Wednesday, October 28, 2009

No Spooky At My House...

Hello, Dear Ones! Now I must tell you, we just don't do spooky at our house for Halloween! But I do have this little display ~ not scary, but pretty cute.

We do have many many trick or treaters come to our neighborhood and we do give the little children candy! It's interesting to see the little cute ones and to see how many actually have manners and say thank you! I don't think many parents teach their children manners anymore, do you?

Well, we have taught our little Chloe Dawn manners and she does say thank you each time she gets a treat. But she is a big ole scaredy cat or I guess she's a big ole scaredy dog! I picked her up to show her these little cats and she jumped out of my arms and ran outside!

Well, Dear Ones, I found her outside just a'trembling! I told it was okay and they were not real cats, but she said, "No way am I coming back in, Mommy". Well, what's a Mommy to do? Go give her another treat...

I'm getting off track because I wanted to share a little trip we took a few years ago when our Dear Daughter lived in England. We went for a visit and took a tiny trip to Whitby, England.
Now I need to tell you, my sweet friend, Lindsay who lives across the pond at The Cross Stitch House actully took us on a three post tour to Whitby a few posts back. Go visit her sometimes ~ she's a real sweetie.

Here is the beautiful quaint fishing town of Whitby by the sea. Whitby is located on the North Yorkshire coast. Look at all those enchanting red roofs!

But Dear Ones, I must tell you, there are some scary things that have happened all around this town. Now beware as I share a tiny bit of spookiness with you.

Here we stand at the base of the 199 steps that lead to Whitby Abbey. The steps were originally wooden and were used to carry coffins up to the church. Now do you have your tiny walking shoes on? Well, take a deep breath and let's start the climb.

Congratulations! We made it to the top and we're looking over at St. Mary's Church.

There's Dear Daughter and Mr. Precious on the right. You can tell I'm tagging along behind! Whew! What a climb! Now here is the scary part ~ St. Mary's Church will always be associated with DRACULA!

In 1890, on this windy cliff, Bram Stoker (if you don't know, was the author of the original book named "Dracula") watched the mist descend upon the ruins of the 12th century Abbey and neighboring graveyard. His thoughts turned to vampires and Dracula was born! Could that bench be where Bram Stoker sat and peered over into the ship harbor and got his ideas for writing his book "Dracula"?

Now if you're familiar with the Dracula story, you know who Lucy was. Well, Dear Lucy sat here, maybe on one of these benches and watched the ships sailing till the sun set.

Here we're looking over the the cliff and guess what ~ the infamous Count Dracula arrived on a ship washed ashore in this harbor and his vampirish feet touched the soil of Whitby! Oh my!

I suppose she was not afraid! Would you be afraid being here? I would be, especially after dark!

It's a bit spooky, but lovely at the same time!

This is the Caedmon's Cross looking over the graveyard. Don't you think this cross should have scared Count Dracula?

Now we're looking over at Whitby Abbey. Did you see something? I think I saw a dark figure in the distant, did you?



These desolute ruins stand above the steep steps we just climbed and overlooks the village.

I found these two awesome looking photos of the Abbey and just had to make another mosaic!

What was that? I heard something...did you hear it? I'm not scared, no no Nannette, I'm not!

The Abbey was founded in 651 AD and became the focus for folklore and legend. Here are some of the stories that have developed through the centuries: there is a phantom coach and horses which thunders to a halt outside the church; there has been seen a headless spectra standing at the bottom of the 199 steps; and there's been told there is a mischievous sprite who haunts the dark countries lanes around Whitby; and we must not forget ~ Dracula! His ghost is supposedly prowling around all over this area! OOOH! Please don't be scared - it's all legend and fiction.

We're walking and we're walking ~ oh, no! What is this!? I don't even want to guess! Let's just get out of here, okay?

Woof Woof! Oh! Did that scare you? This was so funny ~ when we were walking back to our accommodations, this little fuzzy face poked his tiny head out and was barking at us to high heaven! We almost jumped out of our socks ( I was wearing socks and shoes because we were here in late October)! This was the most scary encounter we had on our trip.

