December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

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!