Month: April 2012

April Preservation

– Price Rite has had roma tomatoes on sale for under a dollar a pound. I made several quarts worth of sauce and froze it.

– 2 quarts of applesauce (1 pint, 2 half pints, 1 quart)

– 2 pints of pickled jalapenos

– 5 half pints spiced grape peach jelly

– 3/4 pint winter salad pickle

4/20 batch- radishes, carrots, celery, green beans, summer squash with apple cider vinegar

-3 pints garlic dill pickles

4/21 batch- 2 pints cucumber, 1 pint cucumber/green bean, made with white vinegar

-3 quarts refridgerator pickles (1 quart winter pickles, 2 quarts dill pickles)

– 1 1/2 pint strawberry jam

-1 pint apple/pear sauce

total quarts put up this month: roughly 11

6 months ago- Sunday Legends: Killer in the Back Seat

1 year ago- Happy Beltaine!

Sunday Legends-The Ebay Haunted Painting


The claim was that the painting was cursed. When it was placed on Ebay for auction, the owners claimed that the subjects of the painting (a child and a doll) would move around the painting at night and sometimes would even leave it entirely. Sometimes just looking at the painting was enough to cause discomfort.

There was a warning on the listing. The piece was said to be cursed, and those that possessed it were said to have tragedy follow them.

The Ebay haunted painting itself may be an elaborate form of a creepy pasta- an Internet-born urban legend style story that circulates virally. However, the story reflects much deeper, older themes.

The concept of cursed or haunted objects is by no means a new one, or limited to a specific region. The idea that an object can become haunted, possessed, or cursed can be found throughout various world cultures. One of the more common themes is that the objects more likely to be possessed would be those with a human shape- including dolls, paintings, or photographs. This could be an extension of that particular fear.

Haunted New York- Buffalo and Ley Lines

I want to build on this later but I wanted to get this on paper while I was thinking about it.

This is pretty much a word of mouth legend, but it is mentioned in passing in print (see Shadows of the Western Door, for one).

The first time that I heard this, we were driving down Elmwood Avenue when it was casually said to me that Buffalo is as strange as it is because it’s built on ley lines. The major roads are spokes that lead off of downtown. The energy channeled by this alignment makes everything in the city…weird.

It should probably be stated that I thought that this may have been the stupidest thing that I had heard in months…and completely fabricated, until I started hearing rumblings and hints at this story in different sources.

Ley lines, for those who may not know, are a controversial concept that places can fall on a series of lines and conduits that channel metaphysical power into areas. Part of the controversy is that when the concept was originally developed in the 1920s, even the man who generated the idea attached no significance to these lines other than being a type of ancient roadway to places of importance.

As the idea developed throughout the 20th century, it took on new significance. In the 1970s it was suggested that ley lines contained a metaphysical element- that the localities connected contained some amount of spiritual or magickal importance (think Stonehenge). However, again, it should be stressed that the original concept has nothing to do whatsoever with power and everything to do with traveling through the English countryside.

I can provide no real explanation why Buffalo would be considered an area of great enough power to warrant a ley line, and if that’s true, why (or how) the builders of the city knew enough to do this to build diagonal streets channeling this power. I can’t even begin to speculate what this is supposed even have accomplished. However, a google search on the term buffalo ley lines will bring up a series of random hits. What’s worth noting is that there’s references through several of them about Central New York, through Buffalo, is a nest of the things.

Whether or not it’s true, it seems like this is a legend (urban legend?) that seems to have some sort of appeal.

More Reading

Ley Lines

6 months ago- Homemade Candy Corn

A Series of Short Reviews

Forget Me Not

If you like teen horror, or bad horror, you’ll probably enjoy this film. The premise is interesting at least. A group of teenagers, freshly graduated from high school, begin to realize that the spirit of a girl they harmed years before has returned to harm them in return. At least these are teenagers that aren’t acting like 18 going on 38, though there’s still plenty of teenage horror stereotypes.


I admit that it never occurred to me that I have never watched an Australian horror film. At least, nothing comes to mind. This wasn’t a stellar movie but it wasn’t a complete dud either. A single mother movers her children to Australia, and discovers that her home is full of energies that may overrun the family. It’s a fairly quiet, underwhelming example of cult horror-but it’s worth watching regardless.

Satan’s Playground

Squee! I’ve started watching whatever movie Netflix suggests next. Satan’s Playground amuses me. There’s something morbidly appealing about the characterizations. The acting isn’t that great, but the characters themselves amuse me on some fundamental level. And…well…I don’t want to say much about the monster because I think the title is slightly misleading but Weird New Jersey would be amused (+3 points to the filmmakers for completing my ‘underused horror movie monster’ challenge).

Trick or Treat

Solid, solid film. This one probably deserves a full review of its own, but trust me, well worth a watching. And it is re-watchable- this wasn’t my first viewing, and I found a much deeper level of subtext and playing with symbolism on the second watching than I did on the first, but I did greatly enjoy the storyline on first watching.

The Exorcist

There’s a certain group of films that transcends genre and that you just have to see, if you can. Their impact on popular thought is just that great and the movies are just that good.  This is very much the former, but as a confession I’m not certain it hits the latter- I’ve neither read the book straight through or seen the entirety of the movie in one sitting. But now I can say that I have seen the entire film in its obscenity ladden, pea soup hurdling glory.

6 Months Ago- The Gravedancers

1 Year Ago- Count Your Blessings, One Box At A Time

E is for Emotion

Yes, I know that this one is trite. But. I’m not really good at this whole, come up with a topic for every letter in the alphabet thing.

I believe that in order to experience life fully, you need to feel it fully. I think that every emotion has a place in the human experience and to deny that anger or jealousy have a place in our lives is short sighted.

If we weren’t meant to feel these things, then we wouldn’t. I believe in the idea of free will, but I can’t make the jump from love is an ingrained emotion to we choose to be angry or we choose to be jealous. I think that it’s possible to learn to change our reactions and patterns of behaviors towards those feelings, but I think to deny them outright is almost dangerous.

I don’t think that it’s possible to split the world into white and black, or light and dark and then pick sides. I don’t believe that you should embrace nothing but fluffiness and light and just go through life petting puppies and eating nothing but sugar– but you probably shouldn’t be running around in a black rage all the time either. I think that there are times to heal the people around you but you need to learn when it’s time to push back too.

6 months ago- terror technologies and scarves

1 year ago- happy Easter!


Red is a power color.

It doesn’t really matter what the association is, it’s going to be intensive. The color of fire, red is used in combination of strong emotion- lust, love, rage, destruction. In some cases this is cleansing, in others, it’s destructive. Red can be used to either draw up or tamp down any of these, depending on motive, since red is also a purifying color.

Red is a very primal color. The root of the word may even be related to blood. Its connection to life makes it a very dominant color and should be used with restraint. Because of its connection to life and the life force (…I really dislike that term…) red has traditionally been given a dual natured meaning; on one hand, the color is associate with love, sexuality, and passion, and on the other, the color is also used to represent sin and guilt.

Red superstitions are hard to pin down, since red varies so much in meaning from culture to culture. Red hair is often quoted as being bad luck, or red heads are seen as ill-tempered- this may be a throwback to when a red-headed individual may have been invading. In some cultures red is seen as lucky and is connected with money. The Greeks have a superstition about touching red to avert bad luck or fights.

6 months ago- Sunday Legends- Woman in White/La Llorona

1 year ago- I don’t see why he doesn’t agree with me