Autumn Bucket List – Add a Wallflower Plug with Autumn Scent

October 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

OK, this was an easy one.

Not only do I have wallflower plugs galore, I am also always buying new scents.

So this was an easy peasy task on my list.

I decided to use the Autumn Lantern plug.  I love the autumn scene and the little New England Village.

Especially lit up at night.  Oh so pretty.

I decided to pair it with the scent called AUTUMN

AUTUMN fragrance notes are:  Bright Red Gala Apple, Juicy Fig, Eucalyptus Leaf, Fir Balsam

Could anything be more perfect for an Autumn scent??

My kitchen walls are a dark fuchsia, so forgive the picture against my wall.

One more item checked off the list.


Autumn Bucket List – Beautiful Mums

October 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

Well I certainly did not think finding any Mums for my front door would be such an ordeal.    I went to my local nursery and they were in 3″ pots and looked sad and miserable.

I found HUGE ones at Smart and Final but there were no blooms on the plant.  I really know nothing about plants, especially Mums.    I was afraid if I spent $18 bucks on that huge plant and then discovered they never bloomed I would feel stupid.

Was it really that hard to find a plant.

I guess so.

I decided to check out my local Wal-Mart’s garden center and lo and behold.  $5.oo buckets of mums.

Were they they best out there….no,  but they were bright and sunny.

At Michael’s Crafts I found these cute olive buckets and thought it would make the plants look better than the regular old pot.

I like how they look.   Very pretty and not a huge investment of money.

Please remind me to water them.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “All of my Heart: The Wedding”

October 20th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

It was Hallmark movie watching time!   Nothing like watching a sappy romance movie, and the Hallmark Channel masters that genre.

This movie was the third installment of a very popular couple.

Since I did not watch the original two movies, I had to go back and watch the first two to get grounded on the premise and characters.

I have to admit I liked the first two movies better.

This movie, was cute but I did not like the “cousin” showing up out of the blue and wanting a share of the property.   The cousin wasn’t mean per se, but she was an irritant in the happily ever after.  I think I would have liked another story line regarding the property and finding a happier solution.  However I like the characters as they are cute together and loveable.

Synopsis:  Jenny and Brian’s wedding plans are interrupted when Meg arrives, claiming she’s also an heir to their inn. Now they must focus on raising the money to buy Meg out, and Brian considers returning to Wall Street, until Bucks County has a fundraiser. Still, they’re short on the funds they need, and an interested buyer shows up who intends to rebuild the aging structure rather than tenderly repair it like Jenny and Brian always have. For now, though, focusing on marrying is all that matters to these loving innkeepers, who hope their happy-ever-after can be spent creating more romance in Emily’s Inn.

I have to give it a 3 pumpkin rating (really a strong 3+) but not quite a 4

I do hope they come out with another installment as I really liked the couple.


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