Halloween Eve of Eves.

A midweek Halloween is usually on the quiet side.  Also, odd rains in Phoenix have hampered outside decorating considerably.  Oct 29th has more  Christmas put out but the dedicated can still find something needed.  The Survie’s tent is modestly festive, more reverent.   A few choice strands o’ lights, gourds o’ pumpkins, the gaze is directed this year rather than assaulted.

Roasting Halloween

The only thing roasting this Halloween season is lovely vegetables.  Usually in Phoenix we are still tipping over 100 degrees but the desert tricksters are giving an almost Fall season.  90 degrees for a few hours a day then dipping nicely into the 80s.  So it’s roast-a-rama time with garlic, onions, vegetables…oh the fragrance.  Caramelization thy will be done.

Does this make up for the extra sugar and caffeine?  No.  Sadly no.  Now through the last dregs of  New Year’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake, it’s a struggle of balance, sanity, glucose levels.   (Gain 20 pounds, color your hair funny, that’ll solve looking chubby and unhealthy.  Hey, wear those too-tight plaid pants while you’re at it.)

Any-who Boo, this is one beautiful roasting pan o’ color and the windows can be opened for coolish breezes.  Corners have been turned.


Target Store: Hell’s Corner o’ Bargains. Bob Ross Costume.

Over the decades Target Stores have gone through many re-makes, re-do’s, and fully re-engineered from the ground up changes.  One thing has always remained consistent no matter what incarnation of marketing efficiency is enacted; those li’l corners o’ bargain hell that pop up when you least expect it.  You can look for these aisles of savings but the true portals  of mystical bargains find you.  Tonight’s offering, a Bob Ross costume, with missing beard.  Clearly an abused and maimed product, baffling why someone would think this should even go back up on the wall.  But it *is* the wall, The Wall, and the mortals do not decide.

Target, what crossroads did you start at?

Cirque de Survie

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Count Ramon: Sun into Virgo, Autumn is coming.

Count Ramon is eager to don his cape on the Autumnal Equinox.


The Sun enters Virgo August 22, 9:09pm (PDT) and begins an in-between season here in the south west desert.  Still very much summer but slight nips of cooler breeze can be imagined while the sun goes down a li’l sooner every day.