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October 20, 2008

It's getting spookier and spidier!

The extent of my outdoor Halloween decor are my two pumpkins. My neighbors have entire crypts emerging from their bougainvilleas, but me ... I'm more of a Halloween minimalist. Not my friend Faith. My friend Faith is the Martha Stewart of death and decay. She isn't satisfied with buying a couple of pre-made Halloween decorations. Nosiree bob! She is instead wrapping her house in a giant spiderweb, hand-making a wreath out of green ghouly fun fur and googly eyes and building headstones out of some kind of foam material, primer and fleckstone paint.

First we put up some fencing in the front to map out the boundaries of the spookiness...

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(Those few headstones are just what was left over from last year, she is no where even close to done. NOT EVEN.)

On Saturday I got the job of priming the "headstones" with grey latex paint ...

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Then the VERY best part was picking out sayings to put on headstones while we were waiting for the paint to dry. Faith found these puffy stick-on letters at some craft store and after we picked out sayings she was going to paint the letters all black and stick them on the headstones. (I -- awesome friend that I am -- totally left before more painting could commence.)

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WE ARE SO CLEVER!!!! WE CRACKED OURSELVES UP!!

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Here was my favorite, I BELIEVED I HAD BEEN HIT BY A BOLT OF FUNNY:

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Can you tell that one of us works in the financial industry????

I had to leave and run some errands before I got to see the finished results. While I was out I caved and bought something totally non-essential and yet, SO SO essential for the Halloweenie cats, a big hairy bendy spider!!! I got it into the house and within ten seconds it was suddenly better than a pile of catnip-laced bacon:

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Soba immediately went underneath the spider. One can only assume she thought the scary spider was her mothership and she was ready to be teleported away from all of the cats in this crazy house. The other two sniffed until they determined the spider was not edible and then they attacked. Frankie pulled out her ninja "sit on it until the threat is neutralized" move:

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And a good time was had by all!

Posted by laurie at October 20, 2008 9:02 AM