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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Halloween/Fall "costumes"

I have several Longaberger baskets around my house and each serves a different purpose.  I also have "garters" so I can dress my baskets according to the season!   My first photo shows a basket all dressed up for Halloween with a black garter fabric that inclues bats, stars, ghosts, and pumpkins.  I like the bow that adds to this "costume".
           This basket has a green garter that features purple spiders, webs and candy corn. 
               This corner basket features a beige garter and bow with fall-colored leaves.
 This obviously isn't a basket but it is a cute sign that I bought at Home Goods the day after Halloween.  Can you say..."a $2.00 steal"?

This next basket is invaluable to our household.  It is our "media" basket and it holds the remote to the TV and the ceiling fan.  It also serves as a home for our beverage coasters and a phone when not on a charger.  I really like the bright Halloween colors in the "garter" and the darling harvest tie-on.
My baskets are ready for Halloween and their "costumes" are so cute and festive.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"V" is for Vegetable Invasion

                                             THE VEGETABLE INVASION

                        By Jay 
   (a 6th grader many, many years ago)

   to my sister, Renae...may my spinach
            always end up on her plate

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a race of highly intelligent vegetables existed.  There was no hunger or war on this planet and they lived by the motto "Lettuce Have Peace".

One disastrous day the Seer of the planet, Mr. Potato Head, looked into the future and saw that a huge cheese sauce was going to destroy their entire civilization.  He ran to warn their ruler, Caesar of Salad.
             "Tell everyone that we must evacuate the planet immediately," Caesar cried.
             "But where shall we go?" asked Mr. Corn, who had heard all the chaos.
             "To the planet Earth!" said Mr. Lettuce, who was the head of core intelligence.  "On Earth we will be superior beans!"
So they all climbed into their carrot sticks and flew to Earth just before the giant cheese sauce made vegetable dip of the entire planet.
When they arrived, they found that Mr. Lettuce had been right.  The inhabitants of Earth were infinitely more inferior to the vegetable race.  The humans couldn't see into the future, they had no super-sonic hearing, and the closest thing they had to real intelligence was a Cabbage Patch Doll!

Unfortunately living in a nearby valley was a terrible giant who hated vegetables.  Even as a little giant, he refused to eat his broccoli.  This giant was determined to rid the valley of all the vegetables, so he called together all of his dwarf servants and told them of his plan.  They were to lure the vegetables into the valley by inviting them to the Betty Cracker National Vegetable Bake-Off.  (Little did they know that THEY were the ones to be baked off!)

When the vegetables arrived ready for the contest, the dwarfs led them into the giant's evil lair.  It looked pretty pleasant, but Mrs. Avocado knew something was wrong.
                  "I fear we have fallen into a pit!" she cried and then the door slammed shut.
                  "Ha ha, ha!" came the laugh of the giant.
                  "Somehow I seem to know that laugh," said Mr. Lettuce.  "What color is that giant?"
                  "Why, he's GREEN!" screamed the vegetables.  "We should have known! We're in the valley of the Jolly Green Giant!" they screamed.

As the giant turned the knob of the huge microwave to "Vegetables....well done," the poor creatures began to lose their super powers.  The potato became blind, the corn was deaf, and even the beets lost their rhythm!

Yes, the vegetables were done, but not forgotten.  Their story was passed from generation to generation, down through the ages until even to this day you can find a head of lettuce, an ear of corn and eyes still grow on potatoes.

This was written by a 6th grade student of mine many years ago who assured me that this story was original and not copied.  The clip art is from and came from a "free" clip art link.

I am linking to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday blog for the letter "V".