Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sad Post-Goodbye Rocco

I haven't been posting because things have been rough around here. My younger sister got a dog that has basically been a service dog 15 years ago and 2 weeks ago she had to be put to sleep because she was in heart failure and she had fluid in her lungs. It broke my sister's heart. She found an adorable puppy that she paid $280 for and the women told her he had his first shots. She is staying with me right now and she brought him back to the house, he was perfect! A few day's ago he started being very lethargic and wouldn't eat or drink. She took him to the vet and they said he has Parvo.  We started trying to nurse him through it right away. Wednesday his little body just couldn't take it any more and he passed away. It has been heartbreaking. He was only 10 weeks old! The women knew he had Parvo when she sold him to my sister, how shitty is that?! We are heartbroken beyond belief and I am furious with that women. It is a horrible virus and even more horrible way for them to die. Please, Please as soon as they are old enough, vaccinate your furbabies! 

Needless to say I have been drowning my sorrows in horror movies and shows. Mostly Zombie stuff.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Travel Idea's For Horror & Paranormal Lover's

I LOVE horror movies and spooky places (obviously lol) and I LOVE travel so it come's without saying that when you mix the two, it is pretty dang awesome! Of course there are other places I want to travel to that aren't horror related but in all honesty I think there are spooky landmarks all over the world!We know the obvious one's like going to The Stanley Hotel but there are interesting spots everywhere! We have so many different cultures that all come with their own myths and legends. So when you travel maybe make a little pit stop to learn about something creepy in another state or country!
I have put together a list of places that I think would be cool to see, I am sure there are many more and would love to hear from you about the places you know of! 
  1. St. Augustine Lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida 
  2. Go to the Great Horror Campout
  3. Go to Zombie Survival Camp
  4. Shoot Zombies at Zombie WarZ here in Arizona
  5. Stay at Myrtle Plantation in New Orleans, Louisiana 
  6. Tour Winchester Mystery House
  7. Portugal's City Of Bones
  8. Capuchin Catacombs, Sicily
  9. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
  10. Stay at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado
  11. Island of Dolls, Mexico
  12. The Catacombs in Paris, France
  13. Visit Aokigahara Forest, Japan
  14. Pennhurst Asylum, Pennsylvania 
  15. Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride
  16. Waverly Hills Sanatorum, Kentucky
  17. Tower of London
  18. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
  19. Leap Castle, Ireland
  20. Hoia Bociu Forest, Romania
  21. Poveglia Island, Italy
  22. Halloween Horror Nights, Florida
  23. Knott's Scary Farm, California
  24. Fright Dome Circus Circus, Nevada
  25. Bran Castle Romania
  26. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Weston, West Virginia 
  27. The Villisca Axe Murder House Villisca, Iowa 
  28. The Round Schoolhouse Ruins Japan 
  29. Royal Hotel in Okinawa, Japan 
  30. Teacher’s Camp, Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City, Philippines 
  31. Diplomat Hotel Baguio City, Philippines 
  32. No. 14 Laperal (The White House) Baguio City, Philippines 
  33. Kipapa Gulch in Mililani Town Oahu, Hawaii 
  34. Saint Louis Cemetary (Marie Laveau's Grave) New Orleans, Louisiana 
  35. Jerome Grand Hotel in Jerome, Arizona 
  36. Birdcage Theater Tombstone, Arizona 
  37. Superstition Mountains Gold Canyon, Arizona 
  38. The Lizzie Borden House Fall River, Massachusetts 
  39. Chillingham Castle in England 
  40. Dragsholm Castle in Denmark 
  41. Moosham Castle (Witches Castle) in Unternburg, Austria 
  42. Belcourt Castle in Newport, Rhode Island 
  43. Visit Marie Laveau's House Of Voodoo
  44. Bobby Mackey's in Wilder, Kentucky
  45. Shanghai Tunnel's in Portland, Oregon
  46. Area 51 and The Little A'Le'Inn
  47. Ancient Ram Inn Gloucestershire, England
  48. Banff Springs Hotel Alberta, Canada
  49. Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, California
  50. Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  51. Last but not least, as in my Halloween Lover's Bucket List, a Haunt Attraction Road Trip!
This is what I have come across so far. Some are entertainment and some are real location's where things have happened. If you go to the real locations, make sure to show respect for the place you visit.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Finished Halloween Decorations

