Friday, September 30, 2016

Mortality... Random Musings...

With Halloween coming up, and the fact I can be obsessively Morbid, I enjoyed seeing a tag going around contemplating one's Mortality.  Yes, you get to be a Senior and it becomes something you do occasionally contemplate and so this little questionairre intrigued me:

1.  How would you like to die?
2.  What would happen to your blog?
3.  Who will you leave money to?
4.  What happens to your body after you pass?
5.  What do you want your funeral to be like?
6.  What will you miss the most that still exists after death?
7.  How will you want to be remembered?

No. 1: How would you like to die?

Peacefully in my Sleep would be Ideal... but if I have to be awake I'd rather it be doing something I absolutely Love so that my last Moments were meaningful to what I was all about in Life.

No. 2: What would happen to your Blog?

I don't Care.   But hopefully it's existence after mine on this side of Time and Eternity has expired, will perhaps still give a glimpse into a Life that I Hope is viewed as Well Lived and might still Inspire or Minister to those who visit in some small way, as a sort of Online Legacy.

No. 3: Who will you leave money to?

What money?  *Smiles*  And as for the Stuff of Life, can't take it with you so I have already started giving much of it to those I Love and who want to inherit any of it while I'm still vertical.   The rest, after I'm gone, they can do whatever they desire with it, hopefully to their Gain and for their Pleasure.

No. 4: What happens to your body after you pass?

No frills, simple Shroud, pre-paid Coffin and Funeral that will not therefore burden our surviving Loved Ones... Military Cemetery.

No. 5: What do you want your Funeral to be like?

A kick ass Wake of a Party in remembrance of all the Good Times we Shared... accompanied by whatever would bring Peace, Comfort and Solace to my Surviving Loved Ones.

No. 6: What will you miss the most that still exists after death:

Those that I leave behind... until we meet again beyond the Veil.

No. 7: How will you want to be remembered:

With Humor, Love and the fondest of Memories by all whose lives I might have touched.  Living an Authentic Life True to Self is the best Legacy one can leave behind.

I won't Tag anyone since Mortality Musings aren't everyone's cup of Tea... but if you feel inclined to Share your List, I'd be interested to see your random musings about it...


Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rust & Roses Autumn Indigo Blues Tour ~ Part II

Yes, there was a lot of Indigo Blues evident in the Shop, but there was so much more encompassing an Autumn Vibe of various shades, depending on what your personal preference is for Decorating during this Season.  Everyone's Vision of what is perfect or idyllic for each Season is so varied and there's really not a right or a wrong way to do it in Style.  I fell in Love with the big Metal Urns filled with Dark Batik Pillows as much as I did the Traditional Shades of Autumn... it was unexpected, and sometimes that is even more Appealing.   A Seasonal Style that isn't as expected or perhaps is a far cry from the Classic Seasonal hues we see more often.  What are some of the Colors and Styles you like to experiment with during various Seasons?   I've been seeing Posts with Autumn done in Pastels or Fun Funky Vivid Hues and I'm thoroughly Enjoying seeing such unexpected twists on Seasonal Decorating... done with Imagination and definitely Style.   Many of the Traditional sights, sounds and smells of the Holidays and various Seasons bring back a sense of Nostalgia... but it's perfectly Okay for us to also trail blaze a new set of rules for Decorating Imaginatively and without boundaries throughout the year.  You never know, you might just start a new Trend or Tradition in the process.


Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pumpkinfest 2016

I know that the Kiddos will likely want to go pick their Pumpkins out of a Patch at some Festival or Farm and get the generic Traditional Orange Garden Style Variety of Pumpkin that is easy to carve and make into Jack-O-Lanterns.   But I'm always drawn to the Funky Heirloom Varieties at the Specialty Grocery Stores and in recent years the price has been so reasonable we'll probably do both just so we all get what we want!  I liked the Variety in the foreground with the Orange and Green mottled skin.

