Monday, November 21, 2011

A Holiday State of Mind

It has been a day of rain and just enough chill to warrant a fire in the woodstove to hold the damp at bay and make our livingroom cozy.  I have not accomplished much at all.  I was so tired that I did not even roll out of the bed until 8:15 a.m., and I gave serious thought to staying snuggled in even longer, but I had some paperwork to attend to so Randy could go out at Noon to earn our bread, butter and doggie biscuits.  :)  

These photos are from last year---the date on my camera is set correctly :D

We are expecting no guests for Thanksgiving, so I'm going to thoroughly enjoy my whole week of 'holidaying' by doing whatever strikes my fancy.  No worries, no stress, I do have a turkey breast thawing in the fridge; I have no idea when I will be in the mood to stick him in the oven.  Maybe tomorrow :D.  We have been invited to share a meal with some neighbors on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, so I can be as lazy this week as I choose to be.  ;D

I have machine-stitched the binding on a doll quilt that I hope to get in the mail tomorrow.  I will share a picture of it after I have finished the hand-stitching.  Then I want to just curl up with a book that so totally engrosses me that I am swallowed up by it and spit out in another land and time.  It's been a long time since I've read a book that has captured and transported me.  I've traveled to so many distant lands and times in my lifetime and never left the comforts of my couch or bed.  :)  My most favorite mode of travel...

Friday, November 11, 2011


So sweet

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Sweet--love blurred backgrounds

This Crepe Myrtle is breathtakingly beautiful

Marlee and Bayley were soaking up the warm sun
After starting out a biting 29 degrees with some wind this morning, the day has turned out to be a beautiful Fall day.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The time changes this weekend.  Fall Back.  This year has literally flown by.  I feel like I've been spinning like a toy top.  Wondering how to slow time down a bit.  I focus on whatever it is that I'm doing 'right at this moment' but still it all seems a blur. 

This is the third morning in a row that we've had some frost.  I think Fall is here...frost on the pumpkins.  :)  I finished up the gas in the string trimmer yesterday so I could put it to bed for the Winter. 
15" Shoofly Block courtesy of

I am looking forward having more time inside now to bake and do some sewing.  I am a bit :) obsessed right now with the urge to cut up some of this mountain of fabric and sew little pieces back together.  :) 

There are more birds gathering at the feeders now.  I'm delighted that I have a pair of Carolina Wrens that have returned.  Lots of Bluebirds sprucing up their Winter bungaloes. 

I am NOT ready for the rush toward Christmas.  Now that Halloween is a memory, let me just ease into Thanksgiving first. I want time to just flow at a gentle pace for a while now.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Bits of Sewing

Tissue holders (courtesy of debp

My very first hexagon, made into hexagon flower, into a coaster

Back of hexagon flower coaster

Hmmmm, should have turned this upright before posting it.

Funky little owl

And of course my furbabies