Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009


The Brilliance of Mother Nature

Monday, October 26, 2009

Yesterdays Treasures

The front runner of the Microwave?

Their were no plastics in the 19th century- that is the 1800's

Slate, wool, chalk
Paper was expensive back then.
Love going to the Genesee Country Museum twice last week- one field trip and once for Sprits of the past ghost tour on a rainy spooky night!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


"Be Not afraid to entertain strangers for thereby some
have entertained angels unawares"
Hebrews 13:2

Obviously the house phoito is from Dec. 08 we have had snow already but not this much!
Hospitaility is not limited to only in our homes. It is greeting the stranger on the street, sharing information with others that you meet, smiling, helping out the new co-worker, it is a million small things and a few big ones. I think opening our homes and hearts is what ti is all about. Being genuine and generous with our time. Do we take time to be hospitable with others?

Hospitality is the act of generously providing care and kindness to whoever is in need.

Second Photo is a family a favorite- German Apple Pancake or Oven Puff Pancake.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fall Beauty

The lawn is glistening everyday with Milkweed fluff. It looks like it is dotted with snow.
What a marvel of nature as to how the seeds are dispersed.

Friday, October 23, 2009


How we spend our days is,
of course, how we spend our lives.
Annie Dillard

Wag more Bark Less is a bumper sticker I saw recently
Spend lots of time outside
Eat in moderation
Exercise often
Greet everyone with love and affection
Be ready for anything
Get enough rest
Drink lots of water/stay hydrated
Less is more
Enjoy what you have
Stop to smell the roses and anything else in your path!
Wag more Bark less

How do You spend your time?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Colors

Fall Colors always seem very rich and vibrant. From the leaves on the trees to the Flowers to the Fruits of the Fall. Radiant Apples, Pumpkins with such warm rich orange color. It's fall . . . we love it!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall Quilts

"God Bless You" Heading to Chicago, Ill.

Polar Fleece Throw headed to Children's Hospital for a friend

Airing everyday Bed Quilts on sunny fall day!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Take Time to do Nothing

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means awaste of time.J. Lubbock

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Center of the Universe

Right now this is our Center of the universe. It is our only source of heat and it has been a steady 32 degrees for some time outside with a dusting of snow last night. This stove keeps us very comfortable. We can cook on it and in it. Lot's of sitting near it and knitting, reading eating drying off . . . just need a couch to stretch out on and all would be perfect!!
Love that we always have the kettle on! Tea and cocoa on demand it does not get any better than that.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Reading Fun

Sometimes the results of reading are measured in a test or written paper.
Tonight they were measured in the pure fun of creating paper boats like Calvin and Hobbes.It started with one for Yoda who was in the Tub . . .then it progressed to each of the older children . . . . and races to see whose would float teh longest etc.. We learned in Japan they make them out of Rice paper and put a candle in them and float them down the rivers. Oh the places a good book will take you.
I am glad for the place of Paper Boats tonight.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Road Trip in the FingerLakes

Fingerlakes are beautiful this time of year. They are filled with wonderful colors, sights and smells and treats to eat!!

We try to get out at least once for a drive - destinations abound, limited only by the mount of time we have.

This day we traveled to Millard Fillmore State Park, home to Fillmore Glen. THis is a wonderful narrow tree lined glen that is cool colorful with slowly triclcking water, falling leaves and wonderful sights and smells. We hiked to the Cow sheds, then in the gorge and then up to the far end where the Dam is. In the summer this park has natural creek bed swimming holes. Millard Fillmore was the 13th President and the only one born in NYS.

Then we drove between Owasco and Skaneatlas Lakes to reach the quaint town of Skaneatlas. We like to eat fish at Doug's Fish noted by sign on street saying simply "Good Food" also stop in an Artisans Co-op, Jewelry store and chocolate shop of course.

We stopped at Red Jacket Orchads on the way out loading up on the bounty of the season . . . Apples, pears, grapes, Starwberry/apple juice, Local cheese, Maple Sugar . . . . . wonderful things to try!!

It would not be complete without a atop at a Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins, corn, squash we are all set for the Harvest Season.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

This time of year . . .

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
P. D. James

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
Carol Bishop Hipps

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
George Cooper

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall.
Johnny Mercer
Much-recorded song Autumn Leaves. Originally a French song Les Feuilles Mortes with lyrics by poet Jacques Prevért.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tree of Love

Ok so here is my new Bottle Tree. We nicknamed it Tree of Love, It was begun for my Daughter and I the weekend of our 21st Anniversary and each bottle is lovingly consumed with family and friends.
Putting in all these nails was a hard job and put a big blister in his hand. The tree weighs a ton without the bottles, so it is safe to say it will endure. We are repurposing in our efforts to create Art in the Garden. I don't know how many nails are there but safe to say it will be many years before they are all filled if it is left up to us. Kids like the blue bottle the best. This has been a long time in the making so it is great to see it completed!!! Many thanks to my husband for making this happen!!!