Too Much Wonderful

Aloha Lasses and Brutes,

The past few weeks have been a resplendent rainbow of glorious happiness. First off, I leveled up in my MMOG, Miss Brickle’s Candylicious Fairietown. As a level 7 Glowworm I can behead just about any creature at or below my level with my toffee throwing stars. It’s really making the game that much better.

Secondly, my lovely and dear friend Kevin announced a Kickstarter initiative and wouldn’t you know it, he made his goal. Though that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t donate anyway. Visit his Dr. Zebrovski’s Hour of Power page to learn about the amazing show he will be performing very soon and near you (assuming you live in San Francisco).

Thirdmost, Cider Days struck Denver this past week with a fury not seen in years! While the day was chilly and sleetful, Mr. McCluckin’ and I ventured forth with a bag of apples to see what magic could be found. We discovered an insanely old cider press, several delightful volunteers, a few mules, and a pork chop on a stick. More than anything the cider press was the best part! Here’s how it worked:

1) Take a washed apple and break it in half on a thin metal bar. 

2) Toss the apple halves into the “chucker” or gaping maw of the apple destroying machine.

3) Turn the crank.

4) Mush up apples like it’s 1899.

5) Collect apple mush in wooden basket lined with a burlap sack.

6) Slide the wooden basket down to the press, then wheel the press down upon the apples with all the might you can muster. 

7) Watch the glorious life spirit of the apples pour forth in cider form.

8) Pour that cider into your jug.

9) Profit.

I have to admit I took all the glory and did the crank spinning. Though Mr. McCluckin’ did an admirable job of tossing apples into the chucker. Ultimately, the ingenuity of yesteryear was the star of the show. The cider press we used was from 1922, but they had some older models about.


Fourthful, following the Cider Days explosion my good and kindly husband delivered me to the Horseshoe Market. This wonderful fair only happens thrice a year. The judges seem to know exactly what I would like to buy and  offer it readily at the many booths spread about the parking lot. I found so many treasures I simply cannot describe how excited I was, despite the crappy weather. My favorite booth by far is hosted by the Clean Getaway Soap Co. Their soap is easily the best in the entire world. I prefer the Summertime Blues flavor but I am willing to branch out on occasion. This time around I picked up 3 bars of it to make it through the rest of the year, plus 1 bar of the Mahalo flavor to test the waters. The Ink Lounge also hosts a lovely booth and I found a few photos of miniature men to call me own. The best part is that the pictures were taken in Ireland, where I will soon be!

Lastly, do you know who Brini Maxwell is? You don’t? Shame on you! Go watch this video and make yourself a better person. I had the inexplicable honour of meeting her yesterday! She was in town to tape an episode of Sew It All TV. I managed to finagle my way into the studio and shake her lovely and dainty hand. Then we spoke about vintage fabric, sheath dresses, and pumpkin body shapes. She even complemented my dress. It was one of the best moments of all time.

Well that’s all the news that is news! Hope you are living la vida loca my darlings.

Farewell for now,

Henny Penny

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