HALLOWEEN

TL 10-31 HALLOWEEN

10-31 COSTUMES, MASKS & MAKE-UP
I would not call it a fear… but I’m very uncomfortable around people who are dressed in costumes, wearing masks or who are heavily made up. I like to look a person in the eye because I believe that old saying is true:

The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. The animals look for man’s intentions right into his eyes. Even a rat, when you hunt him and bring him to bay, looks you in the eye. – Hiram Powers

When I’m communicating with someone, I like to be able to look them in the eye. To judge a reaction you need to be able to see a person’s eyes. I guess the “fake” happiness that clowns have just creeps me out. I mean, doesn’t a clown ever have a really bad day? Do they have to be SO happy all the time?

When I was little, my parents took me to the North Pole. No, not the real North Pole, but to an amusement park in Colorado that had a North Pole theme. They told me I’d “get” to go see Santa – and I cried. I’m probably the only kid in the world who cried when told they were going to see Santa. My poor parents – they had a weirdo child.

If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.
– unknown

To be a real friend, lose the costume, mask and make-up. Just be yourself.    🙂

I miss the good ol’ days when kids could dress up like Bugs Bunny and be safe.

Here are some photos of my Halloween memories.

Happy Halloween!  Boo to You!  🙂

 

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CANDY CORN DAY

TL 10-30 CANDY CORN DAY

 

10-30 THE TOO SWEET TREAT

Today we celebrate CANDY CORN!  The makers of this ultra-sweet treat will market the fact that it is fat-free, but make no mistake it is not healthy.

The belly rules the mind.  – Spanish Proverb

If you decide to eat it, make sure it is in small portions, especially if you are diabetic.  Here is how a nutrition label reads on a package of Brach’s candy corn:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 19 pieces (39 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*

Calories 140

Calories from Fat 0

Total Fat 0g 0%

Sodium 70mg 3%

Carbohydrates 36g 12%

Sugars 32g

Protein 0g

For only 19 pieces you get a whopping 36g of carbohydrates and 32g of sugars, including corn syrup, honey and granulated sugar.  That is literally a sweet treat to be sure!  If you are passing a bowl that happens to have some candy corn in it, it’s fine to take a few in your hand, but if you are contemplating the purchase of an entire package, well, there are more healthy candy choices.

I do, however, suggest that diabetics and others who are counting carbohydrates have fun with the candy corn colors in other ways that will not play havoc on our health!  Take a look at this:

Isn’t that cool?  No weight gain and you can still make a fashion statement!

So you can have the nails and the make-up!  You can become a candy corn instead of consuming them!  How fun is that?

Now here’s a cute idea!  Let’s make a few of these (and you can shoot rubber bands at people in the process – that’s a win/win).  So now we can wear the nails, make-up and put a charm in our hair – well there ya go!  Now we’re cookin’ with grease!  OH…  I found a candy corn bracelet!

If you are artistically inclined, this is a great challenge!  I would be interested to see more candy corn sculptures like this.  It’s interesting that it’s made with one serving of candy corn = 20 pieces (well, 19 + 1).

You get the idea – let’s take our minds off the eating of candy corn and put them on the fun colors and BE the candy corn!  Just have fun with it.  😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERMIT DAY

TL 10-29 HERMIT DAY

10-29 YOU MAY THINK

 The Lord will make war for you, you have only to keep quiet.  – Exodus 14:14

I am so tempted to argue about political things because I care about the direction the country is headed.  I’ve had to read Scriptures that remind me that God is God and this is all part of His plan.  I need to trust Him more and be still.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalm 46:10

Today we celebrate HERMIT DAY!  It’s a day to be in quiet seclusion.  For me it will be a day to ponder and wonder about the future.  A day to re-examine my own beliefs and a day to pray to my Maker.  I just want peace in the world, in my country and in my house.  I will pray to that end.  I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend much of my time alone, so I do a lot of praying.  I prefer to live away from the crowds and the sea of humanity.  Maybe it’s because I grew up an only child, but I know how to be alone.  I do it quite well and find all sorts of projects to keep myself occupied.

Today I will celebrate my lifestyle.  If you would like to be a hermit today, just run off by yourself to a secluded area where no one can find you.  It’s not difficult to leave – just leave.  Take a day to recharge your batteries.

Take a book.  Take a Bible and a devotional book or prayer-book.  Find a peaceful lake or a place you’ve always wanted to go.  Let the ones you love know you are leaving but don’t tell them where you’re going.  If you take your phone – turn it off.  When you are finished with the hermitization process – turn your phone on and let them know you’re ok and on your way home.

