Thursday, December 7, 2017

Happy Krampusnacht, Blessed Solstice, Good Yule and Merry Christmas to All ...

Good evening, dear readers! How ARE  you all? Seems like it's been forever since we last got together, does it not?

It has definitely been busy here in the Little Gothic Cottage since the opening of the new shoppe back in May ... how long ago that now seems! Even though it was only open three days a week, as with any one-person business, every other waking moment was spent working on various aspects of it - searching for new products, decorating, ordering, bookkeeping (ick), cleaning (ewwwww), trying to build a new website that actually works on a cellular device (heavy sigh), etcetera. For a startup year it exceeded one's wildest hopes, and things are looking promising for reopening again next spring. The insomniac  would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to Water Valley to visit this past season - your support of her new venture is most appreciated!

In late September, the insomniac  attended Witches Night Out YYC - a fundraiser for the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter. Earlier that day she had almost talked herself out of it, but at the last  possible second changed her mind, demanded $50 from the spouse as she (very bravely she felt given her social anxiety) declared, “I'm going to that party! Give me some money so I can win the grand prize.”, which he somewhat grudgingly handed over while muttering something she didn't quite catch underneath his breath.

Fortunately, her outfit was ready and waiting.

Equally fortunate was that she actually remembered to take her
Doc Martens along, as her feet were throbbing after only
 30 minutes in the grey heels. Which aren't even that high ... sob.

The event was such great fun, and two lovely young women graciously allowed the insomniac  to hang at their table so she didn't feel quite so pathetic weird about attending solo. And when she finally returned home late that evening and asked the spouse where in the world he'd like to travel to, he again muttered something incomprehensible, rolled over and promptly went back to sleep. In the morning, she reiterated the question.

“You actually won?”, the spouse asked.
 “Yes. Yes, I did.”, was the rather smug reply.

And so, sometime next year we shall take advantage of one's incredible good fortune in winning that pair of Westjet tickets and head off to Scotland for as long as we feel we can afford to ... which won't be anywhere near long enough, at least not in the insomniac's  opinion. Rest assured, the entire trip will be spent trying to find unique items to bring back, not only for her own priceless hoard collection but also for the shoppe's reopening in May. And if you listen closely, you just might hear the long-suffering spouse muttering one last time, as he prepares himself for a trip filled with art galleries, graveyards, thrifting, cemeteries, antique shopping, mausoleums, and anything else Atlas Obscura might recommend ... poor fellow. Don't feel too badly for him though - a daily stop at some quaint little pub and he'll be alright.

The following month, preparations for not one but two Hallowe'en Events were in full swing. The first event on Friday evening was at the Rockyview Hotel in Cochrane - A Grave Affair:

Draw me like one of your French girls, Jack ...

The Absinthe Bar ... a first for the insomniac,
but hopefully not the last!

The second event on Saturday evening was held at Papa Luigi's Ristorante in Water Valley - Lost in Transylvania:

Hands down, best photo of us - ever.

The traditional Romanian PapanaΘ™i was
definitely the high point of the insomniac's  evening.

All three servings of it.

The shoppe was open on All Hallow's Eve for a couple of hours and approximately seventeen local children showed up for candy. One has never before experienced that kind of attendance on her most favourite night of the year in her entire life! It. Was. Awesome.

Decorated a wee bit ... although let's be real;
not all that much different from the everyday shoppe.

What an amazing coincidence ... she looks
just like my new friend Victoria!

But enough about the insomniac's  boring life - let's get to the real reason you're even here today reading this drivel ... YOUR PRESENT! Yes indeed, the Annual Wiccan / Christian / Pagan / Gothic / Horror Dayminder has made it's highly anticipated return!!

Ta Da!

The 2018 calendar is almost identical to last year's, except for a few minor changes:

  • Lon Chaney's birthday on April 1st was summarily dismissed due to lack of room after All Fool's Day and Easter Sunday were added ... should you have an appointment that day, there would have been very little room to pencil it in. HOWEVER, if you're really missing it, one would be most happy to rectify that for you. Chances are good poor Lon will remain missing from the calendar even in 2019, as the likelihood the insomniac  will remember to add him back after a full year's absence seems quite slim.

