Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas To Inspire You


Halloween is almost 2 weeks away . . . can you believe it?

Before you know it, Christmas will be here, but let’s not think about that, right?

-Anyway, I thought I’d entertain and inspire you with a fun post showing you different pumpkin carving ideas that might get your creative juices flowing.

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Check out this cool watermelon one.




Here are some pumpkin carving kits you can get to create awesome designs that’ll be a hit with the kids . . . and adults.

Click on the picture for information. 











There you have it. Cool ass pumpkin carving ideas to inspire you.




Can A Ouija Board Contact The Dead?

Since we're in the month of October and Halloween is just around the corner, let's get into the spirit (no pun intended) of things and talk about the Ouija board.

If you don't know what a Ouija board is, then you've been living under a rock. 

Everyone knows what a Ouija board is . . . at least, I think everyone does. But if you don't, I'll tell ya . . . 

-Well, I'll have Wikipedia tell ya: The Ouija sometimes also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" (occasionally), and "goodbye", along with various symbols and graphics. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic) as a movable indicator to indicate a spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance . Participants place their fingers on the planchette, and it is moved about the board to spell out words.

Here's what it looks like:



SHORT HISTORY:
Spiritualism had reached America in 1848 when the Fox sisters in New York, claimed to be mediums and could receive messages from spirits who would tap on the walls when asked a question. The sisters would then translate the knocks into letters of the alphabet. At the time, spiritualism was growing and the Fox sisters helped popularize it. 
The living could contact the spirits of the dead.

You could communicate with your husband, brother, fiancee, or son, who had died in the Civil War.
How easily to be enchanted by a promise like that during a time when countless hearts were crushed due to the war. Hell, even now the hope and possibility to chat with your deceased loved one is too tempting to ignore.
Ya gotta at least try, right? Even if it's bogus, the weeping heart, the gut wrenching feeling of missing someone you lost, sometimes is too much to bear. 

I'm not ashamed to admit that if I ever had the opportunity to communicate with a deceased loved one, I'd try. However, I'd need absolute proof it was real in order to believe the encounter.

 . . . And I wouldn't use the Ouija board.

Why?

Because I'm not sold on the idea that I can communicate with a loved one through a talking board. 

I'd need to do a private reading with say . . . John Edwards instead, to see if he could deliver messages from across the rainbow bridge.

-Moving along:
In 1886, an article came out about a "talking board" that came out of the spiritualist movement in Ohio. 

In 1890, a business man named, Charles Kennard, created the Kennard Novelty Co. 
Guess what for?
To make and market talking boards.
Do you know how the founders of this spirit board got the name Ouija?
They asked the board what it wanted to be called, and it spelled out O-U-I-J-A. Then they asked the board what that meant, and the board spelled out G-O-O-D-L-U-C-K.
Trippy, eh.
 . . . Anyway, there were people who would warn others about using the Ouija board, but it really wasn't considered evil until the movie the Exorcist came out in 1973. 

After that, religious groups banded together in a collective mindset, telling their followers and others that the Ouija board was a tool to invite Satan and his demons into you and your household. They bred fear into the hearts of the innocent and would continue to by telling elaborate and fantastical, haunting tales about it.
I grew up with those stories, and the movie the Exorcist, scared me. 

It freaked me the fuck out.

My mom used to watch that movie at night while I was trying to go to sleep. She'd turn the sound way up, and of course I could hear it. 

I swear she did it on purpose.

I had to sleep with my light on and had nightmares for years because of that damn movie. 


Thanks, Mom. 

-Anyway, when I was a teenager, I played with a Ouija board several times and nothing extraordinary happened. So I don't know. 

I'd heard stories from friends and my own sister about what happened to them when they played with one. 

Honestly, though, I'm at a toss up on what to believe.
What about you? 
Have you ever played with a Ouija board before?
If so, did anything happen?



RV Renovation: I Discovered An Excellent Backup Heating System


You should always have a backup plan—a plan B.

