new: obf: oct.: the w~i~t~c~h is in swap :)

flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)October 1, 2012

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Double, double, toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake

In the cauldron boil and bake;

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,

Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,

Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,

Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,

For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth, boil and bubble.

Double, double, toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

William Shakespeare

Happy Halloween to all Our Bloomin' Friends and Welcome to the W~I~T~C~H~ is IN swap.

This is going to be a super duper easy swap.

Please spell our your package items using the letters in WITCH.


W: Wriggly Worms

I: Irrisistable Iguanas

T: Tumbling Toadstools

C: Cooky Clowns

H: Huckleberry Hounds

Okay, so that would be one really weird box, but you get the idea :)

You must include within your W~I~T~C~H 2 items:

1. a plant/garden related item. Seeds, garden markers or whatever your imagination can think of.

2. 1 Halloweeny/Fall themed item. Again, use your imagination :)

The rest of the items are up to you. Whatever you think your swapper would enjoy.

Please ship in a small flat rate box or a flat rate envie. And you must use Delivery Confirmation. Please post here when you mail.

Sign-Ups till October 11th.

Partners posted on the 12th.

Please mail by Oct. 26th.

Post here when you receive so we can all enjoy your W~I~T~C~H~Y Surprises with you. :)

**OBF is a year long swap group. You must be an OBF member to join this swap.**

If you have any ? please feel free to ask :)

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Sign me up! I love any excuse to bring out my "witchy" self! :P

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 2:36PM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

sounds like a swap i can handle, although i'm not too sure about a small flat rate box. is that a must? i can never fit anything inside of them!!!!!!

can't believe it's october already.


    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 3:04PM
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sign me up too :) this sounds fun and really neat!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 4:26PM
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Hello, Lovely Ladies-Will not be signing up this month. Blessings, Margaret

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 5:28PM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Oh, what a fun swap idea. I have to pass this time. I will be traveling a lot in October and just don't have time to swap or even to get online much. Have fun!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 6:25PM
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I'm in
just love the halloween swaps

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 8:08PM
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Vina I'm in.


    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 9:45PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Happy Tuesday!

It's Halloween
by Jack Prelutsky

It's Halloween! It's Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can't be seen
On any other night.

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls,
Grinning goblins fighting duels,
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
Witches on their magic brooms.

In masks and gowns
we haunt the street
And knock on doors
for trick or treat.

Tonight we are the king and queen,
For oh tonight it's Halloween!

HALLOWEEN IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY!!! I just can't help myself. I love all the costumes, games, festivities, poetry, spooky stories...and just about anything else you could think of that goes with it!

Belly up to the cauldron ladies. It's so great to have you!

Bunny, just love bringing my 'witchiness' out too :)

Maryanne, feel free to use a flat rate envie. I seem to be able to get more in them than the boxes :) And they cost the same.

Margaret and Jeanne, please stop back in for a visit. We'd love to have you...for dinner mmmmwwwwhhhhahahhhahhhha :)

Up for some witchy fun!
vina (flowergirl34)
melissa (hazelnutbunny)
maryanne (earthlydelights)
dianne (moonfire)
michelle (micyrey)
shirley (brittneysgran)

I'll be posting a game later this week...still trying to think of just what we could play....HHHHMMMMMM....

Talk to you later!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 11:26AM
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Well, no one I know refers to me as GLINDA, THE GOOD WITCH OF THE SOUTH. My husband says I am "A NOT SO GOOD WITCH" in the worst way, so I guess I better play.

Vina, count me in!


Witchy Annie

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 12:34PM
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sguanzon(z9 AZ)

Ok I'm in - I love Halloween!

Sue g

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 12:35PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)


WELCOME ANNIE! (Who really IS a good witch ;) )

WELCOME SUE! I love Halloween too.

Up for some witchy fun!
vina (flowergirl34)
melissa (hazelnutbunny)
maryanne (earthlydelights)
dianne (moonfire)
michelle (micyrey)
shirley (brittneysgran)
annie (canyonwind)
sue g. (sguanzon)

And here's our spooky poem for today...enjoy :)
Robert Herrick (1648)
The Hag is astride,
This night for to ride;
The Devill and shee together:
Through thick, and through thin,
Now out, and then in,
Though ne�r so foule be the weather.

A Thorn or a Burr
She takes for a Spurre:
With a lash of a Bramble she rides now,
Through Brakes and through Bryars,
O�re Ditches, and Mires,
She followes the Spirit that guides now.

No Beast, for his food,
Dares now range the wood;
But husht in his laire he lies lurking:
While mischiefs, by these,
On Land and on Seas,
At noone of Night are working,

The storme will arise,
And trouble the skies;
This night, and more for the wonder,
The ghost from the Tomb
Affrighted shall come,
Cal�d out by the clap of the Thunder.

Notice this peom is from 1648! HOLY MOLY! :)

Have a spooky Wednesday!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 10:28AM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Morning Everyone!


Test your movie trivia...
First answer them all correctly wins a Spooktacular Halloween treat from yours truly :)

1. "The ground was soft. I looked down and I was standing on all these people. Like a carpet. People who had fallen and... some were in the crowd."

2. "Can it, Cochise."

3."Somebody broke into the hardware store. Probably kids."
"You blame everything on kids."
"Well now, all they took was some Halloween mask, rope and a couple of knives."

4. "Tina honey, you gotta cut your nails or you gotta stop that kind of dreamin. One or the other."

5. "If all the corpses buried around here was to stand up all at once, they'd have one hell of a population problem."

6. "He's killed before. He'll kill again. He'll kill until everything that is yours, is his."

7. "What have you done to him? What have you done to his eyes, you maniacs?"

8. "They're all gonna laugh at you!"

9. "What I saw was not a cat!"

10. "It's not who you go with, honey. It's who takes you home"

11. "And He who walks behind the rows did say, 'I will send outlanders amongst you'."

Please post your answers here. :)

And our famous Halloween poem for today is...

This was written by a 12 year old. Pretty good huh. :)

On a spooky Halloween night,
When Goblins and witches come out to fight,
When children go out to say "Trick or Treat",
When goblins and witches and people meet.
Around the town loud noises roar,
And when you hear the sound,
"Knocking" at your door.
Should you open it?
Should you be scared?
Trick or Treaters are everywhere!
But don't you worry,
And don't you fright,
Its only one day,
One evening,
Its Halloween Night!

Have a super day!

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 10:25AM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Ok, I'm out of the woods for now! Been camping in the Deschutes Natl. Forest. Saw the biggest diameter Ponderosa Pine this week - 8.6 ft in diameter. It was spectacular!

I'm in for this one. Whoohoo, it's my first OBF swap :)


    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 8:25PM
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1) 28 Days Later

  1. Friday the 13th
  2. Halloween
  3. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  4. Lost Boys
  5. The Omen
  6. Rosemary's Baby
  7. Carrie
  8. Amityville horror
  9. Prom night
  10. Children of the Corn

Katie-So glad you could join us this month.


    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 9:40PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)


WOOHOO SHIRLEY!! Terrific job on horror movie trivia! I'll be sending out your SPOOKTACULAR PRIZE next week.

Welcome Katie! How terrific! Your first OBF swap for Halloween. Super!!

