Monthly Archives: November 2016

Frosty

November 2nd 2016 10:45am -3c ….late posting as normal.

A bit from my wander outside….enjoy!

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Sun is finally hitting our yard.

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Poplar bud

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Poplar leaf

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Crunchy grass

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Raspberry leaves

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Strawberry plant

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Frosted Daisy

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Daisies

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Comfery leaf

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Hoar frost on the driveway container.

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Yarrow leaves

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Frozen rain drop splash

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Frozen rain drop splash

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Sedum seed pods

The Frozen rain drop splash and frozen Daisy are my ultimate favourite.

<D

Samhain

We had a quiet Samhain this year.

On the 30th we all gutted and carved our pumpkins. Mine and Bill’s pumpkins were already starting to rot. We bought them the monday before, as that is our Town day. I kept them all in a nice cool dry spot, but like the fruit up here it goes bad with in a few days of getting it home. The produce that we get up here is horrible….that a rant for another time…

We got a good amount of big seeds to roast and enjoy. I let them dry for a few hours and then slathered them in olive oil and seasoned salt and put them in a 350* oven until golden brown. YUMMY!

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Scooping guts…

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Mine, Seren’s, Bill’s and Milena’s carved pumpkins.

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All lit up and ready to scare away those negative energies…or make’m giggle.

Milena’s pumpkin looks like it is about to sneeze. My cute pumpkin with her star hair(stars wrap all the way around) is shining bright. Seren wanted to use a green glow stick in her Hazard symbol but it wasn’t bright enough. Bill is super proud of his Horny Toyota sign. hahaha! After supper we watched Hocus Pocus  with Bill. As he would be working over Samhain night.

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Miss Doom Kitty and Miss Sad Doom Witch

Costumes were and are always a last minute thing. Milena loves her kitty ears and we found the perfect shirt at the thrift store the week before. Seren wasn’t sure at first what she wanted to dressup as. I made her a book skirt and bodice out of old Encyclopedia books from my mom-in-love. I said it fit her perfect she is a walking Encyclopedia…haha! In the end she decided on the Sad Doom Witch outfit. No, I don’t dressup *shrug* I have never into the whole “Halloween” thing the way most people are. THis y

Samhain landed on Monday this year. That meant Seren volunteered at the library. She helped with the Haunted Room for preschoolers. Poor Milena was sad that there were no activities for her to join in. The community rec centre did a Halloween party on the prior Saturday…sigh…I didn’t get the notification about it and I hate when they put things on on a different day than the actual holiday. After we got the shopping and volunteering done we headed home so I could finish our family hangout stuff organized.

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Soul cakes…

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A little of our spread…

Some how my daughters convinced my Mennonite mom-in-love to join us for our Samhain celebrations. Unfortunately I felt very uncomfortable and so didn’t do a lot of what I was wanting to do. That’s okay though. It was nice to have her come and hang out with us.

I made Soul cakes and set a place for out ancestors. I made homemade pizza with all the fixings and a feta spinach one too(my fave). We ate pizza and pigged out on our favourite junk food in front of the computer and enjoyed Scooby-doo’s Creepiest Capers and Alvin and the Chipmunks Frankenstein. Bill was able to have pizza and watched an episode before he had to go for his nap before heading to work at 10pm.

My mom-in-love said she had a enjoyable time when she left at 9pm.

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My Samahian altar.

On Facebook, Sunbow Pendragon holds Candle lighting events each Sabbat. I joined in…I always set up an altar and light a candle. I only got part way on my altar this year. I never got to my ancestors and lost relative photos. I said a silent prayer.

When I was alone after everyone left and went to bed…I lit my other candles and incense and meditated. My witchy work was done during my time in the kitchen and my thoughts of love and sadness of those who are no longer alive.

During schoolwork the girls learned about the True story of Samhain/Halloween. They watched a documentary by the History channel and a couple little videos on Youtube. I found a lapbook on the Afterlife by Little Pagan Acrons http://www.littlepaganacorns.com/ and spoke about my belief of what the holiday means to me.

There you have it…my Samhain celebrations. I hope your celebrations were full of love and good cheer.

❤ D

Haunting Hallows Eve!

(My bad for not typing this out before Halloween…)

Hello my spooktacular pals! Hallows Eve is as you know, approaching fast! 5 more days from now…

I have braved the horrifying stories and books such as The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy and Long Lankin by Lindsay Barradough to the The Well’s End by Seth Fishman, to bring you , not one but two horrific Hallows Eve books.

Lets get the first and most horrifying book I read over first. (fyi: it has demonic dolls and I hate demonic dolls)

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Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz is a great a book if you love to be creeped out. Told by six different peoples point of view, you get several views of the story.

There’s Derik, film-maker wanna-be. Liza, a girl with many problems she wishes she could solve. Mimi, goth girl extreme. Greta, the popular wanna-be movie star. Tony, he’s the guy version of Greta and Chet, the tough guy with a need to get away from home.

So when Derik goes around asking if anyone would help him with a film he’s going to make at the run-down Danvers State Hospital. The Hospital was built in 1878 and closed in 1992, was a mental institution and rumoured to be the birthplace of the Lobotomy. Liza, Mimi, Greta, Tony and Chet agree to go.

Its the Eve of the hospitals demolition and the six made their move and break in. But all the good and fun quickly turns into a horrible nightmare as they unravel the secret lives of those who lived in the dark rooms and walked down the hallways…and the spirit of those who still so.

I would not advise anyone under 10 years,(even13!) to read this book. It was scary and not for anyone too young.

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Next is Zombie Elementary by Howard Whitehouse. Its not so much creepy, but funny.

10 1/2 year old Larry Mullet was at the school one day(totally normal right?)when he bumps into Alex Bates and he doesn’t look….right. He shambled and says “Naaarrrrggghhh” and “Brrrraaaaiiinnnnssss”. Now Larry has to join ranks with his friends and kick some serious Zombie butt before there turn everyone in Acorn Falls into the undead!

This one isn’t really gruesome so younger kids could read it, but it’s all up to you parents right?

Happy Hallows Eve! (which has already gone by…sorry…D)

Yours most spooktaculary,

Seren