Saturday 30 October 2021

All Things Nice . . .


Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite 
All are on their rounds to-night,
. . . In the wan moon’s silver ray 
 Thrives their helter-skelter play. 

 Fond of cellar, barn, or stack 
True unto the almanac, 
 They present to credulous eyes 
 Strange hobgoblin mysteries. 

 Cabbage-stumps . . . straws wet with dew . . .  
Apple-skins, and chestnuts too, 
 And a mirror for some lass 
 Show what wonders come to pass. 

 Doors they move, and gates they hide 
Mischiefs that on moonbeams ride 
 Are their deeds, . . . and, by their spells, 
 Love records its oracles. 

 Don’t we all, of long ago 
By the ruddy fireplace glow, 
 In the kitchen and the hall, 
 Those queer, coof-like pranks recall? 

 Every shadows were they then . . .  
But to-night they come again; 
 Were we once more but sixteen 
 Precious would be Hallowe’en.
~Joel Benton, Hallowe'en 


Candy wasn't something we were given very often when I was a child.  It was only in the house a very few times a year.  Christmas, Easter and Halloween.  It was a rare, rare treat. 

At Christmas of course we would get candy canes and chocolates.  Mom would get in that special candy mix that she would order from the Christmas Wish book which had hard candies and fondant in it.  We also got Barley Sugar Toys that lasted for days and days. You couldn't bit them, they had to be sucked and licked.  We would suck them down to nubbins.

Easter we got our Easter Baskets/bowls.  (mom didn't go in for fancy stuff like baskets or stockings for that matter)  We'd get our chocolate bunny, some candy eggs, and some jelly beans. I loved most of the Easter candies, except for the marshmallow filled ones, for some reason I didn't really like them.

Halloween was the motherload.  Not only were we given license to go out and beg from the neighbors, but we would have a big shopping bag that we could fill up to our heart's content. After we got home and it was checked to make sure nobody was trying to poison or hurt us, those bags hung on our closet doors waiting for us to indulge whenever we wanted to.   I tried to make mine last as long as I could. 


Mom never went in much for store bought costumes.  We had to be inventive and make our own.  The one I remember most was the year my friend Gail Cormack and I dressed up as a pair, Lily and Herman Munster from the television show The Munsters.  I had the long dark hair so I got to be Lily. Mom fashioned me a hair piece of long white yarn with some black bats hanging from it to bobby pin into my hair.  Gail wore a pair of her father's combat boots.  I remember thinking we were very authentically frightfully spooky looking. 

There were costume parades at school.  Each class would parade around in front of the other classes and prizes were given for the best costumes. I don't remember ever winning, but there would be a party after the costume parade and we would have snacks and drinks and yes, more candy. 


Mom had her rules about trick or treating.  We had to eat our suppers before we could actually go out and start.  She had a certain time that we were allowed to leave the house and we wouldn't be allowed to go out even a minute before.  

Other parents were not so strict and I can remember children coming to the door, yelling Trick or Treat while we were still sitting at the table.  I was always worried that by the time we were allowed to begin our begging, all the good candy would be gone.  I was sure we were being robbed.

Sometimes,  mom would buy us each a mask to wear for trick-or-treating. It was always too cold to go running around in our costumes/apparel, so a mask was one way of being authentic and still being able to wear our warm coats and mitts.


They made your face all sweaty because they were made from plastic and I remember it being hard to breathe behind them.  And, because I wore glasses, they made it hard to see properly.  By the end of the evening we would be wearing them around our necks, long since having given up on actually wearing them to hid our faces.

We had our favorite streets to hit.  Halloween was a big candy greed-fest when it came right down to it. Our goal was to get as much candy as we could whilst still remaining as polite as was possible under those conditions.  A proper Trick-or-Treat was sounded along with as sincere a thank you as we could muster as we scrambled away to the next doorway.  We also tried not to jostle in front of other children because we knew that if we did, it would not garner us any favor with the adults behind the candy bowls.


Back in those days not a lot of people spent a lot of money on Halloween decorations.  Most would have a pumpkin or two carved into a Jack-o-Lantern with candles lighting them up. I can't remember ever carving a Jack-o-Lantern when I was a child. I think it was considered to be too messy an activity by my mother.  She didn't like messy things.  She worked really hard at keeping our home pristine and perfect, so it would have only meant a lot of extra work for her. I understand.  I guess its about priorities.  I didn't mind a bit of mess myself.  My kids would carve several Jack-o-Lanterns.  I just wanted them to have fun, within reason of course.

Some people went all out when it came to decorating their homes for Halloween. There would be spooky lights and music, and even creepy statuary.  Scarecrows and lawn chairs filled with leaf stuffed people. You never knew if it was fake or a real person who was going to reach out for you and make you jump out of your skin.

I hated going to houses where they made you do a trick before they gave you your treat, like sing a song or recite a poem, tell a joke, etc. I would rack my brains trying to think of something to say.  Of course it never dawned on me that I could just say the same thing at each house.  I would be trying to think of something different to say at each one. DUH. 


