Sunday, October 28, 2007

Halloween, part I don't know, about seven thousand.

More Halloween prep today, this was fun though...I also took the mutt for a walk, and finally got a picture of this door knocker that I adore....



The mushrooms are out all over, though I can only reliably recognize one kind....can you spot the mushroom? I didn't pick these, I am pretty sure that you cannot eat these....though I found two yesterday that we could and did and they were excellent. I got it confirmed by three seperate people before we tried it.



The day was mostly spent making tombstones...surprisingly laborious, cut out the cardboard, shape it, trim it, then the good part, painting it and speckling it. I am suddenly and profoundly converted to acrylics, man those are FUN...they dry fast, mix big and bright and bold, thin beautifully and have excellent, albeit extremely opaque coverage.





I have also been downloading Bach's Toccada and Fugh in D minor, the classic Halloween music, and my God Mother is going to love this, the version I downloaded was recorded live on Riga's famous Cathedral organ!

We have now achieved all the things that we HAVE to do, other than the pizza, though the time change added one more item to my to-do list...more light on the terrace, also they are going to freeze their butts off up there, OH NO! We may end up with all forty of them down in the apartment.....my chest is tightening with tension at the thought. The noise. OMG.

Only three hours...

It's only three hours....

Ah, what the heck, it'll be a lot of fun.

7 comments:

kate said...

Wow, you are really going all out for this party! It looks like it's going to be great. Can't wait for an update to hear how it went!

Beth said...

Your girls are going to remember this party forever. You're a great mom.

(Three hours can seem like six...)

Anonymous said...

You are incredible - amd you still blogged as well!
I remember a photo of you as a child - standing on your head and grinning like crazy!
Still doing it to keep yourself going?
Who got the best tombstone?
Tried out a Riga hairdresser and came out a scalped chicken.
My head is freezing when I go outdoors so have had to dig up my winter hats.
Can't wait for your photos and report about the HALLOWEEN PARTY.
Sure hope you kept the whole gang up on the terrace and your neighbours didn't complain about the noise factor!

Anonymous said...

Sure am curious about your survey on oatmeal eaters' preferences.
Do tell what that's all about.
A school project?
Only the teachers at the International school in Riga would dream of having their kids do something like that and consider it challenging for them to work it all out.

Beth said...

I agree with Beth...your girls will remember this forever. Believe me.

and it's only 3 hours!!!!

Helen said...

Sounds like a great party. Boo and I used to do them for our kids and we did appropriate food - blood cocktail with eyeballs(blackcurrant and cherries), baby toenail sandwiches (soft cheese and crisps(potato chips)), thought the one everyone refused to eat was poo pudding, which was actually mini chocolate swiss rolls chopped up into chocolate mousse, but it freaked them all out. We also played lots of silly games, and there is a picture in Boo's hall of us all dressed as the Adams family. It is great fun while they are the right age - enjoy it.

oreneta said...

Kate: Yeah, we're making a big deal out of it, I don't normally, since entire neighbourhoods of people do as well....

Beth: They'd better remember this forever...No...it should be fun though.

GM: Sorry about the haircut, my Mom got one in Budapest, and I swear she looked just like Nancy Regan, it was scary...or maybe Mrs Cleaver, you know that 1950's helmet head look...

Oh and the oatmeal was my own bit of silliness....though we have done surveys when we were onthe boat, that was usually fun as everyone missed their grandkids, so we'd ask a question, have a drink and a snack, row to the next boat, repeat....on and on

Beth: Yeah, it'll be good so long as no one slices themselves open carving pumpkins...

Helen: I may have to try some of those foods...poo pudding seems an awesome option...I'm not sure I'll pull it off with the store hours here though.