Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Corn - and I don't mean candy

What kind of mistakes do spooks make?
Boo boos.

What would you call the ghost of a door-to-door salesman?
A dead ringer.

What's a haunted chicken?
A poultry-geist.

Where does a one-armed man shop?
At a second hand store.

Why did the ghost go into the bar?
For the boos.

Why didn't the skeleton cross the road?
He had no guts.

Why do demons and ghouls hang out together?
Because demons are a ghoul's best friend.

Who are some of the werewolves cousins?
The whatwolves, whenwolves, and whywolves.

What's a cold, evil candle called?
The wicked wick of the north.

What do you call serious rocks?
Grave stones.

How do ghosts begin letters?
Tomb it may concern...

What do you call a person who puts poison in a person's corn flakes?
A cereal killer.

What's a mummy's favorite music?
Wrap Music!

Why did the ghost cross the road?
To get to "THE OTHER SIDE."

How do you make a witch stew?
Keep her waiting for hours.

Why didn't the skeleton dance at the Halloween party?
It had no BODY to dance with.

What happens when a ghost gets lost in a fog?
He's mist.

What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost?
Bamboo.

Why did the Vampire get fired from the Blood Bank?
He was caught drinking on the job.

Why do guy ghosts have so much trouble dating?
Women can see right through them.

What do you call a little monster's parents?
Mummy and deady.

Why don't mummies take vacations?
They're afraid they'll relax and unwind.

ANSWER to Thought for Thursday - and EARTH FRIENDLY FRIDAY




HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

ANSWER TO THOUGHT FOR THURSDAY: Here is a list of the most searched for candy during 2007, according to yahoo.

The ever popular tootsie roll was the most popular Halloween candy in 2004. See the statistics here.

So, what will it be this year? We'll have to wait and see.

HAVE A GREEN HALLOWEEN


1) Stainless is Sustainable: Use stainless steel silverware, regular plates, and cups – don’t buy paper plates and plastic silverware. They just cost more money and waste space in our landfills.

2) Carbonless Footprint Costumes: Instead of buying a new costume you’ll soon throw away or shove in a box to be forgotten, “Go Retro” and make your own outfit using items you already have sitting around the house. (Of course, when I was a kid, this was just called being cheap but now it’s cool and called being sustainable.)

Have your kids go as ghosts. Use an old white worn out sheet. Just cut out eyes and mouth holes. It will be fun making the costume and won’t cost a penny.

3) Don’t Brown Bag It – Make it Green: Use an old pillowcase for a treat bag, decorate it with sharpie markers, or use a cloth or canvas bag. You can find these eco-friendly alternatives to paper and plastic at your local grocery store.

Americans use more than 380 million plastic bags and more than 10 million paper bags. These bags kill thousands of marine mammals annually and pollute soil and water. Plus, paper bag production consumes more than 14 million trees annually. Go Green!

4) Seasonal Support: Buy local pumpkins, apples and other farm fresh produce. By buying locally, you’ll help your own community by keeping your dollars circulating where you live. And, in the United States some food travels over 1000 miles before reaching its destination. This wastes fossil fuels along the way.

5) Have a Heart-Healthy Halloween: Don’t drive the kids around this year, walk with them and stay close to home. This will help you save gas, and money, while giving your heart a little exercise.

6) In the Fall - Use it All: After you’ve carved your Jack-o-lantern, clean the seeds off and bake them in the oven with a little olive oil and salt. It’s a healthy homemade snack and if you don’t like those seeds feed them to the birds (wet or dry). And, last but not least, after the holiday compost your pumpkin. This will feed your garden and reduce the waste in our ever growing landfills.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

SEVEN FACTS MEME - Tagged by Cindy Pon

I found this challenge on Cindy's blog.

Seven facts about me that some people don’t know:

1) I was a professional tennis player in college (NO-No, not like Billie Jean King or Chris Everett – wait!! that tells you how old I am – not like Serena or Venus Williams, I got paid to teach tennis at Tennis Village in Mt. Bachelor Village.)

2) I went cliff jumping a couple years ago when we went white water rafting – call me crazy – looking back I agree.

3) I’m tone deaf – oh wait, a lot of people already know that – at least anyone who’s heard me sing.

