Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Have fun

Have a fun and safe Halloween....and a Blessed Samhain for my Pagan Friends


Monday, October 30, 2006

Bad Cat

Carrie shut your eyes, you don't want to read this...

When I got home from work tonight the first thing I did was take Lucy out for a walk. We just went around the court we live in so it didn't take long. When I came back in the house I found my bird cage on the floor, seed everywhere, one very frighten love bird, and one very smug cat sitting on the table staring at it all..
Bad Molly!! (Bad me too, since I was the one who went out with closing the doors to the computer..The cage sits on top of the compture hutch..This is a big heavy cage, so I am not sure how Molly managed to knock it over..Maybe the faires helped her!)


Samhain Celebrations

While visiting some of my favorite blogs this morning I popped into Nio's
She seemed to have some concerns about not having a ritual prepared for tomorrow night (Samhain). I tried to leave her a comment about it, but for some reason my wordpress and blogger accounts are messing each other up and they don't always recognize the other address, so it tells me I have an invalid entry.
Anyway I am sure others have out there are having the same problems (the ritual, not the computer) so I thought I would talk about some of the things I plan to do or have done in the past to celebrate Samhain.
I don't worry about a ritual. Usually the only time I do one is when I celebrate a Sabbath with a group. I tend to be much more low key here at home. Other than decorating the house and taking my grandson out trick or treating, I don't a lot planned. I probably will do some type of a dumb supper
The traditional Dumb Supper honors our beloved dead with a dinner observed in utter silence. I do not take it that far, because first of all I like to talk, and second I will probably have to tell one of the animals to get down and stop begging. I will however set an extra plate out.

Just in case you didn't know this already
"Ritual offerings of food for the dead have been made throughout history, showing the near-universal belief in an afterlife. Paleolithic humans have often been found buried with food. The Egyptians gave food to their dead in honor of the god, Osiris, while the Celts did so at Samhain—a magical time now known as Halloween. On the Roman holiday of Feralia (February 21), worship of the gods was suspended and the Romans made offerings of meat and cakes as a manner of appeasing the spirits. The Japanese thought it advantageous to provide the dead with their favorite foods. Modern religions observe this practice as well. Buddhists present food to the “Pretas”—lost, goblin-like souls—for the purpose of relieving their ghostly pains. Catholicism holds three days of observance for the dearly departed at All Saints Day on November 1, a practice inherited from the Celtic Samhain. The dead do not consume the food itself, but rather absorb its spiritual essence. Still practiced today, dining with the dead is an ancient tradition that honors our divine ancestors." (copied from the internet)

Here are a few more ideas for a Samhain Celebration:

Bob for apples. There were many divination practices associated with Samhain, many of which dealt with marriage, health, and the weather. Ducking for apples was a marriage divination based on the belief that the first to bite into an apple would be the first to marry in the coming year. This is similar to the wedding tradition of the throwing of the bride's bouquet for women and her garter for men.
Apple peeling was another type of divination to determine how long one's life would be. The longer the unbroken peel, the longer the life of the one peeling it the rind
Carve jack-o-lanterns to light the way for the spirits who walk during this night.
Finish any incomplete projects and pay off lingering bills (if possible) to close out the old year and begin the new year afresh.
Set aside some time for scrying or other form of divination. Or if you don't divine yourself, get a reading.
Leave food out for the birds and other wild animals.
Put pictures of ancestors who have passed on your altar or festival table. Light a special candle for them, to show them the way to return and celebrate with you.
Visit the graves of your ancestors or, if this isn't possible, the nearest cemetery. Be still there, and listen for the voices of those who have passed.
Leave offerings of food and drink for them, and for the animals.
Tell ancestral stories and tales around the fire, or at the dinner table.
Have a mask-making ceremony in which you create masks to represent your ancestry.

No matter what you do remember to have a happy and safe Halloween/Samhain



I wonder, do dogs eat raw pumpkin? I let the dog out about 6 and laid back down a few minutes. I normally put her back in her crate, but I only had a few minutes before the alarm went off so I thought what the heck. Ten minutes later I heard my grandson cry out so I got up. When I went into the living room there on the floor was the smaller of my two pumpkins..The stem had been ate completly off. I also realized that I had not closed the doors to the computer hutch and sitting on the top of my lovebirds cage was Molly the cat..
Maggie in the meantime was sitting on top of the table growling like a crazy wild cat at the dog...

OH my, it's going to be one of those days!!
If I can just make it until 6 pm I have the next two days off..Cross your fingers for me (I haven't been off in 7 days straight so I am tired)

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Sunday, October 29, 2006


Tuesday is fast approching and I am behind in decorating for the day. Living in an apartment that is the size of a shoe box doesn't help because I have no where to put things. I did manage to find some of my Halloween decorations (the rest of them are in the storage room outside our patio) and finally got my altar set up. I normally honor the crone for Samhain, so I felt the typical Halloween witch works best. The first photo is from this year.
The other photos are my witch collection and an altar from a few years ago.

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Herb of the day

Today's Herb is Patchouli

Latin: Pogostemon cablin
Common Names: Pucha pot
Patchouli has a deep and dusky smell that clearly marks it as an herb of the Earth. It's a perfect herb for any rituals that involve sensual love, lust or passion. Patchouli can also be used for spell-breaking, fertility, money or protection as well
Though patchouli works well in sachets or pouches, you may not want to create a spell where you need to carry it with you. The smell will be quite noticeable. But if you like the smell, a bit of the essential oil on the skin can help you attract a mate.

Money spells that use patchouli and green candles are very powerful. I've had success with such spells myself.

