Halloween Costume Store Colors

Deep blue costume mask

The costume store was on my to do list yesterday. It’s almost Halloween and I thought I would look for something new to wear. I usually go with an orange pumpkin T-shirt and black pants. This year I wanted to do something different. Once in the store, I was dazzled by the gorgeous colors everywhere. I was glad to have my cell phone, which gave me the ability to take photos. Above is a mask that caught my eye right away. Next I spotted the silver and black mask below.


Lastly, the spooky witch that one expects to see at this time of year. I did find a costume, but you will have to wait to see it, after all it isn’t Halloween yet.

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park

Fort Humboldt, surgeon's house
Fort Humboldt was another fun and interesting historical site we visited while in Eureka, California this summer. Above is a photo of the surgeon’s house. It was so cozy, I wanted to move in.  Below are a few more photos I took while exploring the fort. Continue reading

The Corn Plant a Beautiful Air Purifier

Corn Plant
The Corn Plant, Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’ is a beautiful natural, indoor air purifier. Yesterday I wondered which were the most popular plants, so I did some online research. While looking, I came across the Corn Plant. It makes an ideal house plant because it is easy to take care of and naturally cleans the air.

Unfortunately I also learned that Corn plant is toxic to dogs and cats.  If the plant is ingested, vomiting and increased salivation can occur.

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Umbrella Day in Southern California


It was an umbrella day in Southern California. I keep an umbrella in the trunk of my car, but rarely use it. Wednesday morning I definitely needed it as I hurried into the building where my knitting group meets. Still I was quite surprised when I entered the room and spotted several more umbrellas. Mine is the orange one. Because it is such a rare occurrence I had to take a photo.

Candles are Warm and Friendly

Candles are warm and friendly, especially on a cold and rainy day like today. The droughts of the past few years here in California have kept our days mostly sunny and warm, but this morning we woke to rain, and it has continued all day. I can hear it outside the window I’m sitting near. We rarely have gentle rains here in California. When it rains, it really rains. Now that I am retired, it’s a great excuse to stay inside and relax a little. Warm weather keeps us out and about most of the year. This afternoon I read, caught up on my knitting, and lit two of my  favorite candles. The first one is called Sugar cookie and it gives off a wonderful warm cozy scent. The candle below is vanilla scented. Another one of my favorites.

The rain is supposed to end early tomorrow morning, so I’m very happy I took time today to relax and smell the candles.