Window Cleaners – One Holiday List Item Checked off

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So in my Thanksgiving list of lists last post I said I would be having my windows cleaned today. The guys came and have just finished.

I am excited for how sparkly and clean my house looks both within and without.

img_5218   This is the nice clear view taken through an upstairs window.

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Prepare for Thanksgiving – Checklists

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Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? If so how many lists do you have already? Do you have lists for lists? I will unashamedly admit that I do. By this time I know about how many guests to expect and have several lists with sublists.

To some the thought of this many lists is stressful. To me having it laid out helps me to avoid last minute panic and reduces my stress.

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Scaring the Neighbors

We moved into our home just over a year ago. We scoured reviews of schools and looked for a flat, cul-de sac lot with a little bit of a yard for the boys to run and play. Our home is in a well established neighborhood and many of our neighbor’s children are grown.

As Halloween was just around the corner we kept those boxes out of the attic as we moved in. Soon after we got to work decorating for Halloween. I like to add a little fun, some call it spook, to the festivities and have been adding to my collection bit by bit for years.

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I realized as we got closer and closer to All Hallows’ Eve that many of our new neighbors were a bit stand offish and that we were the only house decorated for the evenings festivities. I didn’t think much just that they must be more conservative in their decorating and just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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The Project Escalation Theory…or If You Give a Mouse a Cookie effect

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Have you read the story called If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff? If so then you know that the child gives a mouse a cookie, but then the mouse asks for a glass of milk to go with it, and then a straw, and then a napkin…and on it goes until the mouse needs another cookie.

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This is pretty much how all my home improvement projects go.

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Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown New York

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Tarrytown, NY.  Idyllic countryside, and home of the Van Tassell Family and Brom Bones. Also the temporary residence of Ichobod Crane…oh and night time territory of the HEADLESS HORSEMAN!   Continue reading

The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo

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The Ghost Bride: A Novel (P.S.) by [Choo, Yangsze]

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“One evening, my Father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. Asked is probably not the right word.” Thus begins this fairy tale venture into Chinese afterlife with paper money, jealous vengeful ghosts, and entire spirit cities.

A young woman, Li Lan, is about to be trapped into a loveless marriage. It is actually much worse than that, it is a marriage where the groom is already dead!  Her father has spent the family fortune on Opium, but has been offered a way out of the self-induced poverty – marry his daughter, Li Lan, to the deceased son of the wealthy Lim family. Continue reading

Fall Décor Part II – Hitchcock THE BIRDS

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A little more Fall décor. See Part I here

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If you read on you will see that areas of my house have also received an overlay for Halloween, with a Hitchcock THE BIRDS theme.

It was really fun to do something a little different from bats and cats and witches for Halloween!

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Manderley Themed Party

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I hosted book club the other night and our selection was Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.  A great choice for an October book club! Continue reading

Cheese Crostini

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This is a great party food. The ingredients might sound a little sketchy but it is fun when your friends try to guess what gives it the zip – it’s the mayo!

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Fall Decor

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img_4681For me this year it is a subtler nod to fall through the house. For example the mantle’s fall leaves are just barely turning color, the flowers are fall flowers in creamy white, and the pumpkin is a green ceramic one. I think this will take me through ’til Thanksgiving.

I usually decorate for Fall and then layer Halloween decorations on top, which can then be delayered after October 31. I am holding off on Halloween, but do have a few ravens to set the mood. Continue reading