Monday, October 31, 2011

Oh, What A Night

Leaves now crunch
beneath my feet
Under trees
who have no leaves
A sliver moon
in a darkened sky
Peaks through the clouds
as they pass by
A hollowed gourd
stands at the door
Smiles brightly
for the neighborhood
It tells of treats
so chocolate-y sweet
Can be yours
with a "thank-you" please
The goblins and pirates
gather round
To eat the booty
they have found
Hang out with friends
who laugh and tease
Watch scary movies
like 'What Lies Beneath'
A night like this
comes once a year
When a little scare
is what you cheer
With bellies full
a tad bit queasy
Oh, what a night
'tis Halloween

Friday, October 28, 2011

This Moment

Joining Soule Mama in this Friday ritual. A single words...capturing a simple, extraordinary moment from my week. A moment I want to pause and savor and remember forever. amen.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Loving It :: Elderberry Syrup

I was visiting Mountain Rose Herbs
when I came across their
wonderful you tube
With the upcoming cold and flu
season upon us...
in fact for some
already here...
I wanted to find a home remedy
to protect and prevent.
The antioxidants...
and anti-viral properties of the
Elderberry seemed like a good place to start.
I thought I had an elderberry bush
in my back yard...
but after careful research and
numerous second opinions
found what I had was the choke berry.
Good for wildlife.
Not good for humans.
off to the local natural food store...
I went...needing dried elderberries.
With a few ingredients from my cupboard
I was ready to go to
my cauldron
to concoct the witch's brew.
1/2 Cup Dried Elderberries
1 Cinnamon Stick
5 Whole Cloves
1Tablespoon Fresh Grated Ginger
2 Cups Water
Boil...then simmer for about 20 minutes.
Until it is reduced by
about half.
Strain over a bowl.
A Dave Ramsey Footnote:
I discussed this recipe with the sales woman
at Claudia's.
She said anything with elderberry is expensive.
By making it myself I saved...
You can too!
Press down with a spoon or spatula
to get all those great juices from
the elderberries.
already smelling yummy.
Add 1 Cup of Honey.
Wild or local honey is best
for added benefits...
but I used the lowly grocery store brand.
Whisk it all together.
Pour into prepared container.
Store in the frig right next to your
echinacea and goldenseal.
(What?! doesn't everyone have this on hand?)
Will keep for...
they say 2 weeks on the video clip
but in the comments
they report keeping it through the winter
or until gone.
Take 1 Tablespoon a day to prevent illness.
Take 1 Tablespoon an hour if you are symptomatic.
The best part...
it tastes GREAT!
The spices are warming and the honey
will soothe a sore throat
and calm that
annoying cough.
If you have a minute
I encourage you to check out the site.
That's Mountain Rose Herbs.

(you'll find a link on my sidebar)

Stay Well.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Twinplex For Rent

A Weekend Project
Armed with a vision...
(sometimes a dangerous thing)
we set out preparing the firm foundation.
Then turned our attention
to that which inspired it all.
That's a mailbox.
An old, rusty mailbox that James
found while scrapping.
I shared my vision with
my wonderfully patient husband
who in turn introduced me to
all the necessary tools
to make it happen.
A 1-inch drill bit
for the door.

And then a smaller something-nth drill bit for the perch. Giving the whole project

a punk art vibe.

Our little bird oasis

is under way.

Come one...

come all.

We have thistle for the finch

sunflower seeds for the jays...the nuthatch...

the cardinals...

and the little sparrows.

All our welcome!

Even the squirrels.

And if they are compelled to stay...

We have the accommodations.

What you can't see

(because I forgot to take THAT picture)

is the wooden house divider


The amenities include:

A door on opposite ends

each with their

own perch...

and a large spacious room

to nest in.

Zoey approved of our work.

She liked it so much

she wanted to lay

by her new


All day.

Now I am getting word out

that we are ready for renters.

The price is right...

for a lovely song

you will get free food...water...

and a guard dog.

A work in progress.

