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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 42
Cajun Corner – Vol.
4, No. 42 – November 4, 2012
Jour!Welcome to Cajun
Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.
Usually George dresses in costume to hand out
candy to trick or treater’s.This year
he really didn’t feel like doing that until a neighbor asked if he was going to
use the same costume as last year.He
got out his old black poncho and hat from last year and found a really scary
foam mask at Wal-Mart.He even scared
me.Then he sat outside by the bushes
with his cauldron of candy.
It was still light outside and there were a
couple of women strolling a baby around the park.I had my witch’s hat on and was setting
George up.Apparently the ladies didn’t
see George moving around and thought that he was something that I constructed
and put in the yard.About their third
time around, the ladies and baby strolled over to tell me that they had been
watching me set up for Halloween.They
thought the monster/creature was really cool and we all laughed – until George
moved and scared the bejeebers out of the ladies and child.We had fun that night.There were more than the usual number of
children but not a lot.Our neighbors
were handing out candy and it was nice mingling with them.All in all, we were inside by 8 p.m.
Our usual tradition is afterwards we stoke up a
fire in the chiminea and enjoy a glass of wine.This year was no different.
The following day, of course, was my
birthday.By the end of the day, I had
over 400 birthday wishes on Facebook.I
love my Facebook friends.One friend
later told me that she was late getting on FB to send me a Happy Birthday
wish.When she did, she got a message
that my Facebook page was full and she couldn’t place the message.I didn’t know they did that.
The day was pretty quiet and peaceful.I had some embroidery work to do.George gave me a great present.I walked into my studio to find a new,
adjustable, swivel, and rolling chair, with a back on it, placed at my
embroidery machine.Very nice.
I told George that I would like a steak
dinner.He cooked a wonderful meal and
afterwards we relaxed, with wine, in front of the chiminea.Obviously, the chiminea is one of my favorite
This may not seem like a very exciting birthday,
but George understands that I don’t celebrate a birthDAY.Oh no, my celebration entails a
birthMONTH.We have to pace ourselves.
Saturday we attended the memorial services for
our friend who passed away recently.It
really was a lovely service.Tears were
flowing.A good friend will be
missed.The memorial was at the Elks
Lodge on the beach.After the service
everyone went to the food and bar.We
visited with many friends.Many thanks
go out to our wonderful SOB ladies who planned, prepared, hosted, and cleaned
for this memorial to a wonderful man.
Hurricane Sandy killed
11 people in Cuba and
proceeded along its path north until it collided into 2 additional storms and
hit New York
and the surrounding areas.It was only a
category one hurricane, but the combination with the other storms and hitting
in the location that it did, was devastating.Our thoughts and prayers have been with all of those people.Sandy closed
down New York City.We watched the news and all of the photos on
the internet.Memories of Hurricane Ivan kept flooding our
A friend of mine posted a question on Facebook
today:“How long would you survive where you live
if utilities and transportation STOPPED? No water, sewer, electricity or food
coming to the stores?”Interesting
questions.I don’t think we would have
too hard a time. In Florida you can always dig for water.It is there.The garden and knowing what plants are edible would suffice for food,
not to mention fishing and seafood.We
even have the bamboo that we could use for fishing poles.If there is nothing to buy at the store,
there is little need for transportation other than walking or bicycling.I even have my grandmother’s treadle sewing
machine.Aside from fire, there is solar
cooking and heating.Our big problem
would be cooling and finding coffee.The
biggest problem, I think, would be crime.People who do not know how to survive tend to loot.
This week I have spent hours surfing the web and
scouring Pinterest for handmade Christmas gift ideas.Good gosh, the internet has tutorials on
everything.If you don’t like to read a
tutorial, there are plenty of tutorial videos available.There is no need to ever throw away fabric or
paper.The internet is littered with
uses for these.Aluminum cans have a
million recycled purposes, as well.There are all kinds of craft projects using plastic of every kind.If that’s not good enough, there are crafts
projects for organizing all of these craft supplies.It is just so amazing what the internet has
done for everyone.
With that said, it is time to be thinking of
Christmas presents.What to make?What to purchase?
·Cookies, cakes, fudge, bread, etc., are always
wonderful gifts.Print out the recipe on
pretty cardstock and tie with a nice bow.
·Do a theme present such as kitchenware.Buy or make a potholder mitt and fill it with
wooden spoons, whisk, spatula, etc.Tie
a pretty bow around the middle.
·A set of napkins with pretty napkin rings.These are easily made and there are many
tutorials online with a wealth of design ideas.
·I recently saw a cute idea.Place settings for the table included a
burlap pocket with a flower on top.The
silverware was inserted into the burlap pocket and all was placed on top of the
·Burlap, muslin and linen with their earth tones
are very popular right now.
·Cool looking spice dispensers.
·Garden apron with packets of seeds in the
·A basket for the garden with a handle, insert
seeds or plants, gloves, potting soil, fertilizer, seedling pots, small hoes or
rakes and garden utensils.Even an outdoor
thermometer or rain gauge.
·Soaps, bath salts, scrub cloth, towel, lotions,
Yesterday a lady contacted me for heirloom
looking handkerchiefs for her Nana’s birthday.Of course, they were made and initialed in the corner using a small
diamond shaped monogram.They looked
very nice and the customer was please with the results and that we could get
this done so fast.
Have a wonderful week.
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Taken from Pinterest:Homemade toothpaste! Here's a cheap and
much better alternative to commercial toothpaste. Supplies: -5 Tbs baking soda
-4 Tbs coconut oil -About 10 drops of essential oil. (I used peppermint)
-Container (Make sure it has a lid. Baking soda will absorb smells if left to
open air.) -*You can also add a bit of stevia or other natural sweetener if
you're used to a sweeter toothpaste.