Monday, October 16, 2017

The Pumpkin Fanatic



During the Holidays some things mean more to me than they probably should.




Such as picking out the right Pumpkin to Display in the house!  *Smiles*




I Confess that I'm a Pumpkin Fanatic and especially smitten with the Heirloom Varieties.




The Plain Traditional Pumpkins might satisfy The G-Kid Force and they'll pick theirs out at the Pumpkin Patches, but for me, it's an Heirloom one that will come Home as my personal choice.




And I'll drive all over the City looking for who has the best selection and varieties of Heirloom Pumpkins each year.




This year 'Sprouts' had my Favorite Picks and an abundance of Heirloom variety Pumpkins to choose from for under seven bucks apiece.




Other Shops had some good offerings as well, but I like to agonize over being spoiled for choice!  *LOL*




And I will agonize over which one to choose, I will be the Crazy Lady photographing the Heirloom Pumpkins pathologically!  *Winks*




Because each of them is a Work of Art by Nature and quite Beautiful, so it will mean far too much to me to choose the Perfect one for this year.




Some years I haven't been able to choose a single one that I preferred and just became very Fanatical and Obsessed about getting several.




I mean I Like them ALL and so it's tempting to just buy a Pumpkin Patch of them sometimes.  This year I used restraint and only bought one.




I have had some last clear thru August in the past, especially the Gourd-like varieties which are quite resilient to rot, even in a fiercely Hot climate like ours.




So here's the one I finally settled upon, isn't it Lovely?   I had wanted a very warty colorful one this year, with a nice stem I'll preserve to Create a Fabric Pumpkin from.




Yes, I did fondle a bunch of them before deciding upon 'The One', I probably agonized more about my choice than the Younger Grands will when they get to the Pumpkin Patch next weekend to choose theirs!  *Smiles*




Yes, I'm actually as indecisive and particular about my Pumpkins as the Younger Grandchildren, go figure... who knew?   Well... now YOU do, since I've come Clean about my Pumpkin Fanaticism!!!  *Winks*




They also had these Whimsical Air Plants growing out of Skullies on a Candlestick holder, Five bucks, I couldn't resist!




There wasn't as much agonizing about choosing which one of these, since they were all so similar, so this one came Home with me too.




You mist them once a week, practically No Care... so they called them The Living Dead Plant... how Cute and appropriate is that for Halloween?  *LOL*




Though I didn't buy any this particular day I had to Admire all of the Autumn Floral Bouquet offerings, the Hues are Sublime!




I Love the Autumn Bouquets best because it's more my preferred Color Palette.  Not to mention you can purchase Lovely Bouquets like these for under Five Bucks, so a Beautiful Bargain as well!!!




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Happy Halloween and Autumn Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Arizona State Fair 2017



A complete day of Rest followed by a complete day of Fun with The G-Kid Force was apparently just what I needed.  Since now I already feel considerably better and have Positive energy recharging me physically and mentally!  I hadn't realized Yesterday had been Friday the 13th, perhaps that's why I felt like crap?  *LOL*




The Arizona State Fair has begun and who doesn't Enjoy a day at the Fair?!?  They were offering discounts which made it affordable this year and we had an excellent time.   Don't be fooled by Princess T's countenance in every pix, she had a Big Time, this is her pre-teen attempt at a 'Serious' Pose for Photographs lately!  *LOL*  




I think she's been watching too much 'Project Runway' and other Modeling Shows where the Models always look petulant and take themselves entirely too Seriously?!  *Winks*   She and her Big Brother are getting to the ages now where they finally get along well when we go out together for Family Time.  It's so nice to see them bonding and becoming Friends rather than fighting constantly and tormenting each other incessantly.




They were in complete Unity about which rides to go on together and except for one particularly scary one she didn't opt out this year and was very brave.  Much braver than I, since I'm content nowadays to just Admire the incredible Artwork on the Rides and that's enough for me now!  *LMAO*




Now the Kiddos look like they're melting because indeed it was a very HOT Autumn day here in the Desert Today and might have gone triple digits again, sure felt like it?!!   So, nothing quite as refreshing when you're already spontaneously combusting on the outside than to see Jalapeno Lemonade for a refreshment, right?!?  *Bwahahahaha!*   Only in Arizona my Friends are Jalapenos offered in everything and anything... and this year a lot of the Fair Food was also smothered in Hot Cheetos!




