Oh the Moon

April 26th, 2024 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Outdoor | No Comments »

Last night in bed, I glanced out the window and saw a beautiful moon. Not quite a full moon but a bright, large moon, glowing low in the sky.

I normally cannot see the moon from my bedroom window except certain times a year.

Every once in a while I see a moon that appears incredibly large, all orange and aglow. It always leaves me in awe on the wonder of it all.

There is such magic at night. The night critters strolling around looking for their evening meal, the occasional night bird or Owl letting us know they are watching. Looking up in the sky to see the wonderful stars.

I often think of my father when looking at the sky. My Father worked at JPL and often brought to me pictures of the night sky from NASA. Once when I was about 16 years old we went out to the desert in Lancaster to watch the Perseid meteor shower on an August night Lying on a cot looking up at the sky seeing meteors shooting across the sky, trying hard not to miss the occasional streak of light. I recall asking my Father what that cloudy, misty smear was in the sky, He looked at me like I was a dope telling me it was the Milky Way. Hard to believe that I had never seen the Milky Way before. Living in the city, where dark rarely takes over, I had never actually seen our Galaxy before.

What a delight.

I used to know some of the constellations but not any more. I do still search for the Big Dipper when I am out in the dark. It does provide comfort that it is still there. In a world that rapidly changes seeing this constant star in the sky is calming. Yup, it is still there.

THE MOON by Robert Louis Stevenson

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbour quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,
The howling dog by the door of the house,
The bat that lies in bed at noon,
All love to be out by the light of the moon.

But all of the things that belong to the day
Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;
And flowers and children close their eyes
Till up in the morning the sun shall arise

Perhaps tonight I will see my old friend the moon again.

Sleep tight everyone.

Oh Spring…where are thee?

April 17th, 2024 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Dogs, Outdoor, Seasons | No Comments »

It seems this year Winter has been dragging its feet. Here we are mid April and we still have random rain storms and cold spells. Today was a nice, warmish day, but I am not convinced that Spring is here.

I do see some of the trees in the neighborhood are starting to bloom, so maybe it is being shy. Let’s bring on Spring by posting some beautiful Spring pictures.

I like to think of Spring as green gardens with blooming flowers. Sitting outside reading a book and wearing a feminine flouncy dress with a light cardigan on a picnic quilt, maybe a puppy or kitty playing in the grass. All things new and fresh. The scent of flowers filling the air.

Somehow Spring does make me want to sip some delicious Spring tea blends, dainty cups on lace doilies. Of course there would be baskets filled with warm muffins or scones next to crystal glasses and china plates. I long to have a set of mismatched plates and tea cups for such an occasion. Makes me want to pull out my Mothers vintage snack sets which were so popular in the 40’s-60’s. I do not recall the pattern I have as it has been a few years but this looks familiar. I think I have a few different sets.

My puppies are not blog/instagram stars and so I post this random cute puppy. I did find a photo of Penny enjoying the spring grass.

Just a little words of Spring to bring in the season.

Thanks for viewing my blog. Happy Spring.

Not a Christmas Bucket List

December 10th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Crafts, Holidays | No Comments »

I do not really do anything for Christmas and even more so as I have gotten older. Decorating the house is just too much for me. But I do like the feeling of Christmas so I do little things that don’t require a huge effort on my behalf.

I wrote up this “non bucket list”. Basically meaning maybe I will, maybe I won’t. But it does help me celebrate the season.

I probably spent more time trying to get my old computer to rev up so I could use some of my Christmas pngs to create the art work on this document. Please excuse any misspellings on the document. It fought me tooth and nail that old pile of electronic junk and I ran out of patience trying to get the programs to open and work, more or less typing them out. But I think you get the idea of the things I do during the Christmas season.

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Getting in the Mood for Christmas

December 5th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Holidays | No Comments »

I do not celebrate Christmas like other people do. I do not buy presents and put up a tree. I might on good years make handmade cards but it is getting harder each year to do that. I tell myself to get ready in July so they are good to go in November but I rarely do. Looks like this will be another years without an annual Christmas card. I certainly hope people don’t think I kicked the bucket. It just takes a ton of work.

But there are things I do to get in the mood. I like looking at artwork with Christmas themes. I am a huge fan of Katie Daisy. Her art is so special. Here are some of my favorites.

You can buy her art prints from her Etsy shop or maybe get a set of cards. Her prints are so nostalgic to me. The pint and mint colors and the shiny bright ornaments.

The one year my Grandmother came to stay with us during the holidays and we made a Gingerbread House.

The ribbon candy reminds me of my Grandmother and her bowls of hard candy just waiting for little kids to suck on them with sticky fingers.

Pictures of snow and winter critters with their warm coats exploring their territory with a cold stillness.

Such nice images to bring in the Christmas spirit.

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Autumn Bucket List – Autumn Themed Cross Stitch – I Finished!

