November 12, 2017:


It's hard to believe, but winter has arrived early in my hometown. One week it was in the 70s and gorgeous outside, the next week it dropped down into the 40s and then boom, less than a week later, into the 30s. We've already had several hard freezes, the earliest that's happened since I moved here in 2014. Anyway, the trees had not even begun to turn color yet in the neighborhood - and now most of them are bare due to the many hard freezes and strong winds that blew most of the days last week. Wowsers! Today, however, the sun stayed out all day, there was no wind to speak of, and the temperatures felt positively balmy outside. I was very glad because I had to be out and about today.

So, the poor trees did not have a "fall" this year but we did get enough rain to ease my mind that my pines and shrubs will have enough moisture in the ground to survive the winter. The squirrels are SO fat and SO furry, I can't help but think they know we're in for a bad winter. Sigh. I'm way behind in everything including lots of garden clean-up that now I won't get to unless we get a few days of "Indian Summer," which doesn't seem likely this year. I did, however, get everything outdoors pretty much put away, except for the area rug (it needs to be "washed" with some soap and rinsed off) and the mosquito net curtains on my Shezebo. Now I'm already thinking about Christmas, and soon it will be here, before we know it! So, I figured it's about time I put up my "autumn" photographs from prior years as the seasonal header here at Maison Newton. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, that will be here soon and then it's into full-tilt Christmas decorating. Take care, everyone!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gump's 2012 Halloween Sale!

Hola everyone!

I've been exhausted and no time to post.  Started a new position at the office working for someone else and it's been go go go!  So far, so good, but today was only the third full day of working with him so - we'll see.  We're both on our best behavior right now :)

In this evening's email I received notification of a Halloween sale at Gumps', one of my favorite places to shop!  Here's the link, you can check it out for yourself if you've a mind to.  I'm showing you two items that caught my eye, both under $20!  It's a 50% off sale - lots to love!  If you into collecting Limoges (cha ching!), they're Halloween items are 50% off too. 

Halloween Web Votives, $24.99 for the set of two.
  • Large, 19 1/4"H
  • Small, 15 1/2"H
  • Set of 2, one of each

  • Glitter Flying Witch Tablepiece, $17.99.


    1. Hi Jan,
      You commented on my blog but didn't link back an email!!
      I don't know why the discrepancy.
      That is what the recipe was when given to me.
      All I know is that it tastes amazing with the amount I suggested.
      I hope this helps!

    2. Hi Jan,
      Ok, here is a link to a blog that gives you a tutorial on how to get rid of the "no reply". Essentially, after doing this, when you comment on a blog it goes to their email and they in turn can email you back!

      I hope this helps!