Up for some witchy fun!
vina (flowergirl34)
melissa (hazelnutbunny)
maryanne (earthlydelights)
dianne (moonfire)
michelle (micyrey)
shirley (brittneysgran)
annie (canyonwind)
sue g. (sguanzon)
katie (kchd)

And the spooky Halloween poem for today is:
Higgitly Piggilty, Spiders Fall

Higgilty, piggilty, spiders fall
Across the ceiling and down the wall.

Howlity, wowlity, witches fly
Around the moon in the autumn sky.

Screakity, creakity, owls all hoot
As children scramble about for loot.

Skippity, mippity off to bed,
Visions of Halloween in their heads.

Have a great day!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 12:31PM
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Vina-Such cute poems, you really are into this Season.

Where is everyone? I surely thought the chatter would have picked up by now.

Trying to find something different for Pastor appreciation this Sunday. My Sunday School Class looks forward to doing something special but I have just about run out of ideas.
I'm thinking along the lines of a cornucopia and filling it with items that stand for thanks. I lucked up and found the cornucopia at the Goodwill Store this eve.


    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 9:33PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Vina this sounds like a lot of fun. Please add me to the list of players

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 8:49AM
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Congrats, Shirley! I knew a few of the answers, but didn't get to looking the others up quick enough. :)

It got COLD here last night! We started out in the 50's yesterday morning, but the temps just kept dropping down until it reached 37...Brrrrrr!! Went from near 80 on Thursday to running the heater this morning. S'posed to get even colder tonight. It's a welcome change from the heat, but happened so FAST.

I've been getting my box together. I'm having trouble keeping it to a small flat rate, though! LoL! My girls are getting into the spirit and keep trying to add stuff, so I'm not sure what will end up in there. :)

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 11:50AM
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Bunny, how are the kids? And your job?

Shirley, congrats on your win. I just read the movie quotes. The only one I knew for sure was # 8 from "Carrie".....Oh my!

Vina, I to love the poems you post!!

Happy Saturday!!


    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 2:27PM
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Annie~ The kids are great. Ornery & healthy, just the way they should be. :) We're still homeschooling. And we're expecting #9 in May. So things are going well.
My job is good, too. The hours are still strange, but at least it's a relaxing & fun job. Not much stress.

We had a frost on Friday night, and last night it got down to 33. Brrrrrr! I love the colder long as I stay warm! LoL!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:55AM
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Melissa-Congratulations on #9, didn't know until now. You must be one organized lady I don't see how you do it. What a wonderful family.

I came home from Church today and it was like the temps had dropped 10 degrees from the time I left. DH and I got 3 more flowerbeds mulched for winter. If we don't go broke I hope to do all 28. I'm taking pictures while they look so neat and clean. LOL


    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 8:44PM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

Hey everyone.

It sure is colder here as well. Yesterday was in the high 70's and today i don't believe we went above 54. Rain too, so the cold damp gets into your bones YUCK! It's going down to the mid-40's today and the house feels cold.

Melissa, I am still waiting on your reality show, give those Duggars some competition!!!! congratulations and best wishes for an uneventful pregnancy. do you know if you are carrying a boy or a girl? looking forward to hearing the name.

shirley, so what did you wind up putting in the cornucopia?

the boards do not seem to be so active anymore. not just on this forum, but others as well. guess everyone is busy texting, tweeting and whatever else!

hope everyone is well...stay warm!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:55PM
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gardenofeden777(8a central Louisiana)

Dear Lord Vina if I watched anyyyy of those horror movies that would be the end of my sleep for say... forever! My older kids are like Mom you know there not real so why won't watch them?
Well let's see hmmm... it could be that while I'm sleeping and
dreaming the zombies, killers & maniacs ARE real!

No Sir Ree! No scary movies for this girl. And I don't like Halloween either. Guess I'm odd (wo)man out here! lol

I'll join next month when we're on a safe (nightmare free) theme, say Autumn!
Also I'm seriously backed up on planting besides.

KATIE - Woohoo you joined! Yay!! Sorry I'm gonna miss out on your first OBF swap. Well we can both celebrate our 2nd OBF swap next month!

Y'all have fun now (ya hear)!!! lol


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gardenofeden777(8a central Louisiana)

lol *they're*

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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Good morning everyone!
Such a busy weekend! Sorry I didn't have time to check in. It seems like I'm in a hyperdrive lately, lol.

Shirley, Halloween is my absolute FAVORITE holiday. Did you end up with the cornucopia? That sounds like a very cute idea.


Wow! Bunny, it has been getting cold here too. High 50's today. Welcome FALL! Congratulations on #9~ I don't know how you do it :)

Rena', you just haven't hit your Halloween stream yet. There are varying degrees. Fun things like bobbing for apples, pumpking picking, hay rides, corn mazes, trick or treating. And cute movies like "The Littlest Vampire" or "Casper". Both super cute! We went to see Hotel Transylvania this weekend. This movie was just so adorable! The kids loved it!

Then, of course, the movies like I had listed. Some I think have gross things too. But, movies like Rosmary's Baby...a CLASSIC!...Children of the Corn makes me think of the main kid in it. Malikai, I just remember thinking through the whole movie, he needed to go to the dentist, lol.

Up for some witchy fun!
vina (flowergirl34)
melissa (hazelnutbunny)
maryanne (earthlydelights)
dianne (moonfire)
michelle (micyrey)
shirley (brittneysgran)
annie (canyonwind)
sue g. (sguanzon)
katie (kchd)
beth (beth_b_kodiak)

Annie, I love the poems too. :)

And here is the poem for Monday...

There's a goblin at my window,
A monster by my door,
The pumpkin at my table
Keeps on smiling more and more,

There's a ghost who haunts my bedroom,
A witch whose face is green,
They used to be my family,
'till they dressed for Halloween!

Fun Halloween FACT :)

A spooky fact about Halloween Ghosts!
Some people say that ghosts don't have shadows and leave no footprints! They go on to say that if a candle in a house turns blue it is a sure sign that there is a ghost present. One way of getting rid of a ghost is by throwing it with a key!

Have a great day!!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:59AM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Happy Tuesday!!!
Where is everyone?!? Maybe they are all out carving their Halloween pumpkins, lol.

Here's a super cute poem I found for today :)

Halloween Party
We�re having a Halloween party at school.
I�m dressed up like Dracula. Man, I look cool!
I dyed my hair black, and I cut off my bangs.
I�m wearing a cape and some fake plastic fangs.

I put on some makeup to paint my face white,
like creatures that only come out in the night.
My fingernails, too, are all pointed and red.
I look like I�m recently back from the dead.

My mom drops me off, and I run into school
and suddenly feel like the world�s biggest fool.
The other kids stare like I�m some kind of freak�
the Halloween party is not till next week.

Have a super day!

A Cat~o~Lantern

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 11:11AM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Sorry to say I won't be able to play after all. I need be out of town and away from the computer the next few weeks.
I'm sure it will be a fun swap and I'm sorry to have to miss it.
Vina you are doing a good job finding the fun poems hope to get into the swap next month.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 5:33PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Morning everyone!!

Beth, we'll miss you. Have a great time :)

Up for some witchy fun!
vina (flowergirl34)
melissa (hazelnutbunny)
maryanne (earthlydelights)
dianne (moonfire)
michelle (micyrey)
shirley (brittneysgran)
annie (canyonwind)
sue g. (sguanzon)
katie (kchd)


Here's some cute Halloween Trivia.
1st person to answer all 10 right wins a SPOOKTAKULAR Halloween Treat from yours truly :)
Please post your answers here :)

Here we go...

