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A ghost in the window

Haunted
Haunted

 

Hold on, man.  We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title.

~ From Scooby-Doo

The bats have left the belfry
The bats have left the belfry

I am not a fan of haunted houses or spooky mazes.  Like Shaggy (I’m assuming that’s Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo quote I found), I avoid “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden.”

Close encounters
Close encounters

When I was a young girl, around 7 or 8 years of age, my Aunt Margie took me to a haunted/scary attraction at the (Jersey) shore.  You walked through it.  There was a mirror maze where you could get lost, and people popping out at you, but what scared me so much that I froze and they had to shut the place down to get me out were the “snakes” that brushed your legs when you walked through one of the corridors.  I was already pretty terrified at that point, and even having the lights turned on so they could show me the rubber snakes didn’t make it suddenly fun and something I’d like to do again.

A ghost in the graveyard
A ghost in the graveyard

The really odd thing is it was only a few years later that I got into watching horror films and reading horror stories and novels, the scarier the better.  I blame it on Edgar Allan Poe.  He grabbed me with “The Telltale Heart” (required reading in an English class in middle school), and I couldn’t get enough.  I still enjoy the occasional horror novel, but not as much as I used to, and horror films are almost out of the question for me now unless I watch them during the daylight hours.  Maybe the horror genre has lost its appeal because real life can be so much more frightening at times, in real ways.

How about you?  Do you like haunted houses?  How about the horror genre of films and books?

First frost
First frost

We had our first frost here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch overnight.  Back in the Bogs (northeast Ohio), they had their first snowfall.  Apparently it was a heavy snow in some areas, causing downed tree branches and power outages.  Some folks, as is often the case in that area, didn’t have more than flurries.

Jack Frost's touch
Jack Frost’s touch

That’s all for today from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  Thank you for stopping by.  It is gorgeous here today.  Chilly, but sunny and clear.  Perfect hiking weather.  The sunsets have been lovely.  I’d forgotten how much earlier they occur here on the east coast and sometimes miss them.  Let’s head out to the dock in a little while and see what Mother Nature cooks up for tonight.

Red
Red

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂  And have a great weekend!

Frost nipping at the rose
Jack Frost nipping at the rose

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Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

36 thoughts on “A ghost in the window

  1. I’m no fan of horror in any form, Robin. I avoid scary movies, books, etc. at all costs! I hope you are doing well and sorry that I haven’t been online much to read or comment on your posts! xo

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    1. Great to see you, Dana! No apologies necessary. I’ve been wondering about you and how you’re doing. Hope all is well. 🙂

      My daughter-in-law is the same way. She’s a very gentle soul. I suspect you’re a lot like her.

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  2. Chilly pixs! (second one is wonderful…and the first 2 frosty leaves)
    I loved Poe. Books and stories don’t frighten me. Walking outside in the dark doesn’t bother me – even in woods and rural areas. We used to make haunted houses for the neighborhood at Halloween.
    But I don’t do the “modern” horror movies or commercial haunted houses at all…they just stick and the spooky clings! Nooooooo way.

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 Walking outside in the dark doesn’t bother me, either. But I’m with you on the “modern” horror movies. They just don’t make them like they used to.

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  3. There was a time when horror movies and books appealed to me, but the more years I wander through, the less the appeal. Although I did have a good time in the haunted house at Disneyland. Of course, when I think about it now I realize that was 20 years ago.

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    1. I liked the haunted house at Disneyworld, Carol. I was reluctant to go, but then thought, “It’s Disney. How bad can it be?” For me, it was also 20 years ago. Maybe longer than that.

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  4. Don’t like horror in books, movies or corn mazes. When I was about 8 the whole family went to a haunted house at the elementary school..in the kindergarten school room of all places. We didn’t get more than 10 feet in when all four of us turned around and left! I’ve never been in one yet. Don’t plan on it either.

    My favorite photo? The bats in the belfry house. Cool!

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  5. great atmospheric photos Robin, and no, I have never been into horror of any kind … although I can understand the possible psychological benefits of celebrations like halloween …

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    1. Thank you, Christine. 🙂 I think horror movies and books serve the same purpose in terms of psychological benefits. Or at least they used to. Not sure about today’s movies.

