Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween and Schnepf Farms

Want a fun place to celebrate fall and the Halloween season while in Arizona?  Head out to Queen Creek to Schnepf Farms for food, fun, and creepy mazes.  Sharon and I have gone there for the past four years and plan to go again this year.  I did a video for you to get an idea what is there.  Every year there is something new.  We can't wait to check it out.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Scariest and Most Haunted Places

It is that time of year where you will see documentaries and other specials on haunted places on TV.  All over American, these haunted places are some of the scariest places to visit.  The Travel Channel had a documentary on these such places.  If you missed it, I linked the video of the entire show.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dark Skies at the Cemetery

I have been the the Goodyear-Ocotillo Cemetery in Chandler, AZ a few times.  This is the first time I was able to get photos with a dark and moody sky.  I like the way the pictures turned out.

By the way, since we had a record number of rainfalls in Arizona, especially in Chandler, there were tons of ants everywhere.  We had to watch where we were walking.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Spirit Halloween 2014

What is lurking around the Spirit Halloween store?  I will show you...

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Old Spaghetti Factory

While Sharon and I were at Chandler Fashion Center, we had to walk past the Old Spaghetti Factory on our way to get lunch.  I noticed how cool the rustic looking building looked against the dark skies and had to take pictures.  The sky doesn't look very dark, but I assure you, it was.

The Old Spaghetti Factory started in Oregon on January 10, 1969 by Guss and Sally Dussin.  They built their restaurant not only with great food, but with "honesty, dignity, respect, hard work, and guest satisfaction" as noted on their website:  http://www.osf.com/.  The dining experience has as much to do with made-from-scratch foods with fresh ingredients, but also the amazing decor.  From antiques to interesting glass displays, the Old Spaghetti Factory is a warm and inviting place with that down-home feel.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Radio FearCon

Sharon and I had fun appearing on Radio FearCon with our hosts Chris and Jim McLennan.  We are getting ready for FearCon (www.phoenixfearcon.com) which will be on November 1st and 2nd.  Along with Sharon and myself, the show also featured Glen Wacker of Will It Make It Cars (www.willitmakeit.com), and Spring Garrett (Mother Minion).

To hear the show in its entirety, click this link:  http://www.doublewidenetwork.com/index.php/Audio/fearcon_radio

Karen, Glen, Spring, Sharon, Me, Chris and Jim.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Haunting Corn Maze

The corn maze at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, Arizona, is haunting and creepy at night.  Every year, around Halloween, Sharon and I find ourselves running around and getting lost in the tall, dark and spooky maze.  The follow video is of photos that I took for the past four years (2010-2013) of the corn maze.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Video Tour of Tombstone

Take a video tour of Tombstone through my eyes.  This will give you an idea of what to expect when you visit this historic town.  The video is nothing like seeing it in person.  Sharon and I will be taking a friend there next January.  I wonder what new things will be waiting for us?  Enjoy...

Don't forget to see Boothill Graveyard when visiting Tombstone.  It is located just at the edge of town.  See which outlaw, lawman, or citizen of Tombstone is buried there.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Looking Like Halloween

Everywhere you look and at every store, it is looking like Halloween.  I took these pictures at Michaels.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Photos at the Buttes Cemetery

Before hitting the Buttes for rest, relaxation, and celebration, we drove by the cemetery below the resort to take pictures.  We found some interesting and unusual headstones.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Buttes and the Zombie Housewives

For the past four years, Sharon and I celebrated the release of our zombie housewives books at the Buttes in Tempe, AZ.  After taking pictures for the Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse, our first of the series, we needed a vacation and a drink or two.  I have no idea what we were thinking, but we hit an abandoned house in Casa Grande, in 114 degree weather, to take pictures for the book.  Those pictures were taken fast, and then it was jump in the car, drink lots of water with the a/c running high.  Since that book, we got much smarter at picture taking for the books.  Because I got better at using Photoshop, I was able to put our characters wherever we wanted.  The 1960's pictures were partially taken outside in cooler weather, but also at Sharon's apartment.  By the time we took pictures for the 1970's and the most recent book, the 1980's, we took all the pictures at her place under a light and green screen.  Even though we needed to cool off after taking the first books pictures in the heat, we decided that celebrating at the Buttes would become a regular thing.  Sadly, but not sadly, our final book of the series has been written and published.  The Buttes may not have changed much in the past four years, but we have.

Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse

Zombie Housewives of the 1960's

Zombie Housewives of the 1970's
Zombie Housewives of the 1980's

Monday, September 8, 2014

"Kickin' Up Dust" is Getting a New Life

"Getting lost to find ourselves"

Sharon and I wrote this book in 2011 after our ghost investigation in the Birdcage Theatre, Tombstone, AZ.  Here is the description for this book:

"This book chronicles the lives on Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson, two paranormal bloggers who met at a though time in both their lives.  Facing middle-aged dilemmas, hard time and rough decisions, they sought the open road to uncover the mysteries of the paranormal world.  In the process of getting away from their problems, the women went towards something even more precious - their genuine selves.  Each chapter of this book begins with the authors' goals heading off on road trip adventures, sharing both their points of view during their sojourns, and ends with all the unexpected outcomes.  It's those unexpected outcomes that lead toward the the women's metamorphoses and their success.  They hit the road to get lost and serendipitously found themselves.  Join their ghost hunts, urban explorations, and the process of living up to one's potential.  You might just start using their favorite phrase, "you just never know."

Many of our goals have changed since the book was published.  Our lives have gone in different directions with unexpected things happening along the way.  Some were good and some were not.  We would like to add to this book and make other changes.  This book is a labor of love and very personal to the both of us.  I don't know when this book will get re-released, but when that time is near, we will let everyone know.  Also, I plan to design a new cover for the revised copy.  For now, the original copy is still available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and also available at online stores everywhere.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Zombie Housewives on the 1980's is Published!

Yahoo!!  The fourth and final zombie housewives book is finally published and ready for purchase.  This book takes place in the 1980's and follows the lives of Brandi and Madison.  This is the description for the book:

"Zombie Housewives of the 1980’s, the fourth book in the “Zombie Housewives” series, takes the reader into the decade of the 1980’s where everything is brighter, louder, and more obnoxious than any other generation. Pop icons, technology, and materialism are the standard measures of success. When ZIDS (zombies-in-development syndrome) hits the rock circuit and spreads throughout the world creating invincible flesh-eating zombies, its influence is reflected in all pop culture of the 1980’s. Join Brandi, the mall rat and girl band member, and Madison, the entrepreneur and materialistic yuppie, on their journey through the wild 80’s as women of the decade and zombies, as well. Enjoy this urban fantasy, social satire, tongue-in-cheek book in Kindle format and this FULL-COLOR COLLECTIBLE VERSION."

Amazon - Paperback and Kindle
Barnes and Noble - Nook

Eventually, we will be putting all four books in one big fat zombie housewives of the apocalypse book.  We want everyone to have the opportunity to have all four decades in one book.  I don't know when this book will be published, but we will let everyone know when that time comes.  Meanwhile, all our books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at all online bookstores everywhere.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Above the Norm with Paranormal Geeks

It may not look like it, but Sharon and I do work hard, but love to play to unwind.  We may not behave like middle-aged women part of the time, but we don't care.  How is a middle-aged woman supposed to act, like an uptight bore?  Anyhow, we like that our inner child comes out to play, but knows when to behave.

Did you know that Sharon has four careers going at once?  Not only is she a stock investor, writer, researcher for various groups, but is dabbling in oil.  Someday, she hopes to learn more about the oil business.  She is a highly intelligent woman, but has this incredibly fun side that likes to do crazy and off-the-wall stuff.  Her personality is the perfect mix for my personality.

I am officially a published author (Arizona Back Roads: A Travel Guide to Ghosts, Outlaws, and Miners) and my first single book will be available on October 28, 2014 (pre-orders are available).  This is the first of my travel books.  I did illustrations for our children's and tween's books.  I have plans to do lots more illustrations.  I also designed most of our book covers.  Along with writing and illustrating books, I am enjoying my photography and crafts.  Basically, I am an artist and love every aspect of the craft.  Also, I have been married for over 33 years, have two kids, one daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, and one grandson.  Oh yeah, I have two dogs too.

Sharon and I love our trips.  They are well-needed vacations and are partially business related. So occasionally we do silly videos after a long day and sometimes after a couple of drinks.  We don't apologize for our behavior because like Cyndi Lauper said in her song, "girls just wanna have fun!"  Enjoy some of my favorite moments (all recorded by Sharon).

Go to Sharon Day's YouTube Channel for more of her and I's crazy antics.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Rebirth of Big Red

On 11-3-1977, my husband's parents bought a 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco. His mother gave her the name, "Big Red", but barely drove her around. We bought her on 9-12-1991 with the odometer reading 28,000. We drove her for awhile, and then she sat for years. On 10-28-2013, my husband finally got her running. With the odometer now reading 52,000, he put on the original license plates on, and finally drove her home. Just recently, August 2014, he got the interior redone along with the vinyl top and tinted the windows. Next, is a complete paint job and she will be ready for more car shows. Refurbishing Big Red was a labor of love for him and the memory of his mother.