Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Friday, October 22, 2010

Computer Troubles

Well, I am completely frustrated. My computer is having problems and I'm not sure when I will get it back. It all depends on if the local Geek Squad can fix it or if it has to be sent out of state to the service department.

All the while, local colors here are glorious. I am so disappointed that I can't upload my photos for you to see. The mountains are a sight to see. There are dark patches of pines, contrasted by patches of gold and a zillion patches of red...It is as though an old rug, once glorious, has been thrown over the mountains, rubbed bare in places and still beautiful and new in others. I so wish that you could see it.

I am sending many happy, Autumn thoughts your way. Wishing you color and brilliance, crisp air and wonderous family adventures.

God bless,

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I haven't been posting lately due to some more computer problems. Please check back Thursday.

Have a great one!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook, October 12th

Outside my window... a brilliant sun shines down on our first real chilly morning. There was ice on the windshield when I went outside, but my tomato plants are okay.

I am thinking... ~ about my long list of chores and hoping that I will have the time and ability to complete them all.

I am thankful for... ~the strength and ability to work. The older that I get and the more health problems that plague me, the more that I marvel at the blessing of being able to stand up and balance on my legs and hips. It is a blessing to be able to work.

I am wearing... ~a gray, wrap top, long black pants, black boots and a scarf that ties in the colors and brightens things up a bit.

I am remembering... ~what I need to do..who I need to be.

I am going... ~outside right this moment and put food in the bird feeders. My little feathered friends are stopping by, finding nothing and casting accusing glances at the house (well, maybe not).

From the kitchen... ~Taco Soup for tonight, simmering tomatoes from the garden, much chopping of garden veggies for the freezer.

Around the house... ~I am creating order out of disorder, sense out of chaos, beauty in places and enjoying the quiet
From my camera...

For more Daybook entries, please visit a Simple Woman's Daybook HERE.

Have a beautiful, Autumn day!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"You show your trust in God when you listen with the intent to learn and repent, and then you go and do whatever He asks.
And if you then go and do what He would have you do, your power to trust Him will grow, and in time you will be overwhelmed with gratitude to find that He has come to trust you.
~ Henry B. Eyering

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Show and Tell Friday, October 8th

Well, it's October and time to get the Halloween decorations out! Above is my beloved little "Punkin Head". I rarely pay full price for anything - I am quite the bargain hunter. But she was an exception. I bought her two years ago for $13 and she is worth every penny! You can click on her to make her larger.
Isn't her pussycat cute?
Above is a sweet little, crow pail I found at my favorite thrift shop last week. I had been wanting something with crows on it. Cost? $1!For more Show and Tell Fridays, please visit Cindy at My Romantic Home.

Have a very Happy October 8th!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Autumn at Silver Lake

Autumn has come to the mountains, and the area of Silverlake, up Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah is beautiful. Below, I'd like to share my photos from last year, as I don't think I could take any better were I to try again. Enjoy!

Mark took me for a walk up at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, to Brighten. There is a lake there, called Silver Lake, that has one of my favorite walking trails.

Plaques have been set out along the trail, offering facts about the plants and animals who make their habitat in this wetland.
The day was overcast and easy on the eyes. The explosion of gold among the aspens was a brilliant contrast to the dark green of the pines.
Several small streams lead to the lake. Ducks and fish are bountiful.
The trail consists of part boardwalk, part dirt path.
A beautiful Stellers Jay followed us around part of the lake, hopping from limb to rock to branch just ahead of us. Was he looking for a hand-out?

A noisy squirrel descended a tree trunk and let us have it with all her wrath for disturbing her rest. Alas, she was too quick for me to take a picture of her.
Isn't it glorious?

For more Outdoor Wednesday posts, please visit A Southern Dreamer.

With a happy, thankful heart,

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

20 Things I Love about Autumn - Re-Posting

Hello, lovely Friends and Visitors!

Happy Autumn day! Guess what? My computer crashed last week (I sat my laptop down on my son's powerful magnate without knowing it and it wiped my hard drive). That's why I haven't posted for a week. I just got it back and am way behind in work. So, for today, I am re-posting from last year.

20 Things I love About Autumn....

1) Watching a blaze of color begom up on our mountains and, over time, making its way down to the foothills and then the valley.
2) Brilliant gold leaves against a clear, blue sky.
3) Wrapping up in a blanket, taking the ski-lift up the mountains at Sundance Ski Resort to see the wild mountain colors.
4)Freshly squeezed (squished?) apple cider with cinnamon sticks.
5) Groves of mountain aspens shimmering gold in the sunlight
6) Ghost stories
7) The Harvest moon sitting plump and white with his chin on a hill in the mountain pass, looking out over the valley
8) Leaving out treats for fall faeries
9) Waking up snuggled in warm blankets in a cold house.
10) The smoky scent of neighborhood fireplaces lighting up for the first time on a cold morning.
11) Autumn trees dripping puddles of golden lace all around their trunks
12) Scented candles that smell so yummy you could eat them
13) Soups, stews, and chilis with homemade bread
14) Bringing in and preserving a good harvest and having it all safe and sound in one's pantry
15) Taking family walks through the neighborhood at night
16) Warm fruit and pumpkin pies
17) Cuddling up in a comforter and reading to the family
18) Hayrides at neigboring farms
19) Fall Cleaning
20) Feeling thankful for God's bounty

Have a lovely day!