Autumn Bucket List – Make a Gingham Pumpkin

November 18th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Crafts | No Comments »

Sometime ago I saw this gingham pumpkin on Pinterest.

I thought, geez I can make this.

Normally I only like Orange or White pumpkins, but this just called to me.

Originally I wanted to do the pumpkin in gray, but could not find two colors I liked, so I went with blue and navy.

I did not realize how hard it is to paint a straight line on a curvy pumpkin.

Ugh this is not going well.

OK it is looking a little bit more like a gingham pumpkin.

A little messy here and there.

There is she is, on the front porch with the classics.   Thank you gingham pumpkin for not being too much a problem.

However my pumpkin tends to look like the Bath & Body works logo.  Hmmmm wonder why!

Autumn Bucket List – Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte

November 18th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

You would think this would be an easy one….

Guess again…

I could not find a time where I could get the coffee and not be up all night.  So I knew it had to be during my day off so I could get it somewhat near the early part of the day.

So being Saturday I thought I would take the dogs to the park.   I was a little frustrated because where ever I went in the park, some man and his dog was in the eye sight of my unruly barky pups.

Where ever I go, there they are.

So I took the pups with me to Starbucks.

When I came home the neighbors were standing in the street….ummmmm, can you move so I can get in my driveway.

Finally maneuvered my car around the “nice” neighbors and started to get out the car.  But since people were there talking, again in the middle the street, my Little Olive went wacko, she started to twist and twirl and jump and panic and what does she do…..yes you guess it.  She knocked the damn coffee over.

I grabbed it quickly and only lost about an inch of the coffee, but I was frustrated.   I got the dogs into the house quickly and came back to get my coffee and purse from the car.   Only then did my neighbors move out of the street.

Big Sigh.  Then I saw it!

The jumpy house.

Oh lordy, they are having a party.  I need to go into the house, relax and drink my coffee.  What is left in the cup.  After the photo shoot.

Having the Cranberry Bliss Bar helped with the stress.

I also dropped some Pumpkin Pie Smash Mallows into my drink

Please note the 1′”of missing coffee.  Big Sigh!   At least there was room for the Smash Mallows.

By the way, they were yummy.

I got mine at Target, but I understand you can buy these are Amazon and other places.  They say Sam’s Club but I have never seen them there.

I do want to try their other seasonal flavors for Christmas.  Sugar Cookie and Hot Cocoa sound good.  Not a huge fan of peppermint but who knows.

 

Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder and Glitter Glaze October 2018

November 17th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Crafts | No Comments »

As you know I am a crafter.

When I saw the Brutus Monroe embossing powder online, I thought great I will buy it on my order of Simon Says Stamp.

Well the item never came in

I was perplexed.  What happened.

So it appears that all their embossing powders do not make it to other stores.  So I went to the Brutus Monroe website and realized I could not easily buy from there either.  What the heck.  Finally I discovered that  you need to subscribe to their Embossing Powder and Glitter Glaze monthly collection.

The only way I figure this out was they sent out an email.  And even then it was confusing.

Craft Goodies should not be confusing.

So I told my sister about it.  She loves Autumn and much as I do.   But she said what she always does, “I would need to see what it looked like”  So I went online to see if anyone swatched his items.   Sadly there was none.   OK guys, you need to work harder at this.

So I swatched the items but you simply cannot capture the glitter and gleen of these items

So I created this cheesy little video.

I am patiently waiting for the November items to come.  No clue when they come.  No clue what they are.   No email.  No clues at all.

Life is a mystery I guess.

But I am sure I will love it.

Dogs at Halloween 2018

November 11th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Dogs | No Comments »

Every year I try to dress up the girls in Halloween outfits

Olive usually loves it

Penny thinks she is being punished

 

I have come to the conclusion that Olive will never be an instagram star.

The minute I put the costume on, she takes off.

This unicorn took off immediately.

Then things went south

Olive apparently could not keep her horn on straight.

It just kept getting worst.

Sorry I Failed you MOMMY

I just could not UNICORN today

 

Penny clearly hates the clothes I put on her.  She is clearly a dog.  A real dog.  Not a little fluffy pocket pet.

Once the outfit goes on, Penny thinks she is being punished.

Such defeat!

Her poor little mind is probably whirling, thinking what did I do wrong.

Penny reluctantly looks at me with sadness in her eyes.

Such sadness.

I had to take the costume off.

Maybe next year.

Autumn Bucket List – Make Some Chili

November 11th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

When I added this to the bucket list, I was not thinking of warm, wonderful homemade chili because

a) I don’t have a good recipe (except my moms rainy day chili which takes hours)

b) I live alone so it is a lot of work for something i will eat once or twice

c) and basically I am lazy….HA!

I added it to the list just to make something warm and hot on a cold evening

So I make chili the easy way.

Some time ago I found at Wal-Mart a box that makes chili

This easy peasy box makes it quick.  Throw some meat in a pot and then add the canned beans, tomatoes, sauce and some spices.

Didn’t I say easy peasy

I usually end up throwing on some cheese or sour cream to finish it off.

All is good and yummy.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “Good Witch Tale of Two Hearts”

November 4th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

Got to the last of the Hallmark movies.  Yeah!

To be honest, I have been watching Hallmark Christmas movies all weekend.

That is,  watching movies instead of doing chores around the house.  Will I ever get those dishes done????

This one is a continuing story of The Good Witch series.

I did catch a couple of the older ones so I was well grounded on where the characters are in the story line.

