Monday, October 31, 2011

What Mask should you wear on Halloween?

You Should Wear a Pumpkin Mask

You are attracted to people who are as social and as charming as you are. Popular people are popular for a reason.

You are steady and stable. You can be counted on, and you pride yourself on being true to who you are.

You are social and outgoing. You are a very gregarious person.

People know that you will become even greater than you imagine. You naturally glow.

Halloween 2011

to be updated throughout the day:

9:20 am
The Exorcist in crochet (via)

10:15 am

John Coulter's Halloween House (via)

10:59 am

Window silhouette (via)

2:41 pm

Fair Helena by Arthur Rackham (a little spooky, no?) (via)

Monday, October 31, 2011

1. What is your quote of the day?  Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days. ~Author Unknown
2. Is it a holiday today? How will you celebrate? Today is Halloween, and I'll celebrate with popcorn, cocoa and a scary movie while the Bear and her friends terrify the mall.
3. What will you wear today? black
4. Take your meds today.
5. Pack your lunch today. Done!
6. What’s for dinner today? I'm sure I'll figure something out.
7. What is your goal at home today? get my room cleaned up
8. What autumn activity will you do today with the girls? None, they're on their own today.
9. Take a photograph today.
10. What spiritual thing will you do today? Say a prayer
11. What I {heart} Rhody blog activity will you do today? I might take some shots of Halloween houses
12. What will you blog about today? Maybe something Halloween-y and spooky.
13. What other plans do you have for today? Work.

birthday zodiac meme

hoisted from Kwizgiver

1. Copy-paste the traits for all the twelve months.
2. Pick your month of birth.
3. Highlight the traits that apply to you.

OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.


JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.

 FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.

MARCH: Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.

APRIL: Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.

MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.

JUNE: Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic. 

OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.

NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

DECEMBER: Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.

Happy Halloween!

A round-up of Halloween coolness:


Sunday, October 30, 2011

What does your birth date mean?

You Are a Leader

Independent and dominant, you tend to be the alpha dog in most situations.
You're very confident, and hardly anything ever shakes you.

Mundane tasks tend to drain you - you prefer to be making great plans.

You are quite original. When people don't "get" you, it bothers you a lot.

Your strength: Your ability to gain respect

Your weakness: Caring too much what others think

Your power color: Orange-red

Your power symbol: Letter X

Your power month: October

Friday, October 28, 2011

what's coming to get you?

Geographic Infographic of the Day
see more The Daily What

The Roadside Cafe Oracle

You Are Grounded

You feel like you live a life of abundance. There is so much in your life to feel thankful for.

Making the little things wonderful is important to you, and you try to add a bit of comfort to each day.

You often help others with their problems. You offer practical and workable solutions.

You stick with what works and avoid novelty for its own sake. You know there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

Feel the Force Friday Halloween 2011 edition

Princess Leia as a vampire via
Darth Vader costume for pregnant women via


and a shout-out to the end of baseball season   via

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hot chocolate for 2

You Are Hot Chocolate

You are energetic and playful. You love to have fun, and you help people lighten up.

You want everyone to be happy, and you don't mind playing the role of diplomat.

You always know the right thing to say to people, and you never put your foot in your mouth.

You are sweet and soothing, even in the worst of times.

You think comfort is underrated.

You Are Raspberry Hot Chocolate

You are unique and creative. You never do anything the ordinary way. There's nothing fun about ordinary.

You are inspired by every little thing around you. You like to mashup your favorite things, and you often come up with interesting remixes.

You're the type of person most likely to invent a totally new type of hot chocolate. You're always dreaming up something new.

You are only limited by your imagination, and your imagination knows no limits!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book review: A Perfect Union, Chatherine Allgor

A detailed biography of Dolley Madison, from the sketchy details of her childhood to the painstakingly scrutinized social whirlwind that was her life in Washington.

Dolley was the first "First Lady" to lead the social scene in Washington. She set fashion and played politics in the oblique way required of women in her culture. Her winning personality made her a favorite with foreign and domestic officials. Although Catherine Allgor is clearly an admirer of Dolley, she doesn't let her off the hook for her foibles - massive guilt-trips of her family over visiting, news and whatnot - or her failings - she kept enslaved people. Dolley's decision not to free her slaves at her death (her husband James' wish) has been a scar on her memory.

I thought the book was good. Well-researched and thoughtfully presented. The author goes to great pains to explain the culture in which Dolley lived, to help put her behavior in context, and to parallel it with today's society.

Are you brains or brawn?

You Are Brawn

You are a very physically oriented person. It's not that you don't like to think - it's just that you prefer to do.

It drives you crazy to sit still for too long. You like to engage all your senses and jump into action.

You like to put ideas to the test. You think that too much thinking can be paralyzing.

You are active and proactive. You're the first person you know to take a risk and take the first step.

And still more Halloween meme

via Kwizgiver, the queen of memes.

1 – What was the scariest movie you have ever seen? The Exoricist

2- What was your favorite Hallowe’en costume as a child? one year my mother made me "The Little Cloud that Cried" for my church's Halloween party. I had no frame of reference for it.

