Cat Photos Friday #110- Filter Fun


The other day I had the bright idea to try out Snapchat filters on the cats.

 It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.



I think he looks like a video game character here!



I almost died laughing at this horrendous result!





My username is lostvestige if you’re interested in seeing more of the ridiculous things I post.

Try not to have any nightmares!

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Carousel in the Night

To me, carousels at night have always had a creepy and mysterious feeling about them. Like they are holding some sort of hidden secret beneath their magical, bright, candy colored lights.


As the eerie music begins to play,  the ride spins and spins, creating a dizzying blur of lights. 

The ornately decorated horses slowly rise up and down as their never ending gaze looks onward, with an air of mystery.



Carousels fit in perfectly with that eerie carnival feeling.

Ghost of Halloweens Past


To help get into a spooky mood in preparation for Halloween at the end of this week, I thought I would share some creepy photos from Halloweens past.

Halloween was my Dad’s favorite holiday. He took pride in having the scariest house on the block. (Heck, probably the whole city!)


There were many kids, and even adults that were afraid to even come up to the house. There were so many spooky things, you never knew what was going to pop out at you!


I love the creepy glow of all the eerie colored lights.

A ghoulish cabinet, home to many skeletons and spiders. 

As October progressed, the front yard was slowly turned into a scary cemetery. 


This year we are going to have a small little party at our house and hand out candy. Although our house will not be nearly as scary as this! Maybe one day..

What are you plans for the spooky day?

Ghost Tour

Earlier this month I went on a ghost tour of a historic area of Winston-Salem. I never knew my city had a ghost tour, and I love learning about the city’s past, so I was bursting at the seams to go.

You are told to meet on the corner of two streets at dusk. My friend and I arrived, not sure what to expect, or who to look for. But soon enough, a man dressed in period clothing and carrying a lantern seemed to appear out of thin air as he began to wander in circles, around the small group that had formed. We knew this must be our ghost host!

After a quick introduction, he turned and hurried down the street without another word. We raced to keep up.

We paused in front of old Victorian homes in the West End and heard the spooky tales from long ago, that are hidden inside their walls.


We wandered up and down the winding hills, hearing eerie stories, and piecing together some of the city’s colorful history.



After hearing the grim tale accompanying this building, I turned back to snap a photo.

 What’s that in the far right window pane?  Is it a light reflection? Or is it the ghost of the boy who lost his life here, so many years ago….



Towards the end of the tour, a light rain began to fall. We dashed from tree to tree in hopes of staying dry. The rain only added to the spooky excitement.

Before we knew it, we were back where we started and it was time to part ways. Each walking off in separate directions, disappearing into the black night.

The Winston-Salem Ghost Tour was so much fun, and I can’t wait to make it a spooky yearly tradition.

Cat Photos Friday #46- Long Exposure Cat Shots

I usually don’t bother trying to take pictures of the cats unless there’s a lot of lighting, because they just move so fast it’s almost impossible to get a clear photo. But they just looked so darn cute in front of the fireplace the other night I couldn’t resist. So I lowered my shutter speed down to about 1 -2 seconds and tried to convince them to sit still. I got some amusing results.


Ghost brothers!

Jeevey tornado!
I call this one: Chester sees a ghost

After a while I got some cool double exposure effects going on.
Cloud would like everyone to know, that she is perfectly capable of sitting completely still for a least two whole seconds. 

The Christmas Tree Lot

It’s not officially Christmastime until we get the tree! Steven and I have a fake tree, because we don’t think a real tree would stand a chance with our crazy cats, but it’s a tradition to go to this  patch to pick out my Mom’s tree. We hadn’t been here in a couple years, but we decided it was time to start this fun tradition back up again!

I love the atmosphere of the Christmas tree patch. It’s the perfect combination of Christmas mixed with creepiness, which is my favorite. 

All the tree are quietly lined up, waiting to be taken to their new home where they will be wrapped in lights and covered in shiny ornaments,

The smell of freshly brewed coffee from the Krankies bullet trailer, fills the icy cold air and mixes with the sharp scent of the pine trees. 

The dimly lit vintage Christmas lights cast long tree shadows on the ground. 

We run through the rows of trees, trying to stay warm as we search for just the right tree to take home.

Santa Claus can be seen helping anchor the trees to the tops of cars.
This is us trying not to look cold!

If you wander around towards the back, you find what we call the Christmas tree graveyard.  But really it’s just the newly cut trees that they haven’t put out yet.

The tools and netters are eerily lit. 

I love this place.

Giant Cemetery

I was surprised at the amount of cemeteries we saw in Pittsburgh, but the one that really caight my eye when I was looking at the city on goggle maps was this giant one that must have been a mile long! I knew we had to make a stop to check it out.

 It was full of these fancy old crypts.

The cemetery was so large that when you were in the middle you couldn’t see anything except headstones, as far as the eye could see. 

This was mildly unsettling. Was it too keep something out?  Or to keep something IN?

The little roads just kept going and going. While on this road, it kept getting narrower and narrower… But we were on a steep hill so there was no turning around.


 
Eventually the road turned into a grass path, which obviously hadn’t been driven on for quite some time.

 Annnd there was a really steep drop off the other side! It was pretty scary there for a few minutes because we didn’t know if the road would just stop and we would be forced to drive in reverse just to get out of there!  But luckily we got back to the paved road. Whew! I was afriad we were going to end up being part of that cemetery permanently.

Cemetery On A Hill

On our trip to Pittsburgh last spring, we discovered this really neat cemetery on top of a hill overlooking the city in the distance. 

On this particular evening we were driving around trying to find someplace to eat and we soon realized there was a St. Patricks’s day celebration going on…. Hundreds of people with green shirts on filled the streets as they migrated in a drunken, zombie-like stupor to some large gathering. We only saw a few at first, but as we drove on, the numbers increased to overwhelming proportions and we were stuck in traffic as people tried to navigate the crowd and find a free space to park. I felt like I was in some sort of zombie apocalypse movie. Eventually we made our escape by turning down a side road and that’s where we ended up finding this cemetery so it was all worth it!  

Later that night I dreamed about the terrible “green shirts” and how me and everyone I knew were hiding from them in some sort of underground bunker located in a cemetery.. 





We also found a cemetery just for broken old headstones. How sad!!