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I am a novelty to many (and I'm fine with that).
I have a very silly sense of humor usually riddled with malapropisms (and I'm fine with that, too).
I ask too many questions of Life and I expect all the answers.
I trust people too easily when I shouldn't; however, I respect everyone regardless…unless they do something to make me think twice.
I don't cheat. I am tactful yet will give the truth up front (and never mean to hurt anyone's feelings with it).
I like to help the people who have helped me, and even those who have not.
I never forget... but sometimes I misplace things.
I never lose hope.
I am awesomely blessed for the people who have come into my life, and I am blessed for the people who have left because I realize I didn't need them anyway.
I honestly feel that laughter is the best medicine you can have.
I believe in being strong when everything else seems to be going wrong.
I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. In other words, I'm human, and definitely not perfect.
But tomorrow is another day, and there's so much cheese to be had...
(thank you to Ranae S. for this bit of inspiration!)

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Coffin or Casket? ....

What are the differences, you ask?

A casket is generally a four-sided burial box, most commonly in use these days.

A coffin is the type of funerary box that has six sides to it. Think of what they used in old fashioned Victorian or Old West burials, and you get the idea. 

This type is also called a "toe pincher," as the shape is narrower down toward where the feet would go. 

My dear Hubby spends a good deal of time in his workshop during the warmer weather, creating all sorts of interesting wooden & metal items for Halloween. He whipped up a whole bunch of mini scale-sized (18" x 6" x 3") toe pincher coffins that we sold at "Monsters & Merriment." People used them to put candy in, or bottles of wine, dolls (they fit a regular sized "Barbie" perfectly) or autumn foliage displays. 
They're all hand-made from repurposed wood (mostly pine and/or cedar) with metal hinges that he created from hand as well. 

Each is unique, with characteristics of the wood they are created from. Some have big piney knotholes, including one with a heart-shaped knot hole on the lid. And one of the black ones has a hand-sculpted skull that he created, festooned on the lid.

We keep a few around the house year-round, and any time we have company over who have never been to our "Halloween 24/7/365" home, they always ask where we got those cool coffins from!

They are available on my Etsy store, for only $25 each plus shipping.

Our dear friend, the illustrious Nashville TV horror host "Dr. Gangrene," just featured one of the coffins on his YouTube channel giveaways a few days ago. You can see it here:
(contest closed)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Must revive my Blog!

I have severely neglected this blog! It was my favorite one, too - I so enjoyed posting about life, love, recipes, beer, travel, pets, art, you name it. Well, dears, just got back from a 3200 mile road trip, over the course of 2 full weeks, across 14 north eastern US states for the Halloween season that culminated in iconic Salem, Massachusetts... and boy, am I pooped! Got lots of photos to share, and one heckuva story to type up. Not today.... please, not today. Must attend to the mountain of dirty laundry from said trip and find a way to process the 2000+ photos I took. Whew....

I promise... I'll be back!

Me (redhead on right) and Hubby (wearing Pumpkin head on left) at the
"Bewitched" statue in Salem on October 30, 2016

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Where the heck have I been!?

Wow, seriously neglecting my life blog here it seems! I do have a perfectly good excuse though - I've been making a serious go at being a "professional" artist, and posting about all that sort of hoity-toity art-ness on my other blog. My, ahem, ART BLOG. The MacabreWebs one. I've done several art shows (got another one coming up in late September that I am personally putting together), have opened an Etsy shop, and have for the most part, at least for now, "retired" from a day job. 

Several friends who had been following my Quirk Shop blog had asked, "Hey, when are you going to do some updates?" Guess I can't put it off any longer. Gotta give the peeps what they want!

Just got back from a long (two week long) drive-vacation across the southwestern US. It took me and Mark (that's my hubby, aka "Poopy") through seven states and then back again. All I can say to sum it all up is, holy moley. What a gorgeous stretch of land we went through in our fancy rental car. Of course, me being, well, me... I took a few photos. As in, a bit over 1000 photos. So for the past three days straight, I've been downloading, adjusting, re-sizing, trying to pick out some truly worthy ones to post. And that I will! That will take me a bit of time to do, as I don't plan on merely dumping a bunch of picks here, I want to write about our trip. 

