Showing posts from October, 2012

Trunk or Treat!

1st Annual Trunk or Treat Family Night Event at  Faith Baptist Church New Port Richey, Florida Oct 31, 2012

I've never done a trunk for Trunk or Treat before so I didn't volunteer.  Then on Sunday I was asked to do one because they were short a few cars for their space.  It was hard to do as I have never seen a decorated trunk.  So I didn't know how to proceed.

This is my tutorial for a basic start with fabulous tips on Decorating Your Trunk

Mom drove by on her way home and saw me working on it so she stopped to Trunk or Treat!   She went home with Kit Kat bars!
Yes, that's my purple cow in the background.
Here is the "action movie" of my trunk 

The event was really fun.  Everyone had a nicely decorated trunk and tomorrow I'll post some of them.
The Family Night had several events.  The public was invited to participate via flyers and signs.  There was a very large bouncy house, a dozen or so carnival games with prizes on one side of the building.  The te…

The Sinking Spring

The family of Abraham Lincoln drew water from this spring located in Hodgenville Kentucky near the cabin where he was born.

Solitary steps Amid his own thoughts and prayers As life surges past

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Art in the Garden

Fall lends itself to make beautiful seasonal garden flower plates because the colors are so gorgeous!

Rescue great plates from your local thrift store, curb or yard sale.   I like to choose plates with lots of different textures as well. Shaped plates add visual interest and using bowls in the middle adds depth.  
One stake can host a number of seasonal flower plates along your front walk  or in the flower bed in front of the house.  
There is nothing like a bit of art in the garden!

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The Courtyard  at  The Springfield Museum of Art Springfield, OH

A marriage forming love committed forever stands the test of time
October 15 Dedicated to  Rachel and James Baney

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Disney's Value Resorts: Inside the All Star Movie Resort Room

Always be thrifty when traveling!  Then you can travel some more!
A Trip to Disney World now means you can afford to stay on site since the opening of five Disney Value Resorts.  We Florida residents also get a special discount and can stay for a little as $65.00 per night during off season.  
We took advantage of the special offer in this past September when we took a trip to attend Micky's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  We stayed at the All Star Movie Resort.
Since pets are not welcome at any of the resorts (save one) Gracie was taken to her favorite kennel for a little R&R
 When we arrived we were surprised to find that you can check in early if the room is ready.  This is a great Disney World Tip.  We had planned to try and find something to do since we were two hours early, but seeing others arriving with luggage, I went in to inquire how early we could check in and found  that you can check in as soon as your room is ready.  Our room was ready and we could check in imme…

The Witches Tea

There is nothing like a Witches Tea in October!  I don't care if the trees aren't turning colors and the air isn't crisp here in Florida.  It was wonderful fun!

I was a little afraid after dressing up that I would be the only one even though they said wear your  "Witch Threads". Even Mom, who likes to party and dress up, decided to wear black and orange and feathers...just to be a bit on the safe side!  Can you imagine me showing up dressed like this and everyone else NOT?  We just didn't know......

But no need to worry.  I was the one on the safe side!

About 70% of the guests dressed in their Witch duds.
They were dressed to the teeth

 Down to their fishnet hose! 
 The tables were loaded with platters of fun food
Like these sandwiches
 And ghost sandwiches, witches fingers and eyeballs....
 The decorations were fun!
light up objects were everywhere...
Not just spooky witches, there were also a number of glamour witches...
It was just a fun time!  My sister …

Autumn Flower Plate

I put together some thrifted plates and repurposed them into a decorative garden flower plate!


My shadow shot.

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A Token of Friendship

A happy Halloween surprise came in the mail today from Paulette at Cheerful Thrifty Door

Waaaay more fun than ordinary mail! 
It came beribboned, wrapped in tissue and decorated with this friendly little witch!  A personal note of friendship on a package with cards and stickers inside that I will be sending out to my grandchildren!!  
Thank you so much.     This really made my day!

Sights and Sounds of Tampa

I'm reading Le Road Trip and savoring every word.  It's what I love to do.  I'm all about road trips!  Mine have never seemed important before because I often just do ordinary things, stop at someplace cute, watch people and notice interesting architectural details from where I sit on a bench or stone wall or from a car window.  Hey, that's what she does!

While in Tampa yesterday, I was having an enforced longer than usual wait and reading my book.  I suddenly thought.  Yes, France is wonderful, but right now, right here, I'm in Tampa.  Lots of people would like to be in Tampa, Florida, USA.  Save the book for nighttime reading and open your eyes!

I looked around at very ordinary busy street.

I saw palm trees waving and quite a few interesting people going by and so since my camera was at home I wrote down what I saw.

Across the street a very rotund man wearing a cap and a backpack was cycling with a cigarette dangling from his lips.

I heard and s…

The Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World

The Grand Floridian is possibly the most elegant resort in Disney World.  It's modeled after classic Victorian  Florida beach resorts.  
It looks like an old fashioned post card!  I can almost see "Greetings from Florida" in an arc over the roof.  
The public is welcome to come to any of the Disney resorts and enjoy the grounds and the shops for up to four hours.  We visited the Grand Floridian, the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Resort.
Each resort has a unique flavor and there is something for everyone.  My favorite so far is the Grand Floridian, which is also the most pricey with rooms that can run $2000 per night.

We entered from the second floor and walked around to the other side and took this shot looking down
and looking across
and from the lobby looking up  and from the lobby looking up!

 There are fresh flowers everywhere scenting the rooms.  on pedestal tables
in tall vases next to elevators
in short vases next to comfy chairs.

The Victorian Resort th…