Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Snow

The first snow this year was Sat. Nov. 27th well shall we say enough snow to actually make a snowball as we have had snow on /off for 6 weeks. This was lake effect from Lake Erie mostly. Later in the day there was a little off Lake Ontario. The great Lakes are Great Snow machines.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Starters

Well we got a little started on the Holidays. We visited a Tree Farm that had this lovely reindeer. Sorry Isobelle- no goaties here, 2 lambs, a llama, and small pony/donkey animal.
I stitched up this new Flag for the mailbox. I need to make a new one per month this year to "refresh" what we have- some are ancient by now. We are slowly getting a few other things out. The door with the stocking is original with the house. This means it is close to 200 years old. What a lot of weather it has seen! Enjoy the journey to the Stable, it will go by quickly, make sure to stop and see the lights.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving . . . .


It is now over but we have good memories. making these cute pilgrim hats for place favors as we watched the dog show. Making Pies- Pumpkin made by Yoda and Toll house pie made by Slugger, Mashed potatoes were a team effort, Flower girl peeled and cut them all while Slugger mashed them into heavenly moist buttery delight. Cranberry/orange Relish by Dad and Yoda. We all piled in teh car with a scramble over who ends up in the way back of the van these days. then Over the river and through the Woods to grandmothers House we go, the van knows the way down the wide and winding roads in rain and snow and ice. Varied weather we had that day. We met up with more family there and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon/ evening of food and fellowship. Hoping you and yours had a terrific day as well.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gratitude . . . .

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Monday, November 22, 2010

Full Moon Books

Over the years i have collected quite a few books about the moon, Full Moons. My children have always enjoyed both books and moons, even though they are growing they still love both. Nothing like a good walk out on a Full moon night. I watched it rise last evening while working outside - Beautiful!!. November is:
Full Beaver Moon – November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

This month is the Blue Moon for 2010 although not for the second Full Moon in a month but for the third in a season.
Either definition for Blue Moon, the third moon of a season with four full moons, or the second full moon in single month, denotes the quality of odd man out. The Moon however, knows no difference since it was shining long before our concept of time began.

Frosty Moon certainly applies in this area of the country. It has been frosty all day and yesterday!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fall Finale

Fall is slowly coming to an end. We have put the last of the pumpkins on the mulch pile I believe. We have had Jack Frost visit nearly every day now. A few days of snow already. The wood stove is running continually but the furnace has not been turned on yet. Wool hats and socks in the house are a must. It is comfortable. Stocking the old copper wash bin that serves as a wood bin is a daily task. I like to not have the fire go out. It is just easier that way. I am slowly getting used to the new setting and rising of the sun. I actually get to see them more fully as teh days change and the location changes. We are ready. Soon it will be the Solstice and a Full Moon falls on the Solstice this year!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Red Sky in Morning . . . .

This time of year the sun rising and setting seems to be very dramatic. We enjoy watching it here daily at Chestnut Hill. Do you have a good place to watch it?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Quilt Away

It is that time again . . . . rest, reflect, rejuvenate
Time away with friends to sew, hike, read, write, sleep, paint, journal, take pictures, eat, watch movies, whatever we want to do. Time for us away from the wonderful everyday. Time that we can build up energy stores to face the every-days. Time together, time alone, time .. . .
Hope to quilt this quilt that is hanging on the line and whatever else moves me. The anticipation is the best part!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

This moment . . . .

Give a man a fish you feed him for a day
Teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.
Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Biking the Canal

Low Bridge - everyone down, Low bridge for were coming to a Town . . .

Scouts drove Sat. AM to the Port of Buffalo . . . . then over 2 days rode/cycled their way back to the Port of Pittsford. 103 miles, to many bridges to count. Lots of sore legs! Way to go boys!
Green Lock is at Lockport NY
Erie Canal is another wonder that we locally take for granted, Cobblestone houses fall in that category as well but save that for another post. It is truly amazing to think they dug this "ditch" as Governor Clinton referred to it as by hand. Can you imagine anyone today doing that much manual work?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Friends

Saw this little guy/gal last week when out for a walk on a rare sunny day.
Not sure how much longer he will be out and about.
The Wooly Bear catepillars are almost solid brown this year.
What will Winter be like?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Post - Halloween

Another Halloween has come and gone. Some things never change like carving pumpkins in the kitchen, roasting pumpkin seeds, dreaming up Costumes, sorting candy, cut out cookies, decorating . . . . then it all changes as kids age out of trick or treating and we are left with just one that goes out . . . finding a new location and friends to go with. It was a cold one last night complete with snow and ice and rain. Yoda was Jack O'Lantern for Halloween. Flowergirl stayed home and had a bonfire with her Dad. Hallow's Eve when we are between worlds- Oren our red cat was wild last night, was it the weather or was it the Night?