Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
And for those of you who love scrappin' my sister in law, Missy and my very good friend, Cecile, have wonderful scrappin' goodies for sale on their websites.
My friend Cecile actually does layout pages for scrapbooks. Her layouts are fantastic. I have bought quite a few myself because I haven't scrapped in about 10 years and my creative juices just aren't flowing. So having her layouts is going to be a big help to get me going again. I got the layouts I ordered from her in the mail today. They are superb and I can't wait to use them. She also puts wonderful cards and gift tags in her store that her sister in law Trina makes. These are wonderful too. I fell in love with her Christmas cards and bought some. I got them in the mail today , too and I have ordered more already. You can check out Cecile and Trina's goodies at Scrappin Cecile's Creations~ .
These two are some of Trina's talent. The top photo is her "Give Thanks" fall cards. Very unique. And the snowmen are just a sampling of her Christmas gift tags. These are so adorable.
First of all, we had 53 names to choose from with only a couple of duplications. But that was too many for Hut to handle by himself, so I thought I'd give him a hand. It was so overwhelming that we had to call in reenforcements. Wade and his girlfriend, Erin, came by to help us( we stayed up late to make sure everyone got into the competition, besides, the World Series was on.....Go Phillies). Needless to say, when they saw all the names, they looked like deers caught in the headlights. Our initial plan was to cut the list down to 10 names, put them in hat (or a plastic container, anyways) and pull the name. No matter how hard we tried, we could only cut it to 15. So 15 names went into the hat.
There were really great names. Thank you everyone that entered. I really enjoyed all the comments. Gary, you had the most traditional names. Sue, I loved your unique names and the definitions for them. That was great. Some of you guys gave me a headache just reading them, because I could tell you put alot of thought into them, like Hermoine Elizabeth Gingerbrick, or Penelope Gonagetcha Witcharini. And I have got to tell you, Cecile, that if we were picking just by the name we liked the best (and I tried to get them to change the rules, but no luck), Cole would have won because we all loved Tissy.
Oh but I have gotten off track here. I'm sure you guys are pulling your hair out right now wanting to know who won. Sorry, I tend to ramble on when I'm tired, nervous, excited...you get the picture. Anyways, meet the new witch on the block........
Yes, that's right. I know we had a couple of Hazel's out there, but someone put the Witch in front of it...and since she's an witch and Witch Hazel is a natural remedy....I think it's kind of appropriate.
Okay, Okay, I don't want you all to have to go back through all the names on the blog to find out how submitted this name. It was ..........
Congratulations. And thanks again everyone for playing along. I hope you had as much fun as I did.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
1. Go to your pictures
2. Upload 4th picture of 4th folder
4. Tag 4 of your friends
This is my Cosmo. He was 14 years old when he went to "Doggy Heaven" in March. He lived a good life and his is missed very much.
The 4 people I tag are Grannie Annie, Sue, Susie Q and Trina!
Now I want to wish Susie Q a very happy 52nd birthday. You all need to check out her blog,SUSIE Q and see what a wonderful trip to New York she took us on. It was soooo enjoyable and her wonderful husband foot the whole bill. Thanks again, Susie Q, for the great memories and I only hope my birthday can be 1/2 as great as yours. Have you heard from Brian yet?
The tractor and trailer before the hayride.....undecorated. The pictures were taking in front of the Orange Dome, which is a landmark in Winter Haven, that the City is going to demolition in the next few years. It was built in 1964 and housed exhibits for our Citrus Festival (which we no longer have.) The next picture is Hut driving down Cypress Gardens Boulevard on the way to the event so we can get it all decorated up.
The finished product. You can't see all the spiders I put all over it. Every year I buy spider rings to put all over the webs. The kids love it because they can take the rings and have a creepy souvenir of the hayride. We also have an univited guest who rode every ride this year. This scary skeleton. He was actually a fun addition to this year's ride.
Top photo is the Hogman on his tractor. Next photo is Hogman getting ready to take unsuspecting victims on a ride to the unknown. The bottom photo is the front of the tractor at night. The eyes on top of the gravestone light up and blink. Very creepy.
Unsuspecting victims on the ride. And our youngest rider to date. We had quite a few infants on the ride this year. Mom wanted this one to have a picture with the Hogman. We also had 3 dogs this year (sorry no pics). One was a service dog and the other 2 were there for the costume contest.
