Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween, Dearies!!

The day we've all been waiting for is finally here, and I'm torn between excitement and disappointment it will soon be over for another year (although in many ways it's Halloween around here all year!)

The front porch is decorated with pumpkins galore, we have fourteen bags of candy at the ready and there's a gallon of spiced apple cider in the crockpot. This afternoon I'll make a large kettle of soup for a quick and easy supper, and the kids will start arriving around 6. John and I will take turns sitting on the front porch handing out candy (it's a bit too cold for one person to stay out there all evening!), and Cadie and Cosmo will bark their heads off non-stop. Cosmo can be unpredictable and more than a little protective, so for safety and sanity's sake, we'll keep them behind a baby gate during the festivities.

When Courtney was little, I looked forward to sewing her costume and making the trick-or-treat rounds in our neighborhood. Now I look forward to seeing everyone else's kids all dressed up. Last year's favorites included a little girl dressed like her grandmother, and a toddler in a ladybug suit - so sweet!

Later in the evening I'll probably open a bottle of Vampire wine or Witch's Brew, and we'll watch a scary movie (eat, drink and be scary, hehe!)...I may even read a bit of Poe....

Well, on that note, I must get to work now - NEXT Halloween is just 364 days away, and there's much to be done, teehee!! But first, let me leave you with this link to an archived Prairie Home Companion Halloween show. If you scroll down and click on "segment 7"
you'll hear Garrison Keillor reciting Poe's "The Raven" - a real Halloween treat! (although if you leave it playing, the segment following is a bit dated.) :)

With that, I'm off.....

However you're celebrating tonight, I wish you a magical time of it!!!

Happy Halloween!!
~ Carolee

8 comments:

Kathy Hunka said...

Happy Haunting Carolee!
Kathy

Susan said...

Ghouled Morning, My wife reads your blogs to me quite often. She reads them with the ZEST and merriment that I am sure you wrote them with originally! She looks forward to your new items with GREAT ANTICIPATION also! Every time your auctions end, she looks at the result and says, "Darn, SOMEDAY I will have one of her creations- they are SO BOO-UTIFUL! Recently, she was talking about a sewing box you were auctioning (which is BOO-UTIFUL, by the way!) and she was fortunate enough to win it! Last night, my wife and I visited with the older woman next door whose husband had died a few months back. In the course of the conversation, she mentioned our Halloween and Christmas decorations and how much she ENJOYS them. We were shocked ---- these past years we have been trying to make a memory for little children in a time when many adults on the street don't participate in the giving. Little did we know that we had this effect on the "oldest children". My point to all of this is that YOU are like a jack o'lantern on the "porch" of life beckoning all of those young spirits to enjoy the moment. Understandably, since you are on the internet you may not know what your words mean to all that visit, but there truly are those who view them as a TREAT! Sorry 'bout GOBLIN up your time ! Happy Halloween! Bruce (husband of Susan Bott)

Carolee said...

What a sweet thing to say! If Halloween could possibly get any better, it just did - you made my day. :)

So glad you're enjoying the little sewing box, too...The absolute best part of doing what I do is knowing it brings a smile!

Happy Halloween!
~ Carolee

Johanna Parker said...

I know Carolee.... it is bittersweet isn't it!.... The big day is finally here and so quickly it flies by!... But then so do the seasons and the years.. Fortunately for us we are able to create in the spirit of Halloween year-round--what a fun job!..... Enjoy your day and evening watching those little spooks in costumes.. :) And thanks for the birthday wishes too.....

~ Johanna

Kris Dickinson said...

Happy Halloween to you! Have a fabulous time tonight!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Happy Halloween! Any French maids this year? ;)

Rene said...

Thank you for the nice post on my blog!

Jan

CoffeyHouse Collection said...

Ooops, I just realized that I was signed in with my daughters name when I left the last message...haha

Jan