Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Hallowe'en from the Spooky Forest!

Earlier this week, the insomniac  braved the bowels of the Little Gothic Cottage's basement to ferret out the Hallowe'en decorations, in order to participate in the Curious Professor Z's monthly homework assignment “Halloween at Home”. Although the furnishings and boxes containing all our worldly goods arrived at the cottage September 25th, very little progress has been made in their unpacking to date.

And this is only a small portion of the basement.

There is STILL SO MUCH MORE than the eye can see ...

Because the owl was large and easy to spot, it was one of the first items put out for display. That plus a glittery garland purchased just this year from Michaels - also easy to find, still in its Michaels bag and laying exactly where it had been tossed a month ago ... on top of the freezer. Having spent a good forty minutes vacuuming up glitter from the front entryway, it will most likely be packed away in one of those boxes in the basement tomorrow, never to see the light of day again.

Meh.

But just wait until next year, once the spiderweb
hinges have been installed.

THEN it will be more impressive. 

Three white mini pumpkins were purchased for the mantel, just 'specially to go with the newest addition to the Taxidermy Family - a bleached jackdaw. Just because a person's been living in a hotel for six months doesn't mean they can't keep collecting more stuff. Seriously, what else can a person do in a hotel besides shop on eBay? Frequenting the saloon at 10:00 a.m. every day gets old after a while ...

And they all make a lovely display when paired with the
Drunken Man Clutching a Lamp Post ornament,
originally belonging to the insomniac's  grandfather.

Because Hallowe'en isn't just for children, you know ...

Immediately after taking this photograph, the jackdaw will return to its hiding place in the Gothic Bench, which is rather scary itself, what with all those cobwebs inside. Funny what happens to one's furniture after having been in storage for almost a year, isn't it?

None of the taxidermy will be brought out for display until after the cottage passes Final Inspection - in case the inspector isn't a big fan of dead stuffed things. Having already gotten a few raised eyebrows and comments along the lines of, “Well this is different, isn't it?”, it seems prudent not to rock the boat any more than absolutely necessary.

Not too much longer now, my pretties ...

The Dark Sow, a gift from the lovely Linnea Maria last fall, and which has travelled with us in the Box Full of Important Stuff (like income tax papers) from the Gothic Mansion to the Boring Beige Rental to the Rockyview Hotel and finally to our new home, has been nestled in its permanent location - a dark corner of the kitchen cabinets.

The Dark Sow - a symbol of the darkness, and an expression of mysticism and magic.

An appropriate decoration for Hallowe'en ... and any other time of year.

In anticipation of the hoards of children who would undoubtedly descend upon the Little Gothic Cottage this Hallowe'en night, a selection of toys and games and candy - and a beautiful card by Creepy Glowbugg - were set out in the hallway.

Yeah, hoards. Hoping for maybe six ... just like the old days.

And at 9:02 p.m., having had only one solitary child appear at our door (after a very insistent email to her mother demanding she be brought over), it would appear that Hallowe'en night for the insomniac  is destined to be even more dismal out here in the country than it was in the city. Because if little children were afraid to come down the long, dark alleyway to the Gothic Mansion on Hallowe'en night, then what child in their right mind would come down a long, dark country road to trick-or-treat at the Little Gothic Cottage?

Standing there with the door wide open just long enough to take this picture was enough to give the insomniac  the creeps ...

Complete and utter darkness. With howling coyotes.

That is Scary.

The insomniac  apologizes for her rather sad attempt at decorating this year, and hopes she doesn't get a failing grade on the Professor's assignment. She promises to do much better next year - after all, now there's an entire forest to decorate - and that couldn't possibly go badly.

Happy Hallowe'en everyone!



Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

51 comments:

  1. "Seriously, what else can a person do in a hotel besides shop on eBay?" Sounds like something I would say!

    Trying to be good these days of course!

    The ravens in the box look like they are hiding under the floorboards in a secret compartment at first glance. I assume they are plotting. That might just be me.

    Ha ha, I love how the man was shocked at your collection. You know you're doing it right..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't believe how boring it is to live in a hotel for that long, Laura! It was either the internet or TV, and I'm not much of a fan of television - unless it's Vikings or American Horror Story - but we didn't get those channels. I'm having to be good these days though - no money left after this build! :)

      The bench with the ravens is in our bedroom. I expect any night we'll be rudely awakened by an explosion of birds trying to escape their confines. I don't think it's just you. LOL

      It's funny, people's reactions to the house ... some think it's very special and some, you can just tell, think it's pretty 'different'. Everyone agrees it looks very old for a brand new house though - yay!