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  6. I won’t watch scary movies. And not sure if I would go through a haunted house again. Though I used to love it….. not sure if I’m more worried about a heart attack or wetting my pants!

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  7. The first frost capture is my favorite of the frost pics. No snow at my end of the state, but it has dipped below 30.

    As for freights, I’ve never been into scary movies …. thus things like haunted houses don’t interest me. Maybe I’m a big chicken! Love the first pic!

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  8. Love the “Jack Frost nipping at the rose” photo, Robin! Hmm, as a child I was forbidden to watch scary movies or even look at horror comics because they gave me such bad nightmares that I woke up everyone with my screams. Enter my husband, whose favorite holiday is Halloween. He thinks scary movies are hilarious and watching him laugh and poke fun at them has changed my take on them. Also, I visited the set of the George Romero studio when they were filming “Creep Show” and watched the blue monster from the box walking around in cutoff shorts and sandals – I understood the smoke and mirrors at that point and am rarely bothered by these movies unless there is a lot of gratuitous violence.

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. 🙂

      I was thinking, after posting this, that they don’t make scary movies the way they used to. I still love a good psychological thriller. Modern scary movies contain tons of gratuitous violence, and that may well be the reason I don’t like to watch them anymore. Your husband has a great way of diffusing the scary in scary movies. Some of them are so bad that they’re funny.

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  9. Nope, am terrified of anything with “horror” in it. Probably started in elementary school when I refused to enter the haunted house and stood palpitating while everyone else went inside and had fun. Glad to hear yours weren’t real snakes… Your frost is beautiful and not horrific at all.

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  10. I love the horror genre , Robin… I am not sure if that means I am too scared of movie films or whatever, but maybe a little bit…
    Oh, yes Edgar Allan Poe. My favorite horror tale by him was “The Fall of the House of Usher”, really impressive…And I think say those stories by him were really hauntingly written…

    Great post & good to know you are back in Blogland…
    So I´ll be catching up your updates since now…

    Cheers ; Aquileana 🙂

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  11. Wow, that frost on the rose is beautiful! I like the way the leaves look with a border of frost, too. As far as scary stuff, I would have to say that I am just not into it. I have been to some haunted houses put on by churches, and those are alright. It sounds like Halloween is right down your alley!

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    1. Thank you, Becky. 🙂 I have always liked Halloween. I think it has more to do with the season than the holiday itself. I like autumn and love winter (when we lived with snow — not sure how I’ll feel about it here). Halloween sits right in the middle of the two.

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  12. Looks like you had a lot of fun playing with these photos! Very cool and creative!
    I’ve never liked horror movies – those slasher type films hold no joy for me. That being said, I’m willing to watch a movie with some horror-like violence in it if it is a good suspenseful movie and not just based on Jason hacking everyone up! I like creepy, suspenseful books, but again couldn’t read one that was just about gore.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I used to watch some of the slasher type films when I was a teen and young adult, although I preferred Freddy over Jason. Never could get into Jason. I prefer suspense over slashing now, too. Alfred Hitchcock was a big favorite of mine when I was young. And the Twilight Zone! Almost forgot about that.

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  13. Hi. I like the ghost in the graveyard. I love spooky things but not the overt horror they insert in films. I like the creepy footstep on the stairs, or the book on the kitchen table where you think it should not be. I don’t believe in pop-culture ghosts, but I definitely have seen ghosts. Jane.

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    1. Thank you, Jane. 🙂 I think that’s what is missing in horror films now. A lot of it is just jumpy in-your-face stuff or blood and guts and gross-outs. To me, the creepy footstep on the stairs or the book where you think it should not be are much more frightening as they leave a lot to the imagination (where anything can happen!).

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  14. I saw “The Exorcist” movie when I was 18 and then could not sleep for weeks. So I avoid horror films and books. But last year and this year for Halloween I watched “Sleepy Hollow” with Johnny Depp, mainly because it was on a list of “milder” spooky films. My favorite scene involved a spider that Depp’s character was afraid of and it made me laugh at my own fear of spiders!

    Love your ghostly pictures!

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