1. According to superstition, a person born on Halloween has what particular ability?

2.According to superstition, on Halloween night owls would swoop down and feast on the souls of the dying. How could you protect yourself from hungry owls?

3.Legend has it that if a girl wants to see or dream of her future husband, on Halloween night she must do what? There are 3 answers for this question.

4. It was believed that on Halloween, spirits and other evil creatures roamed the earth. How could you protect yourself from evil?

5. Which country celebrates the Day of the Dead starting at midnight Oct. 31?

6. According to superstition, what does it mean if you see a spider on Halloween?

7. The ancient Celts began the tradition of wearing masks and costumes on Halloween. Why?

8. According to a Halloween superstition, what should you do if you want to see a witch?

9.An old North American superstition states that if a cat of one of the following colors crosses your path, it is an omen of bad luck. Which color is it?

10. The ancient Celts used which vegetable to carve their jack o'lanterns?


****Halloween originated as a pagan festival known as what?***

Our Halloween Poem for today...

The Owl
by Lord Tennyson

When cats run home and light is come,
And dew is cold upon the ground,
And the far-off stream is dumb,
And the whirring sail goes round,
And the whirring sail goes round,
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.

When merry milkmaids click the latch,
And rarely smells the new-mown hay,
And the cock hath sung beneath the thatch
Twice or thrice his roundelay,
Twice or thrice his roundelay;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.

Have a great day!!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 7:48AM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

1. The ability to see and talk to spirits.

2. Turn your pockets out, and leave them hanging. Sew a penny in your sleeve, or walk around your house three times backwards?

3. Carry a lamp to a spring and look at the reflection of the water, put a spring of rosemary and a sixpence under her pillow and plant hempseed.

4. Sacrifice an animal, bury animal bones in your front yard, or host a "dumb supper" (whatever that is!!!!!!)

5. Mexico (the only answer I knew without research!!)

6. It is thought to be the spirit of a loved one watching over the person who finds the spider

7. Halloween or Samhain as it was known then was supposed to be the day when demons and monsters could enter this world. They then made masks and costumes to prepare. They thought that the monster's own scariness would scare them off.

8. put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards

9. black

10. turnips

bonus: samhain

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 9:24AM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

good morning everyone. hope you are all well on this crisp autumn day.

vina, where ever do you find all these halloween tidbits? do you keep a file folder? i am enjoying the poems. it was fun to research your trivia, learned a lot.

rena, i'm right there with ya, i have NO time for horror movies. my son loves them. i can't stand to even hear them in the background, especially as time goes on, the makers push the limits further and further!!!!

shirley, so what did you ever fill the cornucopia with for your pastor?

we are attending a wedding this weekend, on the beach (brrrr cold!!!), my grandbabe is in it and is so excited. really looking forward to it. i have not been to the beach in more years than i can remember and she's never seen the ocean. we're more "mountain" people than beach, but this will be a fun weekend. it was tough to locate sand toys, but after running to a few stores, was able to pick up a few things and then add some household items we already had to the mix.

i want to say hello and extend a warm welcome to those members who are new. i love that this group has continued since its inception and the swaps are just as fun as they were from the start.

hoping you all have a great weekend!


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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

by the way, i forgot to wish you all a

HAPPY 10/111/12!!!!!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 2:31PM
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Maryanne....I think you got a 10 and the bonus!

Happy 10/11/12 to all!


    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 3:01PM
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Hello all my gardening friends....Yes Happy 10/11/12 to each and everyone.

I found a wicker Cornucopia at the Good Will store it was not as big as I wanted it so we placed it on a large wooden square and added a few silk leaves to that. Anyway all the girls picked items and read what the item stood for and placed them in and around the cornucopia. The Pastor and his wife kept saying this is awesome so I think they were pleased.

Items used:







We also included several verses taken from the Bible on Thanks. I also found one on being called to be a Pastor.
While googling for ideas I discovered the North Carolina State Seal had two figures on it Freedom and Plenty. The figure Plenty had a cornucopia touching her left hand. The things we learn on the internet.

Also congratulations Maryanne on winning the latest game. WAY TO GO


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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

Shirley, I just love what you put together. I copied and saved it for a rainy day!!!! Of course they liked it, it sure is awesome. Great job.


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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Morning my good witches :)

Yesterday was the last day for sign ups...and today is partners :)

Maryanne, CONGRATULATIONS!! You know your Halloween Trivia :) AWESOME!! Can you send me your addy so I can mail you your SPOOKTAKULAR prize. :)

A wedding at the beach in October. It does sound cold. I wonder what the bride is wearing? She'll be freezing!

Shirley, that cornucopia sounds so cute! They must have loved it! So original and well thought out. I'm copying it down too. Well done!!

AND...drum roll....PARTNERS....

vina (flowergirl34) sends to maryanne (earthlydelights)

melissa (hazelnutbunny) sends to vina (flowergirl34)

maryanne (earthlydelights) sends to melissa (hazelnutbunny)

michelle (micyrey) and dianne (moonfire) send to each other

annie (canyonwind) and sue g. (sguanzon) send to each other

katie (kchd) and shirley (brittneysgran) send to each other

Since we had an odd number the first 3 had to swipswap around. But the last 6 paired right up. :)
Let me know if your confuzed by my craziness and I'll try to clear it up. Some times things only seem clear to me...go figure, lol.

You have till the 26th to mail. :)
Let's get the WITCHES flying!

Our Halloween Poem for Friday...

Halloween is Nearly Here

Halloween is nearly here.
I've got my costume planned.
It's sure to be the most horrific
outfit in the land.

If you should see me coming
you may scream and hide your head.
My get-up will, I guarantee,
fill every heart with dread.

My costume may cause nightmares.
Yes, my mask may stop your heart.
You might just shriek and wet yourself,
then squeamishly depart.

And yet, I won't be dressing as
you might expect me to.
I will not be a vampire
or ghost that hollers "boo!"

I won't look like a werewolf
or a goblin or a ghoul,
or even like a slimy blob
of deadly, dripping drool.

I will not be a zombie
or some other horrid creature.
No, this year I'll be much, much worse...
I'm dressing as a teacher.

--Kenn Nesbitt

I showed this one to my daughters teacher this morning. She laughed so hard, then ran to make copies. When I was leaving she was putting on her classroom door. :)

Have a super Friday!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 10:44AM
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Yay, Partners!
Vina~ I have your box nearly ready to go...I'm just waiting on a few more, um, "items". HeeHee.... Sometimes, it's hard to "dig" these things up, gotta wait for just the right conditions, you know!
I should have your box of witchy goodness on the way by the middle of next week, though. :)

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:16PM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Hi Ladies! I'm out of the woods and back to civilization. Boo! We just came out of the Hells Canyon area, which was just beautiful. I hated to come back, but it was nice to get a hot shower.

I see I have some catching up to do on the posts. And Shirley, I see we are swap partners. Will be in touch soon.

Vina, love the Halloween art and poems! Halloween is one of my favorites, too!


    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 7:07PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)


Bunny, your well...a Bunny! lol!

