Halloween Music And A Homecoming

In February, we put our house up for sale.  Nine months later and four weeks at the Goose Farm, we moved into our new home last week.

For five of those weeks, my cat Eddie had to stay in a cattery.  The owner there could not have been kinder and more lovely.  She made sure my boy, who is eleven years old and has never been away from home before, was well looked after.   I visited regularly which helped, although it broke my heart as time went on having to say goodbye to the sound of his plaintive meows.

I collected him yesterday, and as you can see, he’s already settling in on his familiar spot…and a quiet Halloween for him this year…

Thank you again to all of you who have shown such amazing support for the Flash Fiction Rodeo running at Carrot Ranch.  I was thrilled to host my Murderous Musings contest last week. For those of you sitting on the fence, you still have until EST 11:59pm tonight to enter! Judges Hugh Mike and I can’t wait to read all your deliciously devious entries.

I’ll reblog Charli’s Ultimate Flash Fiction Challenge after this.  Her final Contest #8 at the Rodeo is a corker.

Sharing emails about the contest (and again, thanks so much to Hugh and Charli for stepping in at the Ranch while I was otherwise assailed by packing boxes), I let Hugh know we had moved. I told him about a photo I had taken on the last day as I stood at the top of the stairs for a moment, wrapped in the silence a house holds in that strange space between hello and goodbye.

Sunshine blazed into the hallway below through the partly open front door.  Minutes after I took this photo, we walked outside, handed over the keys to the new owners and drove away, not looking back. I promised Hugh I would post the photo to mark the beginning of a new chapter…

And that was that.  Now to new things and hopefully some kind of blogging and writing through the unpacking madness, ha.

Meanwhile, here’s a special treat for you: A fantastic collaboration on the Halloween Theme song between two of my favourite and talented musicians, Liam John Norton and Nick Estrada.  I’ve shared Nick’s music here from time to time.  That’s him (yep, my boy…!) on guitars.  Enjoy…

Happy Halloween!

 

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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59 Responses to Halloween Music And A Homecoming

  1. Hello Sherri ❤ I think that is a marvelous photo – to me it speaks of walking out that door into the bright light of a new beginning! Happy days!! xoxo

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    • Aww, thanks so much Pauline! It was one of those moments that caught me off guard and then hit me when I looked at the photo later. I’m so ready for those bright, happy days! See you soon my friend 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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  2. TanGental says:

    great to here you’ve moved at last! Btw I can’t find the link to the music which may just be me…

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  3. Good luck in your new home Sherri. How lovely that you have Eddie back with you now too, he looks very comfy!

    Loving the Halloween music too! 🙂

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  4. jennypellett says:

    Be happy in your new home Sherri! Happy Halloween too 🎃🎃🎃

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    • Ahh dear Jenny…it’s surreal! What a year…now to start over. Thanks so much for your lovely wishes. I hope you had a Happy Halloween too! We had a very quiet one, but I do have my black cat by my side, Halloween or not 😉 ❤

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  5. delphini510 says:

    Congratulations Sherri!😊🍾 . How wonderful you can now start afresh. I love your exit picture with the light waiting for you. Here is to wishing you all happiness and renewed strength for your writing. 🌈⭐️💕
    miriam

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  6. Mary Smith says:

    Great to hear you’ve moved into your new home. I hope you have many happy years there – and that you have a summerhouse. Loved your farewell photo of your old home. A shiny new beginning.

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  7. Happy Halloween Sherri and wishing you much happiness in your new home. Xxx

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    • Thanks so much Marje, and I hope you had a Happy Halloween too! We had quiet one as we didn’t have time to do anything, but I told the kids who turned up at our door to come back next year and we’ll definitely have the works! Thankfully this time, I at least had a bag of sweets to hand! 🙂 xxx

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  8. Luanne says:

    Enjoy your new home. So glad your sweetie pie gets to be home now. So hard on a kitty to be away from home.

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    • Hi Luanne! Aww…thanks so much and yes, I knew you would be happy to see my sweet boy back home again. Oh I missed him so much, tears more than once, that part was sooooo hard. I couldn’t bare it…but it was our only choice. He’s by my side cuddled up on a blanket as I type this…the best feeling ever! xoxo

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      • Luanne says:

        AWWWWWWW is right! Sweet boy! He needs his mama!

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        • He’s been following me around everywhere, meowing if I’m out of sight, but getting used to the new place so long as he’s right next to me! I’m not letting him outside yet, but he wants to explore! It’s cold today, so thankfully he’s happy to say inside, all cosy and warm!

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          • Luanne says:

            No cats outside here at all. We have too many dangers. In fact, when I found Perry, my newest, I messaged people on a neighborhood group and people said that there are no cats outside in our extended neighborhood because any that were outside were eaten by the coyotes! We also have a huge bobcat. I will say that while they don’t get as much stimulation, they don’t really seem to miss it, and I always know where they are. And right now you know your baby is right next to you! It makes my heart happy that he’s back with you!

