Monday, 31 October 2011

The Witching Hour!

The time has come! The votes are in! (for some reason blogger has been put under an awful spell and is not letting people comment! *sadface*) The Witches are busy recounting, just to make sure we've got it right!

Happy Halloween!
Joan Blondell and Friend
The Hufflepuffs!

Clara Bow

Joan Crawford

The Slytherins


and Lily

A witches coven at the Home of the Aged in Norfolk, England

And the Wickedest Witch of them all are here to tell you that the winner of this year's Halloween Costume Contest is:

A FOUR way tie! (Folks, when voting, you have to pick your favorite! As in singular! Two votes is cheating!) So I cut out everyone's second vote. And we STILL have a two way tie between the Mermaid and the Cutest Black Cat Ever! Well, obviously since the witches are the ones tallying the votes, this year's winner is:

The Cutest Black Cat Ever!

(though truth be told I really wanted to go with the original four way tie breaker and choose Gin&Tonic because of Tonya's reasoning...)

Happy Halloween to All, and to All a Good Night!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Reviews

Quick! Before you read this! GO VOTE for the Costume Contest!

I think that, just by looking at the cover, we can all see why I chose to pick up Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children! Flipping through it, and seeing all of the crazy antique photos strewn throughout the pages convinced me, and now it is my turn to convince you!

Jacob was raised on the fantastic and adventurous stories of his beloved grandfather's youth. Then he grows up a bit and realizes that, of course, everything Grandpa says is hokum, and the stories are just his way of coping with the horror of living through World War II and his journey to and life in a home for war orphans in Wales. Then Grandpa is murdered, and Jacob starts seeing the monsters from the stories. Which, naturally is all marked up as some sort of stress related reaction and, when his birdwatching father decides to go to Wales for some research, Jacob's psychiatrist agrees that it would be therapeutic for Jacob to go along and do a bit of his own research about his grandfather's time at the orphanage.

Unfortunately, the orphanage no longer exists. On a remote island off the coast of Wales, Jacob gets the same story - the orphanage and all the children were destroyed by a wayward bomb. Then, and I won't tell you how, Jacob finds himself at the orphanage again, only this time, instead of an empty shell full of unbelievable photographs similar to the ones that his grandfather had, it's a living breathing community of, not orphans, but Peculiars. Children with extraordinary powers (like Olive, the floating girl on the front cover!). You'll have to read (and I highly recommend that you do) the book to know how this is possible. But know that something is threatening the Peculiars. And now everyone has a choice to make. Other, similar groups of children all around the world are being attacked. Do they remain in the comfort of an endlessly sunny day, waiting to see if the monsters will eventually find them? Or leave the safety of the orphanage grounds and try to put a stop to the evil plot? And Jacob? Will he return to his father and the boring existence that was driving him nowhere? Or remain in the 1940s (how did he get THERE?) and use his own Peculiar powers to help his new friends?

The book is AMAZING. I highly recommend it to both boys and girls. If you liked Percy Jackson, chances are you'll enjoy this. Only two things bugged me. The first is that it ends with a cliffhanger. For once I really just wanted a good old fashioned stand alone book. But I imagine I'll get over that as soon as the sequel hits the shelves. The second is (naturally) the photographs. They are specified within the story as being from certain time periods. And they're just not... And there is definitely one photograph that is described as being a girl, and the child pictured is very much a boy. Side part and all. Oh well. This is where I'm too nit picky for my own good. The point is, read the book! *shoo*

Saturday, 29 October 2011

When Suddenly, There Came A Rapping!

Rapping, at my chamber door. It's the Annual Halloween Costume Contest!!! (Late, I know, but that's what happens when it snows in October. People get confused and turn around to go home.) The point is, all the guests have arrived and since none of you lovely readers are going to be out and about tonight, you'll have plenty of time to chat everyone up by the eyeball laden punch and submit your favorite costume vote in the comments section before you head off to bob for some apples! And the lineup, lead by our favorite Waterskiing Witches:

Last year's winner: Mr. Toad!

Jack! The Pumpkin King!

The Cutest little Black Cat you ever did see!

Complete with a Mouse to chase!

George Washington showed up

With Medusa!

Someone Spiked the Punch!

Which was awkward once the Mermaid jumped in...

The Family of Blood's minions put in an appearance for all the Doctor Who fans.

Beware the Creepy Doll carrying an equally Creepy Doll!

And DON'T follow the Old Hags home. They'll lure you into their house on Chicken Legs and Eat You Up!

Winner to be posted at the Witching Hour on Halloween!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Clap Your Hands If You Believe!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Back in the Habit!

That means I'm actually going to continue on with the posting and stuff! And just so you know I'm telling the truth...


1860s Sister M.M. Joseph of the Sister's of Mercy (North Carolina Civil War Medical Unit)

1890s Chartreuse. I'll bet at least one of them knows the ingredients...

1849 Angers, France

1860 Msgr. Jaquemet Nantes, French Bishop

1955 Polish Seminarians

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Monday, 17 October 2011

You Can Dance If You Want To

Just checking in! Working 9 days a week leaves little time for blogging. I DO miss all of you terribly though! :( Never fear though, the HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST will be up this week!!!!!

It's not a photograph, but it fits quite well here! Also, it's fantabulous!