Patchouli is sometimes considered a substitute for 'graveyard dirt' because of it's heavy earthy smell. Graveyard dirt is an ingredient in some Voodoo or Santerian magick.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Spicy Pumpkin Bisque

Spicy Pumpkin Bisque

1-1/2 teaspoons dried ground small red chilies such as Piquins
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 16 ounce can pumpkin puree
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon sugar1 cup half-and-half or light cream
1/4 cup dry sherrygrated nutmeg

Sauté the onion and garlic in the butter until they are soft and transparent. Add the pumpkin, stock, Chile pepper, ground pepper, allspice, sugar, and sherry. Bring to a boil and cover. Simmer the soup for 30 minutes. Place the mixture in a blender and puree until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, add the half-and-half, and simmer until heated. Garnish with the nutmeg and serve.
This soup can be served either hot or cold. Serve it hot with grilled fish and seasoned green beans or cold as a luncheon entree with a crisp salad.


Friday, October 27, 2006

The Last Ride (Halloween Fun)

This story was found at Halloween Ghost Stories

The Last Ride by Paul Melniczek

She lifted up her head and peered outside through the frosted window. Wrinkled eyes gazed into the bright sky, and a smile came over the old woman’s face when she saw the full moon, shining away in all it’s harvest glory, a perfect background setting for All Hallow’s Eve.
A loud purring reached her ears as a black cat leaped up on the table next to the rocking chair she was sitting in.
"Yes, my sweets. Isn’t that a pretty night we have in store for us? Old man moon looks down on us with a wink in his eye tonight."
The cat stared at her with deep green eyes, attention fixed on every word.
"You know what this night means, don’t you, Trickster?" The cat let out a soft meow, listening to his master.
"It is the passing of an age, that is what. Many long years, happy memories, but there is an ending to every story, good and bad. Ol’ Madge here has seen it all, yes I have."
The old woman pushed herself up from the chair, one gnarled hand stroking the silken fur of Trickster. There was a creaking noise as old bones cracked within the ancient body, stiff joints groaning in protest at the effort made by her to straighten up.
"Ah, this craggy old girl ain’t what she used to be. Need a dose of the ointment before I go, that’ll fix me for a little while."
Madge walked over towards a large oaken trunk that was filled with an assortment of herbs, spices, animal parts, jarred collections of insects, packaged powders, and numerous other odds and ends. They were the tools of her trade.
Rummaging through the contents, she found a sachet containing some brown colored leaves, and when she opened it a sweet odor wafted outwards.
"Hmm, this will do fine." The crone went over to a wooden cabinet which had vials of liquid scattered about the shelves. She grabbed a tube with a bubbly fluid inside with a purple tinge to it, and then poured the leaves in.
Wispy curls of vapor rose up, and the old woman drank deeply.
A look of revulsion crossed her face at the bitter taste, but she shook it off.
"Not the fountain of youth, but it bestows on me a glimmer of strength, and that is all I need." She smacked her dry lips together, and smiled with glee.
Madge hobbled over to the great stone fireplace that warmed the cottage, and a black cauldron was resting above the burning flames. A green liquid boiled away in a frenzy, fat bubbles oozing from the surface. She stirred the mixture with a metal ladle.

"Double, bubble, toil and trouble!"
"Double, bubble, toil and trouble!’
Cackling with delight, the old woman churned the foul broth with renewed vigor. The cauldron hissed in answer, and the brew began to fizzle over.
"Ha ha, that’s it. A ghastly potion for a ghostly night!"
Madge nodded to herself, and the flames danced before her, casting lurid shadows on the walls of the cottage.
The image behind the cat grew in size, reaching the proportions of a great beast which was many times the feline’s actual body shape.
Trickster growled, his dark mane bristling. The master made a gesture in the air, and the front door burst open as the black cat sprang into the night, the transformation beginning to take place. A howl echoed from the woods outside, and Madge shouted in response, the language old and archaic.
"Rejoice in the wild, my pet. The night calls. Until the sun comes up, when you must return."
A gust of wind blasted against the cottage, slamming the door shut with a loud crash. The old woman’s wizened face had a trace of sadness on it, and she let out a deep sigh.
"It is almost time, must make haste."
Madge opened the closet and reached inside, tenderly bringing out a worn garb, black as the night. A tear trickled from the corner of an eye, moistening the callused cheek beneath.
"So many years, where have they all gone? How will I be able to face the next one, knowing that my time is done?"
She pulled the raiment tightly about herself, cherishing the feel of the familiar outfit. The cloak gave her comfort and security.
"Such little time, and too many things to fill it with, ‘tis a pity."
There was an upper shelf inside the closet, and from this she brought out a rumpled black hat, pointed at the top in the shape of a narrow cone.
"Hee hee hee," she chuckled. "A pointed cone for a crooked crone." She set the hat on her head, and brushed back the strands of silver hair that lay tangled down to her shoulders. She began to feel much younger and stronger, but it was only wishful thinking. Potions could give her a teasing of both, but that was it.
Madge crossed to the other side of the room, wooden floor boards creaking underneath her musty black boots. The heels clicked softly with her passing.
A reading desk sat in the corner, and a dusty tome sprawled along the top. Strange words and symbols were etched onto the crinkled pages, the lettering written in blood. She leafed through until she found the proper incantation, then closed the book with a snap.
"Long ago, I could recite nearly every line of verse in half that script. But now....." The old woman shook her head, again being overcome with remorse.
"More’s the pity, old hag, I’ve had my turn. The wheels of time roll on without stopping, and my moment has arrived to step aside. Only fond memories, no regrets."
The old woman’s gaze wandered the trappings of the cottage, her domain for countless years. Yes, fate had treated her well, there was no denial.
"And now, my friend, who has served me so well these many years. Will you answer the summons yet again, on this night of all nights?
Madge spread her arms wide in appeal, pale yellow eyes closed in concentration. The wind picked up outside, and tree branches scratched against the window panes, bent stick arms moving in wooden animation, responding to the surge of dark power that was building within the cottage.
There was a flash of brilliance radiating from a section of stone next to the fireplace, and a secret panel was revealed. From the compartment emerged a long broom, stark in opaque blackness, levitating towards the old woman.
"Ha ha ha, come to me! It is our time again. The sisters await!"
The broom continued floating, and it came within the crone’s eager grasp as it throbbed with power, pulsating with diabolical energy.
Madge held the broom up triumphantly, and opened the front door. A strong breeze was blowing, and fallen leaves covered the mossy earth. Sinister figures crouched within the surrounding shadows, lurking among the trees.
It was Halloween night, and spirits of the nights had awakened in unholy celebration.
Madge sat astride the enchanted broom, and up she flew to meet with her fellow sisters of the coven. This was her last time as the coven leader, and a new one would be sworn in this Hallow’s Eve.
She gazed up at the awaiting sky, spotting others of her wicked brethren. It was Halloween night, and for the last time, into that magical night, rode the form of the witch, on her last moonlight ride.
The End


Another Test (Just for fun)

I found this over at Blessed Moon Family Coven and thought I would take the test..Here is my results

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.


