Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Morning

So, in the end, I did take time away skipping Mosaic Monday last night and spending a pleasant couple of evenings away from the computer. (Though I'll add a mosaic here today, I won't link because my mosaic is more of a "just documenting" nature.) I visited everyone and gave myself the gift of not commenting; this is much more difficult than it may seem as I comment a lot too much.

The frost came just as we were warned. Hard frost. Killing frost. I brought in pumpkins and plants and wrapped the rosebush. The rest I let go. Not without shedding a tear, but I let them go. The morning glory and the climbing brown-eyed susan are all cleared away with only a memory and a photograph left.

My daughter gave me something new for the garden. A little red, white, and blue something new so I am pleased. 

On Saturday morning, we gathered for the Birthday Breakfast. Though my daughter's birthday had come and gone, she had requested the Saturday morning breakfast because she's in the middle of painting her house trim and hoping to finish this year; she started last. It's a big house and she's done it alone. 

Saturday was windy and cold and so it was very pleasant to gather by 8:30 for a nice warm breakfast. This (birthday breakfasts) is something new for our family, though I can certainly recommend it. 

I served Judy's egg cup recipe from MGCC for the adults and chocolate chip waffles for the grands. We also had English muffins, raisin toast, and raspberry Danish. Orange juice and apple juice and coffee and Earl Grey tea were all served as well. I'd show you a picture of our table except that I didn't think to take a photo until only crumbs were left.

Then it was gift opening time...


~game time~

It was funny to watch this little guy ponder what fun things he could do to shake things up a bit.

There was a brief time of bowling...

Later in the evening, the birthday girl came back to show me the boot cuffs. She rolled them, which I thought looked cute, too.

There. Does that tie up all loose ends thus far? Not quite...there is the ongoing work on the garage. John has been challenged in a few ways. More on that another day.

Enjoy this fresh new beginning of a week and don't forget to get your note cards ready!

Love Vee

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lamentations 3:22–23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ~Lamentations 3:22–23

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Get Off the Computer, Vee!

Time to get off the computer for a while. Everything looks better away from it! I'll be back in time for the Note Card Party Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday or when I start missing everyone too much. Right. I'll be back tomorrow. =D

A happy weekend to you...

Love Vee

Friday, October 12, 2012

Successive Autumns

Yes, colorful autumn is upon us and running fast. We are entering that past peak phase. I love that one, too: the russets and golds. What differences between one year and the next.

(Last year at this time, we celebrated my daughter's birthday with a Cook-Out. It was so warm and summery; this year, we'll celebrate indoors, because it will be brrrrisk, with a nice old-fashioned breakfast.)

Losing the foliage a little earlier doesn't matter too much because in Blogdom we get to follow our heart's desire.

~Susan Branch Calendar~

We can fly about the earth seeking successive autumns. I certainly plan to if you will cooperate by sharing your cozy autumn world with me. You will, won't you?

~Dark Silhouettes~

~Finding some Red~

~lined from the inside~

I do want to thank you all for indulging me my photos of the same, familiar objects. This little milk glass lamp for example. It did get another makeover when I read *here* about lining the inner part of the shade. I used fabric and some spray glue to adhere it. I think it may get lots of makeovers through the year. 

Do you ever wind up making over the same thing again and again? 

A great day to you...

Love Vee

Thursday, October 11, 2012


No, no, I'm not going anywhere. I'm talking about leftovers or the tail ends of things.  This is the final bouquet from the garden: zinnias, Stella D'oro lilies, and a bit of tall phlox. I would wail for the flowers as it is my nature except that I just read yesterday not to weep for the flowers for they'll be back. Of course!

While I never took my nap yesterday, Fioré slept the afternoon away right there.

Unless waking for rowdy squirrel, chipmunk or Molly watching... This is the tail end of the leaves. Many are on the ground now.

What did I decide my decorating style was? Can't remember, though this picture seems to indicate "Grandma's Attic."

Awww, such kitty sweetness. It's very hard for me not to disturb her when she's looking this adorable. Only a kitty lover would understand this.

We're coming to the end of the giant tomatoes. BLTs for supper again last night as that's our favorite way to enjoy them. I bought a crusty white loaf for bread as our usual 12 grain whole wheat just doesn't cut it for sandwiches. Then I prepared bacon in the oven my friend Diane's way. She says the secret is to put the bacon in a cold oven and then to set the oven at 375° for 20 minutes. For me, it takes more like 30 to 40 minutes. It's perfect every time. I crinkle aluminum foil first and then spread it out placing the bacon on top. I do not overcrowd the pan. The crinkled foil allows the bacon grease to drain while the bacon remains on top of the crinkles. Do you make bacon in the oven, too?

