Monday, August 18, 2008

Good Evening, sweet Gnomes...



We were talking today about Dogs in strange outfits and I mentioned that I had one of Hera's dog in a strange coat, and as you can see I do have one, but I think it may be her cat, and not her dog....We'll have to ask her, and see if she has any more fun photos. I do know she has a new cd out and that it rocks!

I like the thread's that have been jumping around today, all the language bits, and moving on into poor discarded gnomes, lying about in abandoned garden's waiting for a ghost with haunted bagpipes to appear....

I had a funny thought today, I thought "Hey! I could use Garage Band, and record my bagpipe progress, post a bit every week for people to listen to!" and it made me happy.

Then it hit me, and all I could do was laugh. I'd LOSE friends like fleas off a dog! Why would I subject you to what is almost certainly going to be a horribly painful experience????

May do it anyway. A little trial by fire never hurt anyone.....

Off to watch Project Runway, a show I seem to have been drawn into lately, not sure why..

Love and Haunted Gnomes,
Lorraine

35 Comments:

At 7:31 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Yes... that's a cat. That is, hands down, the meanest looking cat photo I have EVER seen... but I am sure Brjann is wonderfully sweet.

ahhhh gnomes.

Every time I write the word 'gnome' I think of a book that I read when I was really small. It was The Gnome from Nome... and really all I can remember is the title. But, boy, did that title stick with me!!

I must say my aunt's gnome garden did kinda freak me out. It was ... something else. All these chipped and faded ceramic cherub faces smiling at me with their false rosy cheeks. I wonder if there is a name for that.. gnomophobic... gnomophobia... gnomophobe!!!... I don't think I am there but I might be if I had to spend that much time around cracked ceramic gnomes.

or read more of Jess's poetry. That really was a great poem... and I too would love to hear it as a song. You will have to start using garage band Lorraine. We just can't all fly in there to listen!!! and wailing or not, I bet you would be a hit.

After all.. if it is too screechy we can still use it to annoy co-workers!!! ;-)

 
At 8:35 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You could use my bagpipe as a ring tone for people you don't want to walk to, hee-hee...At least till I get good at them!

And I have to say, Rubius, as a way to cheer a person up and make them feel loved, a basket of mangos truly does the trick. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!

I want a garden gnome now. Kind of. Actually my friend down the street has some, might BE you AUnt. I kind of want to start getting them and putting them in her garden late at night.

For the friend next door, I want some of those flamingos that aren't pink but skeletons, and I want to put them going up to their fake turkey one night, like a stealth Zombie Un-dead flamingo attack...

( pushingdaisies.com )

 
At 8:57 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Wow. That is some photo. That would be a great story/art/music prompt too -- but I think the poem and gnome garden and all that are wonderful and I am thinking of some ideas even now.... hummmmm.

I would love it if you posted yourself learning to play your pipes.

 
At 9:18 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Heck, Aleta, I'll come over and play them for you, hee-hee...But I will stop before you are driven mad....

I think we are onto something, and I think it should be wide open to interpretation . It kind of got born out of us, and the things we talk about it, perhaps we can give this skeleton some flesh, so to speak...

It can change and evolve and we can get inspiration from eachother, and go off from there. I will post everything, no time limit.

 
At 9:22 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And oh, I think Hera's cat Brjann should be in there too, yes? He is the spookyest ever, there is something about him....

Maybee Hera will join in and we will get a song from her, full of Spooky, gnomes, moonlight, haunted, cats and the night...

 
At 10:07 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

The skeleton flamingo thing...Lol... That is great.

Sadly, it cannot be my aunt. If my aunt lived up the street from you I would visit her more often, believe me. My aunt is great. She has a neighbour who has a classical white maiden statue (notice I said 'maiden' and not 'kore', I was hiding my nerd panties) and she goes out when the neighbours aren't home or late at night and dresses up their statue. I think of it as 'the fashion thing' (gee, wonder where that phrase came from, hmmmm). She changes the outfit periodically, always wild and weird stuff from the thrift store. Strange hats and shawls.

You know you are too fond of puns when: I was writing the above paragraph when my friend called and we chatted for a time. I was telling him about the whole gnome thing and he said to me 'It's a little-gnome fact that a great deal of teenage wanton-ness and licentiousness is due to the work of the little people: it's all about whore gnomes'

Sorry I couldn't quite stop myself. I just about fell off my chair laughing. I hope that doesn't cross the barriers.