Feline Friday


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Kitty Litter Cake


1 box spice or German chocolate cake mix

1 box of white cake mix

1 package white sandwich cookies

1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix

A few drops green food coloring

12 small Tootsie Rolls or equivalens


1 NEW cat-litter box1 NEW cat-litter box liner

1 NEW pooper scooper1)

Prepare and bake cake mixes, according to directions, in any size pan. Prepare pudding and chill. Crumble cookies in small batches in blender or food processor. Add a few drops of green food coloring to 1 cup of cookie crumbs. Mix with a fork or shake in a jar. Set aside.2) When cakes are at room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with half of the remaining cookie crumbs and enough pudding to make the mixture moist but not soggy. Place liner in litter box and pour in mixture.3) Unwrap 3 Tootsie Rolls and heat in a microwave until soft and pliable. Shapethe blunt ends into slightly curved points. Repeat with three more rolls. Bury the rolls decoratively in the cake mixture. Sprinkle remaining white cookie crumbs over the mixture, then scatter green crumbs lightly over top.4) Heat 5 more Tootsie Rolls until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with crumbs from the "litter box". Heat the remaining Tootsie Roll until pliable and hang it over the edge of the box. Place box on a sheet of newspaper and serve with scooper. Enjoy! "Kitty Litter Cake"

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Who Done It

Remember awhile back when I had trouble with the faeries hiding my car keys in the lining of my purse? Well they are at it again. This time they caused me to be late for work. I got up this morning, took out the dog, woke up my grandson,, got him off with his mama, then got ready for work. I put Lucy in her kennel and headed out the door..I rumaged around in my purse to find the keys and realized that they were not there. I hunted everywhere, finally calling work to let them know I would be late. I continued my search and after about ten minutes I headed over to the phone to call back. I was going to have to call a cab or walk. Lucy was barking her head off by now, so I reached down to let her out of the kennel when to my surprise, something caught my eye. There under the edge of Lucy's bed (in the kennel) were the keys....
Hmmm did the dog drag them in there as a ploy to keep me home, or did Cody grab them and give them to the dog..Or was it those pesky faeries again..Guess I will never know..... .


More Halloween Fun

I found the following article on the web and wanted to share it

The Truth About Halloween
From Terri Paajanen,
Your Guide to Pagan / Wiccan Religion

To most people, Halloween is a fun holiday to dress up and eat candy. Well, even Pagans like to eat candy on Halloween, but we consider it to be a very important holiday in a more spiritual sense as well.
The proper name for the occassion is Samhain (pronounced Sow-en or Sow-een). It's sometimes referred to as the Witches New Year, because our religious year starts/ends with Samhain. The holiday began being called "Halloween" because the Catholic church created All Saints Day (or All Hallows Day) on November 1st, in an attempt to turn people away from the original Pagan holiday. The night before became known as "All Hallows Eve", which then got shortened up to Halloween.
If you are concerned about the Pagan nature of October 31st, then you should probably stop celebrating Christmas and Easter, too. Though those holidays have been thoroughly adopted by the Christian religion, they were both originally Pagan celebrations (Yule and Ostara). Halloween is the only holiday that has kept most of its Pagan meanings, without the Christian overtones.
Many fundamentalist Christian groups stand against the celebration of Halloween because they feel it is associated with demons and Satan. Unfortunately, most (if not all) of their 'facts' are incorrect.
The most common error, is that Halloween is celebrated to honour the Celtic God of the Dead, Samhain. The Celts had no such God. The word "Samhain" more likely came from "samhuinn", which is the Gaelic word for "summer's end". A fitting name, since that is precisely what this holiday is celebrating.
There is nothing Satanic about Halloween, either in modern times, or in the early history of the festival. Of course, there is nothing Satanic about any aspects of Wicca, witchcraft or Paganism, but that's another story altogether. We don't celebrate black masses, conduct sacrifices or cast hexes on Halloween (or any other day!)
So now you know what Halloween isn't, but what does Halloween mean? Well, to Pagans who celebrate Samhain, it is the third and last of the year's harvest festivals. The crops are in, and it's time to relax and prepare for the long winter ahead. Samhain is a time to reflect on the events of the past year, and to remember those who have passed away. It's at this time of the year that spirits travel from this world to the next. Both good and evil spirits.
Part of the mythology of the holiday is that the God dies at Samhain, and the Goddess mourns Him until His rebirth at Yule. It is Her mourning that brings about the shorter, cold days of winter. After His birth at Yule, the days begin to get longer again.
Many of the symbols and traditions that we see around Halloween today can be traced to earlier times. Carving of jack-o-lanterns probably started with turnips rather than pumpkins, but the idea is the same either way. With the spirits of the dead travelling on this day, people would carve faces into turnips (or gourds or whatever) in order to scare away any evil spirits. The dressing up in costumes was also done to scare off bad spirits.
The idea of playing tricks was not done maliciously, but just as a way of having a bit of fun before the long dark winter settled in. The original gathering of treats was done to provide offerings to the Gods, in thanks for the harvest.
Personally, I leave a candle lit in the window along with a food offering for the spirits that might pass my way.
One last word. Many fundamentalist Christian groups have a strong negative bias towards any religion that is different from their own. Please keep this in mind when reading their websites for more 'truth' about Halloween.
Related Resources
More on SamhainPagan History


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

They're Singing Your Song

They're Singing Your Song
From a story told by Alan Cohenin his book: Wisdom Of The Heart

When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else.When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child's song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child's song. When the child passes through the initiation to adulthood, the people again cometogether and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song.Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the person's bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life.To the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the communityform a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn't. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you'll find your way home.

