Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween!!  I hope everyone has a safe and fun night.

Yesterday afternoon I got a message on our Bayou Blue Dancing Lights Facebook page from a producer on WWL Channel 4 news in New Orleans!  She had read the newspaper article, and wanted to do a short segment on us!!  We were on TV!  Well not us, but our house.  Check this out:

How cool is that?!?

Due to the threat of severe weather, our parish decided to hold Halloween festivities a day early.  I was glad because we had plans, and nobody wants to trick-or-treat in the pouring rain!!!   We had a nice group of friends over to eat junk food before heading out.  We went in a big group and took the kids trick-or-treating around the block.  Clint stayed behind to hand out candy and show off our display.  We had a great night!!


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Friday, October 30, 2015

We're in the news!!

Check out this article the local paper did about our Halloween display!!

Boo! Bayou Blue family uses music, lights to entertain for Halloween

Published: Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 9:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 9:38 p.m.
In daylight, the Galliano’s home in Bayou Blue looks like most others in their quiet neighborhood.
But after dark, neighbors and those passing by are treated to a Halloween light show synchronized to a spooky holiday playlist.
“It’s kind of fun because you see the people pass and stop in front of the house,” said Melanie Galliano. “They’ll sit there for a little while for a couple songs, then they’ll go down the street and come back.”
In mid-September, Melanie and her husband, Clint, set up a singing pumpkin and dancing ghosts that light up to the beat of "Purple People Eater,” “The Monster Mash” and other songs.
“We didn’t know if it was going to have to be tweaked or fixed in any kind of way so we put it up really early,” Melanie said.
To synchronize the lights, the couple used a 16-channel Light-O-Rama kit and tips they learned from online forums and YouTube.
The singing pumpkin, made up of about 350 lights, took about a weekend to build and many more hours of editing to match it with the music, Melanie said.
“There’s an open mouth, a closed mouth and then an “o,” so you have to make it look like it is talking with the music. That took a little bit of work,” she said. “It’s still not perfect but if you don’t look too close you don’t see it.”
An FM transmitter on the porch allows cars passing by to tune into to the music.
Seven songs are now on the playlist, and some new songs are planned for trick-or-treating this weekend, Melanie said.
The show has been a big hit with kids, including the Gallianos’ two daughters.
Neighbors enjoy the show too.
“I think it’s great,” Debra Babin said. “I tuned in to check it out and everything and I thought it was really neat.”
Already, the family is planning future shows.
“We said let’s do a Halloween one because you don’t really see that too much,” Melanie said. “It’ll be a trial run for Christmas so we can see how it works.”
To catch the show, go by 145 Gabriel St. in Bayou Blue from sunset to about 10 p.m. For information, check out Bayou Blue Dancing Light on Facebook.
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Death changes everything; time changes nothing

When I flip the calendar to October, seeing the 22nd always leaves me with a sinking feeling.  I try not to think about it because dwelling on it will accomplish nothing.  Today will come no matter what, and I'll move on.  Sometimes I feel guilty that we kept going on like nothing happened.  We took his things, emptied his house, and erased his very physical existence.  All that's left of him are memories and a block of marble in the mausoleum with his name on it.  

The 22nd is just one of those days that just re-plays over in my mind. It's just at random times the thoughts just come. Regrets are few, but I still wonder if we should have done things differently that day.  I realize no matter what we would have done, the outcome would have been the same.  I feel a little guilty that we just left him alone in his room to go quietly.  Val and Roni were so little and that was part of why we kept the door closed. I did not want them to see Poppi in his last moments.  I know he would have understood.  He didn't want anyone making a fuss over him ever.  But... maybe he was afraid... and we left him all alone.  Maybe we should have given him more morphine.  Maybe we should have called hospice right away.  Maybe we should have cancelled hospice and taken him to the hospital.  Although there they would have stuck him with needles and monitors and run tests for no reason because there was nothing to do for him.  I know nothing would have changed the end result, but I still have those 'what if' thoughts from time to time.

Four years.  It feels like I just saw him.  I was just sitting on the porch waiting for his gray Honda Civic turn so slowly around the corner.  He just came to visit and I was just chatting with him on Yahoo IM.  It seems he was just telling me about feeling tired, oh so tired.  I can still hear him telling silly jokes and playing with my kids.  I hope I never forget this sound of his voice.

Miss you, Dad.... today and always.  

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Black Dress

Every woman should have that perfect little black dress.  The one you look and feel fabulous in.  The one you can wear anywhere and dress up or down with the right shoes and accessories.

This IS that dress, but it isn't that dress.

Many moons ago in the late 90s, I was in a community choir.  The uniforms were these dreadful 1970s black dresses with ruffles.  Huge ruffles around the neckline and sleeves.  They were so very outdated and I have no idea what took them so long to decide it was time for a change.  The men all wore black tuxedos, so naturally black was the right choice for the ladies.  We flipped through catalogs for weeks.  They eventually chose a formal length black dress with long sleeves, a slight gathering to create poof at the shoulders, and a flattering sweetheart neckline.

When the dresses came in, I remember holding the fabric in my hands thinking this is awfully cheap polyester.  Thin.  Flimsy.  I couldn't quite put my finger on it at the time, but it was familiar.  I don't think anyone was very pleased with what their $70 had bought.  Cheaply made as they were, the group as a whole certainly made for a pretty picture.

My choir days are long over, but that dress still hangs in my closet and has gotten a lot of use.  I finally remembered why the fabric felt so familiar.  It's the same fabric cheap Halloween costumes are made of!!  Yesssss, cheap, silky, black, polyester.

While wearing the choir dress, I have transformed myself into a vampire, a witch several times over, Maleficent, and this year I will turn into Cruella.

How's that for the perfect black dress??

Happy Horrodailies!!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It's fall y'all!

The temperature may not reflect it, but it's officially fall y'all!  We had a few cooler days, but the heat and humidity are already back.  Bring on the cool fronts because this girl is HOT!!!   Fall is my favorite time of year....  so many fun things to do, beautiful weather, and it means the holidays around the corner!

Since I've already shared our outdoor decorations, I thought I'd share a few pictures of my favorite inside things.  I don't have a ton of Halloween decor for the house, but here's a peek at a few of my favorites!

I believe we caught her at a parade - a Mardi Gras parade?!?  She's just perfect and unique!

I'm pretty sure I bought this at a Big Lots going out of business sale about 10 or 11 years ago!  The girls look for the Halloween cat every year. 

My Mom had quite a few of these ceramic jack-o-lanterns and I have them scattered around the house.

I bought a few of these little lighted houses at Target's after Halloween sale last year for pennies!

I made this fall wreath years ago with flowers from the dollar store.  The witch came from the Dollar Tree and has held up quite well!

Do you have a favorite Halloween/fall decoration on display inside your home?
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