I am glad the mangos made you smile.

 
At 11:58 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Aww Brjann in his parka is so cute.:)

Lorraine I think we should make zombie gnomes to go with your skeletal flamingos.;)

 
At 12:02 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Zombie gnomes are a FANTASTIC idea!!! There was a zombie walk in my city last week. Sigh, sadly I wasn't there to see the zombies take over the downtown core this year.

Thinking about it I suppose my apartment building could be haunted by gnomes... or at least one old over-sized gnome... the manager digs around in the sub-basement, likes plants, and makes large pieces of wood go flying up the side of the building to the rooftop deck in the middle of the night... he is definitely crazy and he hoards stuff all over the apartment... he is ancient and he seems to be friends with spiders (we have enough of them here). Could be a gnome. He just lacks a pointy hat! And we do have a cat v.s. cat and cat v.s. squirrel turf-war going on.

Plus there are the poppets... and they have acquired a hot-air balloon.

 
At 2:33 AM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

Yes please to the learning-to-play-the-pipes postings.

The gnomes thing mreminded me of this story

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/gloucestershire/7555918.stm

(I'm sorry - i don't know how to make it be a proper link...)

 
At 2:45 AM , Blogger K said...

Yeah, I think my old boss may have had gnome blood. Or possibly goblin. He was certainly rather wizened and strange and kept preserved wasps in his office.

 
At 4:28 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Brjann would make an excellent gnome, I think.

 
At 5:53 AM , Blogger Jess said...

You know, "The Bagpipe Gnomes" would be a good name for a band. :D I second (Third? Fourth?) the motion to Garage-Band bagpipe practice! I'm interested to hear how it goes.

I keep thinking about Rubius's rooftop garden in relation to the gnomes. What if the theme was the garden, and the things that come to it? Poppets, broken gnomes, kore statues wearing knitted hats... (And crazy landlords? I dunno. :D Maybe not-- though every garden needs a keeper.)

Mister Guy, your posts (and labels) have been making me laugh. :)

 
At 6:14 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I am into Zombie Gnomes. Very cool. But Zombie Walk??Hello? What a cool town!

Marjorie, I cheat when I do it, but don't tell anyone, on the hyperlink thing. I'll go read the story.

Preserved Wasps, K? This was a man like no other. I have a dead Rhino Beetle, but that's different. I think.

Brjann is SOMETHING. Just not sure what. Had a lovely letter from Hera this morning, she is in the middle of a tour and crazed (like our Kitty) but sent me a bunch more pictures, which I am going to post tonight, as thy are wonderful. And stranger than fiction....

Jess, you are very wise, I am so glad we found you. Or you found us. I like that.

The Garden. And the things that come to it.

There's the topic.

(Someone needs to update Nathilie, teach her to go on holiday)

Dan Guy is doing a WONDERFUL job . That is not a blog i would care to step into, tho I am going to be sending him things to post. Zoe update soon....

 
At 6:31 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I suspect that the Rhino Beetle is some sort of cursed charm. Unsuspecting people buy it, after which it lurks in wait to taste their blood. Eventually they put it away somewhere safe and it scuttles back to the shop to await its next victim.

It's probably a Zombie Rhino Beetle.

Probably in league with the Zombie Gnomes and our old friends the Zombie Wasps.

I'm glad people are enjoying my guest-blogging. I'm trying so hard to stay, you know, *appropriate*. It's hard not to get into character when the Boss calls you a goblin.

 
At 6:41 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

That goes a long way to explaining a lot of things, Dan.

You are doing a GREAT job as the Web Goblin!

 
At 6:43 AM , Blogger Jess said...

I know! I wish Nathalie was contactable. (I miss her already-- I'm going spare without her calming morning photo posts. They go with my coffee and Cheerios, dammit!) She'll have amazing ideas for this, I'm in no doubt of that.

That's kind of you to say! I'm glad to have found you guys, too. very cool things are happening here. I was telling Mr. Jess last night, "It's a whole roomful of my kind of people!" Yay internets. :)

Poor Zoe the Attic Cat! I hope she's doing okay. Kitty health problems are no fun (as Ally and I came to learn last year, the hard way).

 
At 7:26 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

That cat looks like he could kick my butt~! The picture is fantastic.

By the way, I love your pipes. I just finished writing a short story about a mythical Irish festival, and one of my characters plays the Uilleann Pipes. :-)

So, of course, I had to do research on how they're played, which turned out to be more "fun" than "work" since I love Irish music.

