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Looking for Local Monsters

I promised myself a Monstrous Monday, and now I am sitting at my ailing laptop, typing with ten fingers — an unusual activity these days. I am still getting used to this new WordPress editor, and I must say, I am not a fan. But perhaps I will find things easier with an actual keyboard. We shall see.

Wait: monsters, not murder!

I peeked into our downloads and found this. My husband Steven used to have this movie poster hanging on his wall, so when videos first started to be a thing (that is a thing for us; as always we are slow to get into the new technology), I got him the video of it for Christmas. It has been one of our go to movies ever since. But I stray from my stated theme of the day.

He’s a charming fellow.

Having discovered I no longer know how to download photos from Facebook, I retreated to my Media Library. Here is a ghoul from Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit. See, I can even plug a local business on Monstrous Monday!

I think these are friends with the other.

Here is another picture. I have visited Pumpkin Junction three times this Halloween season. I do not rule out making it four.

“Let me out!”

Here is a skeleton (or rather parts of one) I purchased on my first visit to the Junction. I immediately put him in my front yard. I did not decorate as thoroughly as I had hoped this year, but one does what one can.

Pumpkin Junction is located at 2118 Graffenburg Rd., Sauquoit, NY. They are open daily till Halloween from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It is the Monstrous Time of Year!

For this week’s Monstrous Monday Post,  I took some pictures of the evolving Halloween decorations at my house.

His name is Harold Ghoul.

I purchased this ghoul from a neighbor’s yard sale this year.  Our other ghoul,  Elliott Ghoul,  is in the front window.  I could not get a good picture due to reflections.

A work in progress.

You can’t see the Keep Out tape very well, and I need to place the scarecrows more advantageously.

I am especially proud of this little group.

The black tulips that Bonita is holding were a prop from Spring Into Murder, one of the dinner theatres written by me (regular readers know I like to mention my murder mysteries at any opportunity).  The gorilla in the mask is Bert the Birtday Gorilla.  I got him at a post-Valentine’s Day Sale for Steven’s March birthday, a number of year’s ago.

Lots of little things here!

I meant to put just a few things on the mantle, but once I got started…

The shirt is too worn out for me to wear, alas!

Since this Santa Claus stays out all year, I like to dress him up a little for Halloween.  Maybe next year I will try a vampire cape or witch’s hat.  It is nice to have these little improvements from year to year!

 

Is My Brain On Planet Arous?

What a comfort Monstrous Monday is.  I don’t have to think very hard.  I just have to share monster pictures and type a few words (once again referring to Truman Capote: “That’s not writing, that’s typing”).

Be still, my heart.

I begin with my favorite,  Nosferatu.  Full disclosure: I rarely watch the 1922 movie, because it is difficult to watch a silent movie and knit or crochet.  I hope I have not lost all horror cred with some of my readers.

Me neither, Dude!

This is what I should have led with!  I think the Monster says it all!

And I thought I had a dirty job!

Here is a nice atmospheric shot.  Check out the ghoul on the right!  Who’s he?

This is what I need!

No, here is the picture I should have led with: The Brain From Planet Arous.  Regular readers know I like to share this guy when I feel I have no brain myself.

So it seems today is long on pictures and short on words.  This is because, as I just mentioned, I am short on brains.  These things happen.  I’ll try for something better on Tired Tuesday.

 

Too Tired to Tingle

I ran 15K again yesterday, at the mini maker sponsored by Copper City Brewing and Roman Runners.  I proceeded to celebrate my achievement with the result that I did not make a post last night and I am taking a Blogger’s Sick Day today.  I am TIRED! I made it through the day at work. When I got home I put trash and recyclables by the curb.  And I cooked a little supper.

Oh, just listen to me babble!  Quick, put in a monster picture.

I have similar dark circles under my eyes.

I need some rubber chickens in my life.  The above, of course, is Svengoolie, beloved horror host.  I said Blogger’s Sick Day,  but perhaps this will be a Monstrous Monday as well.