Katie! Yeah!! Your back!! :) I'll be sending out your Johnny Appleseed Swap package on Monday. I've been mulling over just what I'm going to put in it...hope you likey! I'll post the dc on the FOTESS thread when I mail. So glad to have you back!

Maryanne, I'll be getting your package ready this weekend and mailing Monday or Tuesday. Can you send me your addy. I don't think I still have it.

Getting my Brownie troops Halloween party ready...balloon volleyball, face painting, pumpkin decorating...and of course HALLOWEEN BINGO! Does it get any better? Okay, there's also the can I forget the patches :)

Have a great night!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 7:55PM
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Sue, I just sent you mail via GW....need your address!

BUNNY, Congrats on #9!!!

Shirley, I love what you did in the cornucopia.

Katie, thank goodness the boogie man/woman did not get you while in Hells Canyon.....I have heard stories!

Maryanne, enjoy the wedding. How far are you from the ocean??

Vina, if I was in the vicinity, I would invite myself and the German Brutus to the!!!!!

Happy Saturday!!


    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 12:44PM
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Annie, your ALWAYS welcome to come to a party! German Brutus would probably be running the other way after 2 seconds, lol.

Speaking of parties is anyone attending costume parties or Halloween parties? Is anyone dressing up? I love to hear about costumes. My kiddos are going to be a ninja and a pirate. AAaaarrrrr ;) I haven't decided what I'm going to be yet, lol.

Maryanne, can you please, please send me your addy. :) I tried to email you but its not enabled on your GW page.

Our poem for Sunday...a really sweet one :)

Halloween Wishes

Since this is the time for goblins and bats,
Halloween spirits, ghosts and cats,
Weird-happenings and witches brew,
These are the things I wish for you.

May the only spirit you chance to meet,
Be the spirit of love and warm friends sweet.
May the tricks that you are asked to do,
Be a trick to help you gain a friend or two.

So, by tomorrow, pick three friends sweet,
And give them all a Halloween treat.
You only have one day, so hurry!
Leave a treat on the doorstep, then flee in a hurry!

Have a super night!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 6:58PM
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Vina~ Your package of witchy goodness is on it's way! DC# 9405503699300170426548
Hope you enjoy everything! :)

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 11:02PM
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I need moonfires address please

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 9:39AM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

Vina, i sent it through GW....let me know if you get it.

annie, we are about 2 hours from the ocean.

the wedding was fantastic. the entire weekend was great, from start to finish. the ceremony was absolutely beautiful, with a sand ceremony, which I had never seen before. it was the first time my granddaughter has seen the ocean and she was taken with it. it certainly wasn't a day to be in the ocean, but she managed on sunday to "accidentally" fall in while collecting shells. i'll have to make sure to take a vacation to the beach next summer!


    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:59PM
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Glad you ladies enjoyed the cornucopia idea. Maybe I should post it on pinterest. LOL

Maryanne-Glad the wedding turned out great. The first time seeing the ocean is awesome, I remember the first time I saw it. I'm sure your granddaughter will be ready to go on vacation with you back to the beach.

Vina-I don't dress up for Halloween anymore but used to. I dressed up at work and had the most fun ever. It was the only time of the year we could be like kids again. I will scan some of the pictures if I can find them and show some of the costumes I chose for Halloween. I love going to the banks each year all the bank employees dress up.


    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 9:45PM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Shirley, your package is headed your way today!
DC # 9405503699300173477042

I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things after being gone, so it's hard to find the time to be chatty on the swap threads. I will share this photo, though. We brought our 3 1/2 yr old nephew Titus with us camping in Oregon - his first camping trip! Our dog, Woolie, always goes camping with us every year. On the ride back, I caught this picture of Titus making poor ole Woolie smell his stinky shoe! Ewww!


    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 9:02AM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Happy Wednesday everyone!!

Shirley, I mailed out your supa prize :) Hope you enjoy.

Maryanne, got your email. Thanks!

Shirley, I wonder if all bank employees everywhere dress up? Our 2 local banks get embrace the Halloween too. Last year at one bank, they all dressed up from characters from the Wizard of Oz. It was very cute!

AND...drum roll....PARTNERS....

vina (flowergirl34) sends to maryanne (earthlydelights)

melissa (hazelnutbunny) sends to vina (flowergirl34)**SENT**

maryanne (earthlydelights) sends to melissa (hazelnutbunny)

michelle (micyrey) and dianne (moonfire) send to each other

annie (canyonwind) and sue g. (sguanzon) send to each other

katie (kchd) and shirley (brittneysgran) send to each other **Katie SENT**

Our Halloween Poem for today is...


Through Goshen Hollow, where hemlocks grow,
Where rushing rills, with flash and flow,
Are over the rough rocks falling;
Where fox, where bear, and catamount hide,
In holes and dens In the mountain side,
A Circuit-preacher once used to ride,
And his name was Rufus Rawling.

He was set in his ways and what was strange,
If you argued with him he would not change,
One could get nothing through him.
Solemn and slow In style was he,
Slender and slim as a tamarack tree,
And always ready to disagree
With every one that knew him.

One night he saddled his sorrel mare,
And started over to Ripton, where
He had promised to do some preaching.
Away he cantered over the hill,
Past the schoolhouse at Capen's mill;
The moon was down and the place was still,
Save the sound of a night-hawk screeching.

At last he came to a deep ravine,
He felt a kind of queer, and mean
Sensation stealing o'er him.
Old Sorrel began to travel slow,
Then gave a snort and refused to go;
The parson chucked, and he holloa'd "whoa,"
And wondered what was before him.

Then suddenly he seemed to hear
A gurgling groan so very near,
It scattered his senses nearly.
"Go 'ome, go'ome," It loudly cried,
"Go 'ome," re-echoed the mountain side,
"Go 'ome," away In the distance died-
He wished he was home sincerely.

And then before his startled sight,
A light flashed out upon the night
That seemed to "beat all creation."
Then through the bushes a figure stole,
With eyes of fire and lips of coal,
That froze his blood and shook his soul
With horror and consternation.

He lost his sermon, he dropped his book,
His hair stood up, and his saddle shook
Like a sawmill under motion
.No cry he uttered, no word he said,
But, suddenly turning Sorrel's head,
Away and out of the woods he fled
As fast as he could for Goshen.

The ghost he saw and the rattling bones
Were a pumpkin, a gourd, and some gravel stones,
That gave him all that glory;
But ne'er again up that mountain side,
In the light would Rufus Rawling ride,
And many a time I've laughed till I cried
To hear him tell the story.


Have a super day!!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 10:37AM
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Our bank employees dress up and have lots of fun doing it.

Maryanne, the beach is a wonder. So glad the wedding on the sand was fantastic. I think maybe I take the beautiful sandy beaches for granted, as I have always lived very close to them. I lived in Newport Beach, CA, one block from the sand, for several years...the shells, the sand, the waves, the salty air.....And the casual style, I love it!

Speaking of beaches, for those of you who go to the beach on occasion.......are you allowed to take your dogs (on or off leash) on the beach????

Vina, another great poem!!

Happy Wednesday!!


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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Annie, Woolie (my dog) has gotten a ticket for being on the Atlantic coast beach in Brevard Co., Florida. Such an outlaw.

I've only ever lived in a landlocked state for 2 years, when I was in Kentucky. I prefer the Gulf Coast beaches, personally. So warm and gentle. But all beaches are lovely. There's just something about staring at the sea. Sometimes (oftentimes) I wonder what those places were like before they were all developed, when they were still natural. I'll bet they were amazing.

