Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome Fall . . .

I love Fall, and everything that comes with it! The sights and sounds, the smells and the taste of Fall are finally here . . . officially!  This was one of my favorite childhood songs, it is sung to the tune of, Hush Little Baby.

Come, Little Leaves
by George Cooper

"Come, little leaves,"
Said the wind one day,
"Come to the meadows
With me and play;
Put on your dresses
Of red and gold,
For summer is past,
And the days grow cold."

Soon as the leaves
Heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering,
One and all.
Over the meadows
They danced and flew,
All singing the soft
Little songs they knew.



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Again . . .

I can hardly believe it's already Saturday!  It seems like the week went by so fast, and another one is almost here.  Before we know it, we will be putting up the Christmas tree and playing Christmas music!  How many of us are ready for the Holidays?  I always say I'm going to start early . . . I NEVER do it!  Let's get Autumn over with before we start on Christmas . . . :0)

Speaking of Autumn, I think we have the most beautiful sunsets this time of year!  Last Thursday, at the football game, we had a perfect view of the sunset, and I couldn't help but capture it on my camera! 

 I wonder if the football players noticed this gorgeous sky!? 

Last night we were babysitting a few of my "Little's", and I couldn't resist taking a picture of this cute face . . . someone really likes ice-cream!  This boy has the most beautiful blue eyes! 

The leaves are starting to change on my trees, it won't be long now until we are gathering them up everyday.  So much to do before the snow flies and the cold weather sets in!

 "Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night; and thus he would never know the rhythms that are at the heart of life."
~Hal Borland~

Have a wonderful Saturday!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Slipping Away . . .

This summer has slipped away so quickly!  It has been a very weird summer for me, a few health problems, which seemed to get worse as the summer went on.  Hopefully, (keeping my fingers crossed!), they will just get better, and better as we head into Autumn! 

We had unseasonably cool weather in August, with lots of rain, which, in turn, ruined so much hay, that was unfortunately, cut and baled and laying in the fields.  It also caused the grain to sprout, right when it was ready to cut, making it useless for anything but feed, and some of it not even fit for feeding animals.  There was lots of mold and dust, a disaster for anyone with asthma . . . me!  There were a couple of weeks that I could barely go outside.  When they were finally able to cut the grain and gather the hay bales, the dust would just hang in the air it was horrible!  After a Dr's visit today, I am hoping to get my asthma under control and enjoy the beautiful Idaho Indian Summers that we are so famous for!

I did get a few things done while sitting in the house . . .

I know, this looks like a terrible science project gone wrong, but I promise it's not!  These are pickled eggs!  After my husband and I were married, he worked for his uncle, on a ranch in Bone, yes, I said Bone . . .   :0)  A small community in the hills just East of where we live.  There isn't much to do in Bone, but they did have a little store, that sold the most wonderful pickled eggs!  I just loved to go there and buy one and enjoy it's tangy yumminess!  Sometimes I would buy two!  The vinegar makes them look kind of creepy, but I prefer apple cider vinegar to white distilled vinegar.

 A few weeks ago, a sweet friend of mine gave me a big box of the most wonderful corn, so I just had to freeze it for winter!  It was so delicious, and I put up about 18 quarts . . . so good in corn chowder! 

My garden was not wonderful this year, but I did get a few really wonderful zucchini . . . so I made zucchini bread, oh my goodness, so delicious!  I think I may have just sat around and and put on a few pounds this summer!

And at last, football season started!  Yes, it truly is Autumn when the nights get cold, and the boys put on their uniforms!  That's Christian, standing in the middle, it's hard to believe that he is all grown-up . . . 

I hope to catch up on my blog reading tomorrow, and looking so forward to it!  Well, I think I should call it a night, and go crawl into bed . . . night all!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Craziness Continues . . .

Well, the craziness seems to continue at my house!  It seems like we have been really busy . . . but I'm not sure what I have accomplished?! 

We, my husband has been working in the yard, the lawn is always green, and everything looks wonderful.  We haven't dealt with the ugly mess from the sewer problem, but, we will fill in the bare patches, and plant grass in them this Fall.  Hopefully, in the Spring, the grass will come up, and we can work on it from there. 

We haven't been camping much since our family camping trip, but plan on lots of camping in the next few months, Autumn is my favorite time to be outside - hunting and Salmon fishing is just around the corner, and we are really looking forward to it!

We did go 4-wheeling with some friends a few weeks ago and had so much fun!  Here are a few pictures . . .

Looking out in front of the 4-wheeler - so gorgeous!

We could see a couple of fires that were burning wayyyyy down from where we were!

 A little trail that we were walking was so pretty, but really high!

It was a cloudy, kind of smoky day, so you couldn't see the valley and the mountains on the other side very good.  Our elevation was about 8000 feet above sea level where I took this picture!  Not sure how I was still breathing!

We have had so much rain this last month, and the streams were just beautiful, and everything was so green, especially for this time of year in Idaho.

Nothing better than having fun with good friends!!

We had two of our little grandsons come and spend the night with us a few weeks ago, they are so cute!  They love to feed the horses, but are just a tiny bit scared of them.  I just have to share a few pictures of their cuteness!

I hope that everyone has been having a wonderful summer!  I'm just feeling lucky to have gotten a post in before September . . . just barely!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Corners of my Mind. . . .

My paternal grandmother, Hazel Taylor,  passed away when I was just a toddler, about 2 years old.  Even though I was a small child, I can still remember bits and pieces of her. . . tucked away in the corners of my mind.

~This is a picture of her holding my uncle, when he was a baby~

~My Grandma, my father on the right, my aunt Lois standing in the middle, Uncle Lorin on the left~

I can remember standing in her kitchen, looking up at her, as she handed me something from the breadboard.  I don't remember her face, but I remember her dress, and her apron, and her kind hands as she handed me some sweet treat that she had made.  I also remember sitting on the arm of a large over-stuffed chair, and having her arm around me...such sweet memories.  She was a wonderful, soft, gentle, woman, who loved her family and was very devoted to them.  She loved her flower garden and vegetable garden, and spent many hours taking care of both.  She was a good cook, and an immaculate house-keeper, who always had something hot on the stove for anyone who might stop by who had not eaten.

My father absolutely adored his mother, and from what my mother tells us, was never the same when she passed away.  When my father was in the Navy, during WWII, he wrote her a letter every week.  My mother still has those letters, all tucked away in an old shoebox, just like grandma left them.  My grandmother passed away at an early age, early 60's, and so did my father, we buried him on his 60th birthday; I am sure that they had a very sweet reunion on the other side when he passed. 

I am the lucky recipient of a few of her belongings, they are tucked away in my china hutch, and in my hope chest, mostly for my eyes only, as they just seem to precious to display.  When I do take them out to clean them, I can feel her near me, loving me as I know she did many, many years ago, and as she still does today.  

Earlier this Spring, my sister and I drove by my grandparent's old home, and low and behold, it was for sale.  We took one of the fliers and when we looked at it, it was unbelievable how the memories of being inside that house just came flooding back, sights and smells, everything! 

Memories . . . ever so sweet!

"What we remember from childhood we remember forever — permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen."
 ~Cynthia Ozick~