I didn't get to do nearly as much as I was planning but I did a few thing's. Most of my decorating was indoor's and not as organized as I would like but it is way better than my outdoor decorations. It is rather pitiful but considering most of the houses on my street had NOTHING for could have been worse. I will be writing about that in another post.

I only did the three window silhouettes and I did a cut out for the garage, carved the pumpkin, hung some lights on the doorway and a sign and put together a monster to hang in the tree. That was the extent of my outdoor stuff...ugh, just sad.

I did a lot of makeup! My daughter, my sister, and her fiance plus mine.

We did get some trick r' treater's but not much.

We ended the night by having nacho's and watching the new Poltergeist. That was fun! It wasn't the original but it was good. I liked the special effects. It did add some extra spookiness to it. I know there are die hard Original only fans but you just have to appreciate for what it is.

So here are the pictures I took of Our Halloween :-)

And This is Us :-)

Hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween! We have bigger and better plans for next year! Going to have to start working on it through out the year starting like January.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy Day Of The Dead!

Or Feliz Dia De Los Muertos! We Are honoring the many relatives we have lost. We actually lost 8 family members on my mom's side and 5 on my dad's side. Then there was 4 on my ex's side so it has been pretty constant. The hardest was my mom. She was sick for a long time and we had a hard relationship for a long time but at the same time she was a devoted mom who tried so hard that it drove her to the thing's she didn't want to be. She was a beautiful kind hearted woman that had a hard life. I got a better relationship with her when I was older and was her caregiver for years. 
I love how The Day Of The Dead celebrates the life of the people and you honor that life. We are blessed to have a very multicultural family. We have everything from Irish and Filipino to my daughter who also has Creole. The great thing about that is we can explore the many different traditions and beliefs of the various cultures. 

We got to go to the Dia De Los Muertos Festival in Mesa and it was nice even though it wasn't on the actual day. Today my daughter and I are going to make Skull Cookies. Next year we are building an alter. 

Here are the pictures from the festival.

Pan de Muerto 
(Bread of the Dead)
•             1/4 cup milk
•             1/4 cup (half a stick) margarine or butter, cut into 8 pieces
•             1/4 cup sugar
•             1/2 teaspoon salt
•             1 package active dry yeast
•             1/4 cup very warm water
•             2 eggs
•             3 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
•             1/2 teaspoon anise seed
•             1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•             2 teaspoons sugar
Instructions: Bring milk to boil and remove from heat. Stir in margarine or butter, 1/4 cup sugar and salt.
In large bowl, mix yeast with warm water until dissolved and let stand 5 minutes. Add the milk mixture.
Separate the yolk and white of one egg. Add the yolk to the yeast mixture, but save the white for later. Now add flour to the yeast and egg. Blend well until dough ball is formed.
Flour a pastry board or work surface very well and place the dough in center. Knead until smooth. Return to large bowl and cover with dish towel. Let rise in warm place for 90 minutes. Meanwhile, grease a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Knead dough again on floured surface. Now divide the dough into fourths and set one fourth aside. Roll the remaining 3 pieces into "ropes."
On greased baking sheet, pinch 3 rope ends together and braid. Finish by pinching ends together on opposite side. Divide the remaining dough in half and form 2 "bones." Cross and lay them atop braided loaf.
Cover bread with dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix anise seed, cinnamon and 2 teaspoons sugar together. In another bowl, beat egg white lightly.
When 30 minutes are up, brush top of bread with egg white and sprinkle with sugar mixture, except on cross bones. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.