4) My sister and I have rhyming names: Kimbra Fay and Tambra Kay – Mom had nine kids and must have been running out of names.

5) My grandfather (Dad’s Dad) was an Indian, okay “Native American” for all you politically correct people. He was born on the Indian Reservation in Pawnee, Oklahoma. So, that makes me part Indian too. You can’t tell from looking at me – but you can see it in my brothers and sisters. I took after Mom’s Irish/English side of the family.

6) My grandfather (Mom’s Dad) was the Vice-President of Union Oil when he died. So Mom came from a wealthy family but like I said (see 5 above) she married an Indian and that was not something to be proud of back then.

7) I grew up VERY poor. See 5 and 6 above. But Mom was the kindest person I’ve ever met. She put absolutely no value on material possessions.

8) WAIT, that’s more than 7. But, I could go on all night talking about my Mom – she passed away in April of this year – (sigh) I soooo miss her.


Okay, and I tag Adrienne, Rena, Kelly, and Ello.

Thought for Thursday - Halloween ?









QUESTION: What was the most popular candy in 2007?




And what was the most popular Halloween candy in 2004?


Two chances to win here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Blogapooloza - Halloween is Right Around the Corner


There are pumpkins in these photos - at least two of them. Vampire Mickey - is a pumpkin head, we decorated this guy for a pumpkin carving contest. He blends Disney and Horror in one pumpkin head.









It's been a long time since my kids went trick-or-treating. But here are a couple of my favorite photos from way back when. Jacob was only 3 and he wanted to be a mean dinosaur. When we told him he was soooo cute - that really made him mad. Luke has always loved Wolverine and Kara never wanted to be an angel.

Jacob always says if acting and/or art don't work out for him, he might go back to school and try medicine. A Mom can only hope. . .

I want to encourage all of you to do two things:
1. Visit lots of other blogs and make comments.
2. Enter the drawing on Angela Nickerson's blog for one of three fabulous goodie bags just click on the Blogapalooza below.

NOW ON TO MY BLOGAPALOOZA POST:

"You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twillight Zone!" Narrated by Rod Serling

Well, almost . . .

We were driving to Reno.

Imagine a station wagon filled with nine kids, heading off on a 13 hour drive – or an eternity of “Are we there – yet?”s.

Dad didn’t like to stop. Finally, when everyone’s bladder was about to burst, we pulled into a gas station to refuel and unload some human liquid. Mom and I rushed to the women’s door but just as we were about to go in, a little girl pushed her way ahead of us and ran in. We waited and waited . . . and waited some more. Finally, Mom started knocking on the door, saying, “Are you all right?”

I was the one who wasn’t all right, my bladder was literally about to explode. Finally, Mom tried the doorknob and the little girl was gone. She’d disappeared. We looked around and couldn’t find her anywhere. I still HAD to go. So Mom stood directly in front of me, watching me go, and even kept the door slightly open – just in case some alternate dimension opened up and tried to swallow me down into the toilet.

We never did find out what happened to that little girl. And Mom always said, “We’d entered the Twilight Zone.”

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Senior Year Photo - OMG - Now that's Scary!!!




It's truth or dare, "blog dare".

Fellow bloggers are daring us cyber-buddies to bare it all - well in regards to the past and present and how we've aged over the years. I picked up this post-dare from Kelly Polark but she's much younger than me - obviously. So how scary is it when it's only been about 10 years since you graduated, or I'll even give you 20???

ANSWER: Not nearly as scary as 30!!!

It has been 30 years since I was in high school - almost. I graduated in the spring of 1979 - so maybe a couple months shy of 30. But the point is still the same - it's been a heck of a long time since feathered hair was in style. Just look how much the photo has faded - kind of like my hair ;-)

I went to UofO that fall. I was only 17. That's where I met my wonderful husband and we've been together ever since.

Now, the scary part - this is my Halloween link - like I said, it's been 30'ish years - so don't look too close:

Lines, touch-ups and I'm not going bare - oh my!!!

And wait, I must have forgotten how to play because I did the truth and the dare :(

Oh and I just popped over to Brenda's page and found her senior photo :) too. And Rena's. Bloggers are a bunch of good sports.

