Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nighty Night Frosty

Good evening dear sweet friends.
Well I managed to get one 
Christmas item completed.
Ever since I finished my Halloween goodies,
my arm has been hurting me
to the point I cannot even lift it above my head.

I cut out this snowman and four others.
Managed only to get his one completed.

I stuffed his buddy, but have not finished that yet.

I have not been doing anything during the week.
Trying to rest my arm up as much as possible.

Well off to catch upon Poldark.
Do you watch Poldark?

Nighty Night Frosty Blessings To All!

PS...we did have frost this morning. BRRR


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hannibal Tours

Good afternoon friends.
Can you believe October is almost over?
I will end our Hannibal vacation
with acouple of tours we took.
First was the riverboat ride we took
on the Mississippi River.

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This is the riverboat we were on.
It was an hour long excursion.

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Captain Steve was awesome
and we learned that the river depth in Hannibal
is 39 feet, while down near New Orleans it is around
100 feet in depth.
The day of our tour it was up another 5 feet
due to some rains in Iowa a few days earlier.

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We arrived at the boat and went on this houseboat
to the right which was turned into a gift shop,
and where you pick up your tickets.

The big Muddy as it is called,
is blue when calm.It turns muddy,
when it is churned up by the barges.

One more tour we took,
was a haunted one at night.
We visited many houses that are known
to be haunted while hearing the stories
by our tour guide Lisa. 
Ken her husband drove the mini bus, 
and we stopped at each location to hear the stories.
Our favorite part was when we went to the cemetery,
where we were given dousing rods and told 
that the energy in the cemetery
 would take us where we needed to go.
Lisa could not explain it, but she told us that we would 
be drawn to headstones that meant something to us.
She did not steer us wrong.
Bob used the rods as I manned the flashlight.
His first stop was a tombstone that bore the birth date
of his grandfather and the second was that of his
grandfather's girlfriend Hazel
who he dated after his wife passed.
Next the rods took Bob to other side of the cemetery.
The head stone revealed 
my grandfather's date of birth of 1899.
Right away Bob's rods moved to the left 
where lo and behold the name on that headstone was that
of my grandfather Charles. It was spooky and cool
all at the same time. 
We wanted to stay longer, but we had to leave.

If you like these type of tours, I suggest going.
It was fun, exciting and definitely dark.

The food in town was fabulous.
The folks friendly!
2 quilt shops which I bought fabric and wool.
Antique shops, which I found a small goodie.
Other shops and Mark Twain's
 boyhood home and museum.

Bob and I are fortunate to have been able to visit
this Midwestern town.

Hope you have the chance to do the same.

Hannibal Tour Blessings To All!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lover's Leap

 Good evening everyone!
Today's post is the next stop of our recent trip.
After Bob and I left Kansas City,
we stopped in Hannibal, MO.

Today I am going to feature 
Lover's Leap.
Before I begin, I need to say that
Hannibal was the boyhood home of 
Samuel Clemens
known as Mark Twain.
The locals say that Orion Clemens,
Sam's older brother started this claim (legend). 

(You may double click on the pics to enlarge)

This high bluff which of exposed limestone
was where Orion
told the story in his newspaper.
His legend was of the Indian maiden 
who committed suicide
with her lover in order not to marry
the buck her father the chief wanted her to marry.

Its panoramic view is amazing!
Left of the river is Missouri and to the right Illinois.
But I have to admit, as Bob was driving up
I was yelling for him to stop all the way...
really YELLING
as I am deeply afraid of heights and
not knowing how we were going to get down the winding road to the top...made it even worse.
Did I mention I was yelling while holding 
on to my seat for dear life
all at the same time. Its true.
However once at the top, there was a very huge
parking lot and we were able to turn our cargo van
around with no problem.
My yelling was for naught as I was amazed once
at the top...
so sorry Bob for almost causing you a heart attack.

The city of Hannibal.
So sorry about my finger is getting in the way. 
The fence was there so you could not go off the cliff.
While up there, the beauty of it all surpassed my fear.

One of three islands near Hannibal.
Again I apologize for my fat fingers getting in the way.

