Monthly Haiku Corner – August

hollow thoughts
always thinking of Halloween
pumpkin dreams

Weekly Haiku Returns

Back in January, I made the decision to post my haiku monthly instead of weekly. I was hoping to trigger more creativity and force my hand at posting more short stories.

Then, Corona-virus happened.

The lockdown stifled my creativity. Anxiety and fear moved in like unexpected house guests and stayed far too long. I haven’t written a lick since the beginning of summer, choosing to hide out instead. My own blog, unrecognizable.

Like clockwork, however, the Halloween season is calling!

In anticipation of the upcomi ng holiday

season, I’ve been working on my own game plan to celebrate Halloween 2020 in a big way! First, I need a little course correction. That means, starting August 3rd, Haiku of the Week will return. I’ll still post Monthly Haiku Corner and those posts will continue to feature some striking imagery, but the weekly haiku will,  hopefully, stand alone on their own merits.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween season!

Happy Caturday!

Happy August! Countdown to Halloween begins! Only three months away! After missing July, we’re back, celebrating cool cat art the first Saturday of every month now. This month’s artist is Lisa M. Nelson, a masterful, creative cat painter, and huge Halloween fan.

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Lisa M. Nelson Art

 

Artist: Lisa M. Nelson
Website: https://www.lisanelsonart.com/

Where to purchase goods: www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyLisaMNelson

 

 

Artist

Recipe of the Month – July

One minute I was shuffling around my living room, worried about the current state of the world…

I suppose I could pour my heart and soul out, in another boring, feeble attempt to explain how summer depression disorder works, or, I could blame it on aliens. Lucky for you, I was totally kidnapped by aliens!

I don’t remember a thing, except when I woke up, a strange voice in my head told me to make these amazing Toy Story Alien Popcorn Balls found over at TotallytheBomb.com and binge-watch 5 seasons of CW’s The Originals, so that’s what I did.👽

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Photo by TotallytheBomb.com

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ⅓ cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup unpopped popcorn (about 6 cups popped)
  • 1 tsp Neon Green GEL food coloring
  • 12 Candy Eyeballs

 

For the full recipe instructions, please visit here:
https://totallythebomb.com/ready-for-the-claw-toy-story-alien-popcorn-balls

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Photo by TotallytheBomb.com

 

 

Loneliness

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Loneliness is like the wind.
Sometimes it’s a gentle breeze that touches your cheek.
Sometimes it’s a strong gust that knocks you over.

 

Monthly Haiku Corner – July

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toxic air
a new kind of plague
same old death

Happy Caturday

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Artist: Thomas Vallentin

https://www.artstation.com/daexs

Friday Fright Nightcaps

It’s the return of Friday Fright Nightcaps!

Today, in honor of National Pizza Party Day, which no one is celebrating due to the pandemic, my sources tell me that the daiquiri is the perfect companion for heavy pizzas, such as pepperoni, or sausage, or pepperoni and sausage…something about all that cheese and red sauce pairing well with the rum and tart.
So, fire up that old stone oven because I found a fangalicious recipe for a Halloween Daiquiri from the good folks over at Vinepair that won’t wait til Fall.

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Halloween Daiquiri by Vine Pair

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of rum
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6-8 mandarins, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
  • ½ cup of ice

Garnish:  sliced mandarin

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Halloween Daiquiri by Vine Pair

To view the full recipe, please visit here:
https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/halloween-daiquiri-recipe/

So, whether you’re logging into Door Dash during the pandemic or learning how to use your oven for the first time since you rented the place, it’s pizza time!

 

Monthly Haiku Corner – May

spooky birds
Photo by Halloween Kristy

birds chatter
ghosts in the leaves
dead tree

Happy Caturday

Happy Halfway to Hallween! Now is the time for planting pumpkins, if you live in colder parts of the country. For the rest of us, we should wait another month or so.

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Company: Curious Art Lab
Artist: Leah Palmer Preiss
Where to purchase goods:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CuriousArtLab

Social Media:
https://instagram.com/curiousartlab

To view more of her art, check out her blog here:
http://wordpress.leahpalmerpreiss.com/author/mega_47_bloggenius/