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 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

Halloween Ghosts for Your Yard


I love Halloween. It is truly one of my favorite times of the year. I love to line crows up on the roof of my house, fill the yard with spiders and webs and put this in the front yard to illuminate the crisp nights that descend around here in the fall. 

Here is how to do it and to do it right. 

What You Need:

  • Cheap Plastic Drop Cloths: Calculate each ghost you will make and add one.
  • White paper or newspaper 
  • 6 or 8 Lengths of rebar- 3 to 4 feet high: How many ghosts you do will determine how many pieces of rebar you need. (Check your Local Hardware Store)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Yellow or Orange Christmas Type Lights
  • A Couple of Pieces of Wood

What to Do:

 1.  Hammer the rebar into the ground into a circle.

2. Cut lengths of drop cloth double the height you want your ghosts

3.  From the extra drop cloth cut out strips 4x12 you will use to tie at the necks around the rebar.

4.   Form the head by balling up paper and.  When you have a large enough ball place in center of stretched out drop cloth section.

5. Gather the  drop cloth and cover the paper forming a head like he is a lollipop.

6.  Place "head" on top of rebar and wrap packing tape around plastic to form neck.

7.  Gather at the waist area and tape again.  Your ghost will now look like a lollipop. 

8.  Cut several long strips of drop cloth to form arms. These are crisscrossed and tied around chest area. Then the hands with meet with the next ghost to meet and hold hands. 

9.  Place the logs in the center of the ghost and top with your colored lights. Plug in. 

The ghosts look amazing at night. One girl who lives down the street from us is so frightened she can't even look down our way. She is a teenager. Funny girl.



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