A couple of the dogs for the costume contest. These were an angel and Dracula. I also saw a 3-legged dog dressed like a pirate. It was a good time for everyone.
Crowds get there before sundown to start enjoying the event. The city closes down a couple of blocks in the downtown area to host the event. Local business owner keep their shops open later for people to browse and shop. It's a really fun event.
This was one of the first families there. They were all so cute. We had a couple of pirates, a witch, a pumpkin and Snow White.
A local church was taking photos to make money for their youth group. They had a couple of these cute scenes set up.
I'm not sure what business this was, but they were fantastic. The hearse has been here in the past. This year they put up a mini haunted house. The guy doing Jason was great! I missed a photo op earlier in the event, when he scared a boy really bad. The boy was about 13 and thought he was so tough( you know how kids are lol). Well Jason scared him so bad, the boy fell on his butt and then crab walked to get away. And I didn't have my camera. It was so funny though. The boy even laughed when he got his wits about him. Jason was nice enough to pose for me.
Goofing around before we get started. The Hogman is ready to go. And it seems he wants me as his first victim. Debbie (who works for the city) was nice enough to take a picture of the Hogman and his gypsy together. We never have pictures taken together. I was glad to have a camera this year and get some shots of the event. Next event for us downtown is Snow Central in December. I'll update you on that later.
Now a reminder that today is the final day for naming the witch. And today you all get 4 extra chances to name her. Good luck to everyone. You guys have made my brain hurt with all the names you've come up with. They are all fantastic and I'm just glad I'm not doing the judging. Tomorrow's post will be the winner.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Probably a better explanation of why the Celts extinguished their fires was not to discourage spirit possession, but so that all the Celtic tribes could relight their fires from a common source, the Druidic fire that was kept burning in the Middle of Ireland, at Usinach.
Some accounts tell of how the Celts would burn someone at the stake who was thought to have already been possessed, as sort of a lesson to the spirits. Other accounts of Celtic history debunk these stories as myth.
The Romans adopted the Celtic practices as their own. But in the first century AD, Samhain was assimilated into celebrations of some of the other Roman traditions that took place in October, such as their day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, which might explain the origin of our modern tradition of bobbing for apples on Halloween.
The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840's by Irish immigrants fleeing their country's potato famine. At that time, the favorite pranks in New England included tipping over outhouses and unhinging fence gates.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
And just a reminder for those of you who have little ghosts and goblins in the Winter Haven area ( and even if you don't). Ghouls night out is this Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6pm to 9pm. Come on out....dress up, trick or treat, check out vendors, local business will be open later, and stop by for a Hayride with the Hogman. It's all free, free, free. What a great way to spend a Saturday night.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
It's Halloween! It's Halloween! The moon is full and bright! We shall see what can't be seen on any other night!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
It was a clear, cool, gorgeous day today. So I tried to take advantage of it. I stayed up until after midnight watching the Redsox beat the Rays so now there is a Game 7 being played tonight. The dogs managed to get me up at 7 this morning. So I got up, took them out and then decided I'd go to the walking trail and walk, something I haven't done in a long time. So I grabbed the headphones and headed over there. Boy you can tell I'm outta shape......I could only walk 3 miles......it took all I had to get that far. I used to be able to walk at least 6. Anyways, when I got home, hubby was up, cooking sausage biscuits. I walked in the door and told him it was too nice a day to stay cooped up in the house. So we decided to put the fence up in the backyard. It took us most of the day, because we are old and had to take many breaks. But we got it up. And it looks good if I do say so myself. And then, because he was on a roll, Hut hung up these really cool leaf faces that I got a Cracker Barrel about a month ago. And I had a welcome sign that used to hang on a plant hanger in the front yard, but Hut hung it up on the house. Looks great if I do say so myself. The dogs and cats LOVED being outside all day. Now they are all sleeping soundly. All in all it was a GREAT day!
Here is my welcome sign on the front of the house. The sign is from one of my favorite stores in Winter Haven.....O'Keefe's. You can see part of one of my windchimes hanging in front of it. I love anything with the sun and moon face on it. That is what is on most of my wind chimes.
My leaf people on the front of the house. Below are some close up shots of them. I just love them.