Monthly Archives: October 2013

61. Trick or Treat

Halloweentini!

Halloweentini!

Hahhahaa

Hahhahaa

Radishes and Pimento Stuffed Green Olives

Radishes and Pimento Stuffed Green Olives

And when you’re done with the drink:

A three-eyed monster!

A three-eyed monster!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First we had to clean the ooey gooies out of the pumpkins:

Ooey gooey!

Ooey gooey!

Into the bucket

Into the bucket

Great job!

Great job!

A Happy Potato

A Happy Potato

“Jack-o-lantern” and “scary/happy potato” can be used interchangeably.

Carved.

Carved.

The one on the far right was supposed to be a zombie. But really doesn’t look like one at all. I love creative pumpkin carving. We were pretty easy and basic with the carvings this year. But next year we need to turn it up a notch. A better zombie, maybe the headless horseman doing yoga, some type of garden scene, etc. But really, isn’t it all about the candy?

Working hard for candy. Note the beads of sweat haha

Working hard for candy. Note the beads of sweat haha

Baby not working quite as hard for her loot!

Baby not working quite as hard for her loot!

And truthfully none of us had to work too hard for the candy tonight. Because we rode around with this guy:

The BEST way to trick-or-treat!

The BEST way to trick-or-treat!

Especially with a two year old. It was like a dream! Sure, there were shouts of “that’s cheating!” as we zipped past but I was easily able to ignore such leers as I was quite comfortable! hahahahah

The Spy and his bud

The Spy and his bud

Surveying the booty!

Surveying the booty!

Candy Propaganda HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

Candy Propaganda HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

Spooky Skelt

Spooky Skelt

“Skelt” is baby slang for “skull” or “skeleton”.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

60. Progress Report VI

I’m not British. Yet for some reason my writing style sometimes seems to be. I use “quite” quite often. And “a bit” quite frequently. My thoughts are not narrated in an English accent and yet the words that fall to the paper (doesn’t that sound so much better than appear on screen?) seem to be. Maybe not, but I have quite a few followers from the UK.

Can’ I ‘ave sum ’ore please?

Seriously, I’d like some more followers. From the UK. Or the US. Or anywhere. At least I suppose I do. I wanted to write 100 posts in 100 days and figured I’d tack on the added goal of getting 100 viewers per day. But I am pretty happy with the group of readers I have (291 followers!). Nice comments, pleasant musings. Gardeners are a lovely bunch. As are the garden-appreciators. So I’m good. If I pick up some more readers great, but I can’t bear to read up on SEO or troll blogs posting comments hoping for views in return. That all sounds quite tedious. I have much more exciting things to do.

Fancy a cup?

Fancy a cup?

Did you know Thai Red Roselle is one of the ingredients in Red Zinger teas (and Orange Zinger tea too?) I cut some of the roselle and it is perfect for a spooky Halloween arrangement:

A perfect shade of Halloween red!

A perfect shade of Halloween red!

More October sights:

Pumpkins (storebought) unfortunately I did not grow any!! Next year!

Pumpkins (store bought) unfortunately I did not grow any!! Next year!

Tall Persimmon trees

Tall Persimmon trees

About 40 feet out of reach

About 40 feet out of reach

AHH! Snakes!

AHH! Snakes!

Our very own Serpente di Sicilia edible gourds grown in Spy Garden.

Our very own Serpente di Sicilia edible gourds grown in Spy Garden.

One last one left on the vine (on the teepee) to pick!

One last one left on the vine (on the teepee) to pick!

Ahh! A monster! Or is it Babyzilla?

Ahh! A monster! Or is it Babyzilla?

The Meyer lemon tree has moved indoors and the lemons are finally turning yellow!

The Meyer lemon tree has moved indoors and the lemons are finally turning yellow!

AHH! A monster!

AHH! A monster!

Whew! Just Dexie!

Whew! Just Dexie!

Blustery wind blowing an artichoke plant

Blustery wind blowing an artichoke plant

A huge dead tree looks very "October"

A huge dead tree looks very “October”

Our driveway

Our driveway

Ooo spooky

Ooo spooky

AHH! A huge spider!

AHH! A huge spider in our dining room!

And in our “man cave”…

The Spy walks in with a small remote helicopter. I say, “I have only one request, please don’t fly it into the spider web.”

5…4…3…2…1:

HAhahahha

HAhahahha

I have skimped on my 300-1000 words per day goal (though only in three posts). That is the thing about goals, sometimes they are not met. However, when my words were scarce I had especially exciting pictures (the Spy’s birthday), original art (Opposites) or an absolutely genius concept (Hamlet for Babies). Black Walnut Ink is probably my favorite/funniest post so far and that was over 1000 words, so that must count for something in my world of made-up rules.

40 more posts to go. More October, more garden planning and more art. And hopefully some more odd and unusual things thrown in for good measure! But first, we are going on holiday for a few days. Post #61 coming next week!

Cheerio!