Saturday, 30 September 2017

Spooky tv fun

I hope we get to see this. I've found everything Adam Scott has been in to be worth watching. And I think Craig Robinson is hilarious!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories

Found this last year while helping out with a book sale. Couldn't resist picking it up as I remember having this exact edition when I was a kid. And I remember staying up all night on the train from Montreal to Toronto reading it.

I have plans to read it over the coming month of October. If I do I'll post about it. If I don't, well, don't judge me, ok? There are still a lot of projects to get done around the new house.

Introduction – Robert Aickman
A. E. Ellis – The Haunted Haven
H. R. Wakefield – The Red Lodge
Alfred Noyes – Midnight Express
Robert Aickman – Meeting Mr. Millar
Gertrude Bacon – The Gorgon’s Head
Joyce Marsh – The Tree
Lord Lytton – The Haunters And The Haunted
Ivan Turgenev – Bezhin Tea
Agatha Christie – The Last Seance

Spooky, scary!

Thursday, 28 September 2017


Here in Newfoundland dogberry trees, also known as mountain ash / rowan, are everywhere. I love the vivid colour of their berries from September on into December/January. I often pick bunches of them and then use them to decorate the house from October to December. They dry quite well.

Last September I was really disappointed to discover there were very few dogberries anywhere!! Apparently that was because we had a cold July (I do remember wearing heavy sweaters and coats on some nights last summer).

There's a commonly held local belief that fewer berries means a mild winter. Well, last winter proved that to be wrong! Wasn't the worst winter but it certainly wasn't mild. We had lots of snow, several blizzards, and it came early and stayed late. This year there are lots of dogberries around, which is nice to see. We certainly did have a good July! Although my neighbour was telling me she's heard we'll be getting a bad winter this year..."like in the old days." Not sure where she got that info but I sure hope she's wrong!

Another bit of local folklore around these trees is that Irish and Scots immigrants planted them to keep witches out of their gardens. That's cool. I do remember reading that rowan used to be a wood revered by ancient Celts. Definitely gonna see about planting some in our back yard next year.

Dogberry or Rowan - read more about its ancient uses

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Seasonal Signs (around the house)

Don't have a mantle in our house, but do have some nice high shelves the cats can't get to.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Seasonal Signs

It's the first day of Autumn, whee!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Seasonal Jewellery

I bought some really nice Halloween themed glass beads -- including beautiful little skulls -- a number of years ago after taking a jewellery making course. But I never did get around to making much with them. They've been in storage for six years! Overwhelmed by all the craft stuff I've somehow accumulated I was thinking I should just give all the jewellery items away.

Then I remembered I have a friend who has gotten into jewellery making. So I asked her if she wanted them. She said yes and I parcelled everything up and sent it all to her. Once it arrived she asked me if there was anything she could make for me as there were enough beads to make quite a few pieces. Naturally, I asked for a Halloween set of jewellery (necklace, bracelet and earrings).

It arrived in the mail just the other day. Love it! She did a fantastic  job!!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Unsolved Mysteries

Ever wonder how those desert rocks move? Or wonder about those early 20th C musicians and those somewhat eerie early recordings? Well, listen to the latest episode of CBC's Podcast Playlist and find out! Includes a fascinating effort to solve the mystery behind the identity of "The Falling Man" of 9/11.

Strange stories, Conspiracy theories and podcasts about the unknown. Featuring: Science Solved it, Esquire Classic, The Truth, The Memory Palace, The No Sleep Podcast, The Reality Check.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Boxes...witch this time

From the same old box of marshmellow treats I posted about the other day. Marshmellow treats (rice crispy squares) were once one of my favourites!

Saturday, 16 September 2017


So, I'm still hard at work on our house. STILL unpacking boxes and paring down the stuff we had in storage and all that we accumulated in the last decade. I'm glad the place we bought is a bit on the small side because it means we are actually getting rid of things instead of poking them away to be un-used and forgotten (although there is still some of that). Once I've put aside enough "to be got rid of" I'll make another trip to one of the charity shops down the street. Luckily there are three!

As well as that and the ongoing painting -- which I'm avoiding right now --  there is the actual breakdown and disposal of the many boxes we had our stuff in. When I have enough of those I make a trip to the dump and their big recycle bins. I found this box recently and thought to take a pic before I tossed it in with the heap for recycling. I love the way the cat appears to be sliding down the corner of the box!

Thursday, 14 September 2017


We did get some great sun today! And we were finally able to get back on our usual path for walking the cats. It's been flooded in places making it impassable. Still lots of water but we made it through. Reminded me a bit of the landscape surrounding the recently watched X-files episode, Quagmire.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hurricane Season

Yes, even way out here in Newfoundland we are experiencing heavy rains as a result of Irma. (See previous post for the flooding fun as a result of Matthew last year and Igor in 2010.)

Over the past several days we have broken two records for rainfall. There has been flooding in downtown St. John's and elsewhere, accidents on the highway...seriously I'm so glad we bought a house on high ground (I still well remember Igor!). Trudeau is currently in St. John's so...that must be fun for him.

Today the rain finally let up...although no sign of the sun yet. Lots of mushrooms around. The weird frilly ones growing in a corner of our front rock garden area have all been shredded by the cats.

Our soggy back yard

Monday, 11 September 2017

I Scream...indeed

My husband and I have been on a bit of an ice cream kick the last couple of months. He showed me this ad. It does not work in the way they intended...I don't think.

As found here