a very late spooky monday

Hello everyone! Sorry, I didn't get lost in the woods or got swept up by a gigantic pink balloon. I've been away taking a little break and taking care of things here at Casa Petunia. Thinks have been tough to say the least. I've been dealing with big emotional challenges, relationship challenges that tend to come up when you've been with someone for nearly 20 years. So lots of drama and lots of talking, and in the end we learn a lot and hope to grow and become better people.

I am so grateful to friends that have been wonderfully supportive. Thinking about me and caring about us in their own special way. Yes all those positive thoughts you sent my way really worked!

So here we are halfway through October. I don't know how the weather is where you are but it feels nothing like Fall here. Our weather has been sunny and hot the last 2 weeks and it's been very hard to get into the Halloween spirit when everyone is still running around in shorts and sandals!

But I have faith that the Autumn breezes will start blowing just in time for out tea party and Halloween. There's still lots of time to sign up and join us for one last magical October weekend.

I have missed this week's Spooky Mondays so here is a picture that I completely forgot to post last year. You might wonder exactly what it is as there isn't really anything seemingly extraordinary about it.

The odd thing about this picture is that when I took it, the walkway going up to my front door was empty. So you can imagine my surprise when I went through my Halloween pics and saw this odd figure standing in front of my door. Was it an early trick-or-treater that ran up so quickly that I just didn't notice?

Could I have possibly captured a lost soul? After much speculating and entertaining possibilities of other worldly visits we finally came up with an almost logical explanation.

The figure was actually not in front of my camera but behind it. The little jack-o-lantern was the clue. Right behind me was a small table I set up to hold the cauldron of candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, and the jack-o-lantern sat right next to it.

At the exact time I took the picture through my front door my husband was right behind me raiding the candy cauldron. I caught his reflection in the glass door and ended up with this sort of spooky photo.

Now what I still can't explain is how I got that reflection when I was standing right in the middle of the doorway. He would have been directly behind me and it should be my reflection that's in the glass. So there is still that bit of mystery there. Very curious indeed.

Happy super late Spooky Monday and have a great weekend my lovelies!


LuLu Kellogg said...

That truly is amazing....I was going to say it looked like a little naked cherub! Spooky indeed!!


Theresa MacNaughton said...

Dear Anna, I am so sorry to hear of the struggles you've been going through. Big hugs to you. I am always here, if you need me. I love this photo you posted here. It is really spooky and quite cool. I agree that the weather has been very un-fall like. Ugh. I want COLD weather so I can wear sweaters!

Take care and have a good weekend, dear friend.

GerryART said...

This must be the season.
Last night my two Aunts who passed several years ago visited me in my dreams last night.
A most unusual occurrence, Anna.
Am sending Positive Thoughts in your direction.

Elaine said...

So spooky// Love your background

Anonymous said...

Great story !!!!!
I love a bit of mistery in life ; )
Have a magical day.

Linda said...

This photo is the greatest. Love the mysterious side of it. Who knows what stories lurk behind it...

Lisa said...

Splendid photo - I love it. Sorry for the personal struggles. I think every couple goes through them. Sometimes they end up making things much better in the end and so I hope that is how it goes for you. Can't wait for the halloween party.

goddessandmagick said...

Anna that is so cool, you got something for sure, a little goblin by surprise !!! Hey Im having a Halloween give away! Come visit my blog please! Andrea.

Anonymous said...

picture is soooo cool....

sending positive thoughts your way

love your blog!


Wendy Aspinall said...

Anna I missed you and if you are talking that's a good thing it's when you stop talking you should worry... senting lots of hugs and the photos is super spooky... Hugs wendy

Barbara said...

Love the photo ~ it *is* quite spooky! Sending good thoughts your way....

Cameron said...

I agree...I can't wait til the coolness starts to roll in....but I'm hopeful it will be soon, too :)

Deliciously spooky pic!!! Love it!!

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm... that is an almost logical explanation! It's a beautiful picture either way. Can't wait for the tea party!

lilyandthelotus.blogspot.com said...

Aaahhh I am so sorry for your hard times big hugs. Your art is a mere reflection of your beauty wow you are lovely. Be strong sweet friend and thank you for sharing.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Creeptastic photo! I hope you have a peaceful and blessed week.

Ricki Jill

pchickki said...

What a wonderful and intriguing post!
Love it !!

Toriz said...

I'm sorry to hear you're having some really hard times at the moment! *Hugs*

It's definately the right weather here; even the sunny days have a slightly chilly breeze, the mornings are definately chilly, and so are the evenings; nature is definately getting ready for Winter around here!

And I'm getting ready for the tea party; I can't believe how excited I am about doing it!

Jaime Haney said...

OH my goodness that is really cool! But I kinda like the other worldly idea better ;) I love spooky things! I need to check out Spooky Monday, is that your concoction or a blog?

I am so glad to have finally come and look at your beautiful blog! I've heard wonderful things about you and for some reason or another just haven't made it here yet. I'm so glad I've had a free day of coasting the web and landed here :)

I hear you on living with someone for so long... just keep swimming as I love to say! (from Finding Nemo) Also, when things get tough... Choose to be happy.

:) can't wait to learn more about you and see your pretty blog.

xx Jaime

Celia said...

What a great picture!!! Sorry to hear you've been having a rough time.....you have been in my thoughts....I'm glad to see you're back. I can't believe the Halloween Tea Party is almost here!!!

Queenie Believe said...

I'm sorry you and yorus are going through a rough patch. Sending positive thoughts that peace and healing surround you.
Your photo is spooky fun.
Take very good care.
Always, Queenie

Edith Schmidt said...

That is a cool photo!! Love it.

Barbara F. said...

Anna, this is a fantastic photo!!! xo

A Magical Whimsy said...

Blessings to you...
We all go through relational drama...and it's not always fun.
Be yourself, hang in there.
Be like Yoda~ relax
Teresa in California