I think it’d be fun to bake some HERMIT COOKIES on hermit day.  But then, I’m weird.

It’s amazing how much good it will do (especially mentally) to be a hermit for one day.

My house is so quiet when the TV is turned off and there’s no one here but me.  I enjoy the quiet, especially when I’m trying to write.   Some folks just can’t let go of their hectic lifestyle – not even for a day.  They think they’ll get too bored or miss out on something.  Take a chance, go away, talk to God, just pray.  Or, bake some hermit cookies and pray while they’re baking.  You will be so glad you did – trust me!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLUSH ANIMAL LOVER’S DAY

TL 10-28 PLUSH ANIMAL LOVER'S DAY

10-28 HUGS FOR SISSY

Today is PLUSH ANIMAL LOVER’S DAY!!!  This comes at a particularly appropriate time of year in my opinion.  As I drive around my neighborhood there are scads of pumpkins and hay bales, but there are also a few very scary decorations at some houses.  Also, as I look at world events, it’s easy to say “I want my plush animal” – oh come on, you know you think it sometimes too.

Do you remember your first plush animal?  My granny LaVella gave me a big bear that was taller than me!  His name was Higgins and he went everywhere with me.  With Higgins by my side I could do anything!  I’m sure he was a store-bought bear, but I know Granny made stuffed animals for some of my cousins.  Take a look at this girl’s collection of Build-a-Bear plush bears.

Wow!  You know, I was under the impression that those are not exactly inexpensive to make either.  That collection is quite impressive.  Some people make their own plush animals.

I wish I could do that (and quilt), but let’s face it, I’m just not the seamstress I want to be.

I enjoy and appreciate innocence.  Part of that is watching children or animals with their plush animal toys.  I love Operation Christmas Child so this video just warmed my heart.  It is amazing what the little items in those shoe boxes can achieve – look at those little girls smile!  😀

And here’s a video that gets 5 stars on my AWE meter…  it’s so cute when the stuffed animal looks like the real one!  LOL!!!

I’m not sure what it is about our plush animals (or the real ones for that matter) that make us feel so much more safe and secure, but today is the day to hug them even more than usual.  I’m sure more than one article has been written on the subject and featured in Psychology Today magazine.  While I’m sure it is a false sense of security, you have my permission to take your teddy bear to bed with you tonight too if you want – wink!  😉

 

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

TL ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (4)

10-27 WHILE THEY WERE STONING HIM

 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”  – Acts 7:59


On this day in 1659, two Quakers, William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson, were executed (hanged from an elm tree on Boston Common in Boston) in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs.  They were the first Quakers to be executed in America.   They came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution – ironically.  The two had violated a law passed by the Massachusetts General Court the year before, banning Quakers from the colony under penalty of death.

The Christian movement known as The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, was founded by George Fox in England during the early 1650’s.  Quakers opposed central church authority, preferring to seek spiritual insight and consensus through egalitarian Quaker meetings.  They supported sexual equality and became some of the most outspoken opponents of slavery in early America.  Quakers found solace in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and other colonies, and Massachusetts’ anti-Quaker laws were later repealed.

By the mid 18th century, John Woolman, an abolitionist Quaker, was traveling the American colonies, preaching and advancing the anti-slavery cause.  He organized boycotts of products made by slave labor and was responsible for convincing many Quaker communities to publicly denounce slavery.  Other abolitionist Quaker was Lucretia Mott, who worked on the Underground Railroad in the 19th century, helping lead fugitive slaves to freedom in the Northern states and Canada.  She was later a leader in the movement for women’s rights, including the right to vote.

 If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.   – American Quaker Saying

Seriously?  Can I have a minute to let that one sink in???  Um…  no – I’m squishing the spider.  😉

I’m not a Quaker – but I like movies like Friendly Persuasion and Angel and the Badman.  To be perfectly honest, I’ve always thought of Quakers as I do the Amish.  I was surprised when I read their history and how liberal their beliefs are.  They have no central church authority and believe in true equality.  They are peace-loving folk that won’t be a part of war.

Now that terrorists are running around beheading people I wonder if that will work – but that’s their belief.

Me – I want to learn how to shoot and carry.  Well – maybe not – but I’m tempted.