Now I know there are several states that feature
a Lover's Leap legend,
however if you choose to visit Lover's Leap
in Hannibal, MO it is off of MO-79,
about 1 mile south of Hannibal.
Just don't be a scared-y-cat like I was.

Lover's Leap Blessings To All!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Take A Stroll

Hello friends. 
Hope your Weekend is going good for you.
Last Monday morning Bob and I headed out for
Kansas City, Missouri.
I won an award at my job for exceeding my goals
mid year for our region and the ceremony
was held at the Kansas City Westin hotel.

Bob and I decided to take the opportunity and turn
it into a mini vacation.
Our hotel was on the 6th floor,
but when you opened the sliding glass door,
there was grass and trees.
It felt like you were on the ground level.
We were also greeted by a German Shepard puppy
outside our door.

We stopped for lunch Monday at a quaint diner
in Diamond, IL.

It took us about 13 hours to get to Kansas City.

Our route was through Michigan, Indiana,
Illinois and then Missouri.

Illinois was mostly farmland and windmills.
We could see the old Sears Tower (Willis Tower)
in the far distance at one point as it was a nice day
and the Chicago skyline was in view.

Going over the Illinois River was nice.
We drove through some hills and the river was below
in the valley.

Missouri has lots of creeks on the route we drove. 
This was also my first time crossing the 
Mississippi River...and I was so excited
to see the Big Muddy!!!

Monday night we ate at 54th Street.
Wish they had these restaurants here in Michigan.
Bob and I dined on appetizers.
Hot wings, Spinach dip and
 Chicken/ Black Bean Mexican Rolls.
I had a couple margaritas and Bob tried some new beers.

Lunch on Tuesday was at Jacks Freight BBQ...
and it did not disappoint. Their KC brisket was awesome!

After lunch we went to the Kansas City zoo.
The zoo is on a 200 acre park.
I really wanted to see the Koalas, however they were sleeping.
It was 82 degrees that day..
and by 3:00 pm we were dragging.
Stayed until 4:00 pm and walked the entire park.

If you would like to see all the animals Bob and I saw,
please look under the list of animals with the link below.


For now lets take a stroll of some of the animals
I was able to catch on camera before it died on me.

Siberian Tigers


Red Capped Mangabey (side view)

Red Kangaroos


Side View

Singing Dog


Tree Kangaroo

Saddleback Stork

We left Kansas City on Wednesday morning.
More on our trip later.
Glad to be back now and just trying to get myself
into creating some Christmas goodies for an upcoming show
in November.

Take A Stroll Blessings To All!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Witchy Store Displays

Happy Sunday morning all!
Today I would like to show you our
recent Halloween Witchy store display.

Its all about the witch.
Bob purchased this 1950's costume
in the Summer and it set the tone
 for the display this year.
I tried to show the day time look for each pic...

followed by the night time one.
But not all.

Do you think she looks like a hag who could
put a spell on you?

I made the witch feet by sewing up some
black & orange fabric tubes; stuffing them.
then putting the tubes inside my black
Victorian boots.

Bob worked his magic by attaching to the fireplace.

Don't you think he did an awesome job!

Our funky candelabra.

With tiny black bats at each tip of the candle.
(we used children's plastic bat rings for this)
The dollar store had spider ones too....

Bob hung the witch hats from the ceiling,
and since he used fishing line...
they look like they are floating in air.

He then hung three brooms the same way
up against our window, and I put the sign up.

At the corner of our window,
he put more brooms inside a nail keg.

Then I added more signs for towns.
The miles are actual miles from our store.
Thank you Mapquest.

Witch Lake, MI 513 miles
Salem, MA 702 miles
Hell, MI 97 miles
and yes we do have both a Witch Lake
and Hell Michigan town in our state.

Night time view of our witch cauldron.

A mouse peeking out of a table drawer.


The two skulls that look like they are floating,
are actually on a glass scale.
A third is on the black dresser.

The window display from the street view.
Bob decided to add a spider web to the middle.
Hope you enjoyed peeking into our bit of Halloween.

Witchy Store Displays Blessings To All!