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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween music playlist tips



Your house may be decorated to give even those with nerves of steel the hibijibis; your costume may be as lifelike that even your family doesn’t recognize you; but if you’re playing happy, carefree music, the Halloween spirit you are trying to create will go right out the window.

What you need is a Halloween music playlist, tunes so creepy, so blood curling, they will scare the pants of anyone attending your party.  The following is a small selection to consider.

Thriller - Michael Jackson

From the first note, this song will indicate that you mean business.  Whether your guests are dancing or stand around talking, when Jackson starts his dialogue, hitting off with “Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour close at hand”, all of them are sure to feel their neck hairs rise.  Not to mention Vincent Price’s laughter concluding the song.  That will rattle a few bones.

The Monster Mash – Boris Picket and the Crypt Kickers

Whether your guests were born in the fifties or nineties, everybody loves The Monster Mash.  Although scary and as such suitable for Halloween, The Monster Mash is perfect to end all conversation signalling it’s time for your guests to start kicking up their heels. 

Black Magic Woman - Santana

Of course, wild dancing can only last so long.  Every now and then you’ll have to throw in a slow tune so your guests can catch their breath and smooch a little without leaving the dance floor.  Rely on Santana and Black Magic Woman to do just that. 

I Put a Spell On You – CCR
Keep the slow pace without losing any of the Halloween atmosphere.  Spells and potions are right up there with ghosts and witches.  Put a spell on your guests with the help of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Soundtracks

If you don’t like individual songs, how about some movie soundtrack music?  Think Psycho, think Poltergeist, any of the Freddie Kruger movies or even some Resident Evil tunes.  All of them are guaranteed to be bone chilling and if your guests have seen the movies, the music will bring back some memories.

Alternatively you can go for the soundtrack of the classics such as Dracula or Frankenstein movies.  The visuals were scary, but it was the music that had many on the edge of their seat and gave them nightmares.

Whatever you decide, mix up the fast with the slow; the old with the new; and give your party guests a Halloween to remember.




Friday, October 23, 2015

Halloween decorating ideas for the office



While you can go all out decorating your house for Halloween, you might have to tone it down a bit with Halloween decorating ideas for the office.  After all, the office is a place of business where management meets clients, customers or patients.

That is not to say that you cannot bring a little atmosphere in your office or cubicle.  In fact, a few tasteful ornaments might gain you popularity.

To start off, you might want to decide on a good place to decorate.  This can be a corner of your desk, the top of a filing cabinet, a windowsill, or even some floor space.

To create the right setting, start off with either a black or an orange piece of cardboard.  If you mainly want to use decorations such as ravens, bats or spiders, black is your best choice.  If on the other hand you are thinking of using or pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, or other colorful items, then orange cardboard will be better suited.  Creating contrast is key.

A word of advice though, be sympathetic to your colleagues’ feelings.  If you know of someone who has a phobia for spiders, best not to use them.  You don’t want to give someone heart failure when coming face to face with a lifelike tarantula. 
However, if nobody in your area is afraid of spiders, they make for great decorations.  You can have them sitting on your desk, crawling on walls, dangling from the ceiling, whatever you fancy.

Alternatively you can use witches and scarecrows.  Nobody is likely to go screaming when they see a witch or scarecrow in your office and they make for great, colorful decorations.  Along with witches you can add little details such as cauldrons, poison bottles, broomsticks and apples.

Other Halloween decorations for the office could be a touch of the sinister.  How about some coffins or headstones?  To jazz things up bit you could add a ghost or two. 

Then there are the ever popular vampires.  Whether you work with dolls or pictures, nothing says Halloween like a blood sucking creature.  To give extra character to your display, you could make use of a few bats and goblets filled with some type of red liquid. 

If management doesn’t allow creepy Halloween decorations for the office, you could just stick to pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.  Providing you have the space, you could have the real thing in your office or cubicle, or you could have pictures or a banner.

If you don’t overdo it, most offices will have no problem with having a few decorations.  Keep it simple, keep it tasteful and be considerate. 



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

5 Cheap Halloween decorating ideas




If you’re planning on having a family gathering or throwing a big Halloween party, turning down the lights and playing some scary music is not enough, you need to create the right atmosphere.  Halloween night belongs to ghosts and goblins, when the dead rise from the grave and crows, rats and spiders are there to welcome them. 