Tell all your feathered friends the news!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


In The City For Good.
An ever-changing group
of my church family who
prepare and serve food to those without
a home...
those who are hungry.
I don't have any pretty pictures
to share with you.
It somehow feels like a violation of their
But each time I help
my mind returns filled with beautiful images.
People helping people.
Caring hands.
Loving hearts.
Blessing. Sharing.
I was serenaded by a man named
Paul Anthony.
What an amazing voice.
I do believe I blushed
while he sang unabashedly.
With his whole heart.
Right there on the streets of downtown Toledo.
Who would have thought
that I was the one
in need?
I needed to see that kind of bravery.
That kind of letting go of one's self.
that's the way of it.
Each time I attend...
I am the one who is blessed.
Today a song fills my heart.
Today I will sing out loud!

Friday, October 21, 2011

This Moment

Joining Soule Mama in this Friday ritual. A single photo...a simple extraordinary moment...I want to pause and savor and remember forever.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Business 101 :: The Follow-Up

The Young Scrappers
are learning first-hand how to run
a successful business.
Finding metal curbside is an every day
event...but on those special occasions
when they get a lead or a direct call requesting
their services...
a follow-up response...
on their part...
is mandatory.
Which brings me to...
The Hand Written Thank You.
Keep in mind
I encourage the boys
to make all decisions regarding
this enterprise...
and this was the card that won their vote.
Somehow appropriate
considering their ages.
I tweaked the card a bit to hold
their business card.
When removed...
and hopefully kept for future needs...
the true message is revealed.
Thank You.
With a hand-written note
expressing their thanks and their
willingness to help
in the future.
Teaching life lessons.
Follow through with your promises...
and follow-up with the
thank you.
A good thing in business...
a good thing in life.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Out-takes & In-takes :: Woolens

My craft room floor...
covered in woolen remnants.
The strange cacophony of colors and patterns...
coming together in a most pleasing way...
begins here.
Got busy making some of my last year's designs
to get my feet wet
in working with this wonderful felted medium.
The Adult Tassel Hat &
Texting Gloves
Here I am at the bathroom mirror
trying to get a decent picture to share
with you all...
Texting Gloves doubling
Digital Photography Gloves...
so versatile.
Not a bad picture of me...
(which is why I posted can do that
when you have your own blog!)
Really does little to feature my designs
however. (sad face inserted here)
Here's a real winner...
you can see the tassel...
pay no-never-mind to that dangling
camera on the right of your screen.
Oh that angle is sooo
very flattering.
"James!" I ask you...seriously now...
isn't this way better?
Showcasing the merchandise...
not the model...what a concept!
Texting Gloves being worn
while texting...
so very clever!
Look at that cute, right-hand-only flower,
so the wearer doesn't get confused...
next best thing to the
joined mittens you wore in
An ensemble that will not only
keep you warm...
it will keep you looking good
while doing it.
( no-never-mind to
the background scenery)
This is one classy operation we're running here.
(James is available for all your photo needs.)
The Tassel Hat
Texting Gloves
are now available at
Harmony in Life.
Just keeping my sense of humor...
stay happy my friends.
(big smiley face with a wink inserted here.)

Friday, October 14, 2011

This Moment

Borrowing...once again...from Amanda Blake Soule. A single photo...capturing a moment I want to savor and remember forever...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Looking Up

Everywhere I go these days
I find myself
looking up.
Oohing and aahing
at the show going on
right above my head.
It's happening...
just as it does every year...
and yet somehow...
the breath-taking sights
surprise me
and fill me with awe.
Look up...
The trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Opening The Door

Just a crack...
mind you...
to the idea of
It's easy to do
on sun shiny days
with temperatures hovering
around 80.
Pumpkins in planters...
(on the cheap @ Aldi for $2.49!)
An Autumn foliage wreath
hung from
my front door.
Apples in a basket...
placed on the earthy-colored
braided rug table runner.
Rich oranges...
warm golden yellows...
deep burgundy reds.
Baskets holding all
our cool weather friends.

Subtle changes in outer wear...



Sneaking up on me...

almost without notice...

requiring a second layer

on these cool nights.

Trying to remember to

Count my blessings...