Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Post Halloween Post...

The Fire Burned well Past Midnight....
Flames jumpin', Jack O' Lantern in the Distance
Another Side
Runish design
A memory altar for my family....chocolate and wine, of course!
I had a busy day at work on the thirty- first, then went home to my private Celebration. I had needed to burn old business records for some time, everything past seven years needed to be put to fire! These records have credit card numbers and canceled checks...tons of personal information I feel responsible for. The easiest way to eliminate these worries is to burn the whole kit and caboodle(what does that mean, anyway?)

I made a massive pile of said papers, and waited to finish up inside the house. I made a good dinner, opened a bottle of a nice red wine and carved my umpteenth jack o' lantern, but my first for me! I went for a neo Celtic knot look...it looked like a bunch of runes when I was done, but it worked out just fine! My house was lit with lots of candle light, and I had Irish music borrowed from the American Irish blog site(thanks Steve) My Mom loved that type of music, as well as bagpipes...and swing music, if the truth be told!

It was a good cathartic evening for me, I'm a bit of a Pyro, so you can't have a bad time with flame! I do feel responsible for all that paper information...so it's a task that needed to be done!

Before Midnight, I took a long walk to the Chinkapin Oak where my Godmother's ashes are planted, lit her a votive and gave her some one on one time...Dorothy was a very important woman in my life, like a second mother. The woods were full of moonlight and smoke, and I had a great time! Time to plant more bulbs around these tribute trees, they get better each year.


  1. Hi Brian! I always enjoy your posts. A memory altar for your parents touched my heart. I make similar altars for my Mom and Dad in November and January.

  2. Thanks Tatanya,my brother Tommy and favorite dog Ella mae were there too,I believe that when you contemplate your loved ones who are gone, they are truly there with us, in energy and love-they are alive as long as we are...in a way...Not in a creepy or sad sense,but warm and comforting.

  3. I sounds like a completely perfect celebration! How lucky you were to end a busy day with some quiet time with your family members (in person or in spirit).

  4. It was a good celebration Tim, nothing like a really good bonfire!

  5. What a wonderful tradition Brian that celebrate your loved ones in remembrance. The photos are beautiful of the fire and pumpkin.

  6. Thanks HHG! You'll love those Streptocarpus!

  7. Love the shot looking through the fire to the carved pumpkin. Love the idea of remembering people in your lives this way.