Pumpkin Carving Tips

Silly or scary, what do you carve?

Silly or scary, what do you carve?

It’s pumpkin carving time! Read now, but try to wait until a day or so before Halloween so that your jack-o’-lantern is fresh and freaky for the 31st!

~ think first, draw second, cut third!  Knowing what you want this masterpiece to look like will help you actually achieve the look!

~ cut with a really sharp knife…but don’t forget that a potato peeler will work great for small cuts and shapes!

~ start in the center and work your way out, that way you won’t run out of room before you can cut in that really creepy smile!

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Cool Bat Facts ~ The Flying Kind!

I know ~ if you’re a Red Sox fan you were thinking a different kind of bat, right?!  If you’re expecting to read about batting statistics and home run percentages you’re going to be disappointed.  But you want to know more about those furry flying mammals, read on!

We are nearing the tail end of Celebrate Bat Appreciation Month.  I know, huge let down right?  I mean, where were the parties? Did I miss cake?  How did this get by me?  But the following facts from the Animal Planet are here to show you how cool bats really are….

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~ Bats are the only mammal that can fly ~ probably better than bears being the only mammal that can fly!

~ One brown bat can catch about 1200 mosquito-size insects in one hour ~ too bad we couldn’t just have one or two in just before the cookout, right?

~ Bats use echolocation to navigate.  Look that one up, but the “echo” part of the word should give you a clue! (they send out beeps and listen for the echoes that bounce back to get around.  I knew you wouldn’t look it up!)

~ Bats spend more time grooming themselves that most teenagers.  I have 3 boys and no bats, so this one I can’t verify!

~ Bats may soon help treat cardiac patients.  Okay, so this one really is cool!  Scientists are trying to copy enzymes found in vampire (yep, blood sucking vampire) bat saliva to treat heart conditions and stop the effects of strokes in humans.

So next time you see a bat, don’t get totally freaked out.  Bat1

Build them a nice house, don’t stay stationary and know that they may just help your heart!  If it doesn’t just up and stop beating when the bats start swooping around your head at dusk….

Do you feel the same way about bats as I do?  I still prefer the baseball bats made from ash that the Sox use…and use quite well at that!

Halloween Happenings

There will be lots of little ghosts and goblins out and about on Wednesday, and if you’re looking for something special to do ~ check out these local events:

BATH Haunted History Tour~ Monday from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm   An evening lantern lit walk will explore

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Bath, discovering ghosts and history, spirits and mystery. Buildings that once seemed ordinary will take on eerie new dimensions as The Lady in the Red Cloak relives their history and that of the ghostly entities that are said to still reside there. The 90 minute walks are fairly easy and appropriate for all ages.  Reservation only. Other dates/times by special request. 207-380-3806

BRUNSWICK Halloween Parade ~ Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00   Meet at the Lower Mall by 4:15pm (parade starts at 4:30pm) and then parade from Park Row, Down Maine Street, right on to Bank St, then right on to Federal Street- ending with a Halloween Party at the Recreation Center.

TOPSHAM Halloween Parade and Trick or Treataganza ~ Wednesday at the Topsham Fair Mall beginning by Renys at 4:15 with Trick or Treat goodies for all participants and special participant gifts.

If you’re walking in your own neighborhood ~ have a wonderful time and if you’re driving around ~ please be careful

Happy Halloween Everyone!!