I had gone Online before we went, to read the Food Critic Reviews of which Fair Foods to avoid this year and which got Rave Reviews and made the Best List.  I must say the Critics were right on point with what they Listed as the Best and I would also highly recommend if you're going this year?!




Of coarse The Navajo Nation since 1964 has been serving up the BEST Indian Fry Bread at the Arizona State Fair so it's one of my Fair Staples.   Just a touch of Honey and Powdered Sugar and this light as a Feather pastry is Sublime!!!  You can sit and watch the First Nation Dancers and Musicians while gnoshing on your Fry Bread.




First time at the Fair and I Hope they will be a staple in the Future was a Food Truck serving up Divine Crepes that were Restaurant Quality.  They got very High No. One Reviews from the Food Critics so we sought them out, I Love me a good Crepe anyway, much healthier than your average Fair Food too.  I tried a new Savory Crepe that was absolutely Sublime, Prickly Pear Chicken Crepe... OMG, I have no adequate words to describe how delish this was!!!




Le Crepe is right near The Navajo Nation Fry Bread Food Truck on the far Northwest corner of The State Fair near the Grandstands if you're looking for either of them, or both.   If I see this Food Truck anywhere around the City I'm stopping for a Crepe so I can try out all their offerings, along with having another of those Divine Prickly Pear Cactus Crepes again!




Here's a sampling of their Crepe Menu and they serve them up looking just as good as the Imagery!   Very filling, you might not even have room for anything else, tho' I did force an Indian Fry Bread down me afterwards... for Old Time's Sake!  *Winks*




There was definitely a Baconfest at the Food Trucks this year too... you could get damned near anything wrapped or covered in Bacon!   Let's face it, the Fair is not the place to go if you're Dieting religiously...  you're SUPPOSED to go down in flames for a day when you're here my Friends!   Because as my Precious 85+ year Old Friend Leo always says, "I'm gonna LIVE until I Die..."   *Smiles*




This year they had a Free Dinosaur exhibit and these rubberized animatronic Creatures looked so realistic we couldn't get Princess T to stand too near any of them!  *LOL*




Even the Eyeballs looks so REAL!!!   It was Jurassic Park in the Desert...




Now, I had the Young Prince stand close enuf to get some good candid shots of him with Dinosaurs... but I must tell you that so many Parents are brazen about disobeying the Courteous Signs saying not to touch and to stand behind the ropes with their Children.




This is a Pet Peeve of The G-Kid Force and I when Parents flagrantly disobey Rules and Safety Requests with their Children, especially the very Young Children.  How can they grow up to be Safe and Respectful of property that doesn't belong to them when they are not set a Good Example and are being raised by disobedient Adults that are so irresponsible?!?




The Force went around reading the Signs out loud and purposely loudly near every Parent they saw on the other side of the ropes and putting their Kiddos practically ON the freakin' Dinosaurs and Shaming them publicly!!!  *LMAO*  Nothing like a 12 and 17 year Old having more Common Sense and Maturity about proper Parenting than Adults actually raising Children, right?  *Bwahahahaha!!!*




The Young Prince even quipped he was doing Audio Duty in case the Parents were also illiterate and couldn't even read the Signs.  *Winks*  Every Parent stepped back across the ropes to where they should be and brought their Children away from Manhandling the Dinosaurs, so the Shaming worked and I was proud of them for being bold enough to speak out against such Ignorance and intentional disobedience.




I'm sure these Creatures cost a lot and having them intentionally Manhandled destroys the display for everyone else to Enjoy.  It threatens that Vendors and Sponsors Hosting these types of Free Displays might not in the Future if they've had a Negative experience with the General Public not being respectful.




I would like to think that enough of the General Public can be obedient and respectful enough that we will continue to have these types of Free Exhibits Sponsored and Hosted by various Companies generosity.   So I just had to get that off my chest since Publicly I have Witnessed so much Poor and incompetent Parenting lately that it's rather alarming that the Generation they're raising will turn out badly.




But that was the only Neg of the whole day actually, the mauling of the Dinos by some Families that couldn't control their Kids or were actually encouraging and initiating bad behavior.   The Fair had a Special Today that if you arrived before 2:00 pm you got in for only $5 each... so we arrived at Opening 11:00 am on the Weekends and there really were no enormous crowds yet.  This meant no lines for the rides and they got to stay on longer.




