I’m off work this week, which means more time for blogging, reading and writing! Here are this week’s questions, which are all about spooky season.
1. In two or three sentences describe yourself to someone who has never met you.
I’m a dreamer with a love of sci-fi and fantasy, nature and all things retro. I love being a mum and I’m very close to my family. I have a few short stories published and would love to send a novel out into the world one day.
2. Will you celebrate Halloween this year, and if so tell us how? Let’s play this or that-chocolate candy or fruity candy? pumpkin seeds or pumpkin pie? Halloween party or scary movie? Hay ride or corn maze? carve a pumpkin or paint a pumpkin?
Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. We are visiting a pumpkin patch on Friday and then we will carve jack-o-lanterns together and make soup. We’ll also watch spooky films and dress up for a little party at home, complete with scary snacks like brain jelly.
I prefer chocolate over sweets usually, but I’m not fussy! Definitely pumpkin pie rather than seeds, although I am struggling to get hold of pastry cases this year and I am loath to make my own. I love both Halloween parties and scary movies.
I had to look up what a hay ride is. It’s not a typical Halloween activity here, although I enjoy them when we visit farm parks. The local “maize maze” is great fun despite it being a mud bath.
3. What’s something that scared you when you were young? Are you still afraid?
I used to be terrified of spiders and would scream for my younger sister to remove them from my room. Living in an old house in the countryside for so many years has meant plenty of exposure therapy, so I’ve become somewhat used to them. I also acknowledge how useful they are for the ecosystem, so I never kill them.
As long as they stay in a corner on the ceiling and keep themselves to themselves, I can tolerate them. But I still jump if I see a big one scuttling across the floor and I certainly wouldn’t want one crawling over me! Luckily, that doesn’t happen often since getting our youngest cat, who gobbles them up frighteningly quickly, poor things.
4. Your favourite soothing drink?
Hot chocolate with all the spices, syrup and whipped cream.
5. Are you thinking about Christmas yet? Does this make you feel happy or stressed?
It’s hard to avoid thinking of it when all the decorations are in the shops already. I’m feeling a little stressed about it because there’s always so much to organise and it’s so expensive. I have a big family and I always put a lot of pressure on myself to find the perfect gifts, so I often end up overspending. I know I’m worrying needlessly, but that’s anxiety for you.
I also need a lot of time to recharge after social events, and I already feel tired thinking about all the meals and parties coming up. That, combined with my hatred of the dark and cold weather makes it quite a difficult time for me. I’m trying to focus on the things that I do enjoy about the season-the decorations, the lights, the food, and spending time with my family.
Insert your own random thought here.
I made a friend while waiting at the bus stop yesterday.
Wednesday Hodgepodge is a weekly question-and-answer meme hosted by Joyce from From This Side of the Pond. Every Tuesday, Joyce posts five random questions that participants can answer on Wednesday, before hopping over to the other blogs to leave a comment.
Are you doing anything to celebrate Halloween? Have you been thinking about Christmas yet? Let me know in the comments!
That hot chocolate sounds like a perfect way to relax! Love the new friend 🙂
I am craving some now…
I never thought about a hay ride being a typically “American” thing but yes, I suppose it is!
We call them dray rides or horse-and-cart rides here. They happen a lot at country fairs and farm parks but I never realised they were a Halloween thing.
I enjoy hay rides, so fun. Your new friend is so cute that you met at the bus stop.
It made my day, honestly. I love cats so much.
I think hayrides are an autumn farm thing or a pumpkin patch thing and not just a specific Halloween thing, but because Halloween lands in the middle of Fall and at harvest time it’s associated with Halloween. TMI? 🙂
We have fantasy and sci-fi fans in our family. We enjoyed tracking down some Tolkien and Lewis and Carroll landmarks in Oxford in September. Hope the end of October goes well in your corner…
Looking for literary landmarks in Oxford sounds like a lot of fun!
I feel your holiday anxiety as I too put a lot of pressure on myself to find just the right gift. I am working on it though and this year we’ll have our children and grandchildren (4 under 5) so I am determined to simplify where I can and just enjoy my family and all the chaos that will come with the littles. Their excitement will be so much fun. Enjoy the rest of your week!
I’d like to simplify things this year too. I’d rather just have experiences with my loved ones than exchange presents.
Enjoyed your answers…..I do not like spiders. I love Christmas but I never like seeing them in stores so early.
Me neither. I think they should at least wait until Halloween is over before putting the Christmas stock out.