Pumpkin Love


Visits to the Pumpkin Patch, creating your own pumpkin, and seeing them light up is all parts of our Halloween tradition.  Included are family pumpkins.


There’s something about taking a pumpkin and with a little creativity and effort turning it into something quite magical.  And if it happens to be a kitty pumpkin, you might just fall in love.




Sunday Comics

Boo Balloons


Decking out the front yard for Halloween, my husband enjoys drawing some spooky balloons to hang from trees.  He also let’s the grands join in and either take their balloons home or hang them from our trees.  To make these, you’ll need:

  1. large white balloons
  2. permanent markers
  3. string
  4. white large garbage bags
  5. scissors


Blow up the balloon and tie a knot in the end . (Kiddos may need some assistance with this.)

Let your creativity lead you, but still keep an eye out for little ones who may not know the meaning of “permanent marker.”

My husband likes to draw a face or design on both sides of the balloon, since the balloons twist in the wind.  Once the balloon is done, tie the string on the balloon knot.

Next comes the tricky part.  With the scissors carefully slit one side of the large white trash bag.  At the opposite end of the slit, cut a small hole for the string.  Thread the string through the hole so the bag flows around the balloon.  Remove bag’s drawstring.





People are like stained-glass windows… — Lemon Shark

Guest Blogger, Lemon Shark, shares her reflection on a beautiful quote.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross It’s easy to sparkle and shine when there’s light in your life. When you reflect […]

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Sunday Comics


When at first you don’t succeed…


Ribbon and a fake pumpkin….. yup.  I like it.  But it did not start that way.  Sometimes I have this idea and I think, that will look great.  Then I try it.  Below is my first attempt.


Hummmm, this looked better in my head than it did in real life.  So, I didn’t give up.  I just took it apart and tried something else.

There’s a moral in there somewhere.



Cirque du Soleil: Squirrel Style


We are entertained by our squirrel friends who stop by daily to munch birdseed and perform amazing acrobatic feats of bravery and skill.  If we are not early enough, they wait patiently on the lip of the shop roof wondering when breakfast will be served.

Since the fires east of Portland, our bird population at the feeder has at least doubled.  The squirrels and birds take turns munching as if revolving acts in a play put on for our entertainment.

Early afternoon everyone leaves as our neighbor’s cat does his walk through.  Once he leaves, the back yard gets back to a flurry of activity.  Squirrels vs birds, birds vs birds, squirrels vs squirrels….the drama is endless.