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The kids and I, before we came down with the head cold thing, started working on their Halloween salt dough projects.  I let them play with the dough for a bit, while I tried to figure out how to get L’s hand and foot print. The hand print we had to do 3 times. 3rd times the charm, right?! Daddy helped me do the foot print which took the first time. Oldest did her hand print. After we got them dried, Oldest decided to make her hand print into a spider.

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The foot print became a candy corn ghost, 20151017_115714

and the hand print, 20151017_120012-1 turned out pretty cool just like it is. I would like to get some glow in the dark paint to make the hand and ghost parts stand out more, but for now it will have to do. I had enough left that I made an extra pumpkin, a tombstone and ghost. Hey I like to play too, ya know.

We got out the paints this morning and started painting their pumpkins. Oldest wanted to do a Minion pumpkin but as she was waiting for the paint to dry, L painted on it. She wiped it all off and has to start over now, so no pictures of hers yet. But I did get one of L’s finished work. I was hoping for a little bit more paint on it, but instead it was all on her hands and arms.

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The best part is that they had fun, and that is all that matters. 🙂

 

Black Cat

Posted: October 12, 2015 in Animals, blog, Halloween, Uncategorized
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I once owned a black cat. Her name was Blackie. I know, really original, but what can I say, I was only like 10. She was a good cat, stayed outdoors, never strayed. She didn’t ask to come in the house until she was much older and it was a very cold winter night. After that, she would just go out during the day and only come in at night. I never once thought of her as bad luck. Watching her from the kitchen window, rolling around in the dirt always brought a smile to my face. I came across some interesting facts about black cats and since it is nearing Halloween, thought it would be fun to share. blackcat4

  1. The Ancient Egyptians revered all cats as sacred, helpful and lucky. They were the symbol of Bastet, the cat-headed goddess of protection.
  2. Sometime during the Middle Ages, Europeans got the idea that black cats were associated with witchcraft. Some elderly, solitary women who often fed and cared for stray cats were misidentified as witches and the cats as their conspirators.
  3. In parts of England and Ireland, a black cat cross your path signifies good luck.
  4. Speaking of Great Britain, giving a cat to a bride in the English Midlands should bring good luck.
  5. In Scotland, a strange black cat arriving at your home means you may win the jackpot! A stray black cat arriving on your doorstep signals prosperity.
  6. If you’re German, you have to pay attention. If the cat crosses your path from right to left, that’s bad; left to right is good.
  7. If you’re a pirate, it gets even more complicated. If the black cat is walking toward you, it’s bad luck. If it’s walking away, that’s good. If the cat walks onto the ship and then back off, get off the ship because it’s going to sink.
  8. Fishermen and their wives saw black cats as good luck, with many keeping them on their ships or in their homes. Black cats became so highly valued that some could not afford them.
  9. In Japan, black cats are considered symbols of good luck, especially for single women. Owning a black cat is thought to attract potential suitors.
  10. In Russia, all cats are viewed as lucky.
  11. There is no one breed of black cat. There are 19 cat breeds in the Cat Fanciers Association directory that list “black” as a color option.
  12. Many black cats have golden eyes, which is the result of their high melanin pigment content.
  13. Black cats can be boys or girls, but more are male than female.
  14. Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17.
  15. Black cats go with every décor, and, best of all, you can’t see their fur on your furniture!
  16. It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder that a black cat just passed. However, we would also suggest that it’s just good common sense not to walk under any ladder, whether or not a cat of any color is nearby.

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Many rescues suspend adoptions of black cats around Halloween. If you have a black cat, it is a good idea to keep them indoors on or near the Halloween holiday. Also keep all pets indoors on Halloween; the increased foot traffic, noises and costumes can be frightening to many pets.

I found this information on Pinterest but the original came from Petco.com

Thanks for reading. 😉

October is ticking right along, and I have several Halloween posts that I am wanting to do. Let’s have some fun on this fine (rainy) Tuesday and play a game…

 Would You RatherHalloween Style.

