Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trick or Treat....I'm Thinking Trick

I don't think any words are necessary.

Power's been out since 6 pm Saturday.  Thankfully we have a generator running for heat, coffee pot, and some rooms ~ primarily the grandbaby's so the babymomma can hear the monitors for oxygen and feeding pump in the night. No running water though.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Typical toddler in her own way!  My sweet grandbaby has discovered rolling as a way to travel across the living room floor.....especially when something looks interesting.  She can move fast when properly motivated, and "helping" grammy cut fabric for a new quilt block seemed like just the thing.  No sooner would I put her back on the far side of her blanket then I would find her on my cutting mat!!
 This is the finished block that I began with my grandbaby's help.  I was thrilled to actually get the owls all facing the same direction!  I'm thinking this might find it's way into a little something for her baby brother.

Not our typical October landscape....

These were taken Friday morning and as I write this Saturday evening, we have about a foot of snow and it's still snowing....the power went out but thankfully we have a generator running so there is heat, a few lights, and the baby's medical equipment will be ok for the night.  Sadly, no running water but we're campers so we can deal with that for a little bit.  December 2008 we had a horrific icestorm leaving us without power for two weeks.  I've never experienced battle or sounds of mortar fire, but laying in the dark listening to trees fall for hours and into the next day is not something I ever want to hear again.  Looking out, the tree limbs are bent low as they are loaded with leaves still.  I wonder what things will look like tomorrow?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Do I See a Theme?

An apron made by an Amish woman in Northern Maine (a gift from my sister), books from my hubby, tied with twine,  an amazing cake created by my daughter, and an unexpected delightful surprise .... a book for the Grammy bookshelf, on my windshield when I left church Sunday night!!...(from a very special blogger friend), Sunday dinner with my parents, daughter, granddaughter, and three out of four siblings, and a yummy Edible Arrangement from my son who is far, far away...with a card that made us HOWL!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Flashback Friday

Going through a box of slides at my parents' home, I discovered this!  I had only ever seen black and white snap shots, and most from my toddler years.  This was such a delight to come across....although, why did my mom put me in blue??
This is from my 10th birthday.  My oldest brother was married that summer. While we were in Pennsylvania for the wedding, a hurricane blew up the coast, picked up our above-ground pool and left it in a mangled heap quite a distance from where it belonged.  The spot where the pool had been became our fire-pit, so a perfect place for a brisk October night birthday.  My birthday cake was always  a "3-Holer" chocolate cake baked in a tube pan and frosted with chocolate peanut-butter frosting.  This one had jack-o'lantern peeps, licorice sticks and a small, plastic pumpkin filled with a few candy treats.  Quite a treat!  
I don't know how my mother made that frosting.  I have tried unsuccessfully for years!  I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I'm going to be......(gulp)......f-f-f-f-f-............yup, can't quite say it.  I know, it's only a number.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Green Gives Way to Red

A walk down the hill to the swamp begins with an amazing fungus, partially hidden.

Looking to the right of my path, it's as though someone spilled a bucket full of these white fungi.

I encountered one more in the middle of my path.  A pristine dinner plate!                                                                             

As the hill flattens out, the path leads me beneath a canopied arch.

A small cluster of oak leaves growing at the base of the stone wall.

The views across the swamp.  Just gorgeous!!!  It was a beautiful October-blue sky, but it was high noon so all washed out with the bright sunshine.  Hooded Mergansers were back joining the Wood Ducks and Mallards.  I don't think I've ever heard anyone duck hunting back here, so perhaps they're safe.

Saturday, October 1, 2011