Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween

Pictures taken Saturday night in downtown Springfield……

It was dark and late, but many revelers were out in costume….

A brigade of Oriental maidens….

Something big, creepy and spooky….

A big, creepy monster….

This is us before we headed downtown…..I had just

gotten back from the hook-in and was reallly tired, but

threw on a wig, a mask and made the best of it…..

really had a fun time once we left the nest!

On the way to a hook-in

No, I’m not on the way to a hook-in, just got back.
Relaxing with a hot cuppa coffee, on my big computer….so much easier to blog
from than the iphone Smile
I thought I’d share some pics I took on my way up to Boonville, MO for the hook-in.
The trip from Springfield to Boonville takes about 3 hours, but when you stop
here and there and everywhere in between it takes much longer, but often the longer
road is the more interesting road……
This is somewhere in Missouri…..I headed off the highway and went down a few
country roads….it’s really beautiful this time of year….the trees making canopies over
the roads. Something about that just makes you able to breathe a little deeper, than driving
on the highway.

While I was driving I saw a sign for the historic towns of Blackwater and Arrow Rock.
I’d never visited either place, so I decided to check them out.
Blackwater is a sleepy little town with some quaint antique shops and super nice people running them, the people there were so friendly and so proud to tell you about their town.
I loved this little garden situated between some of the old buildings….reminded me of when
I visited Charleston, SC several years ago.

On the way to the downtown area of Blackwater, I saw a house with this
gnome home out front….I didn’t get a picture of it, but luckily
it is on the Blackwater website… fun!

I decided to move on to Arrow Rock….I’ve heard of Arrow Rock for years….
they used to have a workshop there that was run by Bobbie True who was a resident of the village.
I found one of the rugs she had hooked on Barb Carroll’s website….the date was her wedding date.

While I was in Arrow Rock, I stopped by their little post office and the
postmaster let me take pictures and told me that they were going to find out
in the next month whether or not their post office was going to be closed.
There are only 15 people who live in Arrow Rock village, but they have thousands of
visitors each year who purchase stamps while they are there and she is so proud of her
little old post office and has a wonderful collection of postal memorabilia.
Beautiful post office boxes…

A collection of stamps from when the postage used to be cancelled by hand…

This ceiling… die for….

Old mail satchels….

Kenny would give his eye teeth for a leather mail satchel like this one….

I also learned that this is where the 1973 version of “Tom Sawyer” was filmed.
This is the house where Becky Thatcher lived….

This is the greeter in one of the shops…..

Thanks for stopping by, tomorrow I’ll share about the hook-in….

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The fun has just begun

After drinks and dinner we hooked a bit in the lobby of The Frederick Hotel.....

Pear-basil martini by Jeremiah

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Location:U.S. 40,Boonville,United States

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ahhh fall

Yesterday after work we harnessed up the dogs and walked them through the neighborhood and then into a small patch of woods near our house.

I tried to take a few pictures, but they are fairly blurry,however, I’m posting them anyway.

Want to see WHY the pics are so blurry?  Try walking through this maze

of branches and grapevines and underbrush with a dog leash in one hand

and your iphone in the other trying to take pictures and video.

It eventually does come out into a clearing…..

Today I’m headed out to Boonville, MO to the

“Blood on the Rug” Hook-in……will try to take

many pics of my adventures!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The past week

I’ve been really bad about blogging this past week…..

Here are a few things that have been going on, or things I’ve seen

that I’d like to share with you.

Last Saturday, we celebrated my niece, Madison’s, upcoming 13th birthday.

She loves whipped cream and my mom got her hands on this bag of whipped cream that has

a built in decorating tip…..Madison loved it!

This is a picture of my biggest win while playing Mexican Train Dominoes! If you’ve never played before you should definitely check it out!


Last Sunday, went to War Eagle craft show with friends. The weather was beautiful and spending a day with friends is always great!

Of course Monday-Friday there was work……..

Random things I’ve seen and wanted to share, things that make me go hmmmm…..

Are you in the 3% or the 97%

Yesterday spent the day dyeing wool with Dulcy…..sorry, no photos, but

we did dye up some hedge apple green, a pretty cherry/garnet color for an upcoming

rug that Dulcy is going to be hooking and I dyed up more greens for my redbud runner.

This morning I finished reading “Yoga Bitch”…..really enjoyed it!

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend…..hope to have more blog-able things to write

about next week.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Beautiful weekend

Landscapes: Volume Two from Dustin Farrell on Vimeo.


If you want to start your weekend out with some beauty, then make

the video above large screen and enjoy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Oh my!


It’s hedge apple green!

I’ve wanted to paint with this color for at least a year……

I finally took the plunge and went for it!

I know it may not be for everyone, but I’m loving it!

Monday, October 10, 2011

What a difference

What a difference a couple of days make.

I woke up this morning to encourage the dogs to go outside and saw

that the tiger’s eye sumac is quite a bit more rust covered

than it was on Saturday morning.




Are you seeing how the seasons are gradually changing

around you in your part of the country?

I think that is one of the things that I love most about living

in the Midwest…..the changing of the seasons.  I have several friends

who have left Missouri to live in Florida and while I LOVE to VISIT,

I’m afraid I’d miss the seasonal changes if I lived there.


The plan for today was to have the pool closed and have Dulcy

come over to dye wool…..however, now they are calling for rain, and

with the way my dogs FREAK over rain and thunder, we’ve called that off…..

shoot, that was going to be a whole blog post! 

Oh well, don’t worry, I’ve had another project that I worked on this weekend….

just have to get some pictures taken….

Hope to share that with you later today or tomorrow.

I’ll give you a hint…… it involves hedge apple green!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


I woke up this morning to the distant sounds of an owl…..

hoo-hoo-hooing in the trees…..

That’s what I like about where I live…..I’m in the city, but there are still

undeveloped plots of land near enough to us to site the occasional owl, turkey, or fox right in the midst of our neighborhood.

The nights are getting cooler, the a/c is off, the windows have been thrust open…

Extra quilts nestle at the foot of the bed…

The evening dog walks have become more of a pleasure and less of a chore.

It’s good to wake up to the aroma of java and linger over it as I walk through the yard.

That wonderful transition into fall…….

The leaves on the tiger’s eye sumacs are acquiring a beautiful rust patina

and the banana trees are dreading their relocation to the garage.

The pool will be put to bed on Monday…..

Hyacinth beans are putting on quite a show right now….hurray for them as they are just about

the only bright color in the yard right now….

Virginia creeper is bursting with berries and just a few rust colored leaves hanging on….

I adore autumn!