Thursday, December 24, 2009

I know that I am

the reason for the change to the "holiday dress code memo" this year. It not specifically says "Christmas" clothing, instead of "holiday" clothing.

It used to read "holiday themed clothing", and yes, I did write it that way on purpose. No, not so I could wear a skeleton scarf on Christmas Eve (that was an added bonus), I wrote it that way as to not offend anyone who is of a non-christian faith or does not celebrate at all. I purposely did not use the word "Christmas" because I am allergic to lawyers :)

Anyway, big surprise that the frog queen does not own or ever plans to own a holiday sweater, so I just wear a Santa hat or antlers or something - paired with a Halloween item. For no other reason than I like Halloween and Christmas and I have a sense of humor. :D

Something that I think HR finds an absence of in an employee to be a necessity :D

So, I have this skull scarf that I wear all the time (not just Christmas eve) and it appears that wearing it outside of "Halloween" is offensive to some people I work with. They reported it to HR....who now has to be more clear in their communication to staff, because of me. :)

For the record, the HR department used to be next to marketing and we are good friends. I help organize most of the staff parties and events, I decorate, create the flyers and awards, they love me. They thought it was silly, but they are also afraid of lawyers so . . . . . . .memos have to be edited.

And if she did not like my skull scarf, then she would really hate my skull hat with holly on it....I thought about wearing it today......I had it in my hand this morning as I was walking out the the last minute, I put it back in the box. (That was close!)

As for the gingerbread house. I told the department if they wanted me to make it, it was going to be "haunted"......I think they were even a bit, ah.....shall we say surprised. Guess I don't have to make one next year! :D

Frog on the Pumpkin

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Okay, I am tired

of waiting....will they just show the final Dr. Who episodes already?!?!?

This is killing me.

A good reminder why I try not to watch TV, when I like something....I have little or no patience. This is why I prefer reading....the only thing stopping me from finding out how it how fast I can read, coupled with how tired I want to be at work the next day :D

Why did David Tennet have to be such a good Doctor!?

I could have been done with the series when Chris left......cause I was sure no one could do better.....but I was wrong. Just like everyone else David is one of my favorite Doctors. (Although Tom Baker will always be the Dr. Who in my mind, guess I am just old school :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

If you are a fan

of Fox News, sorry for my last post. :)

As much as I find the channel annoying, my making fun of them (and Mr. Murdock) was more in reference to the circus type atmosphere of the channel and anything related to that making a Pratchett movie, rather than the actual channel's content.

I hope the last post will make the title of this blog make a bit more sense :)

And.....if you like The Hogfather....they made The Color of Magic (his first book) and The Light Fantastic (both books, one movie) into another delightful movie. If you enjoy the humor, you will like this one too.

Rincewind was perfectly cast. And any movie with Tim Curry (as Trymon) gets my attention. :)

Now I am just waiting to see the Wyrd Sisters as a movie....who will they cast as Nanny Ogg - cause I do happen to posses a cat to play Greedo (although now gone orange tabby, Merlin would have been PERFECT) - yes, Dorie might have found her calling - if I can pry her out from under the couch :D

Monday, November 23, 2009

When she saw it

(her award) my sister said...."Hey, wait, I think that is actually a picture of me in Scotland." :D

She is right the picture that I used from my sister's "Least Likely to be Found" award is a picture of her and I outside of Stirling. I do have pictures of her at Loch Ness, but they were not the right angle for the picture.....and the ruins of Urquhart Castle (which is by far the coolest part of the loch.....unless of course, you believe in Nessy :D ) was in the was easier to photoshop out the background from a picture of a light brown heather covered glen. :)

Speaking of Scotland.....we are trying to swing a trip back there in November of next year (2010). The plan is to rent a castle, no, not this ones :) with about 10 friends.....anyone want to go? :D

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The age old question

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

I cannot post another LOL cat on my Frog on the Pumpkin blog, or I will lose Carl at ILHM, and I like Carl...I mean who doesn't? So here it is....had to share.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Frog queen follies

is directly connected to

Frog on the Pumpkin

That is the main blog. This blog is where I put all my long winded and not completely related tangents connected to posts on the Frog on the Pumpkin blog.

