Express Yourself – My Halloween Costume as a Kid

Hello bloggers! It’s time for Express Yourself, the weekly blog hop that posts different topics and updates monthly.


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I’m publishing the last post for October since next week will be Spooktoberfest 2014, which I haven’t decided if I’m going to take part in yet.

Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month. They also have a site they co-author together:ย  Cover Girls.

This week’s topic is:

October 20-24, 2014

What’s a Halloween costume you wore as a child?

I wore a few. No matter what costume it was though, it always had the plastic face with cutout eyes and mouth, and cheaply made outfits to match (usually some sort of plastic too that tied around my clothes). ๐Ÿ™‚

I remember being a fairy princess one year. Though we were poor, this one particular year my mom bought a little extra to go with my costume. I walked around thinking I was really a princess. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a glittery ‘magic wand’ with all kinds of colorful ribbons hanging off it. My mom also bought me pink plastic shoes with a ‘heel’ so I could feel all grown up. I must’ve been all of five or six. Yup, I was living large that particular Halloween; I made out pretty good in the candy department too, if I recall correctly. ๐Ÿ™‚

What about you guys?


Underrated Treasures Blogfest!

Hello fellow bloggers! If you keep up with my other blog, My Miracle Life, you probably know already that I’ve had a pretty crappy couple of months. Now that I’m back in the ‘swing of things’, so to speak, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh has yet again come up with another fun and exciting blog hop…

treasures14 It’s the Underrated Treasures Blogfest!

Everyone has a favorite movie or band that no one else has ever heard about. For whatever reason, they remain undiscovered and underrated. Now is your chance to tell the world about this obscure treasure!

So that’s what we do today, post about our favorite unknown โ€“


Post about one or all four โ€“ dealerโ€™s choice!

The Ghost & Mrs. Muir is an American sitcom based on the 1947 film of the same name. The movie was based on the 1945 novel by R. A. Dick. AHA!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope Lange plays Carolyn Muir, aย  widow with two young kids, a housekeeper and a wire fox terrier dog named ‘Scruffy’.ย  She rents a place called Gull Cottage, near the fictional fishing village of Schooner Bay, Maine.


What she doesn’t realize initially is that the cottage is haunted by the ghost (poltergeist) of its former owner: Daniel Gregg, a nineteenth-century sea-captain, played by Edward Mulhare (sigh).

The Ghost affects things in the house, outside the house, and appears or disappears whenever he damn well pleases. At first it was only the son who could hear or speak to him. When he’s really cranky, like when his bumbling descendant Claymore Gregg (played by hysterically funny Charles Nelson Reilly), his bad moods even affect the weather. He loves to claim they’re not related… Anyhoo, Claymore is one of the few people who know of the Captain’s presence in the house since he now owns it I guess and is Mrs. Muir’s landlord. That doesn’t mean he isn’t godawful terrified of the Captain; that’s one of the Captain’s pleasures, torturing poor Claymore.

Not too many people from back in the day even remember the show. I’m surprised. I know it didn’t last too long. When I read up on the show in Wikipedia, it said that the show struggled in ratings and was cancelled after only two seasons.

I have to admit though, when I was about five I had the HUGEST little kindergarten crush on the Captain. I don’t even remember what that crush felt like. No, really…Like what did I want? Him to come over and offer to carry me through the park on his shoulders? Push me on the swings? Ride the see-saw with me? What?

Yeah, so that’s my Underrated Treasure. I love that show and I’d watch it over and over no matter how corny it is by today’s standards. ๐Ÿ™‚



Express Yourself – July 14-18, 2014

Hello fellow bloggers! Hope everyone had a good weekend. It’s time for this week’s posting of the Express Yourself weekly meme that comes out monthly with a different topic each week.

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Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month. This week’s topic is:

July 14-18, 2014: What is a favorite grade school memory?

I have a few grade school memories, but one of my favorites was when I played an Indian in a second grade Thanksgiving play.

My mom made my costume from scratch and I must have been the most original and colorful Indian in the tribe! ๐Ÿ™‚ We had to do this little Indian dance and I remember being so out of step, turning this way and that. It didn’t stop my parents from telling me I was the best and most beautiful dancer on stage… (Rolling my eyes forty-something years later)

That’s my one grade school memory for this week. Have a great day everyone!

Express Yourself – June 30-July 4, 2014

Hey fellow bloggers. I did it again; I aimed for 75-100% for my Express Yourself posts last month and fell short. Grrr. I get so upset at myself. I feel blessed to have the totally amazing hosts still keeping me on the roster. I’m going to try harder this month.

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Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month. This week’s topic is:

JUNE 30-JULY 4: Did you have a beloved toy growing up? What was it?

Easy-peasy. It was my Raggedy Ann and Andy, although Ann was a lot more worn and torn than Andy.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, when I got a little older, it was all about my Barbie dream house (which looked nothing like today’s dream houses, haha), and convertible.

Yeah, those were my favorite toys growing up. Once I got to my teens, it was all about reading books, writing stories,ย  playing occasional Pac-Man, Galaga, Donkey Kong, and reading more books (even though I started the reading and writing part way earlier in life…typing this post just jogged a memory of me carrying a handful of books from the public library when I was about seven years old and reading them all within three days.)

Thank you Dani and Jackie for this week’s question. It jogged a memory I’m not sure I would’ve remembered otherwise. If you’re interested in participating in this blog hop, click on the image above to be transported to the sign-up linky! Have a great day everyone!

Writing 101-Day 2: Room With A View

If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

Photo courtesy of anankkml (photo cropped)

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Todayโ€™s twist: organize your post around the description of a setting.

1972, it’s early evening and there’s a slight breeze in the summer air at the playground by 167 and Jerome Ave in the Bronx. I’m laid out on a blanket under a tree with Mami; Papi is practicing his soccer kicks on the grass with my Woolworth’s purchased imitation soccer ball. Occasionally, the rumble of the number 4 train can be heard passing on the el.

Two other families, one Puerto Rican and the other Dominican, ten to twelve deep are setting up together about twenty feet away. We recognize them; they’re regulars here too. They both live in the next building over from us. We’re the only Hungarian family they ‘know’.ย  The men set up chairs; they ready their congas, bongos, tambourines (panderetas), guiros, and maracas for entertainment. The women set out food and beverages, enough to feed an army, it seems.

This is a guiro. To learn more about amazing Hispanic instruments, click on image.

Mami and me get up off our blanket and walk over. I already know Mami offers to help the women. They accept. I go to play with the kids. Papi and the men wave hello. One of the older boys goes up to Papi and they start to kick the ball around.

Pretty soon it seems as though three families had come together. Mami brings our lone blanket closer and calls me to bring my bicycle, the one that I am still trying to learn how to ride. The breeze carries the delicious smell of arroz con gandules and fried chicken. My mouth can’t help but water. After dropping my bike off by the blanket, I glance over and notice potato and macaroni salads, chips, and all manner of sweets. At seven years old, I’m loving it.

Sometimes, what I wouldn’t do to go back to such an easier and carefree time. I was young and didn’t feel like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders on my worst days. I had my beloved parents with me. That evening in the park with the two families turned into the start of a beautiful friendship between the three families.

I can still hear the rhythm and the beat of the congas in my head to this day. Milo, one of the sons of the Dominican family, became my best friend. We became so close that my parents allowed me to spend a summer in Santo Domingo the following year.

One summer back in time would satisfy me. That’s all I ask.