“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It Goes On.”
Robert Frost

Friday, November 1, 2019

November Is ...


November is a month of drastic changes.  The trees lose the rest of their leaves and the lakes start to freeze over.  Bye now we've gotten into the habit of always grabbing a coat before running outside, even if it's just for a few minutes.  This is the month we harden ourselves and toughen up for the long cold winter ahead. 

We Minnesotan's may not all love the winter, but we learn to live with it... and for me, as long as the promise of spring is ahead I can bear it! The warm holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas are always a delight.  I love the first real snowfall and enjoy the beauty of nature, but as you know by late January I'm already looking forward to spring! I'm prepared though!  I have my nice cozy throws ready to curl up with my kitty, a hot cup of tea and a book!

So here we go, bring it on, I'm ready! 🍁 Diane

Saturday, October 12, 2019

It's October...

It's October, time for pumpkins, black cats and tricks or treats!  I must celebrate my best furry friend and all time favorite Halloween decoration, my cat Guy Noir!  We've gotten through the worst of it together without our best furry sidekick Dot.

I took Guy to the vet the other day and he was afraid and didn't want to come out of the cat carrier. He always used to just bounce out and run around the exam room. It's the first time he had been to the vet without Dot in several years, so maybe he was just feeling insecure that his big sister isn't around to back him up anymore.  Otherwise he is doing well and thankfully got a clean bill of health!

Pumpkins and gourds are just everywhere aren't they?!  Snapped this photo at the market the other day.  Some of these are so unusual! Anyone remember back when pumpkins only came in that orange color?

And now how about a TREAT!

'Witches Brew'- A Halloween Cocktail

 Witches Brew - A Halloween Cocktail

This 'Witches Brew'- Halloween cocktail is so stunning. The vivid color is dramatically beautiful, but with a dark eerie feel perfect for a Halloween party.
To rim the glass
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 3 drops purple food colouring
  • 1 tbsp sugar

For the cocktail

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup raspberry liqueur


  • Start by preparing the shot glasses.
  • Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice together into a saucer.
  • Add the purple food coloring and mix with a cocktail stick.
  • Place the sugar in a second saucer.
  • Dip the shot glasses into the lime juice and then into the sugar.
  • Set to one side.
  • Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add the ice.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain into the prepared shot glass.


  1. To turn this shooter into a long drink replace the 1/3 cup lime juice with a 1 cup of citrus soda and serve in a highball with crushed ice.
  2. Click for more info... (source

TRICKS, as in the Design kind.....

Fall Decorating Hacks! How to decorate your space for the fall with DIY ideas that will save you time and money. Why haven't I thought of these before? 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful autumnal season. We've already had a few snow flakes! Would like to see some warmer days again before winter sets in for good!

Happy October!
🍂 Diane