closet to reading nook

A room without books is like a body without a soul. 

~ Cicero

Harry Potter had his own little cupboard under the stairs. He lived there, dreamed there, dreamed of getting away from his despicable aunt and uncle and cousin Dudley. While fans certainly felt sorry for Harry having to exist in such a depressing, cramped space, there’s an upside to having your own little niche, maybe something not quite so…dark and dreary and dank. images.jpg

I’m always searching for weird little DIY projects—benches to make or ways to upcycle stuff. On my latest march through Pinterest, I ran across how to turn a closet into a reading nook. No kidding. Before you think I’ve gone and lost what little of my mind I have left, it isn’t such a bad idea. And they’re so cute that even Harry Potter might’ve traded in his drab cubbyhole for one of these little nooks with books. Having a cool place to hang out and read, a place to drift into a story doesn’t sound so bad when it’s been refabbed into a kid’s special little library. Okay, I don’t know. Maybe it’s a girl thang. But giving the kids a place to read makes it seem like reading might really be important.

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flu shots, Halloween, & teal pumpkins

Every fall I try to do the right thing and get a flu shot. Bad move! Twenty -four hours later, I broke out in hives—a reaction I’ve never had before—and for several days I was splotchy red, itching, and feverish. Not only that, the site of the shot still hurts like blazes. And it isn’t just me. My hubby, who never has a reaction to anything, also broke out in hives and experienced terrible arm pain. Which tells me something is really seriously jacked with this year’s vaccine.

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Anyhoo, after alternating between slathering aloe vera and cortisone cream on my arms and legs for several days, I’m now getting ready for Halloween, dragging out the witches and building my traditional hay bale stack with pumpkins for the front porch.

Which brings me to a question. Anyone out there know about teal pumpkins? I had never heard of them until last week. Yes, I know, I must’ve had my head buried in the sand. However, I prefer to think of it as having my head down, hard at work on my next story. But I digress.

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Displaying teal pumpkins on the porch means you’re offering non-food items in lieu of sugary candy or chocolate. Now even though this breaks this chocoholic’s little heart somewhat, when the doorbell rings Tuesday night, I’ll be offering trick-or-treaters, not one but two bowls. One with the tried and true assorted chocolate candy bars I love, AND another with trinkets I picked up at Target near the Halloween section. Corny stuff like plastic fangs, glow sticks, little plastic bracelets, costume necklaces, spider rings, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, Halloween erasers, mini notepads, and stickers. Cool huh? It’s not a bad plan trading orange for teal. If this chocolate lover can switch out Butterfingers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for a few  nontraditional giveaways that cut down on sugar, I’m all for it. And it  might actually be cheaper. Amazon offers a 100-piece toy assortment for only $18 bucks. Not a bad deal instead of buying bags and bags of sugar-laden candy.

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Whatever you decide, is okay by me. Here’s hoping you have a happy and safe Halloween!!! And if you must get a flu shot, ask them ahead of time if your arm might fall off before they stick that needle in you. I wish I had.