Pumpkin Spice Tea


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Taste and Aroma: Notes of cinnamon, and pumpkin abound.

Cup is like the “nip” in the air during Northern autumns.

Fun Fact: Ninety percent of the pumpkins grown in the United States are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois. Most pumpkins are processed into canned pumpkin and canned pie mix. Libby’s brand pumpkin processing plant cans more than 85 percent of the world’s pumpkin each year.

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The Love of October


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I get excited at this time of year

A bit of October chill in the air 

Colored leaves bounce with a flare

Tents going up for the country fair


Crisp brown leaves crunching under my feet

Huge bales of  hay resting in the fields

Corn stalks gathered round and tied neat

Bushel baskets of corn they do yield


Pumpkins and apples at roadside stands

Jars of blackberry and strawberry jams

Buckets of blueberries picked for pies

Leaving shrubs and bushes barren and dry

Jugs of apple cider brewed ever so sweet

Time for hot coco and marshmellow treat

Bring out the wool hats and wool sweaters

All these gifts from God, life couldn’t be better


By Eileen


An Autumn Evening


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Dark hills against a hollow crocus sky
Scarfed with its crimson pennons, and below
The dome of sunset long, hushed valleys lie
Cradling the twilight, where the lone winds blow
And wake among the harps of leafless trees
Fantastic runes and mournful melodies.

The chilly purple air is threaded through
With silver from the rising moon afar,
And from a gulf of clear, unfathomed blue
In the southwest glimmers a great gold star
Above the darkening druid glens of fir
Where beckoning boughs and elfin voices stir.

And so I wander through the shadows still,
And look and listen with a rapt delight,
Pausing again and yet again at will
To drink the elusive beauty of the night,
Until my soul is filled, as some deep cup,
That with divine enchantment is brimmed up.

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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                 ~RYAN ~


It’s not so easy to find the right words,

Ones hopefully  you’ve not already heard.

There is nothing I can say, no scriptures I can quote,  

For you know them all, 

Have received many in hand written notes. 


When someone will say, I know how you feel, 

No you never will, not such anguish and unrelenting pain deep inside, 

Not unless you too have had a child that died. 


And these words might be spoken, it gets better in time, keep your eyes on the prize,

Soon you will see Ryan in a beautiful paradise.


But way in the back corners of your mind, 

You may not want to wait until that time.

You want him near, want him now, want him here,

How to get past this hour, this  day, month and year.

You cling to each other while holding Jehovah’s hand,

Silent pain, nightly tears, always he will understand.

He will be watching through sun rays and behind every cloud, 

Listening to you pray attend meetings and preach,

And without a doubt you both will make him proud.


Always staying within his glory, within his reach,

Hold on to each other while walking with God.

You did it, got through it all standing side by side,

With your congregations love and Jehovah there to guide.


Soon there’ll be no more  flowing tears,  just a soft whimper and a low sighing.

And look! beyond the storm, the battle and the victory, comes the calm, the peace,

the resurrection and then Ryan.

 Eileen ~2017~

1900 Book


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Antique 1900 Book Journal Model Painting Book For Young

Created from an antique copy of a children’s activity book “Model Painting Book for Young People”. I saved a lot of the original pages and added 50 piece of blank paper. Great looking antique picture on the front. The cover shows some great wear which gives it a wonderful old time look. I’ve listed most of the other pagers in my shop for purchase so check them out. They would be great for so many craft projects or framing.

Measures 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and includes 50 pieces of blank paper.
For my Antique Book Journals I’ve selected books that are at least 100 years old. I’m looking for unique and wonderful subject matter and illustrations. I’m also using some beautiful 24lb weight ivory granite paper that   is 50% post consumer recycled. This paper has a great feel and better matches the nice aged original pages from the books.


~ First Day of Summer ~


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Lets start it out right ! Homemade Lemon Iced Tea.


The Last Iced Coffee Recipe You’ll Ever Need.