      Delete
  2. Glad you are out of the hotel and into a home. The decorating looked great even if it was on the fly. Can't wait for next years pictures.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So am I, Lady M. Towards the end there, I thought I was going to sink into a depression from which I might never recover. I found it really hard not to be able to cook and decorate and do all the stuff I normally enjoy doing - all those things that keep me somewhat sane!

      Thank you! And I have so many ideas for decorating the forest. But we really will have to advertise or something to get more kids. ;)

      Delete
  3. Oooh, your front door and arch look wonderful.

    You must be so excited that things are finally moving along.

    No trick or treaters called here this year :(

    Happy Halloween!! ♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! And yes, we are settling in, although not living here full-time until all the inspections are finished. Still, there's lots of unpacking to get done and at least it feels good being busy. AND being able to eat home-cooked meals rather than restaurant food. I definitely need to diet this winter! LOL

      Oh no - no kids? How disappointing for you. Do you usually get at least a few?

      Happy belated Hallowe'en to you too, Yvonne! ❤

      Delete
  4. Pretty good effort, I think! Oooooo, taxidermy. Did I ever tell you about my sister's stuffed groundhog who always wore a little Mexican sombrero? Like a member of the family, he was.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awww, you're just being sweet, Debra. I think it's a pretty lame effort, actually. A Mexican sombrero, eh? Hmmmm, I wonder how the crows would feel about that?

      Like a member of the family, he was ... **chortles**

      Delete
  5. The Gothic Cottage already looks fantastic. I'm very glad that you're finally moving into the cottage--and just before winter sets in. Congratulations on your patience, persistence and creativity!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Nightwind! There are so many holes in the walls from my trying to decide what looks best where, it's looking like a piece of Swiss cheese in here. We got in just in time - snowed like crazy yesterday. And I'll be the first to admit my patience was wearing very thin by September. :)

      I'm just getting the sewing portion of the spare bedroom set up. I WILL have that coat done before winter is over! :D

      Delete

  6. I have a moment tonight, between scrubbing the house roof to cellar floor, sleeping and Halloween celebrations, when I am checking up on the blog world - and I saw that you posted something, after all these months of waiting! Oh, I'm so glad you are finally settled in your house! I hope Final inspection goes smoothly.

    Otherwise I'm leaving the blogging until next week, cause my weekend is crazy. My family is coming over tomorrow and we'll be dressing up, carving pumpkins, having a candy hunt, and of course I'll be cooking up a storm :)

    I can't wait to see pictures of your new house! And if you wouldn't mind, could you email me your new address?

    Happy Halloween!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my, you ARE ambitious, Ms. Misantropia ... scrubbing the house from top to bottom sounds like so much work! Family time with dressing up and carving pumpkins and cooking up a storm sounds much more enjoyable. ;)

      We are sort of settled - not really here permanently until all the inspections are done, but hopefully that will be within the next two weeks or so.

      Internet is very sporadic out here, but I will be posting more regularly now the big computer is set up again. I have to get some kind of device so it doesn't get wrecked every time the power goes out, and we're not even in the depths of winter yet! Takes me forever to reply to people's comments - no internet, restart the computer, no internet, shut down the computer, no internet, go away and make a coffee, come back and get internet for five minutes, reply to one comment, no internet again ... LOL Oh well, time to adapt to a slower pace out here, I guess.

      Delete
  7. The Cottage looks fabulous! Glad to see you are starting to settle in. I didn't get too much decorating done this year either---but some of us have Halloween decorations up all year, so it doesn't make that much difference, ha ha!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Tilda! It's funny but it still doesn't seem like home yet. I don't know if it's because there's no stuffed dead things displayed, or because we've been without a home for so long, or because I haven't started cooking here much and still don't know where everything is - like my damn kitchen knives! I think by Christmas and once we have some memories, maybe then it will feel like ours.

      I'm already debating purchasing small Santa hats for the crows. ;)

      Delete
  8. Hurray for you. Enjoy your home.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, hooray! It's been a long haul, Rhonda. I'm exhausted and looking forward to having a home again. Will you be doing your Christmas Cookies Countdown this year? :)

      Delete
  9. I think your pictures are stunning but that aren't many trick-or-treaters who come out in the country. In their defense, the front yard picture is rather spooky! I'm in a little townhome community and we only had two! Hmph. More candy for us, I suppose! ((Although around here the local dentist office buys candy and sends it to the military)).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh thank you, Goth Gardener! Yes, it is a long drive for trick-or-treaters to go house to house, and they certainly couldn't walk. And I wouldn't walk down that driveway if I were a child either. I won't even do it myself, and I'm fully growed!