Monday, October 27, 2008

LAMENT by Maggie Stiefvater




LAMENT
By Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Flux Books

Okay, to be honest, when I first read it was a story of homicidal faeries, I wondered . . . how scary can little leprechaun-like lads and lassies really be?

But don’t let my foolish folly ruin this story for you, because I was way off course. This isn’t your typical kid’s fairytale that takes you on a journey to another world. Lament takes place in our world with modern-day settings. And, this story is filled with romance, suspense, and mystery, with just a slight touch of magic. And, if that’s not enough reason to read Maggie Stiefvater’s debut novel, let me give you three more reasons:

1) She’s an amazing storyteller;
2) The book is full of music and mayhem; and best of all
3) Did I mention the romance???

I like stories that are dark and sinister but realistic too. It has to seem possible and believable no matter what the characters may be. I grew up reading Poe and King and, as far as I’m concerned, Maggie is following in these giant’s footsteps. She makes the impossible . . . possible and the Celtic folklore read like legacies more than legends.

I loved the Twilight series and Maggie has managed to commingle her story and love-triangle in much the same way as Stephanie Meyer wrote of Bella, Jacob and Edward.

Maggie has taken Deirdre, Luke and James and woven the same type of wicked web we readers are looking (and hoping) to get snared into.

And I hadn’t even thought about it until now but my sons are Jacob and Luke – but that is only a little bit of the reason I liked these two characters so much. In Twilight, Jacob was the good guy. In Lament, you’ll have to read the story to figure out whether Luke is the good guy or . . . not.

You will have to decide if you are Team Luke or Team James, this time. And, I can assure you, it won’t be any easier.

Deirdre starts the story with kategelophobia, yeah. . . you’ll have to look that one up . . . or read the story to figure it out. But in the end, . . . or wait you’re going to have to read the story. I don’t want to give any spoilers but let me tell you, if you’ve been watching True Blood on HBO, or recently finished the Twilight series, Lament should be the next thing on your list.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

TWILIGHT the movie - new trailer - courtesy of Fandango

Check it out here. You have to listen to a short (10 second'ish) ad first - but it's worth the wait.

Okay, and now for the younger kids, here's another fun EZ Halloween project to do:

You will need:

1) Cheesecloth (found in paint sections of stores)
2) Liquid fabric stiffener (most fabric/craft stores)
3) Wiggly eyes (found in craft/fabric stores)
4) Elmer's glue or some tacky glue
5) A tennis ball container or spray paint can

Steps to make ghosts:

1) Dip the cheesecloth in the fabric stiffener
(put a cookie sheet or cutting board underneath the tennis ball container or spray paint can for EZ clean-up)
2) Drape wet cheesecloth over tennis ball container or spray paint can
3) Let dry
4) Glue on wiggly eyes and hang up around the house
















Saturday, October 25, 2008

Personality Test - Try It - You Might Like It

I took the Harry Potter Personality Test, which I found on Ello's site. I guess I'm a Dumbledore.


Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
If you want to take the test, click on the Albus Dumbledore square or the underlined words of Harry Potter Personality quiz.

My husband took the test and he came out a Molly:

Friday, October 24, 2008

EARTH FRIENDLY FRIDAY - and Answer to Thought for Thursday

ANSWER TO THOUGHT FOR THURSDAY: Daniel Boone, Paul Revere and Betsy Ross were issued in a Pez U.S. Bicentennial series. This was the only time Pez broke their rule against modeling their dispensers after real people . . . until June of 2007.

Then on June 25th, 2007 Pez released Elvis dispensers and not one but three styles have been made of the King. And then they made a 3-piece set out of the gang at Orange County Choppers. So Pez has not only issued dispensers modeled after three people, but 7, (with Elvis having three styles all to himself). So a total of 9 dispensers have been modeled after real people, as of today's date.

Sorry, my source was out of date - it was printed before 6/25/07. So, I learned something today too.

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Now for EARTH-FRIENDLY FRIDAY


I remember waiting to turn 15 to get my driver's permit and being soooo excited when my sweet sixteen came, 'cause I could get my driver's license and finally be free!!!

But, today, the coolest thing (and cheapest, with the price of gas what it is) is being the person with an undriver's license. Have you ever heard of undriving? This is one way to go totally green and unpollute.

