Archive for Special days

Happy Hallowe’en – Upcycled Decorations

HappyHalloweenBannerThanks to Jane and Cynthia for cutting out the letters,and Em and Lukas for arranging and Janet for picking up the ribbon to tie it all together. The banner is made from 5-lb coffee bags generously collected and donated for Art from a local coffee shop. Because they’re foil and plastic fused together,they can’t (yet) be recycled.

SkeletonI started seeing these milk jug skeletons several months ago when I was working on PETE the PolyEthylene Bird.  The second milk jug skeleton will be easier,but this guy has gotten thumbs up from my neighbours. When the wind blows,he’s particularly charming,I think.

Hoping my neighbours are giving out treats for Hallowe’en as I’ll beat the Cemetery for All Soul’s and I do think it’s a little misleading to decorate and then not be home to answer the call of “Trick or Treat”.

Hmmn. Maybe I could put a pillow case out by the skeleton to invite donations of treats!




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July 4 – a special day….

Hmmn. Well July 4 isn’t just you-know-what. Turns out it’s the UN day for International Cooperatives.


It’s not always July 4, but the first Saturday in July. I feel a celebration coming on…

For all UN special days see:

There’s almost always something to celebrate!

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More Parties – a poll.

What do you think about more parties in the coop and/or neighbourhood? I’ve made a  poll – or  just post a comment at the bottom – or, if you want, just give me a call. A December party is incubating.

You can vote for as many items as you want and see the results of the votes. Actually you can vote early and vote often – for all members of your family even if you’re on the same computer. The results won’t show who voted for what however. If a poll seems to be a good thing, I might get more serious about the poll and separate categories for preferred day/ activities and food preferences.


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Pumpkins and Barbecue

We barbecued hot dogs in the rain and had a dozen knives and more children in the common room. All with no injury larger (and unrelated) than a finger shut in a door by a 5-year old.

Decorations and music and wine arrived, as did chips and costumes.

We played skip with a rope of black witches before finishing off the decorations.

I love seeing the older kids pay attention to the younger ones – 3 little boys under 6.

And I’m looking forward to the toasted pumpkin seeds – it was rather, well, Hallowe’en-ish to sink my fingers into pumpkin goop to try to separate the pumpkin from the seeds.

I noticed this morning my red wriggler worms were very appreciative of the pumpkin treat in their bin. One of their favorite foods along with squash and papaya – they like orange foods.

I have a scooped out pumpkin ready for a face. My creative inspiration wasn’t flowing well with so much going on, so now I have a day or so to think about what face needs to go on it.

Thanks to all who pitched in and all who attended and made it fun. Especially the camp-song singers and skipping rope jumpers.

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I have the diyas and mustard oil and wicks

So now I’m looking for basic instructions. Basic instructions are hard to find, actually.

Here’s the best I could do:

SOAK the diyas in water for an hour before pouring oil and let dry for about 30 minutes. This way, the baked clay absorbs water and not oil and the diyas burn longer. Whether you use mustard oil or ghee, make sure that the oil has travelled to the tip of the wick before lighting. Go on, spread the light!

But.. how much oil; how much wick? How does the oil travel? just by osmosis – I recall something about celery from Grade 8 science with Mr. Gutteridge.

update: I found this nice site with painted deyas – next year. Meanwhile, the experiment worked even with plain dull clay – and the mustard oil has a lovely, uh, mustardy-smell.

Click here to see what can do:

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Halloween Songs

Here are some oldies but goodies for singing your way to Halloween: There are lots more at each link, I’ve just given you a taste.


Halloween is coming the pumpkins getting fat.
Please put a trick in the Witch’s Hat.
If you haven’t got a trick then a treat will do.
If you haven’t got a Trick or Treat.
Then the goblins will get you.

Deck the patch with orange and black Fa la la la la, la la la la
Take along your goody sack Fa la la la la, la la la la
Don we now our gay apparel Fa la la la la, la la la la
Troll the ancient pumpkin carol Fa la la la la, la la la la
See the great one rise before us Fa la la la la, la la la la
As we sing the Pumpkin chorus Fa la la la la, la la la la
Follow him as he ascends Fa la la la la, la la la la
Join with true GREAT PUMPKIN friends. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

On the First Day of Halloween, my Swamp Thing gave to me:

A hoot owl in a dead tree.
Two trick or treaters,
Three black cats,
Four skeletons,
Five Snicker bars,
Six goblins gobbling,
Seven pumpkins glowing,
Eight monsters shrieking,
Nine ghosts a-booing,
Ten ghouls a-groaning,
Eleven masks a-leering,
Twelve bats a-flying.

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Hallowe’en and Samhain

The co-op usually has a Hallowe’en party and we’re doing it again.

I delivered little mini-pumpkins (and a few gourds) to the members of the co-op along with an MS publisher invitation.

We’ll get some pumpkins and carve them and eat some food in the basement. Doesn’t look like the renovations will be done, so decorating the common room will be a challenge.

We had to eat the zucchini which was our main harvest because the leaves and plant died and it was just lying there, but maybe some of the tomatoes will be good for sharing.

I love the pagan traditions around Samhain – the time of the year when the veil is thin. Perhaps ghosts of coop members past will visit.

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