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Remember, Remember

How have I never heard this poem before?  My brother and my aunt have their birthday on the Fifth of November, so it’s a day that has been celebrated in my household as long as I have been around.  So how have I never heard this poem until this year?  One of the benefits of the internet?  Is it because I’m not English that I’ve never heard it before?  Is it because I now follow a lot of British folk on Twitter that I heard it finally this year?

Anyway, its in reference to Guy Fawkes, a traitor who was publicly and horrifically executed for his treason in 1605.  Yearly they burn effigies of him to remember the biggest traitor in their history.  I’ve heard of Guy Fawkes day and now I will forever put the two together.

A 1606 etching by Claes (Nicolaes) Jansz Vissc...
A 1606 etching by Claes (Nicolaes) Jansz Visscher, depicting Fawkes’s execution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The version as reproduced from the Tower of London archive

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
’twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow:
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah!

October’s End

October's Palette
October’s Palette (Photo credit: dibytes)

October.  Where did it go?

Just think, 30 days ago I was celebrating my birthday in NYC and there were so many other adventures this month!

rose colored glasses
Rose colored glasses – life is good!

I love October, so I’m sad to see it go, but autumn continues and my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving – will be here before I know it!

Here’s a mini-update of my 11 Things for Fall:

11 Things to Do or Look Forward to in the Fall (October November December)

  1. Celebrate my birthday in NYC – check! October 1
  2. Go to 4 Daughters Winery – October 13
  3. Go to Door County to celebrate birthdays and trivia wins! October 19-21
  4. Go to Bruce Springsteen concert – November 12!
  5. Choir gigs and holiday concerts – November 30-December 2
  6. Read … something classic or new?: just try to read!
  7. Write … poetry or themed blogs? Blogs!  This is #7 in October!
  8. Plan … a dinner party or ??: a neighborhood get-together?
  9. Shop early for Christmas gifts: Hmm… Hopefully!
  10. Play accordion weekly and give piano lessons as regularly as possible: FAIL!  Never home!
  11. and something else that I’ll think of eventually!: Thinking a “Pay it Forward” or volunteer thing…

Have a great Halloween and enjoy looking back on your Fall Fun!

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What’s Making Me Happy This Week…

A few things from last week:

  • The feeling of a weekend from the “olden days.”  Not sure what I mean by that, except that since I’ve started a crazy work schedule, real weekends are rare and haven’t included much baking or cleaning or just relaxing in front of the TV.  Last Thursday and Friday I had a “weekend” just like that!
  • Relaxing and hanging out with friends and family Thursday night while the Vikings game was playing in the background – good food and wine included!
  • The movie “Argo” was quite a flick! Very suspenseful with good humor and the hottie 1970s Ben Affleck.
  • A big MAYO FB win over John Marshall! I worked til just after game time and hustled to the field – the wrong field! – so by the time I arrived at the game it was 22-0 in the 2nd quarter!  Yay Mayo for the decisive win!  Excited to be able to go to the game in Owatonna on Friday!
  • The delicious Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake I made on Friday is going to continue to make me happy throughout this coming week!  I doubled the recipe and have shared it with family and friends, but there’s still some left for breakfasts this week and the flavor hasn’t changed day by day!  Yummy!
  • The Lighthouse Blend coffee I bought at Door County is truly delicious!

Looking forward to:

  • Choir tonight! Yay!  Singing is Good…
  • Working overnights this week… not sure I “look forward” to it, but it means I will be able to make the Section Championship Football Game Friday night!  Working overnights also means that I have an attitude of extreme self-care.  I ordered Seattle Sutton meals so I don’t have to think about what to eat, I will sleep as much as I can and watch a lot of TV and read in bed when I’m not sleeping.  Some of you may think that doesn’t sound atypical for me!

Marissa inspired me to start this week’s list by sending me a link that is making her happy lately:  Emergency Compliment gives you a quick boost if you need it!  

Which reminded me of something cool we found shopping in Door County: Song lyrics on canvas!  Lyricology is a new brand from Demdaco and for sale in stores that sell cute things.  Jennifer bought one and it was hard to choose!  I kind of want a bunch!

Candy corn and peanuts mixture also making me very very happy this week!  Yummy!

So that’s a list of things that make me happy – from last week, for the week ahead, and in general!

What is making you happy?

It feels like a weekend!

These last two days have been relaxing and semi-productive – a nice mixture!  I haven’t had a “weekend” at home in a long time, and I haven’t had two days off in a row where I haven’t over-scheduled myself.