We have a furnace in our RV (Aesop), however, we still need to get it fixed, which we decided not to do until spring.

Btw, we’re not completely done with the renovation, but we’re getting close. I’ll get to that in a minute.

. . . Anyway, even when our furnace does work, we’re still going to want a backup heating system.

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You guys, I found the perfect backup heating system for us.

Mr. Buddy.

I’m sure some of you have heard of Mr. Buddy, but I haven’t until I got involved in the RV/nomad community.

Mr. Buddy is perfect for warming up RVs, fish houses, garages, shops, etc.


Here’s the link if you wanna check it out. https://amzn.to/2OXum4x

Last night when we got back from our date, the temp. was 38 degrees, which was perfect for us to test out Mr. Buddy.

Kevin grabbed a one-pound propane cylinder, hooked it onto Mr. Buddy, and set Mr. B near the cockpit area.





A half hour later, our RV was nice and toasty.

Seriously.

We were amazed because even our bedroom in the back was warm.

-So, we hung out in our RV, listened to some music (powered by solar), drank some wine and brandy, and had a good time without being cold. It was great.

We did discover, though, that a one-pound cylinder only last for 3 hours if we have the setting on high. We might end up purchasing a propane adapter and hose that we can attach to a twenty-pound cylinder.

I don’t know.

Mr. Buddy is for backup heating, and so far, we love it.

Now, back to the renovation part. We’re not done yet, but we’re close.

Honestly, if we wouldn't have had a shitty summer (hot, humid, and mosquitoes), Aesop would be done.

-So, now winter is coming, we need to winterize our house-on-wheels, and once again, wait until spring to finish what’s left of the renovation.

It seems like this reno is taking forevvver.

. . . But, things are how they should be.

We’re not the only blade of grass in the prairie.

This winter, we’ll get our house ready to sell, and then put it on the market. In the meantime, I’ll finish the rewrites and edits to my Legends of Deceit book #2 as well as work on other writing/creative projects I’ve been toying with.

Oh, btw, since it’s October, I’m thinking about writing posts about my books and Halloween stuff. I think it’s fitting and will be fun for all of us.

Have a wonderful week!
   

RV RENOVATION: Wood Flooring Surprise



A month ago we purchased this wood flooring, and I told Kevin to be prepared for it to be a pain in the ass to install.

I’m generally a positive person, however, when he had decided to replace the front seats, he thought it would be a piece of cake to install.

It wasn't.

It was a freaking nightmare!

-So, I didn’t want him to get his hopes up because it seems like every time we think something is going to be easy with the RV it never is.

. . . Well, guess what. I was wrong, and I’m glad I was. 

We were totally surprised.

The flooring is easy to install, but he’s not finished yet. Almost. 

Hopefully, next weekend he’ll be done. All that is left to do is the bathroom and cutting pieces to fit in awkward places.
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Here’s a before and after picture.


We’re loving it, and last night I ordered a couple of throw rugs to make our home on wheels even more homey. Here’s what I ordered if you wanna check it out.










Yesterday, we took a trip to South Dakota and went to Menards. I wanted a backsplash for behind the stove. I saw this retro style one and grabbed it.




What do you think?

I’m not sure what to think about it yet. I mean, I totally love the copper look, but the thing is it’s not real copper. 

Will the heat from the stove melt it?

Kevin thinks it's going to be fine. 

 . . . Anyway, last night, Kevin and I had a couple of drinks in the RV. We hung out and listened to some 80s rock—powered by our solar.

I'm so excited! Solar rocks!



We had fun and are looking forward to living a nomadic lifestyle. 

Our home on wheels is already feeling like home. The more we make it our own, the more we want to take off and live in it full-time.

. . . But we have to wait until everything falls into place and the time is right.

We know this, so in the meantime, we’ll continue with this renovation, minimizing our lives, getting our house ready to sell, and me working on my books and freelance writing.

In the end . . . it’s all good. 





RV RENOVATION: Another Goal Accomplished


I have a confession.

We’re curtain challenged and always have been.