I usually dress up for Halloween. The past few years, I have joined my brother down in Baton Rouge for Halloween. He constructs a haunted house that runs across the porch of the house for the neighborhood kids. The first year we did it was in 2009. Holy cow, what fun we had!! In 2010, my husband and I got married on Oct. 30th. I joked to all our guests that I was going to wear a costume - - a white wedding dress (LOL)!


    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 9:12PM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

Good evening everyone!

Saw the cardiologist today, everything is good, thank God. I'll go back to work once I complete my rehab, which is mid-November. Not looking forward to it -- it's not the most pleasant place to be, but, if I want to keep my house, car, etc., I guess I need to be working .

Annie, I didn't realize how much I missed the beach/ocean until we were there. I'm a mountain girl, through and through. I am not so much for the massive crowds, so the off-season really works for me.

As for dogs on the beach, I did notice plenty of them, plenty of walkers, plenty of guys running remote cars/trucks...but I think it's all because it's off-season. From what I understand, you have to have beach tags in order to be on the beach during the summer.

I haven't dressed up for Halloween in years. The last time I did, I won a prize. Of late, I just have an assortment of holiday tee or orther type shirts. I don't know if the bank tellers dress up, I'm a drive through or bank on line kind of person! Maybe this year, I'll stop in and see.

Katie, your dog ticket is as ridiculous! Did Wollie have his day in court?!!!!! Your nephew is adorable.

Vina, there certainly is no mistaking that you are so into halloween. Do you decorate your house inside and out?

sorry this pic is so big, but this is my girl all dressed up with her feet buried in the sand!

Hope everyone is doing well!


    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 9:34PM
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I rec'd my WITCH from Bunny yesterday! It was such a surprise! Stuff just kept coming out of that package. Your quite a packer! :)

In my WITCH was:
W: Witchy Black Seed Assortment:
Poppy: Black Dragon
Poppy: Black Swan
Poppy: Black Peony
Pepper: Sweet Chocolate YUM!
Devils Claw
Viola: Bowles Black
Radish: Black Spanish
These are awesome!!

I:Ice Cube Tray (This is perfect! I was actually going to buy one of these this weekend! I had it written on my list and everything. Super cute skull and crossbones :) )

T: Trick or Treat Towel and Tissues (These are SO cute!! I don't think I can use them...they are called Swanky Hanky's, lol. )

C: Chocolate and Other Treats...YUMMY candy! Most of which is already gone. It never lasts long in this house, lol. I think the kids and hubby can actually smell it out, even when I try to hide it.

H: Houseplant Pot Hanger. A beautiful metal flower. Pink. Adorable. And Taylor already took it and has it hanging in her room. Not for pots, but she has 2 purses on it, lol. :)

She also included a BOO! Ghost notepad, candy scented hand sanitizer (it really smells like candy! ), and SPIDERWEBS!


I don't know about ocean beaches, but, on the lakes beaches around here, there is a leash law. The dogs can be there as long as you clean up after them. And they have to be leashed, no running in and out of the water. :( Beach patrols and sheriff boats patrol the water on each lake. They check you for everything! On and off the water.

Katie that haunted house sounds awesome! We have a similar house too. A man constructed the Black Pearl in his front yard along with a pirate graveyard. It's the whole boat. He dresses like Capt. Jack. (and looks JUST like him!) and for a canned food donation, you can take the tour. It's amazing! Last year he raised over $13,000 for the food pantry. His pirate ship and pirate graveyard are open every weekend till Halloween. We went last year and stood in line down the block to go through. We plan on going next weekend too.

Maryanne, yes! We decorate in and out. Usually we have the whole lit up, but, this year I'm in charge of the Pumpkin Walk at school. The PTA bought 600 pumpkins for the Elem. kids. On Sunday, they are being delivered, and I'll be there to help unload and make a pumpkin patch. Monday, each class will come out to the pumpkin patch, and pick any pumpkin they like. Tuesday and Wednesday, pumpkin decorating. Friday, we round them all up and put them in order according to class (hopefully, the teachers remember they are suppose to decorate one as well). Then, I start my lighting extravaganza! I'm doing all the electrical for this. Back lighting 600 pumpkins and creating a walkway, all done in lights. I only have 4 hours to get it done. The walk starts at 5 and goes till 8. The kids that come to the walk can bring the pumpkin home that they decorated. The rest will go back in the school to be brought home on Monday.

I'm also having my Girl Scouts Halloween Party next Thursday. I'm making them a mad scientist room complete with a haunted house. I do have a helper for this since we only have 2 hours to get it done before the girls come. I am prepping like crazy this week, trying to get all pre- things done that I can. So far I've made Mummy Skin, Mouse Brains, Witches Brew, Zombie Tears and Werewolf's Saliva...still so much more to go! :)

I hope to be taking plenty of pictures. I'll post some when we're done. Wish me luck!!

The Halloween Poem for today is...

Witches Stew
by Gareth Lancaster

Bubble, blubber, squirm and gloop,
Boiling broth of bat's tail soup.
Wobble, slobber, liquid goo,
Add the sole of one old shoe.
Spooky shadows dance around,
Of frogs and rats and snarling hounds.
Steam swirls rising to the roof,
Add one small ear and one old tooth.
Gnarly, scratchy, tickle and itch,
Stir round and round to make it rich.
Mushy, sticky, sizzle and stew,
They're making mischief just for you

Happy Thursday!!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 12:26PM
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You're very welcome, Vina...I'm glad you enjoyed everything. It was fun getting it together for you. :)

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 3:42PM
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dang vina, you are really into halloween. sounds great.

i posted a pic, not sure what happened to it, so i'll try again. there's a new way, not sure what i did that it didn't take.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 10:41PM
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Maryanne, Great news at the Doc's office!!!! Your grandaughters feet must have been so happy! I agree with you about the crowds at the beach. I did that...done that... for so many years. The salt, the air, the waves, the style are still around without the people!

RE: dogs on beaches, interesting dog tags???? Have not heard of dog tags around here.

Sue, I will be getting your W I T C H of a package out sometime next week!

Happy Friday!


    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 1:34PM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

annie, no the tags are for the people. i don't know how much they cost, but they are only good for one season. i think it's a way to keep the beaches nicer, because from what i see now, they are compared to days gone by. i don't know if every area does it the same way though.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 5:21PM
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Oh my goodness Maryanne your Granddaughter looks like an Angel, beautiful picture.

Katie-Titus is adorable. It amazes me that little boys are not taught that mischief stuff but they sure know all about it.

One year we went to Myrtle Beach on vacation and a horse group had just left and there was horse poop everywhere. I could not believe they let the horse owners leave that on the beach. You sure had to watch where you walked.


    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 10:40PM
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Oh wow I've missed so much on the posts!!...definitely gonna have to go back and read everything through for sure...just glanced at it this morning as I've got a lot going on and haven't really had time to get online to do much...haven't checked my email for a few days even...16 year old had shoulder surgery, been running with the kids to all kinds of school activities...helping my mom and another lady, and my hubby is out of town on a job so it's just me holding the house together lol...i'm not so used to that these days...anyways so much has been goin on that i didn't expect this month...but all in all things are good, just extra busy...

