Friday, October 17, 2014


Making potting soil from compost, peat moss and dirt.  This way I will have a good potting mix in the winter when I need it.

Mixing dirt
Making the green house ready for the winter.  The poor thing has taken such a beating over the years that I have to put plastic on it to keep it rain and wind proof.

Securing the panels
Making soup.  It is actually butternut bisque.  Those are toasted pecans on top.  Very Yum.

Tasty, tasty soup
Making yarn.  I am thinking of a shawl done in all natural colors.

Shades of brown and cream
 Making space by getting things out of the house.  Space is not photogenic, so trust me when I tell you there is more of it in my work/dining room!

Making the most of this unnaturally warm (high 60's and 70 degrees) weather to get ready for the inevitable cold, dark days to come.

Making time to be grateful for such a lovely autumn, my family, and for trips--like my visit to Wisconsin!

Another one of the Arts and Crafts Movement style house

Penguins at the Henry Vilas Zoo

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Trip

No, not as in tumbling down, as in Autumn Traveling.  I had a fantastic bit of running around the country.  The first jaunt was to New York City.

We went past here

And went in here

Ate supper sitting in Bryant Park

Visited with Sister

Cousins in Central Park

That was only one day, so I was able to get work done on two scarves, a shawl and a hat before I went off to Wisconsin.

Two scarves
The Wisconsin trip was full of walks in nature preserves, in an arboretum and around lovely neighborhoods in Madison.

The State Capital

The interior is exquisite

Sandhill cranes at Horicon Marsh

One of the many lovely Arts and Crafts Movement houses
And of course I had a great visit with Jesse and Lisha.

Tour guides

The sad thing for me was that I did not take any foliage pictures before I left, and came home to find that the wind and rain had done a number on the beautiful colors.

My fall foliage, quite blown away while I was gone 
I am not complaining as I got to see all the glorious colors before I left.  Now we are picking the last of the garden, putting away the lawn furniture and thinking of starting up the wood furnace pretty soon.  Maybe even tonight.