Three pumpkins and three witches.

October is filled with everything I love:  cooler temps; colorful leaves; big orange pumpkins; the smell of wood smoke; spooky Halloween happenings; and entering the quiet, dark time of the year.

This past week has been busy with preparations for the Breakfast Club gathering that I host every October.  The theme this time (I love a theme) is The Weird Sisters’ Breakfast.  You know, the three witches from the play, Macbeth, who gather over the cauldron and say:

Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,

In the caldron boil and bake;

Eye of newt and toe of frog,

Wool of bat and tongue of dog,

Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,

Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,

For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon's blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.

All of these sinister ingredients are actually folk names for herbs.  

I didn’t get much hooking done this past week, but I did hook pumpkin number three on the Stack o’ Jacks wall hanging.  I’m having such fun with this design and hope to do the foliage and the mouse this week.

A friend came to my studio and we did some wheat weaving.  I’m going to give these as gifts at holiday time.  I try to stay out of the mainstream holiday hubbub by making gifts and keeping things simple. 

Oh, and I did celebrate a milestone birthday yesterday.  I don’t make much of a fuss about these things, but this one was meaningful to me.  I used the day to remember and honor all of the friends and family members I used to know, who were not fortunate enough to live into their elder years.  I created a sacred space and burned candles in their memory.  Each day is a gift.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in spending time with friends past and present.

 

 

I hung this on the deck railing so I could get the sunset in the background.  I love the west view from our home.

I hung this on the deck railing so I could get the sunset in the background.  I love the west view from our home.

My hooked design, La Hora del Te, is on the wall at this time of year.  Senora Bonita is overseeing the breakfast club.

My hooked design, La Hora del Te, is on the wall at this time of year.  Senora Bonita is overseeing the breakfast club.

A sacred space to remember friends and family now gone.

A sacred space to remember friends and family now gone.