Michelle I sent you an email...sorry I'm so late gettin around to it...hope to hear from you band competition today that my youngest 2 kids are in with their school band...the 14 year old has a solo and i've only got to see her do it once as i'm always working concession stand during home games and don't make it to away games...but i will try to catch up with you tomorrow for sure...

Hoping all are having a Happy Halloween Month!


    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 10:51AM
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I won't be online much for the next few weeks. It's been one bad thing after another here. I've posted most of everything that's going on over on my FB page. I know some of y'all are on there & I'm "friends" with you.
The latest....I had an ultrasound on Thursday. They couldn't find the heartbeat, and it seems the baby has passed. I'm due to go back on Friday, for another scan, just to confirm everything. Assuming nothing happens between now & then. We'll carry on from there, I suppose.
I'm trying to be strong, but this last bit of news has honestly broken me down. So I'm going to give myself some time, try to find my way back from this depression that's setting in.
Sorry to post something so down, but I had to let y'all know where I was, since the swap isn't finished yet.

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sorry to have been mia for awhile been in oahu for two weeks, now back is acting up from 5 hr plane ride. Maryanne, happy you are feeling better, stay that way, grandaughter has gotten big and oh so beautiful. Melissa, I knew it was time for number 9 prayers are with you, hope and pray all is okay. notice a couple of new names did we get new members ? can't find your posts on fb Melissa so concerned as to what is going on. stay strong, you are the strongest women I know, so am sure this will all turn around for you. big hugs

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 6:58PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Good Morning!

Maryanne, your grandbaby is adorable! What a beautiful scene for a wedding!

Dianne, hope your 16 year old is feeling better. Shoulder surgery doesn't sound like any fun! How long will they be incapacitated for? At 16 I'm sure it will feel like a lifetime, lol. And, CONGRATULATIONS! on your 14 year olds solo. How wonderful!!

Bunny, I'm so sorry to hear that. We completely understand. If you need anything please let us know. If I've learned anything at my time being on the GW its that we have the nicest bunch of people around :) You'll be in my prayers.

Carol, so nice you could swing in and say HI :) Oahu! How wonderful. What did you do for your 2 week vaca? I'm sure it was all amazing. Please share...

We unloaded 600 pumpkins at the school yesterday. For some reason I thought that 600 would take up more room. Maybe when they are all in a row it will look bigger, lol. Here are my 2 special bingo helpers. They helped unload all these pumpkins. We had a great time. :)

AND...drum roll....PARTNERS....

vina (flowergirl34) sends to maryanne (earthlydelights)

melissa (hazelnutbunny) sends to vina (flowergirl34)**SENT**REC'D***

maryanne (earthlydelights) sends to melissa (hazelnutbunny)

michelle (micyrey) and dianne (moonfire) send to each other

annie (canyonwind) and sue g. (sguanzon) send to each other

katie (kchd) and shirley (brittneysgran) send to each other **Katie SENT**

Our Halloween Poem for today :)

The Spider and the Fly
By Mary Howitt
Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there."
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"

Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, " Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I've always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome - will you please to take a slice?"
"Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind Sir, that cannot be,
I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"

"Sweet creature!" said the Spider, "you're witty and you're wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I've a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."
"I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you 're pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day."

The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
"Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple - there's a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!"

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue -
Thinking only of her crested head -- poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour - but she ne'er came out again!

And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
Unto an evil counselor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.
Happy Monday!!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 6:43AM
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Carol~ Since you can't find my FB posts, here's the quick update: there are many things going on, but the major one (beyond losing the baby) is that my 9yr old daughter went for her annual eye exam & they discovered swelling in the optic nerves in both eyes. We've had numerous tests done, but haven't discovered the cause as of yet. They are concerned because this is an early marker of an auto-immune disorder, and my 13yr old has lupus. They are also doing an MRI next week to rule out a brain tumor, as she's had some headaches & vision problems as well. The tests for leukemia came back negative, so that's some good news.
We also had to rush hubby to the ER 2 weeks ago. He cut his palm on some metal- from thumb to wrist- and nicked an artery. So we had some exciting moments.
We've had a lot of other things happening as well, but those are the 3 big things that have happened in the past few weeks.

Trying to get my mind off of everything & take a break, so I'm thinking of treating myself to a haircut. I've never had it professionally cut before. Ever! And I haven't had anything beyond a trim in the last 10 years. Though the last "trim" was pretty drastic- my 16yr old doesn't know the difference between 2" and 8"! My hair is still down to my hiney, though, so I still have plenty to work with. I will donate it, if I really do get brave enough to cut it.
If I can't bring myself to do that, I may get a manicure. I have never had one of those, either!

Anyway...I need to go help the kids with their schoolwork. Trying to get back into the swing of things and homeschooling all these kiddos certainly keeps me occupied. Which does help.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 11:20AM
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I'm traveling, but I wanted to let Shirley know about horses on the beach. I went on that ride many years ago. It is a funding raising event for the Heart Association and they raise mega bucks for that charity. It only happens once a year, so sorry you found yourself there when the beach was not as clean as normal, but it is allowed when there are few visitors and the tide washes the beach clean again.
All I can say as a horse rider is it's a great experience!
Hey, all, I'm in Paradise (Paradise, PA) - really enjoying my trip!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 7:50PM
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Jeanne, what are you doing in that neck of the woods? Beautiful area, isn't it...although it's also very touristy. Hope you get to some of the back road amish areas to pick up their goods. are you on a quilting vacation? perfect area for that as well!!!!

Melissa, you are in my thoughts and prayers. When it rains, it truly pours. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope they are able to figure out what is going wrong with your daughter. My dear friend has lupus and it's not an easy disease. Keep the faith!

A 13 year old girl went missing on Saturday and was found last night stuffed into a recycling bin. Come to learn that two teenage boys killed her for her bicycle. Why they just couldn't have knocked her off the bike and took it, so senseless to murder over such an insignificant item.

I hope to get my swap mailed out timely.

Vina, your kids are adorable ~~ your daughter's smile is beautiful! and all those pumpkins...WOW!!!!! bet you were a little tired after that.

carol, i too have noticed all the new member....i just love how this group is still going strong. not as chatty as we all once were, but still going strong nonetheless.

has anyone checked out the new network show called Nashville? so far so good. would like to know who they are modeling the main characters after.

hope everyone has a great wednesday!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 9:59PM
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Jeanne-Thank you so much for what should I say (The rest of the Story). No one shared with us about the fund raiser. It was rather late in the year as I remember so there were not many vacationers there. My sister-in-law was in real estate at the time and several of us went with her to close up one of the homes there. Anyway thanks for the info. Glad you are enjoying your trip.

I received my awesome box from Katie. Katie thank you so much and I hope to get your box mailed Thursday.

Katie sent:
Witch's Thimble daylily
Iris - Jazz Echo
Tea - All kinds of delicious teas to try...Yum
Chocoate Candy - My favorite
Hand Soap - I love trying different soaps...thank you

No Katie I don't have the daylily or the iris so you did good.

Melissa-Praying for you and your family...may God lift you up during this trying time.

Vina-Love the picture of all those pumpkins and how cute are those two helpers. Thanks for sharing.


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Bunny, prayers for all your little bunnies, Mr. Bunny and for you. Bless you all!

Jeanne, happy and safe travels!

