Magical Moments

Well… although I didn’t end up getting the rest I wanted over the weekend, nor have the chance to sit beneath autumn’s branches, I did find other ways to get a bit of relief, and some of them turned out to be quite “magical.”

Now, I’ve never really been one to celebrate Halloween, I mean aside from doing the usual things like trick-or-treating, watching scary movies, or going to costume parties and such.  And other than carved pumpkins or harvest themed decor I’ve never decorated my house for it.  I’m just not into the macabre, ghoulish type of stuff that usually comes along with Halloween.  But this year, my daughter and my mom got it into their heads that they wanted to decorate the house for Halloween.  They were both so terribly excited at the idea, I just couldn’t resist, so I went along with it for their sakes.

We went out shopping over a month ago and bought a few decorations that we had found on sale.  The two of them were anxious to put them up right away, but I told them that we had to wait at least until the second week of October before putting them up, just until it felt more like Halloween season, ya know?  Well, with the nice weather we had over the weekend, it seemed like the perfect time, so even though I was longing for some quiet, peaceful time out in nature, we put them up and it was lots of fun.  And I still got to be outside.  😀

We were right in the nick of it all when look who/what stopped by to join us…


A black cat!  How purrfectly magical is that… just as we’re putting up Halloween decorations!  I snapped this with my cell phone camera, so please excuse the poor quality of the photo.  I had a heck of a time trying to take her picture, she was always moving about and is pretty much just a black blur in all of the pictures except this one where she happened to be sitting still for a brief moment.  She was the sweetest little thing, so friendly and affectionate, purring and meowing and rubbing up against us.  I think she would have eaten us up if she could have.  😉

Now listen… I’m outside ALL the time, in my garden, on the patio, all the time, and in the two years since I’ve moved back here, I’ve never seen a black cat or any cats really, out wandering around the neighborhood.  So believe me when I say that her stopping by (at all, let alone while we were putting up Halloween decorations) was very unusual, and her presence really made our decorating time feel magical!


Here are a few other photos from our Halloween decorating…


 My daughter put up some cobwebs on the bush near the front door.  If you know me, you know that I am terrified of spiders, but fake ones don’t bother me so much…


And look who moved in… Shelob.   😉


Although the Shelob in Tolkien’s story is utterly disgusting and terrifying, I think this one is kinda cute.  For a spider, anyway.


This little ghost guy is kinda cute as well…


But as for the idea of real ghosts… I think, not so much.


We also got this cute sign to post by the door.  I couldn’t get the stake to go into the ground, so I stuck it in my mom’s planter…


Hey, whatever works right?

I was in charge of putting up the lights (I also climbed halfway up a 50ft extension ladder and strung some Christmas lights, but that’s a story for another time).   Once again, a poor quality photo, but you can still tell how festive it is…


Nothing too fancy, but hopefully the neighborhood kids will like it.  Heck, I hope we even get any trick-or-treaters, last year there weren’t very many of them that came by.

Either way, it makes my daughter and my mom happy, and in the end that’s all that really matters. ❤


Gotta make the most of those magical moments…


And I say it’s good luck when a black cat crosses your path comes to visit while you’re putting up Halloween decorations.  See… she’s just a blur.  😉



May your day be filled with a little bit of magic, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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15 responses to “Magical Moments

  1. Spookyliscious Julie 🙂

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  2. How fun Julie! 🙂 I’m glad you surrendered to your Mom and daughter. Finding magic and joy in life’s ordinary moments is a true gift. I tend to be like you and not get too involved in Halloween, but maybe you’ve inspired me.

    Let the magic begin. 🙂

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  3. My kids always loved decorating for the holidays too, and I am sure it will add to the Halloween festivities. The kitty liked them!

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  4. You did a great job. Halloween is easily my favorite holiday. It’s so much fun and it lacks much of the commercialization and expectation of other holidays, such as Christmas and Valentine’s.


  5. Your house looks great–not to spooky but definitely a house with good candy! Oh, that black cat…cute!

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  6. I love the hanging ghosts — those are just too cute!
    I can’t believe the black cat came, but then again, magical and inspirational! 🙂

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    • Yeah, that black cat showing up was really a crazy, wonderful added treat! We haven’t seen her since, so I think she must have been a magical kitty indeed! 😉


  7. It looks great! I really love those cute hanging ghosts. And, of course, having a real live black cat hanging around is the best Halloween decoration ever!

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    • Thanks Trisha! Some of the neighbors that walked by while we were out there commented too that the black cat was a great living addition to our Halloween decorations, and when we told them that she just appeared out of nowhere they agreed she must have been magic! 😉


  8. Great decorations and that black cat is definitely pure magic! Maybe she’ll be back for trick or treating!

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  9. Nothing like cat-approved decorations!

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  10. What an adorable cat. And I’m not a cat person. This one looks so cute and well taken care of.
    Kudos on you Jewels for taking advantage of magical moments. I also think it’s so important to do so.

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