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Halloween Candy

Halloween Glitter Graphics

Did you know that Candy corn has 3.57 calories per kernel

That Halloween accounts for 75% of the annual candy corn production

The most popular Halloween candy is chocolate.
Other treats: lollipops, candy corn, cotton candy (spun sugar), hard candies, sugar sticks, toffee, nougats, bubble gum, gummy candy (gelatin), cupcakes, doughnuts, pumpkin pie (pureéd squash baked with brown sugar, milk, nutmeg), apples, nuts, popcorn balls (popped maize corn kernals rolled in syrup) and apple cider.


Monday, October 23, 2006

Pretty In Pink

Pretty In Pink

My daughter and I went shopping today and I can tell you right now that Lucy is going to be one spoiled dog. I love the dress and leash, it has a cute little bow on the bottom, but you can't see it for her culy tail. Both came from Target. She also got two new sweaters today for the winter..I think my daughter is as excited about the dog as I am, she picked out a sweater for her. I will take some photos of it soon

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Halloween tips for dog owners

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Halloween Tips for Dog Owners
(article from the AKC website)
Dog Owners Keen on Canine Costumes for a Howling Good Halloween

Dressing a dog in a costume may seem over-the-top to some, but with Halloween just around the corner, the American Kennel Club (AKC®) surveyed dog owners to learn first-hand just how many plan to turn their Fido into a Frankenstein for the evening. It turns out that one in 10 dog owners can’t imagine not dressing up their pup for the holiday and nearly half (49 percent) admitted liking the idea.

The poll also found that women are six percent more likely than men to dress their pups up for all holidays, while men are 12 percent more likely than women to wonder why anyone would ever consider dressing their dog in the first place.

The American Kennel Club study about dog ownership habits, which was conducted by Kelton Research in August 2005, surveyed a national probability sample of 1,000 adults (500 dog owners and 500 non-dog owners) in the U.S., 18 years of age and older. The margin of error is approximately +/- 3.2 percent. But, the trick is not to treat Halloween as just another day for your dog. Whether your dog dons a frightening frock or not, the AKC reminds owners to follow certain guidelines for keeping your pet safe during Halloween:
If you dress your pet up in a "doggie" costume, supervise him at all times. Make sure it fits properly and is not in the way of his breathing, eyesight or hearing. If your dog swallows any elastic or decorative items, it could cause intestinal obstructions or choking.

Chocolate and sweets can be dangerous for your dog. A dog's digestive system is not adapted for sweets, and chocolate contains Theobromine, which can be harmful and sometimes fatal to your dog. Baking chocolate is especially high in this chemical.

Walk your dog early on Halloween, while it is still light outside. Your dog may find candy, wrappers and broken eggs on lawns and streets. Make sure that these "tempting treats" stay out of reach.

Children in costumes can frighten dogs. Make sure pets are in a safe and secure room when you answer the door to prevent them from running out, getting hurt and frightening your visitors.

If you want your dog to greet trick-or-treaters, keep him on leash. Your dog may be stressed by the noise, activity or simply the interruption of his normal routine.

Don't leave your dog unattended outside on Halloween, even if he is behind a fence. Pranksters may target your dog with eggs, and passersby may be tempted to give your dog harmful treats and candy.

If you are having a Halloween party, consider confining your dog securely in one area of the house. Leave a radio or TV and lights on for the dog.

Be careful about where you place candles and Jack-o-Lanterns. They can easily be knocked over by your dog’s wagging tail and either burn your dog or start a fire.

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Halloween superstitions

Starting today and every day until Halloween, I will be posting at lest one thing about Halloween. It might be a story, a fact or a recipe..Come back each day to find out...

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Halloween superstitions

A burning a candle inside a jack-o-lantern on Halloween keeps evil spirits and demons at bay.

If a candle suddenly goes out by itself on Halloween, as though by breath or wind, it is believed that a ghost has come to call.

Always burn new candles on Halloween to ensure the best of luck. It is not a good idea to burn Halloween candles at any other time of the year. It may bring bad luck or strange things will happen to you, over which you will have no control.

Gazing into a flame of a candle on Halloween night will enable you to peer into the future.

Girls who carry a lamp to a spring of water on this night can see their future husband in the reflection.

It is believed that if a person lights a new orange colored candle at midnight on Halloween and lets it burn until sunrise, he or she will be the recipient of good luck.

If you hear footsteps trailing close behind you on Halloween night, do not to turn around to see who it is, for it may be Death himself! To look Death in the eye, according to ancient folklore, is a sure way to hasten your own demise.

To cast a headless shadow or no shadow at all is still believed by many folks in the United States and Europe to be an omen of death in the course of the next year.

The old Celtic custom was to light great bonfires on Halloween, and after these had burned out to make a circle of the ashes of each fire. Within this circle, and near the circumference, each member of the various families that had helped to make a fire would place a pebble. If, on the next day, any stone was displaced, or had been damaged, it was considered to be an indication that the one to whom the stone belonged would die within twelve months.

According to an old English folk belief, you will invite bad luck into your home if you allow a fire to burnout on Halloween. To remedy the situation, the fire must be rekindled by a lighted sod brought from the home of a priest.

If a bat flies around a house three times, it is considered to be a death omen.

A person born on Halloween can both see and talk to spirits.

Knocking on wood keeps bad luck away.

If you see a spider on Halloween, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.

Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night to meet a witch.

You should walk around your home three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits.

In Britain, people believed that the Devil was a nut-gatherer. At Halloween, nuts were used as magic charms.


All dressed up

Oh God, I have turned into one of "those people" who dress up there dog...
But I couldn't resist. Come on admit..She really is cute

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

My weekend

My weekend always seem to fly by for some reason. Why is it when I am at work it takes forever for the day to be over with, yet when I have a day off before I turn around it is gone?

