Halloween Events

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This year since T. Isn’t living with us, I am not sure how to handle holidays. It feels empty. I tried my best to keep T. from feeling as though he were going to miss out on anything so I engaged us in several events. Locally a farm held an Horse and Halloween event. T. played games, ate treats, and fed the horses. It was a fun day.
We had our samhain feast with a new member of our family. Daisy. She is an adorable Pomchi. She was instantly accepted as lap warmer.
We watched halloween shows/movies. Ate delicious carmel apples from the best candy store. The chocolatier custom made each one.
Before T. returned we played bobbing for apples. It was a fun night.

Playing Catch up.

Well, many hard decisions were made and we have concluded we are moving to Cedar Rapids Iowa.  This is a huge change for us.  I have never lived outside New England, so I am more nervous than S. whom grew up not too far from our new destination.  The boys are excited for only one reason.  We will be within 4 hours of my dearest and best friend Lynnie.  We all love!!!! her, so I am excited to finally get to live near her as well.

Before I get to caught up in the now…let me back track a little and show these fine examples of our Samhain celebrations this year.  For those whom might not know, Samhain is the Pagan Sabbath, that falls upon All Hollows Eve, or Halloween!!!  It is one of my all time favorite holidays.  We invited my parents over for our Dumb Supper(eating in silence in honor of our ancestors, leaving a table setting and plate full of goodness for them, afterward leaving it outside for the animals to enjoy or wandering spirits;).  Afterward, the boys bobbed for donuts hanging from a string attached to the ceiling.  This could go on for hours and the laughter never ends!!  We held no rites this year, which felt very weird especially as we had so many recent deaths in our family, but I was able to personally take some time to remember and “talk to them” and it was incredibly uplifting for me.  Then came the onslaught of Halloween Movie Marathon!!  Our tradition.

Earlier in the week, the boys attended a fun Halloween party at our UU Church.  We carved our pumpkins early so we could enter them into the contest.  All were really great.  I loved mine the best.  It just made me laugh everytime I saw it.

Now onto the next post!

Nature Table in transition

Being in between Samhain and Thanksgiving and Fall and Winter, our Nature Table has become decidedly eclectic.  I love all this in between time.  It really places me in the season of change.  

Samhain!

What a great day and evening!

We enjoyed Lovely crepes for breakfast at our favorite restaurant, “Crepes Heaven”, then grabbed our donuts and cider from the Cider Mill, for the evening events.  I was spoiled rotten! by an expensive trip to the yarn shop!  Someone wanna come over and teach me how to make socks?!  Afterwards we began our carving.  We had many pumpkins to carve to set alight.  It was long and labourous but fun.  The results are too humorous.  We had our Dumb Supper of Hotdogs, Brown Bread, and baked beans.  Our animals went crazy over our offering plate we placed under a lovely evergreen tree.  We followed our meal with a ritual to leave past negative events behind us and wishes for this next new year.  After taking some time to digest dinner, we took out our apples and filled a bucket of water with purple koolaid mix and bobbed for apples.  Each year it is funny to note the kids forget the process needs full face immersion. LOL  Then we promptly moved onto bobbing for Donuts.  We hung them from a string and let each one have a turn to grab the donut with eyes closed and open mouths.  It is always a good laugh!  This year we didn’t bring out any divination tools, such as my tarot or did any rune making.  The atmosphere was different this year.  As S. prepared the labourous work of popcorn balls, I began our movie marathon with Alvin and the Chipmunks halloween shows and then onto Disney’s Hocus Pocus.  It was a good evening.  And of course, T. got sick at 1:45am that morn.  Totally predictable, as we encountered illness last Samhain as well, and we saw the cycle begin again that day.

Side note:  I would have had this all posted sonner, but we all fell to illness the next two days with the Flu.