Being a born & raised west coastie girl (Los Angeles, CA), I loved the terrain and the weather along the way. A DRY heat. Very unlike where I live now (the Nashville, TN area hills). Don't get me wrong, I love being here in Tennessee, I love the south, love my friends and home here, we have a great quality of life that I did not find in southern California. Just being out in the semi-arid rocky high-altitude desert made me a little homesick. New Mexico in particular, I fell in love with! The "Land of Enchantment" did just that to me; worked its magic on me in a big way. I'd been through all these states (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada) many times when I was younger, but for some reason, it really got to me! 

Another amazingly breathtaking region I fell in love with is northern Arizona. We stayed in the Cottonwood area, Sedona, and the town of Jerome (more about Jerome in a bit). WOW! High altitude means a much more varied landscape with many pine trees and cooler air. 

Photos to follow as I update this and get my 1,000-plus photos readied!

Be back in a bit...

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy 8th Second Wedding Anniversary to us!

Yeah, I know, sounds odd. But my dear hubby and I spent this special day together and it was the best day EVER!!!

Well what a day it was! 
First, waking up to a fresh Etsy sale!
Then, having a relaxing one-hour massage with my Sweetie!
Then going home, drinking some whisky and beer, and frying up some bacon, and making home-made bacon maple whisky!

Wait, it gets better!

Since we had plenty of leftover bacon, I thought I'd try out a recipe for dinner - Fried Sweet Mascarpone, Cream Cheese, Nutella & Raspberry Sandwiches!

Take equal parts mascarpone cheese and regular cream cheese (about 4 oz. each), let come to room temp.
Mix in 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, stir till well mixed. Let it sit for a while til softened.

In the meantime, take your raspberries (I used fresh frozen) and let them thaw till soft. Sprinkle with a good layer of powdered sugar, let set.

Take either slices of pound cake or bread (dang it, I was fresh outta pound cake, so had to use bread).
Slather butter on one side, and all around the crusts. Roll in powdered sugar. Repeat with second slice.

Apply thick layer of mascarpone mixture on one slice of bread (not on buttered side)
Add layer of Nutella on other slice of bread.

Add fresh raspberries.

Fry in pure butter in skillet till brown and crispy (only about 5 minutes).

Remove, cut diagonally. Place slices of bacon in between. Drizzle some of the juice of the raspberries over it.


Dear Lord, it's definitely decadent, gooey, delicious. Could NOT eat this every day!!!|
Every *other* day, perhaps, but not every day.

Next time we make it, we're going to batter the sandwiches and then deep-fry them. 

Got lots more to report - and yes, I've been away but not completely gone, been concentrating on getting my 'MacabreWebs' Etsy page up and running (and have made two sales in less than two weeks!!! Woooo-hooo!). 
More info at my page!

You know that Halloween is on the way.... I'll have plenty to report on and even more photos to share!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013: Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Of sleeping kitties and sick spouses...

Aww! Had to post this, as it was just too gosh darn cute and I was feeling sugary on such a dismal, cold, rainy December afternoon.

You know how animals have that ability to sense when you're feeling sick or sad. They just want to crawl onto your lap and warm it up with their love (and warm little bodies).

Mark was sick last week. A rarity to be sure, as the man never gets sick, but for about 48 hours, he sneezed, coughed, sniffled, and hacked away while at home from work (another rarity - Mark never calls in sick! It was *ME* who insisted he stay home to recover). 
There he was, bundled up in a nice thick comforter on the couch, his poor nose rubbed raw from the endless stream of snot being blown harshly into an endless wiping of Kleenex, enjoying daytime TV (ha! I say that, laden with sarcasm, as we all know that daytime TV sucks eggs). 
Of course, Frankie had to camp out on his lap pretty much the entire time, as evidenced in the above photo. Not the best quality - I took it with my mobile phone, so it's rather blurry, but you get the misery emanating from Mark's face as dear Frankie snoozes like a baby... 

Here, it's just another day in the life of a seemingly boneless cat...

