This morning it started at Halloween Storytime at the Clintonville Whetstone Library.
Charlie wore his astronaut costume and after the songs and stories the kids got treats from different stations in the library. The first was at the RETURNS slots. Stick you hand in and get a treat! I thought that was so creative. Then you had to know where to find the Shark books. There was a shark passing out festive Snoopy and Great Pumpkin pencils. There were so many cute and creative costumes but I try to not photograph children I don’t know so it looks like Charlie was on his own which was not the case.
Later Charlie wore a BumbleBee Transformer costume his Dad created from cardboard and duct tape. It was a lot of hard work but came out great. It was fully operational and folded so Charlie could transform from a car to a Bot. The neighbors had a mask Charlie could borrow. Laura passed out the treats. Their neighbors dog, Hudson sported a HOT DOG costume.
At 6:30 I got in the car for the 15 mile drive to Mark and Erika’s to photograph my four grandkids. It was dark and rainy by the time I arrived. Michael was inside the house taking a break….scary mask. And then I found Maura the unicorn her friend, a deer and and tried to capture them Trick or Treating. No flash to be had. Anna was at swimming practice and didn’t get home until after 8. Jack was a soldier and all the kids gave me their Almond Joys cause they aren’t keen on them and they know I like them!
This afternoon my daughter Laura sent me some photos of their family outing to Franklin Park Conservatory. It looked like so much fun, I wish I’d been there too. Seeing the photos of Charlie enjoying the Pumpkin House made me smile. Thanks Laura.
Halloween Decorations have increased significantly from a single Pumpkin carved to be a Jack O’lantern with a candle flickering inside.
Valentine’s Night looked more like Halloween. Rain, fog and darkness. The view of the park tonight. Wet pavement speaks to me.
You can’t see the large spider and weblike barrier to the darkened house. Carloads of kids are brought along this avenue. I can only imagine how they stockpile treats.
The spooky wild Halloween house on the corner of Jackson was in full swing again this year. Eerie sounds and flashing strobe lights. Skeletons climbing trees.
I’m in the doghouse tonight for missing National Dog Day and my DIL sent a photo of Henry (the Airedale) and the new Airedale puppy, Josie coming home to their house next week. Her plan was I could make up for my omission of the family dogs on the blog today. Laura sent me a photo of Penny (the goldendoodle) on the couch looking glum cause I didn’t feature them on the blog for National Dog Day. Who knew? On to what I was planning to blog…..even thought it’s still August for a few more days.
People, including Fallon Tonight, have tweeted and posted their opinions on the early reappearance of Pumpkin spice flavored drinks at that great big coffee chain.
I bemoaned the early August Halloween decorations in stores and just yesterday I saw bins of Candy Corn for sale. Ugh. Seems Summer barely had a chance. But now I’m jumping in with knitting pumpkin hats.
Last year I knit five baby pumpkin hats. You can only knit so fast. This year I looked at the list of babies I know (including new grands) and thought I’d better get knitting. Asked for head circumference measurements. Turns out I can make one hat in a day (probably about 5 hours). I did 3 loads of laundry and changed the bed, checked email periodically and watched a few of The Chef’s Table documentaries while I knit. And this time I’m making notes to remember what I did which unfortunately I did not do last year.
Could have saved a lot of time checking gauge if I had done so.
Cast on 70 stitches on bamboo needles and
cast on 80 stitches on the metal needles. I still can’t decide which material I prefer.
Each has good points.(no pun intended)
I’m a relaxed knitter so had to go down a needle size from the recommendation on the pattern which was found on Ravelry. Weighed the hat on the food scale and I should be able to make two more hats from one skein. (I bought two skeins but that will be a lot of hats) one skein of green is plenty and there will be leftover. The stem is I-cord stitch. I’m skipping the leaf for now.
The pattern in Punkin Head by Tara Thomsen available for free download.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”
From my family’s basement.
I unearthed some holiday items for the challenge. Shot with the iPhone.
Friday afternoon I drove a colleague to the Strip District to pick up her car. It was raining. She’d gotten new tires.
At the red light, down Herron Hill, I saw a Life Size Chipmunk making her way to the intersection to cross Liberty Avenue. (The same spot I saw the groundhog scurrying under the cars.)
Oh that’s right, it was Halloween.
Office Party? Chip or Dale? Alvin? A leftover from the Furries