I am very good at compartmentalizing :D

Be kind

those are my words today.....because sometimes haunters (well, I guess people in general) can be unkind. I know it happens, things can get misunderstood, but can we be nice to each other for a while?

We are all haunters and work our butts off to put on the best show we can. And we should be proud of what we do. It is awesome.
We are all putting our heart and soul into what we do and it hurts when people say mean things about some one's display. I am talking about the Home Haunter Association Yard Haunt Awards. I was checking them all out the other day and it seems on a few of the comments on the videos were unhelpful and mean.

It is the second time in recent memory that I have read where haunters are attacking other haunters - it just makes me sad.

You have the right to your opinion, we all do, but I don't think that anyone would appreciate being ridiculed or told their display is "insert negative adjective here".

Do what you want, but I just want to take a moment to say, "be nice out there". We are all just doing this for the love of Halloween.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I am overly

sensitive. I think it is because in my day job, I have to deal with a lot of PR and worst case scenario situations.

So I am always aware that something in the yard might be offensive/inappropriate, etc. I am not too worried about it in general, I mean there are some people that find Halloween offensive, so to them anything I do is wrong. Not really worried about them, they will likely not visit the yard anyway.

But I am sensitive to hurting someones feelings or offend someone on a personal level.

So my initial reaction to filming the kids as ghosts was - no way. Someone who has lost a child is not going to find that very entertaining.

So I asked all our friends that had kids (and one I know who, unfortunately, had lost a child) and they all said I was being too sensitive.

I still was not convinced.

And....a week later, on the day we started filming.....still not liking the idea.
Until I saw the kids in the yard. They were having a great time and thought it was cool that they got to be ghosts like their parents. Yeah, this is going to work fine.
The first time it was shown in the yard and they were so excited.....I was glad I had come to terms with the whole project and thankful that husband and friends encouraged (okay, maybe pushed) me to let this be part of the yard.

I have learned a lesson about myself and my perception of the display. I was reminded that this is not to entertain myself and make me happy, and not just for the visitors.....but a creative outlet for many people.....even and now especially for the kids.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Funny thing is

I can guarantee you that most of the conversation through our anniversary dinner tonight will be about Halloween. Seriously, I cannot think of a day where Halloween is not come up at least once.

I think we might have a there a 12 step plan program for this? :D

Friday, October 30, 2009

Even more help

Although I can do pretty good with foam and a hot knife, my web programming skills suck.

A fact made plainly clear by my fabulous work on the Haunters Video Awards site. As you can see, I clearly need some help.

If any of you out there can help me, I really need someone to redesign the site and create some banners. So if you can or know someone who can volunteer (I am spending all my budget on awards, plaques and postage) to help me with this site I would be forever grateful!!!

I can probably get a free set of the DVDs for you and some other goodies....if anyone in interested, I can contact some of my vendor friends and see if I can get a donation.

Just thought I would ask, you can email me at

Happy Halloween and be sure to film your haunt!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

And to the lady

that came up to the team and told them that they needed more bloody gore and blood and scratches on their makeup and other unhelpful suggestions, and that she would be back next year "when they do it right."

When they do it right?!?!?

Please do not come back to my yard. Ever. This is not the frog queen's joking face.

That was mean, I have no use for that here. If you would have said it around me I would have escorted you out of the graveyard. :)

Believe me, there were police officers and reserves waiting around for something to do....they are nice people, here to support the community; they liked the dancers. If I would have asked, I am sure they would have been happy to remove you from property. :)

I am going to bet that your daughter dances at another school. And it is easier to make yourself feel better by tearing down other people, that the hard work it takes to build yourself up. I guess there is a bit of rivalry between the dance teams...after all these years, looks like high school never changes :D

Still no reason to be mean. Mean people stay out of my yard!!!

I am very stressed this time of year and you really do not piss off the frog think those headstone in the yard are just for decoration? :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


when was the last time you saw a pumpkin in a real graveyard, how about a they are gone. I gave away my scarecrow and quit carving pumpkins.

