Happy Halloween

Hubs and our Halloween decorating used to start after we left work on the day.  We would light some candles, throw sheets over the furniture, turn on the porch light, and greet the kiddos.

Once we had grands, it became a different story.  We now begin early and have eager hands helping.  Since Alaska, I’ve been drawn to ravens and crows.  So when I spotted this picture from Better Homes and Gardens (.com) I thought….oooooooooo    Below is the picture from the site.


My take on it:


I used a purchased faux pumpkin because I am NOT going to put those rhinestones on every year.  However, I’m pleased with the grouping and it sits on one side of our fireplace mantel.


The top part of the front window has sheer material with figures that show from either side (inside the house and out).  I purchased the paper cats, but crafted the pumpkins using black paper on either side of sheer orange material.  A pumpkin garland tops it off.


2015 is eventful because we attended two pumpkin carvings: One was a neighborhood event, with a delightful group sitting around a table carving pumpkins and sharing stories. Robert’s pumpkin is great.  Mine…meh…I tried a new “shaving” tool and was not so pleased.  Sometimes it does not work out.


The second carving party was a large affair with outside pumpkin stations, inside carving tables, a potluck, and a face painter.  Robert’s bald head was too tempting for the face painter who asked if she could do his entire head.  Robert, such a good sport, said “Go for it!”



There were at least three generations of newbies and old friends to chat with.


Robert brought a “ghost” pumpkin and did a great job.  Since scary faces were to frighten away evil spirits, I thought I’d make a little sad pumpkin to scare away the blues.  Succcess.

This same party planner, used to line his sidewalk with rod iron plant hooks, holding faux pumpkins he carved with a rotary tool.  After a decade of holding the parties, he decided….no more parties (logistics alone — mercy!) and gave away most of his outside items.

We were the lucky recipients and have enjoyed them each year.  While he changed his mind about no longer hosting the parties, he knew his former pumpkins had become a tradition in our household. The grands can’t wait to put them out each year.  Robert and the grands also make balloon ghosts.


So we are set to go!  Candy in the pantry, pumpkins on the porch.  Neighborhood trees are graciously doing their part decorating the ground with all the colors you’d want for a Halloween landscape.

Happy Halloween to all!


Goldfish Diaries 08/15/14


My roommate spent today in solo play with dragons, gryphons, and hydras.

Oh my, I fear he is not suited for mating.

Friday Phrases (#FP) Theme “dragons, gryphons, and hydras, oh my”

Illustration by Bobbi Bowman@2015 on iPad app “Drawing Pad”

P. S. Brooks – Featured Artist


P.S. Brooks: Featured Artist

Illustrator, Writer

Home: Yorkshire, UK

Twitter: @P_S_Brooks

Website/Blog: www.psbrooks.com

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Fairbanks, Alaska Part 6: Snow

I love snow.

From the 4th grade until I graduated from college, I lived in Kansas and Iowa.  There was plenty of snow.  So much so that it lost some of its mystique.

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Goldfish Diaries 08/08/14


Living every day submerged under the sea, I long to leap, fly, explore.

Maybe tonight

Maybe tonight

Friday Phrases (#FP) Theme “submerged under the sea”

Illustration by Bobbi Bowman@2015 on iPad app “Drawing Pad”


Sunday Comics

October stretches out to the very last day of this month.  Enjoy the last Sunday Comics until next month.


Fairbanks, Alaska Part 5 Museums


A raven of steel and nails squawks at us outside the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.  The art on the grounds and the woodsy architecture of the building excited us as we walked to the entrance.  Once in, we were surprised to see what looked like the inside of an airport.  We saw a tourist shop to our left, and a large room filled with shelves of pamphlets — you know the kind you see off to the side of any motel where you learn about the sights and events in the area.

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