Monday, October 31, 2011

Frank Stopped By

Frank stopped by the house.

Here Kitty Kitty

Here Kitty Kitty!
Teddy wasn't sure he'd met Frank before.

Frankenstein and the Bride

Frank brought his beautiful bride to visit, too.

Frankenstein and The Bride

Don't you think they make a lovely couple?!!!
I do!

We all wish you a very Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Celebrating Halloween!

Coming up to the end of October and celebrating Halloween.
Here's a few more Halloween decorations leading off with an ICAD I made
(Index Card A Day).

Trick or Treat


Happy Halloween

I'm looking forward to November 1 and going by The Blue Leaf to see
if they have any Halloween decorations half off! 
Shop, shop, shop!!!


Thank you to our hostesses:
Mary for Mosaic Monday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.

Wishing YOU a very Happy Halloween!


I'm joining Natasha for Pinning and Singing.
With Halloween coming on Monday, how about a few treats?! 

Source: via Snap on Pinterest

Wishing YOU well and fun filled weekend!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Die Is Cast

I really like the kitties along the bottom of this reproduction postcard.
The witch looks like a Mother Goose in costume with her geese leading the way across the sky!
And, of course, there is a tiny owl. 


"When doubt and fear creep o'er you
And your  heart is beating fast,
Look in a glass of water
If it's clear, the die is cast."

There was no information on the back of the card about the designer or the date.

Many thanks to the lovely Beth for being our hostess for

Wishing YOU well and a fun filled weekend.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Healing After Loss


It's been eight months since Dick died.
When he died I thought time should stop.
There should be some recognition of the passing of this soul by the universe.
I used to say that I was married to a Boddhisattva.
He was kind, compassionate and generous without giving it a thought.
The universe should have at least hiccuped. 

"Make me to say, when all of my griefs are gone,
'Happy the heart that sighed for such a one.'"
~Samuel Daniel

Monday, October 24, 2011

This and That

I'm going to start with a little blog love. We've all made friends from all over the world in blogland. Blogging makes the world much smaller. I met Deb at Just Cats on a Tuesday when we both posted about Tea. She found me and I found her and in addition to tea, we both LOVE cats. 

Photo from Deb at Just Cats

Photo from Deb at Just Cats

Aren't the kitties Deb is fostering adorable? I wish I lived close (Deb's in Canada). I would have adopted little Bree, but I understand that Bree has been adopted and will be on her way to a good home.

Deb posts about kitties and tea and other beautiful things and one day had a link to another blog and off I went to visit Jacqueline at Cabin and Cottage.

From Jacqueline at Cabin and Cottage

I found beautiful things and a surprise. I read Jacqueline's profile and found out that she is an antique dealer in Albuquerque, New Mexico ... my old home town. I lived there for 23 years. Went to junior high and high school there and graduated from the University of New Mexico. It is where I met Mr. Dragon. Such a small world. 

I invite you to visit with Deb and Jacqueline. I think you will enjoy your visit. 


Do you get cravings? Mine are usually chocolate or salt. And I always feed them when they appear. When chocolate raises it's head and demands action, I usually eat a couple of Butterfingers and it's all over! The same with salt. I feed it and it's gone, but this time ... this time I'm hooked!
I'm hooked on Lay's Garden Tomato and Basil Potato Chips!

I've read the online reviews of these chips and they seem equally divided between very good and very bad! They are salty and sort of remind me of Bruschetta! They say they are all natural, but I have my doubts. I'm also going through a sandwich craving so while I'm sandwiching (this too shall pass and I'll go into a soup or omelet stage), I'm enjoying my new craving! 


I finished another Christmas Afghan. The yarn colors are just a little bit different from the first one ... not as bright. I used the same pattern ... a Mile a Minute crochet pattern I found in an old Leisure Arts Crochet Pattern book. They go quickly. I have a few more to do. Keep the fingers busy! 

