Sunday, October 30, 2022

Halfway through...

I celebrated my halfway point this week.   My husband and I also celebrated our anniversary.  This one was important because now he has been married longer than he was unmarried.  It was a great week.

I guess I am odd since most people don't look forward to getting older.  Heck, I'm fine with it.  My life is fabulous, why wouldn't I be happy?

I'm afraid I don't have pictures for the week.  I was pretty busy going to doctor appointments, dentist appointments, met with my nieces and watched them rodeo, cleaned up the yard, met a friend for yoga, broiled tomatoes, took the dog for a run, went duck hunting, made wine, put a winch on my Jeep, fielded various calls from friends and family, and of course spent quality time with my husband.

I dare old age to catch up with me. 

Do you enjoy your birthday?   Do you do anything special to celebrate?  

Sunday, October 23, 2022

And that is the end of that...

 We took Ella for a walk this morning.  It was beautiful and the weather was perfect.

The colors in the grasses are so intricate and breathtaking.
There is a bright splash of red here and there.
Everything was peaceful and perfect.
The cabin looked cozy snuggled in among the colors.  Then BAM.....

It's snowing.....

Hope winter hasn't found you yet.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

It's the great pumpkin...

 There was frost on the pumpkins this week, so yesterday was the weigh in for the Great Pumpkin Champion.

Here is the winner.  Weighing in at a whopping 21.2 pounds.  But, whose pumpkin is it?
Here are all of the contenders along with a few squash and some mum's.  
Second place was 16.8 pounds.  It seems it wasn't done growing, but Mother Nature said it was time.
Yes, it was my husband's pumpkin.  He earned it.  He watered Zeb every morning and evening.  Tarzan (my pumpkin in the woods) was treated like everything else I plant.  On the brink of death before I water.  I may have to change strategy.  Honestly, Kelly watered my pumpkin more than I did.  I do think two more weeks would have benefitted me.  
As for the rest of the garden.  I pulled everything up.  All that is left are my herbs that need repotted and brought in.

I was pretty happy with how amazing my mini sweet corn tasted.  The carrots were also fabulous.  I had enough turnips and beans to can two pints of stew vegetables.
I made a pumpkin cheesecake last weekend and today used the leftover canned pumpkin to make pumpkin bars (looks more like a cake).  
I have all of the feathers cut out for one of the graduation quilts.  Now I need to cut the pieces for the other graduation quilt.  
The beekeeper stopped by and dropped off some honey.  One of the hives lost it's queen and a bear stole the honey from two hives he had elsewhere.  I also bottled my dandelion wine, so it was a productive weekend.
It was a great weekend.  The leaves have held tough despite vicious winds. The colors are a feast for the eyes.
Are the colors still grand where you are? What harvest do you look forward to the most?  I think mine is the dandelion wine.  I hope you have a fabulous week.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Autumn actions...

We still have beautiful autumn weather.  The leaves are taking their time, which is fine by me.

I have started working on this year's graduation quilts.  My goal for this month is to get the feathers for one cut out and the pieces for the second one also cut.
The background won't be black.  Finding the perfect background is on next month's goal.
I cleaned up the garden and harvested my carrots, corn, beans, squash and jalapenos.  If someone can explain why my sweet corn is has such small ears I would love to know.
Don't you like the colors of my acorn squash?  Oh, I almost forgot.  I also had two turnips.  Tomorrow I am going to cut the corn off the cob and can both the corn and carrots.

Today, I went to hot yoga with a good friend.  Afterwards we had coffee and solved the world's problems.  I cannot say enough how grateful I am for my life.  It is filled with amazing people and beautiful places.

What are some things you are grateful for?  I hope you are also enjoying autumn.  What have you harvested this month?  

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Let's go for a drive...

 Nothing like taking a drive on a beautiful autumn day.  We took the roads less traveled and enjoyed Mother Nature's artwork.  It was the perfect day for a picnic on top of Cement Ridge.

My only regret is the ranchers were rounding up the cattle to move them off the summer pastures.  I was so enamored with the process and the enormity of what they were doing that I forgot to take pictures.

I hope you enjoyed the trip.  I know we did.  Are the leaves changing in your neck of the woods?