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November’s the month that you get a chance,
To spend time outside a little while longer.
Warm sunny days pop up now and then,
But the wind is cooler and a little bit stronger.

Leaf’s dangling on branches here and their,
Plenty of warning before they are totally bare.
Darkness comes early, light no longer yours,
Better get busy, finish up those outdoor chores.

Repair all the the cracks in the window panes,
Clean out the twigs and leaves in your drains.
Stack up plenty of logs in a nearby covered space
You’ll have nightly warmth coming from your fireplace.

November gives you the time to put your mind at ease,
The Almanac gives warning, this winter a deep freeze.
Sitting by the fire with your coffee, you have not a care,
You were the smart one, you knew how to well prepare.

November 2014



Make Things Nice Around Me Please.

September ~ November

I like things nice and pretty around me since I don’t get out of my house very often.  Only a few times a year in the warmer months. So, I have fun making my porch and deck a seasonal project every year. Each year I think it gets a little better, come see for yourself. 

December ~ February



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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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.