Category Archives: Halloween

Happy Halloween 2018!

Bat costume inspired by the picture above. No pattern, no plan, just winged it (just how I like it!)

Made the pumpkin costume (in 2006 I believe!). Just touched it up a bit and upgraded it with a hat and mittens!

Dexie sporting a hand-me-down pumpkin costume made by my sister

Trick or treating

Hope you all had a happy Halloween!!

Shmita 2016

Celosia

Celosia

Someone told me 2016 was the shmita…

The sabbath year (shmita Hebrew: שמיטה‎‎, literally “release”) also called the sabbatical year or shvi’it (Hebrew: שביעית‎‎, literally “seventh”) is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel,[1] and still observed in contemporary Judaism.

During shmita, the land is left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity, including plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting, is forbidden by halakha (Jewish law). Other cultivation techniques (such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, spraying, trimming and mowing) may be performed as a preventive measure only, not to improve the growth of trees or other plants. Additionally, any fruits which grow of their own accord are deemed hefker (ownerless) and may be picked by anyone. A variety of laws also apply to the sale, consumption and disposal of shmita produce. All debts, except those of foreigners, were to be remitted.[2]

Chapter 25 of the Book of Leviticus promises bountiful harvests to those who observe the shmita, and describes its observance as a test of religious faith. There is little notice of the observance of this year in Biblical history and it appears to have been much neglected. (source)

I say, bring back the shmita! We have (unintentionally) observed it this year and am so glad we allowed Spy Garden to rest.

Dexie in the garden

Dexie in the garden

Are you all enjoying this season? It has been very mild and warm here.

November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016

The leaves have been slow to change

The leaves have been slow to change

Bear sculpture near Spy Garden

Bear sculpture near Spy Garden

The invasive honeysuckles stay green until it gets very cold

The invasive honeysuckles stay green until it gets very cold

Today is November 15 and our basil is still green as can be. When the basil turns black you know the first frost has arrived and winter is coming! Woo! I really love winter. Winter is quite shmita-y; the perfect time for rest and reflection. The first frost is due this weekend.

What I am NOT schmita-ing is school; So. Much. School work. I am currently taking two courses; advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology (studying to get my doctorate in nursing practice) so basically endless reading of bloated anthologies of all the possible things that go wrong in the human body and all the drugs we’ve created to fix these problems whilst creating new problems (#sideeffects).  I prefer the topic of health promotion/prevention and a nonpharmacological focus on wellness; but of course this stuff is good to know.

I wasn’t quite ready for Halloween to end at the beginning of November so took a little more time and refined the carved pumpkins:

Butkus as Bunnicula: Bunny bat dracula!

Butkus as Bunnicula: Bunny bat dracula!

A friend meeting Butkus

A friend meeting Butkus

Little Halloween boy of yore

Little Halloween boy of yore (~2006)

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I see a face

I see a face

Moles everywhere in the yard

Moles everywhere in the yard

Aunt Spy snuggling Butkus

Aunt Spy snuggling Butkus

Super excited to have a friend over!

Super excited to have a friend over!

At a cupcake decorating place

At a cupcake decorating place

At Forest School

At Forest School

Orange Truck

Orange Truck

Prepping for the superbowl

Prepping for the superbowl

Go Lancers!

Go Lancers!

Go Lancers!

Go Lancers!

The Battle for 109

The Battle for 109

Apparently they can be beat but it sure was close!

Apparently they can be beat but it sure was close!

Ughhhh! Too much purple! #Rivals

Ughhhh! Too much purple! #Rivals

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#7

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Game at Sunset

Game at Sunset

We had two great field goals ...the score was 12-16 until the last four minutes and they scored. So close!

We were ahead until about 4 minutes were left in the game!

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Little Fan

Little Fan

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Jr. Lancers 4/5th Grade 2016

Jr. Lancers 4th/5th Grade 2016

Fresh local pecans (from a coworker's yard)

Fresh local pecans (from a coworker’s yard)

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Squash blossoms in mid-November

Squash blossoms in mid-November

Knockout Rose bush

Knockout Rose bush

Blackberry Bloom

Blackberry Bloom

Checking out the supermoon

Checking out the supermoon

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Microscopic Moon Dust (Source; Dr. Gary Greenberg)

Microscopic Moon Dust (Source; Dr. Gary Greenberg)

And check out these cool microscopic views of grains of sand:

The Microscopic Photography of Dr. Gary Greenberg (source)

The Microscopic Photography of Dr. Gary Greenberg (source)

Happy November everyone! Please share in the comments what you think about the practice of a schmita year…Or the supermoon…Or those amazing microscopic photographs! Your comments are welcome and thanks for visiting Spy Garden!!

Happy Halloween 2016!

RRrraaaaghhhhh!

RRrraaaaghhhhh!

About to trick or treat

About to trick or treat

Keeping up with the boys...for HOURS!!!

Keeping up with the boys…for HOURS!!!

Candy!

Candy!

Scary!

Scary!

AhhhH! Moochie is possessed!

AhhhH! Moochie is possessed!

Checking out the loot!

Checking out the loot!

Kitty Jack-o-lantern

Kitty Jack-o-lantern

Butkus with a pumpkin of his likeness hahah

Butkus with a pumpkin of his likeness hahah

Bunny helper

Bunny helper

Enjoying the jack-o-lantern glow

Enjoying the jack-o-lantern glow

Halloween bunnies

Halloween bunnies

Puff Puff is on the left; his fur is quite matte. Bun Bun on the right, his snout is shorter and his fur is very shiny. In case you wanted to tell them apart. In other animal news…

Name to be announced

Name to be announced

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Right?!

Right?!

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We visited Petco “Just to look, we’re absolutely NOT getting any more pets right now.” I was very easily worn down, “Mommy, you can take pictures of it!!!” SOLD! haha

This was another cool one.

This was another cool one. Very Halloween-y

 

And this one; Betta fish are the coolest!

And this one; Betta fish are the coolest!

Admiring our new addition

Admiring our new addition

Such a cute little stylish tank (only $15!)

Such a cute little stylish tank (only $15!)

The scares continued after Halloween! Three vaccines each: MooohHA HA!

The scares continued after Halloween! Three vaccines each: MooohHA HA!

10 seconds after getting them; not phased at all these ones! Properly vaccinated for kindergarden and sixth grade next year! Consider this your PSA for vaccinations!

10 seconds after getting them; not phased at all these ones! Not so much as a tear from Baby. Properly vaccinated for kindergarten and sixth grade next year! Consider this your PSA for vaccinations!

Owl painting

Owl painting

And we finally picked our pumpkin!

And we finally picked our pumpkin!

Musquee de Maroc success!

Musquee de Maroc success!

Hope you all had a very happy Halloween!