Friday, December 7, 2012

Post-BLECCHHH and feeling fabulous!

Yeah, wow! Such a long time 'tween posts here. I'd been under the weather with all sorts of crap, namely another round of flu-ishness, a health scare that turned out to be a false alarm (lump in the breast), psoriasis, and a long, cruel visit from Arthur (that's arthritis, in case you had visions of a mean uncle coming to stay and taunt me). Arthur, you have been a very bad boy, and are hereby BANISHED from my spine. Away! Away, ye, from my neck! Be gone, from my shoulder! Your presence is not wanted!

I have to thank my awesome chiropractor for helping me to rid the majority of the pain from the ever-evil Arthur. But along with the psoriasis (something I get maybe one time a year for a few weeks; this visit was over a month long and incredibly painful not to mention ghastly to look at - just get a look at my initial flareup one morning; I could barely open my right eye, it was so swollen!) I had been feeling quite unlike myself since early autumn. Just very draggy, mopey, utterly yuck, not sleeping well at all due to the constant pain in my spine, along with a weight gain of  over ten pounds (horrifying to me... I used to be very svelte and limber). I missed a lot of Halloween activities, which to me is tantamount to a sin! Horrors! How could that have happened? I'm usually so on the go, and excited to attend all manner of autumn-related functions, but not this year, and it got me really depressed. In my depression (unusual for me to be be stuck in that sort of mental muck, as I'm generally a very upbeat, optimistic sort) I did a lot of deep soul searching. I was like, "What's going on here!? I'm never sick like this! What is the problem?"

I of course realize that I am responsible for my Self, and it was singularly my own damn fault that I became run down and sickened due to my once-pristine diet becoming a garbage dump of bad food choices. I'd allowed myself to become totally addicted to sugar and junk food, eating it daily - sometimes hourly - until I felt like a giant heap of toxic sludge. Could not get through a day without at least a quart of ice cream, candy bars, heaping handfuls of candy corn, and cheese toast (carbs, sugar, bad fats mixed together... not good!)...

Perhaps this was the reason for my continuing bloat, my recurring skin problem, my deepening mental fog, and my painfully inflamed joints???
Swollen, flaky, and just plain miserable.

Doing my research over the years, I have learned that science/medicine has largely agreed that the cause(s) of most cancers and/disease can be attributed to chronic inflammation from poor food choices and combinations. I should know this as I've seen a huge difference in my overall health when I stop taking extreme care of my self, and pick up a bag of burgers and fries for dinner on a regular basis (refer to Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me" documentary!!!!).

Long story short: I've cut out sugar (save for maybe a half-teaspoon of raw sugar in my morning coffee, to enhance my stevia). I've wanted to do this for a long time, but it was difficult breaking the addiction; and I will have to say, when you are presented with an acute problem (ie: health scares) it makes it oh, so very easy to banish the sweet monster cravings from your life! You WANT TO feel better, and will take any step that is necessary to do so.

Along with processed sugar (I do, however, eat organic, unfiltered raw honey), I cut out most fat, and processed foods including bread and pasta. People don't realize that that stuff is highly addictive in and of itself, and turns pretty much to sugar in your system! 

Upped my intake of veggies (not hard for me to do, as I am- um, make that, have been, mostly vegetarian for decades, but yes, I consume some fish and chicken and seriously enjoy a good bloody steak perhaps once or twice a month), legumes (love me a big crock pot of lentil stew!), some fresh juicing (kale will save the world!!!), taking my good vitamins and EFA supplements like I used to. Oh, and of course, drinking tons of fresh cool water with lots of freshly ground or pressed ginger root in it. Mmmm, how I have grown to truly love that stuff. Antiseptic qualities coupled with antioxidants? Pour me another, please! It also helps ease my GERD (acid reflux) immensely. No wonder the Asian culture includes so much of this wonderful stuff, all bounty of the sweet Mother Earth.

