Friday, November 17, 2017

What I Found On My Morning Walk!

I thought I'd take you along with me on my morning walk.

On My Morning Walk

Morning Walk

Morning Walk



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The world good certainly use a little more Hope and Love.

Rice Village

Wishing YOU well and much joy! 


Thursday, November 9, 2017

It's The Month To Give Thanks

November is the month we give thanks.

Today I'm going to give thanks for the new restaurant just across the street!

Once, a restaurant named FRED'S was located in the space.
FRED'S was in this location long before we moved into our house.
It was a neighborhood hang out.
They served Italian food.
Then Fred died, his family took over for awhile,
but ended up selling to folks who
 didn't pay their rent and the space went empty.

They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.




The interior is very different from the past.
Light and Bright.

So far, I've only been there for breakfast and 
the Eggs Benedict are yummy!

eggs benedict

I met a friend for breakfast and she tried the Avocado Toast.
Another vote for YUMMY!

avocado toast

Eclair Paris

Then there are the pastries!
Oh, my! 

Tarts and Eclairs




I have tried the Chocolate Croissant and the apricot tart.

Eclair Paris collage

I'm going to have to watch how many times I visit ECLAIR.
Too many times and I might not be able to fit through the door!

I've also noticed that the employees are recognizing me.
They are telling me what their favorite menu items are.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

11th Annual Tea Cup and Mug Exchange

Today is the big reveal for the 
Over 200 participated from all around the world.
Many thanks, love and hugs,
 to the wonderful, lovely Stephanie
at the Enchanting Rose for her hard work putting this exchange together.

I participated in the Mug and Tea Cup Exchange.
It's so much fun shopping for someone else.
Let's face it --- shopping is fun!!!!
"Meeting" new tea lovers, making new friends.

Tea Cup Exchange

My teacup box of goodies is from Sherry Vlcek.
Sherry lives in New York and is a quilter.
She doesn't have a blog.
I love my quilted scissor holder.
Around my neck it goes -- I'll always be able to find the scissor!
Pin cushion, too!
The strip to hold the iron cord is very clever.

The teacup has a lovely, delicate flower pattern.
Two of my favorite Bigelow teas: Green Tea Jasmine and Pomegranate.

Tea Cup Exchange

Sherry is allergic to cats, but her husband is a cat lover.
He went out and found the mouse cat nip toys.
My kitties love them!

The Good Humor Kids Say the Funniest Things is delightful.
She also sent Elizabeth George's One Minute Inspirations for Women.

Cute tea stationery!


Teacup Exchange

My Mug box of goodies is from Ida Krause.

I love Owls and Ida went Owl shopping!
She also filled my box with cherries.
I don't know how she knew I love cherries, too!

Mug Exchange

The owl mug is perfect for fall.
The Berry Sangria candle was wonderful -- all gone!

Mug Exchange

When I was just starting my tea drinking experience as a very young woman,
I started with Constant Comment and Celestial Seasonings tea.
Black Cherry Berry is one I hadn't tried and it is great!

Mug Exchange

All the Owls together.

My thanks to Sherry and Ida for my boxes of goodies.
What fun it was to open them.
I giggled, ooooed and awed all the way!

Thanks again to Stephanie.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween


Pooh Pumpkin

Halloween Decoration

Halloween Tea


Halloween Cat

Purple Witch



Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Have a Boo-tiful day!

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 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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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



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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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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