  • The headers are slightly more complicated than last year, and are likely to use up more of your precious inks in the printing. The insomniac  feels it gives the dayminder more of a medieval feel, which she quite likes and hopes you do as well, since there are no returns on this particular Yuletide gift. Keep it, you must.

  • A new title page has been added. In all honesty it was there last year too, but the insomniac  chose not to share it. She had great plans to print copies of the calendar for sale, but just like her commitment to keep to a regular workout routine using her 2017 dayminder, those plans went right out the proverbial window around the second week of January. Rather than keep the title page to herself (the Get Busy skull is an antique postcard from her personal collection) she decided to share it with you this year, as who amongst us doesn't need a gentle reminder time's a tickin' - some of us needing it moreso than others.

Although the notation to start on this year's calendar was penciled in the insomniac's  version for November 14th, the calendar wasn't exhumed from underneath the desk where it was tossed mid-January until just last week, therefore it is a trifle late. Hopefully you hadn't given up hope of ever seeing it and already braved the mall to purchase a new one.

To download your present in PDF format (8½ x 11 horizontal), please click on the link shown in the sidebar for whichever version you require - Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

Have a most peaceful holiday season everyone - no matter what you celebrate! Although if it was Krampusnacht, one has no idea how that particular holiday could ever be called peaceful, nor turn out any way other than badly.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.



  1. I have truly missed your blog posts and am very happy to read that you are not only having fun but are going to Scotland! Congrats and well done. The pics you shared are divine. Hoping to see more of your writing and also more of the store as time travels onward. I have not forgotten about the coat.....

    1. Awwwww, that's so sweet of you, Debbi! I miss writing sometimes, but it seems like whenever I sit down to write again it's really hard to get back into it! I dunno - maybe my muse (the insomniac) has deserted me. I'm very excited about Scotland! I will take a ton of pictures and FOR SURE will write a blog post about the trip when we get back home.

      I haven't forgotten about the coat either - I just finished the last set of curtains for the hotel this week, and now my pile of projects is mine alone. I'm taking a trip to Tucson in March and learning a Japanese draping method that I hope will inspire me to get moving on that clothing line I've always wanted to start! lol

  2. Well you will have to contact me regarding Scotland. I have been many times and can give you some fun insights! It is good to hear from you. Looks like the shop is keeping you super busy!

    1. Oh my goodness - that's right! Who better to ask about what to see than you and his Lordship! I will definitely email you after Christmas when I book the flights and start thinking about the details!

      It is keeping me busy, but it's great fun. Only thing I really miss is having the time to read everyone's blogs. I'm going to make a consistent effort to stay up-to-date right after the holidays.

      Good to hear from you too! πŸ–€

  3. What a jam-packed year you have had! I am sooooooooooooo jealous about the trip to Scotland -- how wonderful that you won! That little ghoul, I mean girl, is so sweet. I hope you are mentoring her.

    1. It HAS been really busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Debra! Those tours you sent me look wonderful, but all sold out sadly. Maybe next time!!

      Isn't she adorable? I sense a kindred spirit. I doubt her mother would be impressed if I asked to mentor her though. lol

      Thinking of a trip to Edmonton in March for a show - I'll be in touch if the weather seems like it's going to be okay and the roads good!

  4. Your vacation activities mirror my own, which is just another reason why I think you're awesome. Fortunately, one of our usual travel partners seeks out and enjoys cemeteries as much as I do.

    Thank you for the calendar/planner. I'm off to download it right now.

    1. I've been looking at the Glasgow Necropolis, Connie - I figure I at least have to do that one! The spouse doesn't mind cemeteries but he's not quite as keen as I am. As long as there's the promise of a pub afterwards though, he's a pretty good sport about it all. ;)

      I hope you enjoy the calendar! πŸ–€

  5. Congrats on Winning... and so good that you're Blogging again and that the new Shoppe is a hit! Thank you for the calendar/planner... I hope you'll do loads of coverage of the Scottish Adventure!?

