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Halloween Decorations

Last weekend I decided to bring out my autumnal decorations for Halloween (and later Thanksgiving).  I stuffed my cornucopia with colourful foliage, pine cones, a bird's nest and house, and a mini jack-o-lantern (all artificial). 

And at work we're having a pumpkin decorating contest, so I bought two little pumpkins - one small "pumpkin pie" pumpkin and a mini yellow pumpkin - and played around with a couple ideas I found on Pinterest. The first is a gold glitter-topped pumpkin with a preserved leaf:

The other one I wrapped in self-stick gauze, added a pair of eyes and made a mummy pumpkin:

I think they both came out really good, but I think the mummy will be the one I take in to work for the contest. He's just so dang cute!! I'm gonna name him Marty!

Last Harvest

Well, our little Earthbox garden is done for the season. Yesterday I went out and harvested some peppers and tomatoes for dinner, and today mom and I decided it was time to take the plants out, so I brought in the rest of the peppers and one more little tomato that seemed to pop up over night. 







I'm kinda sad to see the end of the garden (mostly going to miss those sweet, delicious tomatoes!!), but I'm looking forward to next year. We're planning to just get 2 bush goliath tomatoes next year because the one we had this year was the best producer and we just weren't impressed by the big beef tomato, and a couple bell peppers, and I might even do zucchini again, or try something else.


Teaser Tuesday: Helen and Anna: Two Ghost Stories

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Last week I started and finished Wait Till Helen Comes a ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn. This popped up on my Amazon suggestion list and the cover looked great, so I bought it. The story is perfectly creepy, and suspenceful, and really well written. It is, however, very similar to the novel I've been working on for the past couple of years, which freaked me out a bit, but considering this book was written in 1986, and mine is being written now (although technically it's set in the mid-70s), I think I'll be able to tweak mine enough to make it unique. Anyway, here's my teasers from page  60  on my nook:

 Too frightened to breathe, I saw the glimmer of blue light shape itself into the figure of a girl no bigger than Heather. She wore a white dress, and her hair, as dark as Heather's, tumbled in waves down ther back. Her features were indistinct, her eyes in shadow, but I knew who she was.


And, this week I started reading Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. Actually I keep forgetting the name of the book. I just call it The Second Anna Book because it's the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood.  So far it's really good - just like the first book - and wonderfully creepy! Here's my teasers from page 125 on my nook:

Anna blinks. When she looks at me again, her eyes are red with blood. A ripple of pain passes through her jaw as phantom cuts open and close across her chest, grotesque flowers of red blooming and disappearing down her arms.