Good Witch: A Tale of Two Hearts
Premieres October 21, 2018

Cassie’s precious family heirloom – a beautiful red ruby known as The Heart of Middleton – goes missing from the History of Halloween in Middleton museum exhibit. Without its Heart, the town of Middleton starts to doubt their Halloween spirit just in time for their annual festival competition with Blairsville. Complicating matters, Martha feels unappreciated and defects to Blairsville, giving new mayor Abigail Pershing a run for her money. It all culminates at an anniversary black tie Halloween gala at the museum honoring the lore of the Heart of Middleton, where the Merriwicks help to re-inspire their fellow Middletonians.

 

I have not always enjoyed the Good Witch, guess it depends on the story.

I did enjoy this one, especially the dilemma of the former mayor Martha.

It was a good story line and she always saves the day in her subtle magic.

I will give it a 4 pumpkin rating.

Autumn Bucket List – Wear Halloween Nails

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations | No Comments »

This started out as a good idea that quickly went bad.

When you are not use to nails, going to the bathroom (removing clothing) became a challenge.  Never the less it did not end well and the nails came off quickly after that.

You can see how swollen my ring fingers are.  Darn this arthritis!

Autumn Bucket List – Read an Autumn Inspired Book

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

Wow!  I had a hard time finding a book that had an Autumn theme.

I even checked Pinterest on lists of Autumn of Fall must reads.

Most were not my cup of tea.

Finally I found this book on Amazon.

Synopsis:

Artist Autumn Hamilton is stuck in a creative block so strong she wonders if she will ever emerge. Inwardly determined to find her way back to painting, she puts on a brave face and pretends all is well, even fooling her best friend, Meg. But then a distraction—in the form of hard-hearted Ethan Rasmussen—pulls her into a complex family saga. Autumn must stop Ethan from making a huge mistake, regardless of his good intentions, and no matter how handsome he is.

Meanwhile, online shopping and big box stores have taken their toll on the once vibrant shops and restaurants in downtown Finch’s Crossing. Major Peggy Brightwell has hired entrepreneur Kyle Oswald to bring the merchants into the world of internet marketing and social media, in time to entice Black Friday shoppers to Finch’s Crossing. The eccentric and loveable merchants fall instantly in love with Kyle, but it’s Meg he wishes would notice him. But Meg is hiding a fierce loneliness from everyone, including herself. Kyle is determined to find a chink in her armor, no matter how grumpy and resistant she is.

Autumn and Meg must work through their own problems before romance even stands a chance. And to further complicate matters, Ethan and Kyle have the kind of baggage that just might be a little too heavy for Autumn and Meg to carry.

Finch’s Crossing is a heart-warming, small-town sweet romance series, following the lives of the four Hamilton sisters, Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter, who are all searching for the same thing: sustaining, unconditional love. The series features a supporting cast of lovable eccentrics, and a lot of small town quirkiness.

 

This book felt like a Hallmark movie in the making, I can almost see the characters.

It was cute, held my interest and found the characters likeable.  There even was a pumpkin incident and lots of fall leaves to make me happy.

Autumn Bucket List – Halloween Outdoor Decor

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations | No Comments »

Usually every year I go way out on the Halloween decorations.  This year I was not really into it.

I know, I know…. everyone who knows me, knows I love Halloween.  But  I was not that interested this year.   Maybe it was because I was focusing on my Autumn Bucket list.  Or maybe it was an off-year.

Not too many people got into it this year at work either.   We did not enter the contest this year.  But there is always next year.

But I did some decorations.

Every year I put my wreath on my door.  I bought this wreath years ago at a store called The Great Outdoors.  I love the old-fashioned ornament appeal to the wreath.

 

I also throw out a few pumpkins.  This time it was just a few on the porch.  Sometimes I do the huge light up ones, and the ones from Martha Stewart carved out images that I got from Grandin Road a long time ago.

But this time it was the simple pumpkins next to the mums.

I also threw on a few skeletons of  some long dead animals.  Not mine, I swear.

I love this vulture, he is so menacing.

I bought this raven last year on sale after Halloween at Target.  He “caws” when someone gets close and his eye are bright red lights.  He is kinda cool.

To keep him company, I have his buddy in a cage.  A little dead, but what can I say!

Last but not least.  I put out the Halloween Garden Flags.

I love these kind from Joann Fabrics.  They are super silky and are double sides.

Trick-or-treaters this year where good.  I had about 40 kids.

There were several cute costumes.   One family each had a Sport illustrated Magazine style poster behind them. and they each wore a different sport.  You can tell they put some effort into their outfits.

Several young girls had a like medieval robe with velvet and lace.  I am not sure which character they are.

There was a young girl who wore a unicorn outfit that match Olive.

Most of them were polite and had small batches of kids.  I really do not like huge groups as I cannot see the costumes very well.

One little boy was fascinated by my raven.  LOL

 

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “Love of Course”

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

This Hallmark movie was the best one yet!  Of course anything with Cameron Mathison is going to be a good movie.  He use to be in my favorite soap opera ALL MY CHILDREN so he is golden to me.  LOL

Love, Of Course
Premieres October 20, 2018

Amy has spent most of her adult life “helicoptering” around her daughter, Cara especially since her husband died six years earlier. With reluctance, Amy is helping Cara head off to college in another city. She then “conveniently” lands a job at Cara’s college, much to Cara’s dismay. When Amy meets Noah, a charismatic, well-traveled professor, she learns more about herself and discovers a new life of her own, filled with romance.

 


 

This one gets 5 pumpkins as I liked the story, I liked the characters and of course Cameron Mathison.