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My most memorable Halloween

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iPhone8 capture at recent Home Depot trip manipulated in Pixelmator, cropping unwanted part and adding two separate backgrounds as layers using a spooky forest and rolling fog images borrowed from the net

Good-morning, Ghouls & Boos!  Technically, there’s one more day but this is the Tuesday in October and so another month bites the dust! Last week, I suggested talking about our most memorable Halloween or what your plans are for Halloween?

I reckon my most memorable Halloween was when I dressed as the Queen of the Nile which I talked a little about in a recent Throwback Thursday edition. My cobbled childhood memories blur together, so I thought I’d share some fun captures of my kiddies from their early days.

Halloween 1988 Count Daddicula & Baby Bunny DD#1 at a Sunday School party. This little bunny got passed around quite a bit that night.

 

Halloween 1990, no thrills just plain ole pops (but he’s my Super Hero always) with Baby Bunny DD#2

 

Halloween 1994 a little Lion King DS with Proud Papa

Halloween wasn’t a big production here but we did enjoy some of the fun. We made a special drive across town nearly every year so the kids could trick or treat at their uncle and auntie’s home (our only close relatives in town). It was as much of treat for them as it was for them.

Halloween 1992 DD#1 as Tinkerbell and DD#2 as Wendy trick or treating at uncle & auntie’s doorstep. I made their costumes without a pattern. They turned out cute but it was hard. Hopefully, they have fond memories wearing something mommy made by hand.

Hey, It’s Okay to look back on photos at these ahh moments when a kiddo is looking particularly cute. Just look at DD#2’s face! It’s like she’s saying, “Did you say something Mommy?”

 

Halloween 1996 (originally shared this photo sex years ago in a Wayback Wednesday segment that I didn’t notice until now) Three little Indians, heading home from trick or treating at uncle & auntie’s house. DS is wearing his dad’s Indian headdress. His parents got it for him in Cherokee North Carolina when he was a youngster. One little Indian had too much trick or treating!

Hey, It’s Okay to catch a nap in the car. It’s good for the body and mind! I nod off often, especially after an all day out. I get tired easily!

We took them to a few homes in our neighborhood and they usually got more candy than they needed but never quite enough for a kid. Of course, we bought lots of candy which they had a generous amount of and I always made home-made goodies – caramel apples, popcorn balls, and/ or caramel corn. I still make home-made caramels for dipping apple slicing and caramel corn. 😉

 

Halloween 1997 – A family tradition was to carve “Happy” jack-o-lantern. DD#2, a Beauty Queen, DS – Pooh Bear, & DD#1 an Arabian Princess. The Halloween bag in her lap belonged to her daddy. All three kids used it at one point over the years.

It was traditional to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.  DD#1 always cried when Snoopy broke in tears. I’ll never forget the first time she watched it. It was so cute and yet it pulled at my heart. All I kept thinking was what a tender heart child and she’s still very much the same.

Halloween 1998 – DD#2 a Southern Belle, DS a cowboy (the cowboy hat & shirt are from DH’s boyhood), and DD#1 a Snowflake Princess. I hand painted designs on their cheeks.

Hey, It’s Okay to once a year junk out big time until you’re so sick you think you’re going to be sick because only then you can stare the candy pile down without temptation to eat another bite.

On the weekend before or proceeding Halloween, we had a little party where we stayed up late watching movies usually Halloween theme flicks such as Ghostbusters, Young Frankenstein, and such.  We didn’t watch any gruesome flicks. I guess the scariest ones we ever watched was Ghost Ship and The Ring. The later was way too creepy for me.

The focus primarily was spent on the fun of dressing up and having lots of candy. Although, I’m sure by the time they got old enough they wished they could get creepy looking but I wouldn’t have any of that because there is just too much real scary in the world. I think they had a good time and I know that we did. Their childhood went much too quickly to suit me but we have some wonderful memories for a life time and I hope they look back on with fondness, too.

 

This will be the last Halloween DD#2 spends in Knoxville. She and DSIL will head to Portland Maine this weekend to begin their new life.  This is definitely a bittersweet moment for us.  We’re happy for them but sad to see them go. So, I’m sharing another Maine mewsician discovery, as I present you the American psych sound of Arborea!