Yesterday started off with me going with my daughter to take my grandson to the sperm donner for the weekend. This is something I always dread. Cody had not been over to see his dad in over a month. Of course he wasn't there as usual, so we had to leave him crying with his Nana. He doesn't know her from a hole in the ground because like the sperm donor she NEVER makes an effort to call of try and see Cody in between "there" weekend. I was upset, Rebecca was upset and Cody was upset..
I came home and cried. Once I pulled my self together I took Lucy to the vet. She needed her shots. Thankfully they give me a discount, and I was able to get all her shots up to date and get her started on heart worm prevention. She also got her rabies shot. I also made her a name tag, which makes me feel better. Dogs, especially pure bred dogs are stolen in our area. Now days you can never be to careful. I also made sure I let the vet know she is micro-chipped.

When I got back home Dean and I decided to take Lucy to the dog park. We found out she has to be registered and there is a fee, so we didn't stay. Instead we road around awhile and we saw this

And then we saw this

And we saw lots of these

We dropped her back off at the house and picked up my daughter and headed out to the POQUOSON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

It was a wonderful festival with lots of crafts,and so much seafood we didn't know what we wanted to eat. They had every kind of food you can imagine, Seafood of course, along with barbecue, chicken, hot wings, hot dogs sausages, corn on the cob, Pizza, steak sandwich's, burgers, onion rings ice cream and about everything else you can think of We finally settled on a combo platter. Mine included fish, oysters, scollop's and fries. Dean got shrimp, and oysters with fries and Rebecca got fish, crab cake, and shrimp with fries. We shared, so we got a little taste of everything. I really wanted alligator but didn't want to wait in the long lines for it. This was our first visit to this festival, and we had such a great time we are already talking about going next year.
After we left there we stopped at the Halloween store so Rebecca could buy a costume. She has to dress up for work at the bar. She found a sexy witch, and I will post photos when she wears it.
Just before bedrime the sperm donor called and said Cody wouldn't go to bed for him (Duh!..he is use to sleeping at my house and I always put him to bed) so Rebecca and I went ot pick him up and brought him home. We took him back early this morning to let them finish the visit. He is home now and sleeping peacefully in his bed (here tonight)
Today was not as busy....
Rebecca and I did laundry this morning and this afternoon Dean and I took the dog to the pet store for a couple more cans of food, and then we road around awhile just to get out of the house.
The ex asked us over for supper so we hung out down there awhile and come home.
Both Dean and Lucy are sleeping on the couch, and I am about to wake them up and head to bed..More later

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Shhhh Don't Tell My Mother

Shhhh You can't tell my mom...She will fuss at me..Shhhh if my sister is reading this..You can't tell mom...She will fuss at me..
I got a pug puppy yesterday SHHHHH....Don't tell mom. Seriously..Don't tell...

Meet Lucy

Lucy is a 9 month old pure breed pug..She came to me very unexpected..Day before yesterday a customer came through my line at work. I asked her the usual question
What kind of dog do you have? Three pugs she replied...Oh that is what my husband and I want, I told her..Blah Blah Blah...
Chit chat chat..I am not sure what I told her really. I talk a lot and I am always talking pets with my customers..Anyway she went on to tell me that she had three pugs, and that the youngest one was a 9 month old fawn color female. That they had only had her a couple of weeks and that her husband was really upset because he didn't want the dog but she had got it anyway from someone out of the paper. She had paid four hundred dollars for her..Oh wow I said..That is pretty cheap, and went on to tell her how maybe I could get one after the holidays but couldn't afford one now.
Anyway we talked a few minutes and she left...Well first thing yesterday morning when I got to work in walked this same lady..She approached me and told me that her husband told her she had to get rid of the young pug..and that she was wondering if I would take her...It took me by surprise and I told her I'm sorry but I can't buy a dog right now..Oh I know she said..I asked her how much she planned on selling her for..and the next thing I know this lady is crying..I mean tears down her cheeks, boo hoo crying..She said she wants me to take the dog for what ever I feel like I can give her money wise...That she had been praying about it and that God has put it on her heart to let me have this pug... that it would be a blessing if I took her and gave her a good home...Blah Blah Blah...By now I am speechless, and in shock..Oh shit I'm thinking..I want a pug, but what will I do with a dog..Uhhh ohhhh, gosh..My mind is racing...I told her well I might be able to offer her a hundred dollars (thinking to myself, I don't really have a hundred dollars as I have bills due and own my mom money(This is why i say..DON'T TELL MY MOM I GOT A DOG..CAUSE I FEEL BAD THAT I SPENT THE MONEY ON A DOG...SHHHH) Anyway this woman is seriously wanting me to take this dog..and I am over whelmed I asked her If I could see the dog so she goes home and gets her..Well of course I fall in love..I told her I would have to talk to my husband, and that I will call her..
Well by the end of the day I was excited, and when I told my daughter what was going on she told me quick lets go get the dog..Well without talking to my hubby I went and got the dog and surprised him..
We named her Lucy and she is wonderful
she is completely House broke, is really sweet and loves my grandson to death..She licks and kisses all over him. It was love at first site for them, and my daughter is thrilled. She said the dog and her son can grow up together.
Lucy has papers and was born on New Years Eve last year. She even has a pedigree. She is AKC registered and has a micro chip...She does need to have her shots brought up to date, but we have a vet that comes on Saturdays to our store, and I get a discount on the shot so that won't cost much at all. I got her a cage and she slept all night and went into it today while I was at work..
She is in heat right now and has to wear a cloth diaper and pad, so we will probably get her fixed in a few months. I am entertaining the idea of breeding her next summer instead, but we will have to wait and see how it goes..
In the mean time my kittens are traumatized and the oldest one won't come out of the bedroom. Hopefully that will change in a few day as they get more use to each other. Right now Lucy barks at them and they hiss at her..
Anyway more on her later..but right now Michelle..DON'T TELL MOM....I will tell her after I get some of the money I owe her paid back...
I just couldn't pass up a pug. We have the orginial paper work and the first owner paid 1,300.00 for her at a local pet store..

