The Good Effects of Goofing Off (But Beware of Zombies)

The Good Effects of Goofing Off (But Beware of Zombies)

I was tooling back to the ranch from lunch with girlfriends in Los Olivos the other day  and thought while I was goofing off I may as well stop in at my friend Jefferson Woeste’s shop J. Woeste, which is a great place to goof off, and there is always […]

I was tooling back to the ranch from lunch with girlfriends in Los Olivos the other day  and thought while I was goofing off I may as well stop in at my friend Jefferson Woeste’s shop J. Woeste, which is a great place to goof off, and there is always something there to make you smile. Here’s what I mean:

J Woeste man with pumpkin/succulents
Cast stone man with ceramic pumpkin and succulents in a pot.

Jefferson wasn’t there. I think he was off somewhere goofing off, too. There is scientific evidence that goofing off is good for you. But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself. Capitalize it.

J Woeste houses with plants
J Woeste houses, animals and plants

Goofing-Off’s first cousin is Playing, which is also good and the only possible explanation for these charming potted arrangements of plants, miniature houses and figures, and the odd owl or arachnid.

If it makes you smile it is not technically considered Goofing Off or Playing. It is considered Therapy.

J Woeste owl with succulents
Whooooooooo

Ditto if it brings to mind the immortal words of Mammy in Gone With the Wind: “An’ you be settin’ there waitin’ fo’ him… jes like a spidah!”

J Woeste spiders
Eeeewwww!

Or if it reminds you of the Dalai Lama dressed in his frog costume for Halloween.

J Woeste ceramic frog
Oooooommmmm

Or if it is just plain cute. She looks kind of like our Stella.

J Woeste cast stone puppy dog with succulents
Awwww

Of if it involves birdhouses in any way, shape or form.

J Woeste birdhouses
J Woeste birdhouses, miniature houses and other things you didn't know you needed but suddenly do.
J Woeste birdhouses
J Woeste birdhouses
J Woeste birdhouse
J Woeste birdhouse

Or bouquets of handmade ceramic flowers.

J Woeste ceramic flowers and things
J Woeste ceramic flowers and things

And then just when you think it’s safe to go into the street again…

"Thriller" Parade of the Zombies in Los Olivos, Ca.
The annual Thriller Zombie Parade in Los Olivos, California. Is that Betsy Johnson? Photo by John Fitzpatrick.

Everybody dresses up and goes in the street and does the whole dance thing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” He used to live around here if you recall, in fact Neverland is just a few miles from Rancho La Zaca.

"Thriller" Parade of the Zombies in Los Olivos, Ca.
Thriller Zombie Parade in Los Olivos, California. Photo by John Fitzpatrick.

Doesn’t every town have a Thriller Zombie Parade?  My friends in Tarboro and maybe New York too (which knows from a parade), are going to see this and think, enough of this Goofing Off in California. Frances needs to GET HOME NOW.

Boston and Valentine Zombie, Los Olivos, California
My friends Boston (left) and Valentine Zombie, Los Olivos, California. Photo by John Fitzpatrick.

You can’t be too careful these days. I know you were hoping for a happy ending. Sorry…

Thriller Zombie Parade, Los Olivos, California
Thriller Zombie Parade, Los Olivos, California, comes to a tragic end. Photo by John Fitzpatrick.

But maybe not… they are Zombies after all… Meanwhile…

J Woeste Happy Halloween
J Woeste Happy Halloween

You can link to  J. Woeste here, or say Boo at (805) 693-1951. And I’d like to add that no pumpkins or zombies were harmed in the making of this post.

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