If you ever visit Whitby in the new future, please be warned: there are those who say that Dracula's spirit still is present in this town. Of course, like me, you are a rational being and do not believe that, do you...

Now Dear Ones, don't be afraid of the scary legends or ghosts or goblins on Saturday night - but have a safe Halloween!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Oh, Dear Ones, I have committed a Boo Boo! I would never intentionally do something wrong, but I have copied this song and didn't realize it was copyrighted. The author wrote me and asked if I would post the link, and so I will. It is from this site Halloween Poems and Lyrics.

I'm so sorry for doing the wrong thing, Mr. Ryan, but I do love your song.

Dracula's Theme Song

He comes upon the wings of night
He comes, my dear, to have a bite
His vicious
Fangs baring just above your neck
He wants much more than a love peck

Oh you can run, you can scream and hide
but his sense of smell is a source of pride
then there’s his
hearing keen with a sonar’s guide
he will find you out you will be his bride!

you will be his bride!

He comes upon the wings of night
He comes, my dear, to have a bite
His vicious
Fangs baring just above your neck
He wants much more than a love peck

~sung by M. Ryan Taylor

Copyright © 2008 M Ryan Taylor / Vocal Works
Used by permission.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Changes to Suit My Mood

Before I get to my post today, I would love to ask you to vote for me at Paula Grace Designs. I have entered her giveaway and would love it if you would pop over and vote for me. I'm the second one! Thank you, Dear Ones!

Hello Dear Ones and welcome to Monday Memes! I'm joining Mosaic Monday hosted by our Dear Mary at Little Red House, Blue Monday hosted by our Dear Sally at Smiling Sally and Met Monday hosted by our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. So after you visit me, please pop on over and check out all of the fascinating things that are happening all across the Land of Blog on this Monday. I've also been invited to join our most beautiful Cielo at The House in the Roses with her 'Show Off Your Cottage Monday'. So go pop in to see her lovely blog and the other participants showing their homes. Isn't this so much fun?

Now I must tell you, Dear Ones, I've been very busy here at Note Songs. Instead of Spring Fever I think I have Fallen Fever - I've been wanting to change stuff! So let me show you what I've been up to.

See this mess? Now you know I have a disease and just can't help myself - I'm a dishaholic! I have dishes all over the place and have just packed this little bookcase in my breakfast room plumb full of dishes and more dishes! More than full, Dear Ones, packed and cluttered! Yes! and you thought I was as neat as a pin, didn't you? You don't have to answer that! :)

Well, I watch Mission Organization on HGTV and before they can get a space organized - they take everything out! That's just what I did! See? Empty and nekked (Texan for naked). This is an olden Barrister Bookshelf/Lawyer Bookcase Mr. Precious brought home to me many moons ago. It was probably built around the 1940s. If anyone knows for sure, you can correct me.

So I began to shuffle, pull out and pull down, arrange and prettify (to me, anyway) my olden bookcase. Ta Dah!!!

I decided I'd have no more dishes in this piece and put in my cookbooks with some chickens and roosters! I think I like this now! What do you think?

It's rather hard to take a clear photo through those glass doors so I'll just open them up for you to see.

Much better, don't you think? I can see clearly now the rain is gone! Oh, I'm just singing to you! Ignore me! Well, don't actually ignore me, just bare with me! :)

This is the top shelf and I must tell you my little chicks are just having the best of times in here!

Second shelf ~ more content chicks along with my cookbooks. I'm loving this!

Bottom shelf. The first photo in this mosaic shows a stack of those little cookbooks from churches and schools (which are the best tried and true recipes, I think) and I use these the most but they're not really pretty! You know you have some of these too. Then more cluck clucks! I'll bet you're thinking, 'Shelia must really be a great cook with all of these cookbooks!' Naw, I just cook pretty simple around here, but I do love my cook books and read them like novels! :)

I kept going and arranged the top of my olden shelf - filled with Fallness! I just love being Fallen!

