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1. The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in October

Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief Fiction Books The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion I am not going to ruin this outrageously funny book for you by telling you what happens this time round to Don. However Rosie and Don have been married for 10 months so […]

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2. Picture Books to Help Get Ready for Halloween

Here are a few picture books that we're enjoying in my house, as we prepare for Halloween:

Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat by Victoria Kann (HarperFestival). We've been taking this little paperback story with us everywhere. When a power outage threatens to cancel trick-or-treating in Pinkville, Pinkalicious must channel supergirl Pinkagirl to save the day. She takes her clever idea to the mayor, and makes her case. This book comes with a page of stickers, which makes it extra-popular with my three-year-old. 

Just Say Boo! by Susan Hood (ill. Jen Henry) (HarperCollins). This was one of our favorite picture books last year, and has been brought back into rotation recently. It's about a family that goes out trick-or-treating, and all of the things that seem scary at first, but turn out to be fun. There's a toddler-friendly question and answer refrain, with which the answer is usually "Boo!". My full review is here

It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff (ill. Felicia Bond) (Balzer + Bray). This is a board book spin-off to the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" series, in which Mouse decorates pumpkins to reflect different emotions (happy, sad, surprised, etc.). Though meant for the youngest of readers ("Mouse paints a happy face on this pumpkin", etc.), my daughter still enjoys going back to this one, because she likes Mouse's antics. 

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills (Schwartz & Wade). In this oversized board book, Duck and Goose muddle about looking for a pumpkin (looking in ever-more ridiculous places), until Thistle clues them in to the fact that there is a pumpkin patch. It's typical silly Duck and Goose fun, and still makes my daughter peal with laughter. My full review is here

Vera's Halloween by Vera Rosenberry (Henry Holt). This is a 2008 title that I had kept, and just introduced to my daughter this week. It's part of a series of books about a young elementary school girl named Vera. In this book, Vera goes trick-or-treating after dark with her father and big sisters for the first time. She gets separated from them, and then a sudden storm leads to a bit of misery. It all turns out safe and cozy in the end, after she happens to knock on the door of a classmate, and the classmate's parents help her. I found some of the details a bit implausible in this one, but my daughter (who very briefly lost track of me at a church function this weekend) loved it. And I did like the subtle message that if something goes wrong, other parents will try to help (as happened with me this weekend).  

Splat the Cat: What Was That? by Rob Scotton (HarperFestival). This one is a little paperback lift the flap book in which Splat and his friend Spike visit a haunted house in search of missing mouse Seymour. The house is filled with mysterious and scary sounds, some of which are explained at the end of the book... While she's generally a bit beyond lift-the-flap books, my daughter likes Splat as a character, and has been enjoying this book.  

Honorable mention to Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (ill. Peter Brown) (Simon & Schuster), which I haven't introduced to my daughter yet. Though not directly about Halloween, this is a deliciously creepy picture book in which a greedy young rabbit ends up stalked by carrots. It's quirky, unique, and just a touch scary, with a satisfying ending. My full review is here

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3. meet mysterious little Opal....

October's mermaid. 
loving the way her hair turned out...and the cute little jellyfish, of course ;)

she is listed FOR SALE HERE:


go have a peek at the other mermaids in the series also listed for sale in my shop.

next up...little Esmerelda, May's mermaid, based on the gorgeous gemstone emerald. i'll be posting the sketch soon...:)

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4. a peek into the process....

i always start by *inking* or outlining the image in a watered down version of a gray acrylic, after i've transferred the sketch to the canvas, that is. by laying down the gray outline on top of the pencil transfer, the image doesn't get lost once i begin to lay down the background layers of color.

i choose my color palette for the background (in this case pastels and different shades of white to mimic the gemstone Opal) and then i go crazy just laying down the color in various strokes. i don't blend the paint on the palette at this point, just on the canvas with the large brush so that it's a it more random...the placement of color. i usually will do 2 coats of the background before moving on to the next step....

once the background is complete, i start to lay down the underpainting of the flesh in the mermaids face and then i address all the other parts of the painting the same way....always underpainting and building from background to foreground.