In fact, in our spare bedroom we have a blanket over one window and a faded towel over the other one.

It’s so ghetto, but it is what it is. It wasn’t like we haven’t tried to find curtains to go on those windows.

. . . But, we failed to find the right ones and gave up on it because to be honest, it wasn’t that important to us to continue hunting for the right curtains. Besides, we’re the only ones who goes into that room—us and Church that is.


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-So, last month I bought two of these boho patchwork curtains, and I love them. 

However, as you can see, they were way too big for our RV windows.


Epic fail?

Not quite.

Kevin took one and bunched it up above our kitchen window, and it worked!  

Don’t they look adorable?


Here’s the link if you want to check out these cute bohemian patchwork curtains. https://amzn.to/2xgHB9I

Now, what the hell do we do with the other one?

Thankfully, I have a creative husband who can think outside the box and has an imagination.

I’ll show you what he did with it in a minute.

. . . Anyway, we finished painting the inside of our RV yesterday.




Since we’re both visual and creative people, we started decorating the inside to fuel our excitement on what our house on wheels is going to look like after we’re done renovating it. 

Here's what the inside looked like right after we were done painting and before we did a little decorating.

Here's a picture of what Kevin did with the other curtain.
Here's another picture to give you an idea of what our house on wheels is going to look like once we're done renovating the inside.

We still need to install the wood flooring, and we can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like after it’s done.

-So, yesterday, we accomplished another goal. The painting is finally done, and it looks good, even though painting isn’t our favorite thing to do.

So far, this journey has taught us patience, endurance, knowledge, and wisdom.

We’re being molded and rewarded in ways we never considered or thought about.

A whole new world has opened up to us in ways a year ago we couldn’t even fathom.

It goes deeper than becoming a minimalist, renovating our RV, and eventually traveling the US full-time, living a nomadic lifestyle as a digital nomad.

Maybe one day I’ll write a post about it, but for now I’ll leave you with this as a hint of what I’m talking about. 




RV RENOVATION: I Don’t Know About This Idea


Kevin came up with an idea that I’m not sure about. I’ll show you in a minute what it is.

-But I’ll begin here . . .

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Yesterday we were able to paint some more of the inside of the RV. I thought it would only take us an hour to finish painting.

Not.

However, all we have left—as far as I know—is behind the couch, the wall next to the driver’s side, and touching up parts we already painted.

I’m guilty of slapping the paint on too thin.

My bad.

. . . So, there are a few places I have to put a second coat on.

My grandpa is probably rolling in his grave because he was a professional painter when he was alive and clearly, I didn’t inherit that gene.

Hey, at least I’m trying, right?

That’s how we learn.

Kevin came up with a creative idea to do to our bedroom walls.

His idea is to make the wall look like it has wallpaper showing through the paint, and then decorating it with cool album covers, flyers, whatever—sort of like a scrap book wall.

Before I show you pictures of what we did, check out this cool ass book we discovered.


Here’s the link if you want to check it out: https://amzn.to/2CA2rWL

We’ve used a lot of pages from this book to help decorate inside of our RV.

Kevin did a decoupage between the cabinets that used to be blue velvet.


He created a patchwork collage on the living room wall, using pages from this gem of a book.


 . . . And incorporated his idea for our bedroom wall, using once again, pages from this awesome book.

He stuck pieces he torn up to different parts of the wall. Then I painted around them. 







As of this moment, here’s what his wall and mine looks like in our bedroom.





I don’t know how I feel about it.

Maybe after we do the touch ups, I’ll dig it then.

-Anyway, our RV renovation is coming along. I suspect when we put the flooring in, it’s going to be a pain in the ass.

I could be wrong.

I hope I’m wrong.

. . . But I have a feeling cutting up pieces of the flooring to fit awkward places is going to be a bitch and time consuming.

Of course, I’ll keep you up-to-date.

Renovating an RV is both trying and rewarding at the same time.

It's a lot of work and tends to be frustrating.

However, we’re creating a home-on-wheels.

 . . . And in the end, it’ll be all good.