Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you are safe and well, and finding
sweet and simple reasons to count your blessings.
I know it is not easy and we are all struggling to make sense of
life right now, but we must try to remain stoic.
As our British friends, (and hopefully, still our best allies)
across the pond love to say,
"Keep Calm and Carry On",
"Pull Yourself Together",
"Stiff Upper Lip and all that".
Can you see the tree aura in the photograph?
This world is a gift, full of magic and mystery
and we must not squander our divine privilege to live here
with division and hate.
I recently celebrated my birthday - it was a milestone birthday -
but a lady never divulges her age 💜
My daughter brought over these lovely fall flowers.
I have two, dear daughters and they spoiled me with a
beautiful gift basket full of wonderful goodies,
including this cake dome and plate.
It's so perfect in my retro kitchen.
A sweet tea-towel from my Sis that says it all.
I have two wonderful sons and the younger came by with his wife
and a gift card so I could get another beautiful pot and tree
for the front of the house.
This is one from a few years ago.
It's especially pretty this time of year.
My eldest son gifted us with a leather chair
for the new library. He and his wife
are updating, so he asked if we wanted it.
I'll show you when we are done with the room.
Here's the view from that room with another potted
Japanese Maple that was a gift from them
some years ago.
I managed to pot up my fall bulbs, too.
Here I have miniature daffodils and crocus tucked
safely under the eaves.
The pots by the tree are upright Fuchsia,
which are hardy and come back every year.
The Mr. got me a beautiful shawl and treated me to
Chinese take-out and flowers.
I was thoroughly spoiled.
My Sis sent out this darling 'Captured Fairy' that she made.
The details are so sweet.
There's a little green frog with a crown,
mushrooms, tiny flowers, book and picket fence.
And even a little jar full of glitter,
I made this sign a few years ago.
I painted the pre-cut wood panel cream.
The letters were vinyl press-on letters.
They were black and I didn't like how it looked,
so I lightly brushed over the whole thing with watered-down
gray craft paint, rubbing some of it off,
then spattering it a little bit to give it that old, weathered look.
I used to love making decoupage trays with pretty napkins as gifts.
I saved these for myself and use them in the fall.
Craft styles come and go.
So do cooking styles...
Here's an old-fashioned recipe from my Grandma Edie,
(my Dad's Mom) that is soooo good.
Grandma Edie's Apple Harvest Cake
Grease and flour a 13x9 inch pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup softened butter
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups peeled and diced apples (4 medium apples)
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and add
to dry ingredients. Stir, just until mixed. Fold in apples, raisins and nuts.
Pour into prepared pan and bake @ 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes
or until wooden toothpick comes out clean.
This recipe can easily be halved. It's rather sweet and the sugar could
also be reduced, I think.
Enjoy! I call this 'ugly cake', but it's beautifully delicious.
It's a nice treat to have after spending time in the brisk, autumn air.
I've been trying to get outside for a bit each day, weather permitting.
Raking and sweeping leaves are keeping me busy.
Here you can see the dogs on the front lawn. You can, also,
see the slope of the land. We are always walking uphill or down. 💚
The native Big-leaf Maple trees turn a beautiful gold.
The reason why they are called, 'Big-leaf'!
These are very large trees. You can see the ivy
is out of control by the tool shed. I have some work
to do here.
Some scenes along the driveway.
Black cottonwood at the top of the driveway.
The boys. We have to wear our Pendleton
jackets during hunting season.
He is enjoying his life of 'leisure', although
he says that he doesn't know how he ever found time to work.
Cottonwood stand in the foothills.
We have snow in the higher hills now.
You can see the stand of cottonwoods from the previous photo.
It won't be long before we see our first dusting of snow
down here, too.
You can see we live on the edge of the wilderness.
We've had a bald eagle sighting and a family of Ravens.
Some scenes from the bi-ways...and some quotes on gratitude.
"Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones
which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart."
-Henry Clay, statesman-
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them."
-John F. Kennedy-
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not;
remember that what you now have was once among the things
you only hoped for."
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all others."
Due to the overwhelming resurgence of Covid 19, our state (Washington) is now
in another lock-down. Because of this, we, as a family,
have decided to forgo our usual large holiday gatherings.
I do hope that the people of this country realize
that we are our brother's keepers and
try to think of others by wearing masks, social distancing,
and not gathering in crowds until we can work together
to get this virus under control.
We agree that we must wear seat-belts, not drive drunk,
not smoke in public places, not drive through red lights, etc. etc.
We should all agree that these measures should fit into this category.
All of us deserve the 'constitutional right' of Life.
Without that, there is no 'Liberty or the Pursuit of Happiness'.
I hope that all of you have a Thanksgiving filled with
gratitude for all the blessings you can count.
I hope there are too many.