Saturday, November 4, 2017

Marshmallow World

Well, as you can see, I am now fully into winter. It continues to snow as I'm writing this and I can hardly wait to finish my lunch and head out into the quiet to walk my dog. This is his favourite weather for many reasons - the temperature is perfect, he loves to eat the snow, and he loves to play in the snow.  At times, he goes absolutely crazy with joy for the fluffy, white stuff and it is so much fun to watch him.

 
 
 
Halloween was fun here; we carved 43 pumpkins and I had painted several others. It wasn't the display of last year, but it still looked great. I usually do up a detailed post for the occasion, and I'm not sure what kept me from it, but there it is, and it's over, so moving on.
 
The big reveal for Stephanie's tea cup exchange is coming up, and I am so very disappointed that I managed to miss it. I looked in 1 week too late   I had some great ideas this year for my special friend too, but I suppose they will just have to be put off until the next one. Let's hope I don't sleep through that one too.
 
Actually, what has been taking up all of my spare time is a current obsession with reading novels. Every time I've sat down over the past month, all I can think of  is to get back to my current book. You can see the titles under the GoodReads section in the sidebar if you're interested. It is unusual for me to pick so many wonderful books in a row, hence it turning into an obsession. But my good luck has ran out, and my current read isn't keeping me near as enthralled, which is why I've remembered that I have a blog and several blog friends.  I suddenly felt the need for a visit, so here I am and I hope you all are well, and I will "see" you soon.

Monday, October 16, 2017

An Enjoyable October

It is warm here. Unseasonably warm, and I am loving it.  We had a major frost, that has killed everything - it looks like winter without the snow and it feels a bit surreal, but I can't complain about a warm breeze this late in the season. The snow can stay away for as long as it wants. Although that carpet of dazzling white is beautiful, it makes life more difficult, and who needs that?
 
I have been spending my time getting my yard winter-ready and decorating for Halloween. Harvest will be done today barring any major disasters with the machinery. Things will slow down, and I am feeling so very grateful. It has been a good year.



These Pumpkin Peppers or Pumpkin-On-A-Stick were fun to grow and even more fun to decorate
with. But be warned, the thorns on their stems and leaves are very mean.


Yes Sooty, the jack o' lantern print is why I crowded your favourite chair with a cushion., and yes, I am
aware that the black cat and pumpkin thing has been done.  But no, it can never be overdone.


 
Beautiful bug on a beautiful leaf on a beautiful day.
There are so many lovely gourds and pumpkins adorning my home, but there are only a few that look like something
out of a painting.
 
 

My precious Bear... he sure does get rambunctious this time of year.  He loves to play in the leaves - it's game on
if you toss a few onto his head!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Autumn Blessings

I have truly been enjoying my yard this year, especially now when the garden is paying me back in full.  I'm sure you all must think that all I grow are various types of squash, but cucumbers, corn, potatoes, corn, carrots, beans, peas and lettuce have all been plentiful this year and enjoyed by everyone.
 
It makes all kinds of sense to grow your own food if you can, but why do I spend so much energy on pumpkins and gourds? I have been asked this question many times, and have even been accused of being off my rocker. I'm not sure that I can articulate a clear answer here and I don't really think there is a need to, but I'll give it a go.
 
With the gourds and pumpkins that I adorn my yard with, it is about making our ordinary fall, extraordinary. To add colour and texture and of course with anything that grows, there is that element of magic. How all of these seeds that pretty much look identical can produce so many various types of squash is fascinating.
 
And then of course, there is the treasure hunt! You just never what you will find among the vines. "Life is like a mixed gourd patch, you never know what you're gonna get." -Me.  
 
I guess, the answer is  - FUN.  I find it enjoyable.  Speaking of enjoyable, I've picked up an old project from about 2 years ago and I've finished it.  The goal here was to use up yarn ends. So I present to you my hobo blanket. I thought I would donate it, but my son has claimed it as his own, so it stays.


Bear is thoroughly enjoying the cooler weather, and he loves the pumpkins too!


Another creation using scrap bits of 2x6 wood. 


