September 6, 2015

and so it begins . . .

Spent part of this warm and sunny Labour Day weekend hiking on a trail in Cape Breton that I've long wanted to explore.

And there, I was rewarded with the first turning leaf sightings of the season.

August 17, 2015


This year, I've experimented with pumpkins grown in a pot as well as those grown in the ground. Not sure if it's a coincidence, but so far the pot pumpkin plants have produced only small, yellow mutant pumpkins. If I can even call them that. They look more like rather sad onions.

Their growth has recently stalled. It will be interesting to see if they reach a carvable size.

August 15, 2015


I blame it on our miserably cold and wet spring and the later-than-usual start to the growing season.  So far, this year's pumpkin crop is few in number and worryingly small for mid-August.  Fingers are crossed for a hot and sunny late summer.

C'mon gourds. Time to pick up the pace.

August 13, 2015

thursday the thirteenth

Signs of Halloween are beginning to appear on store shelves.

Which means it must be time to brush the cobwebs from the blog for another season.

November 1, 2014

the day after

Lazy rainy day on the couch. Fighting a headache with last night's Halloween photos.

October 31, 2014

happy halloween

The rain and wind stopped just in time. It's going to be a good day (and night).

Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2014

the first four

Four pumpkins from this year's crop of eight have been carved. But none by me; instead, these were done by my children and their friends. Not sure yet what I'll do with the remaining four. Looks like it's going down to the wire.

October 29, 2014

countdown to halloween: ghosts of halloween past

I remember it well. The year we began stealing our children's Halloween candy after they had gone to bed. This marked the beginning of many glorious years of Halloween indulgence. And after all, too much junk food really isn't healthy for small children, is it?

Sadly, it all came to an end as their treat-counting skills improved.

October 27, 2014

countdown to halloween: ghosts of halloween past

Of course he's not afraid of a vampire. He's Superman.

If only my children were always so relaxed about Halloween spookiness when they encountered it outside our home. Sometimes, I had to go to a neighbour's door, get the treats and deliver them as my children waited at a safe distance.

October 26, 2014

countdown to halloween: ghosts of halloween past

Another Halloween. Another Sylvester appearance. This time in Toronto. In a neighbourhood graveyard.

October 25, 2014

October 23, 2014

countdown to halloween: ghosts of halloween past

Another Halloween. Another Sylvester appearance. No creepier than the last. What was wrong with me back then?

October 22, 2014

countdown to halloween: ghosts of halloween past

My Halloween sensibilities today tend to verge on vintage/creepy.

But such was not always the case. There was a time when my Halloween persona was somewhat . . . cuter. Once upon a time I had a room-mate with sewing skills. And she was willing to sew costumes for not just for herself but for me and my boyfriend and various other assorted friends. I don't recall what led me to choose Sylvester as a Halloween costume. It's a choice I would never make today. But it obviously seemed like a good idea at the time.

As it turned out, the costume was sturdy and very warm (an important feature in Canada) and it served as my costume of choice for not just that first Halloween, but for several Halloweens after. This was Year One.

October 21, 2014

countdown to halloween: ghosts of halloween past

Battening down the hatches for three days of wind and rain. It could be worse. I could wake up to find my pumpkins looking like this:

Here's to temperatures staying above zero.

October 20, 2014


So while I'm relieved that my outdoor props came through the season's first storm mostly unscathed, I know that this is only the beginning. It wouldn't be October in Nova Scotia without multiple wind/rain events and, true to form, the next one is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday and stick around until Friday morning. Which means I'll be waiting until Saturday before setting up anything else.

Otherwise, they might end up like this poor little guy. Spotted him lying in a nearby driveway on my evening walk.

Hope he recovers before the next storm.

October 19, 2014

countdown to halloween: ghosts of halloween past

As I prepare to go out and purchase this year's Halloween treats (the ones I've already bought and eaten don't count!) I thought a little reflection on treats-of-the-past might be appropriate.

The genius in this photograph was not in those sturdy costumes displaying a picture of the wearer's intended identity (as helpful as that might be). Nor was it in the nature of the treats themselves. No, the genius was in selling miniature bags of potato chips in large plastic bags that then doubled as trick-or-treating bags.  Brilliant. Today's large cardboard boxes simply don't have the same versatility.

October 18, 2014


First pre-Halloween wind/rain storm survived with only minor prop damage. Good to see I've learned something over the years.

October 17, 2014

new candy strategy

I like molasses kisses.  Not "love".  Just "like".  In a "take 'em or leave 'em", "eat them if there's nothing else" kind of way.  So I'm hoping that my strategy of filling the candy dish with these instead of with miniature chocolate bars results in a slower rate of pre-Halloween candy consumption.

They can't possibly disappear faster than the miniature chocolate bars did.