Christians in America have really not known persecution – yet.  So far, we certainly have not had to give our very lives for our faith.  I’m so thankful for the sacrifices of the past that ultimately affected changes for the good, aren’t you?  They stood strong so that future generations could enjoy freedom and equality and know real joy in the Lord.  😀

 

 

 

 

VISIT A CEMETERY DAY

TL 10-26 VISIT A CEMETERY DAY

My father died very suddenly at 63… For a long time afterward, I’d ask myself, Why didn’t I ask him to play golf more?  Why didn’t I spend more time with him? …  There’s nothing you can do about it.  So you just forge on.  – Clint Eastwood

My daddy died at age 63 also – weird.  I called him at the hospital the evening before he died.  I suggested that mom and I should come visit, but he insisted that we wait until the next day as he was scheduled for surgery.  He died during the night – I wish we had made the trip to the hospital to visit him.  But – we do indeed have to forge on and find a way to forgive ourselves.

10-26 I'VE COME HERE FOR A VISIT

Today is VISIT A CEMETERY DAY!!!  There are more obvious days to visit our loved one’s final resting places – like Memorial Day, but today is a day to set aside to honor our loved ones again.  Even though those who have passed do not know we visit them, we know.  It’s important to honor them in any way we can.  On occasion I like to visit cemeteries to photograph unique gravestones and read epitaphs in an effort to know the ones buried there.

I am a confessed taphophile  (“taph” from the Greek for tomb and “philia” meaning an inordinate fondness).  The art involved in engraving gravestones fascinates me.  My husband and I have purchased our plots and our gravestone.  These days, a gravestone is a personal expression of who you were in life.  When a person reads your stone, they should get some idea of what your values and personality was – would you agree?   My husband had his badge engraved on his side and I had an angel and the treble clef  first line of the song PRECIOUS LORD, TAKE MY HAND engraved on my side.  We also had our names (obviously) and wedding date engraved.  There was not much space left – especially on my side.  LOL!  Once I can no longer speak, I want that stone to speak for me.

Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay.  – Matthew Flickstein

Taphophilia involves epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art and history of famous deaths.  Many taphophiles enjoy walking cemeteries to find lost relatives.  They are the ones who are seriously engaged in genealogy.

The cemetery my folks are in is cared for and has large, mature trees.  It’s beautiful year around but especially in the spring and fall.  Shortly after my mom died, we bought a cement bench with a verse engraved on it.  We put it next to my folk’s graves.  I don’t go there to sit and chat with them like I thought I would, but it’s nice to know I could if I wanted to.  I’ve had a few picnic lunches with them, I admit.  I know they are not there – they are in heaven with Jesus.  I would never wish them back here after seeing the pain they suffered.  In heaven they are young and in no pain.  I miss them but I’ll see them again one day.  ❤

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What was your parent’s favorite song?  My dad used to sing this to my mom all the time:

It makes me smile to think Daddy might be singing this to Mama in heaven…  hmm – now that’s different, huh?

Hey – on a fun note – Halloween is around the corner.  Have you ever wanted to know how to make those spooky tombstones?  I’d probably make one that was funny – but that’s just me – LOL!  Here’s a tutorial on those tombstones:

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DAY

TL 10-25 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DAY

Today is INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DAY.  Art impacts all of us every day in one form or another.  It encompasses painting, sculpture, writing and music.  We draw beauty, grace and humanity from the timeless gifts that artists give us.

Use this day as the opportunity to take an artist to lunch, buy that painting that’s been haunting you for months, visit a gallery,  go to the symphony or take part in something creative that is “outside the box” of your day-to-day life.

Lucinda Berry Hill wrote a poem about THE Masterpiece:

A MASTERPIECE

Artist & Founder

Chris, a Canadian Romantic Realist Artist in White Rock, BC, is always looking for that authentic gesture or moment in everything. His paintings express his “Romantic Realist” view of life, not crafty nor painterly.  Chris started I.A.D. to have a special day for the world to recognize and celebrate all the contributions artists have given to society.

The International Artist Day Festival in White Rock, B.C. will take place on October 24-26.  For more information, visit their website at www.IADFestival.com 

Enjoy live performances and so much more. This is a chance to meet and get to know the creative talent in your own backyard!

Some scenes from last year’s festival.  Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

I enjoy the arts because it is not set in stone.  There is no right or wrong when it comes to creating.   God will draw others to our art that need to be encouraged and uplifted.  We don’t know the far-reaching effect of the art God calls us to create.

If you’re like me, you won’t be celebrating the day in Canada (although it sounds lovely).  We have a fantastic art museum.  I might persuade my husband to take me to the Wichita Art Museum for lunch.  Then we can take a look around the art gallery.  We can spend the day just appreciating art!  😉