Christmas Afghan

Wishing YOU well and a JOY filled week!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Comes to The Garden

I thought we'd walk around Musashi's Garden.
Halloween has arrived here, too!


Halloween Mosaic


Thank you to our hostesses:
Mary for Mosaic Monday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.

I cut my tomatoes back instead of pulling them up and
I was amazed when I found tomatoes starting again on the balcony garden.
I also have Mesclun and Spinach and hopefully, some sweet peas!
We'll see how friendly Mother Nature is after our horrible summer.
It is estimated that the tree loss will be in the millions.
It will take a generation to rebuild the canopy in Houston, if we are lucky.

Wishing YOU well and a JOY filled week.

Halloween Entertaining

Today I'm joining Natasha
and pinning some ideas for Halloween Entertaining.

Source: via Snap on Pinterest

Source: via Snap on Pinterest

Source: via Snap on Pinterest

Wishing YOU well and a fun filled, relaxing weekend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Things That Go Bump In the Night!

These young Trick or Treaters look as if they've found a 
surprise that goes bump in the night!

Halloween Postcard

This is another reproduction postcard from the Halloween Postcard Book
published by Darling and Company in Seattle.
There is some information on the back of this card.
E. C. Banks designed the card and it was published around 1911.

Banks was one of several Halloween postcard artists active between 1905 - 1915.

Halloween was a very popular holiday during the beginning of the 20th century, probably even more so than today. During that period Halloween was celebrated more by adults than children, as they reveled in the mysteries and magic of the fall season. Most often these cards were used as invitations to highly anticipated parties. These parties had many wonderful games and activities such as bobbing for apples, fortune telling, and dancing, that are often beautifully depicted on the postcards.

A big thank you to the lovely Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.

Wishing YOU well and a fun filled weekend.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ring-Tailed Lemur

We had some cool mornings last week and when that happens
it's off to the zoo! 

Ring Tailed Lemur

The ring-tailed lemur is the first primate you see when entering the
primate enclosures.
The sun was in my face and the little guy was on the other side of his house.

Ring Tailed Lemur

I wasn't sure until I downloaded the images later that day that I
had captured his sweet face.
What a treat!

I'm joining Misty Dawn for Camera Critters.
Camera Critters

Wishing YOU well and a fun filled weekend.
I have a college baseball barbecue and an exhibition game I'm looking forward to.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Best Hallowe'en Wishes

Another of the wonderful oversized postcards 
from the Hallowe'en Postcard Book
Published by Darling and Company - Seattle

Best Halloween Wishes

There is no information on the back of the card about the artist.
There is a date: circa 1913.

Thank you to the lovely Beth for hosting

Wishing YOU well and a fun filled weekend!
Busy day planned.
Fitting of THE dress with BGD (beautiful god-daughter)
Maybe some college baseball practice!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

His and Hers

This was the beautiful view for the 
His and Hers shower the bridesmaids
had for THE kids.


I could look at this view everyday and not get tired of it.
In fact, I did have a similar view for 13 years before we moved to the big city.

The Gang

Here they are:
THE kids
and the four smart, lovely ladies who are the bridesmaids.
All of them friends.

The food was delicious and there was lots of it.
The only picture I took was of the cupcakes! 
The strawberry  ....  delightful!

The big day will soon be here!
Lots of excitement and busy, busy!

Wishing YOU well and a JOY filled day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Today I'm sharing a black and white tea for one
with Ms. Abracadabra and her little sister, Boo!

Boo Tea

I think I'm going to brew some Chai to go with the Ghiradelli brownie 
and the chocolate chip mini muffin.

Boo Tea

The black and white Tea for One pattern is called Quill.

Tea 4 One

The tea for one came in a wonderful box and I took a picture of it
to show you the information about the cup.
You would need a magnifying glass to read the same info on the bottom of the cup/saucer
and tea pot! 

Boo Tea

Thanks to our tea party hostesses.
These are just a few of the tea parties in the Land of Blog.