Poisonous? Or a sqeezer?

Some people are terrified of snakes.  This one does not look too threatening.  He (or she, I can’t tell) is painted on a walking path near my house.

Who does her hair?

Here is one of my favorites,  Elsa Manchester as The Bride of Frankenstein.   Hubba, hubba!

Now there’s a tight necktie!

I was looking for a picture of a sleepy or sleeping monster, but how about a monster on a sleeping victim?  It is Vincent Price in The Tingler.  And that brings me over 200 words.  Score!  And Happy Monday, all.

PS  I plan to write a post aboit the mini maker, hopefully by tomorrow.

 

A Monstrous Moment

He’s got things all wrapped up.

Yes, it is another Monstrous Monday Post.  I am not even sure I can manage that, but I will try.  Don’t mind me; I’m having a moment.  For the past two months I’ve been having a moment.  I expect to get over it soon.

I need a little spookiness to cheer me up!

This is a neighbor’s Halloween display from last year.  I must begin my own Halloween decorating soon.  That will be nice.

He is hot, yes.

In other cheerful news, I just read that Peter Cushing is the Star of the Month for TCM in October.  That means Hammer Horror!  Yay!

Speaking of Masters of Horror…

 

Here are a few more fellows who I’d like to see featured by TCM:  Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Vincent Price.

Yum, yum!

I thought I ought to include Christopher Lee as well.  No doubt there are others I should include, but there will be other Monstrous Mondays.

Regular readers know who my favorite is!

Here are a few actual monsters, just to get back to the theme of the day.

She needs a new outfit.

I close with another of my at-home monsters, Bonita.  Isn’t she elegant?  And that brings me over 200 words.  Freudian typo:  I started to put years instead of words.  How old I feel?  Or how long some things seem to take?  Anyways, it’s better than 200 pounds!

 

Not Much Brain, But I Love My Monsters!

I am too tired for anything but a Monstrous Monday Post.  Yes, this is often the case on a Monday.  Perhaps I party too heartily on the weekends.  Then again, at my age, I believe I should be congratulated for partying in any degree.  If you do not agree, go ahead and judge me.  I will somehow survive.

Do you suppose she is judging him?

Here is one of my favorite shots from one of my favorite movies, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die.  I should be able to give such a withering side eye!

“Was somebody looking for a brain?”

Ah, here is the appropriate monster for a day like today, The Brain From Planet Arous.  I love to share this picture on days when I feel I have little or no brain myself.  Unfortunately,  I seem to experience those days more and more lately.

“I thought you were looking for me.”

I also wanted to share a picture of my all time favorite,  Nosferatu.  I confess to having a lot of favorite monsters and movies.  I love different ones for different reasons.  Well, why should I limit my enjoyment?  I choose instead to spread my love around!

After all, a boy’s best friend is his mother.

Speaking of love, I close with this sweet picture.  Full disclosure:  I am not all that familiar with this series of movies.  Perhaps at some future date.  In the meantime, Happy Monday!

 

I Need a Little Nosferatu

I thought of that title, and, quite frankly, that is all I could think up.  However, many of us are tired on Monday, and I feel a silly post is entirely acceptable.  Additionally, today has been hot and humid.  It wears me out.  Judge me if you are so inclined.

Here’s the man of the hour!

Who doesn’t love a Monstrous Monday Post?  Surely none of my readers (who are also used to being called Shirley on occasion).  I went a whole weekend without seeing any monster movies.  This happens sometimes, of course, but I try not to make a habit of it.

May I cut in?

We almost watched House on Haunted Hill, for which the above is a publicity shot.  I just loves me some Vincent Price.

I would love to have this on my wall!

Since Nosferatu is today’s title monster, I thought I would include another picture.  So atmospheric!  I do not have enough monsters in my house.

Another poster I would be proud to hang in my living room.

Just to show I am not averse to other vampires, here is Bela Lugosi as Dracula.  I like him too.

