Autumn Bucket List – Making the Gallery Wall and Autumn Quilts/Pillows

October 16th, 2018 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Home Decor | No Comments »

Well I knew I needed to get my rear in gear if I was going to get the galley wall up before Halloween.

Having no idea how to do a gallery wall I checked out Pinterest and Youtube to find inspiration.

I discovered that you need to make templates of the different sized items and with painters tape, you can arrange the items on the wall.

Getting on the step stool and arranging took a little longer than I anticipated.

But low and behold I did it.

I have to admit it looks better in person than in the photos.


You have to forgive the crappy video I made.  I could not glide over smoothly and really you cannot see a darn thing.   But it is what it is.

Hopefully seeing this pictures will make it easier to see.

I tried hard to get the whole wall in one picture.

It did cut off the beware sign, but overall you can see all the signs and you can see the pillows and quilts.

Most items were bought at Joann’s Fabrics.  When it went on a special sale for 60% off I could not resist.

After all Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

The Trick or Treat bat was from Joann’s

The Witch Parking, a nice distress tin sign was from either Michaels or Joann’s.  I cannot remember.

The flying lessons was from Joann’s.  It was hard to find as they ran out.  I found one stuck in another aisle and grabbed it.

The Pumpkin Patch sign was from Michael’s Crafts.


The orange October 31 sign is a Joann’s and I love the little spider handing from the 3.

The x-ray in sections is from Michael’s.

The Something Wicked sign is really heavy with a heavy rope hanger.  I was concerned it might fall off the hooks.  I bought it at Joann’s.

The round circle with a bug imbossed on the front is a Michael’s sale item.


High up on the wall is a witch hat with the phrase “I will get you my pretty”  It also has a spider hanging from the tip of the hat.

Below that is the BEWARE sign from Target.  This sign lights up the room.   It has a solid glow or a mad scientist lab flicker.   I decided It did not want to have a seizure, so I went with the solid light.  LOL.


I also put my Halloween Pillows out on the couch with a few Halloween Quilts.

The pillows are from the 2017 Halloween Target dollar bin.   I am not 100% sure of the velvet BOO! pillow.

The quilt in the back was from Cracker Barrel a few years ago.  It has satin and lace and velvet squares.


This quilt I made 2 years ago from a kit on Connecting Threads.  It was the fist quilt I did some fancy machine quilting.  You cannot see it but I think an older post outlines the things I did.

There is also another Cracker Barrel quilt underneath it.  But it is hard to see.

The pillow is new, it was from Pier One.

These sequin beauties are from Sam’s Club.   I love the glitter and the orange and purple.

Here is a close up.

The beauty of this wall is that I will take the Halloween stuff down and add the autumn ones, then I will do the Christmas ones.

Autumn Bucket List – Candle, Pumpkin Bread, and IPhone Wallpaper

October 6th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

I am checking off a few items off the Autumn Bucket List

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The Autumn Candle

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have a stash of candles and most of them are autumn scents.

However lighting a candle by itself is a little boring.

When I was at Wal-mart I found this little goodie (thanks to an instagram post)

For a mere $14.94 You can have this beauty.   It holds on of the large 3 wick candles from Bath & Body Works

Click here to get the candle holder with free shipping

But I figured it was good for Halloween, Autumn and Christmas pending a little decoration.

I used some glue dots to hold an autumn leaf to the roof to make it “autumn”

See how roomy it is

All lit.   This little table was a handmade table that my Uncle made for his Mother (my Grandmother).   He died in WW2 at the young age of 21.    My Mom used this table and did not use coasters so there are rings on the finish.  One day I will sand and refinish it.   It is the perfect little table (and it hold my gooseberry patch cookbooks).

All cozy and Autumn like!


Lovely side view of both the house and the rings on the table.  LOL

Pumpkin Bread

I made pumpkin bread this morning.  I bought this mix as Sam’s club.

I prefer the Libby brand but this brand is easy peasy and you can also make cookies and pancakes.  I might try the cookies.

For variety I added some of the new Maple flavored morsels from Toll House.

Yummy chips in yummy batter.


I decided to use my new Rae Dunn platter.   I guess I have started to collect these things.  Ugh, I may be sorry.  However I am not having a lot of luck in my search for Halloween items.

It came out moist and yummy with a hint of maple.

Nothing as good as moist yummy pumpkin bread in autumn.

and finally a quick post on something that was NOT on the autumn list an Iphone wallpaper.

I never, ever thought about changing the wallpaper on my phone  I added this cutie to my iphone.

Click here to get your own copy of this wallpaper.

Thanks for checking out my autumn list!

See you soon!


The Cat Doctor – Rest in Peace!

September 30th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations | No Comments »

On the morning of my birthday I went to my Facebook page to see what was happening with all my friends and family.   I was shocked and saddened to see my favorite vet in the world had passed away.