Sue, I sent your package out today....
DC# 0312 1430 0000 8254 2630...I would think you should receive on Thursday.

Happy Wednesday!


    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 1:01AM
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Love ya miss bunny, sorry for your loss, sure God will bless you with more in the future, you are a bunny after all. just think how happy this one must be, in Gods arms. hang in there and give lots of love to mr bunny he hurts too.big hugs sis Carol

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 8:17PM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

Just wanted to pop in and say my box went out yesterday. It does have confirmation on it, receipt in the car, i'll post later. just letting Melissa know to look out for it.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 12:12PM
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Michelle...I'll get your package in the mail by tomorrow I promise!!...I've been so scatter-brained lately with so many things goin on I'd lose my head if it weren't attached i think lol...just wanted you to know I haven't forgotten you and I'm trying to stay on schedule...will post a message when I get it sent out :)

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 2:18PM
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I received Michelle's box in the mail today :) and I so love it!! she included

W icked Window Halloween Stickers (which my oldest is putting on the living room door window as I type)

I credibly yummy butterscotch pop (one of my favorite flavor candy)

T reat Covered Box (this is I always need these trinket boxes!! and the decorating on the outside of the box is really cute and imaginative's also 1 of a kind as I won't be able to find one like it...every halloween when I put it out i'll think of michelle and this group lol)

C hocolate Pumpkins (only thing better than butterscotch is chocolate lol)

H appy Surprise Lilies (love lilies and don't have any of these so they are my 1st)

I Love it all Michelle...thank you thank you thank you :)

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 3:12PM
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Katie-Your box was mailed today. Hope you like what I sent.

Melissa-Thinking of you today. Bless you each and every day.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 9:22PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Morning Everyone! So sorry I've been MIA the last few days. I'be been pumpkin'ed right up to my nose :)

Tonight is the Walk. We have 600 decorated pumpkins! PHEW! Teachers, office staff, nurses, even the superintendent decorated one. We have "garden marker" signs for each class decorated by each class and the teachers. The classes really go competitive with their signs. They are all so creative and glittery...very glittery! :)

Have to be back at the school in a short while to start setting up for tonight. I have not mailed out my WITCH yet. Maryanne, I'm so sorry!! I will be mailing it out on Monday. PROMISE :)

Bunny, I'm so sorry to hear about your family. Sending you BIG HUGS and PRAYERS your way.

I see the boxes are flying..or the WITCHES are, lol.

AND...drum roll....PARTNERS....

vina (flowergirl34) sends to maryanne (earthlydelights)

melissa (hazelnutbunny) sends to vina (flowergirl34)**SENT**REC'D***

maryanne (earthlydelights) sends to melissa (hazelnutbunny)**SENT**

michelle (micyrey) and dianne (moonfire) send to each other ***Michelle SENT*** Dianne REC'D***

annie (canyonwind) and sue g. (sguanzon) send to each other***Annie SENT***

katie (kchd) and shirley (brittneysgran) send to each other **Katie SENT**Shirley REC'D***Shirley SENT***

And our awesome Friday poem for the day is from my son's Pre-School class...

Pumpkins, pumpkins,
Round and fat.
Turn into a Jack O'Lantern,
just like THAT **then you snap your fingers** ;)

When you see 18 little tikes do this all at once, it is just too cute!!

Have a spooky Friday!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 10:25AM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

Melissa, here's your tracking number 03052200000056083938. hope your spirits are lifting. keeping you in thought and prayer.

I should be prepping for this insane storm of storms that is heading, but I'm not. Instead I'm folding laundry!!!


    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 5:46PM
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Hi Michelle :)

I got your witchy package in the mail...the tracking # is 0311 3268 0000 7254 9333

Hope you like it :)


    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 11:30PM
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Maryanne-Heard the storm was headed that way..hope everyone stays safe.

I can't believe the only morning I can sleep in and my eyes come wide open at the usual time the alarm goes off. I do need to get busy though. The 3 boxes of daylilies from Sue arrived yesterday so I need to plant those today plus the dreaded house work.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 7:24AM
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sguanzon(z9 AZ)

I received my wonderful box from Annie this week and the one I sent her will pale in comparison. I got:

Woo my feet are cold - cool fuzzy socks
In the Garden - a Charles Grimaldi Brugmansia cutting I don't have any brugmansia and have always wanted one - this is a beauty - thanks so much!And Garden gloves!
T - for Thinking Ahead a lovely Christmas ornament
C -candy yum!
H - Happy Fall - a lovely kitchen/hand towel and some handmade soaps - smell so good!

Thanks Annie!

Sue G

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 9:58AM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

Shirley - So glad you liked your box o' Witchy goodies. After looking at your daylily and iris 'haves,' I thought it would be taking a chance to send you some you didn't have yet. But, I always like a challenge, and I checked & double checked your list carefully. Plus, I was so happy to discover a local grower of daylilies & iris. You can't beat buying local!

Shirley's awesome box arrived yesterday afternoon. She was so very thoughtful in here selections! She combined both Halloween & Autumn themes, and sent the following:
A Fall Journal - this is so perfect for me. I am a birder, and always need journals for recording sightings!
Happy Halloween plaque - which will be great to hang on the front door
Welcome Harvest Friends wall hanging - with a Tom turkey and a pumpkin on it, which can go up as soon as the Halloween plaque is taken down
Native Columbine 2 plants - planted these in a perfect spot.
Seeds: sweet basil, parsley, & cilantro - perfect for my husband's up & coming herb garden!
Cobweb Hens & Chicks - such cute little plants, they should do well here
Tiarella - I had to look this one up, and saw that it was a foamflower, which I've seen in my native plant catalogs. Will be another lovely shade plant. Shirley, do you know if this one is a hybrid, or it's species name? It's leaves are just lovely!
Thank you so much for your thoughtful gifts, and it was fun to get to know more about you and your gardens!

I have only been participating in the round robin swaps since July of this year; but I have noticed that as I get to know folks here on GW & their gardening likes, that I think about things they might like to receive on down the road while I'm out & about amongst the flora. Putting together the boxes for others is quite fun!!

Vina - thanks for hosting! Your enthusiasm, especially for Halloween, is just awesome!


    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 11:19AM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

Hey everyone, hope you are all warm and dry. We are all under a state of emergency, schools are closed, all activites suspended, public transportation, airports, etc. As long as power remains, life is good. The winds are predicted over 70 mph. Last year this time, we had a freak snowstorm. this storm they are calling the "perfect" storm, with loss and damage in the gazillions.

vina, i would really love to hear more about this pumpkin walk. sounds interesting. my g-babe's school, they do a family scarecrow making night and then they are all on display outside the school, attached to the columns and treets, etc., visible until after the halloween parade, then they all come down. so many neat ones, already have ideas for next year.

nice boxes so far.

stay dry everyone!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 7:02PM
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Katie the tiarella is Sugar & Spice. Glad you liked your box.

Vina-Thanks for a fun swap this month.

Maryanne-Yesterday was in the high 70's and today it is in the 40's. We are supposed to get high winds as well.

I read on facebook that Jeanne is in New York and spent the day with Remy. The post said she wanted to fly out on Tuesday but no luck now so she will be there all week.