Captain Planet used to say, "By YOUR powers combined, I am Captain Planet."

He'd encourage kids not to pollute but back then I don't think he'd coined the phrase , "unpollute". You've gotta love it and I say, "GO PLANET!"

If you're interested, read more about an undriver's license and undriving here.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

THOUGHT FOR THURSDAY


It's almost Halloween, so I thought I'd stick with a candy theme:

QUESTION: Who were the only three real people (before June 2007 - sorry, source was out of date)to have their likenesses featured on Pez candy dispensers?

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My office likes to promote teamwork and fun. Here's one idea they use to spread some Halloween Cheer: Print out this text and use it to start a new tradition in your office:

YOU’VE BEEN GHOSTED

Who did it?. . .a friend. . .a goblin. . .a neighbor?

Here is a small way to spread some Halloween fun throughout the office. The goal is to Ghost as many people as possible before Halloween!

Please Ghost two friends or neighbors. Keep the ghost on your name plate so that everyone knows who’s been Ghosted – be a sport – let’s Ghost everyone!

1) Keep this treat and enjoy;

2) Make 2 copies of this letter and 2 copies of the ghost squares;

3) Leave a new special treat with a copy of this letter and a copy of the ghost squares on two people’s desks or chairs;

4) Tape a ghost square on the name plate of each person you are Ghosting so everyone knows who’s been Ghosted!

5) Shhh. . . it’s a secret!


If you don’t want to participate, pass the treat, letter and ghosts to someone else.








Cut and tape one ghost on the name plate of each person you Ghost.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

CREEPY CRAWLIES-Another SHOCKTOBER post

CREEPY CRAWLIES


Dogs and cats
even spiders and rats
kids love ‘em.

Horses and mice
Okay, maybe not lice
Kids love ‘em.

Creepy and Crawly
Big and small
Kids love ‘em all!



Another Shocktober Project to do with the kids.

One bag of Oreos,
licorice whips (Twizzlers, red or black),
small marshmallows,
chocolate chips,
red hot candies.

Cut the licorice whips down to spider leg size, stick in the sides of Oreos with a toothpick, put marshmallows as eyes with chocolate chips or red hots for pupils.

Creepy-crawlies that are soooo yummy - especially with a tall glass of milk.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Apple Festival, Pumpkin Patch, Caramel Apples

It was another fun-filled weekend. First Luke and MacKenzie came home and we celebrated Luke's 21st Birthday!!!

Then Sunday we went to the Portland Nursery Apple Festival. You can find the festival because of the giant apple in the sky:


Then there's the variety of apples to taste:


The festival also offers face painting, balloon art, music and more.


Then, we headed out to Sauvie's Island Pumpkin Patch. We went on a hay ride,

We used to do these things every year while the kids were growing up. It was fun stepping back in time and appreciating all these activities with my kids, now that they are grown up.


We wandered the fields to find the perfect pumpkin.



We ran into my nephew, his girlfriend and a couple other people we knew:



We saw a little moo train, which was for the kids to ride if they didn't want to ride the hay ride.

And then we went home to make homemade caramel apples - Yum...



Easy microwavable Caramel Apple recipe (I love EZ recipes that take little to no time) but I still want the food to taste good.

Caramel Apple Recipe

One package (14 oz) of traditional caramels
3 tablespoons of water
Microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes or until caramel is soft
Stir water and caramels to mix

Shove sticks in center of apples and Dip apples in caramel.

Set caramel apples on cookie sheet, covered with wax paper and/or buttered to let caramel stiffen. Eat and enjoy – yum!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Luke's 21st Birthday Party - at Home


Monday was Luke’s 21st birthday. Jake drove down to Eugene after working all day to take his ‘lil brother out for a drink . . . or two. They had a good time but Lars and I missed out on the fun. So Luke and his gfriend, MacKenzie, drove to Portland Saturday morning so we could have a family celebration. We had the family over for lasagna and then ate cake and ice cream and tried to sing Happy Birthday to Luke - you can listen and see for yourself how we fared.





