Friday, October 31, 2014

TToT50: Halloween, Haiku, and Half of a Hundred

I was smart this year:
no headgear and no facegear;
we went for comfort

Cold autumn night calls
 for jackets over costumes 
and fire pits ablaze

Discarded costumes,
orange and black tossed away,
sticky ones abed

And, in other news, it's been a good week full of good weather and good adventures.

Focused, intentional
This requires careful planning
An artist at work

Purple and orange
and green in a yellow bowl;
beauty made me pause

Deconstructed gourd
brings loved one to mind, makes one
echo, damn squirrels!

Fifty thankfuls end
in twenty-eight verses;
two weeks to a year!


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38 comments :

  1. You have such a beautiful family! Ahhh..no that squirrel didn't! I guess they like pumpkin like we do, too. :)

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  2. I always prefered costumes without face masks. Your children are so adorable, and I loved how you wrote your post this week in haiku.

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    1. Anything on the head is a nightmare. Glad we avoided it this year.

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  3. You inspired me Sarah. I must have Halloween on the brain because the stem of that eaten pumpkin looks like a gargoyle dragon head to me. Your son's decorated pumpkin is a work of heart. My favorite imagery: "sticky ones abed". Great post.

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    1. Val, I've been such a dud this week, but I need to get over and read your poetry!

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  4. Comfort is definitely the way to go.
    Wow, that squirrel really feasted!

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    1. I know! I imagine it was a joint effort of several squirrels, though.

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  5. Beautiful haiku! Wish we celebrated Halloween here!

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    1. Yeah, Halloween is fun. Especially for the little ones.

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  6. Comfortable costumes are key - smart mama! I love the concentration on your son's face as he makes a masterpiece - I could use that focus! Hope you had a great Halloween, and enjoy this cold fall weekend!

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    1. I know--isn't he the cutest? I'm loving how he's getting into artwork.

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  7. haiku list? damn! word-arranging envy here, yo

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  8. I'm happy to join you with TToT and want to share it with everyone I know. In fact, I'm making it a MONTH LONG CHALLENGE on my blog. Come by and check it out if you like! http://bit.ly/1zVwY94

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  9. Ohhh I LOVE that look of concentration on Leo's face. He's sooooo gorgeous. And his creation is stunningly good. I especially like the squiggly sparkly bit (of course).

    Well done you on the haikus. And going for comfort.

    And is it really nearly a YEAR since you hopped aboard? THAT will be a week worth celebrating :D

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    1. Seriously. Isn't he the cutest ever? I was loving watching him work.

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  10. you got some killer squirrels out there! AND a Picasso pumpkin painter!

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  11. This is so awesome, Amy!! We always make sure that tons of warm clothes fit under the girls' Halloween costumes. It may not look the cutest, but at least they won't get sick!

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    1. Well, depends on the weather. But this year, yes, we were glad to be able to layer up!

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  12. The simplicity in this beauty...is all I needed to read tonight to lift my spirit. Thank you :)

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    1. Well now, that's a lovely reply. Thank you so much.

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  13. I hate Halloween masks. I think your kids' costumes are fab - comfort is key when you're trick or treating!

    I'm still not convinced that a snake isn't hiding in that pumpkin....

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    1. No snake! But we do have one upstairs in a cage. Want to come see it?

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  14. Sigh, looks like a great week to me!

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  15. You and Val had such great posts this week with your haiku! I just can't seem to compose one that works.

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    1. Keep trying! I don't claim mine are any good, but I like searching for the words with the right number of syllables.

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  16. Yup, comfort and no-face-stuff costumes are the way to go. Last year Kidzilla needed only a smudge of eyeliner on her nose and a couple of whiskers for her black cat costume. This year? A cowgirl/sheriff. No makeup required. Yee-haw!

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    1. Wish I could see that costume! See how I beg for pics?

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  17. Costumes with out headgear and face masks are much easier for kids, and moms! The squirrels had a huge meal at the expense of your pumpkin! Haiku are fun. I am inspired to write a few now. Hope this week is filled with TToT!

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    1. My husband was thrilled to carry the pumpkin's remains to the compost. He was horrified by the squirrels' work.

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