October 19, 2012

This, That and the Other

Hello, lovely people. I hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Not much going on here, I've been busy with a little of this and a little of that. Much of my life, at the moment, seems to be focused on fall and all its happenings...like a lot of you, I'm sure.

The leaves here have already changed color and many of them are now carpeting the ground, fulfilling their new purpose...a form of exercise and play. The other day, as more leaves dropped all around us, we raked a bunch of them up into a big pile and had a lot of fun jumping in them. My little girl would pick up an armful, toss them into the air and they'd float down landing on her head...she'd just laugh and laugh. I mostly just worked the rake and the camera, enjoying her happiness.

As the seasons change and the weather gets crisp it makes a person want to bake more, don't you think? That's kind of how I've been feeling anyway.

Last week, I kept thinking about how good something with pumpkin sounded, but since I was a bit undecided on what that something might be, I made a spice cake instead. Topped with some cinnamon, cream-cheese frosting and a handful of pecans, it was yummy, just like I'd hoped.

So good, that I threw part of it in the garbage so that I wouldn't eat it all ;)

Speaking of food, I have a funny story for you.

The other evening, while my kids were at church, I decided to pass the time by lounging around on the couch, watching The Voice and gobbling down some crackers. So after a little me time, I finally head back to church and while I'm there I go into the bathroom, look in the mirror and discover that I've been strolling around the building with a big cracker stuck to the front of my shirt!  Good heavens, I'm so lame :)

Well anyway, I guess I should go and figure out my kids' Halloween costumes now...a witch and a hippie are their selections. The witch is coming together pretty good...the hippie, not so much.

Have a great weekend!


October 04, 2012

A Little Fall Decorating

As I look out the window, a crisp breeze is blowing brightly-colored leaves this way and that, plucking them from the trees and sending them whirling to the ground. Warm and sunny yesterday, today's weather feels a bit shocking and tells me that fall is here to stay.

For whatever reason, I'm never one to decorate much for this season. Perhaps it's because it always feels so short-lived, a brief interlude at summer's end, one that signals the impending arrival of winter...something I never look forward to. In any event, I do try to bring a little bit of autumn indoors and beyond a mum and few pumpkins, let mother nature do the prettying up outside.

As you may have gathered, flowers and fruit are often my go to items for decorating. Since I like things pretty simple, it wasn't any different this time around. 

I bought a bouquet of alstromeria for the dining room and set it on one of my newest finds, a little vintage wooden tray, that I piled high with apples and pears. I like that the whole thing coordinates somewhat with the hydrangeas that fill the dough bowl and feels a little autumnish, but in a whispering sort of way...you know?

Good heavens, I have to tell you, I'm lucky to even have any hydrangeas in that bowl. Guess what happened?

Someone got the bright idea to try and get up on the top of that shelf and give those hydrangeas a closer inspection. Oh, I mean a cat, of course, not one of my kids. I could, however, see my daughter trying to do that too, but anyway...I heard a big crashing noise and came in to find flowers lying all over the floor. Yes, I had a crabby face when I made that discovery...especially since my son was laughing like it was the funniest thing ever. Ummm...no.

Anyway, I'm glad the flowers survived somewhat and are able to live happily in that bowl...I'm always at a bit of loss for what to put in that thing.

Well, that's a little peek into my world lately.  Hope everything is wonderful where you are.


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