 

 

 

 

 

After this week, I am going to scale back on blogging for the rest of the year. Life gets to hectic with the holidays and I want to enjoy all things instead of feeling pushed, so if I blog then fine and if not just know all is well. If you don’t want to miss the latest mews then sign up for to get email notification of my latest posts. 😉

I’m linking up taking a coffee break with Stacy, Les, and Amber this morning and you’re invited to come with and let me remind you to visit again tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

 

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Giddiness Revealed & More Random Coffee Chat

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I wish last week’s strain was choosing between tea or coffee but it wasn’t that simple. I got more than my share of bad mews but the only thing I’m willing to talk about is finding out my youngest daughter and son-in-law are moving to Maine at the start of next month which rocked my world. How much more can a mother take in one week? Please no more testing, I don’t wanna find out!! Anyhow, you’ll see that I created a button (using their info from GoFundMe) at the top right side of my blog for anyone interested in helping with their move. {Hint-Hint} 😉

Hey, it’s okay… to be sad and even a little lonely with your baby girl moving sooo far from home!

Now to tell ya what had me giddy last week (boy, did I ever need it to!) and that’s my Christmas present. Yeah, it’s early by a few months and that’s purrfectly alright by me because who can wait for that magical morning to see what Santa leaves beneath the tree anyhow? I’m a big kid at heart, really I am. Thankfully, that jolly ole elf solicits outside source for help sometimes.  Anyway a couple of weeks ago, DH surprised me with the mews that Santa’s getting an iMac and asked that I build mine online at Apple for early delivery. Naturally that spurred a happy dance on my part.

 

Hey, it’s okay...to get an early Christmas present. Life is too short and I’m all for seizing the moment!

Seriously. I was just that happy! We do not spend this kind of money at Christmas usually. We tend to keep things simple. It’s just a timing thing really. The main reason for doing it now is my MacBook Air that’s almost five years old and is facing battery and memory issues making accessibility to my computer files shaky. I definitely do  not want another hard drive failure! I do automatic Time Machine backups and often manually copy essential files to my external hard drive (that’s getting old, too) thanks to that major system crash but I certainly do not want to find myself in panic mode to get up and running again. I prefer to stay ahead of the problem if I can.

My new computer arrived last Wednesday. I had a little hiccup getting the migration to working but finally got it resolved by Friday morning. It worked beautifully taking about an hour to transfer all files to my new ‘puter.

 

Speaking of Christmas and being giddy, every time we go to Home Depot I see their Christmas decoration area and it makes me all happy inside. That child-like quality sees the trees and lights and my whole world brightens. That amazing Christmas sense washes completely over me filling me with excitement, mostly I began thinking about all the things I want to do  for the holidays – candy making, baking, handcrafted cards, … In recent years I just chillax enjoying the flow of things instead of like years’ past getting stressed robbing me of that sense of wonder. DH & I have our presents to each other, so…BOOM that’s done. I’m beginning to think about what I want to get the kids and our parents.  This is the trickest part of our Christmas shopping.

Hey, it’s okay… to feel like a kid again when spying Christmas decorations. Who says you Christmas is just for kids anyhow? Not me! CHRISTmas lives in my heart 24/7 but the magic of the seasons fills me with giddiness.

Last week, we wanted to tackle the roof problem but didn’t get a chance to begin things until yesterday. The issues of last week sorta clouded our brains preventing us from doing that job. We still have more to do and hopefully, we can finish it this week before the cooler weather moves in. It’s going to be really cold Saturday night with forecasts of freezing temps. Oh, I’m not ready for winter!

I have to admit I get concerned about bloggy friends when they are absent from Blogosphere too long. Has anyone heard from Les at Ink Interrupted? I sent an email but haven’t gotten a response which is totally unlike her. So…I’m worried. Please, if anyone has info to share with me then do so!

Hey, it’s okay...to be worried about someone you only know in cyberville. Blogging is a wonderful community and the people (friends now) I’ve met over my 7-years here are awesome but it’s frustrating when regular contact gets broken and you don’t know what’s going on.

UPDATE:  I’m happy to report I did hear from Les and that all is well. She’s been super-duper busy with completely her novel. She goal was to set out to prove that she could do it and she did! I’m thrilled for her. She’s definitely a talented writer and deserves a shot at pursuing her dream as an author. Les did say she hopes to return to Blogosphere next month as she’s messed us all. Anywho, I wish nothing but the best for our gal! 😉

 

These new-to-me mewsicians are from Portland, Maine and I dedicate this morning’s Tuesday Tunesation to DD#2 & DSIL! Introducing… The Mallett Brothers Band.

