Hi all! I hope you're ready for fall because it's arrived. The leaves are starting to turn here and I do love the yellows, oranges and reds of our maple trees. They look like they're on fire. What a lovely way to head into October. Speaking of October, that's the month of two of our favorite holidays; Thanksgiving for us Canadians as well as our favorite at Sands acres... Halloween!
In previous years we've gone the whole nine yards here with pumpkins carved up like cats, ghouls and, of course, vampires. Loads of candy that barely gets touched, ghoulish decorations like a wicked witch that cackles on the front door, ghosts that glow in the stairwell, spiders that pounce at passers-by, and, of course, vampire bats hanging from the chandeliers. And we can't forget Mr. Sands jumping out scaring the heck out of his unaware prey with fake rats, spiders or bats or Emma being her normal fickle self and swatting at people walking past for no apparent reason. The Sands' ranch is never dull!
Unfortunately, I think we do too good a job at scaring people away for we have yet to get very many kids coming to our front door on Halloween. As a matter of fact, I don't think even one child made it past the gate last year... oh dear. Anyway, every year we have a household pumpkin carving contest in which myself, Mr. Sands and Tori, the house elf, compete to see if the thing we carved is recognizable as anything. The low expectations of this contest should give you a very clear idea of our lack of carving ability (to tell the truth, Mr. Sands is quite skilled at it, but Tori and I kinda suck). Anyway, we don't give first prize for the best carving, but a last prize that consists of the heckling he/she will endure for having something so poorly carved. And before you ask, carving a pumpkin to look like a pumpkin doesn't count . . . Tori tried that one last year. So, last year's pumpkin heckling went to Tori by default for the non-attempt at pumpkin carving. Tsk tsk Tori. Hopefully this year will be a better one for her as she still cannot show her face in the produce area of the grocery store without obvious embarrassment.
Now I am sure that many of you will have much better results from your pumpkin carvings so if you'd like to send in digital photos of your lovely pumpkin carvings or wacky Halloween costumes, we would be happy to post them in next month's newsletter! Come on, be brave, I know you have adorable kids in the most spectacular costumes that you want to show off.
As for our Canadian Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for and wanted to share that with you. My readers are the best readers around and you show me that all the time with your lovely emails concerning both new and even older stories that I had, in my own mind, put to the back of the bookshelf and forgotten about. I love writing and would be writing even if I hadn't gotten published, but knowing how much you enjoy my stories helps me overcome the sometimes stressful business of writing so to every one of you, I say a big THANK YOU!