      Only two - how disappointing! It seems as though going door to door is becoming a thing of the past, doesn't it? Although I happened to be in the city and at the mall on Hallowe'en day (picking up candy at the last possible minute!) and it was a mob-fest!

      Delete
  10. The little Halloween decoration you have is just fine, I mean, you whole house is on the spooky side. ;D I love the bleached jackdaw & the pumpkins together.
    And oh my god, what little I could see of you house in your pictures look amazing! Especially the fireplace. <3 I want to see it all! Are you going to show us soon? Ahem - I mean, you HAVE TO show us soon! ;) It has come a long way since last I saw it.

    It was a calm Halloween here too, not many kids, wich is fine by me. ^^ And lots of horror movies. There was a few new movies out there, but as always - the old movies will always be the best ones.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Sandra! I think I've developed a side of me that believes less is more when it comes to decorating ... must be from having lived without our stuff for so long. I'm sure that won't last! ;)

      Just as soon as I get everything unpacked and figure out where it's all going, I'll be sure to post some pictures. But I don't want to spoil it by showing anything until it's absolutely ready. There really are a lot of boxes in the basement to go through yet. And more things to go to the charity shops too, I think.

      We don't have television yet, but I really do think I'm going to have to cut out the horror movies now that we're out here. Except the old ones - they aren't as scary to me somehow. I guess cause they're like old friends. :)

      Delete
  11. I saw this post last night, but came back this morning with a coffee so I could enjoy it in a leisurely fashion. I'm quite sure you WILL make everything "more impressive" next year, but trust me, this is pretty darned impressive right now! You set the bar very high for the rest of us! ;D On Halloween night, we watched the Halloween episode of 'The Addams Family', and not being able to stop at one, we've started back at the beginning and are now going to re-watch the entire series over the coming weeks. All your treasures are so gorgeously Addams-worthy! *happy sigh*

    The thought of kids venturing into the Spooky Forest to your Little Gothic Cottage made me think of one of my favourite vintage, Halloween New Yorker Magazine covers. I have to email it to you! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't know if it will be more impressive or not, Little Gothic Horrors! Maybe this time next year I'll just go, “Oh, why bother. I won't get any kids anyways.” LOL

      I'm going to have to go out and buy a DVD player (Are they still called DVD's? I'm kinda out of touch about technology, other than computers!). I'd love to watch all the old Addams Family shows again. And The Munsters!

      Thank you for the adorable picture, Emma. I have saved it to my computer, and I'm pretty sure once I remember how to make it the background on my phone, IT WILL BE DONE. ;)

      Delete
  12. Well, it's not just spooky Forrests that keep the Kiddies away...we always only get so few Trick-Or-Treaters that we have to offer bribes of Candy Goodie Bags filled to the brim to get the few to venture up the Path to This Ole' Haunted House Halloween Night. I took the G-Kid Force to The Son's in an upscale Cookie Cutter Subdivision, which apparently doesn't scare the bejesus out of anyone since their street was packed with Trick-Or-Treaters and their Parents, all in Costume, it was like a Fifties Flashback of how Halloween should and used to be. Can't wait to see the Big Reveal of your New Home... Dia de los Muertos Blessings coming to you from the Arizona Desert... where we're paying Homage to all of our Dearly Departed this Weekend... Dawn... The Bohemian

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What's the matter with kids these days Dawn, that you have to bribe them to go to the scary houses? Those were the houses you couldn't keep us away from when I was a kid! LOL

      I'm glad the G-Force (both of them) went trick or treating. Loved the Prince's comment, “Can I still go as Death?” and your reply to his comment. It's a tough thing to deal with, what you're going through. The teenage years are never easy at the best of times, and when there's additional issues to deal with it's even tougher. Wishing happier times ahead for you and yours. ❤

      Delete
  13. Oh gosh, I am so excited about your new cottage! Really hoping to see TONS of pictures in the times to come.
    And also very happy you are finally at your own home again (Blogland was not the same without you).
    I can´t imagine how stressful it was to be on a hotel for such a long time, I only can say I wouldn´t like to be in your shoes... But I am pretty sure it was totally worth it :)

