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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Reason why I like October #2: Halloween

I still love Halloween. Especially the memories: 3 little sisters dressed as pumpkins for the Halloween parade, trick-or-treating in "town" and going to all the houses (even to people we didn't know), visiting both sets of Grandparents while we made the rounds in their neighborhoods, stopping at the neighbor's house to sit by their fire and sample a tiny taste of their homemade pear wine, acquiring a whole paper grocery bag full of candy each.
Even at my age, I still like to dress up in costume. I like to go into "town" and hand out candy to little kids. If we can't do that, then I like to have a wiener roast and then watch a scary movie. I like to pretend. I like to feel a cool breeze on a completely dark night. I like to remember.....

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Hunter's Moon

                                                      Cooks Point Tx  Oct.22

From Wikipedia:
Oct. 22, 9:36 p.m. EDT -- Full Hunters' Moon.  The hunter's moon—also known as blood moon or sanguine moon—is the first full moon after the harvest moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox.

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes of a few hundred years ago kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.
With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it's now time to hunt. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can ride over the stubble, and can more easily see the fox, as well as other animals, which can be caught for a thanksgiving banquet after the harvest.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Extraordinary Light of the Morning Sun

Very ordinary things become beautifully illuminated and extraordinary in the first burst of morning sunlight.

Wild, native Persimmons

Johnson Grass with full seeded heads.

A broad Mesquite tree on the fenceline

Perennial, beautiful purple native Liatris

Native grass in full seed that is my lawn
The morning colors are vivid and the shadows are intense. The first sun hits the tops of the trees, leaving the rest in dark coolness.  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Early morning peace

The morning was so pretty and cool. I grabbed my camera before Amos and I headed out for a walk. It was one of those serene, unhurried times that I cherish. Amos led the way because every walk is an adventure for him. 46 degrees and sunny, it was my idea of perfect.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bath Buddies

I made some of these little washcloth "Bath Buddies" this week. Maybe someone at the fair will think they are cute gifts for kids. I originally made a few for a birthday gift and decided they were different enough to put in the craft booth. The fair is today, so we will find out!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Spiral Crocheted Scarf

This was a really simple scarf to make but it took a REALLY long time. I crocheted, in my spare time of course, for four days. It is only 3 rows wide but the amount of stitches is tripled on each row. I hope to sell this, along with a few other items at a County Fair craft booth. A lot of customers do not realize how long handcrafted items take to make. As a crafter, you will never be able to count your labor into the cost of the item. My problem is not knowing how to price my items. On one hand, I need to make a little money but on the other hand, I don't want to overprice either. We will see if anyone is interested in our items this weekend. Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Reason # 1: Breast Cancer Awareness month

Our church group participated in an "Art Bra" contest to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. We get to go to the Fundraiser Auction and Dinner this week. I'm excited to be able to see everyone's designs and I'm happy to be able to help. It was a fun group project that supports a very worthwhile cause. Reason #1 to look forward to October.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My zucchini plants are popular!

Another little creature enjoys the plants and available water on my front porch.