I love to go fro drives in the fall.

One of the paths to my fire pit. No, I do not plan to rake those leaves.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rain On The Way

Harvest has been going very well here and has actually felt like it has been running at a fairly relaxed pace, but that feeling was swept away this morning by the new forecast of imminent rains. We may not get done what we would like to before the skies cloud over, but we can hardly complain when we think about what our neighbours are going through with Hurricane Irma.
 
Love and prayers to our Southern friends.
 
There are still plenty of blooms out in the fading garden.


Cosmos mix with marigolds, and the bees are still humming.

My mixed gourd patch always has a surprise for me.  This year it is in the form of a min-gourd. 
They are grit-your-teeth-together cute.
 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

In the Fields

It is warm and dry and our normal winds seem to have returned. There was not even a drop of dew on the lawn this morning.  Perfect harvest weather -yep, just how the farmers like it.
 
Mainly the fields in this area are seeded with wheat and canola.  But you will also find oats, barley, peas, fava beans and flax, although I've heard that our family is the only one in the area to grow flax. 
 
Growing up, my Grandpa and Dad only ever grew wheat.  At least, that's all I can remember and it is my favourite crop through every season.  I'm especially fond of the bearded varieties. It's the texture and the way it moves with the wind, and in the fall, it's the colour. Nothing beats that golden hue, especially in the right sunset. It moves me every time.  I find it amusing, how the right colour can stir the soul.
 

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

An Odd Fear

I've always been a collector. I had all sorts of items squirreled away in different parts of the yard I grew up in. It was a sad day when I had to give up part of my hoard.
 
I was about 7 years old, wandering around the yard like usual, I stumbled upon a beauty of a feather;  jet black and shiny, a perfect specimen and I couldn't resist. I was holding it for several seconds when I felt something crawling on the back of my fingers. Startled, I turned my hand over to reveal a huge black beetle, not unlike the colour of the feather, clinging to my skin. Several hard shakes and it would not let go.  I used my other hand to get rid of it and ran in the opposite direction.
 
Now, here is the interesting part - my mind decided that somehow this beautiful feather that I was still holding had somehow magically produced the little monster that had scared the wits out of me. And being witless as I was, became convinced of it.  I dropped the feather, went to my room where I kept this particular delicate collection, took them outside and dumped the lot.
 
Fear had taken something from me.  Where there was once intrigue and beauty, now every time a feather presented itself, all I could feel was disgust.
 
Fast forward to years later.  My daughter has the same interest in random items found in nature.  She has a small collection of feathers in a special place in her room. When out on a walk recently, I saw this beauty of a feather, my first inclination was to take a photo of it and leave it where it was. I knew however, that it would make a lovely "Good Morning" gift for my girl.  Strong memories of why I do not pick up feathers were at the forefront of my mind when I picked it up, turned it over and gently placed it in my pocket. 
 
I couldn't help but wonder if there was a large beetle exploring in there, and I had to remind myself several times on my way home that I had thoroughly inspected it.
 
As expected, it did make a much appreciated gift and her smile was worth it. Also, I do believe I made some headway in resolving an old irrational fear. That's not to say I'm restarting that particular collection, but now, someday is a possibility.
 
 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Crafting and Decorating

Yesterday, I noticed the leaves on the pumpkin vines wilting.  I really thought I was done watering this year, and if frost looked to be imminent, I would be.  But instead, it looks like we're in for a heat wave. This is very good news for the underdeveloped pumpkins.
 
Actually, I didn't think there was all that much on those vines.  But the wilted leaves revealed that there is plenty of treasure to be had.  So I was watering last night and early this morning and I'll be out there again this evening giving everyone a good dose. Those leaves perked up almost immediately!
 
During the hot parts of the day though, there is time for some crafting and decorating.  The fabric pumpkins below are especially dear to me.  They are made from a worn loved one's sweater.  The stems are dried from last year's pumpkin crop and I just love the acorn dangle. The other is just a bit of décor.  I have so much fun decorating this hutch for every season. It lends itself perfectly to just about anything!