    By the way, I feel very curious about those inspections you mentioned! Could you explain a bit more about them to me? We do not have anything similar in Spain, I guess. Once you build a new house, I think all they do is sending the gas company to check everything is safe, but other than that you are perfectly free to do whatever you like with your home, so I felt vey shocked about your taxidermy comments on the inspector. Always nice to learn about cultural differences!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm pretty excited too, Violette! There will be pictures but I'm sure it will take a while before it's picture-worthy. And it really is wonderful to be in a house of our own again. It's been a long year, for sure. :)

      Before we're allowed to move in legally, we need the electrical, gas, plumbing and general structure to be inspected. So the house did fail inspection ... we have to change some things like egress from a couple of bedroom windows, adding a peephole to the front door, an extra handrail on the staircase and we do have to add glass to cover some of the wrought iron on the stairwell, because there are openings that a child could slip its foot into and use to climb up the railing. Boo. The glass looks horrible.

      I was sort of kidding about the taxidermy - they can't fail the house because of that - but we don't need to make the house look any weirder than people already think it looks. We'll wait until after everyone's gone to do that! ;)

      Delete
  14. OH MY GAWDS! The house looks amazing! And good luck with the inspection. *crosses fingers* I'm more than sure that everything will be fine. And view from the front door is fabulous ... you lucky, lucky ducky.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, thanks Professor! Well, we failed which is not that unusual. But the buggers made us drill a hole in that beautiful front door to add a bloody peephole. Who are we going to be peeping at, I'd like to know. A grizzly bear? :O

      Other than the peephole, we are lucky, lucky duckies. :)

      Delete
  15. My intermittent internet is on again, I'll be quick!!!!! I LOVE the cottage, your Halloween decorations are truly awesome (you would have been appalled at my plastic fiasco....... appalled!! hehehe) I'm so excited for you, everything is almost done, good luck with Mr or Ms Inspector too! x x x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Still intermittent, Sandra? I can hardly stand the internet out here it's so slow. I may have to give it up altogether - I have no patience!

      I love plastic Hallowe'en decorations - I would not have been appalled at all! I think it's because I grew up in the 50's when everything was plastic. Love to you all! :)

      Delete
  16. YAY!!! You're back!!! I was peaking on your blog a few weeks ago and have anxiously been awaiting your return. I too shall be returning shortly after a long hiatus. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new abode!!! I admit to full blown jealously of BOTH your domiciles now. So very glad to see you again!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I am back! And it will be lovely to see you back in blogland too after your hiatus, which I'm sure you spent very productively. Unlike moi!

      I'm really loving the new place, although it still seems a little unreal. I suspect after Christmas and having had the family out to celebrate with us (provided it doesn't snow too much and they can actually get out here!), it will start to seem more like home then.

      I'm very excited to see what new projects you have been working on, Danielle! :)

      Delete
  17. ooooo just a little tiny glimpse of your home and I'm already excited to see the rest of it. I can't believe how quickly the time has flown since you first blogged about starting it. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gawd, I hope everybody isn't disappointed with the cottage - so many people are dying to see it - so much pressure! I think in another month I might be finished doing all the touch-up painting and have at least a couple of rooms organized that I can show.

      Life really does fly by, although I'm pretty sure it flew by a lot quicker on your end Rachel, than it seemed to on ours! Haha!

      Delete
  18. Late to the party as usual, but very glad to hear your in the new digs! Not sure what to suggest to lure the trick or treaters to your location. Are there any kids in the area? I suppose bribery might work. Let's hope Father Christmas finds you!

    Ali

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey, better late than never, Ali! ;)

      Seems to be a few kids but I'm thinking I might actually organize a Hallowe'en party next year. Hopefully that will be bribe enough!

      How was your trip back to Canada? Were you sad to leave again or does it not seem like home anymore?

      Delete
  19. Its been ten years Lynne, so its different every time I go over. I don't think I'll be making another trip back again soon. I don't do long distance travel as well as I used to. I did really enjoy Halloween there this year though. Had a great time taking the grandkids around trick or treating.

    Ali

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It probably seems quite weird when you come back here! I agree with you about the long distance travel, although I think I have one more left in me and that's gonna be England, Scotland and Wales. If we ever recover enough financially, that is. :P

      I bet it was fun with the grandkids. :)

      Delete
  20. It's been a while since I visited your blog, and of course, I was not disappointed. You're style and elegance shines through, even at Halloween. I loved your remarks, especially: "...not much longer, my darlings." That made me chuckle. Hope all went well and sending you a smile, across the miles.... :) ~Denise

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's been a while since I've visited yours too Denise, and unfortunately might be a while longer until I'm able to get to it ... I've got limited time on the internet until we figure out how to keep our charges under $380/month! The hazards of no longer living in the city with unlimited high speed internet ...