Do you think dogs should look like ther owners?

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The New Look

I hope everyone who reads my blog has found me by now. Sorry for the big change. I just felt more limited to the types of design that could be used over at wordpress. This seems much better and almost as easy.
First I want to thank Estelle for the beautiful design. She worked hard on helping me get everything set up, and then I spent days transfering all the old blog back over here.
The only downside I see is that I lost all the comments that have been made on each post, and I am still working on how to insert my links. I should have those up and running in a few days.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Birthday Baby

My Baby turned 22 today..Where do the years go..whew!
She had a nice day and got lots of goodies. The witch, the snowman and the cat came from us, and everything else came from her boyfriend..
He lavished her with presents..The best one was gift certificates..He locked them in one of those puzzle boxes and she had to open it to get to them.
Her dad baked her a cake (yes men can cook) and we all had a nice evening...Enjoy the photos

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Witches Brew Tea

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought this might make the perfect drink for these cooler nights. Enjoy

Witches Brew Tea

Make spice syrup:
2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
In a small saucepan bring syrup ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Cool syrup. Syrup may be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered. I keep mine in a glass bottle, capped tightly in the refrigerator.
Brew up your favorite tea and add a few drops to your cup of tea to taste. You can use a cinnamon stick to stir and add some extra cinnamon taste



Carrie has fallen in love with my little cat Molly, and asked for some more photos of her. Here she is. In trouble as always


Donkey Wisdom

Donkey Wisdom

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
And the moral is....
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!


Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Weekend

It was one of those quiet weekends where we didn't do a lot. Last night we rented the movie
The Skeleton Key
Staring Kate Hudson
We took the movie over to my daughters house and watched it with her and her boyfriend. Today we went up to Williamburg. We weren't looking for anything special, mostly just out riding around, so it was a pleasent suprise when we ran across a bird shop. We met a very interesting lady who ran the place. As it turns out it wasn't a pet store, but more of a rescue league for needy birds. She didn't sell any of the birds she had, but sold seed and a small selection of bird toys and cages. It was fun seeing all the birds. She had about 40 different ones. Ranging from Cockatiels to a beautiful Macaw, that fell in love with my daughter and licked her fingers. We chatted awhile, and she gave me some millet for my new bird as a gift before we left. She also offered to clip my birds wings and nails for me. I thought that was nice of her. Now I just have to remember how to find the shop again.

We also stopped at Petco and priced cages. I found one I liked, but I am still thinking of getting one on a floor stand. I am going to think about it a little while yet since I really don't have the money for anythng right now.

When we got home I intened to make tacos for supper, and told my daughter to call her dad and invite him to eat with us if he hadn't already had something. I knew he had been home alone all day and figured he might enjoy someone else cooking. As it turns out he had just fried some hamburger to make either spaghetti or tacos himself so we threw our stuff in with his and went over to his house to eat instead.

After supper was laundry time and we got that finished and out of the way. Now its ten p.m. and I'm tired and still have tomorrows clothes to iron and laudry to put away. Next week will be a long one for me since today is the beginning of our pay week. I am off next Saturday, which means I work five days in a row. Yuck

Calgon take me away.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Here Birdie, Birdie

Well the bird made it through the night. The cats didn't knock it off the computer amoir, so hopefully it will be ok until we can get a big cage. It chirped for me this morning..Not to bad with the noise.

It hasn't ate anything yet which worries me, but maybe it just needs more time to adjust.

Here are some interesting bird facts.

Interesting facts Contrary to popular belief, lovebirds will not die if not kept in pairs. Lovebirds are not called lovebirds because of their need for an avian companion, but because of their habit of huddling closely together. In fact, lovebirds kept in pairs can be quite intractable and difficult to tame. Therefore single lovebirds make the best pets.

They have a Life span of 10-15 years

These tiny parrots are agile, acrobatic, and have boundless energy. They have cheerful personalities and love to play. Lovebirds are confident , assertive birds and although many are quite cuddly, others are very independent and not enjoy much petting. They are also chewers and must be closely supervised when out of the cage. Some have been known to talk, but in general they are not good talkers. Many people have been successful at teaching them tricks such as jumping through hoops, laying on it's back, or standing on it's head. These birds are also quite fearless and may challenge other birds and other pets, especially cats, in the household.


Friday, October 13, 2006

Love Birds

Remember several days ago when I was talking about a Parrotlett? Well that idea was short lived when not only could I not find one in our area, but was informed that they are very expensive when they can be found. I still wanted a bird, so today I decided to go in search of one. I started off looking at Finches. They are lovely little birds, but everything I saw on them said they need to be raised in groups. I didn't really want more than one bird, so I kept looking. I've had a cocktails, and they are really messy. Big birds cost way to much money. So, I got to thinking about love birds. I found several, but they were still a little pricey. At the third store I found a pretty little fellow/gal. It was marked for $40.00. Wow a good price I thought. I hesitated though thinking I still might find something I liked better. After two more stops and no luck I went back and bought it.

The cage I got is really to small for a love bird, but we are in between paydays, so something nicer and bigger has to wait at lest a week. I had received some money for my birthday this week, so the bird is my gift. Right now he is pretty frightened and just sitting in the cage. He hasn't ate anything yet, but has squawked a couple of times. I have a feeling in a few days I will be complaining that he is to noisy. Sigh!

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Bragging Rights

Every Grandmother likes to brag..Here is my reason to

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wheel Of The Year Photos (Oct.)

I can not believe how fast this year is going by. It seems that the month is changing faster than I can keep up. I am so far behind. I still haven't decorated for Samhain/Halloween. It is my favorite holiday and it is about to slip in here without anything being done. I did manage to find a few minutes yesterday to take my usual photos for the wheel of the year catagory I have been doing. I don't like living in the area of Virginia I'm in. We don't have a true fall here until late. Usually the tress turn for just a little while then fall off. As you an see nothing has changed colors yet. I am off Sunday and I think I'm going to insist to my hubby that we take a drive down the parkway in Williamsburg and see if I can't spot a few changes. I'm bored with green!


