Friday, October 31, 2008

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

My Mommy is allowing me to post on her blog for Halloween! I'm so excited! Okay, here goes...get ready to be afraid!


Oh, lookie at the scary dead dead doggie...

What? The scary dead doggie is coming back to life!!


Now, don't you think I'm so cute? My Mommy tells me I'm so beautiful. I really am beautiful. I've just come from Ms. Becky's, my groomer, and got my gorgeous locks of hair cut!

Boo!! Did I scare ya?



Okay, then, look at this picture of me. Mommy says this picture is soooo pretty and I just look like an angel. But I said, "Mommy, I want to look scary! I even have on my Halloween bandanna!"



Here's my scary face. What do you think. Are you scared yet?


Ooooo...I ain't afraid of no ghosts!


Now, how's this? I've put my bandanna on my precious little head. Do I look like a mummy? A zombie, a mean scary dog?



I've tried so hard to look scary for Halloween! I've put on my Halloween bandanna, I've put on my scary mean dead dog face and my Halloween headband and none of you were scared! Mommy says, I'm just too precious to be scary. She calls me her little precious Chloe Dawn. Well, that's my name. I guess it's okay not to be scary...here she comes with a cookie for me!


One last time...Boo!!


The Scary Chloe Dawn
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If my precious scary Chloe Dawn didn't scare you, I would like to try! Ya Ha Ha!!!

Now I would like to tell you a story that my grandfather told and said it was a true story. My grandfather was born in the late 1800's and passed away when I was three, so I don't remember much about him. But my Daddy told me this story many times and now I would like to tell you...

Many years ago, when people traveled (by horse and buggy) there were no motels or even hotels in every town where they could spend the night. It was customary in the deep south to knock on some one's door and ask to stay with them for the night.

That was the case in our story. A man had traveled so long and hard but failed to reach his destination and it was getting dark. He was too tired to go on. He saw a house with the lights (lanterns) burning, knocked on the door and asked if they had a room where he could spend the night? "Of course!", the man who opened the door said. "First room on the right at the top of the stairs."

The weary traveler looked around at all the folks in the parlor and saw quite a few evil looking men playing cards and drinking. He was just so grateful to have a place to rest so he hurried up the stairs to his room.

Now not many places had electric lights at this time, so candles and kerosene lanterns were used. Our traveler was too tired to care if he lit the lantern and so proceeded to get ready for bed. He took off his boots and socks and walked up to the bed. He was walking in something, he felt it, he was sticky! He took out a match, lit it and saw it was BLOOD he'd been stepping in! He followed the trail of blood under the bed and saw the body of a man! He was so terrified!

He knew he would be the next victim of these evil men! They had probably killed this poor guy and took his money!! He thought quickly what to do. He put his socks and boots back on and then he dragged the body out from under the bed and placed the poor fellow on his side, covered him back up and just waited.

Hours had gone by. He was so sleepy, but he couldn't allow himself to doze off! He stayed close against the wall so when the door opened it would hide him from their view.

Sure enough, hours had passed and he heard footsteps creeping up the stairs! He held his breath, so afraid! The mob of men crept into the room and tiptoed over to the bed. They all had knives in their hands - he could see an occasional glimpse of metal. Suddenly they all began stabbing the poor dead fellow! Our traveler escaped from behind the door where he was hiding, ran down the stairs and hopped upon his horse and he was out of there. He lived to tell this tale.

Ya Ha Ha!! Are you scared yet?

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~


Spooky

In the cool of the evening when ev'rything is gettin' kind of groovy,

I call you up and ask you if you want to go and meet and see a movie,

First you say no, you've got some plans for the night,

And then you stop, and say, "All right."

Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you.

You always keep me guessin',

I never seem to know what you are thinkin'.

And if a fella looks at you,

it's for sure your little eye will be a-winkin'.

I get confused, 'cause I don't know where I stand,

And then you smile, and hold my hand.

Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you.

Spooky!

If you decide someday to stop this little game that you are playin',

I'm gonna tell you all what my heart's been a-dyin' to be sayin'.

Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams,

So I'll propose... on Halloween.

Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you.

Spooky, Spooky,Spooky,

Oh-whoa, all right,

I said Spooky!

~sung by Chloe Dawn and the Classics IV

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Romantic At Heart

I must confess, I'm a romantic at heart! I do believe this started when I was in the eighth grade. During the summer my teacher had suggested a number of books to read - a couple were written by ladies with the same last name - Bronte. The rest is history! A true romantic was born.

Now, I've mentioned before our dear daughter and son-in-law lived in England for a couple of years. On one of our visits to see them, dear daughter had planned a trip just for me! You see, I had introduced her to the famous Bronte sisters. We hopped on this little steam train and headed to a little town, Haworth, on the Yorkshire moors. This, Dearest Ones, was the home of the Bronte sisters: Charlotte, Emily and Anne.


We were thrilled to see the magic and charm of this little town on the hillside.

Doesn't this just look like a fairy tale town?

But first things first! It's lunchtime and we had to have some Yorkshire Pudding - it is made from batter and most often served with roast beef, vegetables and served with gravy. Ye Olde Bronte Tea Room had to be the place!

After lunch it was time to tour the home (parsonage) of the famous Bronte sisters.
This is the only existing painting of the sisters. Anne is on the left, Emily in the middle and Charlotte is on the right. This portrait hangs in their home and was painted by their brother, Branwell Bronte, whom himself wrote poems. Look closely and you'll see an outline of a figure that is no longer there. He painted himself in, but later painted himself out. He lived a very troubled life.

These ladies were daughters of a very strict Anglican clergyman who was the pastor of this church. Their mother died at an early age. They all at one time went off to attend school, but eventually ended back up at the parsonage (their home).


The graveyard is right in front of the parsonage. It was eery looking, but at the same time beautiful.



The time of our visit was the end of October and the leaves were turning.
Elizabeth Gaskell, a friend, wrote their bio and that is how the world has come to know about their lives. She writes of three girls who grew up on the wild and isolated moors, spending most of their time together writing stories which was their passion.
Now to the romance...
This is the start of my romantic heart! How clever I am! ;) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Have you read it?
It was made into a movie in 1944! There is a newer version, but I still prefer the old black and white movie staring Joan Fontaine and Orson Wells.
If you get the change to read this book - PLEASE DO! If you get the chance to see the old movie - PLEASE DO!



But this, Dearest Ones, is my all time favorite book by Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights! If you've not read this, you really don't know what you're missing. This is a story told in a backflash by the housekeeper. She tells of a doomed and tragic love, conflicting passions and revenge. Ooooo...it's just wonderful! Cathy and Heathcliff, be still my heart.
This wonderful literary work was also made into a movie in 1939, staring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, before he was a 'Sir'! They both were at their most beautiful, I believe, in this movie. Again, there is a later version of this movie, but I just love the black and white one.

Look, Heathcliff, the heather on the moors...the heather!

Oh, just to look at this picture fills my heart with pain and my eyes are filling up with tears...
At the museum, look what is there: the headstone from Heathcliff's grave..

and the headstone from Cathy's grave.
Dearest Darlings, it's true, they don't make them like they used to...books or movies. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading some of the literature from these sisters, and even their brother wrote a book of poetry, go to your library and check out Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I don't think you'll be disappointed and you may find out ~ you're a romantic at heart, too!

Be sweeties,



I'll not leave you with a Note Song today, but some words that really go to my heart spoken by Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights:
"...and I pray my prayer - I'll repeat it till my tongue stiffens - Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you - haunt me, then! I know the murdered do haunt their murderers! I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is ununtterable! I CANNOT live without my life! I CANNOT life without my soul!"


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'm So Thrilled!! Awards and a Diva!

