Well as you know my favorite holiday of the year (besides Christmas) is approaching!!
Yes you guessed it, Halloween!!!
I have been busy at work, yes I know I'm suppose to be retired, but I am on call if someone is out ill for longer than a week, or is taken an extended vacation like to Cabo.
So I've been working, and I have to admit I'm feeling it, but fortunately the boss told me that since one other staffer has returned from vacation they can do the work and has freed me. And just in Time for Halloween!!
Well on my days off I have been looking at Spirit, Target, Wal-mart and you guessed it Home Depot!
As you know I both 2 skeleton horses one 6 ft and one 4 ft and a 9 foot tall T-Rex, well at CVS they had the howling wolf and skeleton Bats and skeleton snakes but Target has some Wonderful Resin Graveyard headstones, and cemetery decorations, HAD TO HAVE THEM!!
And a punch dispenser the kind you'd put lemonade in, had one labeled "Poison". Again Had to Have IT!
I went to our nearest Wal-mart but they were focused on kiddie costumes and huge blow up (air filled) displays, no not what I wanted but did they have a good deal on paper plates and napkins in the halloween patterns so I got that.
Spirit had some very nice indoor decorations for the fire place mantles, and door hangers over the parlor doors, and fun drinking cups. But there was a coffee mug I had to have that said "Normal People Scare Me" it was designed for the American Gothic T.V. program promotion, as a matter of fact I bought two of them one for home and one to take with me when I'm called in to work.
Sis and I were at Nob Hill the other day and she got happily surprised when she discovered baking pans to bake witches fingers cookies and all kinds of decorations to put on mini-cupcakes and everything.
We whipped out our Halloween cook books for old time favorites, although we did buy the new magazines with new recipes but she said for now lets go with the tried and true and experiment with the new one's later. I could only agree
Doyle said that he's going to need help with decorating so I've recruited my nephew to help out. Coralline will help with the indoor decorations.
Even though Halloween is on a week night again, we still get a lot of trick or treaters because we are such a popular block and I've been sending out invitations to friends and family. The party will not run late because it is a school night, but on the weekends Look Out!
I've also been restocking the cellar with Apothic Red, and Dark and for me a new one Apothic Inferno, and Apothic Crush, Crush is fruity with a carmel taste, but Inferno is like blending whiskey and wine together smokey and different, it may not be to everyone's taste, but Doyle liked it, in a whiskey glass, so I stocked up. It's one of those wines were you want to kick off your shoes, loosen the tie, sit in a recliner and listen to "Old Blue Eyes" singing "its a quarter to 3".
Another wine that we took a strong liking to is Curious Beasts Blood Red, its smokey, chocolatey and with dark red fruit flavors, so we loaded up on that as well.
I have not had a chance to do my wine tour this year as I prefer to do it in the Fall, but well work did call. So I'll see about doing it next year in the late spring.
So all the Halloween plate ware and table ware are out and getting dusted and washed getting ready for the party.
And I did order two of those flaming skulls, I have them perched in the front parlor fire place, I've not been able to use them because of the spare the air days. But it will get nippy enough and I can't wait to try them.
But I have to tell you this Dear Darklings, the other evening I got a shock, I mean granted the stores sort of sneak Christmas onto a few shelves but I was watching T.V. and Wiener Dog distracted me and I then heard the instrumental version of "Jingle Bells" I looked up and there they were in all their artificial glory the Balsam Hill Artificial Christmas Trees it was on Oct. 1 and already they're advertising and we haven't reach Halloween or Thanksgiving! It was too much, Please I say let's at least keep our holidays in the correct order.
We have not assembled the T-Rex yet, it's going to go into our pet cemetery, and I'm not sure what the dogs will make of it. Most likely give their seal of disapproval.
But we've got a cowboy hat for the Ghost Rider, I found it at the Dollar Store.
But this coming weekend, we've got to load up on the candy, Wal-mart has the best prices with Target a close 2nd but I've seen a good deal at Lucky's so much to choose. But Wal-Mart will be our primary candy go to store.
And now Sis is calling me, dinner is ready.