Auld Lang Syne

“Should auld (old) acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld (old) acquaintance be forgot, and auld (old) lang syne?” Ahhh…. the long familiar song associated with this time of year.

Auld Lang Syne: “For (the sake of) old times.”

‘Tis the end of another year, my friends. 2016 is coming to a close as 2017 approaches. Did you all have a wonderful Christmas? I sure did. I was extremely grateful to spend a relaxing holiday at home with my family. We carried on the annual Christmas Eve tradition of driving around looking at the local Christmas decorations and lights as we sipped on our milkshakes. Then, once we arrived home we watched the classic film, A Christmas Story starring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, along with Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon who played his parents and Ian Petrella who played his pesky little brother, Randy. My family and I have seen the movie countless times, but every time we watch it, it still cracks us up.

And then on Christmas day, we stayed home opening our gifts as we sat by the fireplace. It was definitely a wonderful time!

Tomorrow is the first day of the new year and I’m certainly ready for it. Are you? I’ve got some exciting projects that I’ll be working on and I promise to keep you all posted with the updates as time progresses. I’m really looking forward to this next year! What does 2017 have in store for you? I’d love to hear about it! What are some of your holiday traditions and what exciting plans have you got for the upcoming year?

As we celebrate this festive holiday season, always be safe and enjoy. Life is for remembering, not regretting!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!

~ Love & Light, Sheila

 

 

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Happy Halloween!!!

I know it’s a day early, but I just wanted to take a very special moment to wish you all a Happy Halloween! As I’ve said before, this is my absolute fave time of year. The temperatures become cooler, warm Autumn smells fill the air and holiday baked goodies tend to be at their yummiest!

Carving pumpkins has always been a huge tradition with my family. The creativity involved just adds to the excitement. And then… there’s the baking of the pumpkin seeds! Right before putting them in the oven, I like to add some sea salt to give them a little extra bit of deliciousness. Oh, and did I mention that as we carved pumpkins yesterday, we baked nearly three dozen peanut butter cookies. Yes, we did and I would love to share them with you! 🙂

There’s also the marathon of fave horror movies to make this haunted holiday all the scarier. Earlier in the week I recorded Masque of the Red Death (a short story by Edgar Allan Poe) starring the late, great Vincent Price. A true classic in my opinion, another fave. Since my childhood, I’ve always loved the works of Poe and his creative ingenious as he brought out an eerie darkness that has resonated amongst his fans.

With so many different fun things going on this time of year, I decided to explore the stores to see what I could find to add to this season’s decorations. A couple of weeks ago I went shopping and found an adorable, yet simple, witch’s hat. (An image of this sweet addition is even included at the end of this post.)

When I got to the register, the cashier asked, “Are you gonna be a witch for Halloween?” I casually laughed and answered, “I already am one.”

She jokingly replied, “I thought you were kidding.” I grinned while shaking my head and told her, “Actually, I’m Wiccan.”

Then, we had a brief conversation about spirituality. The young lady was very cool and extremely open-minded.

The encounter made me giggle because of its innocence, which made me want to share it with you. As I always say, “Be Original. Be True. Be YOU!” 😉 )O(

 

Alright, everyone, I’ve shared with you a few of mine and my family’s Halloween traditions, would love to hear what are some of your favorite things that you like to do? Don’t be shy, this is an open-minded site where everyone is welcome to share!

 

Blessed Samhain! )O(

Love & Light,                                                                                                                         Sheila

 

 

 

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Pumpkins my son and I carved yesterday. 🙂

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National Paranormal Day

Hey, hey, hey all you paranormal peeps! Today is May 3rd and it has been brought to my attention that today is also known as National Paranormal Day (an unofficial National holiday). However, the origin of this spooky day is unknown….. BUT…. go out there and continue to investigate those ghostly haunts, supernatural specters and anything else that goes bump in the night!

If it makes your skin crawl and those tiny, little hairs on the back of your neck stand up…. even if it’s not scary, if you have a paranormal tale that’s rather uplifting and positive, then I wanna hear about it and so does everyone else. We wanna know your ghost story! Don’t be afraid…. share! 😉

 

Happy National Paranormal Day all you beautiful people!

 

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Merry Christmas!!!

Here we are, just a few days before Christmas and I want to take this moment to wish all of you a very magical season! Whether it’s Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or however you celebrate this joyous time of year, remember that life is full of wondrous things and that each waking moment is an absolute blessing!

Whether the temperatures are cold and snowy with scarves and sweaters or they’re warm and sunny with flip-flops and shorts, enjoy and know that the spirit of this beautiful holiday season is full of love and light.

Each and every single one of you are a true blessing to me and I am ever so grateful for you all!

 

 

 

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Tis the Season…

Ah yes, another magical holiday has arrived. I still can’t believe that another year is about to end. 2014 will soon be passing its torch to 2015. Wow! Hope all had a Merry Christmas full of love and happiness with family and friends.

Mine went really well. Although while out Christmas eve night, the avoidance of a vehicular collision occurred. Luckily, timing was on my side as I drove through the green light and the oncoming truck that ran their red light, intersected closely behind me. For a brief moment the truck’s headlights were shining in my face. I gave way to my faith and as I said, everything was avoided. Thank goodness! But enough about that.The evening was followed by the traditional viewing of favorite Christmas movies shared by the entire family and Christmas day was as relaxing as ever! Definitely good times!

The classic novel, A Christmas Carol quickly comes to mind when talking about the holidays. You know, the story written by Charles Dickens, published in the early 1840s. One of my all time faves. A tale of morals intertwined with the paranormal…. right up my alley! Crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge and his icy heart that eventually thaws out, all thanks to three ghosts and their untimely visits throughout the night as the old man tries to slumber in his night cap. As Past, Present and Future show Ebenezer his life, he realizes the consequences of his selfish ways. He is awakened by his spectral messages and with open arms he welcomes a new life full of positive blessings. Ebenezer finally discovers the joy of giving.

Such a heartfelt story that never gets old. A tale where a few ghosts aren’t so scary. Imagine the joy of giving all year round. How awesome that could be! And no, I’m not talking about giving financially either. No one has Western Union strapped to their side. But I am referring to the simple gesture of a friendly smile, the wave of a hand or maybe even a warm greeting.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the most profound statements!

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~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter @sheilarparker.