Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Bunch of Punkin Heads...

wishing you a     HAPPY  HALLOWEEN !!!!!
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Dab of This and That

Friday, October 25, 2013

Treasures to be Found....

I posted a few weeks ago about daughter moving......
Well - while  mowing and tidying up the back yard they found it was not going to be an easy task to mow in the Fall.  They are now the owners of 4 pecan trees, 1 large black walnut, and a hickory nut tree.

Thrilled over the pecan trees ( looking forward to pecan pies, spiced pecans, etc.), as long as they can beat the squirrels to the harvest.
 Future pecan pie...
 The black walnut tree?
After they realized the amount of work involved, the hulls and shells staining everything they touch, resulting in the small amount of actual nut meat recovered - they now have someone else coming to  claim them.
 The hickory nut tree? Well, the squirrels will benefit from that one.
The area where the sun is shining - there are plans for a garden come Spring.
Have a feeling they need to research what not to plant as certain  creatures will love to dine on the fruits of their labor.  Yep! I am talking about deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, etc. !!

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Have a great day!
Dab of This and That

ETA: Thanks Rita for the comment about not planting tomatoes anywhere near the walnut tree.  I looked it up and found there are many things that won't survive/do well under/around the trees and am passing this info on to my daughter.  Could not find a way to thank you by email or a blog, so hope you see this.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fall in the Courtyard

Not much different from previous years - A pot or two of mums....
a pumpkin...
and a few ornamental gourds to keep the faux pumpkin company.  Yes - a faux pumpkin - What can I say? 
I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's indoor and outdoor  Fall decor -  keep on sharing your photos.
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Have a great week!
Dab of This and That

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Trip to the Pumpkin Patch...

These future "jack O lanterns"  are heavy, so a wagon comes in handy...
Looks like a happy (but strange looking) couple....
Hummm...This must be one of their relatives - Ya think?

And this must be Granny taking her Grand for a ride in the wagon.
Family Album

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Few Touches of Fall...

After visiting around the "land of blogs" and admiring everyone's Fall decor,  thought I might get with the program and add a few touches of Fall around.

Did it the frugal way as used items already had, except for the 3 largest ornamental gourds sitting on the mirror.  Added a bit of Fall color outside also, but will wait and take pics when the squirrels are not feasting on hickory nuts and bombarding everyone and everything below with the shells.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

A Beautiful Fall Day....

The leaves have not started turning in this area yet, however, the sky definitely has the look of Fall. It has the crisp, beautiful blue, with a few white, puffy clouds floating by - so pretty.  Only 68 as I sit here typing.
 The squirrel population started their "dining al fresco" in the hickory nut tree late this year.  Usually they start around mid August, but for some reason  they did not start until a couple of weeks ago, so it is officially "hard hat season" around here.  I am guessing since we had such a strange weather pattern this last Spring and Summer, the nuts were slower  maturing than normal (just a guess).  Anyway, the squirrels are making up for lost time, and judging by the size of the mess they leave at the end of the day they have invited their friends in from other neighborhoods to dine with them.

Joining in @ "Outdoor Wednesday"
So what did I do on such a beautiful Fall day ? Stayed in most of day as allergies went into overdrive,  put out a bit of Fall decor (finally), and made soup.
Made it a little different this round - used some frozen meatballs instead of ground beef that I season myself.  That was a mistake and after eating a bowl of the soup, I took the remaining meatballs out of the pot of soup, and added a couple hands of pasta. I had used a few of the meatballs out of the package a while back and did not care for the taste, but thought maybe in a pot of soup they would be ok - NOT!   Make note to self: Self - Do not buy that brand again. Also, used a package of frozen vegetable soup mix (already seasoned), and don't think I will do that again either.  Package said seasoning/spices added, I missed reading the sodium content when bought it, and also suspect they included red pepper flakes - hence the reason for adding some pasta to tone it down a bit.
End result:  Edible, but certainly not the best soup I have made.
Hoping the weather was as beautiful in your area today as it was here.
Have a great week!