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Birthday Wishes

Ive had a nice birthday today. Most of the day was spent just being lazy. Something I needed, and long over due. I am really tired tonight though. I think sometimes when I get a day off my body realizes just how tired I am and it crashes. I'm yawning and it is only a little after 9 p.m.

My husband and I didn't make any plans for today, we are going to try and do something special later for my birthday. We have been talking about a puppy, but it will be at lest the end of the year before we can do that. I might go look at birds and if we find one I like that will be my gift from the hubby. I have two cats now, so a bird is something I have hesitated on, but a lady came in the store this week with four beautiful Parrotlets.Photo stolen borrowed from the web

I had never seen them before. They are the worlds smallest parrot. They can learn to talk, but they do not scream, and from what I understand as far as birds go, they make good pets. Anyway we will see how it goes.

As for the rest of the birthday I got spoiled. My ex invited us to his house for dinner. Ragu over shells. Yummy. After we had birthday cake and ice cream.

He gave me a dozen long stem peach color roses, which was very sweet of him. I took the photo next to our pumpkin, so you can see the true color of the flowers.

. My daughters boyfriend was the surprise of the night. He walked in with a big box and inside was this

She came from a store at the Williamsburg Pottery Factory. I had seen her there about 4 or 5 months ago, and like them (they had several in different designs) at the time. The lady in the shop told me that they were Goddess Dolls and that they were from Greece.

Her dress is made of a sheer fabric and when unfolded reaches almost to the ground from arms length. Of course with the cats I don't dare leave it down. I have her hung up high on the wall and the fabric tucked behind her.

Here is a close up of her face and flowers

Unfortunalty the doll did not come with any kind of card or information, so I am not sure who made her or if she had a name. I am guessing she would represent the Goddess of Spring. Any one have any ideas?

Anyway it was a good day. Thanks to all of you who sent me birthday wishes

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Birthday Facts

10 October 1953
Your date of conception was on or about 17 January 1953 which was a Saturday.

You were born on a Saturday
under the astrological sign Libra.
Your Life path number is 11.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 3 & 6.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2434660.5.
The golden number for 1953 is 16.
The epact number for 1953 is 14.
The year 1953 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/14/1953 and ending 2/2/1954.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Snake.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Raven; your plant is Ivy.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Choiach, the fourth month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 1 Heshvan 5714.

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 5 April 1953.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 5 April 1953.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 18 February 1953.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 24 May 1953.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 31 May 1953.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Thursday, 10 September 1953.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 31 March 1953.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 17 February 1953.

As of 10/10/2006 3:11:44 PM EDT
You are 53 years old.
You are 636 months old.
You are 2,766 weeks old.
You are 19,358 days old.
You are 464,607 hours old.
You are 27,876,431 minutes old.
You are 1,672,585,904 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:
Mya (1979) Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (1978) Bob Burnquist (1976)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (1974) Brett Favre (1969) Mike Malinin (1967)
Tanya Tucker (1958) David Lee Roth (1955) Charles Dance (1946)
Ben Vereen (1946) Harold Pinter (1930) Richard Jaeckel (1926)
Thelonious Monk (1917) Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1924) Helen Hayes (1900)
Giuseppe Verdi (1813)

Top songs of 1953
Vaya Con Dios by Les Paul & Mary Ford Song from 'Moulin Rouge' by Percy Faith
Rags to Riches by Tony Bennett The Doggie In the Window by Patti Page
You You You by Ames Brothers I'm Walking Behind You by Eddie Fisher
Till I Waltz Again with You by Teresa Brewer Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes by Perry Como
No Other Love by Perry Como St. George and the Dragonet by Stan Freberg

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 7.57651663405088 years old. (You old hound dog, you!)

There are 365 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 54 candles.

Those 54 candles produce 54 BTUs,
or 13,608 calories of heat (that's only 13.6080 food Calories!) .
You can boil 6.17 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1953 there were approximately 3.6 million births in the US.
In 1953 the US population was approximately 150,697,361 people, 50.7 persons per square mile.
In 1953 in the US there were approximately 1,667,231 marriages (11.1%) and 385,144 divorces (2.6%)
In 1953 in the US there were approximately 1,452,000 deaths (9.6 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1953 the population of Australia was approximately 8,902,686.
In 1953 there were approximately 202,235 births in Australia.
In 1953 in Australia there were approximately 70,640 marriages and 7,962 divorces.
In 1953 in Australia there were approximately 80,188 deaths.

Your birthstone is Tourmaline

The Mystical properties of Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline promotes female balance and protection. Green Toumaline promotes male balance.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)

Opal, Jasper

Your birth tree is

Rowan, the Sensitivity
Full of charm, cheerful, gifted, without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

There are 76 days till Christmas 2006!
There are 89 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was waxing crescent.


My Birthday

Today is my 16th, 21st, 30th 40th, 50th birthday.

Oh what the heck. It is my 53rd birtdhay today. I am old, grey and wrinkled, but at lest I woke up breathing. That has to be a good sign!



Hobgoblin Stew

Hobgoblin Stew

2 tb Flour
1 1/2 ts Salt
1/8 ts Pepper
1 lb Stewing meat
3 tb Vegetable oil
1/4 c Chopped onion
3 c Water
1/2 ts Garlic powder
1 ts Thyme
1 ts Coriander
2 Potatoes; peeled and cubed
6 Carrots; peeled and sliced into rounds
1 c Frozen peas; thawed
1/2 c Evaporated milk

On plate, combine flour, salt and pepper; set aside. Cut meat into bite-size cubes, then roll in flour mixture to coat. Reserve flour mixture. Heat vegetable oil in saucepan set on stove top over medium-low heat. Add meat and brown, stirring occasionally with mixing spoon, then sprinkle in remaining flour mixture. Add onion; cook until limp. Add water, garlic powder, thyme and coriander; bring to boil. Cover and cook over low heat for about an hour.

