Monday, October 26, 2009

Southern Ringneck Snake

It's so beautiful!!! We've been in Florida for 11 years and this is the first time I've seen one. They are very common but very reclusive. They are usually 8 to 12 inches long. This one is about 6 inches. They are harmless and make no attempt to bite. When disturbed, they often coil up their tails to show the bright color underneath.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Santa's reindeer......**EDITED**

....are waiting patiently for Christmas but 2 of them are taking off within the next few days on a scouting party. ;-)

Many people have asked about the pattern. I did a google search and found many. "Tomorrow's Treasures" design by Joanne Burkhart. 1981

ps. I'm so sorry so many of you can't find the pattern. All I can say is keep searching google. It will show up.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Did you.... *Edited*

....schedule your mammogram? Mine is Thursday.

Hurray for all of you that did it to!!!

Got it. I'm a little flatter now LOL. I just want to say I had the absolute sweetest gal do the exam!!! I was so busy talking I didn't get her name. I gave her a card and am hoping she visits the blog and gives me a shout out. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Look what I won!

A few weeks ago Pat at SewPat blog had a giveaway and I was one of the two winners! Today my gift came and what a gift it is! My goodness, take a look at this pretty table runner! The fall leaves are ironed on just like they fell off the tree.
I am so in love with the crows and pumpkins fabric she used. Sure wish I knew who made it.

Thank you Pat! I love it!

Friday, October 9, 2009

White Peacock Butterfly *EDITED*

White Peacock, originally uploaded by Carla Finley.

I wonder how long Flickr has had the option to add a photo straight to your blog? Thought I would just try it out.

EDIT::: To answer a few questions from people that have their email set to no reply: This is a butterfly. The photo is straight from the camera.

Fighting Breast Cancer

Angie is having a great giveaway! You should see the dolls. Adorable! Click on her name or the pink ribbon on the side bar and fly away to enter!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Change happens

It was around 3:45am. I was sooooo tired. I was out on the lanai and had to go to bathroom but all of a sudden I noticed how limp the antennae were. It's time! I never get tired of watching and wondering how on earth? I tried to zoom in a little at the end and made it blurry. Darn it!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Another butterfly soon

It won't be long now before this little one starts to chrysalis. Problem is, it will be around 1am and I so wanted to video it this time. I think I'll probably miss it.
:( This is a Monarch.

My 9th Great-grandmother; The Witch

I do a lot of genealogy and this person has been one of the most fascinating to study. Winifred King. She was born in 1640 and died sometime after 1697. Daughter Winifred was born in 1684 but I don't have a death date on her.

Two possibilities for Winifred's mother: Goody Bassett and Mary Hale.

John Parker's wife, Hannah (Bassett) Parker accused Winifred of witchcraft. Although it hasn't been proven, there is a possibility that Hannah's mother might have been Goody Bassett who had been executed for witchcraft. John Benham pulled out a gun in court and threatened to shoot Hannah if she didn't stop harassing Winifred.

From "The Devil In The Shape Of A Woman", Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlsen (Professor of History at the University of Michigan ), W. W. Norton & Company, New York, London, 1987.

"Chapter 1, New England's Witchcraft Beliefs, p. 43 - 44.

After the Salem and Fairfield outbreaks, only two people in New England were sent by local officials to the higher court to be tried as witches: Winifred Benham of Wallingford and her 13-year old daughter and namesake. The elder Benham, possibly the daughter of an earlier Boston witch, Mary Hale, originally came under suspicion in 1692, but the New Haven County court had dismissed the case for insufficient evidence. Her husband's threat to shoot her accuser did not end the rumors, and the following year she was in court again on the same charge. She was released again, this time required to post bond of 20 pounds for her good behavior. The church soon after added their censure by excommunicating her. When she was accused a third time in 1697, this time of possessing several of her neighbor 's children, she was sent to Hartford for trial, along with her daughter, who was by now implicated in her crimes. But the Grand Jury refused to give credence to the accusation and the cases were dismissed without trials. The court's actions failed to clear the Benham's of suspicion, however, and the family moved to the less hostile environment of New York. (137)

The Benham cases were unusual. To be sure, some people still believed that witches plagued their communities, but in the aftermath of the Salem outbreak witch trials were no longer countenanced by either ministers or magistrates, nor would it seem the larger community. "
From: "harold l fitzmeyer"
Subject: [SALEM-WITCH-L] Winifred (King) Benham
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 1999 14:06:17 -0400

Monday, October 5, 2009

Terry's block

Here is the block I made for Terry. It's called a Friendship block. I got the pattern from
This is a wall of my sewing room I forgot to upload the other day. The little design wall still has a wall hanging on it from January. In the book case are some of my patterns. The folders are all patterns that have been downloaded. In the corner is a stand with a few of my dolls that have been sent to me and some of my pincushion collection. That stand is a big mess too!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Win a jelly roll and help a fellow blogger

Laurie from A Yankee Quilter is rounding up blocks to make comfort quilts for Terry's family. If you are able to help, go here to learn more.
9 1/2" blocks are being accepted until October 25th. You will have your name in the hat to win a jelly roll just for making a block.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My very messy sewing room (shudder)

Maybe if I clean it up a little I might feel like sewing again.

This is for a swap. There is a little wallet inside that I forgot to get a photo of. The little reindeer are something I like to make each year. This year they might go to an ornament swap.