  1. Would you rather walk through a graveyard after midnight or spend the night in a spooky abandoned house?
  2. Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a pumpkin?
  3.  Would you rather be able to eat as much Halloween candy as you in one night then have the rest taken away or be able to eat one piece a day and never have any taken away?
  4.  Would you rather meet a Vampire or a Werewolf?
  5. Would you rather BE a Vampire or BE a Werewolf?
  6.  Would you rather read a scary story or see a scary movie?
  7. Would you rather have a costume that is totally amazing but quite uncomfortable or have a costume that is not that great, but really comfy to wear?
  8. Would you rather make your costume yourself or buy one at the store?
  9. Would you rather get 20 of your favorite treats when you go trick or treating or get 50 that is not your favorite?
  10. Would you rather go to a really great Halloween party where you didn’t know anyone or go to a lame Halloween party and know everyone there?
  11. Would you rather go trick or treating with a group or get paid for taking little kids out trick or treating?
  12. Would you rather win a contest for best Halloween costume or win for having the best carved pumpkin?
  13. Would you rather sleep in a coffin or live in a giant pumpkin?
  14. Would you rather have to eat 6 fish eyeballs or have to eat a small frog?
  15. Would you rather wear your Halloween costume to school or work everyday til Thanksgiving or wear a jack-o-lantern over your head for the first 3 days of November?
  16. Would you rather help design and build a haunted house or go to a haunted house that someone else created?
  17. Would you rather be chased by 5 Zombies or be chased by 1 Werewolf?
  18. Would you rather go trick or treating in your neighborhood or go trick or treating at the mall?
  19. Would you rather eat all your Halloween candy or trade it all for $10.00?
  20. Would you rather dress up as the Devil or dress up as an Angel?

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Here are my answers:

  1. This is a toss up. I have never done either so I am going to go with stay in an abandoned house.
  2. Carve a pumpkin
  3. Let’s pig out and eat as much as I could in one night.
  4. If they are anything like Angel or Spike from Buffy the Vampire slayer then I would go with Meet a Vampire!
  5. Be a Vampire. Werewolf’s are too hairy.
  6. Probably see a scary movie.
  7. I haven’t dressed up in years so I would have to go with not amazing, but comfy.
  8. If I was handy dandy at sewing I would make costumes but since I am not, I will buy one at the store.
  9. I will go with 20 of my faves because who wants 50 pieces of candy that you don’t like.
  10. I would love to go to any party but I would have to go to one that I knew everyone.
  11. Go trick or treating with a group sounds more my speed.
  12. Having the best carved pumpkin would be pretty cool, especially since I had to buy my costume.
  13. Can I leave the lid up on this coffin? If not, I will go with the giant pumpkin.
  14. Yuck on both. Ewww…but if I had to choose, I will take the small frog. *Ribbit*
  15. I will go with the pumpkin on the ole head. It’s only 3 days.
  16. Both sounds fun, but I will go with design and build it.
  17. I would have to go with chased by 5 Zombies. Werewolf’s are very fast and I don’t think I could out run it.
  18. Trick or Treating door to door sounds more fun.
  19. Eat it allllll!!!!!
  20. My daughter says the Devil cause it’s cooler.

I hope that you will join in on my fun and answer these spooky questions. I was going to pick people to participate, but it will be easier this way.

I can’t wait to read your posts!  🙂

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Last night while grocery shopping, hubby decided we needed to buy some Halloween candy. “What for?” I asked.  “To eat.” He replied. He rummaged through the bin of candy and came across one of those huge bags. “What do you think of this one?” “That has 100 pieces in it, are you crazy?” I said. “We don’t have to eat it all at once, it should last through the entire month.”  This is coming from a man that can eat a bag of candy in 2 days if he is in the mood to do so. “It would be different if we had kids on Halloween to give candy to, but buying this much is just silly,”  I stated. He put the bag down and was looking at some others, but came back to the original bag. “Fine, go ahead.” Then I asked, “How much is that anyways?” “Twelve dollars.” “What the what?” “Twelve dollars.” I about fainted. The bag made its way into the cart. When we got home I hid it in the cabinet. Out of sight, out of mind.

I still can’t get over the price! 🙂

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Little L 2 Halloween’s ago. Going through Sissy’s candy haul!

Well it is the 2nd day of October and time to get into the haunting mood. I love hearing and reading ghost stories, so I am always looking for ones that aren’t that scary that I can tell to my kids. Little L is loving the idea of Halloween. She runs around the house pretending to be a ghost and tries to scare us. Yesterday, she told me there was a ghost in Sissy’s room. I had to go investigate, with her right behind me. We crept into her room and looked around. I told her there were no ghosties. She then said they were in our room. We went back and forth like this for a little bit, til she got distracted and went on to something else.

So if you are looking for a couple good not so scary stories for the younger kids this Halloween, look no further. I ran upon these the other day doing some ghost hunting myself and thought I would share them.

The Pink Jellybean

At the end of a long, dark road is a long, dark path.

At the end of the long, dark path is a lone, dark house.

And the lone, dark house has a single, dark door.

Behind the single, dark door is a long, dark hall.

At the end of the long, dark hall are some tall, dark stairs.

At the top of the tall, dark stairs is a long dark balcony.

At the end of the long, dark balcony is a big dark room.

In the big, dark room is a big, dark closet.

In the big, dark closet is a big, dark door.

Behind the big, dark door are some steep, dark stairs.

At the top of the steep, dark stairs is a dark, dusty attic.

In the dark, dusty attic is a big, dark chest.

In the big, dark chest is a small, dark box.

And in the small, dark box is a Pink Jellybean!

