Happy Halloween y Dia de los muertos!

Hope you celebrate whichever days hold the most meaning for you and your family!

Halloween of course has European roots (the jack o’ lantern started out in Ireland and Scotland as a carved turnip) and El Dia de los Muertos was begun by the Aztecs some 3000 years ago. It’s a fiesta with special meaning.

The best way to describe El Dia de los Muertos, in case it’s a new holiday to you, is to say it’s close to the U.S. Memorial Day. Families gather to remember those who have died, but to celebrate their lives – tell stories about them, cook and eat their favorite foods, go to the cemetery and carefully clean up gravesites and pull weeds.

You’ll see many events scheduled in our Southwestern states. But more people are beginning to celebrate their own Dia de los Muertos as a way of keeping family traditions and folklore passed down to the next generation.

So, bake some cookies, ice them to look like skulls, put bouquets of marigolds out at the cemetery, and truly celebrate your dear ones’ lives. Smiles instead of tears, yo creo.

You can celebrate all three days if you wish:
October 31, Halloween; November 1st, All Saints’ Day or Dia de los Innocents; and November 2nd, All Souls’ Day and El Dia de los Muertos.

your amigo, Diego

Caramba! A ‘haunted’ roadside stand!

Now I know what everyone was working on in their spare time last week – making ghostly props and creepy creatures to go in the Dixie Chile Ranch roadside stand to decorate for Halloween.

For example, you could open an ordinary-looking box and find – Vincent.

Or notice how a worm shortage would affect some residents:

There’s also a black cat or two around –

More illusions and funny visual puns are at the roadside stand – if you’re out and about, drop by for Mr. Tim’s Annual Pumpkin Blow-out Sale – ALL pumpkins one dollar each! – and tour the stand.

I did notice this odd craft in another photo … um … I sure hope it’s a fake!

until next week, your amigo, Diego

It’s patented in New Mexico

Hatch chile. Hatch chile refers to varieties of species of the genus Capsicum which are grown in the Hatch Valley, an area stretching north and south along the Rio Grande from Arrey, New Mexico, in the north to Tonuco Mountain to the southeast of Hatch, New Mexico.
New Mexico chile – Wikipedia

The chile head’s chile; the epitome of the Anaheim variety.