Sunday, October 31, 2010

All Hallows Eve

Well, a Happy Halloween to you and yours. Remember you can't turn off your outside lights and pretend you are out of candy when we all know there is a bag in the freezer.

I've just finished a really good book. Prayer of the Dragon by Eliot Pattison. The main character, Shan Tao Yun is an exiled Chinese national, former Beijing investigator, on parole from the Tibetan work camp where he was sent for punishment. He's summoned to a remote village in Tibet to save a man in a coma from an execution for two murders. The man is not even Tibetan but Navajo and that's where the book gets even more interesting.
Apparently, there some very common elements between the Tibetans and the Navajo-Dine peoples. If you love reading about Native American tribes and their culture and/or you love reading about Tibetans and their culture and what is left of it, thanks to China, you might really enjoy this book. I know I did.
The daffodil bulbs are all planted. Three garden beds have been pruned for winter. I still have summer things to haul back to the barn for storage, for the season but I can get that done tomorrow. I did manage to work on some homework assignments from my Texture class over in the studio.
Zeus, finished putting in the glass block window, up in the studio. I'll take pictures tomorrow morning when the sun in pouring through it. He put in some colored glass blocks so it should be really pretty.
I made a Black Bean soup for dinner. Gosh did that smell good cooking away all day. I used one of those clear packages of beans for soup, forget the name of the maker but it's the same one that makes the 13 Bean Soup combination. The black bean soup called for raw chunks of acorn squash and boy when that cooks up all day it's nice and soft and it adds a certain sweetness to the soup. I also toasted corn to add to the soup. Mary thought that was kind of neat. You just spread a bag of frozen corn on a olive oiled pan and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Has a nutty taste to it.
Long day but a good day. Hard to believe that November is here. I've started working on a Full Moon doll for November. I decided not to berate myself for not getting the last four done and just get right back into the mix and work on November.
I found a piece of linen fabric that I had dyed this summer that had a shape outline on it that I really hadn't noticed before. I'm just going to let the outline of the shape determine what I do with it.
:)Bea Happy Halloween a dentist supported holiday, for sure.


  1. This was such an interesting post. I am going to put the book on my reading list and definitely try the corn recipe you gave.

    Thanks so much~photography is beautful. Love the mist.

  2. The book was just wonderful. I had a little trouble keeping names straight though. lol But, the number of things that both cultures share is amazing. I hope you enjoy it too. :)Bea

  3. Sounds like I just found my next read. Thanks Bea. I would love to make another moon doll, but just haven't found the time yet. Maybe I will continue next year and eventually get them all done. Love making them.

  4. I love this photograph! Could it be any more perfect for Halloween?
    I think not.