Thursday, November 1, 2012


It is November 1st and the marking of the Day of the Dead is upon us.  I have an artwork that I purchased some years ago in Jerome, framed and hung on the wall of my office.  SWMBO hates it, for some unknown reason, but I've always liked it.

Just in case you're not familiar with this particular day . . it is said to be the day when the spirits of our dead relatives and friends come back to visit.  In Mexico we went one year to a graveyard on the Dia de los Muertos.  People come to the graves of their departed ones and have a picnic, with tacos, beans, tequila and whatnot.  This can go on for 24 hours.  It is not a period of mourning but rather to remember the ones who have passed on and to celebrate their lives.  Guitars are strummed and people sing favorite songs.  I think it's kind of a nice idea, to spend one day remembering the good things about the ones who have gone to their graves before us.

Halloween 2012 fini

Here are a couple of the trick or treaters who visited our home last night.

We had a grand total of only nine youngsters ringing our bell last night.  I always want to be prepared for more so I bought a box of 100 Tootsie Pops in preparation.  SWMBO, who was in charge of answering the door, encouraged everyone to take two.  I figure that's 18 passed out, leaving us with a basket containing 82 more.

As SWMBO said this morning, "Now what are you gonna do?"

Since I'm not a big fan of Tootsie Pops, I had no answer.

Maybe today's gratuitous critters can help.

Somebody snuck into this picture, I think, wearing his Halloween mask!


The Bug said...

I'm with SWMBO on this one - I wouldn't want that guy staring at me! It is a nice custom though. We'll be remembering our dead at church Sunday for All Saints day :)

Cute critters! That middle one had better watch out - it might get corrupted hanging out with those guys!

Lucy said...

You could always send them out to your blogging buddies. Actually I'm sure I'm too keen on Tootsie pops, if I've ever had them. Don't suppose they'll keep to next year.

I've always rather liked the sound of the Day of the Dead...

Steve said...

I've decided it's better to run out than to have left overs. I gave lots, but still have some.

Lowandslow said...

I'm with SWMBO, too. It's kinda creepy. I like the sentiment behind it, but the poster....creepy.

The trick to Halloween candy is to buy what YOU like, then when/if the kiddos don't show up, it's yours. ALL YOURS! Bwa Ha Ha Ha!


Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

SWMBO won't let me buy Halloween candy that I like. For obvious reasons.

As for you who question my taste in art: BRRRRAAAAAAZZZZZZZCCCCCHHHHH!!!

(That's supposed to sound like a Bronx cheer.)

Thérèse said...

I wish I could grab a lollipop! :-) I simply like very much this tradition of Dia de los Muertos...

P.S. Grr... for the code to enter...