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Black Cat or Bloody Girl

For the past couple of years, my youngest daughter has had to have two different costumes for Halloween. I do not know how this happened, but somehow she has been obsessed with being something scary and bloody. Of course, her elementary school doesn’t allow bloody costumes, so she decides on one safe costume for the school parade, and then makes herself all gory for trick-or-treating.

Halloween 2016

She has been spending weeks practicing her bloody scar makeup to get it realistic, and she cut up a shirt and painted it with “blood.”

The school costume, however, does not receive as much preparation. Two nights before Halloween, she was going to wear a smock and make a palette and be an artist for the Halloween parade. The night before Halloween, she decided to be a black cat. She found a big, fat pipe cleaner to be her tail, dressed all in black, and the next morning had me make her hair into two buns to be her ears.


As soon as she got home from school, with a little school glue, makeup and fake blood, she transformed into something else….

One of the other moms in our trick-or-treating group even asked me if she really hurt herself!

Fortunately, her wounds washed off later that night!

Linking up with Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop here:  I Was Right






Knit Knot

For the past couple of days, I have been reteaching myself how to knit. I’ve become just a little obsessed, as a matter of fact, to the extent that I haven’t been cleaning the house, as you can so plainly see in my picture! Why am I having this sudden obsession with knitting, since I haven’t knitted in years and have never finished anything?

I signed up for a new Fellowship Group at my church called “Knit and Know Him.” So I think I’d at least better be able to bring my knitting needles and knit a little something! I started knitting this dishcloth yesterday, reviewing how to cast on, knit and purl. I picked a simple pattern called “Simple Weave,” although I think it looks like shooting stars. Don’t you? (Maybe not….)

To make up for my neglect yesterday, I have been all business this morning. I finished a small load of laundry (unheard of!) and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. (What?!?)

And also, wrote a small blog post.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10


30 Days of Writing

Another year of National Blog Posting Month is over. These 30 days have certainly been eventful! November was the month of the Cubs winning the World Series, Lily’s 12th birthday, the presidential election, and Thanksgiving. We went to a museum and the movies. I also continued writing about our two week road trip to Yellowstone National Park. I still have more travel posts to write! Even though NaBloPoMo is over, I plan to keep writing.

NaBloPoMo November 2016

In order to get a blog post written every day, I fell in to the bad habit of writing the day’s post late at night. Some posts I like, some…not as much. Here are all 30 of them.

Day 1: Here We Go…Again?
Day 2: Go, Cubs, Go!
Day 3: Cubs Win!
Day 4: Three Weddings and a Funeral
Day 5: Two Daughters
Day 6: Two Coyotes
Day 7: Two Parties
Day 8: Why I’m Not Taking My Kids to the Polls
Day 9: I’m Sad Today
Day 10: Retreat
Day 11: Telling My Children
Day 12: The Bake-Off
Day 13: Leaf Season
Day 14: It Doesn’t Always Work Out
Day 15: Struggling Upwards
Day 16: Downs and Ups
Day 17: The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Day 18: Busy Day, Movie Night
Day 19: Sometimes We Like to Play Tourists
Day 20: Sometimes I still…
Day 21: Busy Airport
Day 22: The Tuesday Before Thanksgiving
Day 23: Pies!
Day 24: Happy Thanksgiving!
Day 25: A Simple Piece of Cloth
Day 26: I reached my goal!
Day 27: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; a Parent Review
Day 28: Incognito
Day 29: Sister, Sister, Brother, Sister
Day 30: 30 Days of Writing

Thank you so much for sticking with me during the month of November and reading the good with the bad! I’ve been participating in NaBloPoMo since 2009, and I found some of the old badges in my archives. My favorite one is the dish washing lady…a sense of satisfaction, indeed!

See you again in 2017, NaBloPoMo!



November, 2012

November 2009









Two Daughters

At the third wedding we attended this year, there was a fun table with three typewriters. Real, honest to goodness typewriters! Let me tell you, I had to hold myself back. I wanted to sit down and type on a real typewriter so badly! But I behaved myself.

poems while you wed
poems while you wed

These typewriters were soon attended by three poets. They were part of a group called “Poems while you wait.” You give them a topic, they will write a poem. Since Ed and I had left our two daughters at home, they were my topic of choice.

Here is the poem we received:

Like Two Tulips

Two daughters,
and sometimes both

are nice at once.
Sometimes the house

smells of hair spray,
sometimes like dirty socks.

I’m afraid of what’s in
your future, even more

afraid of what’s in
your trash cans.

caroline macon
poems while you wed

Now, what do you think of that?


Mud Season

The four seasons are why I love living in the Midwest. The past few winters, however, have almost done me in. It seemed like every single Saturday morning, I was slipping and sliding in my minivan on the way to piano lessons. As much as I love snow, I was tired of spending my afternoons shoveling the driveway. And then there was the cold! The polar vortex visited us a couple of winters in a row, and school was cancelled because of the subzero temperatures.

Well, we had none of that this year. Winter is not done with us yet, I know, and I did have the sump pump pipe freeze on me because of the extreme cold, but those subzero temperatures didn’t last long. The sun is shining and the birds are singing on this beautiful February morning. Spring is coming!

In the excitement of throwing the windows open to release the stale air and let fresh air inside and throwing the kids outside to play, I forgot; when you mix kids with warm air and melting snow drifts, you get mud. Mud tracked into the house on boots and smeared on hands.

Mud pie

But I love it anyway. I love seeing the buds grow on the trees and slowly turn green and green shoots pushing through last year’s brown, dried-up leaves. I love opening the windows even when it’s not quite warm enough to open the windows. I love kicking the kids outside to play.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Without winter, the long, cold, snowy winter, Spring would not be so fresh and new and green.

Lily skateboarding

What is your favorite season?

Pick one (or more) and write about the prompt on your blog. Then come back here to link up your blog post! Don’t forget, the linky will close on February 29th!

1. On Groundhog Day, the groundhog is supposed to tell us when Spring will arrive. What is your favorite season and why?

2. Company’s coming! What is your favorite recipe to make when you have guests?

3. Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. Do you have a craft or cute Valentine ideas to share with us?

4. 2016 is Leap Year. If you had no other obligations, what would you do with an extra day?

The linky will be open all month long! But remember, this is the shortest month of the year, so you only have 29 days to write!


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