for October's mermaid, Opal, i am slowly building watercolor-like washes with my acrylics. let me give some MAJOR LOVE right now to acrylics. they are my FAVORITE medium for numerous reasons. they are extremely versatile and the color pay off is fabulous! i love how they can be watered down to an almost watercolor-like consistency or they can be applied thick with a brush, palette knife or whatever you can get your hands to lay down the paint. they are build able and there is no crazy drying time like there is with oils (not that i don't love oils too....). can't say enough about them!

ok, back to Opal here....
i'm laying down washes of color first in stages so that i can go back over them with a light mix of dove gray, unbleached and bleached titanium paints to give it that opal like milky look. the trick here, as opposed to the other mermaids in the series, is that because the hair and the background are so similar, i have to make sure that Opal doesn't fade away, hence the deeper colors in the strands of hair.

afterward, it's time to move on to the jellyfish and the rest of the painting and then VOILA...the finished little masterpiece! :) hoping to have her listed FOR SALE by the end of this coming week.


speaking of, can't believe it's almost September already! THANK GOD!!! BRING ON FALL!!! and FOOTBALL!!! and for those of you who truly know me, you know what that means....PEYTON MANNING BACK ON MY TV SCREEN!!! 

CAN. NOT. WAIT.

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5. next on the easel.....

mysterious little Opal, October's mermaid.

and her jellyfish friends, of course :)


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6. October New Releases

I haven’t (completely) forgotten to post October releases by authors of color. I’ve wanted to devote more time to looking as I cannot believe there are only 7 books! October has one of the longest lists in general for YA, yet on 7 by authors of color??  Nonetheless, we’ve got repeat performances by some talented writers and I expect each of these to prove to do quite well. Here’s hoping!

October releases on Pinterest

January- October 2012 releases by authors of color on the blog page

 


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7. Samples: Busy Day 1

Below: Spot #1 from “A Busy Day” in High Five magazine.

Below: The AD’s sketch and my rough. I like to deviate from normative perspective so wanted to depict this scene from the side. It also made it so that everybody’s face could be seen.

(Copyright Highlights For Kids 2011)

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8. Out of Halloween Candy?

Halloween is getting close. You’ve selected your costume, decorated, made party plans and you’ve possibly already aquired that all important stash of candy to hand out. Or have you? There is always that last minute run to the local Walmart. Perhaps you’ve eaten half of your stash, unable to resist that sugar rush, or the candy issue completely slipped your mind this year. Maybe you just didn’t anticipate seeing quite so many kids at your door this year. Here are a few ideas about what you might be able to find in your house to offer as a token gesture honoring the kiddies requests.

Take the opportunity to clean under your couch cushions. Everyone expects at least one guy in the neighborhood to give out his loose change. It’s not a bad idea. Halloween pennies add up and the kid can go out and buy the candy of his or her choosing later.

Forage through your pantry. See that old can of beets that you know you’ll never eat? What about the eight hundred packages of Ramen that you’ve horded against the day that you run out of food? Packages of instant oatmeal are okay, too. You can also unload odd packages of spices for marinades you’ll never make. All those fast food packets of ketchup, mustard and soy sauce that have been languishing unloved in that refrigerator compartment reserved for eggs may finally experience some movement.

All those pairless socks in the bottom of your drawer have been suffering from loneliness for far too long. Throw one of those into that yawning pillowcase and tell the kid it’s a one of a kind sock puppet.

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9. Out of Halloween Candy?

Halloween is getting close. You’ve selected your costume, decorated, made party plans and you’ve possibly already aquired that all important stash of candy to hand out. Or have you? There is always that last minute run to the local Walmart. Perhaps you’ve eaten half of your stash, unable to resist that sugar rush, or the candy issue completely slipped your mind this year. Maybe you just didn’t anticipate seeing quite so many kids at your door this year. Here are a few ideas about what you might be able to find in your house to offer as a token gesture honoring the kiddies requests.

Take the opportunity to clean under your couch cushions. Everyone expects at least one guy in the neighborhood to give out his loose change. It’s not a bad idea. Halloween pennies add up and the kid can go out and buy the candy of his or her choosing later.

