Jemma's Tales

Have A Lovely Weekend

October 02, 2021

Fall has officially arrived and there are many adventures awaiting us this weekend!

Sometimes it seems to me that before the pandemic there were more adventures awaiting us and having a lovely weekend was a little lovelier.

I hurriedly chase away these non-productive thoughts as though they were dark thunderclouds passing through an azure blue sky.

I made up my mind several months ago that I was not going to be a causality in the tidal wave of negative thinking.

I was going to be a keeper of hope in the everyday loveliness that still exists in our world.

Yes there are and will be more adventures, and always hope and joy.

I am not going to give them up or give up on them.

So here I am cooking more, journaling, gardening furiously, and the glue gun it still plugged in.


Four Fun Links for the Weekend.


With it officially being Fall it's time to eat more squash!🍂

Today I am sharing my recipe on how to cut, peel and roast butternut squash.
Did you know that butternut squash can be added to hummus, enchiladas, soups and much more!
I have been looking forward to sharing this post with you because let's face it I am a squash lover! 


Greetings and happy October friends! Today I am bringing back an oldie but goodie craft; the chicken wire pumpkin. I have had many requests to revisit this post and share the gauge of chicken wire that I used as well as detailed DIY instructions. I went ahead and tweaked the original design of the pumpkin of my 2013 French Western Chicken Wire Pumpkin post by changing the gauge of wire, added some copper wiring, beads and burlap flower.


While I was visiting Amanda this Summer I picked up To Shake The Sleeping Self at a local Bookstore in Truckee California.

This is a New York Times Bestseller by Jedidiah Jenkins. "With winning candor, Jedidiah Jenkins takes us with him as he bicycles across two continents and delves deeply into his own beautiful heart."


She believed she could, so she did.
I am a advocate for filling the mind with positive thoughts. 
Written affirmations are always helpful.
Beautiful journal in celebrating inner strength, belief and the power of dreaming big!

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for joining me today!

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  1. Good morning, my angel! I am still reveling in the positive experience I had with you earlier this week via Instagram; your empathy opened up a window of freedom for me and reminded me that there are STILL good people in the world. Thank you for staying positive. Those of us who engage in happy activities and hope must never give up. And, I LOVE squash soup! So many fun things you can do with it!

    1. Hello My Friend,
      So wonderful and generous of you to stop by.
      I think we both have discovered the power of positive thinking and the power of kindness too.
      You are a such a vibrant and kind soul that offering a listening ear and encouragement is very easy to do!

  2. You keep at it, Jemma ! We need more of that, or should I be honest and say "I" need more of that? I definitely don't want to be a casualty of that mindset.

    1. Dewena,
      You are a lovely encourager and fabulous example for holding a steady course and marching forward in thinking, attitude and heart!
      No casualties in living with negativity for you and I my friend.

  3. I love butternut squash too! Yours looks so good.
    I enjoy your positive attitude and admire your homemaking skills.From gardening, crafting, cooking and sharing your family and travels you are a great example. Reading your IG posts and blogs are always uplifting.

    1. Hello Bonnie,
      Thank you for the kindness and for visiting too.
      I do believe that you and I both enjoy the aspects of homemaking and embrace it with open arms.

  4. I love your positivity on life in general. You always make me smile. I hope that you have a lovely FALL and a great Week. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Cindy,
      You make me smile too. Us homemaking, life loving gals gotta stick together!

  5. What a lovely collection of ideas. Ah, squash. Isn't that the best at this time of year? I'm on the lookout for some small acorn squashes to make and stuff with a favorite sausage mixture. Butternut squash soup is another fave. Very cozy, this season!

    1. Hello Jeanie,
      Yes! Squash soup is the best of the best.
      We are acorn squash lovers too-do you remember the Hubbard squash?
      It was tasty as well, but grew to gigantic sizes!

  6. Such lovely thoughts on joy and hope, Jemma. So many negative thoughts in the world today, so it's nice to keep our mind and our heart filled with gratitude and especially love. What a delightful chicken wire pumpkin. The roast butternut squash looks delicious. My dad had a garden when I was growing up, and he would bring in the best looking squash, and my mom would cook them for supper that night. I'm very familiar with Truckee, California. It was only about an hour from where I grew up and have visited there a few times. It's always a pleasure to visit with you, Jemma, and see all the creative projects you are working on.



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