. You guys have such a nice unobstructed view up there. We picked Rex up yesterday (instead of today) and saw some of the great neighborhood decorations. Love your hawk photo, very spooky!

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    1. We are fortunate that we have that unobstructed view to the east (at least, so far!) Not as unobstructed as our view from up on Red Grade was, but the sunrises do often seem more colorful from down here! :-) Given where Vince lives, you all definitely got to enjoy my favorite tableau, the waving skeletons! That was such fun (and I loved the glittery fabric they were seated on!) It was fun that they decorated that tree on the corner, too, even though it wasn't on their property. And the last I saw it, nothing had been swiped or vandalized, which was great! Did you guys decorate your place? And did you accompany Rex on his rounds? We thought we might see Rex among the Trick-or-Treaters, but we barely had time to even register anyone's costume, never mind their identity or parents - they came in giant mobs most of the time! It was fun, though!

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  4. We have almost zero trick or treaters in my neighborhood, but at least I don't feel bad about not being home.

    My brother's house gets a little bit though, so we go over there and hand out candy. Their only daughter should be big enough to trick or treat for a little bit this year.

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    1. We never had any where we used to live for 19 years (on the side of a mountain on 10 acres), so it's been quite an adjustment to live here at Trick-or-Treat Central! Hope your niece enjoyed her first experience. The first-timers are always so cute!

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  5. Fun post. And stunning dawn.
    Halloween is really only celebrated by the stores here, so I am really enjoying views from around the world.
    Thank you.

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    1. One of the fun things about the Internet, you get to enjoy those little windows on the world without leaving your chair (or having to get up and answer the doorbell a few hundred times in one evening! LOL)

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  6. A beautiful Halloween sky with great oranger colors! Good luck with all the little ghosts and goblins, and I hope your candy holds out!

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    1. Thanks! It was actually fun - some of the costumes were great, the kids were all so enthusiastic and very polite! It was very different from last year - and despite a huge turnout, we actually ended up with quite a lot of leftovers! Some will easily keep till next year, but the pretzels we'll take to the homeless shelter. It was funny what a huge hit the pretzels were! Last night was full of fun surprises! :-)

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  7. That sunrise had quite perfect timing! What a great way to start Halloween. Nothing like when nature color coordinates!

    The quilt is fantastic and once again, I'm in awe with what some people can create. I especially love the fabric that borders the middle with the cats in it. :)

    It sounds like it's a good thing that you didn't get the white house. It looks nice, but delaying BW's retirement would have been awful! Besides, your house is gorgeous!

    Cute decorations your neighbors have. The ghosts are quite well done & I really love when people decorate trees for Halloween. So much better than a Christmas tree, IMO. What a great idea to sit the skeletons like that, too. ha!

    The hawk shot turned out so perfect!

    I'm extremely jealous of your weather. Enjoy it for me! I'll be staying inside, huddled up by the fireplace. :)

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    1. I know, its timing and its Halloween colors were supernatural! :-)

      Wasn't that quilt pretty? I wasn't able to see it the first time I went to look at the show, as they had it stuck in a corner with a table in front of it, and there were people at the table working on something and they wouldn't move! I'm glad I went back, because while the colors had caught my eye the first time, the fabrics and design were really fun!

      It was definitely a good thing we didn't get the white house. Besides being too big and too much $, it had been partially fixed up (the kitchen was especially gorgeous!), but still needed quite a bit of work on the exterior (which were asbestos shingles, and after our asbestos experience at our Big Horn house, we didn't want to have to touch that!), about half the house needed rewiring, the roof was questionable, the water heater was decrepit, it needed a back yard fence, the garage was a mess, it had no bathroom on the main floor (?!), they'd replaced all the windows w/cheap-looking vinyl ones that were the wrong style for the house, etc etc. But oh my the views! A deep, wide ravine in back full of trees and virtually inaccessible by people, across which is the cemetery; gorgeous mountain views, beautiful and quiet neighborhood - I've always wanted to live on Residence Hill! But so many of the homes are just so big, and are either in huge need of rehab or are unaffordable. Thanks for the compliment on our house! There are positive and negative things about a brand new house, and it's not at all our "dream house," but the custom features and modern conveniences are great and it's very homey! :-) (I still long for a sweet little cottage in a quiet spot someday, though!)