Earlier this year I was reading Pumpkinrot's post (tried to find it to link....sorry, no luck) on traditional Halloween decorations. It struck me that in my single minded pursuit to create a graveyard, I had banished anything that was not appropriate from the decor, including pumpks and scarecrows.

I like pumpkins and scarecrows, they were always part of my decor. I missed them.

But they were not going into the graveyard....they just did not fit.

But I do have a large backyard.....hum, I have always wanted to decorate back there, maybe I can do something in the garden.

I knew I wanted a scarecrow for the garden, but how to put pumpkins in the mix? I really don't have the space to grow pumpkins proper in my vegi garden, but I could create something that was just for photos.

So down from upstairs comes a Bart, a little bit of Fix-all, caulking, hardware removal*, a bit of stain and paint, and some rebar to hold up his head, out he goes in one of the vegi beds.

A couple bags of potting soil and a handful of pumpkin seeds ....some rain and a bit of sun....and I have my latest Frog Queen folly!

This is not the finished scene, a few more details to add and some adjustments to the scarecrow, but the Marci's pictures were too good! I had to share. :)

More photos from the lovely Marci
*remember, frog queen HATES when you leave that metal hanging hardware on your skeletons, yes, I will make fun of you, you have been warned. :)

LOL! Footnote on my footnote blog :D Silly frog queen!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I have been working

on a blog post since July, it is too self indulgent in its current state. I am still not ready to post it, likely never.

But today brought it back to my mind.

I have shared a bit how some haunters don't care like The Davis Graveyard, be it husband and I personally, or the style in which we haunt, or the way we go about promoting the graveyard.

Fair enough, they are your opinions, you are entitled to them. I can say that I never meant my words or intentions to mean what you say they do....but I have been around long enough to know to just leave it alone, at that point there is usually nothing I can say to change the situation and we will both just end up unhappy.

I wish it could be otherwise.

Anyway, a couple of things really got me down this year and has unfortunately as much as I have tried to not let them bother me...there has been a dark spot on my Halloween heart most of this year.

What got me thinking about it....was that this morning we had several people come up to us and thank us for what we do, like the guy that said he appreciated that we brought the Halloween spirit back to the neighborhood.

As I was walking home with husband I realized that I had let the words of a few people hold too much sway over me this year and that was unfair not only to myself, but the many people we work with and the thousands of people that we create the display for. They deserve all of my attention, and I have foolishly given it to a few people that don't deserve it at all.

I have been a silly frog queen indeed.

I don't think I am completely better yet. But I do feel something changing.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

I guess there are some rules to getting this award, I am not big on rules - red heads, we are nothing but I am going to follow the rules part of the way and answer some questions

1.) Thank the person who gave this to you - done
2.) Copy the logo and place it in your blog - did that
3.) Link the person who nominated you - ah.....okay Here she is in all her loveliness!!!
4.) Name 7 things about yourself that no one would really know

Seven things.......hum.

Nothing is coming......

1 - I hate answering these things :)
2 - I don't like passing on awards...they feel like chain letters to me. (Sorry, really I am, just a silly frog queen thing - no one, take it personal, really!!!)
3 - I lose my car keys on a daily basis
4 - hate coffee - I know, I am weird :)
5 - had a cat named Merlin - he was an orange tabby....I miss him a lot
6 - loathe pop music (top 40)
7 - The Witchery in Edinburgh, Scotland is my favorite resturant in the whole world!

That is all, the frog queen is done....if any of you want an award, let me know, I would be happy to pass this one on to you :D (not!)

Not that I don't think my fellow blogger are not steps for the frog queen....she actually answered a blog award questionaire., I participated in a "Musical Monday" for crying out loud!!!!..can you feel it? Yes, that is the sound of the universe tearing apart! :D

Gawd, I am a drama queen!!! :D

What will happen next! The frog queen might do something nice, slow down a, not gonna happen :D

Monday, September 28, 2009

I did not say

anything about the spider in the eye incident until Sunday night....mostly because I could not utter the words out loud. But we were talking to some friends that stopped by on Sunday afternoon and the conversation got on to conversations do.

