Happy Halloween!

Hey all!

Just popping in to wish you a Happy Halloween…

As is my tradition (um, starting today), I’m going with the something cute

and something scary Halloween greeting

Although I imagine seeing my post in your inbox probably startled you.

But had to be done, because I miss you guys!

Anyway here’s something cute


Pencil, ink, gouache, digital color, and English breakfast tea (for me, not the art) 


now brace yourself

next up, something super chilling

a practical crime scene on my sliding glass door this month


Nikon camera, 18-55 mm lens, and a rapid, and possibly a bit skippy, heartbeat


The circle of life

(wrapped around a fly).

I can’t sugar coat that for you

unless you show up at my door tonight in costume

(but only tonight)

So just in case here’s something to distract and soothe you


Hopefully I’ve calmed you enough to share in the comments your favorite Halloween costume.

Here’s a witchy throwback (way back) of a costumed me.

witch coleen patrick

Happy Monday!

Bowl Haircuts and Other Scary Things

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Halloween has been shifted from center stage here due to the Frankenstorm moving up the east coast (although if you asked my kids, they would say the fact that school is closed is center stage, but you can’t ask them because they’re still sleeping).

But the biggest concern in my area (Virginia) is the wind.  Because of the trees.


We have loads of pine trees in our neighborhood.  Now pine trees may make it possible for us to have cinnamon scented pine cones this time of year, but they also have a shallow root system that unfortunately causes them to topple like dominoes.

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Here’s a pine that took out our power for more than a week last year after Hurricane Irene (I don’t believe it’s of the cinnamon variety).


But let’s not think of toppling trees, flooding or power outages.

How about I taunt you with scary Halloween witches . . .

 witch coleen patrick

  Eleven year old me.  

Or venomous spiders . . .

 spider at natural bridge

I don’t actually know if it’s venomous, but it’s certainly scary.


And let me remind you of the horrors of denim on denim.


Spider attack broken finger 

I’d like to blame this “fashion” on delirium due to a spider attack (yes, that’s why I’m in a cast).


And last but not least, let me get you running scared from this bowl haircut . . .

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 The relative who shall not be named (shamed?)


 And now I gotta go, before Bowl Haircut Girl finds me.

What scares you on Halloween?  What is your favorite Trick or Treat candy?

Have a great (and safe) week!

When Spiders Attack

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Love it or hate it?

Do you think it motivates or interferes?

This past week James Spader’s character on The Office gave this take on fear:

“Fear plays an interesting role in our lives.  How dare we let it motivate us? How dare we let it into our decision-making, into our livelihoods, into our relationships?  It’s funny isn’t it?  We take a day of the year to dress up in costume, to celebrate fear. “

Of course this was after he told a scary story to the employees, making sure he included something to tap into each and every person’s fear.  According to him, my scary story would involve spiders on a plane flying over a shark infested ocean.

A sequel for Samuel Jackson perhaps?

But if you ask me, Halloween is just fun.  At least it was when I was a kid.

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Scary costume, but happy kid.

But spiders?  Completely different.  They are real.

Once when I was a teenager, I came face to face with one that resulted in a trip to the ER.

For me anyway (I have no idea what happened to the spider).

Spider attack broken finger

See that cast?  I broke my finger in that struggle.

Although looking back, I’m wondering if the really scary things were those denim boots on my feet.

Happy Halloween!