Autumn Bucket List – Mums, Porch and Garden Flags

November 22nd, 2020 klwade Posted in Bucket List No Comments »

I am starting to think Mums are a rare species of flower. For the 3rd year in a row I struggled to find mums.

One day I was walking into Aldi and saw a man pushing a cart out with a basket full of fully bloomed mums. I thought “jackpot”, Sadly he must of bought the store out. None to be found. Oh how frustrating.

I went to Wal-mart, I checked out grocery stores, looked at Smart and Final and no mums to be found. The clerk at Wal-mart said they were all gone. Ok, it was early September…. What the heck

Finally I saw an Aldi ad for mums. Since my local Aldi is so skimpy I drove to the Simi Valley store. Yes, they had mums but NONE of there were blooming. I went ahead and figured I would buy them and let them bloom.

So they finally bloomed. I try to do the porch different every year. This year I have the big wooden sign from Aldi sitting on a haystack. I also have some black iron lanterns with candles that turn on at night. I also found this cute “pumpkin picking” bucket at Michaels that I added mini ghords and pumpkins with some twinkle lights.

I hung my wreath on my door as always.

Since 2020 is the year of Covid I did not go out to get new garden flags. I had to recycle flags from previous years.

First up was the Halloween ones.

For Halloween this year I just added the flags and left the porch basically as is, except a few lighted up pumpkins.

I was not sure what to expect with Covid but our Mayor agreed to let Halloween happen. I was concerned because it was Saturday and I usually have close to 100 kids. Being Saturday I was expecting more. I even bought extra candy.

However, only 8, yes EIGHT kids came. I have a ton of left over candy and no desire to comsume it. Which is good I guess. But one of the kids complimented my front porch. WIN!

Right after Halloween, I added the Autumn Garden Flags up.

Decorating the front entrance beckons Autumn to come on in. Even if it is blazing hot. I hope the mums survive.

October by Robert Frost

November 8th, 2020 klwade Posted in Bucket List No Comments »

To kick off the bucket list, a wonderful reading of the poem by Robert Frost about my favorite month of the year.

2020 Autum Bucket List

October 5th, 2020 klwade Posted in Bucket List No Comments »

It is time to get in the mood for Autumn. I love Autumn and it never seems to come soon enough. Here it is October and we still have a heat wave. So to make it seem more Fall like (you know, cool breezes, leaves, pumpkins and hot soup) I do a bucket list of fall activities to get the season started

This year it will be tough as we are still battling Covid–19 and there is not a lot of activities including Trick or Treaters this year. I feel bad for the kiddos out there. I hope their parents do something awesome to make up for a disappointing year. I should probably have candy on hand just in case. Officially it has been cancelled according to Los Angeles County, however there will be a few who break all the rules for candy.

Of course every year I have to watch the Hallmark movies and them make some annual yummies. However I reserve the right to add things on as they become available.

Post Crossing – Bucket List Item

May 4th, 2019 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Post Crossing No Comments »

I was reviewing my bucket list and discovered that I had added Post Crossing as a “easy to achieve” item. I doubt seeing the Northern Lights or lava is going to happen anytime soon, but I think this was one I could check off my list.

My original list said to send and a receive a postcard, I decided one was not enough. I have sent out 8 so far and have received 3.

My first card came from Dana, North Carolina, USA

My second card came from Dresden, Germany

and my third has come from Siberia, Russia

I am thinking there is a coffee theme happening here. I so look forward to seeing the other cards as they drift in.

If you have not checked out Post Crossings. Please do so here.

Autumn Bucket List – Make Jam (now Christmas)

January 1st, 2019 klwade Posted in Bucket List No Comments »

I had added onto my bucket list to make Jam for the peeps at work.

I have this nifty Fresh Tech Jam/Jelly Maker that makes the stirring part super easy. I have used it a couple of times and it could not be easier.

Jam Maker in Action

Here is a little video that shows you how super easy it is.

The hardest part is the sterilizing the jars and doing the water bath. I am wondering if I can do that in my instapot. Must research that.