Hairy Toe

retold by S.E. Schlosser

Once there was an old woman who went out in the woods to dig up some roots to cook for dinner. She spotted something funny sticking out of the leaves and dug around until she uncovered a great big hairy toe. There was some good meat on that toe which would make a real tasty dinner, so the old woman put it in her basket and took it home.

When she got back to her cottage, the old woman boiled up a kettle-full of hairy toe soup, which she ate for dinner that night. It was the best meal she’d had in weeks! The old woman went to bed that night with a full stomach and a big smile.

Along about midnight, a cold wind started blowing in the tops of the trees around the old woman’s house. A large black cloud crept over the moon and from the woods a hollow voice rumbled: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!” Inside the house, the old woman stirred uneasily in her bed and nervously pulled the covers up over her ears.

From the woods there came a stomp-stomp-stomping noise as the wind whistled and jerked at the treetops. In the clearing at the edge of the forest, a hollow voice said: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!” Inside the house, the old woman shuddered and turned over in her sleep.

A stomp, stomp, stomping sound came from the garden path outside the cottage. The night creatures shivered in their burrows as a hollow voice howled: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!” Inside the house, the old woman snapped awake. Her whole body shook with fright as she listened to the angry howling in her garden. Jumping out of bed, she ran to the door and barred it. Once the cottage was secure, she lay back down to sleep.

Suddenly, the front door of the cottage burst open with a bang, snapping the bar in two and sending it flying into the corners of the room. There came the stomp, stomp, stomping noise of giant feet walking up the stairs. Peeping out from under the covers, the old woman saw a massive figure filling her doorway. It said: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!”

The old woman sat bolt upright in terror and shouted: “I ATE your hairy toe!”

“Yes, you did,” the giant figure said very gently as it advanced into the room.

No one living in the region ever saw the old woman again. The only clue to her disappearance was a giant footprint a neighbor found pressed deep into the loose soil of the meadow beside the house. The footprint was missing the left big toe.

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I finally got some of the crafts that I had been working on done before October officially started. I hung a couple of things up today and I need to figure out where the rest will go. First, I did my Boo sign.

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I didn’t want to buy the wooden letters at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby is a little far for me to drive to check out the prices, so I kept a big diaper box and used the cardboard to make the letters. Then I used some extra scrapbook paper to cover the letters. They are not perfect but I think it looks pretty cool like that.  Next is our popsicle stick creations. Now I got this idea from __________. Oh come on, you know where I have been hanging out. Pinterest!

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Hee hee so what do you think? Aren’t they cute?! Oldest wanted to make her ghost have a mustache and have beaty eyes, apparently. But she did do a good job on the pumpkin and spider faces! At first I was going to put magnets on the back but my fridge is full and I don’t want them too low for little hands to reach and tear apart. L is pretty good at destroying everything in her path nowadays. She picked up the Boo sign a few days ago and said, “Awesome!” then ripped the letters apart after I glued the ribbon on. So now it is up on the wall for her to admire, from afar!

Another thing I worked on was this little wreath.

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I made this out of toilet paper rolls. You would not believe how many crafts you can do with toilet paper rolls. When I seen it, I was like, hey I never thought of this. This is too cool. (I know…nerd) But it is pretty neat what all you can make. The wreath, I painted in Halloween colors, then put some mod podge stuff on each one to make them a little shinier and harder to tear up. I had it together and hung it up today, took a pic, then noticed it was crooked. Luckily I had a few extra pieces leftover and so I added them and made it look more round. It isn’t perfect, but hey nothing that you make off of Pinterest is. 😉

I hope you enjoyed viewing and maybe will try to make some too. Would love to see them if you do! 🙂

October

Posted: September 28, 2015 in blog, Fall, Halloween, ramblings, Uncategorized
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YES! The month of October is creeping up on us. Two more days of September. Even though it went by fast, waiting on October seems to be taking forever. So goodbye dear September, parting is such sweet sorrow. Till next year my friend…

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Oldest gives up way too easy and I don’t know how to get her to stay with something. She has always done this, so it is not new, but it gets very old and frustrating. The other day she picked up 2 small Christmas cross stitch crafts from Michael’s. She asked if we could get started on one this evening. I love cross stitch. It has been ages since I did them, but they were always lots of fun for me. We opened the kit and I read the instructions to refresh my memory and I started it off for her, trying to show her step by step what to do. I gave it to her and she immediately knotted up the thread. I had to fix it. Then the thread came out and she got mad. I told her to just start over. Count 6 from the right and 2 up. She did, but said she couldn’t get it going. I took it back and proceeded to get her started again. The thread was so light and the lighting in the kitchen was not helping. I told her that we can look at it better tomorrow in the daylight. I stressed over and over that it takes a few to get used to, but once you do, you will be hooked. I know I was at one time. She sat beside me looking at her phone, acting like she wasn’t interested in it at all. I am not going to do it for you, I told her. Because that is what she always says, she asks for help then I take over and do it for her. I want her to enjoy it and have fun. I know it sure passed the time for me on boring afternoons.