Here’s a short clip and some pictures to share the fun. video

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Nondenominational Women's Conference




I spent last Friday night and Saturday at the Women of Faith conference here in Portland, Oregon at the Rose Quarter Arena. The voices of American Idol's Mandisa, Sandi Patty, Nicole Mullen and Sheila Walsh were unbelievable.

Friday night Denise and I went together and Saturday Janice and I went. I took a couple of photos with my phone.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

THE SHACK By William P. Young



My husband and I went to listen to William P. Young give a lecture at Warner Pacific College, here in Portland, Oregon Monday night.

I raised my hand and told the author that I felt the book was really two stories rolled up into one book and I asked him if he wrote it that way intentionally or if he wrote it in bits and pieces. He said, he started the book because his wife, Kim, wanted him to write something down that he could give to his children. He intended the story to be that gift to his kids for Christmas. And originally he went to Office Depot and printed out fifteen copies for his family and friends, never intending it to go any further than that. Today, The Shack has sold over 4 million copies.

He answered my question by saying that he started out by writing the conversations, as questions he wanted to ask as a child but was never allowed to ask.

He was warm and funny but even more. He was Real. He spoke from his heart about difficult subjects and he had the audience on the edge of their seat for the nearly two hours he shared his story with us.

Here is a short clip of him talking about growing up in Boring, Oregon. Yes, there is a place in Oregon that is truly Boring.

Friday, October 17, 2008

EARTH FRIENDLY FRIDAY - AND ANSWER to Thought for Thursday

ANSWER TO THOUGHT FOR THURSDAY: Sir Walter Scott Marmion, Canto VI, Stanza 17. There was some controversy about Shakespeare but the general consensus is Sir Walter Scott

Turning TRASH TO TREASURE, we’ve all heard the phrase. But how’s a person to do it?

I’d be lost without my husband around but, with him leading the way, it’s easy. He’s a wanna be carpenter – some of the time.

Both his brothers work with wood all day, while my husband sits in an office pushing paper to support his family. But at home, he manages to express himself with scraps of wood he finds at recycling centers. Here's just one example of what he's made with his scraps of wood.

Here's a story I wrote about Recycling Your Way to Romance, which was published by Romantic Homes magazine.

If you want to read the entire story of how to turn trash to treasure, read it here.

And the next time you think about throwing something away, think again.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

THOUGHT FOR THURSDAY - Lit ?




Okay, it's only fun if you don't google it, until after you answer it.

Who wrote, "Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave, When First We Practice to Deceive."

It kinda goes along with my Mark Twain Quote of the Week.

My theory is, if you don't lie, you never have to be careful what you say. Okay, I know there are other reasons to be careful: you might hurt someone's feelings, offend someone, journey into the toxic topics of politics and/or religion, without even thinking about it but at least people won't have to guess where you stand on the subjects.

Happy Thinking. . . and try not to get tangled up by your tongue.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Orphanage - SHOCKTOBER post


The Jacketflap of the movie said “terrifying horror thriller” well worth seeing. It was worth seeing but, IMHO, it wasn’t terrifying or horrifying - not in the least.

It was more like "a little creepy". Along the lines of Nicole Kidman’s "The Others".

My husband and I watched it together. He kept saying, “Where’s Carlos?” whenever anything was wrong. And it’s true. Where was the husband all the time? [A bit of a spoiler here] No wonder he wasn’t in her thoughts at the end.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Another quiet song I love

Another one of my favorite songs:

Monday, October 13, 2008

TEN LITTLE WITCHES






My niece helped me decorate.



It's that Black Cat/Bat time of year again.

HALLOWEEN DREAM

Ten little witches
wait impatiently for Halloween night,
Finally one says,
“I’m ready to go out and cause a fright.”

The second one cackled
and held up her sturdy broom
The third one giggled,
as she flew across the room.

The fourth one said,
“Let’s create a little fear.”
The fifth one laughed,
“I’ll make sure the coast is clear.”

The sixth one zoomed high into the sky.
The seventh one said, “I’m ready now to fly.”
The eighth witch brought along her little black cat.
The ninth witch cried, “I forgot my favorite hat!”

Johnny woke up and thought,
“That must have been a dream.”

But the tenth little witch yelled,
“Happy Halloween!”

And Happy Birthday Luke!!!