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The Itsy Bitsy Spider – What would my book jacket look like

My Book Jacket


By Colleen Creates

The Blurb;

The Itsy Bitsy Spider carefully, methodically spins a delicate web going unnoticed. Around in circles it moves creating intricate detail, repeating patterns day after day until one day the web is visible to those willing to look in dark places.

The story tells the tale of a young mothers struggle to keep the peace and free her mind from patterns that keep the web strong, but she must be stronger if she is willing to break free and have peace. The web can be broken with the flick of a finger, but is she willing to let go.

(I took this picture some years ago when I got my new camera, I was wondering around the yard one day and noticed this very large spider web under the deck. When I started to edit the picture and uploaded it to Flickr, I thought to myself this would make a really cool book cover, so I gave it a title, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” This was probably at least 5 years ago long before I ever thought about writing and I never thought I would be blogging about it!)

Daily Prompt: Book Jacket: The Itsy Bitsy Spider


How did you discover Alabama Shakes?

I never should have mentioned it and I’m regretting it already. I’m never gonna get to one of their concerts now! Dang!

I discovered Alabama Shakes when my daughter came into the kitchen one day with her little electronic buddy the I-Pad Mini playing a really cool song. We both starting dancing to the jazzy bluesy  groove instantly, it might have been ‘Always Alright’ or ‘ Hold-on’ I’m not sure.

It’s take a lot to get me to stop midway cleaning or cooking to start dancing, but their songs just come over you, you don’t just listen to them, you feel them.

I’ve never been that much into music, I always thought it was a waste of money to buy an album when you only got one or two good songs, but If I was a younger kid today I would definatley buy the Alabama Shakes Album – they look like this


I asked my daughter how she even heard of them, I had never heard their music on the radio before. It turned out that a recent movie she saw played one of their songs.

You can’t listen to “Hold-On” without  wanting to get a bottle of whiskey (or white wine) grab a karaoke mic, bob your head and sing in some dingy old Southern bar with a peanut shelled covered wooden floor with a whole bunch of drunk people cheering you on – I hope my daughter doesn’t feel the same way.

My  50 year old kid friend also known as my best buddy recently mentioned that she just discovered them on the David Letterman show and loved them. So I thought maybe there’s other people out there behind the curve like us that would like to discover them as well – and “Always Alright” is an amazing song to blog to, especially with ear phones!


Why Nantes

Why Nantes, the 6th largest city in France you say? How did I arrive at this place to Blog about today.

Watching one of my favourite T.V. shows about a Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, a customer came in with a first ‘American’ printed edition of the classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne, published originally in 1870 called 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

I knew nothing about this novel except that it was famous, probably worth a penny or two if it turned out to be ‘the real deal’. (turns out it was worth $12,000 USD because of the condition it was in, which turned out to be fair)  “Most of the first editions were lost in The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Only about 50 copies are thought to currently exist”.

Pawn_Stars_004 (1)Pawn Stars on the History Channel

After hearing about how Jules Verne was able to write about things that didn’t exist back in the 1870’s such as Submarines, News Casts, Solar Sails, Lunar Modules, Video Conferencing, Sky Writing and Tasers, it really makes you wonder how is this possible?


So after a little research, turns out Jules was born in Nantes France. Maybe this has something to do with it. Maybe this is a magical place where people can see the future.

Nantes  is a city in France, located on the Loire River,  (WOW) named the most livable city in EuropeNantes was named a hub city for innovation. “It holds the title of European Green Capital for its efforts to reduce air pollution, it’s well-managed public transport system and for its biodiversity with 3,366 hectares of green spaces”.

The first tramway in Nantes opened in 1879 and closed in 1958 due to bombing damage during World War II, while the present tramway was re-introduced to the city in 1985.


Preserved Nantes Compressed air tramcar at the AMTUIR Museum

The first tramway in Nantes was notable for its use of compressed air propulsion pioneering this technology


 In the 1980s, Nantes became the first city in Europe to re-introduce the present tramway which is notable as the first modern ‘new generation’ tramway to be built.

So maybe people in Nantes can see the future. I think I must investigate in person, hopefully this will be my future!





I needed a Temple Goddess


Temple Goddess

She sits watch over me, making sure I blog everyday, wondering, waiting for something fantastically to fall out of my brain down into my fingertips where they will play musical notes on my computer, something fanciful that will tickle your brain.

