Wednesday, October 19, 2011

'Tis Near Halloween

~Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.
     – Linus in “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
~ Beautiful orange pumpkins ~  Towering corn stalks ~  Misty fall days ~
When the wind begins to shift and the scent of fall can be caught in the air, I cannot stand myself until we take the little people in our lives to a wonderful pumpkin patch. 
This year we choose Bob's Corn and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish, Washington for our outing. It had everything you could want in a pumpkin patch ~

*Lots and lots of pumpkins
*A ten acre corn maze
*Pony rides
*Cow train
*Misty, foggy farmland
*Hot wonderful corn-on-the-cob
*Delishious pumpkin pie
*Hot tasty chili
and best of all
*Noah and Mazzy!

We had the best fall day, ever!  Come on, pull on your hat and join us~

~ When witches go riding and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
'tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

May you all be blessed with the most wonderful day at a pumpkin patch.  Be careful, don't get lost in the maze...

(oh - and while you're out wandering around, stop by my sister Stacey's house for a walk in her haunted wood.)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Autumn Dreams Table Runner

I actually got to spend some time in my craft room this weekend with this gorgeous fall fabric.  I found this pattern on the Moda Bake Shop blog and decided to give it a shot.  I really like how it's turning out and think I may make another one when I get a chance, as well as the table topper. 

Making bias tape always kicks my butt and this is the look you'll get if you interupt me while I'm getting my booty kicked...

~Hope you all had a wonderful autumn weekend~

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Turn the Page....Tuesday

It's time once again for Turn the Page...Tuesday, hosted by the incredible Adrienne of Some of a Kind.  Turn the Page Tuesday is a time to share what you have read in the last month and to see what other's having been turning the pages in.  It's a really fun way to start the month!

The old, dusty book that I chose to pull off of my shelves and finally read this month is The Best Known Works of Ibsen, by Henrik Ibsen.  Mr. Ibsen was a playwright from Norway whose work has been turned into several "made for television" plays and is known worldwide.  He is one of Norway's favorite sons.  I was surprised to find that Ibsen's plays, written many years ago and based in Norway, deal with so many issue's that had to be taboo at the time.   His works were known to by quite scandalous, written in an era when family life was portrayed as perfect, Mr. Ibsen instead choose to write about some of the harder realities of life.

In "Hedda Gabler", the main character, Hedda, has married the wrong man though continues to see the "right" man through business dealings of her husbands.  She actually convinces the "right" man to shoot himself and the play ends with Hedda's suicide. 

In Ghosts, Ibsen deals with arson, a child born out of wedlock and sexually transmitted diseases. 

There are nine short plays in this book;  I haven't finished all of them yet, but they all deal with equally hard topics.

Henrik Ibsen - 1828 to 1906

A friend of mine gave me this book and I'm so glad she did. Written from the perspective of Kimberly, a young Chinese girl who along with her Mom has immigrated to America via the help of her mom's older sister, Paula and husband Bob. Aunt Paula and Uncle Bob own a clothing factory in Chinatown where they immediately put Kimberly and her Mom to work to pay off the large debt of bringing them to America. It takes many years to pay off that debt, years where the mother and daughter live in an otherwise empty apartment building that should be condemned, left to the rats and roaches that run rampant. During these years, Kimberly keeps her home life private, exceling at school and earning a scholarship to a private high school that she focuses on as a way out of the life of poverty her and her mom are living.
 I believe this book may be a bit autobiographical as the author immigrated to Brooklyn as a young girl and also worked in a sweatshop. This background made for an excellent telling of the story right down to the translation of words that sometimes got so confusing for Kimberly as she tried to understand the speech of her teachers and classmates. Slang and accent's sometimes made the words quite hard to understand and the author really did a good job of descriping the words that Kimberly thought she heard.

This story was both uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time. One of the passages that stayed with me the longest was the one in which, not long after Kimberly had started school in America and met her best friend, Annette, she was trying to tell Annette that she worked in a clothing factory with her mom until late in the evening after school every day. A few days later, Annette told Kimberly that she must have been making up excuses to not do anything with her because when Annette had told her dad about Kimberly working in the factory, her dad had told her that things like that didn't happen in America. Amazing how we sometimes bury our heads in the sand when we hear things we don't want to accept.

I highly recommend this book. Pick it up and read it if you get a chance!  It's one of those books, that for me, the characters stayed with me for quite some time after I was finished turning the last page.  I miss Kimberly and wonder what she's doing now!

Pop over to Adrienne's to see what others are reading.  For October, I plan to pull a dusty hardback copy of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe down to read.  It's just a small book with only a few of his stories in it, but quite appropriate for an October read I think!