Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Today's Carving

I cut the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin, then after the carving is completed I light a candle…then I look inside the pumpkin and see where the smoke it and cut a wee vent…
Yes Indeed Hot off the Press Today's Halloween Carving.
It is finished…this years CARVING! TADA


Annie’s comment me thrust ONWARD…
***************** Having this said Pumpkin for several days made choosing the pattern easier…
********************* Seems proper as off I go back to DC…
********************************************************************** See you all next week
*********************************** Enjoy it only took me 3 hours…
Total FUN!
********************** My Rendition of ARNOLD Friberg’s The Prayer At Valley Forge

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween OR who is the CUT UP?

And the PUN one PI
As in Pumpkin Math PI
Drama; Comedy and Tragedy Spider
These are from last year, I have not had time to do any YET this year…BUT possible this coming weekend there is a strong possibility.
Camera in hand off we go again for a jaunt to see our daughters and see new and old favorite HAUNTS
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%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% · * Dress all in black, tie a shot glass around your neck. What are you? A shot in the dark!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Frost nucleates ~

As the sun heats the flowers it smells like someone is canning green beans.
~~~~~~~~~~~What a neat word… rolls off the tongue well…
************ Last night I “tucked” the remaining plants with old fitted bottom sheets, I find the gathering of the corners makes it easier to not only cover the plants but it tends to keep the wind from blowing the sheet away before the frost hits the sheet.


What comes to your mind when you see this word? There is of course Robert Frost ["Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper."--Robert Frost]…his poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening immediately popped to my mind.
ummm even David Frost [Sir David Paradine Frost, KBE (born 7 April 1939) is an English television presenter, famed as both a pioneer of TV satire and for a series of legendary political interviews]
*********** … Even Jack Frost [Jack Frost is an elfish creature who personifies crisp, cold, winter weather; a variant of Father Winter (AKA Old Man Winter). He is a figure some believe to have originated in Viking folklore.]
Cecily Pike wrote a children's nursery song describing Jack Frost as a "gay little sprite" and beginning with the words "Look out! Look out! Jack Frost is about! He's after your fingers and toes!"
Then lastly there is James Whitcomb Riley. 1853–1916 and “When the Frost is on the Punkin”…
*********************** WHEN the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock, And the clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' of the hens, And the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence; O, it's then the time a feller is a-feelin' at his best, With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest, As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock…
********************** Then there is this time of year you associate with this word as well.
********************** Of course I am referring to frost as: Frost is a solid deposition of water vapor from saturated air. Then I chuckle and think Politicians… but that is another story. For sure the temperatures would be VERY different… ;)
************************* My Sweetie noted on the skylights a “fuzziness” … he was unable to see the moon clearly last night due to: Window frost (also called fern frost) forms when a glass pane is exposed to very cold air on the outside and moderately moist air on the inside. If the pane is not a good insulator (such as a single pane window), water vapour condenses on the glass forming patterns. The glass surface influences the shape of crystals, so imperfections, scratches or dust can modify the way ice nucleates. If, otherwise, indoor is very humid water would first condense in small droplets and then freeze into clear ice.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wow what a day...A bonny Day

Willow (Salix) are a genus of around 400 species, Some willows, particularly arctic and alpine species, are very small The Willow is the tree most associated with the moon, water, the Goddess and all that is feminine. It is the tree of dreaming, intuition and deep emotions. Symbolically it belongs to the beginning of spring, when all of life is stirring in the depths and begins to shoot outwards once again. The willow has always been known as a tree of dreaming and enchantment, and it was associated in Celtic legend with poets and with spells of fascination and binding.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the little girls name~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mom is named Paisley,might be speak my Celtic heritage.
Paisley’s western name derives from the town of Paisley, in central Scotland. Paisley or Paisley pattern is a droplet-shaped vegetal motif of Persian origin,[citation needed] similar to half of the Yin yang symbol, or the leaf of the Indian bodhi tree or the mango tree; or to a leech. The pattern is sometimes called "Persian pickles" by American traditionalists, especially quiltmakers

In Indian culture, the Paisley was originally an illiterate way for village people to communicate that it was harvest time. They would put ink on the side of their fist and stamp it places so that people would know it was time for harvest. This symbol was later adapted in design form in artwork and elaborated upon by the town of Paisley

Some pitiful pictures of the New pet rescues…
The little Boys name is:
Jacopo (Character) from The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) They are adjusting New names NOW OFFICIAL Mom and Kids adjusting Quite well
Brisk and SUNNY… I got the Log splitter stared all by my self…I only split the logs I could lift until youngest son came out to help.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Hubby was attending to the Annual Lions Club Pitt BBQ. Which means I dinna have to cook, Always a treat now and again.


We separated the yucky wood from the wood pile so to be slated to burn in an outdoor pit…sorta romantic and useful as well.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ My GOAL is to go through all the piles of firewood and SPLIT it all… A GOAL mind ya!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ One of the things I find so amazing it trying to predict how the wood splits. Sometimes the wood sounds like an ancient ship groaning under the stress of the waters and the tides... like the Book The Perfect Storm. I liked that movie after I read the book…as is in Most cases the book is better…in this instance, reading the book first let the movie FLOW more I felt.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ We got into several logs of Apple wood, man that is such a sweet smell in the fireplace inside… Well there were two or three logs that were filled with these COLOSSAL ants. Needless to say they were PEEVED with us.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ I was going to take a walk about to see what was in bloom but stopped short as I saw Sweet Violets.


What a day … "Sweet Violets" is a folk song with humorously surprising lyrics. The chorus is from the song "Sweet Violets" by Joseph Emmet, from his 1882 play Fritz Among the Gypsies.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

About WVU and ~~ JAMIE the Great Moose Hunter

Ok first it is my Alma Mater as well as hubby’s. We just like College football. We have for many years done football picks when the season heads into the COLLEGE BOWLS.


We like other sports,
The Pittsburgh Steelers, The Pittsburgh Pirates, The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions. The Pirates are also referred to as the Bucs (derived from buccaneer)… even The Pittsburgh Penguins.


It's too early to tell if young Sidney will reach the level that hockey greats Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux did before him, but he definitely has the hype.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions. The Pirates are also referred to as the Bucs (derived from buccaneer).
Sidney Patrick Crosby (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and captain of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. He was the first pick of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and one of the leading scorers during the 2005-06 NHL season, finishing 6th in scoring with 102 points (39 G, 63 A). Crosby was one of the most highly regarded draft picks in hockey history, leading many to refer to the 2005 Draft Lottery as the 'Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes'
And in all that mix we have donated the use of some of our farm to the youth Soccer Leagues in our counties. YUP we love Soccer. Hubby’s has been a ref for the youth leagues and all of our kids played soccer from the youth leagues to high schools. Youngest son was also a youth Ref.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Add to that all the kids were swimmers, Hubby a swim team coach, youngest son also a youth coach and lifeguard as was eldest daughter…we spent many a time with four kids at many sports events. TIME WELL SPENT!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Might add Hubby was on his under grad college swim team and still EVEN now can impress me with his BUTTERLFY!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Seems to go faster in the farm pond knowing full well that there are snapping turtles in there let alone the Bass and bluegill.
~~~~~~~~~~~~ So that brings me to our Great Nephew that bagged this Moose…
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lets hear it for JAMIE! WHAT a MOOSE!