My Temple Goddess encourages me to proceed, that I have prepared for greatness, offering up support as best she can for my vision –  and this my friends…. is my excuse for buying this BARGAN at Urban Barn for $10.00.  (Well within my new Budget!)

May I never let her down


The Thinker / Poet

the thinker

Photo by me!

I’m not going to think to hard about today’s blog, except to say that there are lots of thinking sculptures around the world inspired by Auguste Rodin, one being in downtown Barrie, Ontario outside the MacLaren Art Centre.

Here’ a little more to think about:

” When conceived in 1880 in its original size (approx. 70 cm) as the crowning element of The Gates of Hell , seated on the tympanum, The Thinker was entitled The Poet. He represented Dante, author of the Divine Comedy which had inspired The Gates, leaning forward to observe the circles of Hell, while meditating on his work. The Thinker was therefore initially both a being with a tortured body, almost a damned soul, and a free-thinking man, determined to transcend his suffering through poetry. The pose of this figure owes much to Carpeaux’s Ugolino (1861) and to the seated portrait of Lorenzo de’ Medici carved by Michelangelo (1526-31).

While remaining in place on the monumental Gates of Hell, The Thinker was exhibited individually in 1888 and thus became an independent work. Enlarged in 1904, its colossal version proved even more popular: this image of a man lost in thought, but whose powerful body suggests a great capacity for action, has became one of the most celebrated sculptures ever known. Numerous casts exist worldwide, including the one now in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, a gift to the City of Paris installed outside the Panthéon in 1906, and another in the gardens of Rodin’s house in Meudon, on the tomb of the sculptor and his wife. – See more at:”

Lorenzo de Medici by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Sculpture

Lorenzo de Medici (s)

“This is of Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino, and not Lorenzo the Magnificent who was the most  important member of the Medici family”

What to do with old sweaters – make Faux Boot Socks

Boot Topper Project

When my daughter came home from School this weekend I commented on her nice thick socks she was wearing from Roots. A recent Christmas gift.

The latest trend at school these days is to wear over priced rubber boots with an insert and then roll the tops over, or wear thick socks that appear above the boot line.

I just happen to have 2 sweaters that  I cut off the arms and neck portion to make pillows one day (when I had nothing better to do) and maybe embroider a nice little owl or something with floss. The sweaters, blue and red already had a nice trim around the bottom.

Luckily for me I only had to turn my sweater scraps into Faux Boot socks when my daughter complained that she only had one pair of nice socks to wear in her boots and couldn’t keep wearing the same pair  every day.  So looking to avoid chores today, this is what I did instead.

Blue & red Toppers

The sweater pieces sewn

Sock topper revealed

Putting on the toppers


tah da!!

One Happy Kid

What does 222 mean?

2  2  2

What does it mean?

I’m a bit of a numerology nut , so getting home late tonight , the only thing I could think about blogging was the time. As I rolled into bed and picked up my I-phone the time read 2:22am – so here’s what I pulled off Google, unbelievably this spoke to me! This is from (shift your spirits)

“I receive a lot of numerology questions regarding the meaning of divine signs in the form of numbers, especially the triple number sequences. In the past few months, you’ve been asking me about the symbolic meaning of 222 more than any other

“I keep seeing 222 everywhere; I know it’s a message, but what does 222 mean?”
“Are my spirit guides trying to communicate something to me with 222?”
“What is the symbolic meaning of 222?”

The Meaning of 222
The simplest interpretation of 222 is that it’s a sign of confirmation and a call to further action along this new/current path, often requiring you to consider other people:

You are onto something.
You are on the right track.
You are doing the right thing.
You should continue along this train of thought.
You are already going in the right direction; now take it further.
Your new/current intention is in alignment with your highest path and purpose.

2 is a step beyond, or a transition away from, the ego of 1 into the realm of relationships — your cooperation with others in all varieties of partnership — romantic, business, family, co-workers, friends, public relations. The issue/question/intention/problem requires you to compromise, to show compassion, to be diplomatic. Contemplate duality and balance. Create a plan going forward that involves others.

These are just some suggestions. Remember that the exact opposite may also be true — yin/yang, especially within the duality expressed by the number 2. The following translations are examples of how I personally synthesize my own spirit guides’ dialogue from 222 sightings and/or from readings I’ve taken for clients.

