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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Getting a head start ...


Yesterday after coming back from my dentist appointment, I cleaned the house and then began decorating every room. I adorned my home with all of my favorite fall and seasonal things!

My crow candle holder with Samhain taper candle.

Ceramic Black Cat & Pumpkin candy dishes in the kitchen.
Black cat towels set in the bathroom.
Small soap dish.
Small hanging hand towel.

Lady Tabitha looks on while mom decorates her cat's room ...
Black cat throw rug.
I plan to work on setting up everything in my altar room in preparation for my solitary Mabon ritual later on today after I return from visiting my mom.

While out on my morning walk yesterday, I found these acorns which I will add to my altar as well ...

Have a very Blessed Mabon everyone!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A song for Saturday!

Before the hit song, "All By Myself" and "Hungry Eyes" from the movie Dirty Dancing, there was THIS classic treasure from Eric Carmen! ... ENJOY!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Happy Friday!

Just a really quick post for Friday. I finished the cat's blanket. As you can see, it is Tabitha-approved ...


I even had a little left-over yarn in which to make a tarot card bag. :)
Wishing all a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

What's new?


Greetings everyone! Well, here we are, it is Thursday already. Where are the weeks flying to? Just a few little things happening this week. Yesterday, I used up a couple of discount coupons to do some odds and ends seasonal shopping. At Spirit Halloween, I picked up this cool tall white High Priestess candle and the kitchen towel pictured above, as well as some really cheap small plastic cups  ...



While I was there, I bought the last item needed for the Witches' Masquerade Ball ...

 The finishing touch, a half mask.


I also stopped off at our local A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts Store located in the same strip mall to get these little sale items - wooden hanging decorations and some scans of yarn ...



I used pink yarn to fix an old baby doll knitted hat which someone had handmade for me many years ago when I was a little girl. Somehow, it got unraveled at the bottom and since I do not know how to knit, I just tried to crochet it ...


There, finally FIXED as best I knew how ...


I bought a few skeins of segregated yarn (called "Blue Coconut") and some yellow ("Soft Yellow") to make a nice soft blanket for my kitties. I started it last night ...


I was invited to Taco Night on Tuesday for dinner with my dear friend Kiki and her four grandchildren at the Sinking Spring Fire Company Social Quarters ...

Kiki, my beautiful god-daughter Kyli, and her little sister Kayleigha.

Posing with Kiki-girl.

Kiki, Kyli, Kayleigha, Ayden, and Anthony Jr.


Kiki having some fun!

Well, that is about all for now, Leo says, "Have a great day, y'all!"



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday odds and ends ...

Greetings friends! Just a couple of new things to share. First of all, I received my tickets today for the Annual Reading Witches & Pagans Masquerade Ball this year. It will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Saturday, November 3rd and will include a dinner and entertainment. This is a formal affair and everyone is expected to dress in appropriate attire. So, I have picked out this dress to wear. All I need to do is get a half mask to go with it ...




I have never attended this event before, so I am very much looking forward to it! I also wanted to share more information with you regarding the history of The Reading Pagoda which I spoke about briefly in my previous post. Beautiful and historic, this is one of the few things that I am proud of in our City of Reading ... regardless of this city's terrible current circumstances, this is one structure which has, thankfully, never changed. :)



Completed in 1908, The Reading Pagoda was intended to be the hotel/restaurant centerpiece of a luxury resort. When plans for the rest of the resort were abandoned, the 7-story wooden building on 10 acres (4.0 ha) of land was donated to Reading in 1911. It is now part of the Mount Penn Reserve of municipally-owned land. It offers a 30-mile (48 km) panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside.


Within the top story hangs a tocsin, a massive bell cast in Obata, Mie Prefecture, Japan, in 1739, and formerly installed in a Buddhist temple in either Ogose or Hannō, Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. Listed on the bell's sides in Old Japanese (kanji) characters are the names of its 48 donors and a prophecy about the end of time. The temple was closed in 1881, and later destroyed.



Anti-Japanese sentiment was rampant during World War II, and there were calls to demolish the building. But it was restored in 1949, with the lower story and balconies rebuilt in stone. In 1960, neon lights were installed outlining its roofs. In the 1970s, the Japanese garden was restored, and Japanese cherry trees were planted around the building. LED lights were installed in 2008-09. A webcam on its third floor periodically records and publishes the weather atop Mount Penn.
 
The Pagoda is owned by the City of Reading but is managed and preserved by the Foundation for the Reading Pagoda. It houses a small café and a gift shop, and functions as an icon for the City of Reading. The Pagoda is also the home of Pagoda Skyline, Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization formed in 1969 to help with the restoration and preservation of the Pagoda, the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower and Skyline Drive.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. 

One last thing, I sent the Fall Giveaway gifts out this morning, so please let me know if they are not received by the end of next week. Thanks all!!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Reminiscing ...

Happy Monday everyone! I had a really good time with my friend Deb at the Fall Festival on Saturday. One of the cool shops we visited was a wonderful place called, "Curious on the Avenue." There, I bought a lovely matted 8x10 colored photo of The Reading Pagoda - which is now displayed in my living room ...


Deb loves dragonflies and so she bought this beautiful set of three hand-painted glass votive candle holders ...

She kept the two with the dragonflies on them and gifted me this one. I love it! It is also currently adorning my living room ...


Today, it rained all day so it was a good day to putter around the house. This past weekend while visiting my mom, she had she wanted me to go through a few very old things she found up in her attic. Childhood toys such as my treasured dolls (Barbie's), old clothing, etc. I like to think that I was a typical, normal little girl from the 70's era and I lived for my beloved dolls.

 These are the original Barbie books/catalogs ...


My mom loved to sew. As well as making a lot of my own clothing growing up, she also used some Simplicity patterns to make my dolls their clothing such as this green corduroy vest and matching pants set ...

and this pretty blue velvet dress with white lace around the collar and sleeves ...

My nana also loved to make my doll clothing. She crocheted this blue poncho and hat set ...

This was a pretty dress my mom made for my favorite baby doll. It was yellow-colored from being stored upstairs in her attic for so long so I soaked it in oxi-clean solution to whiten it a bit ...


Anyone remember the Tiffany Taylor doll?

She had both blonde and black hair which you could switch up just by turning the top of her head. I even still have her green platform shoes that she came with.


I really adored this doll and I think I kept her in pretty good condition after all these years ...


My mom also found another macrame choker which I made back in junior high school. I also had to oxiclean this as well.


And lastly, an old blue crushed velvet dress I tried on with the macrame choker just today ...

Not too sure what to do with all this old stuff, but for now I am going to box it all up and keep it. What can I say? Some memories just never die.