Susan Spess Shay

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Let’s Party!

406835_10151292562477456_978162184_nLet’s start this Halloween with a celebration! You have a chance to win MAKE ME HOWL

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and a Halloween surprise!

 

All you have to do to enter is LIKE my Facebook page (Susan Shay, Author) and either tell me Trick or Treat or the name of your favorite scary movie.

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Share it and let me know that you have and I’ll enter you twice!

Have fun!

 

 

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Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaa!

When I was so young, there was only one digit in my age (less than 10 years old) Sister Debbie, Marsha Hagberg and I went to see THE BEST scary movie ever–

13 Ghosts!

You really need to watch this wonderful movie for the first time when you’re too young to realize how hokey it is. After all, it was filmed in Illusion-O and you got free ghost viewers! (Wish I still had mine.)

We three girls saw it when we were young enough to be delightfully scared to death. We watched most of it from between our fingers. (Tell me what’s happening!)

The three of us watched The Wolfman, The Mummy, Dracula and Frankenstein the same way and loved every minute of it.

I still love all those great Halloween movies, but 13 Ghosts will always be my favorite. (G-Man doesn’t get it, but I think it missed it the first time it came out. Poor guy.)  

I know there have been other, truly frightening movies made since the “greats” such as Halloween, Friday the 13th and some of those other blood dripping, stomach turning films, but they’re too true to life. The really good ones have absolutely no truck with reality. (A man who turns into a bat and back again? Really?)

And isn’t having fun and setting aside reality what Halloween is really about?

Which kind of Halloween movies do you like best?


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Exciting Times

I don’t know about anyone else, but my weekends are about half as long as they used to be. I mean, instead of two twenty-four hour days, I’m only getting twelve hour babies.

Anybody else?

I don’t get it.

We had some great snuggling weather Friday night. Cold rain–I love it! The rain, the chilly weather, and I’m-warm-inside-eating-stew-and-listening-to-the-raindrops. It’s wonderful!

I hear the fam in Wichita even had a little snow.

And have you noticed the trees? They’re changing. 🙂 That’s one of my favorite things about fall, and since fall is my favorite season, I guess I really love ’em. LOL. Of course, I have seen much red yet, but gorgeous yellows are starting to be everywhere and I’ve even seen a few peachy ones.

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C-Town is ramping up for a great time coming soon.

FC3 is getting ready for the Harvest Hoedown next Sunday night, October 27th. I look forward to it every year, even though I’m too old to play the games. 🙂 I usually get to pass out food or drinks, so I see most of the adults and some of the kids at least once if not several times.

It’s so much fun!

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The kids are sweet and funny and have a ball! And the adults even have a lot of fun.

The Baptist Church is getting ready for Trunk of Treat the same night. Not only the kids dress up for it but the cars do, too! 🙂

Trick or Treat on Broadway is nearly here and with it, hordes of masked children and adults. I heard about one pregnant woman who dressed up and got candy, “for the baby,” but I can’t really be sure about that.

Wonder if she let her belly show and painted it like a basket ball for the baby’s costume? 😉

And our nursing home has trick or treating for kids as well as The Baptist Village. How cool is that?

Exciting times, they are a comin’!

 

 


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Happy October!

October is one of my favorite months of the world! Let me tell you why. (Knew I would, didn’t you?)

  • First, Middle Son Matt was born in October. The adorable child grew up to be a very nice, good looking, responsible guy. (A mom can’t ask for more than that.)

It’s party time!

  • The weather’s MUCH better. It’s not hot, anymore. No more three digit temps. No more sweat on my brow the moment I step out of the air conditioning. Lower air conditioner bills. And we get a little rain. (I remember once when it snowed on Halloween!)

Leaves! If the trees have any left, they change to gorgeous colors. Oranges and golds and beautiful reds. And there’s something inside me that wants to observe and enjoy and record all of it.

  • Apples. Yep, apples. I. Love. Them. Love the tart sweetness, the crunchiness and the millions of dishes that can be made with apples. No way I can name them all, but I love them fried for breakfast, baked in Tuela’s Fresh Apple Cake OR an apple pie, carameled (is that a word?) as well as juiced, warmed and mixed with spices.