P, P and M and WVU

Bigger drops ~~~~~~ the woods smells so good now
Tiny droplets
Wonderful Wet Fall Leaves
A walk around our Creek
The last several days we have had gentle all day and evening rain…
~~~~~~~~~~~~ It's Raining It's Pouring, The Old Man is Snoring a traditional children's nursery rhyme.
It's raining, it's pouring;The old man is snoring.
Bumped his headAnd he went to bed
And he couldn't get up in the morning. Rain, rain, go away;Come again another day;
Little Johnny wants to play.


(Spoken)"Hey I got an idea ... we could all play hide and go seek inside,now everybody hide and I'll be it!" Star light, star bright,first star I see tonight,wish I may, wish I might,have the wish I wish tonight. It's Raining - Peter Paul And Mary - 4:24 <> CLICK here for the clip
Well then there is Countdown to Kickoff…
YUP WVU Rutgers Football Game To Be Aired at Noon by ABC Saturday, Oct. 27, at Rutgers Stadium (43,000) in New Brunswick, N.J., will be broadcast on ABC at Noon.
West Virginia (6-1, 1-1) is looking to knock off a ranked team on the road for the first time since 2002 when the Mountaineers take on the No. 25-rated Scarlet Knights.

Friday, October 26, 2007

It all started with a over cast and rainy day

Larger than a serving Platter it was~~
defining Snap and shuffle
There she was just a-walkin' down the street,
Snappin' her fingers and shufflin' her feet, singin' "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do"
George was barking, I looked outside and saw no New car in the drive way…the rain continued to fall… ~~~~~~~~ George was persistent, the rain was persistent…Which is a good thing ya see.


As I was going out, taking trash out I saw IT...
~Do Wah Diddy, by Manfred Mann~


There she was just a-walkin' down the street, singin' "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do"
[Tee hee on the next line…Turtles, least snappers have a defining Snap and shuffle!]
~~~~~~~~~~ Snappin' her fingers and shufflin' her feet, singin' "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do"