Forage through your pantry. See that old can of beets that you know you’ll never eat? What about the eight hundred packages of Ramen that you’ve horded against the day that you run out of food? Packages of instant oatmeal are okay, too. You can also unload odd packages of spices for marinades you’ll never make. All those fast food packets of ketchup, mustard and soy sauce that have been languishing unloved in that refrigerator compartment reserved for eggs may finally experience some movement.

All those pairless socks in the bottom of your drawer have been suffering from loneliness for far too long. Throw one of those into that yawning pillowcase and tell the kid it’s a one of a kind sock puppet.

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10. It's a Beautiful Day! I'm going to see U2!

It's a beautiful day and I'm going to see U2--or maybe it's a beautiful day because I'm going to see U2.

Boy, am I excited! We bought our tickets as soon as Internet pre-sales opened months ago. Farthest away ticket--$75! We're talking a huge, outdoor arena in St. Pete--you know, elevation so high you could get vertigo, don't get too close to the edge--look out! So the sweetest thing my husband did was take over the ticket buying. Now we have good seats. Don't ask me how much they cost.

Even so, this day in October will be out of control! I can't wait to see Bono! I'll probably have to use binoculars or look at those huge screens; some people think that's even better than the real thing because you can see their faces, but I prefer to watch the specks on stage because they are the real thing.

We don't have a GPS, so we'll use the old map. But parts of it are tiny, where the streets have no name. Guess if we get lost, we'll have to walk on. Hubby will navigate; I will follow.

I cannot wait!

Bono! I'm wearing my purple shirt!

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11. Where you can find me this month

As always, I'm most active on Twitter and Facebook. There are links in the sidebar if you'd like to find me there.

Now for October. Officially and unofficially...here are some things on my calendar that you might be interested in.

*Wednesday, October 14, 8pm EST / 5pm Pacific
Chatting online with Mundie Moms!

Immediately after that at 7pm Pacific, I'm heading out to my local indie, Changing Hands, to listen to fellow S&S author Scott Westerfeld talk about his new awesome book, Leviathan.


*Saturday, October 17, 5pm Pacific, I'll be attending Robin Brande's launch party for her second book, FAT CAT, again at Changing Hands. You should totally come -- Robin is an awesome speaker and both of her books are terrific. Her fist is called Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature, and it recently was optioned for film.


*Wednesday, Oct 21, 6pm Pacific / 9pm EST, I'll be chatting online with Readergirlz for Teen Read Week. Everyone is invited! Please stop in!
And immediately after that, I'll be driving back to Changing Hands for the bazillionth time this month to see author James Dashner talk about his new book, The Mazerunner! (7pm)


*Thursday, Oct 22, 7pm Pacific, I'll be attending The Secret Garden, a musical by Actor's Youth Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center. My kid is in it! And it's going to be awesome. If you live in the valley, please come and support this excellent organization -- shows run Tuesday thru Friday that week. And hey, if you've got money burning a hole in your pocket but you aren't near enough to attend a show, consider dropping them a small donation -- tax deductible (they are a 501C3). Times are tough all over, especially for self-funded arts programs like these that add so much to the community and the lives of our creative teens.

(I am also getting my hair done that day by the amazing Lori, hairdresser to the stars. More red stripes please!)


*Saturday, October 24, all day -- I'll be in Austin, TX at the Teen Book Festival! Just to clarify, this is not just for teens -- all lovers of teen books are invited! This is my first author visit to Texas and I've been dying to get down there, so I'm very excited. If you live anywhere near Austin (or even if you don't), come on out for an awesome day filled with authors and panels and book buying and signings and I'm sure tons of laughs. With that many teen authors in one place, it could get a little dangerous.


*Coming up in November -- Kalamazoo Youth Lit Seminar!

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12. Dragon Fly Queen


I just had to get in on all this fun you guys are having so I took a break from work. It was relaxing to draw and paint again. See you again soon.

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13. Happy Halloween Everyone!


BOO!!!
Have a happy and safe Halloween...

MC

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14. 1 Year

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Last week my husband and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary!  It’s hard to believe that a year ago I was immersed in mini-wedding planning.  We had dinner at the very same place where my husband proposed.  I,  finally, got one of our wedding pictures properly framed.  And I even bought a beloved cookbook to honor the occasion (because paper is the traditional first anniversary gift, right?).

