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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ September 27, 2015

September has been unusually warm and dry.  Despite the warm temperatures, signs of fall are appearing.

{Pretty} and {Happy}
I have never seen a mum with multiple colors before, but I love it.  It kept me from having to decide among all the gorgeous colors.  I got this at Walmart, of all places!

The leaves are just beginning to turn.

And this unidentified bush is full of berries.

The sky is the deep, clear blue of autumn.

And the woodpile is getting bigger in preparation for cozy winter blazes.

I love it when the squirrels leave evidences of their activities all over the place.  This upright log served as a squirrel's dining table one day last week.

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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ September 20, 2015

This weekend has been perfectly beautiful!  Blue skies, cooler temperatures, crisp nights. . . Lovely!

Dave worked down by the pond all afternoon clearing out brush piles with chainsaw and fire.  He had a great time!  During the last of the fire, we roasted smoked sausages and marshmallows.

Anyone know what kind of flower this is?  It's all over the yard.


The two pumpkins growing in our actual garden were bug-eaten when I picked them up, but the volunteers in the compost pile were prolific.  That means the pumpkins I paid attention to (okay, I paid them only a little attention) did not do nearly as well as those I ignored.  Plus there are gourds.  I can't explain it, but I am happy to have these despite everything.

What's a cookout without a burnt marshmallow or two?

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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ September 13, 2015

My supply of pictures is pitiful this week.  I just didn't take many, but I will share what I have.  Read on . . .

The color of this soup is pretty, don't you think?  It's homemade bean and bacon soup. . .  if you count using canned beans and broth as homemade.  It's semi-homemade, maybe?  Anyway, it was better than the canned variety.  I made cornbread to go with it, and we liked it enough and it was straightforward enough that it will go on our regular menu rotation.  Here's the recipe.


Hannah asked me to make her a new quilt for her bed.  Such a large part of the job is gathering fabric (from the scrapbag and from the store), washing it, and finally ironing it.  This weekend I actually had some time to begin cutting the squares and rectangles.  I have a long way to go, but I'm sure I'll enjoy the process, and I'm happy she wanted me to do this for her even though she could make it herself in much less time.  I'll post periodic upda…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ September 6, 2015

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The past two weeks have been intense prep weeks for my classes at The Potter's School, especially since I had just found out that a textbook I had relied on in past years was not going to be available this year after all.  That left me scrambling, but I think I've come up with a good plan.  Executing it will take a lot of time and detailed planning, though.  So with all that plus what I was already expecting as far as workload goes, this week's meals were quick and easy and the housework got only a lick and a promise.  This week should be better (hopefully!).

Dave understood the added pressure and brought me these beautiful yellow carnations as a treat and encouragement.  Wasn't that sweet?  I added some zinnias from the garden and look what a pretty bouquet they made!  I find that flowers and quilts are similar in this one way~ even when the individual parts don't seem to go together, whe…