So this has been another Monday of random pictures and silly remarks.  I leave you with a final monster, and a sentiment with which I am sure many will agree:

Is It Halloween Yet?

I knew this would be a Monstrous Monday Post,  since it was my first day back to work after ANOTHER month’s furlough.  I am indeed happy to be once again gainfully employed.  However, this is not a work blog.  It is, I confess, many types of a blog, but never work.  Today, it is monsters.  I like monsters.

Who else is ready for Halloween?

This is a neighbor’s yard, from last October.  I know I am not the only one who feels increasingly content as Halloween approaches.

Another angle.

I need to step up my front yard decorations this year.

My own front porch.

I like this shot, because the ghost looks like it is in mid-flight.  I look forward to what I will come up with this year.

Not exactly monsters, but fun.

This is a rehearsal of Mummers Along the Mohawk,  for our performance at last year’s Great American Irish Festival in Frankfort, NY.  That was a great deal of fun.  Of course, this year, things were different.

Who says monsters can’t be cute?

Here is another domestic monster, a present from my wonderful husband Steven.  He really does give the best presents.

One more cute one!

This little guy is perched atop a tiny bottle of Q vodka.  Or is it gin?  I am too lazy to go look at the bottle, which is par for the course on Monstrous Monday.  Thank you for tuning in, and I hope to see you all again on Tired Tuesday,  or whatever sort of Tuesday it turns out to be.

 

Monsters in the Sky

When it feels too hot for me to do anything useful,  I spend a lot of time looking at the television and saying, “Shut up!”  That is neither here nor there for a Monstrous Monday Post, but I thought I’d throw it in.   Part of me feels I should find some new monsters for my post.  The greater part wants to take the proverbial path of least resistance (I have mentioned before that it is acceptable to use a cliche as long as you add a qualifying phrase such as “the proverbial”).

Looks threatening to me.

OK, this is not really a monster, but it could be.  It is, in fact, a picture I took some time ago from in front of my house.  It was shared on by Jill Reale WKTV News as a weather photo.  It was quite exciting for me.  Come to think of it, I had another photo featured recently.  I wonder if I can find it.

Sufficiently threatening, I think.

I think this was the photo.  I think dark scary clouds can count as monsters.  We can pretend they do for this blog post, at any rate.

Taken the same day.

This photo was used in the same post as the previous photo,  but I include it because it seems apropos.

I can’t believe I didn’t use this before!

This is a picture from Halloween 2019.  Obviously this was a night of many monsters of different varieties.

I am going to call this my Monstrous Monday Post.  After all, dark clouds MIGHT be monsters.  Prove me wrong.  In the meantime, Happy Monday.

 

Monsters, Don’t Fail Me Now!

Hello and welcome to Monstrous Monday.  I am really out of words this evening, so let me start right out with a monster.

Scary creature, check. Scantily clad woman, check.

This monster looks familiar to me, but I am not sure I have ever seen the movie, although since it is directed by Roger Corman, I feel sure I would like it.  I’d like to watch more old, cheesy horror movies, but my husband, Steven, is less often in the mood.

It’s not too monstrous yet, but wait.

Here is a shot from another Roger Corman flick which I have enjoyed on numerous viewings: Little Shop of Horrors.  I have never seen the musical stage play, but I disliked the movie musical.  However, to each his own, as the old lady said when she kissed the cow.

You should have known we’d get around to him.

Here is my favorite,  Nosferatu.  He’s scary!

Somebody’s hungry!

And here is the delightful natural monster from JAWS.  I suppose it is obvious by now that all I am capable of doing today is posting pictures and typing a few words about them.  If I did not have this obsession with making my blog posts at least 200 words long, I would be done by now.

I thought I might as well throw in a cute one.

One more monster put me over the top!  The cup he is in commemorates the last murder mystery we did for the Herkimer County Historical Society, Fabulous and Fatal.  Perhaps I should write a murder mystery featuring monsters.  That would be worth a blog post.