Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

 {Cue the scary music...} Look out, Tallulah Mae!
 There is a disembodied hand coming for you! Spoooooky....
 You're not scared?
 You are in fact bored?
 You say it is a mannequin hand and you really wish I'd stop bothering you with this tomfoolery?
OK...sorry, go about your business.

Happy Halloween, from me and Miss Tallulah Mae!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Mommy's little helper...gets a reward at the end! (Who doesn't like to lick the beaters?)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dead Pan

Before and after: the annual baking of Pan de Muertos, or bread of the dead (for Dia de los Muertos on Sunday). This bread is quite delicious, and every time I make it I tell myself to bake it more often than once a year. Maybe this year I'll remember!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Little Lizardo

Remember the grande lizard I last posted about?

Here is a teeny-tiny one hanging about. He is lacking a tail...and he is a bit weird--he lets me stroke him before he skitters off, and he is constantly lounging on the back steps (so I have to REALLY watch where I step!).

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Ah, if only it were so easy: "Here, stick a piece of paper on your face and all of your wrinkles will magically disappear!" These ladies don't look too happy about it, do they?

Monday, October 26, 2015

I Heart Chickens, Chapter Ninety-Seven

Chickens. I love them. That is all.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Here is Tallulah Mae trying to hypnotize us with her shiny lower dog lip: "You are getting sleepy AND you want to give the dog some watermelon. Waaaaatermellllonnnn...."

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Orange and Yellow

These lovely yellow and orange--candy corn!--tulips complement our Halloween display. I love them when they flop open and you can see the interior loveliness.

Every year these make me smile. It's getting very hard to find/afford the vintage paper pulp pumpkins, alas...lots of fakes out there, or if they are not fake, they cost a LOT; these are a mix of vintage and modern repros (NOT made in China, for the most part). I'm glad we found the ones we did when we did. One day I hope to find a box of them at an estate sale!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Snippets from the Garden

The fall/winter roses are usually a bit nicer than the summer ones--there seem to be few insects nibbling on them, for one thing. This is a beauty!

And it's always a good estate sale when a new galvanized watering can comes home with me (for a reasonable price--I'm a cheapskate, y'all!). Amazingly, of the nine I have, no two are exactly the same.

Now that it is not a million degrees outside, as it was ALL summer, I hope to enjoy the's been newly replanted! More on that later...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lounge Lizard

This is a rather hefty (and long) fellow--and I saw a teeny-tiny one today that is about as long as one leg on this dude/dudette. Love the lizards!

Sky Glider

Nothing quite like a raptor floating overhead...simply gorgeous. This is a hawk, either a Cooper's or redtail.

(This should have been Monday's blog post but it wouldn't publish last night, for some irritating you'll get two from me today.)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

An afternoon nap interrupted, as demonstrated by Miss Tallulah Mae. Carry on, Miss Mae, carry on!