Let's hear a little clip of your progress. Sounds fun to me.

 
At 10:31 AM , Blogger K said...

It was a wood wasp and about as long as my thumb (that's not very long, but for a wasp it's massive). He kept it in a little glass phial. The office, which was extremely untidy, also contained part of a WWI land mine and a fearsome-looking and very heavy device for making copies of newly-written ink documents by pressing very thin paper on to the wet surface.

An eccentric in a long British tradition. He has now retired, taking his land mine and his wasp with him.

 
At 10:33 AM , Blogger K said...

Oh, and I meant to say, Dan Guy, I think you're doing a great job of guest-blogging too. I cannot furnish you with any medical supplies but if there's anything else you need...

 
At 10:38 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Seriously... this is a weird coincidence... I just e-mailed gnome pics to Lorraine then went to youtube for listening pleasure... and in my 'suggested videos' was an Amanda Palmer video (really it's a Dresden Dolls vid) so I clicked on it and it is all about stealing GNOMES!!! It is GREAT and I love the title "Night Reconnaissance" Check it out. I am really loving her stuff. I hadn't heard her before the 'I google you' video on Neil's blog.

 
At 10:41 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Did I mention it also has lawn flamingoes!!!

I can't stop giggling.

Now I REALLY want to go on a night reconnaissance.

 
At 11:35 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

K, a wasp ... as long as your thumb? Ick! My skin is crawling.

Rubius, loved the vid. It reminded me of my dubious childhood filled with gnome gathering expeditions conducted under the cover of darkness. They're shifty, those little gnomes, especially the ones with the cherry red hats.

;-) Muahahahaha~!

 
At 11:40 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

and Marj - Love the link. Hilarious.

 
At 2:29 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Wait till you see tonight's photos....Oh, my.....The Bengals were Freaky last night , and I actually got wonderful pics!!!!!! And I have more Hera pics, I am calling it "Freaky Pets, a Photo Essay"

Well, i have to say my Boss has some strange thing lying around the house too....

(I mean, the giant pig? still haven't heard that story..)

I love that vid. Amanda is the best.

 
At 4:05 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I would like to add my voice to the "Yea Dan!" chorus. Very nice job on the blog.

 
At 4:28 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Not an easy gig. You will notice I am not doing it , hee-hee, tho I am scuttling around behind the scenes offering advice and support. Go Dan, go!

(Keep him from taking over the world it will. For at least a month)

 
At 4:33 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

uh... I'm not so sure about that last fact. I'd say it may just help him to take over the world.

I am really enjoying his blogging too, but I already told him that.

 
At 4:45 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Fods! You may be right! It s all part of his Plan!

Why oh why didn't I see this one coming....

 
At 6:53 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Guest-blogging for Neil is exhausting. I don't have time to take over the world. I am happy to take a break tonight, though.

I'm glad everyone is enjoying it, but whose blog is this?

 
At 6:55 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Mmmwwwahahaha! Mine Dan, all mine!!!!!!!

Tho I am young yet and not yet grown to my full power..Beware!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 9:35 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Also want to say Hurray for Dan! You are doing a great job -- the labels are especially entertaining.

I have an idea for doing something with images of gnomes but I don't know when I'll have time to do it. Time is an issue right now. Yup.

 
At 5:38 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I had no idea that "Gnomes of Z├╝rich" was a pejorative term for Swiss bankers. I thought there was actually some fairy tale about gnomes that were particularly Swiss.

 
At 3:23 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Great poem, Jess! Sorry I forgot to mention it on the other post, my mind is still underwater going "oooh! Look! Sharks!". And I completely agree on the "It's a whole roomful of my kind of people!" feeling, which is how I got hooked to this blog.

Brjann looks like a perfect gnome is drag - an evil gnome in drag at that, although I am sure he is a real sweetheart in real life. Could this be yet another thread to the gnome garden delirium?

Dan, you were lucky to be just a goblin (and not a gnome). I have not caught up with all what you did yet, but I love that the label tags are now showing on the LJ feed too!

 
At 3:24 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oh, crumbs, and here am I forgetting stuff still - could this be decompression illness? - the pipe progress MUST be totally documented.

 
At 11:10 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I can't believe you have read ALL of these posts and gone back thru so much!I started at the wrong end..

I think that it is all part of the night garden..

 

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