Spooky Celebration…Eat, Drink and be Scary!

“Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days.” ~Unknown

the Halloween witch

now is my time to make merry…eeeeeEEE

If you find yourself suffering from any sort of hang ups…

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Then your only hope is to remove your eyeballs; stash it in some beetle juice,

The eyeballs swimming.

Er, anyone seen my contacts?!?

Head on over for a drink or two…

the halloween bar

“Eat, drink and be scary.” ~unknown

skeleton hang

I’m too busy to talk….tied up…sorry…

“Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world. ~William Shakespeare

Remember one thing when caught in a fright…

the scary face

Are you SCREAMING???

In the dark…
No one around except the screeching sounds…
Don’t lose your head

beauty without her head

Dang, I’ve got such a headache tonight…

Just stay calm as calm can be and remember these words by an unknown writer:

“On Hallowe’en the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothing can frighten you
And if somethin’ scares you and you want to run
Just let on like it’s Hallowe’en fun.”

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 Trick or Treat?

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This post combines two weekly bloggers this week:

 Island Traveler’s Weekly Image Of Life: Celebration  and Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack? Travel theme: Spooky 

*All photographs taken with iPhone and edited with InstaEffect app

Below features more creative contributors to both Celebration and Spooky themes: Enjoy!


Travel theme: On Display–Pumpkin Friend

On display, a pumpkin friend among fall flowers…it made me smile…

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On Display: Autumn…colors changing…flowers richly blooming and slowly bidding goodbye before winter spreads its blanket of snow…leaves falling from trees…hay bales and glorious, rich pumpkins ready for display decorations and pumpkin pies!

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On Display: Meditative words…

“We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.” ~Chuang Tzu

Have you recently smiled over an “On Display” moment?

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Join Ailsa as she hosts the Travel theme: with this week’s theme, On Display and do visit  the following creative contributors: Enjoy!

On World Animal Day: Spying A Squirrel

This week over at Ailsa’s Travel Theme,  Animals are in the spotlight because on October 4th it was World Animal Day!

This past summer, I spied a little squirrel. It was during an intense heat wave that had daytime temperatures soaring over 100 degrees for almost 16 days straight! A thirsty squirrel was trying to get water from a leaky air conditioner unit valve when I caught sight of it from inside an office building.

Being inside and having only a small Kodak Easy Share digital camera, I tried to snap the moment up. The squirrel, however, must have sensed my prying eyes on its back because I barely made a sound, except to breathe just enough not to pass out and to take the picture.

Breathe. Click.

Suddenly, the little squirrel turned, looked at me, and quickly dashed over to the nearest tree. Arrgh!

What can I tell you?

Nothing really except, if you are trying to take a decent photo of a dehydrated squirrel from inside a building, through a dirty glass window with a tiny camera operated by an amateur photographer, it can mean only one thing. . . THIS: (If you want an enlarged slide show version, just click on the first image.)

I hope you enjoyed my summer encounter with a thirsty and camera-shy squirrel!

This reminds me, I would like to step up to another camera that is simple to use and affordable. I am leaning towards the Canon Power Shot series.

You got any thoughts on any of the versions? Or maybe another brand suggestion? I am all ears…

Thanks for spying in on my little squirrel!!

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What animal do you like to spy on?

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The Lettuce… An Edible Foliage??


A head of fresh, crisp lettuce leaves…oh, I know, lettuce, not really thought of as traditional foliage but a cluster of leaves, nevertheless…

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Leaf Peeking: Edible foliage? Salad anyone??

…fresh green cluster of lettuce leaves just a waiting to nourish the next diner with a great source of Vitamin A and potassium…

The lettuce, an annual plant and grown as a leaf vegetable as far back as 2680 BC by ancient Egyptians, soon spread over to Greece and Rome. These ancient cultures believed the lettuce promoted love and childbearing in women.

In addition, Hildegard of Bingen, in her medicinal herb papers, mentioned the healing properties of the leafy lettuce.

Finally, some find snacking on a leafy lettuce leaf prior to bedtime the ideal nightcap…

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Leaf Peeking Eating: Yum, nothing like fresh leafy foliage before bedtime…

As you can see my choice of foliage is way off and technically not correct but I just could not resist showing you my kitty eating her lettuce leaf. Her favorite is the Red lettuce but unfortunately, only the Iceberg lettuce was on sale this week…haha!

So, what is your favorite type of  lettuce?

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Join up with Ailsa every week as she hosts the Travel theme: This week’s theme is Foliage.

Check out the more traditional and correct versions of foliage by these creative contributors below:


Travel theme: White

On this life journey, there are times when you need to slow down, look around and find a few things you are truly grateful that they exist in your life. In this week’s Travel theme: White, I found two white items that for one, makes my life so much neater and the other, nicely subdues my hunger pains.

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White Appreciation #1: Toilet paper

White Appreciation #1: Toilet paper.

If you are wondering what-the-heck, well, I truly appreciate and thank the Universe for both toilet paper and white rice!

We all know how vitally important toilet paper is…without it, life would be uh, one big smelly mess!

So, let us give a great shout, HOORAY, for toilet paper, and according to Joseph Gayetty, toilet paper is “the greatest necessity of the age.” Wikipedia states, in America alone, we spend on average about 2.4 billion a year!

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White Appreciation #2: White rice.

White Appreciation #2: White rice.

As much as I like to eat white potatoes, (not white bread–*ick*) a meal is never complete unless there is a scoop or two of white-hot rice! Short or long grain makes no difference; just make sure the scoops are white and not brown or wild rice.

Finally, part of this “white” theme was to honor International Peace day on September 21, 2012.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~Jimi Hendrix

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Have you a “white” item you are truly grateful for and is part of your life journey?

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Visit Ailsa every week for her Travel theme and if you like, join in the fun. Below are a few creative contributors…enjoy!

Silhouette Of a Mother’s Love


The dark silhouette of a mother’s love for her son, Augustine–

Her long-suffering silent prayers, her weeping and unwavering hope for Augustine’s eternal life continued until her prayers brought conversation and baptism to Augustine.

“This was the mother who had wept over me for many years so that I might live in your sight.” —St. Augustine, on the death of his mother.

The silhouette of a mother who endured eighteen years watching her son abandoned to all the cares of the world…

“In the flesh she brought me to birth in this world; in her heart she brought me to birth in Your eternal life.”–St. Augustine

Let us find our single purpose in life as we travel through the silhouette of this mother and learn to apply the wisdom gained from the book of Proverbs 31:20:

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“She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.”

For the month of September, our small church family will be distributing food to those in need within our community. Our public library now hosts an ongoing literacy program to help adults learn how to read.

In the hidden silhouette of a mother’s love, how is your community helping the poor and needy in your area?


 Join Ailsa every week for her fun and adventurous  Travel theme: This week–Silhouette.