Thursday Things

It’s Thursday. Let’s talk about some things . . .

pumpkin cake for carole knits

  • Thanks so much for all of your compliments on yesterday’s Halloween party post. It took me almost 2 hours to get that done so I really appreciate your comments.
  • I made the cake pictured above for the party and it was fantastic. And simple. You can find the recipe right here. It’s the perfect fall dessert.
  • I am entirely sick of political commercials and can’t wait until they stop next Tuesday. Of course, they will be replaced by Christmas commercials and that’s not much of an improvement.
  • At the library we subscribe to something called Freegal. It’s free and legal music and allows users to download (and keep!) 3 songs every week. It’s fairly expensive and isn’t used all that much so we are trying to come up with ways to get people to use it. Any suggestions from those of you who are (and aren’t, especially) library users?
  • I haven’t been to Rhinebeck in more years than I can remember. And I haven’t been to New Hampshire or any of the others either. I thought long and hard about going to The Fiber Festival of New England but it’s not going to work out.
  • The reason it’s not going to work out is because this Saturday is when we are setting up our Field of Flags for Kiwanis. This is the event where we ask people to sponsor flags for $10 each and we split all of the money we raise with Fisher House. You can read the post I wrote about last year’s event here. And if you’re so inclined and would like to donate, you can do that here with PayPal.
  • The other reason a trip west won’t work out this Saturday is because we are getting together with friends for dinner on Saturday night. They are definitely worth missing a fiber festival for as they are some of my longest standing friends and I love seeing them.
  • But I am hoping for a getaway with Dale soon. Maybe Maine? Maybe Deerfield? Let’s go!
  • Thanks for reading!

Halloween Party 2014

This year was our 5th straight year of having a Halloween Party and I really wanted to change things up with the theme and decorations. We’d done the haunted house type thing, we’d done the zombie thing and the creepy crawly thing and so, one night about a month ago, Dale and I were sitting on the deck having a cocktail and perusing Pinterest and there was a picture of a scary clown.

It was our Halloween Party version 5.0 light bulb moment. We could be scary clowns! And Hannah hates clowns so the thought of teasing her throughout the process was something neither of us could resist. Things did evolve, though, as they so often do in these situations. While we originally thought we would both be scary clowns, we couldn’t find costume pieces for Dale that we liked. And then we remembered a red blazer we had seen at the 2nd hand store and decided that Dale could be the ring master and I would be a clown and we would set up the decorations like a creepy circus. I’ve always said coming up with a theme is the hardest thing about any event and it’s true because once we’d decided on this the rest just fell into place. I pinned stuff on Pinterest and showed pictures to Dale and he took my ideas and turned them into reality.

Enough talk – you want to see, right?

ticket booth for carole knits

We had a ticket booth complete with lights and Michael Myers to greet our guests at the back door.

clown car for carole knits

We also had this awesome clown in an antique car that belongs to Dale’s dad. Because every circus needs a clown car, right?

baby clown for carole knits

We had balloons and other clown figures.

tightrope clown for carole knits

And a tight rope walker. This is the part where I tell you that my husband’s imagination, while fantastic, sometimes freaks me out a little.

ken in a canon for carole knits

Of course, you have to have a man, errrr, a Ken doll, being shot out of a canon.

high dive jump for carole knits

Finally, outside we also had a high dive jumper. See what I mean about Dale’s imagination?

dining room light and ceiling decorations

Inside we decorated with tulle and tried to make the dining room look like a circus tent.

candy table for carole knits

We had circus peanuts and Cracker Jack and poison candy apples. I made those apples, by the way, and they were a PITA and not worth the effort. But they looked cool.

bar set up for carole knits

And lots of wine, beer and Harvest Margaritas. I also made eleventy-million corn dogs from scratch and they were a huge hit. Huge. Along with macaroni & cheese muffins and pumpkin cake and gourmet cheeses and snacks that our guests brought as well. No one went hungry or thirsty, I can tell you that.

clown skull for carole knits

We put party hats and red noses on skulls.

sword swallower for carole knits

We had a sword swallow-er in one corner of the living room.

scary corner clown for carole knits

And a really big zombie-type clown with blinking red eyes. He scares the crap out of me.

clown doll with cleaver

He doesn’t scare me as much as the clown doll holding a cleaver, though. Yikes, that’s creepy.

As I said on Monday, I was terrible about taking pictures of our guests but, luckily, Anne captured quite a few and is letting me share them with you here.


Jo-Ann and Shawn came as Jack & Jill after they fell down the hill. That there is Shawn. It might be after the beer as much as after the hill. You understand.

mark and doreen

Doreen and Mark came as a lobster in a pot and the Swedish Chef. They looked terrific.

tom and anne

Tom and Anne came as day of the dead sugar skull people and their make up was awesome. Anne is a really talented facepainter and I have to say that Dale and I wouldn’t have looked nearly as creepy if it weren’t for her mad makeup skillz.

carole randy bob ken

We also had witches and ninjas and cats and cancer patients (that was Bob, he hasn’t lost his sense of humor at all)

amy and bob

and the king and queen of duct tape dynasty.

prison bowling team

We had Dr. Seuss characters and The Princess Death Star Prison League Bowling Team (my wonderful and extremely creative neighbors!)

len and peg for carole knits

My cousin Len and his wife Peg came as the Wicked Witch of the West and one of her palace guards. They won first prize, and I actually took a photo of them. Yay me.

All in all it was a truly terrific night. I think it ended around 2am when the die hards were on the deck singing The Gambler at their top of the lungs. Dale has a video of that but I’ll spare you the gory details – that was probably the scariest thing of the whole party!

dale on railing

I have no idea how we’re going to top this next year.

Ten On Tuesday

When there is a lot going on and things get stressful I think it’s really important to focus on the good. To look at the small things you do regularly that are positive. To treat yourself like you would treat a friend. And so, today for Ten on Tuesday, the topic is 10 Things You Feel Good About Right Now.

candy corn for carole knits

Okay! Right now I feel good about

  1. Going to the Y 3 times last week. And making plans to go 3 times this week, too.
  2. Growing out my bangs and letting my hair get longer. It’s easy to take care of and I can wear hats whenever I want and I love it.
  3. Raising $1100 for Kiwanis at our Dale and the Duds fundraiser last weekend.
  4. Getting lots of compliments on our Halloween Party from our guests. We do it because it’s fun but it’s nice to know that people enjoyed themselves, too.
  5. Relaxing and reading in the new den. It’s so peaceful in there. I owe you pictures and they are coming.
  6. Starting my Christmas shopping. If yours is already done please shut up about it.
  7. Setting up my new laptop. It was pretty easy and I feel good about getting it all done so quickly.
  8. Stepping away from online games. I was pretty addicted to Bejeweled for a long time. And then I took a bad road and started playing Farmville 2. But I have shut myself off from that stuff completely. Yay me.
  9. Being caught up with posting photos to Flickr. I have been behind since missing 2 weeks while we were on our summer vacation. I think – if I don’t skip any days – that I will be completely caught up by the end of this week.
  10. Thinking of this topic. It’s a good one, right?

In the words of James Brown – I feel good! And I hope you do, too. If you wrote a post for today please click the link below. If you want to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email please click here.

Meet Your Halloween Party Hosts

Do you hear that sound? Like a freight train? That is the sound of my weekend roaring past. Whoa, that was quick. And fun. And exhausting.

Our annual Halloween party was a blast, I can tell you that. And for today I can show you our costumes.

dale and carole full length

Hullo Ringmaster Dale and Creepy Clown Carole.

dale and carole close up

Would you want to attend a party hosted by these two?!?

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