LOCAL: Halloween Party Prep!

Omigoddess! How many are coming? We ask each other as the time draws near. Andy, at Bloomingfoods, stopped me to say he’s coming. Mariella will bring her kids. Rhonda, Corbin and their kids, several other kids. The kids are enticing my son Colin, always the Pied Piper, and I’m going to give him the honor of taking the lead in telling the scary (true) stories. (His are even scarier!). I have a new function, which you’ll soon see. . .

Lots of others. at least 19 signed up on facebook. How many altogether? Will we have enough food? Feverishly, we prepare more, more . . . Our last guess is about 30.

Prep begins:

Last night, caramel apples, Katarina in the lead, with podmates Leah, Bradley and Brie.

making apples.1My does that girl love to cook!

making apples.2 You know, I really can’t convey to you just how wondrous it is for me, a 72-year-old crone, to live with such creative young people. So much fun! Over this past year my solitary habits have started to melt away inside this light-hearted harmonious interplay weaving its tapestry around us, spreading love into the world.

Last night’s prep was just the beginning. Today, Brie, who is taking the lead on this entire whingding, and has been looking forward to it for months, got an early start.

Brie's to do listAs the day wore on, one by one her list did get crossed out. I helped by tidying up the front porch, and (finally) sweeping the back porch:

clean porch

I also bought a few $2 masks for those who come without.

Meanwhile, Brie was doing her beautiful thing, her astro chart’s concentration of planets in Leo shining forth. Note the skeletons in the doorway:

Brie Last night, besides caramel apples she and Kat also cut out sacks for the paper lanterns:

for the paper lanternsShe unfurled a purple table cloth for under some of the goodies.

ready to go

“Where did you get the props?” I ask, while sweeping the floor.

“Mostly from the Dollar Store.”

Last Sunday evening we held a pod meeting, our first in many months. Older people — most of whom live alone, and who hear about what we’re doing (two old women living one each in two houses with four young people) and are intrigued — ask me earnestly: “How often do you hold meetings?” I look at them puzzled. As seldom as possible!

While going through our agenda, Kat was sitting on the floor decorating a pumpkin with leaves, using extremely smelly glue. Rebecca (the other old one) finally asked her to open the door, and then, a few minutes later, I exclaimed, “Just stop!”

“Okay! Okay!”

Here it is. Sweet pumpkin.

Kat's pumpkin

This morning Brie dragged out the terrific collage we all put together at the Witchy Woman’s Equinox Celebration. Remember that? Seems like years ago, and it was only in September! She hung it in the defunct greenhouse.

Witchy Woman poster

Here’s her finished canvasses. First, the patio area:

back yardComplete, of course, with materials for our traditional chalk art:

chalk art areaLiving room (in case party spills inside, which it probably will, despite fire outside. It’s nearly November!)

living roomCoffee table decoration:

altarIn this entire panoply, there was only one hitch. That was the ugly scaffolding (because the top of the chimney is about to be completely redone.)

scaffoldingIn permaculture, we have a principle that goes like this: “The problem is the solution.” I.e., when something just can’t be ignored, and it seems to ruin everything, instead, reimagine how it might contribute to the whole.

Sooooo . . .

I decided to make a little enclosed area out of the scaffolding, inside which my witchy self will give people “mini-readings.” Funky, of course, made with clothespinned sheets:

Oracle areaIn order to get inside you have to brave the poke plant obstacle course, following the carpets, and then squeeze in between the scaffolding and the stonework:

follow the carpets

Aha! Do you dare?


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0 Responses to LOCAL: Halloween Party Prep!

  1. Kieron says:

    🙂 very cool and clever all ’round! Hope you have a great time. 🙂

  2. brother Hohn says:

    ohhhh Annie

    Shades of Paula and her
    ” Kamosh is Good , Kamosh is great

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