Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

 The Little Halloween Friends are ready to greet the Hittyville Trick or Treaters.

 Maryellen thought she asked Betsy to meet her at the Gazebo.

 Betsy thought Maryellen asked her to meet her at the Treehouse.

The Friends found one another and are ready for an exciting time filling up their Halloween bags with treats.

~Happy Halloween, Everyone~

On This Day in 1941

On October 31, 1941, the Mount Rushmore sculpture was completed.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Mitford Love

Jan Karon wrote of her beloved Mitford series...
"I write to give readers an extended family, and a little town they can call their own."
I feel the same way about my own Hittyville!
I started reading this series over 20 years ago, but never really gave it my full attention...until now.  I am totally captivated and can't wait to get back to Father Tim and Barnabas!

~A Treasure~

Halloween Eve in Hittyville

 Maryellen and Betsy are getting ready to decorate their Trick or Treat bags.


 The Hittyville Art Studio seems very quiet on the outside...

 But inside, the Art From the Heart Friends are finishing up their Halloween pictures.

Every Halloween Eve, the Little Witches borrow The Hittyville Cafe kitchen to make all their Trick or Treat goodies.  The Haunted Homestead is the most visited place in Hittyville on Halloween night.

~Halloween Fun~

Molly the Mouse

Molly the Mouse
Heard an owl in her tree
She went outside to look 
And saw there were three!

On This Day in 1953

On October 30, 1953, Dr. Albert Schweitzer won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Albert Schweitzer has always been my hero!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Five Little Pumpkins

 Bea wanted to visit the Hittyville Pumpkin Patch with JUST her mother.

 The youngest Merry picked out five pumpkins for a special Halloween Surprise for her family.

 Bea invited everyone to the Merry Family Art and Dance Studio for a presentation of her own.

 Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate...
The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said, "There's witches in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care."
The fourth one said, "Let's run and run and run."
The fifth one said, "It's Halloween fun!"
Ooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights
And the the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

After a cheering standing ovation, Bella congratulated her daughter and invited the family back to the main homestead for cider and doughnuts!

~It was the best of family gatherings~

Maryellen's Costume

 Maryellen has loads of black fabric.
Should she make a witch's costume?


~To be continued~

Molly the Mouse

Molly the Mouse
And her Dog and Cat
Are enjoying a visit 
With a Halloween Bat.

On This Day in 1863

On October 29, 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross was founded.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Maryellen's Fall Decorating

 Maryellen is happy with her treehouse.
She thinks it looks very "Fall-ish".

Now to work on her Halloween costume...

~To be continued~


 I finally finished the Barber Shop/Pet Store Lego buildings yesterday.
I really do love Legos!

I am beyond behind on my Faithful Friends project.
I now have ALL my box paper sorted.

~One step at a time~

On This Day in 1826

On October 28, 1826, The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by Grover Cleveland.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Maryellen's Playground

 Maryellen is very happy with her gazebo which she decorated for Fall all by herself!

 Maryellen hasn't spent much time in her treehouse lately.
Maybe she should take a look...

 There is less than a week until Halloween.
Maryellen needs to get busy!

 This project looks like fun!


Time to go looking for pumpkins!

~To be continued~

On This Day in 1775

On October 27, 1775, the United States Navy was established.
My dad served in the Navy during World War II.
I sure do miss him...

Monday, October 26, 2015

On This Day in 1825

On October 26, 1825, the Erie Canal opened between the Hudson River and Lake Erie.

Lewis' Very YELLOW Day

 Lewis is taking in the beauty of the last of the Fall Dandelions...
As you all know, Lewis LOVES Dandelions because they are YELLOW!

 Lewis spent a heavenly half hour resting on a bed of YELLOW leaves and gazing at the brilliant blue sky.

It was a good day to be Lewis.


A Man of Many Talents

 Joe loves his leaf blower...

Joe and I have been busy working on a set for Maryellen.

Thank you, Joe...You are simply the best~

Noah and Hurricane Patricia

Last week, Noah traveled to Houston, Texas for a teaching conference.  Being a typical mother, I watched the path of Hurricane Patricia and called and texted Noah frequently with updates and concerns the remnants of the storm may very well land in Houston.
Well...the rains and flooding did arrive and the remainder of Noah's conference was cancelled and thank goodness he was able to get a flight out of Houston before the really bad weather made an appearance.
It didn't help his credit card was shut down due to fraudulent activity traced to Michigan!  He found that out while trying to pay for his dinner...
It was quite an adventure for my dear son.

~Happy Ending~

Sunday Night With Brooke

Although we have 3 paper cutters at home, none of them are very efficient at cutting multiple papers.  So...after dinner, Brooke and I headed to her school to get the job done.
The new school is starting to feel like "home" and my daughter finally feels happily settled.

~Adjusting takes time~

And Then There Were Three

Over the weekend, we lost one of our beloved goats, Curly.  He was always camera shy and is pictured way in the back.  Curly lived a nice long life and just fell asleep and didn't wake up Saturday morning.
He will be greatly missed by his entire farm family...two and four legged.

Moe and Danny say hello...

Larry was Curly's best buddy in the farmyard.  We are giving him lots of tender loving care...

~Happy Memories~

Sunday, October 25, 2015

On This Day

On October 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso was born.  This amazing man was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and poet!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

On This Day

On October 24, 1857, the world's first football club was founded in Sheffield, England.
I am sure this fact refers to soccer, but Lewis doesn't know that!

Friday, October 23, 2015

On This Day

On October 23, 1958, The Smurfs appeared for the first time in a weekly comics magazine.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

On This Day

On October 22, 1879, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric incandescent light bulb.  It lasted over 13 hours before burning out.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

On This Day

On October 21, 1918, Margaret Owen set the world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 minute.