Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pumpkin Patch




I have my own Pumpkin Patch.
They were a lot of fun to crochet.
Now, I just have to keep the kitties from playing with the smallest!



Pumpkin


Pumpkin


Pumpkin


Pumpkin


Pumpkin


Pumpkin Patch


Pumpkin Patch


Now that my Pumpkin Patch is finished,
I can start thinking about Halloween.

My favorite part about Halloween -- the cooler weather that usually arrives!


Halloween Dragon



The origin of Halloween can be traced to Samhain (pronounced sow-in, which rhymes with cow-in), which was an ancient Celtic festival that was celebrated to mark the end of harvesttime and the beginning of the new year.

 The ancient Celts believed that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest during Samhain, thereby making it a good time to communicate with the deceased and to divine the future. 

Samhain is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” a day to bid good-bye to warmth and light as day length shortens.*

Halloween Towels



A BRIEF HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN*

Following the Roman Empire’s rule over Celt-occupied lands in the 1st century A.D., the Romans incorporated many of the Celtic traditions, including Samhain, with their own.

 Eight hundred years later, the Roman Catholic Church further modified Samhain, designating November 1 as All Saints’ Day, in honor of all Catholic saints. This day was formerly known as Allhallowmas, hallow meaning to sanctify, or make holy. 

All Saints’ Day is known in England as All Hallows’ Day. The evening before, October 31, is known as All Hallows’ Eve, the origin of the American word Halloween!


Day of the Dead


In later years, the Irish used hollowed-out, candlelit turnips carved with a demon’s face to frighten away spirits. When Irish immigrants in the 1840s found few turnips in the United States, they used the more plentiful pumpkins instead.* 

*From The Farmers Almanac

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Pumpkins





I've been making pumpkins.
I ordered a kit from Mary Maxim.
Five crochet pumpkins.
I've finished two and started the third.


Pumpkin

Pumpkins, like other squash, are thought to have originated in North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, was found in Mexico.


Pumpkin

As one of the most popular crops in the United States, 680,000,000 kilograms (1.5 billion pounds) of pumpkins are produced each year. The top pumpkin-producing states include IllinoisIndianaOhioPennsylvania, and California.


Pumpkins


When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, steamed, or roasted. In its native North America, it is a very important, traditional part of the autumn harvest, eaten mashed and making its way into soups and purees. Often, it is made into pie, various kinds of which are a traditional staple of the Canadian and American Thanksgiving holidays. In Canada, Mexico, the United States, Europe and China, the seeds are often roasted and eaten as a snack.


Pumpkins



And, today is Oliver's Gotcha Day.
He's lived at Twisty Lane one year today.
So glad you are here little guy! 



Oliver






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Sunday, October 8, 2017

To Guide The Uninitiated






I love the Farmer's Almanac.
It is fun and informative.
I thought I'd share some Victorian era Etiquette
along with more Autumn fun.
Be prepared to laugh out loud!

To guide the uninitiated, Thomas E. Hill compiled a list of dos and don’ts in his Manual of Social and Business Forms, 

first published in 1875. 


Pumpkin Wreath



  • Bathing: “Upon arising, take a complete bath. A simple washing out of the eyes is not sufficient. The complete bathing of the body once each day is of the utmost importance. Not more than a quart of water is necessary, preferably rainwater.”


Mason Jar



  • Skin: “Beware of exterior applications of cosmetics. Instead, once every two or three months, take a teaspoonful of powdered charcoal mixed with sweetened water or milk. This will prove efficacious in making the complexion clear and transparent.”


Mums



  • Kissing: “Upon the meeting of intimate friends, among ladies, at the private house, the kiss as a mode of salutation is yet common; but this is a custom which ought to be abolished for physiological and other reasons.”


Autumn collage


  • Bowing: “A gentleman should not bow from a window to a lady on the street, though he may bow slightly from the street upon being recognized by a lady in a window. Such recognition should, however, generally be avoided, as gossip is likely to attach undue importance to it when seen by others.”


Halloween


  • Small talk: “No topic of absorbing interest may be admitted to polite conversation. It might lead to discussion.”

Pumpkin Cake



Wishing YOU well and much joy!



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Monday, October 2, 2017

I've Done The Taste Testing




October is here.
That means the heat and humidity is coming to an end.
And, Pumpkin everything has taken over.

I walk early each morning 
and noticed one of my favorite neighbors had decorated for fall. 
I call it "subtle elegance"!



On a Neighbors Fence


Neighbors Ready For Fall

Sometimes, even here near the Gulf of Mexico where green is king in Autumn, 
 Mother Nature does her own Autumn decorating.


In a neighbors yard


Around the Neighborhood


Pumpkins at home.
The acorn candle is new this year.


Hello Fall




Fall Frolic!



Cookies




I've been drinking Teavana Chai Tea
 from my Autumn mug by Susan Branch.
  Dreaming of cooler days.

I can always depend on Trader Joe's for yummy pumpkin everythings!
Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Petite shortbread cookies with Pumpkin Spice or Yogurt icing.
I'm happy to report that I've done the taste testing for you
and the cookies are yummy.


Hello Fall



Wishing YOU well and much joy!







Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Days Come Quickly






Autumn days come quickly, 
like the running of a hound on the moor
Irish proverb

Scarecrow



If, in the fall of the leaves in October, 
many of them wither on the boughs and hang there,
 it betokens a frosty winter and much snow.



Fall Has Arrived



Spring rain damps;
Autumn rain soaks.




Thanksgiving



Of autumn’s wine, now drink your fill; 
the frost’s on the pumpkin, and snow’s on the hill.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1993



Fall Wreath



Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~ Albert Camus

Cottage Fall Magazine



There is a harmony in autumn, 
and a luster in its sky, 
which through the summer is not heard or seen, 
as if it could not be, 
as if it had not been! 
~Percy Bysshe Shelley


Sunflowers



“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables



Pumpkin Door



“Fall has always been my favorite season. 
The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, 
as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 
― Lauren DeStefanoWither




Happy Fall



Wishing YOU well and much joy!


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