Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Granted, Ben’s not much for posing, particularly when ghosts are involved.

There was another post planned, but it is Halloween, of course, and it seemed like a little more fun to just share our photos with you. Here in our town, trick-or-treating was last night due to a big football game tonight. Yes, that’s really weird…but this is central Ohio, where football reigns supreme. I remember Halloween being rescheduled a few times when we lived in West Virginia, too, so it does not seem as bizarre

Happy Halloween!

Buckley is wishing we’d spent money on catnip & toys instead of candy.

to me as it did to some folks on Twitter last night, who thought the tiny Supermans and princesses were a night early and that we’re just a super nice couple for giving candy out a night early. Regardless—it is sleeting outside my window as I type. That rescheduling has turned out to be fortuitous.

Many of my online friends and acquaintances truly adore Halloween, so it is really fun for me to watch all of you get so excited about it. My parents were hyper-fundamentalist when I was young, so I do not remember trick-or-treating, as I wasn’t allowed to do so past the age of maybe four or five. But my affection for the black cat-and-bat holiday is genuine; everyone likes to dress up, and be silly, and get free candy, yes?

As an adult, of course I’m far too old to go trick-or-treating, but

She can't believe we're about to give away 300 pieces of candy.

Lucy can’t believe we’re about to give away 300 pieces of candy.

have great fun decorating the house and then seeing all of the excited little ones in their marvellous costumes sweep up to our porch for candy. It’s so much fun! I really look forward to it, perhaps nearly as much as the crumb-crunchers do.

Of course, I don’t ever really “need” to “dress up”; as a “vintage girl”, my everyday look suffices pretty well unless I find myself with the time and inclination to come up with something more interesting. I do usually don something fun, though, this year choosing to wear a frock I made from fabric with tiny little critters on it. It is a cellphone photograph, but you can probably just see tiny alligators, tigers, giraffes, and hippos beneath my warm sweater! Ben is very carefully watching the next batch of kids heading up the sidewalk. 2014-10-30 18.03.21Now, for many years, Benedict has been living proof of the collie’s natural goodness and tolerance, his dignity being insulted with costumes. Continue reading


2014 Honeyfest

2014 Lithopolis Honeyfest

2014 Lithopolis Honeyfest: Guest Of Honour

A Guest of Honour!

You’ll probably remember my enthusiastic visit to last year’s Lithopolis Honeyfest; thus my returning for another go at it should come as no surprise.

The weather was much cooler this year than last, which made for a more comfortable but slightly busier spin through the booths, but despite my not really being fond of even smallish crowds, we had a good time, to say nothing of returning home with what shall probably prove to be more than enough local honey to get me through ’til next year’s Honeyfest.

2014 Lithopolis Honeyfest

Rogers Honey display.

I shall try to keep the yammering to a minimum, but wish to say once again: If you’re in the central Ohio area the weekend after Labor Day, Lithopolis’ Honeyfest is a must-visit!

2014 Lithopolis Honeyfest: May Clay Garden Toadstools

Hand-crafted pottery toadstools from May Clay Pottery, perhaps my favourite new find!

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My 2014 High-Way Buy-Way Scores

Buy-Way Finds: Charming Glasses

The Buy-Way was actually two weekends ago tomorrow, but as you know, my computer has been a bit temperamental (it’s only four years old, meaning I don’t much feel like springing for a new one; we’ll see who can be more stubborn) and other projects kept me from getting these pictures of my goodies to you as soon as possible. We also had several straight days of dark, rainy skies right after the Buy-Way ended, which put a cramp in my shooting said finds.

But like any hunter, I’m proud of the prey dragged home and wish to show off my bargaining prowess—and everybody seems to enjoy looking at vintage goodies…especially as we enter the last few weekends of summer yard-sale-ing!

The glasses above are one of my favourite finds. They came in a box together with a set of four (standard wreath-and-holly) Christmas glasses for a mere $2! The pretty pink linen napkins were from another yard sale.


I’m a borderline sucker for anything with a scalloped edge.

I’d say between the glasses and the napkins, I’m perfectly set for an iced-tea party! Here, take a better look at the glasses:

Buy-Way Finds: Iced-Tea Party

Taken while standing on a wobbly old diner chair that really, really just needs new feet to even things out.

Cucumber sandwich or miniature cheesecake, dear-hearts? Perhaps we can have that iced-tea party in the garden, where some of my other finds will be tucked in amongst the flora. This adorable green rabbit, for instance:

Buy-Way Finds: Garden Bun
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It’s Summer Under The Stars Season!

barbara-stanwyck—TCMIt’s August, and classic film fans know what that means: Summer Under The Stars on TCM! 

*crowd goes bananas* 

Or perhaps it’s just me?
Regardless, August is the month during which a different single star dominates TCM’s programming each and every day. It’s a marvellous opportunity to get a grasp on various actor’s and actress’ styles and range, and more than one classic movie buff has fallen head over heels for a star they never disliked, but weren’t necessarily crazy about, during Summer Under The Stars.


As usual, TCM has a marvellous special website set up for Summer Under The Stars 2014, complete with interactive schedule, a photographic—hm, “artwork” seems too strong, but you’ll see when you head over there: for instance, here’s Joseph Cotten, a man whose work you all know I william-powelllove—biography, filmography, and portrait for each Star of the Day. I do wish we were told who did these, but no such luck (yet). Thus, as usual, the site itself is great fun to look at—TCM always does such a good job with this stuff.


Surely you’re dying of curiosity—Jen, which stars’ (partial) oeuvre are you most looking forward to immersing yourself in this month?

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Ohio’s Velvet Ice Cream Festival & Ye Olde Mill

Utica-Sertoma Velvet Ice Cream Festival: Butter Pecan

My parents were in town recently, and it happened to be the same weekend as the Utica Sertoma Velvet Ice Cream Festival. Paleo or no, my biggest downfall is rich, creamy ice cream—an affection many of you probably share with me, and you can therefore understand my happiness to go to the Festival with the family. It was a gorgeously sunny day, and I got a bit of sunburn despite my sunblock addiction, but fresh butter pecan solves a lot of hurts!

Utica-Sertoma Velvet Ice Cream Festival

Velvet Ice Cream is a rare success among companies—the still-family-owned business turns 100 years old this year, a feat managed by a scant handful of American businesses. Continue reading

Mobile Art Gallery in Tucson

This video about a new take on wildly popular food trucks was recently posted on ArtFire’s Nosh blog:

Fabulous idea, don’t you think? It’s probably much less daunting for artists while also providing them with a very memorable form of exposure. I also suspect many people who would not visit a local gallery—either because they don’t want to or are unable to head downtown, people who don’t even think about that possibility, and those who fear being intimidated by a gallery environment—would be more than happy to pop into a mobile art gallery such as Planet Rabbit!

I’d be just peachy with this sort of gallery taking off—not only could mobile galleries park themselves in the suburbs and outer reaches of the city, they could show up at local fairs and festivals, too, affording even wider publicity for the artists chosen. What do you think?