"Well, you know, daddy long legs are really not spiders" says Ruby - one of the biggest fans of the Graveyard since she was four (she is six now) - makes her parents drive by everyday when it is set up.

"Looks like a spider to me....that is guilt by association. It is a spider in my book."

Everyone laughs.

The thing "spider" that crawled in my eye I am pretty sure was a daddy long legs, or something close to that....I think I could go look it up and find out for sure.....but that would mean looking at pictures of spiders to help identify it.

My left eye informed me not to even think about it, that it has seen enough spiders....thank you very much.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Not all the pictures

on the blog are of spiders.

Just one too many, and one at all, is too many.

To be fair, he has posted a lot of frog pictures...which I LOVE. But I think it is going to take a LOT of frog pictures to make up for that spider :D

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I could never put a ground breaker

from Pumpkinrot in my yard. Three reasons:
(Look at that picture....don't we all covet one of those!!!??)

1) It rains a lot....a lot, lot, lot, lot....I am not exaggerating...come on my Northwest buddies you know what I mean. We have a lot of water here.....lots of water. It would be goo. Mossy, slimy goo. Wait, I am sure I could find a use for that :D

2) I have one outdoor cat. He loves. No, wait, let me clarify. He LIVES for October so he can scratch props. Foam and wood can be fixed with a bit of paint (and some cursing under my breath.) Fixing a corpse......I would have to get a repair kit from Rot .....I wonder how much that would cost :)

3) And most important. It would make my props look plain and boring. Yep, not that it would be hard.... :) And the realization of my inadequacy would likely make me want to throw myself off a bridge....and as I said, there is lots of water here so I have a lot bridge choices. :D

To be safe...I am going to stick to pumpkins ...and maybe a few greeting cards - what harm could they cause :)

Frog Queen knows her limits (just like I know I am evil), and I am fine with that!! :D

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sugar Mice

I told myself that I likely never would participate in the questionnaires and other blog follies. But that was on my main blog....I have decided that the frog queen exactly that. Follies.

Not to dismiss Musical Monday and all it's wonderfulness, but for the frog queen to participate in something not Halloween related, especially now, is an the event itself, and must be considered a folly. I know, I am very silly. :)

I have been Good Mourning, Glory blog for a long time now but never participated in this weekly here we go. Thanks Diane for the inspiration.

So here I first blog world participation post :D
Excuse me if I don't the the protocol exactly right...I am not good with rules :D

Since I was musing on Scotland, I thought I would make a Musical Monday post on one of my favorite bands - ever, and a definitely one of my favorite song writers. Fish has it that, the reason that Phish spells their name that way.... He already had "Fish" taken.

Anyway...back in 1985 my sister and I were watching MTV back when they actually played videos and happened upon "Kayliegh" by Marillion. We LOVED it and spent years tracking down the Misplaced Childhood LP (back when CDs were just getting started) and found that they had a few other LPs out....I bought them all.

On the Clucking at Straws LP I came across this song. It quickly became and remains my one of my all time favorite songs.

Not sure why, as the frog queen, being female and having no kids - I cannot directly relate to the lyrics in any reflection on my life...but the longing in the song has always rung true for me. Something about the lyric and the way the delivery from Fish - just seem perfect to me.

As a folly on top of a folly....years ago when we were in London, I convinced husband to spend our wedding anniversary in a dodgy club called the Mean Fiddler to see one of his solo shows. If I ever doubted husband loved me....I got proof that night.
And....on that same trip the guy my sister was dating...who was born in Aberdeen (Scotland) was on that trip with us....he went to a candy store and bought me some sugar mice. They made me cry. I know it is silly, but they are one of my prized possessions :D

So here is Sugar Mice by Marillion - the video is very cheesy 80's - close your eyes if it gets too distracting.