 

 

 

Next week’s Cathy Chats‘ session, while all things random certainly goes but let’s talk specifically about “your most memorable Halloween or what you plan to do on Halloween night“.  I’m linking up taking a coffee break with Stacy, Les, and Amber this morning and you’re invited to come and I hope you’ll visit again tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday!

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Roof Leak, Sad News, T-Rex Hatchlings, Grand Ole Opry, Jack Reacher 2

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Home repairs suck the life out of you sometimes. Sheez! We have a problem with our roof and every time we think we have it fixed, it leaks again. *smack forehead* So…it’s back up on the roof we go, well it’s DH who climbs back up there while I play ground gopher. I’m good with that but I hate it for him.

If that’s not bad enough, we learned on Sunday that DD#2 and SIL are moving to Maine sooner than we thought. I mean sooner like as November 1st! I’m not ready to have one of my children more than a thousand miles from home. It’s hard enough to get with our kids locally as it is and with this move it’s gonna make things nearly impossible to do.  I’m certain with one making this giant leap that another and then another will follow. They are thick as thieves and they have an adventurous side. I can’t blame them. It’s good to experience one’s dreams. This has been a big one for DD#2 for years, too. I have a mixture of feelings right now but mostly I’m gonna be really sad to see them go. They started a GoFundMe to raise money to help with their move. I hope they are successful with this approach.

Please let me know either publicly or privately if you choose to give to DD#2 & hubs moving slush fund, so I can send you my thanks and let them know that you helped. 😉

A few days ago, we were in Home Depot. They have a nice display of Halloween stuff for decorating your lawn and home. I snapped a few pix with my iPhone camera, then I played with one in Pixelmator to share with my gal, Stacy Uncorked.

 

She and her daughter have a thing for dinosaurs, so I couldn’t resist taking a picture. I call this “Home Depot Goes Jurassic Park”. 🙂 I added a couple of layers of creepy fog to create a little white noise to cover the obvious store surroundings but there’s only so much I can do without a little black magic. Wait, there’s a witches brew going on behind the T-Rex hatchlings. I should have asked for their help!

Friday, we took another trip to Nashville to finish up the shops at the Opry Mills mall. We got there about half an hour before the shopping center opened.  We decided to go back to the gift shop at the the Grand Ole Opry which is right across the street from the mall. Although you can’t really tell it from the photo but it was really foggy and that’s why the sky appears a washed out gray. You just can’t do much photo magic with these kinds of conditions.  I’d really like to see this place at night, though.

We weren’t in there long before the crowds began to come through the tiny shop that’s to the right of this image just above the pickup truck’s bed under the word “Opry”.

Getting to the mall so soon after the shops opened I thought was idea and normally it would be but I noticed almost from the start the presences of little people. I mean school aged kids. I thought, “Shouldn’t they be in school?” It soon became clear that something was going on. I later learned the Nashville schools were on Fall Break. What’s with all these breaks anyhow? We never got such a thing as a “Fall Break” when I went to school.

We finished the other side of the mall. DH found a cute pencil skirt with a side zipper (all the way down with two zipper pulls one from the top and one for the bottom) at Express on the clearance rack for twenty bucks that he got me. I wanted to share a picture of it from Express’ site but couldn’t find one. Oh, drats! You’ll just have to take my word that it’s cute. 🙂

Saturday night, we watched Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on Amazon Prime. Sequels are rarely good follow ups but this second part was good and if you haven’t seen it yet, then I highly recommend it. Check out the trailer.

 

Did you vote in my latest edition of Battle of the Bands “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree” showdown? That being said, I found this new cover by Grace Acoustic Trio. I wish I had stumbled on them to throw in the battle but I didn’t.

 

I guess that concludes my randomizing. Now, it’s time for Hey, It’s Okay. Amber got the idea from Glamour magazine. Here rules are simple. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you’re okay about and she asks to please do not link a post that has nothing to do with “Hey, It’s Okay” because that’s just rude.

Hey, It’s okay.… that DD#2 and SIL want to live a dream, exploring new areas to live even if they are 15+ hours away but it’s okay to be sad and to feel like a part of me is leaving. I always wanted my children to stay near but feared the envitable could happen. Why is letting go so hard? It’s okay to share DD#2 & SIL’s GoFundMe page. After all, you never know who’s willing to help and every little bit adds up like pennies in a fountain. Finally, it’s okay to stop fretting or getting overwhelmed by others’ bad decisions. Everybody makes goofs every single day of his/her life but to purposedly do something that you know you shouldn’t…well, life does bite and you gotta live with the consequences. *sigh* As you might guess this is meant for a specific person but I’m not naming any names. I just needed to vent my frustrations.