Anyway, I remembered that I was going to post some post-wedding, “non-reception” celebratory photos.  Looking through them, I don’t have very many with actual people; I think I was too busy having a blast to take many photos which often happens!  So, I’m just going to post some of my more craft-related ones.

These pics are from non-reception #1 which took place at our home last October.  Rather, they were taken during preparations before anyone showed up.

Since it was October I wanted a slightly spooky theme but not in a costume-party kind of way (see our party invitations here).  The colors were black, white, silver, pink and orange.  In the photo, above, you can see our pretty bunting crafted with paper doilies, silver glitter card stock letters and black & white striped twine.  The wee cake is pre-wedding topper, silvery glitter initials much like the ones used in the bunting.  Originally I wanted to make a larger 2-tiered cake but became petrified by the thought as I’ve never made one.  But a sweet little cake plus cupcakes galore did the trick.  (By the way, the frosting was pearly and marshmallow-y, while the cake was yellow with chocolate chips.  So good!)

My lovely friend Kara, who came down for the weekend, was very kind and totally game for any party-decorating ideas I threw her way including decorating our high ceilings with paper streamers.

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The mantle was decorated with various pumpkins, candles and a fabric-covered accordion-style scrapbook filled with photos from the wedding, backed with craft paper I printed and designed myself.  The plastic cauldron on the coffee table was later filled with candy for the young and young at heart.  (We did have real food, I swear, like cheese and dip and charcuterie, but those things were set out just before people arrived.)

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Kara and I spent the previous night making these fun cupcake toppers with Victorian clip art butterflies in October-ish colors.  We (and by we, I mean Kara) put that scalloped paper punch to good use!

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15. WIP Wednesday: Seeking Advice

So...October looms.

I love the month, of course. I love being an English teacher during October. I love the camp, the cobwebs, the creepiness of it all. For one month, overwrought horror tropes are okay: spiders and skulls and moldering tombs...

I've rearranged my teaching schedule to squeeze in a little more of the macabre this year. We always read a little Poe, a bit of H.P. Lovecraft ("In the Vault" is pretty accessible to high school students), and the occasional monkey's paw, but I need a few more stories, nothing which might find me out of a job, but something the kids might like to read.

So...suggestions? Anyone have a great ghost story we should tackle? Something delightfully dark yet more camp than vamp? Maybe I could throw in a little M.R. James or E.F. Benson. Public domain works tend to be a little less risky (because of their age, not the copyright status). Of course, I'm always open to something a little more contemporary...what are your favorite short works of terror and the supernatural?

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16. October is Learning Disabilities Month

Since 1985, teachers, parents and other individuals who make a difference in the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities, have taken the month of October to educate the public about dyslexia, ADHD and more.  This month, help spread awareness about learning disabilities by sending an article, interesting fact, or story to a friend, colleague or family member.

For more information about Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, including articles, book recommendations, and even a children’s art gallery, check out: http://www.ldonline.org.

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17. A Pretzel Perfect October

October marks the launch of Auntie Anne’s Bookmark fundraising campaign to benefit First Book. The month- long effort, illustrating Auntie Anne’s commitment to community giving and improving literacy, offers Auntie Anne’s customers the opportunity to donate $1 to First Book in exchange for a keepsake bookmark. The bookmark also includes a coupon for $1 off the next purchase.

To make a local impact, the proceeds raised through the bookmark campaign will benefit communities of Auntie Anne’s participating stores. Participating stores have been matched up with low-income schools and programs registered with First Book, and proceeds will enable these schools and programs to purchase books on the First Book Marketplace. So visit your local Auntie Anne’s store today, enjoy a delicious pretzel and help support First Book and the programs we serve.

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18. Field Trips! Mysteries! Prizes!

Wasn't the best day at school whatever day had a field trip scheduled? Yes. It was. And wouldn't the best field trip have been one wherein you and your gang of scrappy best friends solved a mystery? Wouldn't it???