It also meant no Anxiety or Panic Attacks by either Grandchild since the sensory overload was minimal and they weren't surrounded by tons of people.  It meant we could get refreshments and food without waiting in lines and have plenty of options for seating near various Entertainment going on and in the shade.  So we stayed for four hours, by then it was beginning to get crowded and we were tired enough to call it a day.




Princess T was getting Sleepy and actually fell asleep in the Truck on the way Home, both Kiddos took long Naps after arriving Home.  I had sufficiently and successfully worn them out!  *Winks*




I had totally avoided gorging on Fair Foods... which is always the Temptation. *Smiles*   I must say that I had NO trouble eating Today and that was a relief since I really Wanted to eat some delish Fair Food!  *Whew!*




The Asian Vendors of the Anime Products and Squishy Bun Products that The Force J'Adore gave them deep discounts for buying so much.  They opted that Gramma buy them what they really Wanted rather than playing the Midway Games to try to Win something they didn't really even Want.   I must say the pricing on the Merchandise was Cheaper than in the Specialty Shops, a big Surprise!  So they came Home with quite a Haul each and were Delighted!!!




The Rides were more reasonable this year too so they each got to go on a half dozen, which they were content with that many and didn't want to go on more anyway.   They chose the scariest rides, no more Baby Rides for these two Daredevils!!!  *Smiles*   And Trust and Believe there were some absolutely terrifying Rides there this year!




Since it was all about the Kiddos Today I didn't purchase anything for moi, tho' they had some incredible Catrinas and other Dia de los Muertos Merchandise at really good prices.   That top shelf was Calling to me like a Siren's Song, I practically had to be dragged away... *Winks*




My Darling Frida was everywhere this year, so they had some incredible Frida Kahlo Artwork for Sale and on Display in the areas where Local Artists entered the Art Contests and Won Ribbons for their Work.




Some that had been in the Contests was also for Sale, some was not.  We always Enjoy visiting the competitive Displays for various Art Forms and Crafts.   There is a lot of Local Talent of all ages.

  


This was my absolute Favorite Painting this year at the Art Competition Exhibit, it almost looked like a Black and White Photograph and I Love Photo Realism Artwork.




The Favorite Painting that all three of us agreed upon was this Rustic Painting of an Old GMC Truck in a Field.





Yep, The Force were up there in this shot... The Young Prince actually talked his Little Sister into joining him on some terrifying rides, she was shaking when she got off, but in a good way that she was clearly excited about conquering her Fears over.  *LOL*




I Love all the Creepy Props and Creepy Artwork that are Ideal for the Pre-Halloween Season.   This was my Favorite Animatronic Prop in front of one of the Haunted Attraction Rides.




Here's a Close-Up of this Delightfully Creepy Dude... looks like something Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark, would introduce you to Eighties Horror Genre Style!




The Force was abducted and taken up in this Spaceship...




This was the only Ride that The Young Prince couldn't convince his Little Sister to go on with him... she just couldn't muster the Courage for this one.




But she was Game for all the others and I think they both had a much better time going on Rides together this year.   Usually she's too timid to go on Rides alone and he usually wants to bring a Friend his Age, but I can't swing paying for a 3rd random Kiddo at an all day Event, it's a stretch to do my two Grands adequately.




But it's definitely worth every cent to see such Joy and them having a Big Time at The Fair.  Some of my fondest Memories are of going to Fairs and Carnivals, so Bright, so Festive, such FUN!!!




It Delights all of the Senses to go to The Fair... or a good Local Carnival... and I haven't outgrown the Attraction of them either, since I'm a Big Kid at Heart, tho' I rarely go on the Rides anymore.   The G-Kid Force joked that probably they wouldn't let Grandpa or I on them anymore anyway 'coz we're Too Old!??!??  *Bwahahahahaha!!!*




Okay, I gotta admit that I didn't see any Seniors on the Rides... most of us were parked watching our Grandkids going on them or gorging on the Fair Food, since ya gotta Die of somethin', right?  *Winks*  And Leo and I have the same Outlook... we're gonna LIVE until we Die...




AND TODAY IS A BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUT TO OUR YOUNGEST DAUGHTER TALANA... MOTHER OF THE G-KID FORCE... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIJA!  LOVE AND MISS YOU!!!




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