“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”~Bob Hope
Do you remember Trick or Treat for UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)? Perhaps you went door to door with your orange box on Halloween when you were a child. While trying to come up with some new ideas for alternative celebrations I found myself thinking, “do kids still Trick or Treat for UNICEF?” The answer I discovered was yes, they do.
The Halloween fundraising effort of the United National International Children’s Emergency Fund is alive and well with new ideas that don’t involve going door to door. For more information visit the resource center at the UNICEF website.
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” — Jack Layton
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse
I just noticed this it the 100th post. My how time flies when you’re having fun! You know the best part about writing this blog? Our followers. You guys are great! Thank you for following.
Every year around this time I go through the autumn tradition I call killing the fatted pumpkin. This is when I cook wonderful fresh pie pumpkins and freeze the puree for the rest of the year.
Cooking fresh pumpkin is easy:
1. Choose a nice orange pie pumpkin.
2. Cut pumpkin in half.
3. Scoop out seeds.
4. Place cut side up or down (either works) in a baking dish with about 1/2 – 1 inch of water.
5. Cover with foil and bake 1 hr. at 350 degrees.
6. Remove from oven. When cool enough to handle scoop out cooked pumpkin. Mash pumpkin or if very soft just give it a good stir.
7. Prepare 1 and 2 cup containers of pumpkin for freezer.
8. Freeze and enjoy homemade pumpkin goodies all year.
This recipe is part of the Sugar and Spice Link Party.
“Why not learn to enjoy the little things – there are so many of them.” — Author Unknown
“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.” — Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905
If you had just six words to tell your life story, or even a small part of it, what would they be?
This is a “six word memoir” I wrote awhile back:
I wanted revenge. Karma was better.
Believe me, it was.
So what’s your story? Do you have six words to share?
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.” —– Stanley Horowitz
We don’t usually talk about how our photos were taken, but if you are wondering, yes this is a photo. It was taken from the window of a moving train. The only editing done to this photo was cropping out some of the black background from inside the train and resizing it for the internet. While it may not be a perfect photo in the technical sense, we like the effect.
I like to follow the Daily Post Challenges. This weeks writing challenge is called A Splash of Color. Wave color in front of an artist and there is no telling what might happen.
The photo today is of one of my favorite fabric art pieces called Solar Storm. I could go into great detail about my use of color in this piece and what it means to me — but I don’t do that. If I tell you what I did and was thinking as I created this work I am telling you to see it the way I do. You don’t have to do that. I’m more interested in what the work says to you.
Is Solar Storm whispering anything in your ear, or maybe screaming? Do you find the color warm and comforting, overwhelming or even threatening?