Attention! Attention!! Oh, Browsing Ones, we must interrupt this posting of 'thank yous' and awards to bring you the latest breaking news!! We are always on top of the Breaking Bathroom Business News and you can count on us to bring it to you FIRST!

Okay, Questioning Ones, we've just found out another Bathroom attack! Another invasion! What is Blogland to do? Send in the Diva of Bathroom Business ~ me!
Here I am with toilet brush in hand and I will do my inspection of this lovely one now! I'm never too busy for my Bathroom Business.

Well, Pondering Ones, I sort of see a gorgeous face and I'm sure if I could see it, it would possess the most peaches and creamyness of complexions. I'm sure there are two gorgeous eyes, we can only imagine, Dear Ones! I do see the most gorgeous of locks just filled with bathroom hightlights - now this is a very good sign, Marveling Ones! Now I don't see any slender arms, but I do see the most daintiest hands with the creamiest of fingers attached to a CAMERA!! Yes, yes!! We have another Bathroom Diva!Do we know this most gorgeous one? Well, I'm peeking around the camera to see her face and yes, yes, this is our own Connie, I do call her Connieness, at http://connie-livingbeautifully.blogspot.com/. Oh, Dear Peeping Ones,this is the sweet little chickee you've ever seen. She is all romantic in her home and has a Love Bunny!! Woo Hoo!! Okay, I'll get into my Bathroom mood, please...my robe, my crown, would you please pick my toilet brush up off the floor? Ahem...Dear Connieness, I am about to crown you with the most sought after title in the world...you are now a Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Diva and will be one for ever and ever and until the twelfth of never. Now go, Connieness, and show your gorgeous face to bathrooms ever where.
Snap, Dear Camera In Hand Ones, snap!!

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I've just got to share with you another beautiful award I have just received from Jan and Mr. Tom at http://jt-jantom.blogspot.com/. Jan has been such a faithful follower of my blog and comments almost every day! Her love of all things romantic is evident on her blog - roses, tea parties. Her faith is ever so strong and she shares that without fear. The first and only giveaway I've won came from her!! I truly consider her a friend! Jan and Mr. Tom, thank you from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful award. You know I am playing that piano!!




You Are Music To My Heart! Isn't it just the most beautiful thing? Thank you, Dear Ones.



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I'm so thrilled and flattered that I've received another award!! Twice! Just look at this little gem of goldenness!! Kathi at http://lavenderlaceandthyme.blogspot.com/has and Judi at http://judicreations.wordpress.com/ awarded me with this greatness - Blogging Friends Forever! Isn't that just the sweetest? These sweet Ones are both such a joy. I truly appreciate this, Dea Ones, from the bottom of my heart! I feel so blessed to have these two lovely ladies as my BFFs!!




Now I must follow the rules and I do so try to be obedient, most of the time. ;)

1. You may only choose 5 people/blogs to give the award to...

2. Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog...

3. One has to be a new follower of your blog or live in another part of the world...

You all know how hard this is to pick out just a few Dear Ones, when you all deserve every award. But I'll get to you on the next go round. ;)

The award goes to...

1. Buffie at http://buffiesblaaaahg.blogspot.com/. This pretty one is so funny and she shares the every day happenings of her life - and her life is hilarious, or that's the way she tells it anyway!! But somehow she manages to stay the beautiful one.

2. Pat at http://backporchmusings.blogspot.com/. This lovely gracious lady is a fantastic photographer and shares the most beautiful pictures. She loves her home and travels quite a bit and takes us with her.

3. Darlene at http://darlenesdays-darlene.blogspot.com/. Darlene is a jewel. She has a great sense of humor, loves her family (she has the most adorable little girl, Lexi), her home and is quite the creative one.

4. Carol at http://charliandme.blogspot.com/. This wonderful one loves history, nature and has a little side kick, Charli - an adorable little mini Schnauzer, like Chloe Dawn. Charli is a Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapper, too!