December 2nd, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cross-Stitching | No Comments »

It is my final post on the Autumn Bucket List 2023. Although I finished this project before the deadline I did not get a chance to photograph it.

Again, this is another Primrose Cottage design called Autumn Rules. My sister also did this design as well as the Christmas Rules design. She even managed to mount them on long boards with ribbons and Autumn picks. She did a wonderful job. Ahh to be retired and have some extra time.

It is a little hard to see the design so here are some closeups. I used a Lugana fabric which is so easy to stitch on.

I just need to finish this project. I have the board but I need to choose a background fabric and use some autumn picks and ribbon. But no rush since Autumn is officially over. Hopefully I can do the Christmas Rules next year. So much to stitch, so little time. But now I am all about Christmas activities now so I closing out my Autumn Bucket list for 2023.

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Halloween Bucket List – Halloween Cross Stitch

December 2nd, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cross-Stitching | No Comments »

Halloween is my favorite holiday, all the pumpkins and bats are exciting to me. So it comes as no surprise that I cross stitch Halloween designs.

I decided to do a couple of Primrose cottage designs. The first is the Salem Sisters Apothecary on linen. I was hoping to get the frame from Etsy but it sells out before I even have a chance to see it on sale.

Then I decided to do a bunch of smalls from Primrose Cottage book called 13 Halloween Smalls. I just did 6 of them. Not sure if I am going to make ornaments, small pillows for a dough bowl or frame them.

These were quick and easy to stitch up. Maybe next year I can do the other ones in the book.

Now I am off stitching up Christmas designs.

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Autumn Bucket List – Do Simmer Pot

December 1st, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

Well officially my bucket list deadline has passed since today is December 1st. But I doubt the Autumn Bucket list police are going to arrest me.

Today I did my simmer pot. I would have done it yesterday but did not want to have a pot on the stove when I was going to run an errand.

I bought this simmer mix from Etsy. It is called sweet cranberry and has cinnamon, apples, cranberries and orange.

It made the house smell yummy. Even my brother asked what smelled so good.

This is the first time I have done a simmer pot. Easy to do and the scent is just heavenly. I will use this for a few more days before tossing. Technically I have no idea how long these last so I will play mit by ear, or nose. Lol. I will have to get a Christmas scent for December. I am sure there are many great simmer packets available on Etsy.

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Autumn Bucket List – Photos of Autumn Trees

November 30th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List | No Comments »

This year the trees around the neighborhood seemed to wait until the later in the season to change. Many of the foliage I was used to seeing in its Autumn glory still have not changed and yet some trees have already lost their leaves. 🍁. Very odd indeed.

I drove around looking for some trees in their glory and found a few trees and leaves 🍁 to admire.

I did take the opportunity to go down streets I have never been down before. There were a few houses all decked out for Christmas that I will have to check out in December.

I am not one to hike but here is a photo from Placerita Canyon in all its glory. So I guess we do have the autumn season here in sunny Southern California. Who knew.

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Autumn Bucket List – Autumn Scented Wallflower

November 29th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Home Decor | No Comments »

One of the things that make autumn feel like autumn is the aroma of fall scents. Whether it is rain on leaves, pumpkin spice, apple pie, cinnamon, heavenly smells of breads, soup or casseroles cooking in a warm oven. Fortunately our friends at Bath and Body Works makes it easy by creating “wallflowers” of a variety of autumn scents in fragrance plugs that twist into beautiful night lights.

I decided to add the Pumpkin Pecan Waffles fragrance plug that smells like maple syrup, golden waffles, pumpkin spice and brown sugar. Yummy.

A nice little glow in the kitchen at night with a yummy scent. Welcome Autumn.

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Autumn Bucket List – Make 4 Autumn Themed Meals

November 29th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cooking | No Comments »

This year I went with the less traditional autumn meals.

During October I made the Pumpkin and Feta flatbread. It was good considering I am not a fan of flatbread. I prefer a more “doughy” base. But the toppings were good with the caramelized onions and feta/pumpkin flavor.

The other meal I made in October was on Halloween night. I made nachos with orange and black chips. There was enough toppings on the chips to consider this a meal. Meat, refried beans, jalapeños, cheese sauce and shredded cheese, sour cream, olives and avocados. This year I only had 5 kids show up at the house. Way too much candy. Some years I have had 100 kids so it was hard to guess the number of potential trick or treaters.

My other autumn themed meal was a medley of butternut squash, cranberries and onions with slices of feta and apple sausages. A warm meals with a burst of autumn flavor.

My other meal was a breakfast. I saw a recipe for cinnamon rolls from the tube but with brown sugar, butter, cranberries and pecans. Very tasty for a breakfast. Fast and easy.

I also made a taco soup that was more like a chili. Warm and comforting.

And finally as a bonus I had my traditional Aldi Jack O’Lantern pizza. I did add some additional toppings to make it tastier.

Not very traditional this year but nevertheless the feel of autumn foods prevailed.

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