Plus, I'm also chowing down lots and lots of really spicy foods such as curry. The more the better, in my book. I know that research of late tells of the magical inflammation-busting properties of curry (turmeric namely, along with hot peppers, etc.) which is great news for me - more Indian food? Why yes, please! Yum! Needless to say, I'm down ten pounds, feel far less bloaty all over, and my skin has cleared up amazingly well. It's a wonderful feeling overall, especially getting up in the morning, stepping on the scale, and seeing you're down yet another pound! My goal is to lose 20 total. I know I'm not going to be back down to 118 pounds like I was in my 20s... and that's ok. I starved myself to get and remain there, so if I can hover at, say, 140 pounds? That is more realistic and I'm fine with that!
Almost a month later, feeling my usual pale freckly Scot-Irish self again!

Now, as for Arthur? I hear that once he comes to visit, it's a good chance he'll rear his fugly head again over the course of your lifetime, but you can make it less so by your food and exercise choices, so I'm planning on a counter-attack in every way to keep him from pestering me. I may be 52 years old but I don't intend to feel that way!!! 

So off I go to the kitchen, where you'll find me preparing yet another big vat of cabbage/onion/celery/carrot/tomato/kale/garlic/curry soup! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

We wish a loving, safe and very Happy Halloween to everyone in our entire extended Family!

Monday, October 29, 2012

What a whirlwind of a weekend it's been...!

Since the saying goes "A picture is worth a thousand words," I'll let these do the talking (along with captions). This has been a fabulous Halloween season and this past week and its end have been nothing short of special, with beloved friends and in nature...

Mr. and Mrs. Spooky!
At Kimbro's in downtown Franklin on Oct. 26th evening,
at a very special Secret Commonwealth show
Me at Pumpkinfest earlier in the day. I loved this guy's costume!
It had to be almost 15 feet tall and scary as hell (but funny!)

Sunday, October 28th. A clear, sunny, windy day...
perfect for a drive down the famous Natchez Trace Parkway!

On the bridge, overlooking the outskirts of Franklin on Hwy. 96, toward the east 

Westward view of Hwy. 96 from bridge
At Birdsong Hollow park just before the bridge, the sign warning 
would-be leapers to please reconsider!

A view through the tall trees, with the west side of Franklin/Hwy. 96 in the distance

We walked across the entire expanse (approx. 3/10s of a mile but it seemed like forever
in the strong winds!) and then turned around and walked back

Mark looking over the top... this view literally takes your breath away!
With the bridge in the background as I froze my butt off (but loved it!)

Who is that crazy woman, always snapping photos like a tourist?

Heading back home, crossing over Hwy. 100 just at the intersection
where the Loveless Cafe is

Which fork to take? The one less traveled, of course...

I love this place. Amazing food, fantastic atmosphere... just can't get enough of it.

Some big 'uns outside the restaurant door

On the road near our home, horses in the pasture (and orbs a-plenty!)

Motion photo going up our hill and twilight ahead

AWESOME! a huge 8-point buck crossed in front of our car
(I tried to capture it but this was the best I got)

This is my new all-time favorite photo... it does such magic for my soul.
We were pulling into our driveway as twilight fell.
I noticed both the skeleton lit up in our barn hayloft
as well as the full moon arising through the clouds, above the trees that surround our pasture.
It just does not look real! ... to me it looks more like something from a movie set.
Needless to say - I *love* living here!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pumpkinfest is tomorrow!!!

As posted at MacabreWebs

My hand-made art will be on sale! Please stop by the CREEPY PUMPKINS booth #71 (in front of Baskin Robbins on Main Street in Franklin) and say hello.

Of course, I'll have plenty of free candy to give away as well (while supplies last... I can't guarantee that I won't eat it all!)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's getting closer!

Halloween is in full swing. The air is clean and cool, the sun shines brightly through the brilliant-colored autumn foliage, the smells of seasonal foods cooking and baking, and everywhere you look you see pumpkins! Like this one, that our Frankie is beside here in our kitchen. We grew a few beauties in our yard this summer and will be carving them into Jack O'Lanterns in the next day or so. 

Pumpkinfest in Franklin, TN is this Saturday, the 27th! I'm finishing up a few last things to bring to the Creepy Pumpkins booth that I'll be sharing with Tanya and Jeano Coffinberry. If I said I was merely excited I'd be making a serious understatement indeed!!!