      And yes, delaying retirement? A deal breaker!! (Did you read that article about UPS I linked to? Oh my!)

      I love Halloween trees too! The outdoor decs were even more impressive since they'd all taken beatings from several high winds! Last night was calm though, which was nice.

      I wish you could be here today - it's supposed to be so pretty! Then we're in for some cozy stuff tomorrow, then cooler weather on Monday, then turning nice again. Honestly, you belong out here! :-) Meanwhile, though, I'll enjoy it on your behalf, and you enjoy the cozy stuff for me! (I'm getting antsy for some seriously cozy days!)

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    2. I did read the article and can imagine BW is even happier that he's retired! If it's that busy with them already, the holidays are going to be more than hellish. Yikes!

      When we were looking at houses, we went through one that didn't have a bathroom downstairs & thought it was very strange. Why would anyone make a house like that? I don't blame you for being glad you didn't get the house. The views do sound terrific, but not worth the headache of having to deal with everything else. That would have been a constant project! I'm with you on having a nice little cottage someday, preferably on many acres with nobody else in sight. :)

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    3. Oh yes, he retired in the nick of time - just like the arrival of the Halloween sunrise! :-) At least his former colleagues have gotten to enjoy this mild autumn, delivering o dry roads in shorts and shirt sleeves! But BW's gotten to enjoy these fine days ever MORE (and of course, they're unlikely to be this way when peak rolls around!) He was especially horrified to read that they're making the day after Thanksgiving a regular day. That's always been a paid holiday for most drivers, and the final chance to rest and recover before the big holiday volume kicks in.

      I have no idea why there wouldn't be a bathroom on the main floor of a house! Most peculiar! You're right about the effect buying that house would have had on our lives, and are glad not to have bitten off more than we cared to chew. Honestly, we're still recovering from our 19 years of working on the house in Big Horn!! Am with you on the private acreage surrounding the little cottage! :-)

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  8. That is an impressive sunrise, and just in time!

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  9. Sunny and 71 eh? It's -1 and staring to snow here! But wonderful combination of colours in those sunrises.

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    1. Not that I want to trade, but I am looking forward to some cozy days! I have things I need to do indoors, but can't bear not to be outside when it's beautiful. And it is nice to enjoy the beautiful sunrises - sure don't get those when it's snowing! :-)

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  10. Lovely photos. In reference to the question you asked me in your comment on my Friday post, yes, that breed of birds are called Canada geese. :)

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    1. LOL - I know, it's just whenever I hear Canadians call them Canada geese, I think about the time we lived in Texas and my Texan husband said to someone who'd just mentioned a popular dance known everywhere else as the Texas Two-Step, "Around here we just call it the Two-Step." :-)

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  11. Cool sky, cool quilt and cool decorations. I hope you enjoyed your Halloween...your pics brightened mine! :-)

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    1. Thanks, veganelder, I'm always glad when my photos brighten your day! :-) We did have a fun Halloween! There were only a couple of icky costumes - most were really delightful and clever, and the kids were all so enthusiastic and polite! So many "Happy Halloweens!" and delighted cries of "Thank you!" - it was great fun! And we were thrilled at all the kids who were so happy to get pretzels! :-) (We also gave out Cracker Jacks, Smarties, and Sticky Hands - the latter is ALWAYS a hit with the older kids, but this year the pretzels were a real crowd-pleaser!)