I was flicking through the channels on the tv
On a sunday in milwaukee in the rain
Trying to piece together conversations
Trying to find out where to lay the blame

But when it comes right down to it theres no use trying to pretend
For when it gets right down to it theres no one here thats left to blame
Blame it on me, you can blame it on me
Were just sugar mice in the rain

I heard sinatra calling me through the floorboards
Where you pay a quarter for a partnership in rhyme
To the jukebox crying in the corner
While the waitress is counting out the time

For when it comes right down to it theres no use trying to pretend
For when it gets right down to it theres no one really left to blame
Blame it on me, you can blame it on me
Were just sugar mice in the rain

cause I know what I feel, know what I want I know what I am
Daddy took a raincheck
Cos I know what I want, know what I feel I know what I need
Daddy took a raincheck, your daddy took a raincheck
Aint no one in here thats left to blame but me
Blame it on me, blame it on me

Well the toughest thing that I ever did was talk to the kids on the phone
When I heard them asking questions I knew that that you were all alone
Cant you understand that the government left me out of work
I just couldnt stand the looks on their faces saying, what a jerk

So if you want my address its number one at the end of the bar
Where I sit with the broken angels clutching at straws and nursing our scars
Blame it on me, blame it on me
Sugar mice in the rain
Your daddy took a raincheck, your daddy took a raincheck

Sunday, September 13, 2009

And they have red eyes

too. These frogs I want to make. They will become a permanent garden folly when I am done.

This will be my spring project. Along with the Tardus garden shed I want to build.

OHHHH....the frogs will be trying to get into the Tardus!! Maybe I will put a key in on a chain in the mouth of the frog on top, reaching for the lock!!!

No particular reason just seems like a fun idea......maybe I should write my own Dr. Who episode :D

It is very late, and I am being silly, I must go to sleep, I need to make more props tomorrow!

His name is


this "Husband" I refer to in the blog, in case any of you did not know that :)

Jeff & Chris Davis of the Davis Graveyard - just in case you needed more clarification :D

Thursday, September 10, 2009

One of my favorite

posts and stories was this post.

It was one of the first times I tried telling a conversation between husband and I. Pretty close to how it happened. I found myself remembering the conversation and seeing it in reverse and realised....that I, in fact, did not get my way.

I had not noticed that the first time around. :D

To be fair to husband....I also did bug him about changing the prop...pretty late at know, when we should be girl trick....I feel ashamed....just a little.

I am over it now :D

I also admitted in public that I loved Friday the 13th The Series. Yes, I have the worst taste in TV shows :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

I have a problem

I have been a big fan of bad British scifi forever. Loved Dr. Who - Tom Baker is still my favorite. Oh, and I remember watching the original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy...remember lots of tin foil. :) And I loved Torchwood, it was sad to see it end, but it was a great run while it lasted.

Oh and then my second favorite Red Dwarf. Silly show, but for some reason it still makes me laugh...and every time I watch it I feel bad for Danny John Jules, those teeth could not have been comfortable.

Saw the recent Back to Earth special and have to say that overall I liked it. They were on a budget and it shows, but the homage to Blade Runner is rather distracting...I like it sometimes, but other times I just wondered "why?" I have to say that most of the guys look pretty good for 10+ year later...a little larger :) except for Danny - wow, I mean he that made purple spandex ABBA outfit, actually the outfit is dreadful. I hope he got hazard pay.

Anyway, that brings me to Dr. Who - the longest running scifi show ever. Pretty cool. I have loved this new season and both the new doctors. As I posted a while back (and you should read this post if you did not originally, my friend Jason made the funniest (and colorful) comment) on how I am not sure I am going to like the new Doctor.

We will see how it goes.

I have probably watched the Blink episode more than any of the other, mostly because of the angels and that it is a good story. So long term plan is to have an angel similar to the Blink angel on Dr. Who.

Can I carve arms out of foam? We are going to find out.

2010 . . . . .maybe?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Quake Secure?

I grew up in Southern earthquakes were a part of life. Husband and I had this plan on when to panic. It is okay to say in bed or in the office, until the pictures started to fall off the walls.

Yeah, then, I get in that doorway. Quick!

So, I learned a few tricks on how to keep your stuff from breaking every time the earth started quaking.....:D So sorry, could not resist.

Anyway, it is called Quake Secure. Cool stuff, holds almost anything on a surface, like a vase on a table, even when the table moves or actually have to "twist" the item off to release it.