3- Given enough money what would be your fantasy Hallowe’en costume? A beautiful Scarlett O'Hara-type hoop skirt type of deal. Just because it's the only time I could wear one.

4- When was the last time you went trick or treating? Last year when I took the Bear.

5- What is your favorite Hallowe’en candy? KitKats

6- Tell us about a scary nightmare you once had. being stuck in the back seat of a car as it plunged over a cliff

7 – What is your supernatural fear? posession

8-What is your ‘creepy-crawlie’ fear? anything that can crawl inside and make those gross moving/bubbling tracks under the skin

9- Tell us a time you saw a ghost or heard something go bump in the night probably the last time our neighbor put out the trash.

10- Would you stay overnight in a real Haunted House? if it was comfy

11-Are you a traditionalist or a creative carver of you Jack-o-Lantern? Traditional scary.

12- How much do you decorate the house at Hallowe’en? We have a few things that we put out specifically for Halloween. The rest are for fall.

13- What do you want on your Tombstone? I'm not going to have a tombstone, but if I did it would say "don't look behind you."

Halloween meme again

From Kwizgiver, when you care enough to meme the very best

1. What is your favorite written work of horror fiction? Salem's Lot scared the bejeezus out of me

2. What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy? Star Wars, followed closely by Farscape  and Firefly

3. Who is your favorite monster? Frankenstein

4. What is your favorite Horror movie? Nightmare on Elm Street

5. What horror movie gives you the most chills? The Exorcist

6. What character from any horror film would you most like to play? The one who survives.

7. Freddy or Jason? Jason

8. Ghosts or goblins? ghosts

9. What did you do for Halloween as a kid? trick-or-treating in the neighbhorhood, and often our church would host a Halloween party, too.

10. What’s the best Halloween party that you’ve attended? my daughter's Halloween with friends. They come over to help carve the pumpkin, eat spaghetti and go out trick-or-treating. There's always one kid who doesn't have a costume and they have to rig one for him/her. Good wholesome fun.

Speaking of which...

Better make sure that princess is only sleeping...

A Halloween safety tip

Make sure your pumpkin is zombie-free

carving by artist Ray Villafane on the world's largest pumpkin   via

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Italian Food Test

You Are Open-minded

You are creative, funky, and forward thinking. You are cool, but you are still approachable.

You are able to balance your own desires with the needs of others. You are selfish, but thoughtfully so.

You are so full of joy and enthusiasm for everything! You always notice the positive.

You are inspired by so much, and somehow you're able to put it all together beautifully. You know what goes together.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

United States of Scary Things


What forest animal are you?

You Are a Deer

You are trusting of yourself and others. You give people the benefit of the doubt.

You are grateful for this life you've been given. You feel blessed for what you have.

You see the world through the eyes of a child. You are rarely cynical or jaded.

You are unselfconscious and totally natural in your behavior. You are free-spirited.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another Halloween meme

for the best memes, visit Kwizgiver, and tell her I sent you.

Which urban legend ghost scared the bejeesuz out of you when you were a kid? The psycho with the hook for a hand.

Which horror movie has the best premise? Nightmare on Elm Street

What is the most disappointing “treat” to receive in your bag on Halloween night? rocks

What’s the best non-candy item to receive? money

Did a monster live in your closet when you were a child? no

Which supernatural creature sent chills up your spine when you were ten and still does? the devil

Which supernatural creature makes you yawn? zombies

What’s your favorite Halloween decoration? pumpkins

If you could be anywhere on Halloween night, where would you be? Salem, Mass.

What’s the scariest book you’ve read so far this year? Still Missing, but not for the usual reasons.

Haunted houses or haunted hayrides? either

Which Stephen King novel/movie would you least like to find yourself trapped in? Misery

Which is creepiest: evil dolls, evil pets, evil children? evil children

Halloween meme

Another Kwizgiver special

1. What is the worst treat to get when trick-or-treating? anything orange flavored

2. What character from any horror film would you most like to play? the one who survives

3. Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho? (why) an alien, please. do I get special powers?

4. How many Halloween, Friday the 13th, or Nightmare on Elm Street movies combined do you have on dvd? Two, I think. Halloween, the original and Nightmare on Elm street original.

5. What is the scariest movie you have ever seen? Carrie scared the hell out of me when I was a kid

6. Lamest costume you have worn on Halloween? none at all

7. Favorite Halloween treat? Kit-Kat

8. Friendly-faced jack o’lantern or scary one? scary

9. Have you ever had nightmares about a scary movie character chasing you? no

10. Best thing about Halloween? seeing the kids have fun

11. Strangest Halloween custom you’ve heard of? "corning," which is throwing dried corn at passing cars.

12. Person in your family who most likes Halloween (not counting yourself)? Bear. She doesn't want to give up trick-or-treating and has a party every year.

13. Are you superstitious? If so, name at least one superstition of yours. Not really

What's your power?

You Are Diplomatic

You are stable and thrive under structure. You use the rules to your advantage.

You believe that things go best when everyone works together. You'll do what it takes to facilitate team harmony.

You enjoy creating structure and order. You get a kick out of organizing.
You are a team player, and you like to make valuable contributions to the group.

Wedding etiquette

Don't just throw flowers everywhere, man! People will be walking there.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The black and White Flowers Test

You Love Easily and Freely
You communicate well and are able to bring disparate groups together. You are find, make, and keep the peace.
You tend to be a the rock in relationships - people depend on you. You like feeling needed.

You are capable of great love, but it's hard for you to focus your love on one person or relationship.
You often find your attention divided and conflicted. There's just not enough time in the day.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13, 2011 - morning

1. What is your quote of the day? "Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow." ~Doug Firebaugh
2. Is it a holiday today? How will you celebrate? Today is Fontinalia, when the ancient Romans decorated fountains in honor of the gods of fresh water. It's raining today, but perhaps we'll do something fresh-water related.
3. What will you wear today? dark jeans, blue t-shirt.
4. Take your meds today.
5. Pack your lunch today. Cottage cheese and wheat germ
6. What’s for dinner today? Actually wrote it down, now I can't remember what it is.
7. What is your goal at home today? A load of laundry, and to haul the dresser in from the garage and get it cleaned up for Caitie. Also, change the sheets on the bed.
8. What autumn activity will you do today with the girls? It's rainy, but maybe we'll watch a Halloween-ish movie.
9. Take a photograph today.
10. What spiritual thing will you do today? Take a lovely, long shower to appreciate fresh water.
11. What I {heart} Rhody blog activity will you do today? Finish the Trinity piece, check out a couple of artists' sites.
12. What will you blog about today? My birthday weekend.
13. What other plans do you have for today? Game day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall meme

Another meme from Kwizgiver

1. Fave fall Holiday: I...don't know. I like them all!
2. Best thing about fall walks: the wonderful color
3. Favorite fall chore: decorating for the season
4. Least favorite fall chore: fall cleaning
5. Best change in the home: cooler air
6. Best tree in the fall: maple 
7. Fall ritual: going leaf peeping 
8. Most frustrating thing about fall: it's too short!
9. Favorite fall decorations: pumpkins and leaves
10. Favorite clothing: comfy sweaters
11. Traditional fall candy: Candy corn
12. Favorite sound: crackling candles 
13. When does fall begin for you? on the Equinox. I like to move with the seasons.
14. What is your favorite aspect of fall? the foliage 
15. What is your favorite fall memories? riding the ski lift up Mars Hill Mountain for a day of hiking 
16. What do you like to drink in the fall? pumpkin coffee
17. What's your favorite fall food? pumpkin pie!
18. What color is fall? red, orange yellow, brown, rust and a little purple
19. What does fall smell like? cinnamon, burning leaves and pumpkin 
20. Holiday shopping in fall: yes or no? yes 
21. If you could go anywhere in the fall, where would you go? tooling around Rhode Island, enjoying the scenery
22. What is your favorite fall sport? none
23. What is your least favorite thing about fall? it's too short. It gets lost in the Christmas rush.
24. Which do you prefer, the Farm or the Fair? what kind of farm? what kind of fair? How about a fair at the farm?

Autumn meme

stolen from another New England blogger, the lovely Kwizgiver

Have you ever been apple picking? yes, we try to go each year, although sometimes it's more like 2-3 years

Is there a dish you make/eat only during this time of the year? anything pumpkin-related, through Christmas

Will you attend a ‘tail gate’ party this season? probably not

When do you turn on the heat? I try not to until sometime in November

How many sweaters do you own? Not very many. 3?

Are you fond of Nouveau Beaujolais wine? never had it but I would try it

Do you get excited about Halloween? yes

How about Thanksgiving? yes

Is there an activity you do only in the autumn? leaf peeping, I like to take lots of long drives

Have you ever burned leaves? I haven't, but I remember it being done when I was young.

Do you own any ‘scarecrow’ decorations? Not now.

Do you plant bulbs? No, but maybe I will.

Your fondest autumn memory? Too many to choose just one, although remembering when I showed my granddaughter a picture of a turkey and her sweet little voice say "tah-kee" still warms my heart.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Feel the Force Friday



I don't know what it is, but I want one. via

R2 lunchbox via

Millennium Falcon pancake! via

Shut up. You only wish you were this awesome.



Thursday, October 06, 2011

A bit about Pinterest

Pinterest is entirely too much fun, and if you haven't tried it yet, it's high time you did.


Pinterest is a curating social media network where you can find photos and videos either via Pinterest itself, or on the web, and organize them into pinboards, as many as you want, and as many pins as you want per board.

It's addictive, but it's also useful. As we redecorate our home, I've used pinterest to hold ideas for us. I also use it to store recipes I want to try.

Pinterest is by invitation, so if you'd like one, email me.

What apple treat are you?

You Are Apple Cider

You are affirming and supporting. You accept people where they are, imperfections and all.

You often give too much of yourself, and you rarely put your own needs first.

You are tender and compassionate. You wear your heart on your sleeve.

You are capable of great love, but it's hard for you to focus your love on one person or relationship.