Halloween is on everyone's mind - or so it seems. Apparently, one of the things people focus on is things that frighten us.
I appreciate the desire to have some fun and celebrate, but I have a harder time working from the 'scare' side. If you want to know one thing that scares me, just look below. One of my recurring stress dreams is being surrounded by tornadoes. I've now seen enough footage, including some of the Parkersburg tornado, that these dreams have gotten too realistic for my own good.
|Parkersburg tornado (AP story pic)|
I was told by someone that part of the roots of the tradition of carving faces into pumpkins was to create an object that scared bad spirits away. I'm not doing fact checking on this - it doesn't really matter to me for the purposes of this post. The last time I was involved in a pumpkin carving party, I was the guy who carved a pumpkin into the pumpkin (middle pumpkin, third row from the top).
So, if it qualifies as a 'scary' rendering of a pumpkin, will it frighten the 'Great Pumpkin' away? It was, at least, a sincere attempt.
|Only a farmer would carve a pumpkin on a pumpkin.|
|A not so sneeky pallet monster|
|If a saw in the farmer's hands isn't scary enough, nothing will scare you.|
Not too long after we had an aerial sprayer hit the West half of our farm, I received this picture of Mo Farah running away from a crop duster. It was some much needed levity at the time. But, I will say that chemicals and their pervasive use are a pretty scary thing. In fact, this past Spring, when things were feeling overwhelming, I actually had a stress dream that featured tornadoes that spawned a crop duster. It's enough to make me think I had a boggart in the dream. This picture provides me with a humorous image - maybe I'll use it in my next stress dream. (ed. note: Harry Potter reference, sorry)
|Most farmers on tractors that old would be looking over their shoulder.|
But, we've decided that a clever grower of local foods that drives old tractors would grow cauliflower and throw it to the zombies.
|Food choice of vegetarian zombies|