Great for earthquake areas

or for someone with three house cats :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Which story to tell?

First folly

This donation box is a design by Toph (the other Chris) who drew up a quick sketch after we all batted around ideas for a comment box. He was musing afterwards that when he makes simple sketches, we tend to make what he draws. The more complicated they are, the less likely we are to make.

"It is because we know we can never live up to your drawing" I replied. "We take one look at that and go, no way can we make something that cool." :D We are a bunch of under achievers!

Second folly

I made the big chest joke, because I am practicing because we are setting up the scaffolding on "talk like a pirate day." Someone thought we should all wear eye-patches as we are working on setting up.

Wouldn't that be fun?!

"No, not really, I just don't envision the crew out there with drills and mallets walking around the yard and up and down stairs with an eye patch on being the best idea. " :D

If that be the case, I will just call the ambulance in advance and ask them to wait outside the yard.....cause it will only be a matter of time :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Confession of a

pretty good vegetarian ....Anyway, I know that I have eaten my fair share of soup that had animal stock, or something that was flavored with some meat product. I own a few things with leather. But as a rule, if I know it is in there, I won't eat it or buy it. Just like the animals too much. No big hidden agenda...not trying to change the world...just my world. :)

After being a vegetarian (husband too) for 25 years I have been talking to my doctor about improving my health and trying to reduce carbs (sometimes I am more a carbotarian than a vegetarian...cheese pizza, mac n cheese, cheese sandwich (for the record, no, I did not steal Pumpkinrot's), garden burgers...) and she said something about maybe (not trying to change my belief system) but just maybe I should look at adding fish to my diet.

Hum......I have heard a lot of people try to convince me that fish are not "animals" over the years.... a few time, sitting across from them having fish n' chips, I was almost sold. Almost. ;)

After my initial shock, I thought about it and talked to husband. We thought that maybe we would eat a bit better if we loosened up our diet. There are lots of options, free range animals and the like. At least the animals are treated better.

But today I passed 'the chicken truck' on the way to work, happens a few times a week. A big semi filled with chickens in cages, hundreds of them. Today was a nice day, but some days it is pouring rain and freezing, others it is over 100 degrees....I know they are just going to be eaten anyway....but still. Yeah, as of today, Frog Queen is still a vegetarian.

Imagine my surprise

at the last Hauntcon when I look over to see a guy I have never seen before with a name tag that says

John Kennedy
Haunted Attraction Magazine

Wait...what the....did Leonard hire some help? What's up?

It appears that quietly one day in March, Leonard handed over the reins of his beloved magazine to John.

Hum, really? I was a bit shocked.

Well, it did not take but a few moments for John to see our name badges and quickly come over and introduce himself to husband and I. Wow, that was unexpected...I mean all these pro haunters everywhere and you are talking to

We became fast friends and spent a lot of time at the show over dinner and on bus rides to events getting to know each other better. We were both quite honest about what we like and what we thought held back the industry. We talked in dept about our thoughts on the place of a home haunter in the greater scheme of Halloween.

He was very attentive and quick to compliment. No matter how many times I told him that there are far better haunts than ours out there that should be featured in the magazine. He was fast to support his reasons for why The Davis Graveyard is a stand out home haunt that can and has inspired many other haunters.

It is just not one of those things that I see when I look at my stuff. John, Leonard and husband are always quick to remind me that I am way too hard on our stuff. I guess I am, but that is not all of it.

Part of the history (bad juju) that I have spoken about in the industry is some of the things that have been said about haunters. Mostly just opinions and misunderstandings mixed with a bit of ego. We are all human, it is bound to happen.

In life.... there will always be someone that does not like what you do, and feel the need to express that to you, either to genuinely to help you, or to support their own insecurities by cutting someone else down. Either way, it is usually painful, no matter how much you smile on the outside and say thanks. Feelings get hurt, and we even the best of us can say something we don't mean or foster an opinion that is based more on our feelings than fact.

I never wanted to be part of that. Unfortunately, I have been. The more I say to my defense, the worse I seem to have made the matter. It still bothers me, but, since I have no options left to myself but to work through and around it, that is what I do.