To party with them or at least be sympathetic with their plight, your house needs to be suitably attired.  The following are some cheap Halloween decorating ideas.

Ghosts

You will need two or more white balloons for this trick.  Fill the balloons with helium, attach different lengths of string and secure the string with weights so they don’t float to the ceiling.  Cover the balloons with a white curtain or bed sheet.  To get some movement in the balloons, enlist the help of a fan turned on to the lowest setting.  Your ghosts will gently sway in the breeze.

Spiders

Fill a black balloon with Helium and let it float to the ceiling.  Cut eight pieces of black streamer and attach one end with tape to the black balloon and the other end to various points on the ceiling or walls, thus creating the look of the spiders’ legs.  If you want you can give the spider a face by using white or silver paint to paint eyes and a mouth on the spider.  A word of advice though, this is not a good idea if any of your guests are afraid of spiders.

Coffins

If you have a couple of shoeboxes, you can paint them black or brown and decorate them to look like coffins.  For an open casket, place a skeleton on top of a pile of cotton wool or Kleenex tissues.

Tombstone

Get some Styrofoam and cut it so that it’s flat on the bottom and rounded on top.  Paint the Styrofoam grey with the letters R.I.P. in black with your guests’ names and a message.  That will creep them out.

Cardboard

Get some black cardboard and draw various sizes of bats, rats, birds and cats on it.  With a red pencil or paint, give the animals eyes, a mouth and whiskers.  Cut out the drawings and attach them with sticky tape to the walls or windows.

On orange cardboard you can draw pumpkins and jack o lanterns.  After cutting them out decorate them with leafs drawn and cut out from green cardboard.



Monday, October 5, 2015

Getting to know Charlotte



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Holly's story


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HOLLY
Two years ago, this little kitten came into our lives. She and her three brothers were left in a box on a ground floor balcony of the condo building where we live.

I had gone down to the management office to hand in our maintenance fee cheque, when I overheard a woman talking about kittens.

Kittens? The conversation immediately had my full attention.

To cut a long story short … I went to the woman’s condo, and there they were, four little kittens playing with a ball. That’s to say, three of them were playing while the fourth one sat on her own.

The playing kittens paid no attention to me, but the sideline kitten come closer, looked up to me and peeped a pitiful “meow”.

Well, that was it, this little one had found a home.
From here on, I'll let Holly herself tell the story … 
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SOMEWHAT SCARED I EXPLORED MY NEW HOME.
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BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, I GOT A BATH.
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AND THEN I GOT SOMETHING TO EAT
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UTTERLY EXHAUSTED, I CURLED UP FOR A NAP
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THE NEXT DAY I WAS TAKEN TO THE VET FOR A CHECK UP AND RECEIVED A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH
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I FOUND ALL KINDS OF NICE PLACES TO SLEEP, SUCH AS A COMFY CHAIR
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A DESK
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DAD'S LAP, AND LOTS OF OTHER PLACES
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I EVEN GOT MY VERY OWN BEAR TO SLEEP WITH
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I HAD TO GO TO THE VET A FEW MORE TIMES FOR MY SHOTS, AND TO KEEP ME WARM, DAD PUT ME IN HIS JACKET

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AS I GREW UP, DAD PLAYED WITH ME
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AND SHOWED ME PICTURES ON HIS CELLPHONE
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BEDTIME I STILL HAVE MY BEAR FOR COMPANY
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ALL TUCKED UP FOR THE NIGHT
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THIS IS MOM'S FAVORITE PICTURE OF ME
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AUGUST 21, 2014 WAS MY FIRST BIRTHDAY
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I ENJOY FLOWERS INSIDE
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AND OUTSIDE
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WHERE IT COMES TO FISH, I'M UNDER STRICT INSTRUCTIONS THAT I CAN ONLY LOOK, NOT TOUCH
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RECENTLY I CELEBRATED MY SECOND BIRTHDAY
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SO THAT'S MY STORY
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FIRST I WAS A LITTLE KITTEN

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AND NOW I'M ALL GROWN UP

By the way, my three brothers found loving homes too.