Doctor Tracy McFarland was by and far the best vet I have ever encountered.   I am such a critic of animal doctors and they vary from lack to skills, to money focused, to sometimes and shockingly cruel to animals.  So when I found Dr. Tracy that first day I know I found the best there was.   She had taken care of my Kahlua, my Scooter and my Beau.   I wish I knew her when my Maxwell was sick, she probably could have saved him.

The first time I went to see her was after I went to another doctor to exam my newly adopted kittens.  That doctor was barely even examining the kittens and I left unimpressed.   I found the Cat Doctor in the yellow pages (remember this was 15 years ago) and made an appointment.   I saw Dr. Tracy.   She examined every inch of those kittens.  Checked ears and eyes, felt the bone structure, felt the stomach, looked in their mouths, and answered my questions.  Without a doubt I knew this was a woman who knew their stuff.

Image result for dr tracy mcfarland


Dr. Tracy saved my Scooter twice from a severe illness, brought Beau back from the brink of death and yelled at me when I brought in my Kahlua a little too late to save.

It is no surprise to me the amount of love shown to the office and family after her death.  I am grateful that I was able to mail the card to her before she became  to weak to read cards.

She meant so much to so many.

Rest in Peace Doctor Tracy you will be missed!

Below are some picture from her memorial service.  Pictures taken from Facebook.



Not on the Bucket List but a worthy mention

September 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations | No Comments »

Autumn also means pumpkin spice and autumn food.


Here are a few goodies I found in the stores.

Apple Cider Donuts from Trader Joes

Apple Cider Jam from Trader Joes

Pasta and Pasta Sauce from Trader Joes

Pumpkin flavored Pepperidge Farm cookies from Target

and finally pumpkin bread box mix from Trader Joes


Bon Appetit!

Hallmark Movies – Bucket List

September 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

Watching Hallmark movies always bring in the season, either Harvest or Christmas.

Hallmark did a nice little preview to give you a sneak peek of the movies coming up on every Saturday.

If you missed the preview, you can catch it here.

I watched the first movie called “Truly, Madly, Sweetly”

Truly, Madly, Sweetly
Premieres September 22, 2018
Natalie, the owner of a San Francisco food truck business selling cupcakes, and Eric, a finance manager and divorced dad are brought together when Eric’s aunt, also a longtime customer of Natalie’s, passes away and leaves them a building which happens to be the site of a once-famous bakery. Forced into this new partnership, they discover selling the building won’t be easy because it has been declared a historical site. Romance blooms as they spend time together in the process of renovating the old bakery. However, Natalie’s desire to keep things strictly business could put an end to the partnership before the grand opening.


I rate this a 4 pumpkin


Checking off a few Autumn Bucket List Items

September 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

Now that we have looked at a few pictures of autumn it is time to get some of those bucket list items done.

If you have not read my bucket list, please click on the pumpkin below and it will take you to the post.



To kick off the season, a simple change like a garden flag with a wonderful Autumn sentiment is a good beginning.


These cute little garden flags are from Joann Fabrics

Just click on the pictures to be taken to the website where you can get one too.





I also put a lovely Autumn wreath on my front door.   This is just the beginning,  However it will remain simple until Halloween is over.


This cute little wreath was also from Joann Fabrics.  I loved the velvet pumpkin nestled in between the foliage.



Just a simple start to the bucket list.  Happy Autumn.



Welcome Autumn!

September 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations | No Comments »

Today is the first day of autumn.

Please tell Southern California that is the 1st day of Autumn and not the summer that never ends.

I love autumn, the crisp air, golden and ruby leaves, pumpkins, a little fog in the morning, cuddling up in a blanket with a good book.

Maybe one day I will live somewhere that actually has Autumn and not brown crispy plants that will more than likely be fuel for yet another wildfire.

ok, ok,  get back in the mood.

Lets looks at some wonderful pictures of Autumn

Imagine looking over the valley of exploding autumn colors, gold, orange, yellow, reds, olives, dusky purple, all fiery and glorious.

Or Creating an Halloween scene with leaves and crows, jack o’lanterns and mums

or taking a walk during a gentle rain with rows of Jack O’Lanterns inviting the season.

Or walking in the woods and coming to a covered bridge.

Maybe finding a quaint cottage with pumpkins and cornstalks

Welcome Autumn, we have waited so long.

My Autumn 2018 Bucket List

September 8th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations | No Comments »

I am not a big fan of Summer and usually around this time of year I am more than ready to bring on Autumn.

I have been channeling Autumn and have gotten all my friends and co-workers to bring on Autumn thru wishful thinking.

Not sure if it will work but I believe in using your powers to summon up the goodness of earth.  And in this case, the season.