    1. Thank you, Dawn! I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm blogging again though - let's see if I actually manage to write anything next year first! lol

      I hope you enjoy the calendar, and I'll definitely be taking lots of pictures in Scotland, and will do a post when we get back home. Maybe that's why I never blog anymore - I really do live a dull life for the most part. Not much for most to be interested in reading about. πŸ–€

  6. and yet again the universe proves to provide what we giving you the courage for that one little trip to get you out on a true adventure :D Congratulations on the shop...the outing alone...AND the Win (All 3 wins to my mind) XXX

    1. Isn't that so true, Gina! It's funny (hahaha) how something so insignificant to most people, like going to a social event alone, puts me in a fit of terror and yet flying across the ocean to see a new country doesn't? And trust me, I don't like flying very much either. lol

      Three big wins indeed, although I'm quite sure I'll be putting myself through the exact same thing next year the evening of Witches Night Out. πŸ–€

  7. Well congratulations on having a very interesting 2017! And you are coming over this side of the Pond in the Spring? Whereabouts in Scotland are you going? Send me details and I will try to meet you somewhere if work allows. I would suggest renting a car to get around outside any large urban areas like Edinburgh. There's lots of trains, but fares are stupidly expensive now and a car is much cheaper (around £15 a day) and more convenient if you want to get into the countryside. Ali x

    1. It was pretty exciting for an old broad wasn't it, Ali? lol

      Yes, right after Christmas I will book the flights - hoping for mid to late April. So far, Glasgow and Edinburgh are on the list, I've found a two-day tour into the highlands that isn't too expensive, I'd like to see the Isle of Mull since I've already seen Skye, and I'd like to see Loch Ness again too. Depending on cost, possibly a train trip into Wales for a few days as well.

      Neither the spouse nor I enjoy driving in other countries, especially when it's on the wrong side of the road! That's just asking for an accident!!! It's much safer if we just book little day trips and have someone else take care of that part for us. And we both really enjoy the trains in Europe. :)

      I'd love to see you if we can swing it! πŸ–€

  8. It's been a long time since I've had the pleasure of reading one of your posts here. Of course, I've known that the Insomniac has been quite busy lately. So, I'd like to congratulate you on such a successful year and on your big win. I was going to suggest dropping off the spouse at a pub while shopping in Scotland, but you already thought of that--and there should be plenty to choose from! It's good hearing from you.

    1. Oh, and Happy Holidays to you as well!

    2. I am so behind on blog reading - it's going to take me a while to catch up with everyone but I'm looking forward to some cold weather so I can do just that!

      Yes, I think the spouse would be more than happy if I just left him at a pub while I went gallivanting. MORE than happy. lol

      Great to hear from you and happy holidays to you as well, Al! I thought of you yesterday as I just got around to making my Christmas cake - I'm very late this year and it won't be ready until after Christmas. Should I send you a half loaf in January? :)

    3. I can't say that I would object. I seem to remember you sending me something a few years ago that you made and it was quite tasty. I'll leave that up to you. Thank you!

    4. I'll test it in January - if it's palatable, I'll send it along. ;)

  9. Well! You made fine work of that year,! Your photos are wonderful, love your pairing portrait, but the Absynth Bar is my fav and should be a postcard! Far off travel ,Far Off travel adventure! excellent for your photo taking skills! ( & for those who live vicariously through you! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘)
    Wishing you continued joy , BE safe, it's a wild world! Yuletide blessings xoxoDebi

    1. I cannot believe the year is almost over, Debi! Is it my age that makes it seem as though they're flying by so quickly lately or what? lol

      I'm even going to take my good camera on the trip, just to be sure I get enough photos. Yuletide blessings to you as well! Much love to you and yours. πŸ–€

  10. I admire your bravery (even the word "heels" makes me want to weep). And I'm completely jealous of your trip (I bet your husband's back is already screaming at the thought of all the stuff he's going to have to carry).

    Thanks a gazillion for the calendar. LOVE it!

    1. I knew damn well I wouldn't be able to wear those heels all night. Now what am I supposed to do with all those shoes I used to wear in my youth? The youngest's feet are bigger than mine - unless we have a girl grandchild at some point, it hardly seems worthwhile keeping them any more. lol

      I've gotten smarter - I mail most of the stuff home now. ;)


  11. That looks like so much fun! The look on my face though when I saw the absinthe bar :O I'd have that at home all year long! haha PS. Loved the outfit with the triple moon cutouts! ♥

    Ellone | | Minimal Lifestyle & Fashion

    1. It was a lot of fun! I'm so glad I went and not just because I won either!! I can imagine your look when you saw the absintherie (sp?). lol Glad you got to go see HIM - I bet that was an amazing concert. πŸ–€