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Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Night Out ...

(L-R) Jake Anderson, Edgar Hansen, me, my hubby Brett, & Sig Hansen

Hubby and I had a GREAT TIME last night at the show, "Sig Hansen & Friends" at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA. It featured Sig and his brother Edgar Hansen and Jake Anderson of the ever-popular crab fishing boat from the television series "Deadliest Catch," The Northwestern. The guys were extremely interesting and entertaining as they shared their personal (and at many times funny) stories with all of us eager fans in the audience. At the end of the show, they answered various questions put to them by the crowd.

 Our really cool free autographed photos signed by the guys just before our pic was taken with them

We had special "Golden Circle" tickets which allowed us to "meet and greet" the guys afterwards. It also meant that we were able to get a professional pic taken in which we had to e-mail the photographer in order for him to send us ours. Since there were a lot of other fans in attendance with golden circle tickets as well, we, unfortunately got rushed through the line a bit (which is somewhat understandable) and so we did not have very much of a chance to actually speak to them for any substantial amount of time. Sig shook hubby's hand while he told him he loved the show. I, on the other hand, spoke directly to Edgar and simply said to him, "Edgar, YOU'RE AWESOME! You're my favorite!" To which he smiled at me and with very sincere gratitude replied, "Thank you, thank you very much!" We then got our pic taken with them and I thanked them all.

Best anniversary present to each other ever! We had such an unforgettable night! Loved it!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Countdown to Mabon: Festive Wine Bottles

Greetings everyone! Hope all is well. I am beginning to get things ready and organized for our group's Mabon/Autumn Equinox celebration this month. And I have recently found the perfect bottles for our ceremonial wine at our local craft store. Actually, I had found other festive colors too for each and every sabbat ...

Beltane amd Yule/Winter Solstice



Ostara/Spring Equinox

Mabon/Autumn Equinox & Imbolg


I am especially looking forward to this year's Mabon ritual as it will be the first in a long, long while in which our entire group will be able to get together on this particular sabbat. Usually, I celebrate as a solitary since Mabon always falls on the very same week as hubby and I's wedding anniversary. And so, not only will we all be gathering in an autumn celebration, but we will also enjoy catching up as well!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Books Are Fun Day!

About twice a year, there is a company called, "Books Are Fun" which travels to my job and sets up all of their wonderful books and other neat little gift items! Recently, they came to visit us and are scheduled to be back again sometime in November as well.

I always look forward to checking out all of their new books and really cool things ~ some you can find other places, some not. I also love it because I enjoy buying some of my Yule (for friends) and Christmas (for family) gifts there. 

Although I can't show all of the things which I bought (since some of my friends and family also read my blog posts), I can show you all atleast a couple of the items I found at the book faire ...

 "Who Knew?: The Best of Vol. 1 & 2" and "Who Knew?: Vol. 3" wriiten by New Jersey authors, Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin & Bruce Lubin

This is such a great book on cheap, easy, common sense ways to use simple household items, recipes, etc. to remedy many of your normal day-to-day home and health issues.  Very clever, money-saving ideas that really do work. Love it!

 The Police: Certifiable - Live In Buenos Aires (2-DVD 2-CD Set) 
The Police: Certifiable - Live In Buenos Aires (DVD Box Set)

I also bought a couple of beautiful  5X7 sized picture frames and a "Leanin' Tree" box of assorted cards. When we visited Ontario, Canada a couple of years ago, we saw a lot of these cards sold in various gift shoppes in almost every town we went to. They're awesome!

Perhaps when "Books Are Fun" comes around again in November, I will do a bit more holiday gift shopping! LOL!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fun Ways to Use Mason Jars

Although Mason jars have always been primarily used for canning foods, we have found more creative uses for them these days! I just love these cool little jars and I have been having a bit of fun with them lately. Here are just a few of the things I have used them for ...

Soap Dispenser

Flower Vase

Catnip/Herbs Jar

And, of course, oil lamps ...

These beautiful jars can also be used to make candles and I have seen them sold at various places such as flea markets, festivals, and candle shoppes. Here is a handy little link on how to make your own candles out of Mason jars: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Mason-Jar-Candles.

Historically speaking, the Mason jar has been around since 1858 and was originally invented by a tinsmith from Philadelphia, PA named John Landis Mason. They are also known as Ball jars after the Ball Corporation who sold them mainly as fruit canning jars and glass canning in general.

They now come in many colorful assortments, including pastel, and remain a very popular collector's item which can be bought and sold at most antique stores and auctions as well ~ including e-Bay.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

This and That

Happy Friday everyone. A couple of things have been happening over the last couple of weeks. First off, my dad was back in the hospital for a couple of days and then sent back to rehab for his leg issues caused by his heart condition. He is; however, doing well so far.

Sadly, we lost our Netherland Dwarf bunny of seven years, Samuel, the day after Labor Day. We gave him his last dose of medication on Monday and when I got home from work on Tuesday, he was gone. We immediately took him to our vet for a private cremation and will pick up his ashes just as soon as they come back. It would appear that we will now also be adding him to our memorial service as well at our Samhain ritual in October. The only thing I am thankful for is that he is no longer suffering. R.I.P.,  sweet Sam, we love and miss you!! :(

And, on a somewhat happier note, the annual Hay Creek Festival at the Historical Johanna Furance is being held this coming weekend. Hubby and I are hoping to be able to attend. We always enjoy this fall event with their Autumn Flea Market also scheduled in October of each year.