Get your thoughts on Halloween

August is still here. The days are getting shorter and I am ready for the cold weather. No such luck where I live. Fall starts around Halloween. Summer lingers on and makes me feel like I’m living in Death Valley.

Clara and I were out the other day and I said, “Let’s drive over the damn road and take a look at the lake.” That would be Folsom Lake.

She said, “No, it is too depressing.”

But our minds still fast forward to the end of October and Halloween.

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There is something about Halloween that attracts us more than the hope of candy. It is the day of the dead with marigolds and sugar skulls. It is being out in the dark, the unknown, things that go bump in the night, and ghosts in bed sheets. It is all things fun. It is mystery. It is a night when our imaginations are not shunned but celebrated.

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So let’s get ready. Yes, you. You need to start getting ready for Halloween NOW.

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I don’t mean candy, because I know it will all be gone long before October 1st.

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I’m working on the Vampire Maman Halloween Theme for 2015. In the past the Halloween Hotties and the Cut and Color Halloween Paperdolls were popular. Werewolves won the popularity contests hands down, or should I say paws down.

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Vampires are sort of on the side lines of most Halloween festivities. We’re more of a deep winter sort of paranormal creature. Werewolves like the bite of the first frost and the crunch of the fall leaves under their paws. They like the smell of damp earth with a flash of an Indian Summer.

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Ghosts of course are the stars of Halloween. It is their day. It is the Day of the Dead.

Then there are the witches. Watch out for witches. You can’t trust a witch.

But one thing you can trust… you can trust a Vampire. I won’t tell you how, but just take my word on it. Or don’t take my word on it.

One thing for certain is that, yes, I am thinking about Halloween. Seriously thinking about it.

 

 

 

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back-to-school and musings about growing up and being a Vampire

Due to several years of elementary school dress codes my children both abhor khaki pants and polo shirts. They both avoid khaki pants like holy water or the plague. Clara will no longer wear another polo shirt. Garrett also avoids them at all cost. But that isn’t a problem. Polo shirts and khaki pants aren’t a good look for vampires anyway.

At this point in the world of parenting Vampire Maman doesn’t really need to worry much about back to school shopping, at least when it comes to clothing. They’re at that age where they get clothes when they need (want) them. They aren’t growing much at 15 and 18.

The youngest will need to pay an exorbitant amount for a year book, get a couple of school tee shirts for PE, a student body card, paper, a new binder and binder dividers plus an assortment of pens. Much easier than the 24,000 item list from the average elementary school year.

The eldest is going off to college. That will drain our bank account and our patience (I felt the same way about kindergarten with the 3 page supply list). I don’t know what else to say. It isn’t just off to school. It is off to adult life. It is enough to give even a Vampire nightmares. It also makes us (the parents) proud.

We just got back from four nights at Lake Tahoe in a cabin with no phone service or Internet. Just like old times. It was a nice break before school started.

When we’re all alone with family and friends we spend a lot of time talking about everything under the sun. The teens are always included.

Imagine two cabins full of Vampires and their dogs. My kids brought friends. My brother had his family there (college and grad school kids and their friends), plus we had other assorted family members and friends. There were fifteen of us in all. Plus all of our Vampire friends in Tahoe dropped by.

Oh my goodness we laughed so hard some nights I thought I’d break a rib. There is no better time than time spent with Vampires.

This post is sort of a kick-off post to the fall blogging season. School is starting up again. Summer is ending. Maybe the drought will end (it rained for two days in the mountains and one down in the valley.) It is also the beginning of the holiday season – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year, not to mention quite a few other holidays of various folks that we know.

This time of year also brings a lot of talk about relationships. No relation to anything, but it always seems that way. Maybe it has to do with school starting.

Relationships are always in the front line of our world. Vampires are all about relationships, be it with each other or with our Regular Human friends (and those who aren’t really friends.)

Our children, and those who have recently become one of us, start to get, well, a bit more predatory and mature. It is just the way it is.

So  along with holidays I’ll be posting more on relationships. Romance will be a big part of it, but the day-to-day stuff will also be covered.

Even Vampires can make each other walk on eggshells and be cruel and unthinking. They can be stupid (my brother Max for example) or they can be brilliant in their choices and romantic bonds. We all have stories to tell – and I have a lot of stories.

In the meantime, I’m back… back to work, back to school activities, back to sports, off to college, back to my cats, and my life outside of the woods.

I’m also back to writing – outside of this blog. A few weeks ago I published my first short story collection on Amazon (Morning in the Vineyard), but my current projects are much larger. I’m finishing up some novels.  We’ll see what happens. They were all started long before this blog.

Teddy is busy with his business. My brothers are having adventures or misadventures of their own. The elders are needing more help. Werewolf friends and Zombies are sending me messages too. Plus there is a certain ghost I need to deal with.

August is still in the middle of the summer but sometimes it seems like fall, at least in the heart – a time of change and a time for old leaves to fall and new thoughts, dreams and experiences to grow until they take bud later in the year.

Have a good week everyone.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

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