Sunday, July 22, 2012

Good Morning! Has anyone here read Deborah Harkness' first book, Discovery Of Witches?  Anyone want to read the second installment of her trilogy?

I'm giving away a brand new, out of the package, never been read copy of Shadow Of Night over on my Cat In The Moon, blog.  Just click on the link, then leave a comment on that blog, and your name will be tossed into the majick cauldron to simmer until July 27th, when the winner's name will come bubbling to the top!

Good luck everyone!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Barnabas Is Coming!

While this isn't the same as the soap opera back in the late 60's, (anyone want to fess up to seeing Dark Shadows in the first run?), this still looks like a fun, fun movie!  I like that Burton & Depp put their own spin on the tale.  To try and duplicate Frid's version, just wouldn't have been the same. .and how cool for him to have a cameo in the film!

We will be back in Rochester when it comes out, but it will be a WONDERFUL diversion between doctor's appointments!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What's Your Poison?

How many times have you heard that phrase over the years, when someone is asking you what kind of drink you'd like to have?

Well, apparently, back in the bootlegging days, drinking alcohol was akin to playing Russian Roulette.  I had no idea that so many people died as a result of what they sipped at a speak-easy!  Nasty, nasty stuff in more ways than one!

I had heard a glowing interview with the author, Deborah Blum, about her book while we were in Rochester, MN.  The local B&N didn't have it in stock, but ordered it for me. It was waiting for me when I got home.  I truly wish that I had it with me to read while waiting for appointments at the clinic, when I had more free time for reading, because it is hard to put down.

Murders by poison was the choice way to get rid of someone in the 1800's & early 1900's, until forensic scientists learned ways of tracing the various toxic elements and compounds, and were put in charge of determining how someone died. This book follows that journey, highlighting some of the more spectacular cases, while showing how widespread the use of poisons were.

Arsenic in your lipstick?  It was common for manufacturer's to use, what we now know as toxic substances in many of the cosmetics, medicines and even foods.  Remember that bottle of bluing that your Mother used on the laundry?  So innocent and trusting that all was safe to use. 

Heck, I can remember my parents putting over-the-counter available, paregoric on my gums when my teeth were growing in, to relieve the pain. .and this was in the 50's!  The "active" ingredient in paregoric, is opium. .which may explain a lot about me today. .but never mind. . .I do remember REALLY liking the taste of it!  No wonder!

I know that today, we are concerned with pesticides and other toxins contaminating our water and food sources, but in comparison to what the people had to deal with back in "the good old days", we are better off, in that we are much more knowledgeable, and know what we are fighting.  Those poor people had no idea.  Innocence isn't always bliss. It is a wonder that anyone survived that era.

This book is a true, factual book, that reads like a suspenseful mystery novel that transports you right back in time, causing you to ignore the clock, and obligations.  I highly recommend it!  And, I'd love to know your thoughts about what you learn!

Wishing you all a beautiful Thanksgiving!  May all of your food be poison free!! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

And The Winner Is. . . .Drum Roll Please. . .

I found out late yesterday, that my Mom is being transferred from the hospital, to a long term care facility to continue her physical therapy, and I have to be there this morning, to oversee taking her clothing and personal items. .sooo, that means that I don't have time to print and cut out the names, tossing them all in the cracked cauldron to have them swirl and toss out the winning name, as usual.

Instead of delaying the drawing, so the winner could start baking asap, I took the cold, unfeeling quick route of the random generator, who picked Lulu Kellogg's name!

Congratulations, Lulu!  Please send me your mailing address either here (and I won't post your comment), or send it to me at

THANK YOU, EVERYONE, for signing up for my little Give-Away! I love doing this, and will be having another one soon. .maybe next time, YOU will be the winner!

Wishing everyone a glorious Mabon, and breathtaking beauty throughout the whole Autumn season!  It is by far, my most favorite time of the year! Let the fun begin!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Treats, No Tricks Halloween Give Away!

Although my Halloween celebrating is going to be trimmed down this year, nothing says "Treats!" like homemade goodies, so I'm offering some of the fun elements to make some of your own!

These Halloween cutters aren't the flat, two dimensional kind, but have co-ordinating parts that slide together, so that your cookies can stand! They are extra fun to decorate!  And, you'll get the additional holiday sprinkles and glitter gel to help you on your way.  

If you'd like a chance to win this little Give-Away, please follow this blog, and leave your name in the comments, (on this blog only. .I don't want to miss your name, if you sign up elsewhere!) and please make sure that I have a way of contacting you, should your name be drawn from the Magic Cauldron on September 23rd!

Good luck, everyone!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Life's Winding Road

Hello everyone!

Out of necessity, and to cut down on redundancy, (since I know that some of you follow both of my blogs), if you haven' read my long post already, please head on over to my Cat In The Moon blog to find out what has been going on in my life lately.

Being that it is approaching my beloved Halloween, and we are entering my most favorite time of the year, I had a number of posts planned for this Halloween blog, but obviously haven't had the time to sit down at my computer for very long.

I do have some things for a Give Away, that I hope to get put up here soon, so stay tuned!

And thank you all for hanging in here with me. I appreciate it more than words can express!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Follow-up to Masterpiece Mystery!

If you missed Hallowe'en Party (it was on this past Sunday, on our PBS station), you can watch it on line until August 4th!   Please click on the link to go to their website.

The other Poirot mysteries that have been shown this season are available, too. 
Three Act Tragedy is available until July 19th, and The Clocks until July 26th.