All Hallows’ Eve and beyond

Good times were had at work last Monday. Halloween is probably my favorite holiday as an adult. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving but Halloween lets us pretend for a day to be (or dress) as someone else. This year I chose to be a Medieval Maiden that morphed into the Blue Fairy. The whole workplace was pretty into it all! It always makes a fast and fun day when that occurs.

Now, here we are a week and then some later, and just about all retail stores have these insane Christmas displays. Look, I love Christmas…see above…but this is insanity. There’s a lovely holiday this month, called Thanksgiving. At least for those of us in the USA. And it’s great. We eat turkey, stuffing (dressing in the US South) and green bean casserole. Well, a lot of people eat that green bean casserole but my family isn’t one. We just like our green beans southern style. That means with bacon for ya’ll not familiar. There’s cranberry relish/sauce and of course, Pumpkin Pie. Then after completely stuffing our gobs, we pretend to watch football, and drift off in a carb coma. Though this year I’ve been researching healthy options. I worked hard to lose the weight and I am hoping the next two month won’t completely derail me. *crossing fingers*

This year my house is the host. Mom and I will cook, and get the table all ready. I’m looking forward to it. I have been collecting Fiesta dinner ware since I was a much younger woman and cannot wait to set a beautiful table. I plan on having a dry run, table wise, soon. I’m wondering where my gravy boat is, and what serving pieces to use. I’m pretty excited. As soon as I’ve found all that I want to use, I’ll post up some snaps on my Instagram. Feel free to check it out. Plenty of cat, flower and random snaps. @amandaish1125 is how to find me there.

-Mandy

How did I get here?

I’ve been pondering what has been going on in my tiny little world lately. There have been an inordinate amount of pregnancies. Co-workers a-plenty are having children. Friends have been having children. HA!! ¬†I have no plans to have children. Yet here I am making baby blankets for the foreseeable future. The woman who chose to have her tubes tied at the age of 39. Who rarely ever regrets that decision. Life sure is funny, isn’t it?

Those of you who know me personally, and well, know that I am hardly maternal. Never have been. I love small fuzzy things. Babies are not among my definition of “small fuzzy things”. ¬†Hamsters? Yes. Cats, OH yes! Babies… no. They’re lovely for others, but not me. The fact that I am toiling away at several baby blankets…well that’s silly. I do love knitting though. And this enables my love of learning new patterns and shopping for appropriate yarns. I have a love/hate relationship with shopping. I love a great bargain. I hate bad service. I love the hunt, yet am easily frustrated by it at times. I guess you must have a balance.

I’m 2/3 of the way done, possibly more, with the first one. I would love to show y’all, but it’s a surprise for someone, and if she clicked on this blog, the surprise would be spoiled! It’s lovely, and I am pleased with it.

In other news…my heart broke a little when HLC announced that they were discontinuing a beloved color in the Fiesta line of dishes. Farewell Paprika. I barely got to know you before you were gone! You look beautiful with Turquoise, Sage and Slate. I am just short of despondent.