I remember my field trips mostly for the bus rides. When I first started concepting the Field Trip Mysteries series a couple of years ago, I asked a friend who's a middle-school English teacher if I could go on one of her school's field trips. We saw an IMAX movie on the ocean, and I remember the 3-D made someone feel sick. But mostly I remember that the bus smelled exactly like I remember field trips smelling back in the last century when I was a girl.

Did you know that October is Field Trip Month? And it's also Mystery Month? Isn't that perfect for October? It does feel like field trips and mysteries.

Tell me something about how you're spending your October by next Friday (the 15th) and I'll pick a winner at random to receive a copy of the Field Trip Mysteries special limited edition (four stories in one gorgeous book!), On the Bus, On the Case.

Happy October!
Beth

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19. Birthday Flower Fairies

It has officially begun, a new series.

I have been wanting to do a birthday series for over two years now. Last year I did the colored pencil birthstone series, but only got half of them done. I find it difficult to finish a series.


I need your help!

Please keep me accountable for this series. Comment here or on Facebook, say how much you want to see your month, give ideas or suggestions, or just yell out "Hey, where's the next month?! It's been WEEKS!". :P

I want to do all twelve months. Here are the guidelines for my flower fairies...

Each piece will show:
  • The month's flower
  • The month's birthstone colors
  • A moon or sun
  • A braid of some sort in the hair (to me this is a symbol of God's warrior princess, or a daughter of God)
  • Something in the background having to do with the month and/or season
  • Must have a "Mucha" feeling. Yes, it has been done before, but I've been wanting to do it for a while and this is my chance.
  • Incorporate something from my pencil drawings (the birthstones).
Once the piece is finished I will post it as a 3.5x8.5 open edition print, and the original painting up on Etsy. I will try to get the pieces up in time for birthdays.

Since August is almost over I started with October. She's done entirely in watercolor, no colored pencil. It's been a while since I've done that.


"Calendula"
open edition print on Etsy

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20. New in October

October, the tenth month! And what a month it is!

Children’s Book Week (England) – First Week of October

National Day (China, People’s Republic of) – October 1

Independence Day in the Republic Of Cyprus – October 1

Independence Day in Nigeria – October 1

Gandhi Jayanthi in India. Birthday of Mahathma Gandhi. – October 2

International Day of Non-Violence – October 2

German Unity Day (Germany) – October 3

Proclamation of Portuguese Republic (Portugal) – October 5

International World Teachers’ day – October 5

Armed Forces Day in Egypt commemorating the Yom Kippur War – October 6

My birthday – October 6

Independence day in Croatia – October 8

Leif Erikson Day – October 9

National Day (China, Republic of) – October 10

National Day of Spain – October 12 (Discovery of America)

World Food Day – October 16

Remembering the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 – October 23

United Nations Day – October 24

National Day of Austria – October 26

Independence Day in St. Vincent & the Grenadines – October 27

Independence Day in Turkmenistan – October 27

Ochi Day (No Day) in Greece – October 28

Republic Day in Turkey – October 29

Filipino American History Month (in United States)

LGBT History Month (in the United States)

Black History Month (in United Kingdom)

And, if that’s not enough the following books will be release. Also, check out the books at Diversity in YA Fiction

African Mythology Rocks! by Linda Jacobs Altman (Author), William Sauts Bock (Illustrator); Enslow Publishers, October 2011

Break up diaries vol 2 by Nikki Carter and Kevin Elliott; Kensington Press, Oct

Saga of the Sioux: An adaption of Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dwight Jon Zimmerman (adapter); Dee Brown (author); Henry Holt and Co.,  25 October

Wolf Mark by James Bruchac; Lee and Low Books, October

Bridges to Understanding: Envisioning the World through Children’s Books by Linda Pavonetti;  Oct 16, 2011, Scarecrow Press

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21. Felt in the mood for a poem about October...

...to be reminded what it's supposed to be like and here's one by Robert Frost. I presume he was writing about New England and I love the amethyst/mist rhyme (although I probably wouldn't volunteer to read it aloud).
There's nothing mauve and misty about old England right now. July got lost and ended up here, leaving a metallic taste in the mouth. There is gold in the air from a warm winter sun and bronze on the pavement from fallen leaves: there's even silver in the cash registers from unexpected visitors.