 

 

 

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m taking a coffee break with Stacy, Amber, and Les at the above sites . You’re welcome to come with and if not, I hope you’ll come by tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

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Autumn rain, Dark Shadows, DWTS, Blue Bell ice cream

Good-morning, Kittens and Dawgs! Are you having your morning coffee?  I’m on cup #2 and heading to get cup three. Coffee is good for you, didn’t you hear?

Autumn’s presence is making her mark gradually.  There’s a slight change in the leaves color, mostly due to dry conditions and the last hurricane system out of Mexico hit us Sunday.  We got lots and lots of rain. The heavy storms caused the changing leaves in our backyard to fall off but I’m hopeful if we get enough rain that the remaining will give us pretty colors. *cross fingers*  If you want to listen to more Autumn inspired mewsic then check out yesterday’s post. 😉

Speaking of which, I heard some wonderful mewsic on the dance floor. Michele from Angels Bark introduced to me the Swedish heavy metal band Lake of Tears. This isn’t my normal mewsical genre but I really liked the song with the same name as their 1999 album, So Fell the Autumn Rain.  I think it’s the opening violin that appeals to my ear then the bleed in with a contrast rock blend captured my interest to hear more and so from that album here are my favorites. Enjoy!


What did you think of Lake of Tears? Michele shared an amazing Autumn playlist yesterday and you’re invited to stop by boogie with her!

Are y’all getting lots of rain? What songs make you think of autumn?

Let me turn my thoughts to random TV talk. In 2012, I told y’all I started watching the vintage TV soap, Dark Shadows, on Netflix. What I didn’t realize is they did not have the complete series available for streaming. Luckily, Amazon Prime now has what I think is all episodes and a few movies.  I found an interesting article online, 9 Terrifying Amusing Facts About ‘Dark Shadows’ that I wanted to share with fans of the show. I thought it was amusing to read the factoids and now I understand why the acting wasn’t the best. It’s interesting I never noticed the fumbled lines and production glitches as a kid that I pick up on now but still it’s a lot of fun to watch!

Are you a fan of Dark Shadows? Would you like to see a remake of the show?

Years ago, we began watching Dancing With The Stars (DWTS). It became a routine thing to do with the family. This was before streaming. We either locked in the time to do it or recorded the episodes.

GOOD MORNING AMERICA – The cast of Season 25 of “Dancing with the Stars,” are announced live on “Good Morning America,” Wednesday, September 6, 2017 on the ABC Television Network.   DEBBIE GIBSON, ALAN BERSTEN, EMMA SLATER, DREW SCOTT, LINDSEY STIRLING, MARK BALLAS, DEREK FISHER, SHARNA BURGESS, NIKKI BELLA, BARBARA CORCORAN, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV, KEO MOTSEPE, TERRELL OWENS, CHERYL BURKE (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)

We continue to watch the show and image my suprise to find the return of DWTS two weeks into the season! These days, we do not watch aired programmed TV shows, but instead stream the episodes the following day at a time that’s convenient. We’re still playing catch up so if you’re watching the program please no spoilers. Anywho, I will tell my favorite celebrity dancer is YouTube sensation, Lindsey Stirling partnered with pro dancer, Mark Ballas. I think she could win the Mirror Ball trophy. She’s awesome!

If you wish to fast forward all the fluff to see her dance with mark, then feel free to jump to the 1:44 mark to watch.

 

Do you watch DWTS? If so, who’s your favorite celebrity?

Although many of the new shows have kicked off, I’m always reminded of ones we started and because we do not watch programmed TV, then we need to resume some of last year’s favorites like Designated Survivor season 2 on ABC (began September 27th) and Lethal Weapon season 2 on the FOX network (premiered September 26th). A third show I’m looking forward to but won’t be back until next September is the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Cal Sal.  What a disappointment to learn of the show’s delay! I reckon executives didn’t know if they wanted to continue the series but I’m happy that they are going to run with it for a 4th season. Speaking of Breaking Bad, we have yet to finish that series, maybe we can do that now.

Now that I do not have any restriction on what I can eat since my oral surgery at the end of August, I finally got to have a bowl of my favorite Blue Bell ice cream flavor – Rocky Mountain Road.