I found these cute little Fallen blocks and added my tiny little Pie Bird and some Fallen leaves.

Then borrowed my Fallen cloche from the kitchen.

Last but certainly not least is my King of the Kitchen, Mr. Wonderful Glorious Rooster!

Also redid my wall shelf. Do you like my changes? I sure hope so. I must tell you, I've already made a change here. I didn't even notice until I looked at my picture above - but you don't stack your chickens on top of each other! I did that! Notice the first and second shelves - stacked chickens! Oh, for shame. Well, don't shoot me because I've already flipped the second shelf and it looks so much better. Aww. I'll show you how it looks another time.

Do you notice anything else that is different? No no Nannette ~ not the messy background, I told you I've been busy! You have to make a mess to make pretty! :) Do you notice anything like maybe my wall color? Like maybe it's not red anymore? Like maybe I've been really busy? Like maybe I've been...

Painting! Yes, Dear Ones, I've been painting my tiny socks off. Well, not that I wear socks, I'm usually bare foot! Yes, I'm painting my red walls yellow and I'm painting all the yucky creaminess of trim to bright white! I'll have to show it all to you down the road ~ I'm far from being finished. Let's see, I'm thinking of that old song by Crystal Gayle 'Don't It Make My Red Walls Yellow?' Wasn't that a song? Yep, I'm sure it was or was it...oh, never mind. ;)

Thanks for joining me today for Mosaic Monday, Blue Monday and Met Monday!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

I don't know when I've been so blue
Don't know what's come over you
You've found someone new
And don't it make my brown eyes blue

I'll be fine when you're gone
I'll just cry all night long
Say it isn't true
And don't it make my brown eyes blue

Tell me no secrets, tell me some lies
Give me no reasons, give me alibis
Tell me you love me and don't let me cry
Say anything but don't say goodbye

I didn't mean to treat you bad
Didn't know just what I had
But honey now I do
And don't it make my brown eyes
Don't it make my brown eyes
Don't it make my brown eyes blue
~sung by Crystal Gayle

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hooked on Fall Home Tours with Julia

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm playing with Julia and her Hooked On Fall Homes Tour! Pop by and get your bucket filled to the brim with Fallness.

If you visit me often, you've probably seen my Fallness. So please just pretend it's all new to you!

Now let's start at the front door and you'll see my Fallness of wreaths I made last year.

Mustn't forget my mailbox! :)

Welcome to the entry and you can see I have Fallness all over the top of my olden table.

Fallness underneath the table too.

My mantle in the den is bursting with Fallness!

I dearly love my little wire cloche and of course it's filled with Fallness!



Don't you just love Fallness?

Even my little creatures are helping out with the Fallness.


Now we're coming into the kitchen and you can see the candle ring wreath that I've decided to use as a decorative wreath on my pantry door.


Vignette of Fallness...

Hope you've enjoyed seeing some of the Fallness at my house. Now pop on over to Julia's for more!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Country Road

Take to the highway won't you lend me your name
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same

Mamma don't understand it
She wants to know where I've been
I'd have to be some kind of natural born fool
To want to pass that way again
But you know I could feel it
On a country road

Sail on home to Jesus won't you good girls and boys
I'm all in pieces, you can have your own choice
But I can hear a heavenly band full of angels
And they're coming to set me free
I don't know nothing 'bout the why or when
But I can tell that it's bound to be
Because I could feel it, child, yeah
On a country road

I guess my feet know where they want me to go
Walking on a country road

Take to the highway won't you lend me your name
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same, child
Mamma don't understand it
She wants to know where I've been
I'd have to be some kind of natural born fool
To want to pass that way again
But I could feel it
On a country road

Walk on down, walk on down, walk on down
Walk on down, walk on down a country road
country road
Walking on a country road
~sung by Sweet Baby James Taylor