Happy Halloween

Picture 301Picture 303Happy Halloween, all. You may see this guy wandering about the roads of Montville, wearing a hornets nest on his head ( no hornets) and wrapped in an orange and brown crochet afghan……which makes him look a bit like a giant candy corn ( a giant candy corn wearing a hornets nest on its head that is). Don’t worry, it’s just Ron. He’s pretty stoked about showing up at peoples houses unannounced and getting free candy. And boy, can he put a costume together on short notice. So if you see him at your doorstep carrying his sweet little trick or treat bag, be sure to fill it with some candy bars, I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.
Be well, denise


Happy Birthday Mom!


In Ghana there is a tradition of naming your children by the day of the week they were born….My mother would have been Abenaa (pronounced Ah-ben-ah)…check out more cultural birthday traditions here: wiki birthday

My Favorite Thing About Busy Days….


Crockpot Beef Stew

2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups beef broth
3 potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped

Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.

Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

Check this out…..

The Liberty Library recently received a grant to provide educational kits to their patrons and they are in! Whether it’s investigating bugs, birding, developing early literacy skills or (my personal favorite…) the astronomy kit complete with an AMAZING telescope ( not available for two weeks….I admit I was the first to check it out), the library has some great new resources…don’t hesitate to take advantage of them!

Ivan O’ Davis Library

Thank you for listening,

Preparing For the Cold

As I stepped out of my cabin last week in flip flops and shorts it didn’t seem all that relevant that my new home had no insulation, I have quickly changed my tune and adjusted accordingly! Although my space is very small, the amount of insulation it will take to keep me warm looked rather epic stacked up in the back of the pick-up! I thought I’d share the picture and send along warm vibes to everyone!
Enjoy and thank you for listening 🙂


apple – the fruit

Apple cider, apple sauce, apple pie, dried apple rings…the smell of October in my house.
(It’s a comment on my age, I guess, that when I ‘googled’ apple, I assumed the first listings would be the fruit, not the computer.)
Enjoy – Debbi