A Walk Through Fall On a Country Road

 

Everyday Tim and I take a walk on the country road behind our home.
Today it was an especially sunny day so I grabbed my camera  so I could get a few shots to share with all of you, my friends.
 
 
Let’s begin our journey by walking up the short hill right behind our home that leads to the ski hill road.
 
On our right we pass the rusted old gate that was once used to prevent anyone from driving onto the ski hill road from our alley.
Now that we’re at the ski hill road let’s go right.
At the end of the ski hill road is a horse coral, complete with beautiful rustic barns.
Don’t you just love the old rusted, galvanized roofing?
It sits at the base of the small mountain.
If we turn left we are now approaching the ski hill.
This is the ski hill looking up from the road.
It doesn’t look very steep, but it is!
There is also a very nice hiking trail off of the road that leads to a lake.




It’s really a beautiful path.


Look at all of the leaves on the path way. I don’t think it will be much longer until they are all fallen off of the trees here!



Lastly, we end our hike downtown at beautiful Lake Manitouwadge.
Are you worn out yet?
I sure am!
Now I’m ready for a good cup of tea and my favorite chair.
Oh, and that chocolate energy bar to help restore me…



 

A is For Apple

 

Today was apple picking day and of course I had to show you my beauties.
I’ve put them in a favorite blue enamel wash tub of mine until I’m ready to can them.
 
The apple tree was here when we bought the house, so I don’t know what kind they are.
I am naming them ‘blush’.
Because they look like they are blushing to me!
 



It taste a lot like Granny Smith apple, which just happens to be my favorite apple to eat.
 
My apple picker didn’t want his photo taken.
Can you tell?
Tim picked over two bushels from this little tree.
I’m going to reward him with applesauce and a pie or two.
Sounds like a fair trade to me!
What do you think?
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I will be partying here today:




I’m Home!

 

I’m back from Ireland? No!
England? No!
Spain or Italy? No!
I’m back from Lower Michigan.
We started our trip in the U.P. where our daughter and SIL live with their family.
This always involves  hiking and exploring, as they are a very out-doorsy family.
Because it poured rain the second day of our visit so we went to Marquette’s Children Museum.
I can’t begin to show you all of the photos from there!
I have some very good videos of this Boa with both of the children and their Papa; with it draped around their necks and all that gross stuff.
But I thought a picture of it would suffice for you!
The bearded man in this photo is the Museum Manager.
Here’s Lambert in the bear hug chair.
We next attended my SIL’s wedding.
Again I did mostly videos so I don’t have many good pictures.
We are so happy for Janie and John.
She is a beautiful Christian lady and has waited many years for the Lord to send her just the right fellow.
Lastly it was on to our son and DIL’s home.
We all look beat, don’t we?
We were on the last leg of our trip and it was late in the day.
All Little Reecie wanted to do was get  his Kung Fu Panda video playing.
Again-way too many pictures to show you here.
 
Today I am busy unpacking and planning my sewing and craft projects.
I know most of you have access to Hobby Lobby’s and all kinds of fabric shops, etc.
I don’t.
 So it’s almost like Christmas for me when I get to Kalamazoo to shop.
More details on this in another post.
This one is already way too HEAVY.
I’ll be back soon, hopefully with one of my projects accomplished!
Take care-Kimberly








Welcome My Guest Post Friend

 

Hello Friends!
Many of you know that I am on the road this week travelling South for a wedding.
While I am away a new blogger friend Eva from Home Décor has kindly offered to do a guest post for me.
Eva Stephen is from the UK and has done up a beautiful post offering us all some Fall decorating tips.
I know I am looking for new ideas.
So without any further blabbing from me, please
Welcome Eva!

 
 


Get your Home Beautiful this Fall; Naturally!

Nights are drawing in and there is a nip in the air at night. Now is the time to get your home ready for fall and winter, by adding warm autumn touches to your home. If possible, choose to add natural elements to your décor to emphasise the stately changing of the seasons.
Evergreens grow readily in large plant pots and add a fresh fragrance to any room. Autumn leaves can be carefully preserved in glycerin to keep them in good condition for up to several years. These leaves can then be used in dried flower arrangements or arranged in a vase themselves. Touches of red and gold glitter and ribbon serve to brighten and enhance the whole effect; that of a welcoming, warm glade.
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Candles can literally ‘warm up’ room as well as brightening dim corners. A vignette featuring a naturally scented candle can change the entire ambiance of any room, infusing it with fruit scents, citrus or lavender perfume, or even a hint of sea salt and fresh air. These candles serve a dual purpose, bringing light into the room and activating the sense of smell.
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Now is the time to dig out all your tablecloths and runners, ready for those hearty seasonal meals. But, spending a few moments on your furniture is also advisable. Shop4furniture have a range of beautifully polished wooden sideboards and dining tables – you may even be tempted to put the tablecloth away again!
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Autumn is traditionally harvest time, and there is something immensely satisfying and prosperous looking about a large pile of fruit and nuts, just inviting you to take a nibble! Invest in a large, ornate fruit bowl or basket and fill it seasonally. The Hammock designed fruit baskets from Wayfair looks absolutely adorable placed on the kitchen counter, especially if you have an open kitchen.
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Nature can be used to create your Halloween decorations and costumes too! Make outfits from natural fibres such as burlap and use real pumpkins for your jack ‘o lantern. Natural materials like thick woollen blankets, textured throws and pillows make a cosy nest anywhere in the home – but especially while cuddled up on the sofa with a good book!
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Have a look around your home, trying to see where you can make changes that show that you are not only ready for autumn, but you welcome it, anticipating the good things that come with the cooler weather and shorter days!
 Wow, I just bought burlap at JoAnn’s yesterday.
Now I can’t wait to get home and copycat some of these creative ladies ideas.
Thank you, Eva, for sharing!