Ah… This has been nice!  Except it makes me sad that it’s coming to a close.  I had a nice mixture of relaxing (reading, blogging, lounging), socializing (impromptu football-watching gathering, cross-country and coffee at Caribou, coffee and coffee cake), and cleaning (just my room – not my bathroom yet!).

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...
English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto: Taso de kafo. Français : Photo d’une tasse de caffé Español: Taza de café (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This morning I made a coffee cake that I read about this week – Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Streusel.  I did what I usually do, which is to jump into a recipe without reading beyond the ingredients, so next time it will look different but I don’t think my goof affected the deliciousness of it!  Yummola!  Thanks Entertaining By the Bay (Troy’s friend, Maryanne) for the inspiration!  I doubled the recipe so that I can have it for breakfast all weekend long and have some “hospitality” for my parents who will be sleeping here Saturday night!  Good stuff.

Now I’d better run to get the salt for my softener… my only goal for today.  I’m hoping for a movie tonight (Argo!), so I’d better get it done!  It’s a working weekend for me, but I will be able to get to a tournament football game Saturday night! Go Mayo!  Go Gunnar!

 

Autumn Adventures Abound

You may remember that last November Kristine and I (along with two strangers who became friends) won grand prize at Irish Table Trivia!  We won a bunch of cheese that we shared between the 4 of us and then we divvied up the rest of the prizes, with Kristine and I graciously accepting the two night stay at the haunted Kewaunee Inn!

Well, sadly Kristine was not able to go on our reserved weekend because of a death in her family and luckily someone else was able to step in and help make the trip happen.  I worked overnights Tuesday through Friday morning so I knew I was in no shape to drive to Door County area alone, so thankfully Jennifer was up for the adventure.

Jennifer swooped me up Friday morning and I attempted some car-sleep.  Maybe I got a few hours between the pitstops for potty breaks and lunch and navigating the final miles into Kewaunee.  We were very thankful for Navigator Nanette in my phone, although who knows what routes she directed us!  It was different than the Mapquest directions and different than the route we took home.

Wisconsin is so weird, isn’t it?

Wisconsin roads, slow traveling, Door County, Wisconsin
We only went 65 mph when we were lost

Friday night was a cold and dreary night.  Perfect for a quick walk followed by a drink or two at the Cork, an Irish pub down the street.  We chatted with the bartender (who makes a mean Irish coffee!) and he informed us that there was going to be comedy at Diggins Cafe & Fine Rocks that night – starting at 9PM.  We couldn’t pass that up, so that was our Friday night plan!

Diggins Cafe and Fine Rocks Kewaunee

We went (fashionably) early in order to have some pizza and check out the scene.  It was a weird scene.  We were the only ones there aside from a few at the bar and those who work there.  We ordered a Gyro Pizza and waited a long time – and then they asked if we wanted to order a pizza.  We informed them that we had but the kid who took our order left without telling anyone our order.  So.  We waited some more.  They gave us a delicious but monstrous pizza and charged us little.  But anything is better with tzatziki sauce, right?

They informed us comedy was going to start later than planned – because no one was there to listen, except us!  I was fading fast, so we checked out the Fine Rocks and took them up on their offer for next-to-nothing prices.  So now I have a Fine Rock from Diggins.  Photo to be posted later.  Ha!

Saturday morning was beautiful and so we began leisurely cruising up the lakeside coast, stopping to gawk, shop, walk along the water, eat, taste wine, or whatever we felt like!  We didn’t use Navigator Nanette and so we missed a turn and got a little lost going home, but the day was so beautiful we didn’t mind.

Saturday night we went back to the Cork for some live music, more chatting with the bartender, and talks about the 11 things in 4 seasons plans.  I’ll update that later, as I have some ideas for Winter Spring and Summer, as well as an 11 thing for Fall.  Good stuff.

We also hung out in our Haunted Kewaunee Inn lobby with some fun women from Sheboygan – and watched the Paranormal Investigators set up for their evening of wandering the hallways looking for activity!  I don’t know if they saw anything, but I know that I heard them walking around all night!

I took a lot of pictures and some of them turned out pretty good.  I won’t bore you with many here, but check out  my Facebook photo albums!  October 2012 is filled with wonderful photos from all of my autumn adventures!

Door County, WI – Bailey’s Harbor

Bailey’s Harbor store – and a great motto!
chocolate wine tasting wi von stiehl
Is it ever too early for a little wine and chocolate? Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma, WI. Yummy!
It was a great weekend and now I’m back at work!  I’m sure I’ll add some more photos to the wonderfulness of October as I have a few days off this week, another football game to go to and kiddos to see on Halloween!

I like the idea of a “What Next?” motto – I think I’ll adopt it!

What’s Next for you??