Pumkins, pumkins, pumpkins! And gourds. Have you noticed how many varieties there are for sale anymore? From tiny to huge, dark orange to white and there are even some I call Monsterkins–kind of misshapen and covered with warts.

And finally (although I could probably come up with hundreds of things I love about October) I love Opals. That’s October’s birthstone, and I think they’re beautiful.

Next time I’m in Austrailia, I’ll see if I can pick up a few. 🙂

  What’s your favorite thing about October? The sports? Halloween? I’d love to know.

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You Autumn know, I LOVE FALL!

I love fall! I really do.

 Is there a season that’s any nicer?

Fall colors, fall clothes, fall leaves. No, not fallen leaves. AUTUMN leaves.

When we had the dress shop, going to market for the fall season each year was my absolute favorite buying trip. Wearing those clothes a few months later was great, too. (Sweaters and jackets hide cover a multitude of sins.)

I like to take long drives (or even whole vacations) just to look at the beauty God has put on display for us.

The colors, holidays (who doesn’t love Halloween and Thanksgiving?) yummy food–I love soups, stews and chili!– pumpkins, cooler temperatures. What’s not to love?

  And I love fall because some of my favorite people were born in the fall. 🙂

 Matt and me when he was two.

Matt at his favorite passtime.

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Jeffrey with his son.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that fall weather will hurry up and get here!


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Kisses, Sweeter than Wine

Most people think my dad is the boss at the office where I work.

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Mistake!

Okay, maybe Dad signs the checks, but this little guy owns our hearts.

Wearing this hardhat, he might look like your average roughneck, but this guy’s special.

He has the ability to capture the heart of every adult in his range.

No one is immune to his charm.

Everyone who meets him is his.

When he sleeps, we tiptoe. 

When he’s cranky, we dance. Sometimes he’s joins us. 😉

And when he says your name (or you imagine what he babbles is your name) you melt.

One of his kisses is sweeter than wine candy. (Especially when we slip him tootsie rolls to munch.)

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Happy Halloween!

Minnie Mouse in Mickey Mouse Works (1999)

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Do you remember Halloween when you were a kid?

We used to wear our costumes to school and have parties to celebrate the fun day.

I tried to think of the earliest Halloween I could. It was when we lived in The Ford, way back in the day. I remember a party we had at my grandparents’ house when we all wore costumes, but I probably only remember that because of the picture of me and all my cousins in costumes. (It had to be a big picture to get all those cousins in.) 

The first one I remember for sure is the one right after we moved to C-Town. Sister Debbie and I were so excited to go trick-or-treating in our new Small Town World. And the best part was, our friends, Janie and Sally, were coming to trick-or-treat with us.

We got dressed and waited for them. It seemed as if they were never going to get there, so Mom let us go next door to trick-or-treat our neighbors, Tom and Jane.

Debbie dressed up as Minnie Mouse, with official (Minnie Mouse ears and everything!) and I dressed up as a witch. (My kids would tell you that was prophetic. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!) We took our t-0r-t bags and trailed up the small hill to the neighbors and rang the bell.

Tom was tall and slender with only a small rim of hair on his head. It seems he always had a funny tale to tell, and even if he wasn’t telling something funny, he had laughter in his voice, just saying hello. And Jane was one of the sweetest women I’d ever met. (Most women were sweet back then, come to think of it.)

They took us inside, took our pictures, talked to us a little, then let us choose something for our treat bags. I don’t really remember the treat. I do remember that they made us glad we rang their doorbell.

We wandered back home to watch out our big picture window while we waited for Janie and Sally. Finally, their car pulled up in front of our house. Then another car pulled up behind them. And another, and another, until a whole line of cars was there.

Mom and Dad’s friends from The Ford had come to C-Town to give them a surprise house-warming. Our new house, which had been empty and lonely just a few days before when we moved in, was filled with warmth and light because the great people from The Ford took their Halloween night to share their love with us.

I don’t remember if there was anything to eat or gifts, but I remember a bunch of people in our house and being very glad that C-Town really wasn’t that far from home at all.

Did you trick-or-treat as a kid? What’s the earliest Halloween you remember?