After the hour is up, add the potatoes, carrots and additional water as needed. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Add peas and continue to cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in evaporated milk. Heat through, but do NOT boil.

To serve, pour into hollowed-out pumpkin shell which has been decorated to look like a spooky jack-o'-lantern by using a black marker pen.


Monday, October 9, 2006

Keeper Of The Stars

Eight Years ago today, I stepped off a plane in Salt Lake City Utah, and into the arms of the man I would marry two years later. Thank you honey for being part of my life and for putting up with all the craziness you have had to endure..

I know someone out there bigger than us guided us to each other, and I get on my knees everyday and thank them.. You are my life, and I want to spend the rest of it with you. I love you Dean

*note* My husband and I met in a chat room on the Internet

The Keeper Of The Stars
(Dickey Lee/Danny Mayo/Karen Staley)

It was no accident me finding you
Someone had a hand in it
Long before we ever knew
Now I just can't believe you're in my life
Heaven's smilin' down on me
As I look at you tonight

I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars
He sure knew what he was doin'
When he joined these two hearts
I hold everything
When I hold you in my arms
I've got all I'll ever need
Thanks to the keeper of the stars

Soft moonlight on your face oh how you shine
It takes my breath away
Just to look into your eyes
I know I don't deserve a treasure like you
There really are no words
To show my gratitude

So I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars
He sure knew what he was doin'
When he joined these two hearts
I hold everything
When I hold you in my arms
I've got all I'll ever need
Thanks to the keeper of the stars

It was no accident me finding you
Someone had a hand in it
Long before we ever knew


Sunday, October 8, 2006

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 stick butter
2 cups blackberries or other fruit

Place butter in a 9x9 pan in a 350 degree oven.

While butter is melting, mix flour, sugar and milk. Batter will be lumpy.

Pour batter into pan with butter.

Top with fruit.

Cook until brown and sides pull away. (About 30 minutes).

Great with vanilla ice cream.


Saturday, October 7, 2006

I Am Fall

You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times...
You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings
Whether you're carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you

What Season Are You?


Stop and smell the flowers

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the
ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a
crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion
of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the
cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily,
with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and
miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it
spoke to the woman one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself,
because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to
your house."

The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers
on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's
because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on
your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not
be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we
each have that make our lives together so very interesting and

So, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and quit
looking at 'perfect' pots with envy, you are what you are, so be the best
you can be and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!


Just For Fun


myspace layouts, myspace codes, glitter graphicsHow tall are you? 5'6"

Do you own a gun? No

Rehab? Counseling? Marriage, family counseling years ago.

Have you ever killed an animal? accidentally

Are you Irish? Yes but from way back

What do you think of hot dogs?I eat one once in awhile, if it has chili mustard and cole slaw on it.

What's your favorite Christmas song? Silent Night...and the kid ones like Frosty the SnowMan

What is your favorite smell? My grandson all fresh from a bath

What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Diet Dr. Pepper, it is also my favorite drink in the afternoon and evening
Do you do push ups? nope, but I will eat the kind that has orange cream in them

Have you ever done ecstasy? Nope

Have you been shot? Gosh I hope not (looking at body for holes)

Have you ever been hospitalized? Only when I had my children

Do you like pain killers? I only use tylenol
What is your secret weapon to lure in your preferred sex? My boobs lol

Do you own a knife? Kitchen Knives
Do you have ADD? No

Do you love the pain a tattoo brings? I only have one tattoo and no pain is not my friend
Name Five Drinks You Regularly Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper

What's In Your CD Player? Dust

Who is your best friend? My husband

What's Under Your Bed? Dust bunnies

Current Hair? Brown, med length

What are you wearing? jeans and a tee shirt
Current worry? Everything

Current Love? My husband

Current Hate? Marife Dickerman

Favorite Place To Be? The woods

Least favorite place to Be? In a state of depression

If You Could Play an Instrument, what would it be? Piano

Favorite Colors? Purple, aqua blue, yellow

Person From Your Past You Wish You Could be with Right Now? My Dad

Where Would You Like To Go? Salem MA, for Halloween

Where do you want to live? Right where I am at

Favorite food? Steak or Pizza

Color of most clothes you own? blue

Number of pillows you sleep with? 1

What do you wear when you go to sleep? Nightgown or oversized tee

What were you doing 10 years ago? Trying to survive in a bad marriage

What do you think you'll be doing in 10 years? watching my grandkids play

Are you paranoid? Not usually

First piercing/tattoo? Pierced at 17, tatooed at 46

Last person you yelled at?My ex husband

Latest crush? 8 years ago when I met my husband

Last thing you ate? egg sandwhich

If you could be a pirate, would you? Sure, Treasure hunting might be fun

Do you have an ipod? no

What's in your pockets right now? Lint

What color are your bedroom walls? white

Last thing that made you laugh? My grandson dancing

Any pets now? Yes 2 cats

Inny or an outty? Inny

Do you have any piercing? Two in each ear

If you were a crayon what color would you be? Aqua Blue

Have you ever won any awards? Nope

How many TV's do you have in your house? 4 but we only watch 2 of them

Have you ever sprained/broken/fractured a bone or gotten stitches? sprianed yes, cracked wrist, no stitches except the kind I don't like to talk about when I gave birth

If you could live next door to any one person of your choosing, who would it be?

I already live next door to my daughter, grandson and ex husband...Yes we are strange

If you could have any one wish granted, what would it be? Complete happiness and love

If you could pick one person to make out with who would it be? My husband

Your Screen Name? Autum Or Autumnsbutterfly

Whats your middle Name? Ann

What time is it EXACTLY? 10:08 a.m.


Friday, October 6, 2006

Lighting things up a bit

You Are Romanticism

You are likely to see the world as it should be, not as it is.
You prefer to celebrate the great things people do... not the horrors they're capable of.
For you, there is nothing more inspiring than a great hero.
You believe that great art reflects the artist's imagination and true ideals.

What Art Movement Are You?