Sunday, 18 October 2009

Sunday Night – Wrappin’ Up. . .

I curse Facebook games.

I love October and the anticipation of Halloween parties and dressing up. Can’t wait to be ‘my thang’ this Halloween, and Peter’s will be great too. Heeee!

Guilty pleasure (among many) The Hills – Lawd, can you believe the previews for ‘this season on the Hills’? Oh, that Justin Bobby. Bad, bad JB.

Coconut shrimp and Asian crunch salad for dinner in front of the fire while watching Coronation Street.

Writing  . . .received my very first PAID freelance writing job!

Really, it doesn’t get better than that – so I’ll just stop here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

The History of Jack O' Lanterns -


“Pumpkin carving is a popular part of modern America's Halloween celebration. Come October, pumpkins can be found everywhere in the country from doorsteps to dinner tables. Despite the widespread carving that goes on in this country every autumn, few Americans really know why or when the jack o'lantern tradition began. Or, for that matter, whether the pumpkin is a fruit or a vegetable. Read on to find out!

People have been making jack o'lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed "Stingy Jack." According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern."

In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o'lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack o'lanterns.”

Friday, 2 October 2009

Coming Soon. . . .

All about writing. My writing, my books, my ideas.

Stay tuned.

Why Can’t Every Day Be Like This?

Understand that I don’t really believe all this hooey – I believe I have a destiny and that God has a plan. But who’s to say He doesn’t speak through this kind of thing sometimes? This one is pretty positive – and I want all my days to be like this! Who’s with me?

The Devil
The Sun
The Wheel of Fortune

Today | This Week

The rays of the Sun and the Devil's flames are bringing plenty of heat your way today, dear Joyce. There's passion in the air. It's a time of intense feelings, passionate declarations, and tender and sensual encounters. There's not a cloud in the sky to darken these moments of love and intimacy that you'll be sharing with your loved ones. So enjoy it while you can! In your working life, your lively spirit and charisma prove to be infallible weapons as you march along the road to success. There's no stopping you with the Sun and the Wheel of Fortune on your side! You've got an answer to everything, you take an interest in everything and take effective action in every area that has an impact on your work, directly or indirectly. So it's the ideal moment to go for that pay rise or promotion. Go for it!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Very Interesting. . .

Your horoscope for October 1, 2009

Maintain a positive attitude, Joyce, and things will naturally flow your way. Tell a few jokes and keep things light and energetic. You will find that you can multi-task very well, and that you have the built-in ability to make everyone around you smile. Don't shy away from things, move toward them. Put away your self-doubt and be more proactive in your approach to everything you encounter.

October 1, 2009

Here's your Tarot Reading for today, Joyce:


The World
The Emperor

Today | This Week

Today, you reach a balance in your emotional life, Joyce. Justice and the World set the scene for stability and faithfulness - it may even be that an affair you've kept secret up until now will be brought out into the open. You feel as if you're on solid ground and you're not afraid to look into the future of your relationship with confidence. And marriage is in the air. At work, now's the time to profit from your heightened charisma to bring things to a head, and why not try to sort out disagreements that still rankle with you? This is undoubtedly the time for discussion with your colleagues or partners. The Emperor and Justice reinforce your secure state of mind. Make use of your influence to justify your point of view and stabilize the situation.