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  9. Denise says:

    So pleased for you! Great welcoming picture with the flash of sunlight and nice to know you are all together againxx

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  10. Now look at that. Hope you have opened the wine xxxxxx

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  11. Heyjude says:

    Glad to hear you have moved at last. Wishing you a happy life in your new abode and hopefully you will have time to come back to the blog world again with more tales from the summerhouse.

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    • Hi Jude! Phew…we didn’t exchange until three days before completion after all that. I’m having a hard time letting the stress go, but then again, you know only too well what it’s like in the aftermath with so much to do other than merely unpacking. But we’re in, hooray and so very grateful and relieved. I very much look forward to getting back to ‘normal’ blogging, albeit in bursts, and my long-promised visits too. The Summerhouse might only be virtual for now, but it’s still going…just!!! Lovely to hear from you my friend 🙂 xx

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  12. Allie P. says:

    Welcome to your new home!

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  13. dgkaye says:

    Oh Sher, what a fabulous shot you got of the door and the sunlight. You must frame that one and hang it in your new home. New beginnings, onward and upward my friend. Welcome home ❤ xoxo

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  14. So pleased you shared that photo of the open door, Sherri. It’s more than I ever expected when you told me about it. A new beginning has begun for you all and it’s going to be full of sunshine, warmth and light. Hope you’re settling in (just like Eddie has).
    Hugs to you.
    xx

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    • You inspired me to share it Hugh…I didn’t notice just how much warm light shone through until I looked at it again, and I knew then it was a sign of new beginnings in so many ways. Eddie is snuggled by my side on the sofa as I type this, so you could say we’re both settling in quite well 😉 Thanks so much Hugh and hugs back to you as always… xxx

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  15. Eddie looks very content. So happy you’re home, Sherri! ❤

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    • Aww, thanks so much dear Jilly B 🙂 Apologies for my late reply…wouldn't you know it just when I finally get my internet sorted, I get laptop problems…! All sorted now though. Just need to plough through the unpacking…! Hope all is well with you my friend ❤

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  16. Charli Mills says:

    Ah, Sherri, I hope this day finds you feeling settled in a new favorite spot, just like Eddie. What a magnificent photo, your ending that opened to a new beginning. Not only did you move, you incited murderous writings at the Ranch. What a true Cowgirl! Love hearing Liam and Nicky’s music!

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  17. I’m so glad to see you have your move done with and Eddie is back home with you. I’m quite far behind in my reading and have read no flash fiction. Soon I hope. Things are a little off the rails here too. Love the photo of the doorway. Unpacking is easier than the packing so you can take your time putting it all where you want it to go. I never want to move again. I’m not sure I remember what made you decide to move in the first place. I’ll try to catch up with you soon. Giant hugs.

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    • Thanks so much Marlene, it is a huge relief, but you know too well the huge task of unpacking and settling in, and all the other ‘stuff’ that needs to be done…but it is easier than the other end, for sure. It’s nice finding new homes for everything, makes it all seem fresh again. Sorry to hear things are off the rails your neck of the woods – I will be over very soon to check in on you. Hope you’re okay. Wouldn’t you know it, no sooner I get my internet issues sorted, then I ran into laptop issues, hence my late reply, so sorry. Sorted now…just need to catch up, as always. We moved to find a place with an annex for Mum, but like you, the thought of moving again sends shivers down my spine. Time for some stablility for us both. See you soon my friend…huge hugs back ❤

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  18. Happy to see Eddie settled in. Hopefully you will be soon, as well. ❤ What a beautiful, bittersweet photo of the door. Endings and beginnings. Love it. Hugs to you, my friend.

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  19. First, I’ve always loved the Halloween theme song and this is a great version! Congratulations on finally completing your house move, it must be great to be settling in and to have all the members of the family home! Good luck in your new home and I hope it opens lots of new doors to creativity and fulfilment.

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    • Me too Andrea, and I love the boys’ version – thanks so much for listening, they’ll be chuffed when I tell them 🙂 Oh I will hold your lovely message close to my heart, and how I long for creativity and fulfilment to flow. It is wonderful to settle in at last after so much transition most of this year, so ready to settle in now ❤

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  20. Dear Eddie does look very content in his chosen spot. Congratulations on your new home, Sherri. I wish you much joy and many happy memory-making moments. xx

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    • Hi Sylvia! What timing, I just went on FB for the first time in ages to quickly catch up and found and commented on your’s and hubby’s beautiful profile pic. Then, just quickly checking in on my blog before turning off my laptop. found your lovely message! We are so happy to be in our new home at last…and I know you know that feeling so well 😉 Thank you my lovely friend ❤ xxx

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