Thursday, October 8, 2015

Looking Forward To....

... Project Runway AND How to Get Away With Murder (both airing tonight). 

... While the weather is still warmish, winterizing the porches for the winter season will take top priority.  Don't want to be doing this when it's cold outside.

... Visiting the Pumpkin Farm.

... Crossing off (hopefully) a dozen items from my To-Do List.

... Basically, just getting things done as the weekends following are sure to get busy as we approach Halloween.

What are YOU looking forward to?


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Yankee Candle: New Favorite Scents for the Autumn Season

Fall is in the air and exciting coupons are in the mail – Yankee Candle Coupons, Buy one, Get one Free, that is, AND the BONUS – this adorable candy dish for $10.00 (with a purchase of $35.00).  So cute, we got two! 

Not only are these candles burned consistently in my home, my Mom is super fond of giving these delightful, best smelling scents as gifts (lucky us!!).  Believe me we always have a few tucked away for that last minute gift or a just in case moment.
A weekend or so ago, coupons in hand, we ventured to the Yankee Candle Store at the Waterfront.  We oohed, ahead and smelled all the new scents, rating each one and picking our favorites.  Mine and Kayla’s fall favorite is Harvest, Mom liked the Vanilla Bourbon though she will forever be a number one fan of the Buttered Rum.  We also picked up an Apple Cider, Sugar n' Spice and an Autumn in the Park and then we went home to begin decorating for Halloween tucking candles into every nook and cranny (okay, not every nook and cranny). 

Do you burn candles in your home? What are your favorite scents?


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Happy Birthday to the Elephants (A Day at the Zoo)

Last month, Macy's sponsored Elephant Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.  As members of the Zoo, I try to attend as many of the extra events as possible. We've been inside the lion's cage (the lions were removed), the kangaroo's night quarters (that was a bit intimidating, they joined us), toured the animal hospital, and we've slept with the fishes and the ferrets.  If you live in Pittsburgh or are relocating to Pittsburgh, join the Zoo!!!
Taming the cat
We took Elliot to Elephant's Day to help the elephants celebrate their birthdays.  We sang and ate birthday cake.  There was also face painting, crafts and games.  We lunched at the Jambo Grill.
The weather was PERFECT! Not too hot, cool enough not to break into a sweat, but not cold enough where you were chilled.  Just perfect.  Elliot was a joy.  Kayla and Doug finally got to see the new addition, "The Islands," which houses Visayan Warty Pigs, Siamangs (they are LOUD), Galapagos tortoises and more!

Getting sized up
This month we are looking forward to Zoo Boo and later in the year, Elliot will be having breakfast with Santa.
Hugging the Rhino

Applause for the seal

Monday, October 5, 2015

Weekend Recap

Fabulous weekend here.  My grandson Ben stayed over Friday.  Never saw him once he got on the computer and uploaded a few games.  Saturday, Mom came in and later, Jayme (middle son) and his wife, Tina and two more grandkiddies (Eddie and Chloe) came over, not just to pick up Ben, but for lunch and a fun afternoon of catch up and laughter.  Elliot really took to Jayme and they kept each other quite busy.  I like to measure how well my luncheons/parties/entertainments are by how long everyone stays.  Saturday was a good one.
Sunday was the first day Elliot would be visiting his Dad and family without Kayla being there.  It was harder for K than Elliot.  First, we dropped by Amanda’s (youngest daughter) to check out the new couch and painted living room.  Then took Elliot to his dad’s where they had a fun filled afternoon and celebrated the elder Mr. Bailey’s birthday.
Meanwhile, K and I dropped off a food care package and lots of Halloween decorations at my eldest son’s house.  Then K and I had a lovely lunch at Red Robin, shopped at Vanity in the Mall where she picked up a pair of pants and a cute knit cap to where to the Hollywood Undead concert that evening.  One boba tea and pumpkin spice latte later, we were picking up Elliot and heading on home.  Elliot and I took a nap (needed), K went to the concert and Doug (K’s boyfriend) was watching sports at his Ma’s house. 
Later, I fed Elliot and baked a pan of lasagna for tonight’s dinner. 
I love weekends that are low key and just flow peacefully.  Don't you

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A little bit of Emily

Fall, leaves, fall
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.


Saturday, October 3, 2015


Grab your planner or a notebook, it’s time to countdown to Halloween 2015!   

This year Halloween falls on a Saturday. This is perfect as I won’t have to be rushing home from the office making it just in time to help get the kiddies and the treats ready for the big night.  And since Halloween is on Saturday, we’ve decided to host our annual Halloween party that same afternoon.  Sooooo, today is the PERFECT time to begin the Countdown.  Shall we?

            This week will be the busiest in the planning stage, so let’s get started.

1. Begin thinking about what Halloween events you will be attending this year.  Mark them on your calendar.  We always go pumpkin picking and to Zoo Boo. TheZombie Fest is local this year, so that will be an event attended.  And of course, there is our Halloween Party and Trick or Treating.  If the weather holds up and the dagnabit exits along the parkway are open, we hope to see “Hotel Transylvania 2” at the drive in.  I doubt this will happen but I secretly am hoping that “Intern” will be the second movie – happiness all around.  Anyhow, fill up that calendar for fun things to do.

2. If you are hosting a Halloween Party:

Choose your time and date: Pick your date far enough in advance so that invites can be mailed at least two weeks before the party.

Write out the Guest List: We have honestly had family members texting about the party and we haven’t even sent, let alone, made the invites yet!  Decide if you are making or purchasing the invites.  If making, gather your supplies and get busy.  Normally, I would send these out two weeks in advance, but since the party is on the holiday itself, we are going to send them a bit early this year.

Pick a Theme: This party is actually hosted by my (now) 17 year old Granddaughter, Kayla.  I just provide the cash flow and help with the cooking and cleaning.  This year’s theme will probably be the same as the last – a mix match of everything

Make the Menu: Now’s a good time to decide on what you will serve so that you can begin picking up ingredients and maybe even cooking and freezing a few of the dishes .  I personally love reading cookbooks and writing out menus.  However, Kayla is hosting this little shindig, so we will be collaborating.  I’ll choose the “real” food menu and she will choose all the gory edibles.

The Decoration List: Making or buying decorations? Go down to the basement or up to the attic, pull out those boxes, throw away the torn or broken (or mend them), choose those items that match your decorating theme.  Make a list of what you have, what you may need to buy or what you will make.

Let’s Play: Will you play games, tell spooky stories, have a coloring contest?? We do two things every year.  Bob for apples and have a doughnut eating contest.  The doughnuts (sugar and/or frosted – messy is more fun), are tied to crochet thread and hung at different lengths from the ceiling.  The players MUST keep their hands behind their backs as they try to eat these swinging doughnuts.  The first person to eat all theirs is the winner.  OMGosh! Talk about fun to watch!!!

The Treat Bags: Everyone loves a goodie.  Visit the Dollar Store, Walmart and/or Target One Dollar Stop for Halloween themed favors.  We got colorful plastic skeletons and fanged teeth at Walmart, ten in a bag for 97¢.

3. The Housecleaning (no escaping that even if you dress as Houdini):  Spend the first two weeks cleaning the bedrooms, the front and back porches (don’t forget to wipe down windows) and the yard(s) (we’ll be raking).  This is a good time to winterize the porches and get the yards ready for the winter storms to come.

Bewitchingly yours,