Of course as the evening wore on, more and more people would run out of candy so that by the time you got to the last few streets there were more "all-out" signs tacked onto the doors than there were lit passage ways.  There was an optimum time for trick-or-treating and all the good stuff would be gone by 7 pm. Nice for those who were handing out treats. We would race home so that we could go through our bags, checking and discarding anything suspicious.  

Only then would we be allowed to imbibe, and then it was only a few before we would have to get ready for bed and brush our teeth.

Nobody wanted apples.  Mom wouldn't let us keep them anyways.  Too many tales of them being laced with razor blades and pins.  Back then it was only ever very rare that you might get a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar.  Usually we got those taffy bb-bats and candy kisses, not the chocolate ones, the chewy ones wrapped up in Halloween printed wax paper.  Sometimes you got a package of cinnamon hearts.  There would be lots of suckers as well, with the occasional candy bar and very rare packet of crisps.  The crisps would all be crumbs anyways, after having been jostled about in a bag all evening between heavy apples and running knees.

I remember falling into bed exhausted at the end of it all.  It was a good exhausted. The next morning the air would smell of rotting leaf and burnt pumpkin . . .  and boring began because there was nothing much left to look forward to but Christmas and that seemed to be ages off.

To a child, time seems to last forever, and days seems like eternities.   What are some of your favorite childhood Halloween memories?  Lets share!

I came across Cinnamon yesterday sleeping on my bed.  She had managed to crawl into the throw at the end of the bed.  She looked so cute laying there with her two front paws curled up in front of her.

She looked so cute laying there. It was a race to be able to snap a picture before she woke up and moved about. 

Don't you wish you could sleep like a cat does?  So deep and easy, and seemingly able to fall asleep at the drop of a hat  . . .  

And with that I best leave you with a thought for the day . . .  

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 *.˛.°And the leaves
fell from the trees
without regret . . . 
~Unknown•。★★ 。* 。 

Cooking up in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Maple Walnut Vinegar Pie.  This is incredibly rich and tasty!  So delicious!

I probably won't have a chance to write anything tomorrow, so don't worry if I don't show up!  I'll catch you on Monday!  In the meantime, have a great day, Happy Halloween and don't forget! 

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Friday 29 October 2021

My Friday Finds . . .



A few of the things  I find each week that pique my interest, bring me joy, inspire me to learn, create, do, become . . . Maybe they will do the same for you!  


Knit Hacker, a brilliant crocheted book to teach baby about the weather.  Love this.  


Stacking multi-coloured crochet baskets.  Love these also. A free pattern/tutorial from Christine Williams.  

A simple crochet headband.  I love this.  Just what I need to tame my unruly locks.  From Crochet Dreamz. Another free pattern.  There are lots of patterns on that page.  


Country Cottage and Tree Ornaments, from Bella Crochet. So cute.  Love the little house. Lots of free patterns on that blog as well. 

Painted Rock Inspiration from Deborah McGee Art, on Etsy.   

From EHow, how to finish the backing on a baby blanket.  I love the idea of backing these things with pretty fabric.  A lap blanket would be lovely backed like this.  

Free Printable Recipe Binder.  Just a Girl and Her Blog.  

No source, just inspiration.  These are bottlecaps, painted on, and embellished.  Love them. If you weren't great at painting, you could decoupage them on with napkins or found papers.  Sweet!  


I love this accordian purse/wallet.  Complete Tutorial on DIY Tutorial Ideas 

A do it yourself, make it at home Autumn fragrance.  I am so going to try this out in my wax burner.  I never thought of doing this.  Brilliant! 

A cute little button doll charm.  I couldn't find the instructions for this exact one, but I did find a tutorial on YouTube to make a similar one!  Cute! Its a very good video.  The music is a bit irritating, but once you get the hang of it, it looks like a doddle. 

From The Instructables.  A roll up glove box caddy to hold all your essentials.  What a neat idea!

Have you ever wondered why it is called a glove box? 

 glove compartment or glovebox or glovie is a compartment built into the dashboard, located over the front-seat passenger's footwell in an automobile, often used for miscellaneous storage. The name derives from the original purpose of the compartment, to store gloves.  

Pie anyone? If you can't trust Betty Crocker, then who can you trust?  


Crochet Fedora hat.  I love it.  I don't wear hats, but I love it anyways.  From Pretty Ideas, pattern and video.  

I was immediately drawn to this because it looks very do-able and I think its very pretty.  From The Cake Blog.  

I cannot find a source for these, but they look dead simple.  So cute!  Peanut shell snowmen!  White painted peanut. Acorn cap, cap.  Some wire arms. Some scraps for scarfs, etc. 

Free Printable Farmhouse Monograms. Love these. From The Cottage Market.   

Still loving this blanket.  I need to make it. Found on Quietly Stitching.  I love the edging. 


Knitted Poppies.  Eye Candy from Knot Garden.  That whole blog is eye candy for the stitcher. 


Crochet coasters from The Patchwork Heart. Love them!  The colours are fab!  Again, just eye candy, but I bet I could figure them out quite easily. 

Flat No Sew Poppy from Ravelry.   

