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Some Thankful Bloopers

I am sitting here in bed with a virus and laryngitis. Not being able to speak is frustrating.

BUT it does allow for lots of reflection and thinking (uh, and watching bad movies-which is beside the point). I wanted to take this moment to thank you all for visiting my humble little blog every day and leaving such lovely comments.  I appreciate every single one of them. You have become a part of my circle. Of my life. And I am thankful.

I am also extremely thankful that we took our Holiday photo before I got sick. So today I will share the bloopers. Because really, they make me laugh, and I am most thankful for these goofballs. Each one of them. After all, without them, there wouldn’t even be a blog.












They even allowed me a few nice ones:




Even though I am not feeling my best, I am so very thankful to be spending Thanksgiving with these strange folk I call my family. I love them so very much.

I hope you get to spend Thanksgiving with those you love, eating lots of food!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Days 4 and 5 of the B&W photo challenge

See Day 1 here and 2-3 here.


This one of my husband was day 4.


And lastly, Day 5.

That was a fun challenge. It was like a warm up, really for what comes next….

Holiday photo cards! Yikes.

Wish me luck.

Day 2 and 3 of the B&W photo challenge

Since I shared that awesome pattern with you yesterday, I missed posting about the B&W photo challenge.

Here is what I put up for day #2:


And Day #3:


What have you seen in B&W today?

5 B&W photos, 5 Days challenge

I don’t usually do challenges on Facebook. They sometimes can feel like chain letters, and I cannot stand those.

BUT, a friend of mine tagged me to take 5 Black & White photos in 5 days and I just couldn’t resist. So I figured I would share them here too.


This is the one I posted yesterday.


I also took these, but not for the challenge. Just to share here.



I absolutely love B&W photos. There is something so raw and gritty about them that you just don’t see in color.

How about you? Do you ever photograph in B&W?

Baby it’s cold outside





It hasn’t snowed yet. It actually is not a common occurrence around here. But there is plenty of frost. And I can see my breath. And we lost power several times over the last few weeks. And sometimes I can see my breath INSIDE THE HOUSE.

Yesterday we lost power again, and it was so cold, that my husband actually lit the first fire in our wood stove. It only warms the kitchen and dining room area, so we don’t do it very often. But it was so cold.

As soon as he lit it, the power came back on.

And that is how it goes.

How does it go in your part of the world?

Ecclectic update Post

Let’s see… The Bee had a sinus infection this weekend that really knocked her down. That child rarely ever gets sick. She has been going and going since the start of school, so I figured it was just a matter of time.

The temps have been below freezing this week, which is not a common occurrence round these parts, so we were not very prepared for it. Slowly we have been  sealing up drafts and trying to keep the heat in, both for our house and ourselves. All my fingerless gloves have been a staple these days, and my neck has rarely been without a scarf. Fleece is our friend.

I have several sewing projects that I am working on…in our dining room since the living room (where I normally sew) is freezing cold!

Amongst them is a pattern I drafted (for something I cannot share yet) and sewed up a test one so that I could see if the pattern worked. It did, and then I LOST THE PATTERN.

I have no idea. *sigh* All I can think of is got swept up with the scraps. I will be starting over tomorrow. *double sigh*

Hmm what else? Oh and Falafel’s teeth STILL haven’t come in.


I think she likes it that way.

Jim and I binge-watched the recent Doctor Who season. Now I am left with wanting more. Gah.  We have watched a whole slew of movies lately as well, to tide us over until the new season begins. The time to get cozy is here.

That just about sums it up for now.

What is happening in your world? What are you up to?

More of the outside

On Sunday, Falafel was the only one that wanted to go for a hike with me through the woods. That child is always up for a walk outside in the fresh air.


I took along my camera because it was not raining (yet) and you never know what you may find in the woods.








Do you like going for walks in the Fall?

Our surroundings right now

It is November. NOVEMBER.

What the what? I have no idea how we got here, and yet, here we are.

At this time of year, I usually keep my head down and work work work on all the things that are coming in December. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that both of our girls have birthdays in December four days apart (uh and six years), and we have a multitude of other birthdays as well, lined up in a row for the first  two weeks of December, AND Christmas. This year we have the added stress bonus of the Nutcracker production. Our days are full. It is beyond easy for me to put my head down and not look up until January.

I know this about myself, and I thought of all the things I am missing out on seeing, all the life and decay happening around us. So when I saw that it stopped raining the other day (for a minute), and the sun was peaking out in all it’s rareness, I made myself take my camera and went outside to have a look around, before it was all gone and we were onto a new season.

This is what I saw:











The leaves are finally turning and falling.

The grass is in a constant state of being wet.

And the rate at which mold grows is astonishing. Truly.

We watched as those pumpkins started out with one patch and over the course of a few days they completely decomposed. When I tried to move one of them, it liquified in my hands. *gagging* Falafel’s response was “Aw, You’re getting rid of my mold farm??!!”.

I am glad I went outside to witness this amazing time of change. There is beauty to be found even in moldy pumpkins. You have to look really hard for it (evidently, Falafel doesn’t). but it is there.

An Update and a Flicker

Although it has been quiet around here this week, so much has been happening behind the scenes. I have been thoroughly enjoying all of the incredible Halloween costumes popping up in my Link Party. Really fantastically creative people out there! If you have one to add, there is still time! Link it up. I really do love seeing what you all made too.

On another note, I have a Scary Pre-Halloween story for you. The faint of heart, squeamish, or fearful: skip this paragraph and photo.

Thursday I was making a treat for a friend of mine whose birthday was this month, and I felt a tickle on the front of my neck. I scratched a bit and looked, but nothing was there. I kept on going, and felt it again. This time, when I flicked at my throat, something fell to the floor.

It was this:



Holy cranberries. I. FREAKED. OUT. I ran around the house screaming and shaking my head and body (after trapping it, taking it’s photo, and then sending the photo to my husband at work so he could tell me if it was poisonous or not). I also obsessively checked myself the rest of the day. BTW: Not poisonous. He informed me that these are the spiders that eat the Hobo spiders. I guess this one didn’t get the memo that I DON’T HAVE ANY HOBO SPIDERS ON ME. Uh, at least I hope not.

It must have dropped on my head when I went out to the recycling right before I started to bake. So I am letting the recycling pile up by the back door because I am just not ready to go out there again, yet.

That was enough to keep me from blogging for a day. Gah. I still have chills.

Here are some photos of a Flicker that was in our yard (to wash your eyes from that spider photo).


This bird is amazingly beautiful. AND big. It is a little smaller than a chicken. Apparently, we grow everything big out here in WA!


Flickers are a type of woodpecker that eat bugs in the grass. It was totally doing that.


This is my husband’s favorite bird. And coincidentally, his birthday is today!


Happy Birthday Jim!

Add in sewing Halloween costumes, review clothing, and KCW outfit, along with running people to lessons and rehearsals, and functions, and doctor appointments. We have been so very busy.

I will be back tomorrow with a book to share for On-Our-Shelves Sunday.

What have YOU been up to?

Pumpkin Ponderings

As always, a few photos didn’t make it into yesterday’s post. But today is a different story!


I love this photo because it shows the anguish of the decision-making process. Too. Many. Choices.


You can see it, almost as much, in this photo as well. Our girls take this pumpkin picking very seriously.


I can’t believe that I forgot to put this one in. It is my favorite. I was waiting to put it in last, yesterday, and then simply forgot. Sheesh.

What have YOU photographed (or forgot) today?