    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 10:13PM
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Hi All,
Long time no see! I wanted to post the picture of Jeanne at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens with Christine.
Jeanne did get a flight out which I'm glad, but she would of stayed at the cottage if she didn't get one which would of been better than the airport!
So because Mother Nature is misbehaving right now, we only got one day together, and it was a good day even though it rained.
I hope everyone is well.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 8:17PM
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Speaking of funny, I was just on her website. Love her Sample Seed Shop!

Witch Sue, your package arrived today. WONDERFUL!

W...Watsonia Watsonia
I...Impatiens (Orange New Guinea great shape)
T...Tobacco, not the smoking kind LOL...Nicotiana Glauca seeds
C...Candy...Kit Kat Bar
H...Hockie Goalie Mask for Halloween (LOL!)

Thanks so much Sue.....You are one fine witch!!!!

And Vina, once again you have hosted a super swap! Thanks so much!

Happy Halloween!!

Witch Annie

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 10:52PM
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I received a wonderful box from Maryanne today! She packed so much, I hardly know where to begin!

W- What every homeschooler needs- a math, science/chemistry, home ec project- ROOT BEER KIT (this will be fun!)
I- In a pinch appetizer- for home or parties - CHEESEBALL MIXES (yummy!)
T- The HOME GARDENER'S JOURNAL (Oh, so handy to have!)
C- CARAMEL APPLE (double yummy! I'm hiding this from the kids!)
H- HALLOWEEN CRAFTS for all the kids (they've already started on these!)

Thank you so much, Maryanne! I absolutely love everything, and it was such a pick-me-up to get in the mail today.

I hope everyone is staying safe through the seems to be a huge one!

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 3:48PM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

Melissa, glad the box got there. I was starting to worry it was taking so long and then with all the storm stuff and everything delayed. I totally enjoyed putting it together for you. Glad the kids will enjoy their crafts! I was keeping my fingers crossed that the apple would make it!

The storm, as perhaps you have all seen on the news, was just too much for words. We were safe enough, the other side of town lost power, trees down in lots of places, but nothing in comparison to New York and New Jersey. So very devastating. One town in New York got hit by fire and 80 houses burned down. Boardwalks/amusement piers fell straight into the ocean, homes under water, deluged in sand. My granddaughter's school is closed again tomorrow. The winds were so forceful, I had hoped they would carry away all the leaves I raked, but no, that was wishful thinking on my part. As I drove around earlier today, massive trees split and yet a bale of hay with pumpkins on it, sits exactly where it was originally placed. Go figure.

Be well everyone, stay warm, stay safe!

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 9:31PM
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Witch Dianne sent me something.....
W omans world magazene
I ncense
T ongue coloring candy
C asper popping candy
H ibiscus and honey dew seeds

she sent extra candy for my boys and a small card game.

thanks good use of the witch letters


    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 9:53PM
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hi Remy-Miss you, glad to see your post.

Jeanne-So glad you made it home safely. What a storm that Sandy is.

Maryanne-Following all the devastation on the news. So sorry for all the folks who have no homes, power outages and etc. Servpro (a local Company here) sent 4 guys from their Co. that way and some more are leaving in a day or so. My GD dates one of the guys who left today. My Son-In-Law works for the same Co. and has been in Tennessee since early Spring when the hurricane hit there. It destroyed a huge Church there and they are just now finishing up re-building that Church. He does get to come home on week-ends.

Take Care


    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 9:58PM
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beth_b_kodiak(zone 5a)

Oh ladies, the devestation on the East Coast is unbelievable. I grew up in Jersey and then spent about 30 years on the lower shore of MD. Most of my friends and nearly all of my family still live there. Of those I have been able to contact or get info about only one nephew has escaped damage. The others have damage of some sort and some have lost everything.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 9:06AM
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Nov. nottougly
Dec. margaret_2007

Faye-You have the month of Nov. Hope you see this.


    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 9:45PM
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earthlydelights(6 pushing 7)

Booevening one and all!

Received my WITCH from Vina today, and what a great swap I received.

W- winter sewing fun goody bag (seeds, plant markers and seed envelopes)
I - incredible spooky goody bag (icky edible gooey blood LOL and a ghost note pad)
T - totally spooky kitchen towel
C - Madison County Cookbook (this is fabulous...i already read through a bunch of pages before we went out for the night and have dog earred a couple of things I will make)
H - Happy Halloween goody bag (lollipops, rings and tattoos - my granddaughter thanks you for thinking of her!)

also included was a halloween bracelet, which is another thing she claimed. it went well with her outfit!

thanks so much Vina, it's been a while since I swapped and this certainly was a lot of fun.

Jeanne, welcome home.

Shirley, I think it's so commendable what sacrifices people make to help others in such dire times. it's going to take forever and a day to right the results of this storm.

fun swap, glad i entered. looking forward to hearing about the next one.

hope all the kiddies got bags of goodies. we put together a big ziploc for the sharing bin at school, so that has to tell you just how much we still have!!!!!

be well everyone!

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 10:40PM
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Sheila (My DD) loves dressing up for Halloween, the other two young ladies are my great nieces.

Dawson is in the middle with his two cousins. They are the Blues Brothers.


    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 9:51PM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Good Afternoon Everyone!!
I'M SO SORRY it has taken me this long to post. Bracing for Sandy, and then, after Sandy...we've been a little busy. But, thank goodness no where close to the aweful devestation in lower NY and NJ. My prayers are with those poor people. We only lost power, a part of a tree went down and some siding blew off the garage. Even with that little bit we are just now getting back into the swing of things.

Those poor people I'm watching on the news, my heart just breaks for them. :(

Maryanne, so glad the package made it to you. I was a little worried with the way it was a kinda overstuffed, lol.

The pumpkin walk went terrific. We did have splendid weather for that. We had over 200 kids show up to claim their pumpkins. For a first year event, we think it was a super success. :)

The packages are certainly flyin....

AND...drum roll....PARTNERS....

vina (flowergirl34) sends to maryanne (earthlydelights)***SENT***REC'D***

melissa (hazelnutbunny) sends to vina (flowergirl34)**SENT**REC'D***

maryanne (earthlydelights) sends to melissa (hazelnutbunny)**SENT**REC'D***

michelle (micyrey) and dianne (moonfire) send to each other ***Michelle SENT*** Dianne REC'D***Dianne SENT***Michelle REC'D***

annie (canyonwind) and sue g. (sguanzon) send to each other***Annie SENT***Sue REC'D***Sue SENT***Annie REC'D***

katie (kchd) and shirley (brittneysgran) send to each other **Katie SENT**Shirley REC'D***Shirley SENT***Katie REC'D***

I'm loving all the picture...Blues Brothers are priceless!

And, I believe this wraps up this swap...

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!! THIS HAS BEEN A FABULOUS OCTOBER!! Now, lets get ready for some Turkey...yum!!

Talk to you soon!

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 2:18PM
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ok between closin in hollidays, a mean lady named sandy and life we seem stuck so I was a thinkin maybe bunnies oldest could plan andhave a chisfurkey white elephant type swap encompassing both nov and dec it would be experience for then in organizing, creating boxes and helpin out old ladies for the hollidays, what ya think mommy ?I'm sure us oldies would enjoy the break and bunnies poor kids could finally get some computer time, just a thought let me know what you think of the idea, big hugs carol

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 2:11AM
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sorry just found the nov swap, maybe the kids could take on the next month we have no hostess for, carol is gettin senile sorry

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 10:04PM
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