Monday, November 10, 2014

Autumn Colors

We were blessed with some beautiful autumn sunshine this past Saturday, so I took a walk around our place to capture some of the colors that were on display.

The skies are currently gray, but we are suppose to have some sunny, but cool days coming our way this week.  Time to get a few things done in the gardens before we get our first frost of the season!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In the Garden 10.21.14

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I know that I said my last “In the Garden” post would probably be my last one for the year, but as I was outside this morning, I noticed there is still quite a bit growing.  Along with a very warm spring and summer, our fall seems to be very mild too and has extended the growing season this year.  As you can see in the photo above, my hubby has started removing the extra garden beds.  He spread the dirt from them around to help even out our hilly back yard and then we will sow some grass seed to blend it back into the yard again.

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There is still a short row of beets…

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…and several carrots.

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Not a very exciting picture, but we planted several cloves of garlic the other day.  The wire mesh is to help discourage the neighborhood cats that like to visit my garden beds.

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The tomatoes are not as pretty as earlier in the season, but they are still producing, thanks to being planted in the hoop house.

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I was about to pull the zinnias out the other day, but I noticed several new blooms on them, so they can stay for now. 

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Now for a few photos of some self-seeded plants that are popping up in my garden.  Lobelia is pictured above…I have no idea how it ended up here.

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Quite a few marigolds have been popping up here and there, which adds some nice color this fall.

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I was surprised to come across a chamomile in one of the beds, as I have not had a chamomile plant for a few years.

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The last of the golden raspberries are clinging on the bushes.

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Just a few apples are left on our tree, not very pretty, but they taste good.  So, I guess we will have to wait and see how much longer everything will hang around for, I am sure frosty weather will be here sooner than later.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Changes

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The leaves here in the Northwest are finally changing colors and slowly drifting off their branches.  This is the first autumn that we have a view of the maple trees in our neighbor’s field.  I am so thankful that he finally agreed to remove the huge wall of evergreen trees that use to line the property. 

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Changes have been happening inside our house too.  Although I still really love bright colors, I am finding that I want more of a neutral background and furniture in our home.  My hubby helped me to paint the rocking chair, lamps, and mini dresser.  We plan on painting the living room and kitchen walls white sometime this fall or winter.  I still enjoy having pops of color here and there, but I am enjoying the neutral shades too.

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A few decorations on my mantle shelf above our woodstove.  I just picked up those pinecone lights from Target…I think they will work well for fall and winter.  The picture of the pumpkins were painted a few years ago by our daughter Sarah.

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The picture of the cute, little deer is new.  I recently purchased it from Lemonade Makin’ Mama's Etsy shop.  Another item that goes well with either fall or winter d├ęcor.

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You can’t go wrong with flowers and chocolate on display.  Although the little dish of chocolate will quickly disappear in our house!

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Now is the season for hot tea, add a chocolate hazelnut truffle on the side and it tastes like autumn!

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My new pantry area (our desk use to be here) is all set-up now and I really like it.  The shelving use to be in our living room and held all of our books. 

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It now holds several jars of dried goods along with home canned items, and a few of my vintage collectibles.

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Our books are now in our new office, which use to be our daughter Amy’s room before she moved out on her own.  It is still a work in progress, but it is slowly coming together.  It is nice to have another space in the house to hang out in.

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See, I still have bright colors! Stacked granny square blankets add a nice touch of color on these gray days.

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This is the other side of the office…nothing too exciting.  My hubby recently spotted the double reclining loveseat on Craigslist for a very reasonable price.  I added our collection of vintage books to a little wood bookcase.  I am still deciding what to hang on the walls….decisions, decisions!

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I also moved around some of the furniture in the little room off the back of our house…I call it the nook!  It holds crafting supplies and extra household items.  My son jokes that it is our granddaughter Claire’s room, as there is a growing collection of blankets and toys that are stored in there!

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The other corner of the nook.  A nice spot to sit down and watch those leaves falling off the neighbor’s maple trees!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Goodbye Friend

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Last night my very dear friend Mary Ellen went to be with the Lord.  She had been fighting long and hard against the cancer that was within her body.  She is now in Heaven and is no longer suffering or in pain.  If you could take a moment to say a prayer for her family, it would be appreciated.

We have been friends since our daughter Sarah was a baby…and we were more than just friends, we were like family.  Whenever Mary Ellen and I would either call one another or see each other, we would say “hello friend”…well, now I must say “goodbye friend” until we meet again.  I loved my friend dearly and I will miss her so much.  Having faith in the Lord has given me the hope and peace that I will see her again…what a blessing that is during this time.

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{Mary Ellen & I – 2012}

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:3-9