Chest Freezer Storage Organization with dollar/pound store bins. From Practically Functional.  It's a whole system.  Could also work for a smaller freezer.   


While I am at it . . .  you can do the same for your refrigerator. From One Good Thing.   


 Red Ted Art.  Walnut Reindeer ornaments for the kids to make. So much fun! 

The Bee paintings of Angie Renfro. I love them.  Simple and yet so beautiful.  

Mmmm . . .  Easy Pickled Vegetables.  From Cooking Isl.  

Old sweaters, new mittens.  Love these.  I can't find the source for these however with the pattern.  I keep hitting a dead end, but I really like this idea. 

How to decoupage a quilt pattern onto an old chair using scrapbook papers.  Love LOVE this idea. Debi's Design Diary.  Sweet! 

And those are my finds for this week.  I hope you found something you liked!  

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.° We are reminded that anger doesn't 
solve anything.
It builds nothing, but can
destroy everything.
~Thomas S Monson .° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •  


Something for the kids in The English Kitchen today  . . .  White Chocolate Monster Munch.  I made a batch for Eileen and Tim to take with them. They are going to some friends in Halifax for the weekend and I thought it would make a great Halloween Hostess gift.  

Have a great Friday.  It looks dry out there this morning anyways! It sounds like we are going to have rain for Halloween!  I have all of my treats bagged up in little snack bags.  Cindy came over to help me with the cats yesterday and she had picked up a box of little snack bags at the store for me.  I really appreciate her helping me to dose them with their flea stuff and worming tablets. She is the cat whisperer.  Dan got my big bird feeder holder put up so I can move them off the deck.  Then when Tim and Eileen came for supper, Tim helped empty out my geranium baskets and I was able to put the empty containers in the garage for the winter, and he helped to take down my feeders and put them on the tall bird feeder holder, and then before they left to go home, he emptied my kitchen bin for me.  I never even asked him, he just volunteered to do it.  I am so blessed to have such good family around me!!  So, anyways, have a wonderful day and don't forget! 

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Thursday 28 October 2021

My Favorite Things . . .


A few of the things in life that make my heart go pitter pat. Maybe they will do the same thing for yours. ♥♥♥    I'm pretty sure however, that these things mainly make my own heart sing.  


All of you. I have always said I have the best readers and it is true. What is a writer without someone to read their words.  Not much when it comes right down to it. I appreciate each and every one of you very much.  Just thought you should know. 



Woodland walks.  I used to enjoy these so much. Arthritis has stolen much of that from me now, but I always used to go on long walks in the woods.  Even when the children were growing up. We would go on long walks in the woods to see what we could discover.  Always fun. 



Pumpkins, Gourds and Squashes.  There are so many different ones, each unique, even amongst their own kind. Sort of like people I guess! 

Ponds.  With fish in them.  Ever so much work, but such a delight to watch . . .


Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Everything that sprouted from her pen  . . . 


Frites, fries, chips, whatever you call them. I've never met one I didn't like.  I especially like this kind, with the skins still on! 


Pancakes.  With butter and maple syrup.  I don't know why I don't make them for myself more often.  Probably because I would eat them! 


What a cute idea!!  Why didn't I think of that!  But then again . . .  I'd eat them!! 


Fresh  Sweet  Apple Cider.  Only once a year  . . .   


Wooly blankets  . . .  


Writing desks  . . . I need a desk. 



Front porches  . . . 


Anything Winnie  . . .  


Cinnamon.  Anything  . . .  


Sheep. They are such curious creatures  . . .  


Stoneware mugs and jugs  . . . 


Deer, they are such gentle creatures  . . . 


Railway tracks  . . .  they all lead somewhere . . .  


Welcome signs  . . . 


Aga's and drying racks . . .  such a comfy sight  . . . 


Gingerbread men . . . have always loved them. 



Jack - o - Lanterns.  Used to love making them with the children every year when they were growing up. Such an exciting time. 


Pom Pom trim  . . . 


Comfy chairs to sit in  . . . 

And those are my favorite things for this week  . . . 

All went well at the Vet's yesterday. The kittens got their next batch of shots, etc.  They are very healthy.  I have an appointment now for Nutmeg to be neutered in early December, and Cinnamon in January.  I hate the thoughts of them having to have operations, but its the responsible thing to do.

Eileen and Tim are coming for supper tonight. I'm making meatloaf and mac and cheese. They are going into Halifax for the weekend to spend the weekend with some friends.  I am not overly happy with that because I want them to be safe, but they can make up their own minds about things.  I wanted to see them before they went because I will be isolating from them for a couple weeks after they get back just to be safe. I don't think you can be too safe these days. I hate that it has to be this way, but it is what it is.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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*The power of finding beauty 
in the humblest things, 
makes home happy and life lovely.
~Louisa May Alcott
•。★★ 。* 。 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  I small batched my Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells recipe. Its deliciously simple! 

Have a wonderful Thursday. Its windy, cold and rainy here.  Almost all of the leaves have let go now. They are calling for rain on Halloween.  I wonder how many trick or treaters we will have?  Whatever you get up to today, don't forget! 

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