      Another inspection tomorrow - hopefully we'll pass this time. I'm looking forward to getting caught up with all my blog friends! :)

      Delete
  21. Spiderweb….. hinges?

    >heavy breathing<

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you're excited about the spiderweb hinges, I'm guessing you'd be equally stoked about the spiderweb stained glass I'm making for my kitchen cupboards, Tante! ;)

      Delete
  22. Your Little Gothic Cottage is gorgeous, Insomniac! I loved seeing these glimpses of it, and look forward to more! And I'm glad being in that hotel didn't stop you from collecting more stuffed dead things - that bleached jackdaw is beautiful, and looks perfectly at home on your mantel! All the waiting and hard work has paid off - long may you enjoy your fabulous new abode ❤

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Gothic Flamingo! Just small glimpses for now, as it really won't feel like home until all the taxidermy comes out of hiding. And there's still a lot of painting, staining, varnishing, unpacking and cleaning to get done before it's photo worthy. ;)

      Isn't that jackdaw handsome? He's got the funniest little look in his eye that I'm not sure you can see in the photo. I bought him to sell in the Attic, but now I'm just not sure ... LOL

      Not too much hard work on my part but certainly lots of waiting! Thank you so much, Gothic Flamingo - here's to many years in the Little Gothic Cottage before the offspring shuffle us off to the Old Folks' Home. ❤

      Delete
  23. It is so good to hear from you, Insomniac! The photos of your beautiful door, birdie bench, fireplace, and top of kitchen cabinets are all so lovely, elegant, and such a tease! The chandelier is absolutely stunning. I'm glad you have a little more space around you then the hotel days. I get claustrophobic and I know it would have been hard for me to be confined for a long time.
    We live in a neighborhood with lots of cool older houses here in Napa. We have scads of trick or treaters but we just put a huge bowl out with candy because we all like to trick or treat. There are always folks wandering around and if you walk to the door with an empty wineglass, someone will ask to fill it. Even a half empty glass. Very festive. Our candy bowl was empty when we got home - even the pencils were gone.
    Inspectors - they can be cool or not cool and get all weird and bureaucratic on you. I agree it's best to try to keep a low profile - nearly impossible anyway when you are creative!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey there, lightning x! Been thinking about you and wondering how you were settling into your new home? But if you can walk around your neighbourhood with a half-empty wineglass and get it refilled, then I'm having some serious second thoughts about where we've chosen to live! How nice that you can leave the treats out and enjoy the festivities yourself. That's the way it should be done!

      We passed inspection last Wednesday! The taxidermy is all out of hiding, and now I just have to figure out where to put everyone. I don't mean to be a tease with the photos - just trying to hide all the woodwork that still isn't stained, although you can see it pretty clearly behind the chandelier. Right now I'm more concerned with trying to figure out what doesn't work anymore and needs to be gotten rid of than I am in doing paint touch-ups! That and finding a decent internet plan that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg. LOL

      Delete
    2. So glad you passed the inspection! What a relief, eh? Can't wait for new pictures and hope your holiday was peaceful and full of warmth.

      Love the new house but was too busy to decorate much. But hopefully there will be years for that!

      Delete
  24. Hope you had a great Halloween my friend! The decor on your new home is already amazing. My jealousy continues... Spider Web hinges?! Really?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was ... acceptable, Mark. And yours, I can just imagine, was probably fantastic! I love your new statue. I can hardly wait until we get proper internet out here and I can start catching up on everyone's blogs! Ah, rural life. ;)

      Hopefully spiderweb hinges, yes! Just trying to find someone who can make them cheaply enough. Until then, stained glass spiderweb kitchen cupboard glass is in the works. But I had to take a stained glass course this summer because I couldn't afford to get those made either. Maybe I should take a welding class so I can do the hinges? LOL

      Delete
  25. Stumbled onto your blog because of your Buckleberry--love the blog and the house construction pictures! Can't wait to see more from the building process as it is my dream house plan too. Hope you're enjoying living in "the wilds" in your new home.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, welcome to the asylum, anachronistic1! I can't tell you how much I'm loving living in the Buckleberry. We changed the plans quite a lot - not near as much detail as we would have liked because details = expensive. Still, we're very pleased and living in the wilds is pretty awesome, too. I hope to be a more regular blogger starting in the New Year. That's the resolution, anyway. :)

      Delete