I originally had not planned a regular post this week with other things going on. However........
Daughter got an early start decorating for Christmas, and sent pictures to share. I think the pictures speak for themselves.
Early Thursday morning, an unexpected line of precip. rolled thru when the temps were below freezing - resulting in ice on the bridges and overpasses, and that equals a disaster. It is times like this I am glad I am no longer fighting the perils of rush hour traffic trying to get to and from a job. Winter weather has definitely arrived ahead of schedule this year, and it is not welcome.
Since much colder temps these days, daughter has put her crochet hooks to work while sitting in school pickup lines, waiting for children to get out of scouts or band meetings, or the TVs are tied up with events she is not interested in, etc..
Footies/slippers for one of the kiddos....
and warm throws to curl up with when the temps drop...
Another in progress....
She has a vintage candy jar filled with pine cones, cinnamon sticks, faux mini pumpkins and gourds, setting in a vintage/antique (not sure which) wooden bowl provides a Fall vignette for her kitchen table.
The table where slices of pumpkin pie friendship bread will be on her menu.
Don't like pumpkin? How about apple pie bread ?
Bet a slice of that would be delish with warm caramel sauce drizzled over the top.
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Where has this year gone ?!? Seems like just yesterday, I was planting annuals, and hoping they would survive the squirrels and chipmunks digging them up, and me replanting them more than once. I miss the temps in the 70's and 80's already, and judging from the extended weather forecast it will be some time before I will enjoy them again.
Am I ready for the holidays that are just around the corner ?!?
With other things going on, I have really been slacking when it comes to keeping up with "the blog and the land of blog in general". Also slacking when it comes to getting out there with the camera and taking pics of the signs of Fall. Actually most everything is still green around here (which is normal for the area). However, had hoped to have made a trip to the farmers' market by now to check out the Fall bounty. That has not happened, and probably won't happen in the next week or so either. I dug deep and found some pics I took in Oct.,2012.
So.... If you don't mind, these are some repeats from 2 years ago.
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These flower/plant arrangements in pumpkins were so pretty! I said I was going to make one, but never got around to getting it done.
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A little pink added in as a reminder - Don't forget your yearly mammo!
Fall has definitely shown its face around here. Woke up to the temps in the 40's this morning - I am NOT ready for this!! Not seeing the Fall colors yet, but that is normal around here. Temps are suppose to be in high 70's - low 80's this next week which is fine with me.
My daughter chopped up and brined cucumbers, onions and green bell peppers with lots of pickling spices, etc.. Cooked it up...
and canned some yummy relish that will taste delish with a pot of beans and corn bread this Winter.
What do you do when you have already sterilized the number of jars and lids required for the recipe, and the recipe did not make enough for the number of jars stated needed?? Simple - She whipped up a batch of grape jelly to fill the extra jars.
Stocking for for the Winter months - definitely a good thing!
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Just to add: All this canning activity is taking place in my daughter's kitchen - Not mine! Are you stocking up and preparing for the Winter months?
at my daughter's house posted about here. Before: In the process of renovation .....
Unfortunately the water line under the sink sprung a leak - A major leak. As a result, the flooring had to be pulled up. What did they find under a layer of vinyl? Another thin subfloor, then linoleum from the 60's. Yep - not so pretty brown and gold stuff.
What was under the 60's linoleum? Big surprise - hard wood floor.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of large sections not in good condition, so trying to salvage the hardwood was not an option. Also, real hardwood in a very busy, heavily used area as this kitchen is, not a wise option. After fans and humidifier brought in, the contractor was able to lay a new sub floor .
Next step - new vinyl flooring. After they brought many samples in and looked at them at different times of the day and different lightening, they chose one that looks like a wide plank, wood floor.
Color off as taken with a phone.
A Work in Progress.
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More on this major renovation project in another post. Side Note: Turns out one of the contractors who worked on the repairs does not live far from them and shared a bit of history about the house and the family that lived there. He was a friend of one of the children growing up and often visited there as a child.
It is hard to believe it is that time of of the year already. Everything is still green around here, but there are definitely signs of Fall in the air. Cooler night temps, low to mid 80's during the day, clear blue sky, lower humidity, etc.. Oh - and sneezing more often.
No mums or pumpkins in the courtyard just yet as the area will still have some pretty warms days in the future, and they would not last very long. Need to clean up the mess the squirrels have made with the hickory nuts before adding any Fall decor anyway.
Time to light a Fall scented candle, serve up a big bowl of yummy soup, thin piece of crusty cornbread slathered in butter. Ready for some comfort food - can you tell?
Pictures from a few years ago.
Have said it before and will say it again - I like Fall but not what follows!
How about you - Is it starting to look like Fall where you live?
Hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend, and enjoyed lots of yummy food. Schools in my area have been back in session almost a month, yet in other parts of the country schools just started back this week. Hard to believe Summer is winding down.
One of Those Days: As hot as it was, I had a few errands I wanted to run today. However...There was a glitch in my plans. Fluffed and puffed just in case I ran into someone I knew, out the door, in the car and turned the key - Ooops! It tried hard but would NOT turn over. Long story short - Call to road service, diagnosis equals new battery. Got that taken care of. Dang - the price of car batteries these days !!
After standing out in the heat too long while dealing with the car issue, decided to cut the errand list short, picked up lunch and came home. Word of advice - don't eat right after getting too hot.
Another item on the agenda was to take pics of some jewelry for one of my daughters that she made, so got it set up on the patio table where the sun would shine on it - what happened? Batteries in camera were "deader than a door knob" (where did that expression come from??) !
I immediately checked my phone to make sure it was charged.
Just one of those days.....
An Update: Some of you may remember the big kitchen project my daughter started a while back...
Work in progress
Her renovation project changing her kitchen over to a vintage beauty was on hold due to so many other things going on in life. Well, it is really on hold now !!
They got up to water on their kitchen floor recently. Short story - water line into kitchen sink ruptured. Bottom line - large section of floor damaged.
Needless to say, she is NOT a happy camper. Dealing with preparing meals, cleanup, etc., under adverse conditions while the cleanup/repair work is done can be over whelming - especially with 3 children.
When I had to deal with water damage several months ago, it was not near what she is having to deal with (thank goodness).
Odds and Ends: Had planned to have a finished jewelry project to share this time, but just did not happen. Hey - I started on it, so does that count?
Daughter sent me a picture of plant that grew up in the middle of some daylilies, and ask me what I thought it was. Who Me?!? I Love flowers, but know little to knowing about them. Actually this was not a flower, but a sorghum or millet plant.
Where did that come from ? Well.. Seems the "Little Red Head Cupid" dumped some bird seed in the flower bed last Spring. Yep! My suggestion to her was to keep an eye on that flower bed as there is no telling what all kind of seeds were in the mix.
I have to admit I am ready for a break in the high temps. I like Fall and looking forward to cooler temps, just not what follows.
How about you - What is going on around your abode ?
Spoon some over some cream cheese and scoop up with wheat thin crackers - Yum!
Where did the orange flavor come from?
An orange flavored soda!! Yep! Stocking the shelves.
I am not much of a root beer fan, so asked what it was like, and she said it tasted similar to a pancake syrup, so suspect it will come in handy on a weekend morning breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs.