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RE: holiday decorating

Huh? Tomorrow is Thanksgiving??? Kitty...have you been into the catnip?
Today is Columbus Day...you're about 5 weeks early for the other. LOL!
Unless you have one of those families that celebrates holidays on it's
own schedule?????

re: holiday decorating...it is something we get into really big for both
Halloween and Christmas...our little town usually has a contest for each
holiday to see who can put up the best display. Plus we have one lady
who believes in decorating for the fall/winter holidays like she is
related to the Griswalds from the Vacation movies...matter of fact,
around this time of year, that is how her place is referred to by
everyone in town, as in "You wanna go see what the Griswalds have put up
now??" My husband and kids and I love to decorate for halloween...we
have a 10 foot wide spider web that we cover in glow in the dark
webbing, complete with giant spiders; a graveyard with bones, spooky
music, and lots & lots of other stuff. And Trick or Treat in our town is
a hoot!!!! Even the parents dress up in costume to go with their kids
and a few of the homeowners have little mini-haunted yards with cool
visual and sound effects and scary things...We have a neighbor lady who
has been making popcorn balls for about 40 years and the kids who are
now adults with kids and grandkids of their own make it a special
highlight of the holiday to stop at MaryRose's and collect their popcorn
balls. She also mails them to kids in the service so they won't miss out
while they are away from home. And you should see Christmas here...it's

We're going to get started on our Halloween decorating this week, as a
way for the kids to relax after school each day as they have
standardized testing (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) all day every day this
week and will need something fun to do after school.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Mon 10/13, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2003 23:34:33 -0500
Subject: [CHAT] holiday decorating

Yes, several problems came up including the flu putting him in the
hospital.<br><br>I used to decorate a little for Halloween, but recently
got rid of the last<br>of it. Halloween just isn't what it was. When we
were kids we'd be out 3<br>nights from 6 to almost 10. Now it's
scheduled one night 5-7 and the kids<br>can't get anywhere til at least
5;30 cuz they have to wait for parents to<br>get home from work. I still
enjoy it though - sans decorations. I buy up<br>toys, books, and stuff
on sale or clearance throughout the year, then set up<br>a table outside
and they get to pick what they want. Whoopie cushions,<br>matchbox cars,
mardi gras beads, stuffed animals, slinkies, fake tatoos.<br>It's
fun.<br><br>As a child in Chicago we always drove to the "doctor's
houses" to see the<br>decorated houses at Christmas. When I got this
house I decided mine would<br>be the decorated one. I love coming home
to Christmas lights. I used to do<br>the roof line and everything, but
when they put up the new gutters it made<br>it more difficult to get up
there, plus the roof was soft (got that replaced<br>this summer), so I
gave the lights away. I still do the porch, over the<br>garage and the
arbor though. I use the dusk timers so the lights are on<br>when I
arrive home from work.<br><br>How about you all? anyone else decorate
for the holidays? - oops! just<br>remembered! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving,
gotta call my sister.<br><br>Kitty<br><br>----- Original Message -----
<br>From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net><br>To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2003 9:46
PM<br>Subject: RE: [CHAT] ?<br><br><br>> He was supposed to be done in
June?!?!... this is Oct!<br>><br>> Guessing this is your week Kitty....
the bulb sale was a success, the<br>> cabinets are ready, and only a few
things to print.<br>><br>> So are you decorating for Halloween?
Christmas? I am still trying to get<br>> my house clean, and the yards
ready for winter... and getting further<br>> behind every
week...<br>><br>> Donna<br>><br>> ><b

r>> > Well, I did do a little relaxing, Shimmy and I sat in the
Adirondack<br>> chair<br>> > and just took it easy for awhile,
however......<br>> > While setting up the bulb sale, my cabinet guy
called and left a<br>> message<br>> > that he'll be coming to start the
work on Wednesday. I've been pretty<br>> > much<br>> > ready for a long
time since the job was supposed to be done by the end<br>> of<br>> >
June, but I still had to spend some time on that. See, he'll be<br>>
hanging<br>> > my<br>> > old cabinets in the garage, so that has to be
prepared for him as<br>> well.<br>> ><br>> > Meanwhile, I sold more
copies of my cross reference book than I had in<br>> > stock<br>> > so I
took orders. I have to print 3 more hard copies and make 3 more<br>>
CDs.<br>> > It takes about 3 hours to print one, and of course it can
print while<br>> I do<br>> > other things, but then I stop by and find
it's out of paper and I<br>> wonder<br>> > how<br>> > long it's been
sitting there blinking.<br>> ><br>> > Kitty<br>> ><br>> > ----- Original
Message -----<br>> > From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net><br>> > To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>> > Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2003 3:48 PM<br>>
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] ?<br>> ><br>> ><br>> > > I am glad your feet are
not screaming at you Kitty...<br>> > ><br>> > > Only one box of bulbs
left... I would say that was a good sale! I am<br>> > > sure it was your
fancy labels that did it tho...:)<br>> > ><br>> > > The mess can wait
till.... Thinking you deserve to go sit in the<br>> garden<br>> > >
today and just relax!<br>> > ><br>> > > Donna<br>> > ><br>> > ><br>> > >
><br>> > > > Feet are fine today. I'd forgotten to remove the magnets
as<br>> > > suggested,<br>> > > > but<br>> > > > they seem to have
helped. Or maybe I was just getting used to<br>> being on<br>> > >
my<br>> > > > feet for long hours. Tomorrow it is back to the desk!<br>>
> > > Bulb sale was successful, just one mixed box of tulips left
over<br>> and<br>> > > some<br>> > > > houseplants. Still have to sort
the mess out tod

and put it all<br>> > > away.<br>> > > ><br>> > > > Kitty<br>> > ><br>>
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