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!

Halloween Collage

Mosaic Monday

Amaze Me Monday

Willy Nilly Friday

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!


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!