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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?

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch this past weekend, as it is our tradition this time of year. And like last year, prepare yourself to be bombarded by pumpkin-y photos.

















We couldn’t have asked for a better day! The sun was shining and it was beautiful Fall weather. The wind was whipping us around quite a bit, but I will take that and a sunny sky, any day. The coyote cardboard cutout was new this year, and was a big attraction (for my family, anyway). The pumpkins are HUGE. My husband told me that it was a good year for them, and we definitely saw that it is true.

The one thing I look forward to is my annual photo of the girls together. I asked them to pose, and this is what I got.









Another year at the patch, done. These years truly fly by quickly. I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here. Yes, I just said that. Both girls have birthdays in December, though (4 days apart), and it tends to sneak up on us every year.

This is the start of the season where I try to stay focused and present and savour as much as I can (as it seems to go the quickest).

What are YOUR Fall traditions?

Fall photos

The webs are at their peak right now. So incredibly beautiful, I cannot resist photographing them.





The rains and winds have started up, but on the rare occasion, we do get a rainbow, as well.


Ah Autumn.

What do YOU like to photograph in the Fall?

Backyard wanderings

In the Autumn, in particular, I love to take my camera on a stroll through our backyard. There are so many microcosms and interesting happenings if I just look closely enough.


I know spiders are not everyone’s cup of tea, and honestly I am totally creeped out by them when they come into my personal space. But looking at them through my lens (from a distance) always shows me a side of them that is quite beautiful and complex.







Keeping busy with very little to share

What do a 1×5 piece of wood, paint, a swivel chair, a table runner, a dress, a Veterinarian, Rosie the Riveter, and a jacket all have in common?


Other than I am working on all of these projects at once, at the moment.

I cannot share most of these with you right now, but I did manage to finish painting our kitchen and photograph it.

Unfortunately, the color is so close to the original (white) that it really doesn’t show in the photos. The paint that was there was dirty and tinged pink. The after color is called pot of cream.


Trust me, though. It makes a world of difference!

Well, at least it does to me. When The Bee got home from school she said it looked cleaner.

Good enough.

On the same note, to paint the wall, we had to move the fridge out of it’s little cubby (which we had never done before and we have been living here for 3 years). Let me just tell you, EW. Seriously gross back there. I am glad I painted if only because I got to clean out in back of the fridge.

It truly is the little things that make me happy.

What are YOU working on today?

Wonderful Words Wednesday: Let’s add Weird to that

::Wonderful Words Wednesday is when I share something I find to be wonderful with you. You can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your wonderful photo/post this week::


This is my child who loves to pull her own teeth out {which is wonderful because I do not like that job at all}. No fear. No pain. I love that about her character. Although, if any more fall out, she will be on an all liquid diet. Ha!

What is wonderful in YOUR world right now?

Coating of wet

As I look around us, I see a fine coating of wet.


Ah. It must be Autumn.


Our apple trees are almost completely done with apples.


They were so good this year!


Instead, we see these guys EVERYWHERE. We call them mosquito catchers, or Crane Flies. Lately I have been calling them pests.


Our marigolds look better now than they have all Summer. Who knew?


Our kale has finally come back since the deer munched it back, just in time for the cold.


And so enters another season.


What is Fall like in your part of the world?

Wonderful Words Wednesday: Apples became

::Trying something new today. Wonderful Words Wednesday is when I share something I find to be wonderful with you. You can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your wonderful photo/post this week::


These became….


This is one of the very best thing about Fall! With our homegrown apples, I make a Gluten and Egg free apple crisp (or several). Every year.


I slice up the apples, and toss them with a handful of brown sugar, a little cinnamon, and a little cornstarch in a bowl and place aside.


In our mixer, I add one stick of butter (1/2 cup), 1 cup brown sugar, and 1 cup of GF oats.


I spray a rectangle pan, then pour in the apple mixture and top with the crumb.


Bake at 350 for approx. 30 minutes.


Now it is YOUR turn! I want to hear from you, my friends.

Apples of many sizes

Our apples trees were very happy this year and produced so much fruit!

We have three different kinds. The Yellow (see how technical I am?) ones were early, so we gobbled them up already, but the Green and Red are just ripening now! And they are delicious.

Falafel came in yesterday carrying this giant apple! I had to have a little photo session with it and all it’s enormity. Cause- well, look at it!


I asked her to pick some others so we could compare them.


The one on the far left is the largest we have ever grown. The middle one is average, and the right is the smallest.


On an unrelated note, I also wanted to mention that I really love reading the kind comments I get on this online home of mine. I know I have a lovely global following. My stats told me so! I encourage all of you who are out there reading (with something nice to say) to please comment! The only way for a blogger to know their audience is to hear from them via comment.


So What is growing in YOUR part of the world?