      Happy World Vegan Day - may it soon be EVERY day! - to you! :-) xoxo

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  12. I love all the Halloween decorations. And your sky shots are just beautiful, the colors are lovely.. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. I thought they were fun and creative, so I'm glad you enjoyed the decorations too, as well as our colorful Halloween dawn! Happy rest-of-the-weekend and the extra hour this weekend form the end of Daylight Savings! :-)

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  13. My dear, you've gone batty! ;) So many creative ideas, and love that sunrise.

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    1. Thank you! I love bats and so take that as a compliment! :-) The creative goodies were the fruits of others' creative labors, I merely photographed them… I'm glad you enjoyed them, and it's always gratifying to get to share our glorious sunrises!

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  14. Halloween on your street is quite a "treat" in itself -- all those creatures positioned on porches and in yards waiting to scare the wits out of little children. Then you need to watch our for that dark hawk sitting on the roof too.

    But your treat was the gorgeous skies in your photos and the memory of that Halloween quilt.

    Halloween can be really fun. -- barbara

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    1. I agree that Halloween can be really fun - it's been my favorite holiday for years! :-) The yeas was definitely light on tricks and heavy on treats - and one of the nicest treats was the behavior of the Trick-or-Treaters this year. Enthusiastic and very polite, nearly every one of them (quite different from previous years!) Some great costumes, too - the wee ones experiencing their first TorT experience are especially fun. And the weather was perfect for them (much warmer than the 31st of Oct has any right to be in northern WY, so it was a combination of trick and treat).

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  15. Had a few short minutes (the ones looking at your posts are always shorter than the working minutes) to enjoy this post. Hope you had enough Vegan goodies for everyone. We had a cold, windy, rainy Halloween so had a very small crowd. Jim had our great niece and great nephew to trick or treat with and he thought that was great fun.

    I'm glad you had fun houses to enjoy with their festive halloween decorations and I am so glad you did not buy the house that would have prevented BW from retiring!!

    Love the doctored up photo of the raven but of course, my favorite was the quilt. Thanks for sharing. I can see why you went back to look at it! I really like that fabric on either side of the center panel!!

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    1. I know, time is definitely subjective! Glad it passes more quickly here at Mehitable Days than it does when you're immersed in Creedville. ;-)

      We actually had more than enough goodies for everyone, which surprised us - we had a lot of Trick or Treaters but we also watched quite a few walk right past our house (and our neighbors') - no idea why, unless there were richer pickin's elsewhere. Probably were - Pam's neighborhood was still being overrun when ours was done, and she ran out of goodies by 8pm despite having enough for something like 400! We ended up taking an entire box of the little pretzel bags to the homeless shelter, and have an unopened bag of Smarties left. (The Smarties are good for another 3 years - the pretzels weren't going to make it much past the 4th of July!) I take it you spent Halloween somewhere other than Cranberry Lodge this year… Ft Wayne?

      We're very glad we didn't buy that house either. It was never much of a possibility, they turned down our offer (as we knew they would - it was lowball), but later came back to us through our realtor practically begging us to submit it again. Which was interesting, because they started out so cocky that right after we, their first "customers," viewed the house they raised their price $20K!!! They'd just put it on the market and I guess our showing up so soon made them think they could get more and sell it quickly (it was a firm that flips houses). Guess that didn't quite work out the way they'd thought! In the time between making the offer and them trying to get us to resubmit it, we came fully to our senses and knew we had to stick with our priority to downsize and simplify. Had that house been in any other location we never even would have looked at it. I still wish we could have found a place up there, but oh well.

      The Halloween quilts are always fun, I love the colors! I was glad there was one this year and that I went back. I need to get the rest of them posted - been having some computer issues this weekend, unfortunately, because now I finally have the cozy (boy I'll say) weather I've been waiting for!

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  16. Hi,Laloofah. The sunrise photos are very beautigul. Halloween photos are very fantastic. The reflecting hawak's eyes are very interersting. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed all the Halloween goodies, Minoru, and as always appreciate your stopping by to visit and comment! :-)

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