Oct 29, 2010

Boo Waa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Oh the fun I had creating...  




Oct 26, 2010

Double, Double Toil and Trouble ...

photo found at http://www.grandinroad.com/  thank you

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

from Macbeth

A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.

Enter the three Witches.

1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis time!

Round about the caldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches' mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg'd i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Oct 25, 2010

Grandaughters Weekend

We just had a GRAND as in GRANDAUGHTERS weekend.   Every fall my daughters load up the five grandaughters and head 'up north' for a weekend.  This year we had a quick little 'birthday party' for Grandpa.  The girls decorated cupcakes and  make him homemade birthday cards, along with the gifts they gave him. Then I told them it was a backwards birthday party and we gave them some gifts too.  It was so much fun, but as always the time went way too fast.

Oct 18, 2010

Seek and Ye Shall Find

We live 'up north' which is actually thousands of miles south of where we lived before (North Pole, Alaska - and oh how we miss it) but that's another story. And just the fact that we are living 'up north' I always wanted  to get a good wood burning stove.  What if the power went out and I still wanted to make a pot of coffee, or maybe a good old kettle of stew. So, I've been watching for the past few years, no big hurry, just watching and knowing that one day the opportunity would present itself and I would find that perfect for our purposes stove. And here it is ~ she needs a little care but very little.  I just love her stylish legs and the price was right for our budget.  Who could ask for more.

Oct 17, 2010

Last Time - I Swear!

For those of you who follow me, you're probably sick to death of my moon flower pictures ... but I have one more to share.  LAST TIME - I SWEAR!

Being it was my first time growing this plant, I really didn't quite know what to expect.  I must say I was very excited with the results.  My sister gave me 4 seeds in a Christmas card.  I started them indoors and transplanted them as soon as it was warm enough up here in our Northern region.  All four flourished. 

I loved watching them grow.  The way they unfurled into huge bloosoms kept me checking them on a nightly basis.  They open at night you know, thus the name MOON FLOWER.

So there you have it, my final pictures made into a memory page.

Oct 13, 2010

The Demise of the Old Apple Tree

And now; a funny little story about "The Demise of the Old Apple Tree":

We live in apple country. There are a lot of wild apple trees around here - let alone the orchards people have started.  When we moved in the tree on the corner of our lot was old but still producing well. It was so loaded with apples that we had to prop the branches up so they wouldn't break down onto our new split rail fencing.  The tree was also so hollow that we knew it was on its last leg, so we cut the branches off one at a time, carefully setting them on the ground and then picking the apples off.  Well you can only imagine the looks people were giving us as they drove by.  Finally the next door neighbor walks over and asks "what are you doing?" to which I replied "picking apples."  He looked so befuddled I wish I would have had my camera ready.  He says "Um, What about next year?"  I asked "what? "  He repeats "What about next year?"  I said, "well there are lots of apple trees around for next year."  OH MY GOSH ... by now I could hardly hold a straight face, my husband is standing back snickering to himself and the old fella was showing fear in his eyes. Fear that his new neighbors were idiots and that there wouldn't be an apple tree left in the country within a few years time.

The joke had gone far enough.  We showed him how hollow the tree actually was and that the branches were barely hanging on and it certainly wouldn't have made it another year.  But for those few brief moments, my hubby and I truly enjoyed our common wierd sense of humor.

Oct 10, 2010

Late Bloomer

I've been babying this fuchsia plant since early spring.  It would be loaded with buds but they never seemed to fully open.  So earlier this fall I had my husband hang it under the pine trees and from that point on we totally ignored it.  I guess it didn't like my pampering ~ because all of a sudden it decided to bloom; without my help.  We've had temperatures dip to the hard freezing points but it's still thriving. 
This picture was taken last week -  as you can see by the pine needles.  But now that beautiful fuchsia keeps on blooming and it brightens up that corner of our yard.
 Today is 10-10-10.  

Fall Cleaning

Surprise! I have a new look.  Don't run away ~ if you're looking for CHER SHOTS then you're right where you belong.

I'm not usually the one to promote products through my blog but we did some 'fall' cleaning today and our windows shine!  I believe credit should go where credit is due: http://www.windexoutdoor.com/#/product The extended handle makes the job a bit easier too.
We were both very happy with the results.  Thom went around the outside of the house taking down the screens, washing them as well as the windows while I did all the of the windows on the inside.

Heres a little helpful tip: If you do the windows in a side to side pattern on the inside and up and down on the outside, you can then tell which side of the glass any streaks may appear on.  

We are so thankful for the wonderful weather we've had this past week. It made cleaning the garages, taking up the end of the garden produce, canning, gathering leaves, mulching, digging flower bulbs etc. an enjoyable experience.  I hate doing those chores all bundled up in heavy clothes.

Happy cleaning!

Chore Checklist Fall

Oct 9, 2010

Bear With Me

~ Please stand by ~
I'm searching backgrounds!

A little tweak here
maybe a new gadget there

Time will tell
how all turns out!

Oct 7, 2010

Halloween Sky

I took this picture in August while traveling 'home'.
It developed into quite a storm that night.
But now is the season
of ghosts and gouls ~
I keep watching for a
 witch to do a fly by.

Oct 6, 2010


Sometimes I Dream:

I'm a writer;
 I'm the one with the spell binding words
    that keeps others flipping through pages. 

I'm an artist;
 putting colors and textures from pallette
 to canvas - filling voids on naked walls.

I'm a chef;
combining ingredients to perfection -
not by measure but by knowing,
 knowing it needs a bit of this or that.

I'm a farmer;
small animals gather at my feet.
Chickens follow me as I gather their eggs. 
 Dogs, horses, goats and kittens - come by name.

I'm a traveler;
no destination, no time limits - 
just travel.

I dream of family and friends;
coming and going -
laughing and crying;
tears of joy only
would be nice 
because it's my dream.

Oct 3, 2010

Pink Hardy Hibiscus

The blossoms are so delicate they
remind me of crepe' paper.