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6 days to go!

The foam and spray glue arrived. I can stuff the Audrey 2 hand puppet so it fits on my hand and arm. We begin the big build Sunday with the back drop going up first. Oh joy, I get to climb a ladder all afternoon.

The back drop worked so well last year that I am looking forward to using it for our design this year.




He’s up again. Silly old boy.

Gavin was shopping. All you could hear was him rattling around in the toy box. HPIM4152

When he finished, you could tell he’d been busy.

HPIM4153These two didn’t satisfy.

HPIM4154Nor did these two.

HPIM4155Ditto with these.

Next, Miss Lucy will tidy up by putting all of them into her bed. Wish she’d put them into the toy box, but at least she does pick up after herself and Gavin.

What’s gotten into him?

Gavin, my can’t-stay-awake-past-7 p.m. dog has suddenly become a night owl. It seems he is now in competition with Lucy as to who can stay up the latest.


It was so much easier when he slept and she got cuddles. Now they both want to be on my lap all the time.

LOL. And to top that off I think The Curmudgeon is getting jealous that they both want me.

HPIM1802Arrrr, da Mumma is mine!

HPIM3977Nope, she be mine!

Hehehe… Lucy doesn’t like to be repeated.

HPIM4149This is one of our new toys.

It repeats what you say or, in Lucy’s case, what you bark.

Lucy was not amused.

However, we were quite amused.

Guess what arrived yesterday?

HPIM4145But, but…I want to open it!

HPIM4147Whoo hoo In case we don’t get the big one made, we do have a little one!

HPIM4146Feed me, Seymour!

Yay for Trick or Treat night on Halloween for a change!

G’s new neighbors will be coming over Trick or Treat night and joining in on the fun.

I Invited our other new neighbors to come over for the after trick or treat dinner. They have been fairly warned that last year we had 300 Trick or Treaters show up. Their son is having his second birthday this coming weekend so we’ll add a little something special for him.

How do we top these?


The graveyard birthday cake

The graveyard birthday cake


Spooky food

Now comes the figuring out the menu stage of our trick or treat fun. Our main dish is lasagna, I make a mean one. G is in charge of dessert.

We’re working on some snacks to nibble on during the trick or treat hours before we serve the post trick or treat dinner.

We will have a nice wine and mixed drink bar set up inside for our guests.

Last year, during the trick or treat hours, we drank vodka tonics outside–they glow in the black light, that was fun and we might repeat them this year.

Appetizers and some snacks are all we need to do. I could do a cheese ball mummy or a something.

Any ideas? What is your favorite spooky snack for Halloween?




There wasn’t enough coffee in the world.

HPIM4122I had one of those toss and turn, OMG-am-I-ever-going-to-fall-asleep? nights. Only to have The Curmudgeon call me on the intercom two minutes after I finally fell asleep.

“I can’t take care of the dogs today.”

“OMFG! Really? Why does this always effing happen when I’ve had NO sleep?!”

No, I didn’t get a nap to make up for it after the dogs were taken care of, instead I had to make a grocery store run and after that no one would let me sleep.

Therefore, this is all you’re getting. It’s after midnight and I am going to make a full on attempt to get some sleep.

They love pizza bones

Yesterday was not a healthy food day. We had pizza for dinner. We have Domino’s pizza for dinner about once a month or so. The Curmudgeon gets his favorite of the day and I get an Artisan pizza.

The dogs love pizza night because they get pizza bones. (Pizza crusts) You never saw two happier dogs as when I announce that we are getting pizza for dinner.

We have a good rapport with our Domino’s after all these years. They always get our order perfect. Two of the drivers, that have been with them for years, know us by our first names and call out hello to the pups when they deliver here too.

HPIM3959Did someone say pizza?

Can I have some peanut butter cracker?

HPIM4137I helped you make them.

HPIM4138I made sure you got to the living room with them.

HPIM4139If I look pitiful enough, will you share?

And so it begins….

HPIM4140We are ready to start building Audrey 2.

Care to join us?

I always miss the best shots.

Even with my camera in hand I couldn’t get any shots of Gavin merrily hucklebutting from living room to kitchen and back. Every time I’d get him in the frame and go to hit the button, he’d bounce out of frame.

Idiot dog. Love him to death and would sure love to have a decent enough camera to catch those wonderful shots I can’t get this one to capture.

One day. A good camera is not on the top of my priority list. Not when I need the front porch repaired, a patio, the yard leveled, painting done, dry wall up in two rooms, yeah and many more things. Nope a camera is not on the top of my list.



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