The rich chocolate ice cream goodies combined with dark chocolate covered peanuts, milk chocolate covered pecans, white chocolate covered almonds, and roasted walnuts with swirls of marshmallow cream is some out of this world goodness! Well…it used to be. *sigh* It’s still good don’t get me wrong but they’ve changed it. The marshmallo cream is too sweet, the ice cream is kinda gooy, and it seems they’ve cut back on the nuts.  I plan to contact Blue Bell later today to let them know that we do not like the change and hope they return to the recipe that we love!

Are you an ice cream fan? What’s your favorite flavor and brand? Can you eat year-round?

 

 

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m taking a coffee break with Stacy, Les, and Amber, just click buttons above, to come with and if not, I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

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The Best of Ray Parker Jr

orGood-morning, kittens & dawgs! I was close to blowing off today’s post but then I realized I had it nearly finished. I’m beginning to think with my return to “normal blogging” I’m taking on more than I can handle.   Okay, I can do this! Really, I can do this! I just need to relax. Breathe. And enjoy!

Things are just about to calm a bit in my life. I think I finally got all my necessary appointments out-of-the-way for this year.  *cross fingers* DH is a different story. He will have regular follow ups probably for many, many months to come.  We’re thinking if his eye surgeon thinks it’s a good idea to wait until next spring to have the surgery needed to remove the oil bubble (from the retina re-attachment process). Dr. P says sometimes the retina will detach after removing the oil bubble so the longer it’s left in then changes are better the retina will not separate. Our concern is his vision as his lens continues to deteriorate. It’s very frustrating for him. Kindly continue to keep him in prayer. Thanks!

We almost witnessed a wipe out on the interstate yesterday. I closed my eyes for a few seconds to catch a little nap on the way home from the store when  scary sound jolted them wide open to see a Hunda slide sideways across three lanes. All I can say, that driver is lucky because there was nothing close to him or us! He recovered avoiding a horrible accident but damage was done to his car. DH said he went up on the concrete medium nearly toppling over before sliding across the highway.  God surely had His hands on that driver and us. I shutter to think about what if traffic had been heavy.

Good grief, can you believe it Friday is the first day of autumn? WOW, this year is scooting by!  This week summer is taking its last stand with temps in the low to mid-80s.  When it’s sunny, THAT’s just too warm to suit me, too! Next week things is forecast to drop the upper 70s for the high.  I always look forward to drinking hot chocolate in the fall but I’ll have to wait a few weeks to enjoy a steaming cup piled high with miniature marshmallows or Readi Wipp.

I think I’ll bake some cookies. Which sounds the best to you, oatmeal raisin, molasses (soft ginger cookie), or chocolate chip? I think all three sound yummy and it’s going to be a tough decision! I know which ever I decide will delight DH (a.k.a. “Cookie Monster”)!

Okay enough random jabbering. It’s time for some mewsic! In Jingle, Jangle,  Jungle’s It’s All in the Name series, she reminded me that Ray Parker Jr is more than the Ghostbusters theme song singer. That being said, here’s a 9 song playlist I created for your enjoyment while you’re visiting this morning or surfing the net.

 

What Ray Parker, Jr song do you like? Is there another by Parker you like but didn’t make my playlist?

 

 

This is what the hop hostess says… I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you’re okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with “Hey, It’s Okay”. It’s rude.

 

It’s okay….

  • to just stare at the sky looking for cool shapes in the clouds. It’s wonderful to take time to enjoy the simple things and to be a kid again. We get too busy in our grown up world to celebrate the beauty all around us.
  • to look forward to all things autumnish – baking, falling leaves, pumpkins, cinnamony scents, nippy temps, cozy fleece socks, and snugly sweats.
  • that I’m excited about getting my new iPhone. Mine is four years old. I’m afraid to upgrade to iOS 11 today because of its age and I’m certain it’ll put a huge drag on everything making it impossible to open apps properly. Also, at this stage the battery is squirrely not holding a good charge sometimes dropping sharply. One day it completely died while I  was running errands leaving me without a convenient way to communicate.

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and I’m going to check in with Les from Ink Interrupted for her “Tuesday Coffee Chat” link up but I’m not sure she’s back in the groove yet. You’re welcome to come with if you want. I hope to see you  back tomorrow for my mid-week fun with not-so Wordless Wednesday and the recent return of Way Back Wednesdays!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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