If we were having coffee – 31 October 2015

winged pegasusLong time no see! Come on in and join me for a cup of tea on this lovely day that is Halloween!

If we were having coffee, you’d probably want to know why I have not invited you over in a while, and why my blog had grown quiet for almost 2 whole weeks… I guess I owe you an explanation.

So two weeks ago, I was busy cleaning our storage closet that had been filled and never touched again since we moved in. It did take a lot of energy out of my day, so I didn’t join in the coffee share. Before that, I know my blog already grew quiet, and I have no real excuse for that, I blame my notebook, which I filled with words. I even have a post planned for tomorrow about the advantages of using a notebook. After my cleaning spree, I got sick with a horrible cold (which has not left me completely just yet), my mother in law arrived for a weeks stay, and I felt it to be impolite to use the computer. Lesson is learnt now, it might be a good idea to schedule some posts. Now I am hopefully back to blogging and being my creative self.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if I missed out on anything lately? I’d probably ask you if you would be up for a nice walk outside, the weather is absolutely marvellous. A crisp autumn day, just the way I like them. To be truthful, I’d be very happy to meet you outside, maybe to glance at the pegasus by the Berges de Seine? My apartment is once again a mess, half the kitchen is in the living room, we had new water pipes installed on Thursday (no more lead), it is not a pretty sight, as the new pipes are visible and using water makes a lot of noise. At the moment they are sawing in the staircase as new windows are being installed too (thankfully not in my apartment). On top of all that we had a water leak yesterday, but with plumbers already in the house, it was repaired quickly. I am looking forward to the day when the scaffolding will be gone, when there will be no more plumbers in the hallway and no one fitting new windows… Yesterday I even had to step over equipment from the guy repairing the fibreglass (I think the installation of the new plumbing had some negative effects).

Sorry about all my moaning… What are you up to today? Do you have anything special planned for Halloween? I am not celebrating Halloween this year, but I did so in the past. I am celebrating a bit, over at Suzie’s blog party. My sister is in Paris for the weekend, so I’ll see her a bit, I’d love for you guys to meet. She has a blogger blog, that well has been neglected, I’d love for her to move to wordpress as she does some great fashion blogging (and I believe the lack of support made her grow quiet) with some of her own creations on show, I even modelled once for her Star Wars themed design. S is leaving for London tomorrow morning, so it’s going to be an all girls week dedicated to a lot of writing…

I have signed up for NaNoWriMo, my username is SolveigJW (like on twitter) but I am stuck, what shall I write about? And what shall I write? A novel? A collection of short stories? I am so used to flash fiction that 50000 words is a lot… I guess all I have to do is sit down and write once tomorrow comes along, it tends to work out best.

That’s all (not really) but I cannot take up all your weekend. It’s time for you to head over to Diana’s blog Part-Time Monster and check out her coffee post and all of the others. Feel free to join us with your own Coffee/Tea post.

Happy Halloween!

© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.

Improvised Halloween

Costume PartyFirst time I celebrated Halloween was when I was 12. Now don’t look at me like that! I did not miss out on dressing up fun, nor on going from door to door to get treats. Just that these things happened at different moments in the year…

When I was 12 and celebrated my first ever Halloween, I think I was a bit in the dark about what Halloween actually is. My ESL teacher asked me during the last week of October what I would be for Halloween, well I had no idea. But she had a great book with costume ideas (in my household costumes were never ever bought!) One of the pictures inspired me and my mother and I got to work.

We bought some long sleeve t-shirts, some gloves and started taking everything apart. We sewed the cloves to the sleeves, except for two, and then we stuffed the sleeves with leaves. Why leaves? Well all of the newspapers were thrown out and fall in Pennsylvania was rich in leaves. So we stuffed the sleeves with leaves, and then proceeded to sow them onto the t-shirt that I would wear. All of this was done on the 30th of Halloween.

On Halloween, I came to school with 7 Arms, which over the day became quite itchy, but oh well. The other kids loved my costume, but I didn’t win a prize for it. And then it was time for my first trick or treating.

In the 2 following years, I made sure to participate in Halloween fun. But no costume came close to the first. I went from door to door dressed as a man, and people weren’T sure if I was a boy or girl… Then I dressed up as a barbie or something, but wearing huge timberland boots.

After leaving the US, Halloween once again lost its importance. I remember that in my second year of Uni I dressed in one of my favourite costumes. My sister was there to visit and spend ages painting me green. My skin was green, my hair was green, my shoes were green. And I was glittery. Equipped with a corset and a set of wings I was the absinthe fairy.

This year, I don’t think that I’ll be dressing up for Halloween. But I felt like joining Eclectic Alli’s Costume Party which is still on until Saturday 31st of October.

If you are curious about my Carnival Costumes, I might be doing a post on those when the time comes.

Badge courtesy of Eclectic Alli
© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.