October got away from me...Yeah— it is true that I am always complaining about Time, and about the fact that it leaves me standing dazed in its wake. Of late, I have considered the possibility that it just might have glitched in the opposite direction, that time may have slowed down a mite. Whether that's so or not, October was just so busy, so filled with activity, that slower or not, the time has passed me by. Yes, I had planned at least one more post, and hopefully two, before the advent of Dia de los Muertos, and our All-Hallows Barn Party, but that just did not happen.
I need to be doing about twenty other things today, but I also need to learn to pace myself, to quit running on overload and live a more mindful, present life. I take on too much. Nobody does it to me. I have no one to blame but myself. I bite off a bit more than I can chew, to use an old southern euphemism. I know this about myself, and for a long time I have been utterly unable to do anything about it. I guess I want it all, but I have neither the energy, time or the drive, and perhaps not the right, to have it.
|Food Prep-- I found out last year that simple equals good party fare.|
|Setting up the Barn for the Party!|
A scavenger hunt led the kids on a wild cavort around the well-lit yard. The cold did little to slow them down. Since I lacked the time to come up with anything myself, I used a hunt I found on the internet (http://www.scavenger-hunt-fun.com/halloween-clue-hunt.html). While I thought it was great, at least one of the kids thought it was too easy. Hmmm —we'll get him next year. We got much use out of the picture wall that Gaia and I concocted out of a sheet, cardboard and cardstock, a lot of glitter, and an old chair I spray painted gold on a whim. Last year, my daughter designated the back wall of the barn the picture wall, posing all of the costumed guests in front of it for photographs. Inspired by a recent post on Free People Blog we decided to create our own backdrop. It is certainly an idea we will use again next year.
Midway through the evening, the wind, after having gusted strongly from the north all day, finally died down enough that we could use the fire-pit. I had already abandoned my plans of roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, but it was a lovely fire and attracted a group of hardier party attendees. The crock-pot of chili I made for the party was a great success. My crock pot is a six or seven quart one, and there was less than a bowlful left at the end of the evening. There was also a great deal of other food, including much spooky fare especially for Halloween.
|All-Hallows 2014 Collage|
Several of us made our own crowns and tiaras to go with our party costumes. They were all beautiful and inventive. I wish that I had a photograph that would do justice to my oldest granddaughter's flower festooned antlers (she was our only Deer Princess ;). Mine, in tribute to my wintry theme was an icicle crown. I was delighted with how it came out and had planned on doing a tutorial style post on its construction. Since time got away from me, I will try to get that delayed post done soon, so that it is available for anyone who wants to undertake this project in the future. It was fun and comparatively easy, and the results were quite gratifying. Look for this project soon.
In closing this post today, I want to wish everyone a belated Happy All-Hallows. We have closed the door on one seasonal rite of passage, and now will undoubtedly rush our way through the blur of Holidays that mark the closing months of another year.
I would like to thank everyone who attended my second annual barn party, and everyone who brought goodies and contributed to the fun. And, in spite of my misgivings over the weather, it was a great deal of fun.
Until next time...