Steaming up with Strawberry Jam
Starting to heat up the water bath

Since I wanted to decorate the lids with those damn cute labels from Lily and Val, she only had Strawberry and Raspberry jam labels. Since you can use frozen fruit I was really hoping to find frozen raspberries but no luck so I spent a small fortune on the fresh raspberries.

Find these labels HERE

So after two days of messy jars and jam juice, I had the mason jars ready to decorate.

See the Cute Jam Labels

I really struggled on how to decorate the jars. Originally I was going to put a fabric cover on the jam but never got around to ordering the fabric liked.

Then I thought I would add some Tim Holtz doo dads on the package. I was shocked to discover I had NO Christmas doo-dads. I need to fixed that ASAP.

I did find that I had some little bitty crocheted strawberries that I got on ebay a million years ago. I finally found a use for them.

Cute Crocheted Strawberrys

I did find some simple tags from Tim Holtz that I tied on with bakers twine and ribbon.

Cute jars!

The jam was a huge success. Even Grumpy Pants in the office told me that he really liked the jam and he thought I should make jam and sell it. He said he definitely would buy it. LOL

Jars all ready to go!

I would like to try some other options like vanilla strawberry, or strawberry lavender. We shall see since it has been a few years since I did this before, it might take a few years more for me to make the next batch.

At least I got another bucket list item taken off the list.

Autumn Bucket List – Bath Time

December 25th, 2018 klwade Posted in Bucket List No Comments »

I have been so busy I have not had to time to blog my continued Autumn Bucket List. On my list I said I would have an Autumn Inspired Home Spa Day!

A pumpkin spa day!

It was the first time I have bought a bath bomb from Lush. So much fun and glitter! I was smelling good after a good relaxing soak!

Autumn Bucket List – Drink Apple Cider

November 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Recipes No Comments »

It was cold…. it rained that night…..

I wanted HOT apple cider….

I did not have any….

I went to Starbucks….

A picture of a Starbucks cup is boring….

So I added the picture of the cup on a nice table with apple floral display.

So since this post is rather boring, I thought I would add a recipe for Starbucks Copycat Apple Cider Recipe.


I snagged this from  Click on the recipe to go to her website.

I think I need to make sure of this…..  I just need apple juice.  YUM

Autumn Bucket List – Take photos of Dogs in Autumn Scenes

November 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Dogs No Comments »

Well after the painful photo shoot with the dogs and their scarfs, I decided to get creative and Photoshop the spoiled little goobers into autumn scenes.

Here they are hanging out with some crows and a scarecrow.

Sitting in the middle of a beautiful Autumn Road.

The girls on some Autumn steps.

The girls seem to get around.

And finally individual shots in a pumpkin patch.

and Olive.

Before you know it, they will be in Paris.  LOL

Autumn Bucket List – Add Autumn Bedding

November 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Home Decor No Comments »

I think I forgot to add this onto the blog.   I posted to Instagram but forgot to post here.

I found this cute little cover from a catalog called Lakeside Collection.

Here is my bed.  It threw a pumpkin decorative pillow on to make it complete.

It is a thin cover but surprising that the print is on both sides and came with the two pillow shams.  A great deal for $35 bucks for a King-Sized item.  The pattern is so cute.  I think it was worth it.

Click on the picture to take your self to the website.


Autumn Bucket List – Curl up with Quilts, Dogs and Book

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

It has been cold here.  Which is a bit surprising since we are in the middle of wildfires.

In fact it rained last night.  I was so excited to hear the rain, a true surprise.

The cold inspired me to jump into bed, pull up the quilts, blankets, pillow and dogs.

I grabbed a book I just started that felt like autumn.

Penny loves to get on the bed with me.   She loves sleeping next to me as she may get a belly rub.

However I do not think she likes my book of choice as there is no pictures of dogs on the cover

Olive decided to sleep on my book.

Makes it a tad bit hard to read.

I picked up this book because it had an autumn cover.



Chaos is coming, old son. 

With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness.

No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?

As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures— from first editions of Charlotte’s Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word “WOE” woven in it—lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.


Getting this book had no correlation of the name Penny on the book and my dog.   Just a coincidence.

Of course Olive got in the mood and started to snore and roll onto her back.


Glad she can sleep anywhere.

I think it is time to curl up under the covers with the fur kids.