Larger than a serving Platter it was~~ Thoughts went to this ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BUT then it was the Rains fault!~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~ Snappin' her fingers and shufflin' her feet, singin' "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Snapping Turtle lives in all kinds of aquatic habitats from rivers and lakes to ponds and small streams. While in the water, the snapping turtle loses its aggressive behavior and becomes very shy. They will move away from people and other animals in the water, unless of course they are the prey of the turtle. They avoid encounters by being bottom dwellers in their water homes, but they do occasionally come out on shore or a log to absorb some of the heat from the sunlight. They have been seen crossing roads and entering yards while moving from one habitat to another or during their reproductive season moving to suitable nesting sites.
~~~~~ I grabbed the camera…
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Turtle Soup
YmmOooo Turtle Soup "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do" THEN if you are NOT willing to go through that… this is an option!
~~~~~~~~~~~ Common Snapping Turtles: Catching, Cleaning, Eating
~~~~~~~~~~ It gets better: Oh YEAH! The wild Turkeys came through!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How to Field Dress a Turkey
~~~~~~~~~~~~ PS: we have raised our own turkeys and have eaten them…I highly recommend the Bronze Backed to the white ones…more dark meat and larger and extremely tender. The broth is AMBER so lovely.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ One year we dressed two of our own out, one-weighed 40 pounds the other 42…OH yes this is a truth! Just ask my Sweetie… I helped too I am one PLUCKY wife! Tee hee Lucky as well! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Something neat to check out!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Picture not of a recent Moon however…


BIG FULL MOON: This week's full Moon (Oct. 25-26) is the biggest full Moon of 2007. It's no illusion. Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and Thursday night will be as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than lesser full Moons we've seen earlier this year. Check for the reasons why. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This week's full Moon is a "perigee Moon" with extra-high "perigean tides."

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

On our drive back home we passed a favorite landmark of mine.

Check those old cars
Antiques are fun to look at as well.
This was a great place that I would like to go back to.
Harper’s Old Country Store since 1902
Seneca Rocks is a large rock exposure (outcrop) of lower Silurian age Tuscarora Formation quartz sandstone and a local landmark in Pendleton County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, USA. It is easily visible and accessible along West Virginia Route 28 in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. One of the best-known scenic attractions in West Virginia, the sheer rock face of Seneca Rocks is a popular challenge for rock climbers.
Every time I pass this place the The Legend of Seneca Rocks pops into my mind.
The Betrothal of Snow Bird, Princess of the Seneca Indians
The only daughter of chief Bald Eagle and his wife, White Rock, was Snow Bird. As a young girl she played at the base of these towering rocks, often gazing at their topmost peaks and longing to be able to climb to the tallest of them. As a young woman, she became the most beautiful of all the maidens of the Senecas. Her rank and beauty brought many men from her tribe and neighboring tribes courting her. The rivalry caused her to face the serious problem of choosing a mate. When the day arrived to choose a mate, seven young warriors, all suitors for the hand of the Seneca princess, assembled in an open space and arranged themselves in a semi-circle facing the mighty rocks. The faint-hearted had dropped from the contest, not daring to face the ordeal to which they were sure they would be subjected. Silence reigned on all sides. This rush of expectancy was on all until the beautiful Princess Snow Bird clad in the royal garb of her tribe, moved swiftly and gracefully into the circle and faced her lovers. She lifted her hand and silence fell upon the assembled. Ever since I was a little girl, I have watched yonder rocks push their rugged summits into the heavens and many times I have longed to be able to climb to their topmost crags. There have I spent the happiest, the most enjoyable days of my life. Of all the Seneca Indians, I am the only one who has accomplished the feat. One day, about a moon past, I decided upon a contest, a trial of bravery and endurance. You will soon engage in this contest, and to the successful one of you, I will give my hand, my heart and my life."
Princess Snow Bird set out on the journey, followed by the seven braves. Upward they climbed, the sure-footed maiden always leading. As the climb became more and more difficult, three of the seven turned back, dispirited and disappointed. Another followed to the fifth pinnacle and then wearied of the struggle and gave up. A fifth man crumpled in a heap near the same pinnacle and was rescued from death by the fourth, who led him back to safety. The two that remained followed closely in the footsteps of the maiden. Finally, with renewed determination, they set out on the last and most dangerous stretch of the journey, the maiden as always, in the lead. At last she reached the summit and turned to look for her most persistent suitor. He was only a few feet below her. In this moment of waiting, his foot slipped on the ledge of rock. The maiden hesitated for a fraction of a second. Was he not the bravest and strongest of the Senecas? Where would she ever find his equal? So with the alertness and strength of her young arms, she caught the falling brave and drew him to safety and to herself. Long they sat together talking of their future, and then as darkness approached, the two lovers descended by the trail at the rear of the gigantic rocks. They stood before Chief Bald Eagle and White Rock. The great chief conferred upon his newfound son-in-law the authority to become his successor as chief of the tribe.