Halloween Countdown 2017: A Different Kind of Orange and Black–The Atlanta Koi Show!

A few weeks ago, I heard that the Atlanta Koi Club was having a show at our local fairgrounds. Being a true lover of koi and goldfish I had to go. I will probably never be able to have a koi pond so I will take any opportunity to go view these lovely fish. I did rescue a koi once,and gave it to someone with a proper pond.

Click on the pics to enjoy. The fish were so beautiful and had so much orange and black–perfect for Halloween!

Aha! I found a very pretty guide to all the koi color and scale varieties. See if you can match these with the fish in my pictures. 🙂

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Halloween Countdown 2017: So I caved and got a Zombie from Starbucks.

I have zero interest in coffee from Starbucks. If that’s your thing, that is totally fine; I have plenty of stuff I spend my money on that people would tilt their heads like puzzled terriers about. I’ve also never really been one for “flash sales” of things. But, when I heard about the Zombie drink thingy from Starbucks, I thought, what the heck, I will add it to this year’s Halloween fun experiences.

From the Starbucks website:

Walk, run or drag one foot with your arms outstretched to grab one of our limited-time Zombie Frappuccino® Blended Beverages. It’s more treat than trick with delicious apple and caramel flavors.

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I got the smallest size and even then the barista took off a dollar,so it was $4.

 

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Halloween Countdown 2017: Gifts from my Nephew!

Sometimes I really enjoy being the crazy aunt. For one thing, my beloved nephew and niece send me fun stuff, like this:

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My nephew works for a logistics company,so he’s conscientious about including a “shipping manifest” for a box of stuff he sends. In the box were all kinds of things for me, my husband, my other brother,and my mother and stepdad, and my nephew Bryan neatly wrote a description of everything and who it all should be distributed to. 🙂

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Here is most of my stuff before I uncovered a few more things. I should note that my oldest sibling’s children attend the University of Arkansas and therefore are big Razorbacks fans. I by default apparently now have to support the team —Bryan asked me if I would send some good juju—–so.uh..WooO PIGS! SOOOIIIEEEEE!(did I do that right, kids?)

Anyway, I got a kitty candleholder and candles, a lighter with an awesome reptilian eye(I don’t smoke, of course,but people can send me stuff like this anyway if it looks cool), a couple of Oreo Halloween eggs that I have to share with Steve, a sweet kitty and pumpkin magnet, and a great drawing of a Jack o’ lantern face on the envelope with my card. 🙂

Halloween Countdown 2017: My Brother’s Handmade Yard Decorations!

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Do you ever have decorations from any holiday that you take out, year after year, and they get a little shabbier, a little more worn out and fragile, and you just can’t part with them or fix them up because they are so precious to you, you wouldn’t want to change their original charm? Do they bring back memories of holidays past? Or maybe someone long since parted from this life made them, and you don’t want to cover that person’s craftwork? Are those decorations practically like part of the family? Well, I certainly can identify with these sentiments, and my oldest brother Jimmy sums it up very well with these wooden cutouts his late father-in-law made. I’ll put in his original words:

Back around 1992, my father-in-law Harry M—- bought a really fancy scroll saw. Another addition to “Harry’s Hardware Store”. He quickly put it to use making these cut-outs for the family. In addition to the Halloween ones here, he did some for Christmas and Thanksgiving. He made sets for us, my brother in law’s house and for his house. After he passed in 2004 we got his sets of cut-outs.

Here they are for their 24th Halloween (have more in front of the house) and they still get great comments from the neighbors. They need repainting but I really don’t want to paint over Pawpaw’s art.

Happy Halloween everybody!