Am I Coming or Going?

Do you ever feel like you don’t know if you’re coming or going?
I have to admit that buying this house has made me realize just where I’m at in my life.  I realize that I no longer have the desire  to tackle  Big projects.
You know like whole house re-dos!
Please feel free to use this pattern. They are my personal property.
I’m wondering when I will ever see the light at the end of the tunnel!
 I so long for the morning  when I can get up and not put on my paint clothes.
I long for the day I can work on a fun sewing project or just sit in my screened  in porch and read a good book.

coming and going

My pattern again.
Well what a whiner I’ve become.
But now on a pleasanter note, Tim and I are heading to the states for a wedding.
We will be stopping at our daughters and her family on the way down and one of our sons family on the way home.
I really think this break is just what I need. I expect just stepping away from all of the work for a while will help to revive me.
And I can hardly wait to get my hands on those Grandkids!
Now for an up-date on the house.
1) the kitchen floor is in
2) the new stove has arrived
3) the new faucet is installed
I’m basically done there except for some tweaking with the décor.
Outside, the shutters are painted and they look great.
 I still need to paint the interior front door.
And we need to lay the flooring for the side entry way.
Oh, and the garage needs re-painted (long story).
After that, we’re done and then I can do more fun things-like blogging!
coming or going

A Tea Cosy Makeover

 

After deciding that my tea cosy had to go, and now, I decided to simply recover my old one.
 
Upon digging through my china cabinet drawers I came across this old linen t-towel I’d bought at a thrift shop.
 
I made a pattern out of card board from my old tea cosy.
 

Next I cut a front and a back piece from the vintage linen t-towel and two pieces of brown cotton for the liner.
 
After sewing both on the sewing machine, I attached the liner inside the old tea cosy and the print on the outside and attached both by hand stitching.
This could have been done on the machine but I didn’t want any stitch lines showing on the fabric.
 

This is what I came up with.
 
Here are some of the additional recipes that were on the linen.
 
Does anyone know what dialect this is?
Notice moisten is moiften and sweet is fweet?
 



Infide for inside and is Wild Goofe, Wild Goose?
 
 
Lastly, an old-fashioned Corn Fritter recipe.
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Tea Cosies

 

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I am in great need of a new tea cosy.
Mine, which is of good quality and really keeps my tea nice and hot for a good long time, is looking nasty.
It’s all tea-stained and faded.
Which is why I’m not showing it to you!
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I’ve been searching the web for something to replace mine.
This Matrogshka is sure cute.
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Dutch Sisters are very nice too.
Cath Kidston
It’s hard not to like any of Cath Kidston’s products!

And I do have several vintage tablecloths that I could make into a tea cosy very easily.
This ladies done a nice job with hers.
 
I  drink two tea pots of tea a day.
I hope it’s good for me since I’ve been doing this for years now.
Please don’t tell me it causes wrinkles!
 
Which one would you choose?
It’s pretty hard to pick one, they are all so unique.
Stay tuned and I’ll show you my choice.



 

Let’s Talk

  I realised today that it’s been a while since we’ve just sat down  and had a little visit.
 
I’ve  busied myself with several different projects lately, I’ve done a whole lot of de-cluttering around the house, and I’ve been doing my far share of party hopping too.
 
But today I want you to pull up a chair and relax.
I’ve made cinnamon rolls for us to share and a hot cup of tea for you to drink.
 And I’ve chosen one of my heirloom teacups to serve you because you are a special guest of mine today!
 


The fire is lit and now it’s time to chat.
First, I wanted to let you know that today I became a ‘school girl’ again. Ha!
Yes, I am taking a computer class at the local learning centre.  Now I can go from being a dunce to a beginner.
Well, not quite that bad, but close!
The beauty of it is that it’s free and only five minutes from my back door.
I’m learning that there are some advantages to being a Senior after all!
Now, something else I wanted to discuss was my kitchen re-model.
You remember a while back when I was  working like a bat out of hades on my kitchen?
I painted the walls, the cabinets, the kitchen table and chairs. I started decorating with the promise of the big reveal, then……
Nothing.
I never mentioned the kitchen again.
It was as if the project had ended.
Here’s what happened…..

See this stove and this floor? They had to go!
However, I was not willing to pay $800.-$900.
for the basic white kitchen stove that I wanted.
So I waited and waited and finally two weeks ago found one on sale. The only problem is that it still hasn’t arrived yet.
 
Then when Tim started the project of laying the kitchen flooring, the  table saw went kaput and ended that project too.
Fortunately the new switch just arrived today.
So he’ll be back in the saddle on this project tomorrow.
Now that is the saga of my stalled kitchen project, my friends.
Have you heard when the new Downton Abbey is going to be airing? I can never remember if it’s in the Fall or after the first of the new year.
I did hear you can watch it on you-tube right now if you want to.
This, I could never do.
It would be like sneaking into hidden Christmas gifts before Christmas morning.
It would just ruin it for me.
I’m the same way with babies. I do not want to know their sex until they are born.
They are a big, beautiful, miraculous Gift from God.
And I want to be surprised!
Our  forecast for the next three days is sunshine here.
So tomorrow will find me with a paint brush in my hand painting the black shutters and our black front door.
 
This is the colour I have chosen. Our brick is this same colour also.
So I’m hopeful it will turn out well.
I’ll keep you posted on the end results.
 
Now hold on a minute while I pour you another cup of tea!
It’s your turn to tell me what’s going on with you.
I’ve been jabbering so much I haven’t had time to eat my cinnamon roll….
Your turn now, my friend.