~supper preparations~

I'm just now watching the sun strike what little gold is on the trees...lovely! And finally!

Have a great Thursday...

Love Vee

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Boot Cuffs and Christmas Ideas

It's going to take some doing to get myself going this morning. Another overcast, dreary day just when we thought that we were done with them for a while. You may remember that John is trying to get the garage finished, which figures in strongly. My first temptation on such a morning is to return to bed. This is all regional, I'm sure. If you live in a part of the country where you see a lot of sun, a gray day comes as a welcome change. Here, lately, the sun is a welcome change.

I've finished two pairs of boot cuffs. One for low boots, which can be a little smaller and one for tall boots, which must fit over the calf. They look pretty cute to me, though very straightforward. I think it would be easy for anyone to whip up her own pattern and crochet a set. I learned about them from Sarah and shared that a few posts back. What could be easier, though, than using the arms of an old sweater if you don't crochet or knit? Tip Nut has many listings for things to make with old sweaters *here*  and a free pattern for boot cuffs *here.* I'm trying to think of cute Christmas gifts...cute and cheap Christmas gifts.

Speaking of which, I learned of a terrific Christmas gift list via Suzanne...The 36th Avenue one. Everything is under $5 and they actually look like something! ☺ Kati, her blog is listed on yesterday's post, also has a list of frugal Christmas gifts that are very good.

This is my pile of stash from a run to Joann's on their excellent coupon offer. I am hoping to make a table runner with the green fabrics for a certain birthday girl and the yarn is what I used for the boot cuffs. I'm waiting for the girl and the boots to show up before I show them to you. Oh, don't bother purchasing what I thought were fat quarters...$12.99 for a yard of coordinating fabric is not being frugal!

Such a lame post with everyone Pinteresting these days. ;)

Have a terrific Wednesday...

Love Vee

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Around the House

Melissa is hosting another Tuesday in her Fall Nesting Series called Fall Around the House. I'm linking, though not participating beyond visiting those who are. What great ideas! You can find lots of sweet things to copy. **ETA: And giving proper credit, of course. I just re-read this and it sounded awful. 

Blogger and I seem to be at odds with one another. It's eaten a post and several videos.  The frustration level is pretty high so I'm declaring this *a gradient 6 day big time! Above are the last of my garden flowers plopped unceremoniously into a Tupperware pitcher...gradient six to the rescue!

These sweet fabric apples arrived last week from Kati of Kati's Little Corner of the  World. Such a thoughtful gift from a thoughtful gal. The little chalkboard, you may remember, is a gift from Sarah. **(ETA: Which reminds me that I copied this font right *here* at Melissa's party last week. )

The Climbing Brown Eyed Susan received yet another reprieve from the dreaded frost. Since she's climbing, I am unable to bring her inside as I'm doing nightly now with all the other plants.
 We are not taking blue skies lightly around here having seen so few of them.

Anytime that I see temps above 40F in the morning, I breathe a sigh of relief.


You'll have to trust me on this. I had done the most darling, impressive, truly magnificent video to share today entitled, fittingly enough, Fall Around the House. I took you all around inside and then moved to the backyard where I swished through the leaves and chattered like a magpie about the projects, the raised bed, the golden leaves, my neighbor's home, and then I took you to my door where I discovered that I had locked myself out. Terrific! This video is the only one that Blogger will allow me to upload. Perhaps the others were a bit too long at 3 minutes and something seconds. Oh, warning, I didn't clean the house for you!

Have a great day...

Love Vee
P.S. For those who have wondered...A Gradient 6 Day is my euphemism for times when things are not just working quite as I had planned. Gradient 6 is an option from Photoscape (Google it) that allows one to fuzz out the edges of a photo as I've done in this post. Sometimes Life requires a fuzzing of the edges, too. = )

Monday, October 8, 2012

Home from the Fair

Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees. ~Faith Baldwin

Enjoy the photos with very little commentary from me...

Great row of brightly colored Adirondack chairs, too...

I like it better cropped.

Love all these one-room schoolhouses turned into homes. This one is for sale. Note the double doors on the front: one for girls and one for boys.

Yes, Sunday's scripture picture! Good eye!

This house is a favorite of mine. Some fine day, I'm going to park the car and take a proper picture.

Even a glance down the power line becomes special with its open window to autumn colors.

Yes! My header picture. Good eye!

And right back home again...our haven is just down the road, down another wee street, and there you are. So, if you ever see this tree, stop in!

A Happy Thanksgiving to my neighbors to the North and a Happy Columbus Day to my fellow Americans. ☺

Love Vee