5. Lynne at http://lynnesgiftsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/. This beautiful one is new to Blogland. She is an old time friend from Rate My Space and a new follower to my blog as I am to hers. Now Lynne has the most wonderful shop with treasures we can all drool over. Her home is her castle and she decorates it beautifully. She is very sweet and humble. Go visit her and tell her I sent you! I'm sure she'll give you some tea from one of her antique tea cups.


Oh, Dearest Ones, I hope you don't skip over these kinds of posts! This is a way to congratulate each other and meet new friends! I cherish you all and really do value our Blogland friendship!!

Be a bunch of sweeties,



I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~


Because You Loved Me

For all those times you stood by me

For all the truth that you made me see

For all the joy you brought to my life

For all the wrong that you made right

For every dream you made come true

For all the love I found in youI'll be forever thankful baby

You're the one who held me up

Never let me fall

You're the one who saw me through through it all
You were my strength when I was weak

You were my voice when I couldn't speak

You were my eyes when I couldn't see

You saw the best there was in me

Lifted me up when I couldn't reach

You gave me faith 'coz you believed

I'm everything I am

Because you loved me
You gave me wings and made me fly

You touched my hand I could touch the sky

I lost my faith, you gave it back to me

You said no star was out of reach

You stood by me and I stood tall

I had your love I had it all

I'm grateful for each day you gave me

Maybe I don't know that much

But I know this much is true

I was blessed because I was loved by you
You were my strength when I was weak

You were my voice when I couldn't speak

You were my eyes when I couldn't see

You saw the best there was in me

Lifted me up when I couldn't reach

You gave me faith 'coz you believed

I'm everything I am

Because you loved me
You were always there for me

The tender wind that carried me

light in the dark shining your love into my life

You've been my inspiration

Through the lies you were the truth

My world is a better place because of you
You were my strength when I was weak

You were my voice when I couldn't speak

You were my eyes when I couldn't see

You saw the best there was in me

Lifted me up when I couldn't reach

You gave me faith 'coz you believed

I'm everything I am

Because you loved me
I'm everything I am

Because you loved me



~sung by Celine Dion

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tablescape Tuesday

Attention! Attention!! Before we can start our Tablescapeing, we have the latest breaking news!! Do you see this bathroom? Darling Tuesday Ones, it has been invaded! That's right ~ at this very moment in Plains, Georgia, while on a tour of former President Carter's childhood home, someone broke the rules and opened a security gate and barged in to do some snapping!Can you believe this, Trying To Remember What Pres. Carter Looked Like Ones? Well, I think he ate a lot of peanuts, although that had nothing to do with his looks, well, maybe it did, and he had big front teeth and...oh, excuse me. We need to get on with the business at hand! Bathroom Business!! Okay, I'm your gal - the Diva of Bathrooms....
I have my toilet brush in hand and I'm ready for the inspection. Okay, I can see clearly now, that's a song, oh Singing Ones! I see the most beautifulness of faces, the most peaches and creamyness of complexions, two, yes, that's right, two lovely sparkling eyes, a smile just filled with the pearliest of whiteness and this lovely one is draped with priceless jewels. Okay, so far so good, Sweet Genuine Ones. There is the most gorgeousness of locks filled with bathroom highlights ~ you cannot get highlights like these at your salon, no no Nanette! Only a bathroom will do for a true Snapping Diva. Onward, (as I'm holding up my toilet brush!) Wait, I see no arms, can you, Oh Puzzled Ones? Oh, my goodness, we've never had an armless Diva before, Astonished Ones! I can see no dainty hands with the creamiest of fingers either! Oh, the shock of it! I must settle down a bit...okay I'm better now...I think I get it, Trick or Treat Ones...it's almost Halloween and this lovely one is pulling a funny on us! Somehow she has manged to snap her lovelyness without using her arms or hands! This is certainly a Diva!! Yes, Dear Trembling With Fear Ones, this is the real thing, and I don't mean Coke! This is a Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Diva!! Do we know her? Why of course we do, this is Donna at http://adventureswithtassie.blogspot.com/. Congratulations, Donna!! I now crown you with the most sought after title in Blogland and maybe even the world!! You are now a Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Diva and will be one for ever and ever and until the twelfth of never!! Go now, Donna, and Diva Diva Las Vegas if you want to!!

Now, Most Precious Ones, you, too can achieve the bathroom wonderment for yourself if you so desire. There are only a chosen few who will ever reach this grand station in life - true Bathroom Divas! So if you want to get down to real Bathroom Business, barge into a bathroom of your choice, not your own is preferred, take your little camera and don't forget to turn off the flash and snap snap away. Come and inform me, The Queen of Bathroom Business, and I will come and get your most gorgeous snap, bring you back to my blog and post you up so high for all the I Wish I Could Be Like Her Ones to see!
Life is so good.....
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Hi, and welcome again to Tablescape Tuesday hosted by the most talented tablescaper ever, Susan, at BetweenNapsOnThePorch. Many of us are having so much fun setting our tables, so go over and check her out.

Today I'd like to show you a tablescape that I blogged about when I first started my blog in June of this year. This is a little setting for just us girls to drink peach tea, eat cookies and talk!
The table has a soft moss green tablecloth and I'm using little tea napkins with a tiny little embroidered flower on one corner.


I rather love the roosters and I found these precious little rooster dessert plates! No dinner plates, no bowls, no cups, just dessert plates! But aren't they the cutest little things? These little roosters are ever so feminine and these little plates are sitting atop white dinner plates I'm using as chargers. The white plates are quite old and I do have a set of these.

Here is the peach tea and I'm ready to pour you a glass. The glasses I'm using today are pink depression glass - these glasses are very old. I'm using them only today because it's such a special occasion - you're here! Also, I think it's a nice little touch to tie a ribbon around the handle of my tea pitcher, don't you?

You are looking at a sugar scuttle and I have this delightful accessory because of Susan, our hostess today! As I've said, Susan and I go back to Rate My Space days and she was wowing everybody back then with her tablescapes. She had shown a sugar scuttle on her table and I just fell in love with it. I don't think I had ever seen one before. Lo and behold, the very next day I went to my favorite little thrift shop and this little cutie was just sitting there calling my name. I snatched it up in a heart beat, brought it home and shined it up! Now it didn't have the little scoop that should be with it, but a little sugar spoon works just fine! Isn't it just the most darling thing?

The flower arrangement was made by me ~ just stuck some faux flowers in a white tea pot. Some of you probably say no no no to faux. But I say yes yes yes these work just fine ( I couldn't think of anything to fit here that would rhyme with 'yes' ) As I've said before, don't hate me ~ I love my faux flowers and my faux flowers love me!

This is a pretty little crystal candy dish that is just perfect for a few extra ice cubes. Isn't it nice when you can use something you already have in a totally different way?

I have a double crystal candlestick that is holding two little votive cups with votive candles inside. We girls just love to have a little candlelight, even in the light of day.

Hope you have enjoyed looking at my cookie party table! So pull up a chair and...
I'll give you a cookie ~ peanut butter cookies sitting atop a hand painted glass platter. I told you I would serve food last week. Cookies are food, aren't they? I love my peanut butter cookies and I know you can absolutely love peanut butter cookies!!!
uh oh...
Chloe Dawn smells the cookies and of course she wants one! Open wide, my little blurry fuzzy face!!


Hope you've enjoyed my little Tablescape today. Please drop by to see Susan and view the other beautiful tables.





I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
Cookie Song

Cookies cookies listen while we sing to you
Cookies cookies listen while we sing to you
Any one can make a bed
Anyone can sleep
But it takes a cookie to make the day complete!!!!!
Sooooo cookies cookies listen while we sing to youuuuu!!!

~ sung by who knows? ;)