My dilemma of coarse is always which Heirloom Variety to choose?  The selection is so vast, so Interesting and visually Appealing that I end up wanting a few... maybe some of each!?  Each has their particular merits and all are pretty to me... though we learned from experience that they don't make very good Jack-O-Lanterns, they do last well into Spring as Decor, even in the heat of the Desert.  The Grey-Green ones would be great to Decorate with if you have a Francophile leaning and a French Country Style Home. 

I had one once that lasted clear into August, I thought maybe it had petrified?  *LOL*  We've never had any rot too early so long as you don't carve into them. We've often cut open and used the meat for recipes and roasted the Seeds, one year I even got ambitious and grew some in the Victory Garden from the Seeds of the Season before.  But it really is just easier and cheaper to just buy them, tho' the Vines really are lovely... as are the flowers, even if you don't have a bountiful Harvest of Pumpkins from your efforts.

I always look around early to see which Stores will have the best Variety selection and prices, this year it would have to be 'Sprouts'.   Last year oddly enough it was 'Home Depot', you just never know, so I begin Scouting early, though The Man has me hold off on buying too prematurely.  I would have bought some this day, the seas of Pumpkins of all Varieties, shapes and sizes was impressive and not yet picked over!

We always have a fondness for the warty ones... and this Ghostly shade of Salmon Pink is rather Lovely, so one like this would definitely be a contender if we had been choosing this day.   They were selling them by individual price and not by the Variety or by the pound so you could go big and Funky without breaking the Bank.

The flat Ghostly White ones are Cool and go with just about any Decor, so I usually end up with at least one Colorless Palette Variety every Season, though their Stems are usually too tiny to save for the Creation of Velvet Pumpkins with real Stems later on.   I'm a Stem Saver and have a Hoard of dried Pumpkin Steps for when I do get around to Creating my Fabric Pumpkins.

This year some of the Funky Gourd Varieties were different and Interesting, The Man liked these tall Green with White mottled skin ones.   I used to dry Gourds and make Art out of them back in da day... they are easy to grow and come in as many Interesting Varieties as Pumpkins.

But this day I resisted the temptation to buy early... though I may regret that if they have a run on them... which has happened in the Past.   And typically we will end up with some Traditional ones the Kiddos choose from a Pumpkin Patch somewhere and will carve into their Jack-O-Lanterns.  I'm Hopeful that again this year we will attend the Master Pumpkin Carvers Exhibits who will work their Magic and put on Shows across the Valley?

I mean Seriously, who can Forget such Pumpkin Mastery as this that we beheld last October at the Ray Villafane Exhibit in Carefree's Enchanted Pumpkin Garden?!?   They will be Hosting it again this year October 17-31 with Live appearances by Ray and other Master Carvers and this year they will be Creating Scarecrows for the first time, and have Autumn Foods available, I can hardly wait!!!

While out and about photographing Pumpkins we parked next to this Beauty... I Wonder if Coca-Cola was the Sponsor?  *Bwahahahahahaha!!!*


Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rust & Roses Autumn Indigo Blues Tour ~ Part I


Before I'd had Surgery I did get a dose of the Indigo Autumn Vibe over at my Friend Shelly's Shop RUST & ROSES, though I knew the Gals were away on a Pick somewhere in the Regions of Texas so I only got to visit with my Sweet Friend Punkie that day.  During my Autumn Indigo Blues Tour I came away with loads of Inspiration for Autumn and a Vintage Carnival Kitsch Kewpie Doll that I just Love.   I think she has real hair stuck on her head, which some might find Creepy but I think is way Cool!  I Wonder whose Blonde locks from that Era became her Wig?  *LOL*   I liked her Smile and open arms, so Welcoming... and the tattered remnants of her garments also appealed to my derelict styling sensibilities because I'm just Weird like that.  *Ha ha ha*   Even tho' I don't hardly ever Decorate with Blues as a preferred Palette, I do have a leaning towards Indigo since it has that Boho deep Jewel Tone Vibe I like when it comes to color saturation.   I also thoroughly enjoyed the nod to Native American Kitsch in the Shop, especially those Vintage Wool Blanket Banner Pillows.  I will definitely have one more Post to squeeze out of the Imagery I took that day... so come back and join us for our Autumn Indigo Blues Tour...


Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian
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