In my own way, to combat that way of thinking, I make a point to go out of my way to be kind and supportive of all haunters. It is really my nature, if someone takes it the wrong way, there is nothing I can do about it, and I am not going to change based on someone's interpretation of my intentions.

I try to always remember we are all doing this as a form of expression and creativity. The best way to make that grow is with support, it helps me, and, I may be going out on a limb here, but I imagine it also helps you (other haunters and creative people.)

I am trying not to focus on or get defensive in advance to the comments of the people that think that the Davis Graveyard is not the best example of a home haunt for this magazine, or because we attend the conventions is why we are featured. That is their opinion, and I have more productive things to do with my time than to try and change their minds. Believe what you want and I will do the same :)

Today I am focusing on how cool it is to see our haunt all printed out in a (very nice) shinny magazine. And how lucky husband and I are to have the support of so many haunters, both home and professional. Thanks everyone.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Just in case

I am keeping the original french version of the saying for the plaque....cause I do plan to replace it someday. A true Frog Queen folly :D

Husband does not know about this blog yet, so I do not have to worry about him finding out what I am up to!!!

Hee! Cause he would just be rolling his eyes at me right now.

Probably my favorite

job was when I lived in Southern California and worked for a newspaper in the circulation department.

Now this was back in the day when they actually had kids on bicycles delivering papers. I have a warm spot in my heart for that...most of the time. :) Sometimes those little demons (I mean children) would drive me nuts!! They would break windows, destroy plants, and I believe one particular little demo...oh, child, was actually trying to kill this one guys dog with the paper!!

Anyway, twice a year we would have field trips to Disneyland if the carriers (that's what we called them! See it is all coming back to me!) met certain sales and service goals.

We would go in the spring and the fall - I just loved seeing Disneyland all decked out for Christmas! Absolutely beautiful!

Anyway, since I went twice a year with about 30 kids (are we understanding now why the Frog Queen has not children of her own :) I have to say I probably saw the Captain EO show 20 times.

But in my defense, I have seen the Haunted Mansion at least three times that amount. In fact, I was very little, but I did get to go see the Haunted Mansion the week that it opened up. My dad and his friend took me (I think they used me as an excuse to go themselves :) it is probably one of my earliest childhood memories.

Very likely the reason that I do love Halloween and scary stuff so much!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Who's bright idea was it

to come up with a promotion where we spray painted lettering on moving boxes and place them in the branches? Really, who thought that they could just hand cut a few "stencils" paint a little and be done with it?

Oh, yeah, that was me.

Lesson from the Frog Queen boys and girls, if you start down the evil path of marketing and advertising....karma will find you and make you say "yes" to ridiculous ideas that will waste hours of your life!!! It is not worth it. You may think you are paid to much to be out in the parking lot spray painting boxes for days. But you are wrong, yes, you are.

Play it safe, get a degree in accounting or be science teacher. You will thank me later.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

At the after tour

wrap up - basically another excuse to drink wine - we talk about how the tour went. Almost everyone said that they got comments about the "scary stuff". Most of them thought it was funny and unusual, and had no problem with it.

A few of the gardeners didn't think it was so funny and thought that it distracted from the gardens. I completely understand, some of these gardens are beautiful and have been featured in many publications. They love what they do, it is their passion.

It is an "ah" moment for me, I resign to stick to my passion, Halloween!! Now I just help organize the tour, and save my garden visits for my Halloween open house. Works fine for me :)

I have to say, I do miss having my yard all perfect! Nothing gets you motivated for yard work like a few hundred people walking through your garden!

Speaking of many days until Halloween? :D

Monday, August 3, 2009

What is this?

Well...I tend to ramble in my posts, and when I actually release them to you, I have removed a lot of strange Frog Queen ramblings....which I think are funny, but completely distract from the tale I am telling.

So this blog, my friends, is my footnote blog.....I will link here from my normal blog when I want to go off on a tangent.

I will never purposely updated this will only be updated when I link to Frog on the Pumpkin.

It is a bit of my ode to Terry Pratchett. One of the gods that I worship. :)