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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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!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Days Come Quickly

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


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.


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


“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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Thursday, September 14, 2017

If We Would Enjoy Ourselves

From the Farmer's Almanac

"If we would enjoy ourselves, we must take the world as it is
mix it up and a thousand spots of sunshine, a cloud here and there,
 a bright sky, a storm today, calm tomorrow, the chill-piercing winds of autumn, and the bland, reviving air of summer.
–The 1854 Old Farmer's Almanac"

I love the Old Farmer's Almanac, their daily emails and words of wisdom.

The Sun is Shining.
Our brief glimpse of Autumn has ended.
Heat and humidity are back.

Musashi's Garden has been busy.
This little Painted Lady made a visit.
After remodeling the garden a couple of years ago,
one of the best things I did was put in lantanas.
It takes awhile, but the butterflies and bees find the lovely blooms.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady collage

Painted Lady

I love peaches.
Peach season comes to an early end here.
I rarely buy peaches this late in the summer.
The grocery peaches are hard and have no taste.
But, I was craving a peach smoothie.
So, I bought California peaches from Trader Joes.
I've been patient, letting them ripen slowly.
This morning I had smoothie number one!
Looking forward to smoothie number two!


The hat is a must now that summer is back.

New Work In Progress

The new Michael's ad had Caron Cakes on sale.
They were calling my name.
I love the fall colors and there is a nice shawl pattern on the label.
It will be my next project.
Getting into the fall spirit!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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