I have been busy working on some fall and Halloween crafts and came across a cute paper tutorial last night on how to make leaves. Since all we have are palm trees in the yard, I thought it would be nice to make a few for decoration. We started working on it and she couldn’t get the hang of it. It took me like 3 tries to finally figure out what the lady was talking about, since she only put in pictures no words. When I caught on, I tried to show her. She would do it backwards everytime. Then get mad. I told her don’t get mad, just keep trying. That is the way you learn. Her thing is if she doesn’t get it the first time, she just walks away from it. My thing is, I have to know how to do it. If I start it, I want to finish it. I sure hope one day she will feel the same way. 🙂

 

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I have been lost in Pinterest for the past 2 days. Lost I tell ya, LOST! I can’t seem to turn it off. It all started by typing in a few simple words Halloween Crafts. That was it. The rest is history. So I have been pretty much glued to my seat in what is probably the hottest spot in this whole house, going through page after page. We always try to do some type of craft for Halloween and Christmas and I have found several neat and non expensive things to do for Halloween so far.

Halloween and Christmas are so much fun. I don’t know who enjoys making the crafts more. I am the one that gets us started and Oldest can’t stand to be left out. If she sees me painting or looking at ideas, she has to start looking too. This morning, she went on Pinterest and was showing me things and was trying to pin them, but I had already beat her to it. What can I say, I am obsessed! And that website does not make it easy.  There are tons and tons of great ideas just waiting to be done. I just wish I had more mula to spend, because we definitely have the time.

What makes it even worse, is when I was was done for a little while yesterday, I went into Facebook. I liked the picture and for a brief second was looking for the PIN IT button. When I realized where I was, I felt a bit silly and had to laugh.

We have already started on a couple of things for Halloween. We made a trip up to Michael’s Crafts store last night and bought some stuff. I set Oldest up with painting today. Will post pictures when we get done. Don’t want to give it away. 😉

It was bound to happen, sure took it long enough too. Here in the desert, Fall finally arrived over the weekend. We had very warm weather for Halloween, which was nice. We didn’t have to walk around with jackets on or umbrellas! Saturday hit and the temps dropped down into the 80’s and today they were in the low 70’s. Last night, it got down to 50. We had to shut all the windows we had opened and turn off the ceiling fans. It was a really nice change of pace. The 90+ degree temps all October was starting to get to me. Oh don’t get me wrong, I still love hot weather, but enough was enough, ya know.

Our Halloween was pretty nice, once we got going. At the last minute, my daughters friend asked if we wanted to walk around with them. We went out with them last year, and we had a good time. They wanted to come up to our side of town, which was fine by me, but they were late getting here due to make up malfunction.  I had the bright idea to take Little L to a few houses. I had been planning this for weeks and she was all excited to get to go out, but once they showed up she started to cry. I think being outside in the dark got to her. Then we started to get into the truck and we lost her pacifier. She didn’t really need it, but we carry it with us just for a safety net. I looked all over for it and they all had their flashlights scanning the ground, but no one found it. We went on and I finally got her to calm down. At the last house we took her too, which was only 3, she started to mellow out and like what we were doing. When she got in the truck and looked in her bucket, the look on her face was priceless. Daddy took her home and I jumped in the car with them and we were on our way.

Where we went was right up the road, but there were alot of houses lit up and decorated. There was even a haunted house that one family put on in their garage. We went through it, but my daughters friend was a little scared so the ones running it told the people inside to keep it calm. It was still spooky the way they did it, instead of jumping out at you, they stood very still as you walked by. CREEPY. They had this one really tall guy dressed as a scary clown. He peaked out from behind a curtain and honked a horn at us. When we were done, we circled back around to the front of the house and the little girl that had gotten in front of me waved at what you thought was a statue with a mask on, standing at the corner of the house. He didn’t say anything but raised one finger up to his mouth as to say shhhh. I seen this and chills ran down my arms.

After about an hour and a half we were done. Oldest got a bunch of candy and it was mainly all the good stuff like reeses and milky ways. I ate more chocolate the next day then I had in the past 4 months. My mom even bought 2 bags, even though I told her we wouldn’t get any trick or treaters on our street.

When we got home that night, I found out that daddy had found the paci up under the front seat in the truck. Little L was fast asleep and didn’t make a peep when we got in. Daddy had let her play with the candy she got. She had fun squeezing it in her little hands, in the wrapper of course. She squeezed it until it melted and the candy was just a crumpled gooey mess. But it definitely kept her busy for the time we were gone.

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Doesn’t she look scary!