Wednesday, October 26, 2011


It's that time of year, again. Time for all the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins to be out and about.

Some of my fondest memories are Halloween parties my mom had for Chontee (my sister) and me. She would  decorate our grandparents' old store, and invite all the kids in town. We'd bob for apples, cut out jack-o-lanterns, and get a chance to win prizes for all the contests she thought up. Other than Christmas, Halloween remained Mom's favorite holiday all her life.

When I became an adult, Mom and I would go to a bingo game every Halloween and always in costume. Sometimes we could even talk Chontee into going with us. I remember one year Mom came to the house so I could wrap her as a mummy. She was disappointed when I told her I wasn't going to be able to go. But as soon as she pulled away, I dressed as the "Grim Reaper" and headed out in my four inch soled boots.

After getting to bingo, I made sure to stand by Mom every time she went to get her papers or to get a snack. I even went out of my way to speak to her, but she never realized who I was. When she won the last game before the break, I came to stand next to the girl giving the pay out and asked, "Isn't it just awful when your own mummy doesn't know you?" It was hilarious and we laughed about it for many years.

Mom died in September of 2004. I miss her terribly, but more so this time each year.

Remember, Halloween is a great time to have fun with your kids, but the keyword here is "with" them. Keep them safe. If you go trick-or-treating be extra careful to watch out for the little "monsters." They may be too excited to watch out for you. There are a lot of internet sites with excellent Halloween safety tips, look them up. Some things are only common sense, but there are things you might not have thought about.

Build lasting memories with your children and have a Spook-tacular Howl-oween!   

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Pixel of Ink

If you are an avid reader and use a Kindle or Nook, you have to check out  Pixel of Ink . It is a bargain and free book site. Here is just a sampling of some of their offerings:

There are many, many more books and categories to choose from, including audio books, and music. Check them out!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


If you would like a chance to win Gayle Trent's latest book, Killer Sweet Tooth, or any of a number of other prizes, join her, today at one of two virtual book launch parties; 

Gayle writes cozy mysteries. Killer Sweet Tooth is the third in her cake mystery series. She also writes a needle craft mystery series under the name, Amanda Lee. In both series, the writing is smooth, simply written, and fun. The main characters are warm, believable, and  sometimes quirky. They often find themselves in uncommon situations that make for an interesting and enjoyable read.

Join the book launch today, and meet this accomplished story teller. Read her books and you'll  soon become a fan.