Wishing YOU well and a wonderful cup of tea! 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Let's Go Shopping!

Let's go shopping for Halloween decorations!

Halloween Mosaic

I'm lucky enough to have a close friend who is as crazy about Halloween as I am.
We went into our Village to a shop called Blue Leaf
and found all these wonderful Halloween decorations. 

Did we come home with some?
You bet! 
And, lots of pictures!

A big thank you to Mary for being our hostess for

Wishing YOU well and a wonderful week.
To my Canadian friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

(It's raining today!!!!! YeeHaw! Not enough to break the drought, but I'll take what I can get!)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fortune Teller

At least I think she is a fortune teller!

Fortune Teller

There are a lot of things I like about this Halloween postcard...
the pumpkin blooms and vine
all the black cats on her dress 
and the funny one sitting next to her
the playing cards I assume she uses to tell fortunes
apples, the clock, the bat, jack-o-lantern.
I'm not sure about the snake in her hand.
In many ways she is quite modern looking, but this another reproduction postcard.

Thank you to the lovely Beth for hosting

Wishing YOU well and a fun filled weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Good Morning!


As you can tell, Halloween has taken over Twisty Lane!
October was our favorite month.
Mr. Dragon and I were together for 30 years.
We would have celebrated another anniversary this month.
We celebrated all month ... the cooler (we hoped) weather, our life together.
We didn't need much reason to celebrate October.

Wishing YOU well and a bright and beautiful day!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pumpkin-Bean Soup

I found this quick and easy soup recipe on the Better Homes and Gardens web site
The color is perfect for fall.

Pumpkin and White Bean Soup

Now that I'm just cooking for one, I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy meals.
I just happened to have all the ingredients at home with a few minor modifications.

Pumpkin-Bean Soup


1     15 oz can pumpkin
1     14 oz can unsweetened coconut milk (I used *lite*)
1     15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (I used Navy beans.)
1     14 oz can vegetable broth (I used chicken.)
1     tsp. dried leaf sage, crushed
Salt and ground black pepper (I didn't salt. Figured with all the canned products, I didn't need anymore salt!)
Cracked black peppercorns, optional (I didn't use)
Fresh lime slices, optional (I didn't use)    


1. In medium saucepan combine pumpkin, unsweetened coconut milk, beans, broth and sage. Heat through.

2. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with black peppercorns. Drizzle with lime.
Makes 4 servings. 

I thought the soup was very good. Certainly fast and easy. I love bean soups and would add a second can of beans. I'm going to make it again ... for our next cool spell ... (November???!!!).

Wishing YOU well and a tasty bowl of soup!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Halloween Tea

I have a theory about living down here near the Gulf of Mexico
where plants are forever green.
When Fall comes around and it's time for Halloween,
we just have to pull out all the stops and decorate.
It's sort of our color changes!
It makes us think that Fall is here and one day it will get cool.

Halloween Tea

So, today I'm sharing a Halloween tea.
My black and white tea for one.
I love the design with all the different tea pots. 
I forgot to take a photo of the bottom of the cup and tea pot.
The mark looks like a postage stamp with Pewter Tea Pots,
Designed in England written in the middle. 

Halloween Tea

I was reading the latest issue of Martha Stewart Magazine.
I'm not a big magazine reader except for this time of year
when I go hog wild and pig crazy if any publication has anything about 
the upcoming holidays. The prettier the photographs the better!
Under GOOD THINGS I found:
"Sensational Sip"
"Cider Rules"
"For those chilly autumn mornings when it's still too early to brew a hot toddy, try a warm, steamy cup of tea steeped in hot cider instead of water. We especially like Earl Grey tea; the resulting combination is a lightly sweet, subtly tart drink that warms the senses."
Will you try it???

Thanks to our tea party hostesses.
These are just a few of the tea parties in the Land of Blog.

Wishing YOU well and a wonderful cup of tea!