Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
My favorite books: Chocolat, A Year by the Sea, The Secret Life of Bees I do not enjoy fantasy, romance, and sci-fi.
My favorite genres: fiction, non-fiction--particularly memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies
Books I want to read are on my Amazon Wish List posted on the side bar of my blog http://www.yarnknitreadlit.blogspot.com/
My favorite colors: I like most colors except orange/coral shades.
My favorite pet: My wonderful Boxers, Max and Lailah
My favorite scents: natural scents, nothing floweryOther info:
My husband and I have three adult children and seven grandchildren. I enjoy traveling, my Red Hats chapter--The Mad Hatters, Bible Study, our seniors group at church---Young at Heart, knitting for various charities, and most of all -- being with my DH of 42 years.
My Amazon list: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=gno_listpop_wi/002-7606470-7348840
Monday, October 8, 2007
- A Boxer dog - Pooch with her adorable Laila pictures
- A cup of cider - Karen Beth lists this as an ingredient in Wassail
- Cat and Mouse - ME! - my fighting mouse and silly cat
- Wilson - Connie's last name!
- Himalayan Goji Juice - Gina F has a post about this "latest craze"
- Pirates of the Caribbean - Christine? I couldn't find anything else that fit, to tell the truth
- Laura Ingals Wilder series - Judy B wants to collect the series
- Large yarn ball - YOU! - great post on 8/31
- Dolphins - Michelle collects dolphins and dragonflies
- Dick Francis - Sheila SAW Dick Francis at a signing
- Indiana - Jayne was born and raised in Indiana
- Martha Stewart - Beth is a MS wannabe!
And the Question answer:
Which is the most important and why? I think Sheila seeing Dick Francis at a book signing is the most important/most relevant to our exchange since it's for book lovers!
The True History of Halloween
Halloween, or 'All Hallows' is easily the most controversial holiday celebrated in America. Spurred by rumors and religious hysteria, works of poor scholarship contend that Halloween is the day of the Devil, a satanic celebration of dark forces disguised as a children's holiday.
The message of Halloween, history tells us, is that it is a time to reflect, to give thanks for the harvest and to honor "those who have gone on before us". . . a time to recognize the eternal cycle of life.
Trick or treating, the practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for goodies, is largely an American adaptation of European masquerades and the late medieval Christian practice of "souling," when poor folk would go door to door, receiving food in return for promises of prayers for the dead.* This was just one of many occasions for going door to door in a time when entertainments were in short supply. Dressing in scary costumes is another holdover from medieval times.
Brought to North America during the 1840's by Irish immigrating because of the potato famine in Ireland, the custom changed to carving pumpkins since they were more plentiful here, and easier to carve!
Orange and black, the traditional colors of Halloween, represent the orange of pumpkins and the black of darkness.
One of the best known superstitions is that of the black cat. If a black cat was to cross your path you would have to turn around and go back because many people believe if you continued bad luck would strike you. ?? True or myth?
- Why don't skeletons like parties?
- What do skeletons say before they begin dining?
- What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
- What do you call someone who puts poison in a person's corn flakes?
- What does a Ghost eat for lunch?
- How do you mend a broken Halloween Jack-o-Lantern?
- What do you say to a 2-headed monster?
- Why do ghouls and demons hang out together?
- Why did the witch put her broom in the wash for Halloween?
- Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends?
And the last one you will find the answer on one of our swappers wish lists!
- What swapper doesn't like orange but likes the life of Bees?
Good Luck Ladies!!!
Its partner sign up time again. Below is the line up. Be sure to read all about this month's theme in the right sidebar. Its a good theme for the month of October since it is Halloween month....
I thought you might enjoy some Halloween trivia:
- As European immigrants came to America, they brought their varied Halloween customs with them. Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems that characterized early New England, celebration of Halloween in colonial times was extremely limited there.
- The first celebrations included "play parties," public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other's fortunes, dance, and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds.
- By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.
- In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland's potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today's "trick-or-treat" tradition. .
- In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft.
- At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day.
- By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment.
- Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated.
- Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived.
- Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration.
- In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats.
- A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country's second largest commercial holiday.
- Debb - Gina
- Gina - Connie
- Connie - Shawnee
- Shawnee - Debb
- Jayne - Judy B
- Judy B - Beth
- Beth - Jayne
- Pooch - Michelle
- Michelle - Christine
- Christine - Pooch
Be sure to let me know if you have not heard from your partner or received your package for September
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I received you wonderful package on Wed. am just now getting the opportunity to post. You did great on your choices of books. I have not read either one of the Sue Grafton books, M is for Malice, N is for Noose, also the Pride and Prescience book I am very anxious to read it sounds like the Anne Perry books that I like so much. I will have to get some time to make the beaded earrings in the kit that you sent. And also some good "down time" for the tea bath and tea to drink. The crochet piece was so pretty, you must have loads of patience. It was such a great package and arrived so quickly too. Many many thanks for the hours of enjoyment ahead.
your BABE buddy,
Friday, October 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Inside I found two books both on the treasures of true friendship and a package of my fav. coffee from Starbucks, note pads and neat little pens and pencils. Once again thank you so very much Deb for your thoughtful treasures.
Once the camera is charged and ready I will post the pics of goodies.
Looking forward to future swapping!!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I nominate you for swapper of the month!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Received your fabulous package. My favorite author. Faye Kellerman's latest book "The Burnt House" and another book by Judy Blume "Summer Sisters". Very awesome. My package was filled with all sort of goodies....yarn and hooks....feeding my crochet addiction. Awesome candle in my favorite scent. Note cards, coin purse and all wonderfully wrapped with personal notes. Thanks for the great package.
P.S. Your package is in the mail....Hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together. Sheila
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