Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Julie's mantle, decorated with Grandma's candlesticks, and bittersweet from the woods out back.
I found this bittersweet vine in the woody area back of Julie's yard.  I love it, and I cut it and brought it in and placed it all over the place, around pumpkins, in vases, on the mantle!
 But then I got concerned when I did my research, because there is Oriental Bittersweet, which is invasive and kills trees, a real nuisance according to the FDA, "a prohibited  noxious weed.that should be eradicated!
 Then there is American Bittersweet, which is endangered!  But they are hybridizing, and they are hard to tell apart!
 I hope I have the good kind!  I love decorating with natural things I find right outdoors. But I don't want to spread it, so I must bag it up when I dispose of it, since composting it will spread the seeds.
 Bittersweet-  to think that something so lovely may be a problem.

"Life at best is bittersweet"  Jack Kirby

American Bittersweet,  Celastrus Scandens  or is it Oriental Bittersweet, Celastrus Obiculatus

See how huge the vines are?
 They strangle the trees and make them top-heavy and susceptible to wind damage.
Most of it was really up high and I wondered how I could get it, then I found a low bush full of it.

Bittersweet- how the days come and go so quickly,
 new day so full of hope, but yesterday's sadly gone.

"Every day is a fresh beginning 
Every morn is the world made new."
Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

Grandson Gary having a cuppa,  as he walks to his schoolbus.
Little Tommy calls his big cousin "Superman" ! 
 I guess he is!   He gets all A's, works at Burger King,
 and  was just inducted into the National Honor Society.  
 I love seeing Gary off to school.It's so early, and being a teenager,
he sometimes doesn't respond to me fussing over him,
  but I know he still needs a little kindness and encouragement.
I don't hover,  I just say, " I love you! Have a great day, Gary!"
 Ya know, it is bittersweet seeing him grow up and realizing his childhood is nearly over,
being scared for him going out into this  dangerous, troubled world,
 but it's also wonderful to see him growing into a strong and  independent young man.
 and  it's a joy watching him plan his bright future. 

 yes, I'm a copycat!   Acorns!
 I got silly and painted some acorns because I saw them on Rhoda's  beautiful blog post.
Then I  found a legend of Lucky Acorns in a  Victorian Trading Company catalog
 and  hand-printed it to display with my acorns.
Lucky Acorns
".......believed to attract the opposite gender, increase income, etc.....
attributed for soul immortality and longevity, youthfulness,fertility and good health"
 I am not superstitious at all, but just find this folklore fun and fascinating.

More playfulness!   I made play dough for Thomas, something I've wanted
 to do for a long time. I got the recipe online.
There are many versions, this is a composite, and it turned out great!

 1/2 cup salt
2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Combine in  saucepan and heat until warm.
Stir in 2 cups flour
 Then mix well and knead until smooth. 

 Separate into small balls of dough, for
as many colors as you want, and add a
few drops food color then knead some more.

This is non-toxic, completely safe and keeps for 60 days.
Store in sealed containers or bags.

 I couldn't find the food color at my daughter's house,
so I used my acrylic craft  paint and got really vivid colors. 
 It was not too messy and Tommy really enjoyed it. 
I had a nice marble counter top to knead it on, 
and before I told him,  he knew it was for him to play with. 

Cheap fun!  Playing together enriches our lives I think he is learning something too,
when he tries to make things.
 It's good working with his hands and using his imagination, learning shapes and colors.

"When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves,
 we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the
 creative spirit.   It's the things we play with and the people 
who help us play that make a difference in our lives."
                                                                       --Fred Rogers

     Don't be afraid of messes, 
    just have fun with your Grandbabies,
      they grow up so fast!   

Love, Linda




Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love coming over to see all your new Ideas. You have a Beautiful family sweetie and thanks so much for coming over on this Thanksgiving eve. This day is made extra special when there is someone like you to share it with. Happy Thanksgiving.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

So that's what bittersweet looks like, I don't think I have ever seen it! What a great family and your grandson seems to be a great teenager. I love your acorns! have a great holiday!


Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Lovely Bittersweet - I wish we had vines here - they are quite lovely - I love making play dough - it has been so long - wonderful quotes too - I do appreciate you sharing with HOme and Garden Thursday,