Thursday, October 19, 2017

The sounds of fall


October is the first full month of fall and one of the ubiquitous activities of fall is a marching band performing at halftime at a football game. I used to play in band in high school and I know you need to put in lots of hours practice to pull off a great performance. These Downey High band members are putting in those extra hours to be the best they can be and entertain the fans this Saturday. You should buy a ticket and see them perform.

They still have flag twirlers too.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Another spooky spider


Keeping with the October holiday theme, I spotted this guy building his web in my backyard the other night. It was very scary to try and get close enough for a decent picture that would show you just how big this spider is. His abdomen was as fat as the end of my thumb. Spooky!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall colors


I like autumn and find myself anticipating the colors of fall. This house looks so inviting in the late afternoon sun.

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Monday, October 16, 2017

Spookiness lives here

Halloween decoration Dracula

In addition to the spiders crawling all over (Spooky spiders), this house is a temporary home to Count Dracula and a couple of ghosts.

Halloween decoration ghosts"I have crossed oceans of time to find you."
~ Dracula

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Spooky ghost


It is always interesting to find how people decorate their yards and houses in preparation for Halloween. This skeletal ghost was pretty spooky even in daylight with the wind breathing life into his ghostly form.

"The lawn 
Is pressed by unseen feet, and ghosts return
Gently at twilight, gently go at dawn, 
The sad intangible who grieve and yearn . . . " 
~ T.S. Elliot

Friday, October 13, 2017

Spooky spiders

Halloween decoration spiders

We've posted about the fun yard art at this house before (Sunsets and yard art and His bark is worse than his bite...), but we've never seen it this time of year. It turns out that this family really does it up for Halloween. It's spooky enough during the day. I can't wait to see it on Halloween night.

Halloween decoration clock"Remember when you threw a shoe at me and I fell somewhere behind the bed? 

"I remember too."
~ The spider

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Humans of Downey - Maddison


"When it comes to our spirit and soul, as humans we're designed in a very specific way so that our personalities are the unique parts of ourselves. With emotion, whether it's pain or joy, those all come out through our personality, but that is what makes us the same. We all have that spirit, that soul. There are very specific things that drive people and they are all very different. But that drive, I think I'm the same as everyone else that wants to get somewhere. Specifically, I share a desire to be significant, a desire to have my life count.

"I am unique in something that I've experienced within the past year, an extreme loss in a weird way. My older sister, my dear sister, we almost lost her to a very rare disease. But she survived, she made it. But she isn't the same. It is a very interesting grief to process because there is a handbook on how to handle grief when you lose someone. But when someone is still there but they're not quite the same, how do you grieve that loss and how do you embrace the something that's still there?

"For me, the only way I've been able to process this loss is to be creative: through painting, through music, through expressing how I'm feeling in sound waves and in color. I think that's unique to me because that's how I've experienced it. My parents went through the exact same thing, but they experienced it differently. The 20-year-old people I know don't have that script. It is my own and I own it wholeheartedly. I've taken that and worked on turning it over for good, not letting it hinder me, but to use it in a way of saying, 'OK, how can I use this to love on other people through this pain that I've experienced.' I think some people might turn inward after experiencing something similar. So, that's my goal every day. How can I show people that they are loved and they do matter. That's a really hard thing to do."

~ Maddison

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Humans of Downey - Lars


"I am the same as everyone else because I get up each morning and look at the world just like everyone else and I interact with others. I feel hurt when I hear things said about me that I think are unfair. I feel good when nice things happen. I feel energized and happy when I see people treating each other nicely.

"Although, let me tell you two stories to show how I am unique. My parents were both musical and we had a piano in our home, which I love to tinker with. Then, I received piano lessons as a gift for my 8th birthday, and even at that age I knew I wanted to be a musician.

"As a 12-year-old, I was a good singer. I played Amahl in the Christmas musical called "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti. This was in Orlando, Florida, where I was growing up at the time. So, I was in front of audiences at the age of 12, singing soprano and playing an acting part. Although, I didn't take that any further. In the same year, being a promising piano student, I tied for first in a statewide piano competition. This allowed me to play several times with the Florida symphony. All as a 12-year-old."

~ Lars

PS Downey Symphony will be performing a Lars Clutterham composition in January, 2018.