Monday, September 22, 2014

perfectly fall day



the weather has been absolutely glorious!
Saturday was a perfect day hike kind of day....
so off we went






Pinnacle Peak Trail . . . Rainier National Park

Tatoosh Mountain Range




Autumn is just starting to show her colors...

the leaves are all falling
and they're falling like
they're falling in love with the ground
Andrea Gibson




I would rather sit on a pumpkin
and have it all to myself
than be crowded on a velvet cushion
Henry David Thoreau










If you are faced with a mountain
you have several options

you can climb it & cross to the other side
you can go around it
you can did under it
you can fly over it
you can blow it up
you can ignore it & pretend it's not there
you can turn around & go back the way you cam

or you can stay on the mountain & make it your home
Vera Nazarian






met these guys along the way
they were going to make the most of the day
by skiing on a wee bit of patch of glacier snow 






        the mountains were his masters
              they were rimmed in life
                they were the cup of reality
                         beyond growth
                beyond struggle and death
         they were his absolute unity 
   in the midst of eternal change
Thomas Wolfe





Thursday, September 18, 2014

starting to smells like fall ... .. .





apple butter time


smells like fall



Apple Butter
4-5 pounds apples
5 cups apple cider {or juice}
2 cups sugar {optional}
1 table spoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and clove .. and I like a little cardamon

Wash and slice apples. Quarter and core add to pot .. no need to peel.
Add cider and boil about 10 minutes or until apples are soft.
Simmer for about an hour to thicken and soften apples, stirring occasionally.  
Turn off heat and mash apples .. they should be soft enough to mash with a potato masher.

Stir in sugar and spices and continue cooking slowly 3 hours ~ stirring frequently.  
Pour into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.  Seal.    
Makes 3-5 pints.




is not this a true autumn day?
just the still melancholy that I love
that makes life and nature harmonize
the birds are consulting about their migrations
the trees are putting on the hectic or pallid hues of decay
and begin to strew to the ground
that one's very footsteps may not disturb 
the repose of earth and air
while they give us a scent 
that is a perfect anodyne 
to the restless spirit

delicious autumn!!
my very soul is wedded to it
and if I were a bird I would fly
about the earth seeking the successive autumns


[Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]
George Eliot



Monday, September 15, 2014

Summer's End





shadows lengthen
color deepens
night sky is crisp
afternoon sun is warm
geese fly overhead

summer is waning




¸.•  Summer's End Keepsake Bag   ¸.•¨¯`• ஐ 


by all these lovely tokens 
September days are here
with summer’s best of weather 
and autumn’s best of cheer 
•• Helen Hunt Jackson. 


¸ ஐ  A bit Bohemian Gypsy       
                            and a tad Cowgirl Western 

.. Absolutely Fabulous Fun!! ஐ ¸



Saturday, September 13, 2014

cheeky radish




radish booty ... um.. er bounty



however may years she lived
Mary always felt that she should never forget
that first morning when her garden began to grow
Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden 



Thursday, September 11, 2014

back to school ........


abc's
123's

reading
writing
arithmetic



.. school ..

it's back



Natural Beauty Zipper Pouch



Back to School Pencil Cases



Groovin Artist Zip Pouch




wisdom is not a product of
 schooling but of the lifelong
 attempt to acquire it
♦.. Albert Einstein

School Daze Zipper Pouch




instruction does much
but encouragement everything
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


River's Edge Mini Zip


the difference between school & life?
in school ...
you're taught a lesson and then given a test
in life ...
you're given a test that teaches you a lesson
Tom Bodett


Miss Melanie Art Zip


the best teachers 
are those who show you 
where to look 
but don't tell you what to see
Alexandra K Trenfor


Miss Elizabeth Mini Clutch


and remember ...

don't let schooling
interfere with your
education
Mark Twain 


Wild Wander's Zip Pouch