Saturday October 1st was the hottest October day EVER - hotter than Athens, Barcelona or Los Angeles.
It's like a present we didn't know we wanted until we got it. 
October by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if the were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost--
For the grapes' sake along the all.

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22. New work! Day of the Dead pin-up

Yay extending the weekly theme another week!

This piece is a recent painting I did for Girls Drawin Girls for our 2010 Pin-Up art calendar. She's the month of October!  She's currently on view at the Girls Drawin Girls group show at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.


Come join us for our closing reception this coming Sunday, from 6pm-9pm! Complimentary Asahi beer, live models/ figure drawing, raffle, DJ, and BBQ! Plus lots of cute pin-up art on display and for sale! : )

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

www.meltcomics.com

Meltdown Gallerys hours are Monday through-Sunday 11am-10pm.
The gallery is located at 7522 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046.

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23. Monthly Horoscopes for Inanimate Objects: October

Aries (March 21 – April 19) – Your Aries lava lamp shall be turned on more than usual this month, and in reward for all of the extra attention, it will make extra funky globular shapes for your viewing enjoyment.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) – Taurus faucets will be overzealous in their spending and will tend to leak unless carefully tightened.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) – That locally crafted salt and pepper shaker set will turn on each other when pepper starts to show a crack and salt remains flawlessly smooth. You may want to keep them apart or retire them for another set of twins until they calm down.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) – Make sure to monitor that Cancer born deep freezer out in the garage. In its eagerness to please, the ice could build-up and create problems when trying to unearth last seasons deer meat.

Leo (July 23 – Aug 22) – Keep that red leather Leo wallet close or it may be “promoted” to the pocket of another.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22) – No, you are not gaining that much weight. Your Virgo couch is just feeling overemotional this month and being extra vocal with loud squeaks and sighs every time you sit.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22) – The lid of that perfectly-sized lovely lilac Libra tupperware container will be reticent about closure. Be gentle and it will all work out.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) – That restless Scorpio every-day silverware is getting restless. You may find it wandering about in strange places and behaving inapropriately with the guest silverware.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) – That Sagittarian candelabra that has been hiding in the attic until this month is feeling uncertain and wobbly. You will have to brace it with something so it doesn’t fall into the bean dip at your Halloween party.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) – Listen, that weird yellow stain on the wall behind your bathroom door is a Capricorn and it will not budge. Give up and paint over it before your mother comes to visit you at your college apartment. If she sees it, she might deny you that huge bag of candy-corn.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) – The Aquarian miniature Statuette of Liberty is getting extremely annoyed by the miniature replica of Stonehenge within her eyeline. You may want to move her because Stonehenge has been around a lot longer and if they get into it, Liberty could lose a spike or two.

Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20) The Piscean ping-pong table you keep in the basement will hold up well under pressure. It might be a good place to inspect your Halloween loot. Also, the neighbor kids you stole it from won’t find you in there.

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24. Monthly Horoscopes for Inanimate Objects: October

Aries (March 21 – April 19) – Your Aries lava lamp shall be turned on more than usual this month, and in reward for all of the extra attention, it will make extra funky globular shapes for your viewing enjoyment.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) – Taurus faucets will be overzealous in their spending and will tend to leak unless carefully tightened.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) – That locally crafted salt and pepper shaker set will turn on each other when pepper starts to show a crack and salt remains flawlessly smooth. You may want to keep them apart or retire them for another set of twins until they calm down.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) – Make sure to monitor that Cancer born deep freezer out in the garage. In its eagerness to please, the ice could build-up and create problems when trying to unearth last seasons deer meat.

Leo (July 23 – Aug 22) – Keep that red leather Leo wallet close or it may be “promoted” to the pocket of another.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22) – No, you are not gaining that much weight. Your Virgo couch is just feeling overemotional this month and being extra vocal with loud squeaks and sighs every time you sit.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22) – The lid of that perfectly-sized lovely lilac Libra tupperware container will be reticent about closure. Be gentle and it will all work out.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) – That restless Scorpio every-day silverware is getting restless. You may find it wandering about in strange places and behaving inapropriately with the guest silverware.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) – That Sagittarian candelabra that has been hiding in the attic until this month is feeling uncertain and wobbly. You will have to brace it with something so it doesn’t fall into the bean dip at your Halloween party.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) – Listen, that weird yellow stain on the wall behind your bathroom door is a Capricorn and it will not budge. Give up and paint over it before your mother comes to visit you at your college apartment. If she sees it, she might deny you that huge bag of candy-corn.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) – The Aquarian miniature Statuette of Liberty is getting extremely annoyed by the miniature replica of Stonehenge within her eyeline. You may want to move her because Stonehenge has been around a lot longer and if they get into it, Liberty could lose a spike or two.

Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20) The Piscean ping-pong table you keep in the basement will hold up well under pressure. It might be a good place to inspect your Halloween loot. Also, the neighbor kids you stole it from won’t find you in there.

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25. Strange October Facts and Trivia

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We all know Halloween is celebrated at the end of October, but what other interesting facts do you know about the Fall Month that begins to usher in the change of seasons? Sure some people also realize Columbus Day is in October and many cities across America hold big celebrations and parades.

But what trivial, yet interesting facts do you know about October?

DO you know some of the folk lore saying about October? For example:

“Rain in October
Means wind in December”…..

“If the October moon comes without frost,
expect no frost till the moon of November”.

Here are some really weird facts concerning the month of October —

  •  October is the tenth month in the Gregorian calendar. It received its name from the Latin numeral “octo” meaning “eight”, because in the first Roman calendar it was the eighth month.
  • Did you realize Dayight Savings Time ends every year at 2:00 A.M. local time on the last Sunday of October?
  • The German Oktoberfest celebration (now held around the world) originally began on October 17, 1810, the wedding day of King Ludwig I.
  • In merry old England during olden times the month of October was once named “Winmonth”, which meant wine month. It has also been called ‘Teo-monath’ (Tenth month) and ‘Winter-fylleth’ (Winter full moon) in the Old Saxon traditions.
  • Did you know Canada celebrates their Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October?
  • The Franciscan Order of the Catholic Church celebrates St. Francis Feast Day on October 4th.
  • On October 18th, 1867, Alaska became an American territory.
  • The founder of the Girl Scouts of America, Juliette Gordon Lowe was born on Halloween day – October 31st, 1860.

October is:

  • October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, Children’s Health Month,
  • Class Reunion Month, Frugal Fun Month, National Crime Prevention Month, Family Health Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Positive Attitude Month, National Cookie Month, National Seafood Month – National Dessert & Cookie Month – National Popcorn & Popcorn Poppin’ Month – National Pretzel Month – National Pork Month – National Stamp Collecting Month and National Chili Month.
  • In October 1903, the first game of the first baseball World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Pilgrims. Cy Young was the first losing pitcher, in a world Series Baseball Game, but Boston did win the series.
  • In October 1962: Johnny Carson became host of “The Tonight Show”.
  • On October 1st, 1968: the now cult horror movie “Night of the Living Dead” had its world premiere in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • On October 1st, 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida.
  • More American Presidents were born in the month of October than any other month (6). They are:
  •  1735 – John Adams …1822 – Rutherford B. Hayes…1829 – Chester Arthur, 5th, 1829…Theodore Roosevelt, 27th, 1858… 1890 – Dwight Eisenhower – … 1924 – Jimmy Carter.
  • Both John Lennon (famous Beatles member) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) were born in October.
  • The Moon in the month of October is called  “A Hunter’s Moon”.
  • National Magic Week is celebrated from – October 25 to October 31.
  • Are you ready to celebrate Mule Day on October 26?
  • In October 1683, a huge amount of toads fell at Acle, a village in Norfolk, England. The villagers fearing witchcraft was at work, swept them into piles and burned them.
  • October is National Domestic Violence Month.
  • The first Model T Ford was introduced by Henry Ford, on October 1, 1908.
  • On the 13th of October, 1884, Greenwich Mean Time began.
  • On 14th October, 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was first published: Written by A.A. Milne.
  • On 14th, October 1979, Sony invents the first Walkman, over 3 billion sold in the first 20 years.
  • Did you know that on 25th October, St Crispin’s Day, Patron Saint of Shoemakers, is celebrated?

Enough…..enough information for now!!! There is plenty more.

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