For our optional prompt of “Mint” today, I combined it with the Inktober prompt of “Fortune” and ended up with a ghost in a crystal ball longing after some mint Halloween candies. This is actually quite like me when I see all of the yummy candies on the shelves at stores this time of year and realize that at my age, they’re pretty much off limits. Too many extra calories. But, it certainly takes me back to a time when I was a kid and would wander the neighborhood on Halloween night collecting a giant bag of candy. It was so much fun! Though Philippe and I never attend any parties this time of year, we enjoy rewatching favorite movies and enjoying a few extra treats of our own. His birthday is this Thursday, so we’ll have a bit of cake to celebrate. I’ve always preferred cake over candy anyway. And the particular confection we always get is a Grand Marnier Torte from a place called André’s Confiserie Suisse. It only appears during the autumn season, so it’s a rare and fabulous treat that I look forward to each year!

Philipe and I have been super busy with work and outside projects lately, so we’re taking a little break this weekend. We’re heading to the small town outside the city we often visit for a few days. In order to completely unwind, we’re going to board Elliott for a couple nights. He’ll just be two next month and while perfectly adorable, he’s still a constant burst of exhausting energy. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been on an extended date with just my husband, so I’m really looking forward to it. It’s also a primary town that I’m using as reference for the made up town in the cozy mystery I’m writing, so that will make for an extra fun bit of research as well. Yeah, I’m never totally removed from my creative projects! It will also be nice to enjoy the fall foliage, cooler weather, and taking a much needed break from work.

We’ve still been watching some Halloween movies, but Philippe insists on waiting until closer to the big day to watch Halloweentown . It’s one of our favorites, mostly because it’s sort of ridiculous in a way that makes us smile. In truth, that’s our favorite kind of movie. It’s fun to visit a world that’s a bit like a fable and yet feels like something that could exist once you decide to play along. We aren’t fans of movies that try to take themselves or humans too seriously. It just doesn’t feel as true as something fun and comedic. Life is kind of nuts and usually involves all sorts of silly plot twists that can be so infinitely weird that you just have to laugh sometimes. And, I guess, that’s all part of the fun to be had by living it! So, that’s what we’ll be doing this weekend. We’ll be taking time to live a little and let those pesky deadlines simmer for a bit. I hope you’re having a lovely month as well. And if you, like us, enjoy celebrating a little during the Halloween season, I hope it’s also filled with lots of spooky fun!

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  1. I’m with you! I prefer a movie that creates its own world, that’s just a few parallel universes away from our own. I get a little nervous with TV around this time of the year. Hubby likes the slashers – stuff like Chucky and Jason. I don’t. I used to watch them with him just because I love him, but they bother me too much, so I don’t anymore. I go off in another room if he decides to watch one.

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    1. Thanks, Zoie! 😃💕 Yes! I’ve done a lot of world building and created a little town, businesses and characters. I’m working on the outline for the first book now and hope to have a full first draft by the end of November. I’m not sure yet… I may present to trad publishers or just end up self-publishing if I don’t get a bite!

  2. Charlie no wonder Philippe has to keep an eye on your treats cravings!! It is not so much the calories as it is the effect of junk on the heart etc. Let me know when the cozy mystery is out and I will buy it. Something told me I have to read it.

    If you have to have treats go for dark chocolate. Lindt has Chili Chocolate and man is that ever mind boggling. Dark chocolate from Switzerland. One and a half squares a day (my doctor said (with his finger pointed and a stern expression on his face) no more than one bar a week so I figured it out. I even had to use that four letter word M A T H. )

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Actually, it’s rather the other way around. I tend to only have the occasional dessert, and any bag of treats around Philippe will disappear and I only get one taste! lol It’s the perfect diet for me at least. hehe Have a fabulous weekend! 😃💕

  3. Hola, mi amigo, Charlie. 💜.I just emailed you and you will understand why I can’t write much. 🏵 I love the beautiful colors (purple) that you used. Don’t forget to watch Monster Gang. Is that the name? I forget every year. It’s the kids who fight off monsters, save their town, and their sidekick is a cute Beagle. Now I’m going to be obsessing about the name. 😂😂😂
    Check your email. Interesting pic included. Much love, my sweet friend. 💜💜💜

  4. Love your ghostly globe! And your musings about Halloween. One of my fav Halloween movies is The Lost Boys – campy humor and vampires! Enjoy your getaway – and happy birthday to Phillippe!

  5. Hello Charlie,

    I love the idea of a ghost in a snowglobe. Snowglobes are one of my favorite things and always seem like they hold perfectly happy tiny towns within them I’d once seen an illustration of a snowball with an entire Christmas village inside. And being inside a snowglobe the town would be small with very few people so the idea appealed to me even more. Only even though it was inside a snowglobe, my town would definitely have an nice cream parlour in it too. I’m gonna dream about my town Charlie. I hope to soon be able to read about the one you’re creating. Have a great trip my friend and wishing Phillipe an awesome birthday in advance.❤


    1. Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yay for an ice cream parlor in that tiny town. I’ve put a soda fountain and treat shop in the fictional town for my book I’m working on. It’s so fun to imagine a place that’s so rich in details in your mind that it’s almost real. Such a wonderful feeling! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Much love! ❤️

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