Ask for help.
Adapt to include others.
Share your idea with someone you trust.
Get other people involved.
Get a second opinion.
See the issue from someone else’s perspective.
Seek professional advice or wise counsel.
Your issue is lop-sided or top-heavy; balance it with an opposite.
You’re trying too hard to impose order or symmetry.
Make a decision; stop sitting on the fence.
Stop debating.
Choose your battles wisely.
Who (do you think) you’re fighting?
Don’t try to do this alone.
Are you being secretive or withholding information from someone?
Get out of your head and into your heart/spirit.
Be flexible.
Take a diplomatic approach.
It’s not all about you.
Indecision and inaction create anxiety.
No man is an island.
Your thinking is too black-and-white.
You may need more balance in your life.
Establish boundaries.
Bring in someone more knowledgeable than you.

Pay attention to new people who come into your life at this time.

Time to begin/end a significant relationship.

Take your relationship to the next level.
You could use a partner.
Focus on your relationships.
Discuss it with your partner.
Have you had any experiences lately with 222 that speak to you”

Now that I think about it, I wonder if this is why that T.V. show from the 70’s was called Room Two Twenty Two! WOW, what a flashback!


Room 222

Premiered Sept 17th 1969

Nutty for Nutella in Paris


The Crepe Maker

After trying to get some photos off the internet for my recent blog, I couldn’t tell what was Copy Righted and what wasn’t. Not wanting to be photo thief I decided to use some of my own photos today

To my absolute Joy and delight Paris is filled with Crepe Shops, and everyone seems to use Nutella


This Chocolatey hazelnut spread tastes great with Bananas


They make it so easy by Crepes, they are everywhere!

There was a tight rounded back stair case in this little shop that appeared at first to have no place to sit and eat. Above the doorway was a sign in French that my daughter recognized from the game of Clue (the French side) “I think we can eat up there she said”.We headed up the stairs with great trepidation to find some tables and chairs, and a little bathroom, a real bonus for me


The view from upstairs looking down

?????????????????????? Waiting for The Bathroom

Ready to head out and walk the streets for more adventure




A good reason to grow Hens & Chickens ,Sempervivum Tectorum

Houseleek, Crassulaceae, I came across this little plant called Houseleek, in The Complete book of Herbs, a recent garage sale find or $1.00. I’ve only ever only known this plant as Hens and Chickens.

I was surprised to learn that “it is one of the oldest first-aid herbs, reputed to have healing properties similar to those of Aloe Vera, but a bit weaker”. It has many uses that I never knew of. So next time you’re out in the garden and get a bee sting, grab a leaf and you’re good to go.!

Culinary: Leaf, The Dutch add it to salads

Cosmetic: Leaf, Soak fresh leaves in a bath or facial steam to heal and nourish the skin

Folk Medicine: Leaf, Said to relieve small injuries, Succulent interior is applied directly to skin, or pulped and used in a poultice or dressing, Applied to minor burns, wasp and nettle stings, cuts, ulcers, insect bites , itching or burning skin and warts. Infused as a tea for septic throats, bronchitis and mouth Ailments.

This super easy plant to grow and propragate was planted by the Romans in courtyard urns and on roof tops


Mom’s Remembered Lemon Loaf

Today I bring you the best tasting Lemon Loaf that’s moist and so easy to make

This recipe was handed down to me when my mother could remember how to cook for my Dad. Mom would always make two loaves in a long aluminum pan and cut off perfect slices for Dad.

Luckily for me Mom still remembers who I am, so now I make her and Dad lemon Loaf, except I put icing on mine!


1 PKG Lemon Cake mix (2 layer size)

1 PKG Lemon Instant Pudding Mix (4 oz)

4 Eggs

2/3 Vegetable Oil

3/4 C Water

Mix all together with an electric mixer for 10 mins. Bake at 350 for 40-45 mins. Makes 2 loaves.

lemon loaf panb

The famous Lemon Loaf Pan

P. S. 10 mins is a really long time to beat a cake mix. Mom doesn’t know this, but I stop at 7 mins., and I also try different kinds of cake mixes and pudding mixes together, but I only ever bring her Lemon.  I’m 50 now I can do what I want!