Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Home.

It's nice to be home, but I wish that our little trip would have lasted just a bit longer. Why is it that, when you are home, time just plods along and when you are gone- poof!- it flies by?
Friday was a play day for us, visiting a local quilt shop (of course!), popping by a yard sale, the required trip to the WalMart and lunch at a new-to-me restaurant, The Red Elephant. Oh, my gosh! I had hummus with olive tapenade, black bean soup and a wedge salad with the best blue cheese dressing ever. Delish! After our morning adventures we headed home to start setting up for the yard sale. (We needn't have wasted our time, it was a total bust. Oh, well, it was a good reason to go see my sister!)
Friday night was the ZooBoo at Lowry Park Zoo and it was a lot of fun. Most especially fun was watching John and Alyssa riding The Flume of Fear! Hilarious. They both got soaked! My niece was not amused but John thought it was awesome. We found a hurricane booth that lets you experience hurricane force winds, made both kids get inside, paid our two dollars and blow-dried them. It didn't work very well but the chuckle factor was priceless. There were haunted shipwrecks, mummy tombs and a 3D "movie" experience. Lots of games and food and not a lot of people, which was lovely. We all enjoyed it very much.
As I said, Saturday's yard sale was a bust. We made $50 for the whole day. I did get a lot of knitting done on Emma's blanket and it was nice to just sit and chat about, well, nothing really. We closed up early and headed to the beach. We always go near sunset, it's the best time to be there. It was beautiful- breezy and warm and the sun was just beginning its journey below the horizon.




 Why is it that all the photos of my family at the beach are of them walking away? Because they hate having their pictures taken that's why!


 Goodbye, sunshine.

 The pumpkin festival was great fun. We got "lost" in the corn maze.


 But John Albert spied the way out and led us to safety. Actually, he just followed a man in a red shirt, never letting him out of his sight. Whatever, it worked!


There was a rather hokey lumberjack show, full of corny jokes and throwing of axes. Yikes!



 The Wallendas were there, performing their death-defying feats. This girl was 100 feet in the air!
Um, yeah, no.


 John loved this little orange car!


 Beautiful fresh watermelons at the Farmer's Market.


And then, no more pictures because I became ill and we had to leave. :( I was not a happy camper. I think it was too much sun. It was almost 90 degrees and we were in full sun for 4 hours. I was hot and sunburned, never a good combination. Oy. A good nap and some quiet time and I felt much better. 
Now I'm home and I'm happy to be here. Very happy.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Catch You On The Flip Side

John Albert and I are leaving for Florida in a few hours! Why? My sister and I are having a yard sale! The truck is L.O.A.D.E.D with crap I don't want anymore useful things that someone will need! Oh, and we're doing some fun stuff as well!
Have a great weekend, peeps. :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Estate Sale Saturday

My dad and I went to an estate sale this morning. The house was incredible. Built in 1842, you could tell that in its heyday it was beautiful. It hearkens to New England architecture and fittingly so as the architect came from Connecticut and the original owner from Massachusetts. All around the house and grounds the smallest details combine to make an amazing whole.
Dad and I bought a few things but, mostly, we were totally wrapped up in the story of the house. Here's a few photos so that you can see for yourself.


 Beautiful wrought iron fencing surrounded trees and courtyards.


 One of the hand-grained door panels. Seriously? Just amazing!


Mantelpieces so soft and creamy they were like silk.


The front porch and a clear blue sky.


 Oh, look! There's Dad and John!


 I want shutters like these on my front windows. And they must be green.


 And screen doors that are slightly and perfectly askew.


The entry into the side courtyard. It's a lovely little sitting area surrounded 
by what must have been an extraordinary garden.


Old trees, crooked with age, beckoning you to travel down the pathways.


Don't let the appearance of this sweet stone root cellar fool you. It was quite malodorous!


 Privy, anyone?


 It's a perfect fit for two!


 Entering into this log cabin meant taking your life in your hands. The floors were rotting through and there was stuff piled up everywhere. I'm pretty sure that something was living in the piles, so I quickly made an exit.


 An old hay rake, rusty and forlorn, waits patiently beside a tree to be enlisted into work once again.


 What a sight this gazebo must have been in its time.


 Details of the stairway leading to the three upstairs bedrooms.


 This is Jerry, whose father owned this house. He was an absolute delight to talk to, possessing a wealth of knowledge about the place that he once called home. It's being sold and you can see the sadness in his eyes as he speaks about it. I hope that someone who loves history buys this house and restores it to its former glory. It would be only fitting.


And right. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Today

One father + one wheelchair + one busy farmer's market = me laughing as he wheels down the aisles saying, "Beep! Beep!" so he can get through. And then I pretended that I didn't know him.
You just never know what the Grandfather will do. Ever.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sweet Things

What kind of cupcake would make my father have this look of confusion on his face?


 And then tuck into it like he hadn't eaten in weeks?


The fact that this was no ordinary cupcake. It was a Pumpkin Pie cupcake, 
complete with a tiny pumpkin pie nestled inside!
See?


My friend, Susan, posted about them on her blog this past Friday. She found the recipe here. The minute I saw them I knew I had to make them. How could I not? They are adorable and sneaky with their little bits of pumpkin custard and flaky crust. Plus, they are delicious!
Now, I wonder how my dad will feel about apple pie cupcakes with vanilla bean icing, or blueberry pie cupcakes with lemon icing, or peach pie cupcakes with a cinnamon spice icing, or , well, you get the picture.
While they are a bit labor intensive, they are totally worth the effort. Plus, the look on the faces of those who take a bite is priceless. Priceless, I tell you!
Oh, and while your at Susan's blog, be sure to read her interview with the brilliant Susan Branch. It is just lovely.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chores?

I think they should be called joys. Then we would not dread them so much.
 
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Who doesn't love hanging laundry on the line? 
Fresh air and sunshine surrounding you, it is definitely not a chore.
It all makes for a perfect Saturday. I hope yours is just that-perfect in every way.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Home Is......

Light streaming through windows...


 washing dishes in frothy bubbles.....


opening windows on a warm autumn day....


 letting the "girls" out to play...


watching the garden settle down...


getting the beds ready for chilly nights.....


Home is simply lovely.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

So, This Working Thing Means...

 .......that I don't have time to read my favorite blogs, much less comment. :(
.....the laundry is piled up and the dog needs a bath.
.....the floors need a good scrub and the decks need to be swept.
.....blankets and quilts need to be pulled out of their hiding places, washed and spread on beds.
.....dinner must be whipped up at a moment's notice.
.....the sewing room is feeling very neglected.
.....this little peanut is growing like a weed and I am missing it. 


But, we do have a beautiful new quilt shop , soon all will be back to normal. 
and Miss Emma will have frequent squishes and kisses from her grandmother. 
Plus, you will get more gratuitous granddaughter photos. :)