It must be working because the stores are putting out the autumn and Halloween items.   I am seeing pumpkin spice everything start to show up on everything, not sure about pumpkin spice motor oil but who knows.

I looked at several buckets lists and since a lot of them involved activities I will never do (go on a nature hike) or cannot do (no piles of fall leaves in Southern California), I made my own list.


Since I am a crafter/baker/creative person that lives with two little dogs the list has things that are achievable for me.

Follow along to see how I do this year.

If you want a copy of this bucket list, please click below.

Autumn 2018 Bucket List

Park Palooza – Day 4 (the best for last)

September 8th, 2018 klwade Posted in Dogs | No Comments »

Hi!  Its Olive and Penny hacking into Mom’s blog again.   It is hard to believe the 4 days of Parks Palooza is over.  (to be honest, we were getting a little tired).

We wanted to post this yesterday but there was a thing called “internet not working”.   It was frustrating  to blog and Mom was upset because she could not use her IPad.

But today it seems to be working, and since Mom is photographing stuff for Ebay (whatever that is) it is a good time for us to hack into this blog.

Park Four – Circle J Ranch

The park on Friday was the best, simply because NO ONE was there and we were able to run free.  FREEEEEEEEE   Mom did not hold our leashes.  We ran away so fast.

While Mom was getting her phone out to take pictures….. we RANNNNNN AWAY.

Can you see us under the tree in shady part?

Maybe a close up will help.  Olive is by the tree and I (Penny) am in the grass.

Mom is always looking left and right for people and dogs and danger while we sniff away happy as can be.

Tree sniffing is very important.

The park itself was a big open green space with trees around the edges.

We really enjoyed our freedom.  Running around and sniffing.  Mommy rarely lets go of our leash but we love it when she does.  We run from sniff to sniff.  Trying to get as much in as possible.

Mom even found some keys someone left on the bench

Mom called the sheriff to let them know and they did not care.   Mom was disappointed in them.  She tried to be a good citizen.

Well, onto the rating….

Grass and Trees

There was a lot of grass and several trees.  Not a ton of trees but at least the walkway had trees so it had patches of shade.

Crowds and Hoomans

Even thou we meet a little dog and her hooman on the way out, we basically had the park to ourselves.   Yahoo!  My kind of day.  The Hooman Mom met said on Friday evening all the dogs come and play on the field without leashes.  Sounds kinda scary.

Places for Mom to sit and Rest

There were a few benches along the walkway.  But like most parks, it was without trees.  Not sure why they don’t put benches in the shade.   But overall a good amount for the park size.

Poop Bags Available

Yup, at the front of the park the poop bags were waiting for us.  Except I did not poop.  Or I did without Mom noticing because I was FFFFFRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Mom Stuff, Like easy to get to, parking, Nice view (she does not care about sniffs)

There was no one in the parking lot.  A little far but not bad and the park was pretty.

Overall Rating


Rating of the Over Park Palooza

Penny here, Olive and I discussed the parks and decided the order of preference

  1. Circle J Rank Park
  2. Dr. Richard H. Rioux Park
  3. Central Park
  4. Iron Horse Trail

Mom agrees.   She has agreed that we will go back to the top three parks.

Overall both Olive and I are happy that Mommy added Park Palooza into her vacation!

Signing Off!

Penny the Smoocher  

and Ollie Doodle  

Park Palooza Day 3

September 6th, 2018 klwade Posted in Dogs | No Comments »

Olive and Penny here.  Hacking the blog again.

Mom got up real late today as she went to the movies with a friend.   She saw Crazy, Rich Asians.   She said it was very funny!

Mom wanted to sight see instead of walking around a park.  So we went to a local landmark instead.

Park Three – Iron Horse Trailhead

This was not much of a dog adventure but more of a Mom adventure.

She has always wanted to walk across the Iron Horse Bridge.

First thing we saw was this cool sign post that pointed to all the historical places in Santa Clarita.


From the signpost you can see the iron bridge.

Mom kept trying to get us to walk on the cedar side of the walk way and not to walk on the asphalt, but we never listen to her.

Fortunately the bridge walkway was all wood.

Mom was concerned that Olive was way to close to the edge.  She kept thinking that Olive would slip down a hole and fall to her death.   Her harness is not that tight and she could fall if she did something dumb.

Olive:  I was just looking, I am not that stupid.

Mom:  You don’t pay attention and there are big holes on the side.

Olive:  Ha!  Moms worry for no reason at all

Mom: (thinking) “get me off this damn bridge”

The river view….what river…..this is Southern California, we do not know rain here.

Overall we, as dogs were not impressed.  It was hot, there was no good sniffs.

The things we do for Mom!

Overall it was a bad rating!

The low rating was because this was not a park.  No good sniffs.  No poops.   No shade.  No trees.

Tomorrow better be good Mom!