Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Meowwwww !

    Must be Halloween....I caught this black cat out on our front porch......pretty sweet looking , but you never know ! 
    It's a cloudy , cool Halloween......hoping the rain holds off until all the kids around here collect their loot.  However, when we lived in Idaho, even a few feet of fresh snow didn't deter the kids ! 
   Today is "my day alone".  One day a week Jim goes off for the day, doing errands, checking out record stores, stocking up on Guiness ! So.....I get the house and the day to myself.  Not that I don't enjoy Jim, but "alone time" is an actual place for me that I need to go once in a while.  Anyhow.... thanks, love, for being such a loving, sweet husband.
    Guess I'll up to Worton's to get a little candy in case some lost soul wanders up our driveway......if no one shows up, we'll have to struggle through the candy ourselves !

Friday, October 26, 2012

Slippin' and Slidin' !

With the best of intentions, we got up sort of early, got our butts in gear and headed up the road for a load of firewood.  After we'd driven a few miles we were surprised that the road was becoming narrower and narrower as the snow became thicker and thicker!  We had no idea the snow line was already so close and we realized we were not going to be able to get to our Deadwood hangout.  We were barely able to turn the 4-Runner around, but finally we were headed back toward home.  We found a little pine on the way back and so we stopped and pretty much filed the back of the truck.....not the best wood in the world, but it'll work until the real cold weather gets here.
     While we were cutting wood Callie had her first introduction to snow and it was a match made in Heaven !!  She is so good at entertaining herself and the snow was certainly a plus......she was hilarious !
    We got home and warmed up some soup left from last night and I got started on the Halloween cookies.   I looked out on the deck and found Callie snoozing on her favorite napping of the picnic tables outside !  

   Tomorrow Tess is coming down to attend a friend's wedding and so Molly, Mom and I are meeting her first for lunch in's been two weeks since I've seen Bryn.....I can hardly wait !

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's That Kind of Day !

      That kind of day, as in.......cold, wet and windy !  A good day to kick back on the sofa in front of the fire......not a care in the world.  Callie took full advantage .......unfortunately, Jim and I had things to do !    I finally got started on the applesauce.....I made two big batches and it barely touched our harvest of apples.   Jim's dried 4 or 5 huge batches, I've made a freezer full of pies ,we eat them day and night and we still have several bushel baskets full !   Not that I'm really complaining.....I love apples in all just seems that they multiple overnight .  Well, next on the apple production line, apple chutney, which will taste so good on a bowl of hot, spicy curry, some cold winter day.

      Oh, about those Giants !   How awesome is that !  Can't wait for the first game tonight......I'll have to round up anything orange that I can find !   Go Giants !!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Granny's Favorite 90th Birthday Gift !

    This past Saturday we enjoyed our annual Autumn Birthday Bash for all the Fall babies in the family......there are quite a few !!  The emphasis this year was on Granny's 90th birthday, although she had to share the spotlight with the family's newest member, Bryn.........I don't think she minded in the least !   It was a wonderful day, sunny and bright, and about 30 of the nicest people ever.   Thanks to all of you who made the trek up! 
      Denny's daughter, Heather, is staying with my mom for a week and so the last few days I've been meeting them and enjoying Heather's company.   I was never around Heather too much when she was a little girl and so I'm really enjoying getting to know her as a woman.  
    Tomorrow I plan a day at home and hope to get some applesauce canned and some pesto frozen.......if not, there's always next week !

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Score Another Point For Fall !

     It's a cold, dark and damp afternoon up's about time....all those sunny, warm days have been getting on my nerves !!  It was a wonderful day to curl up with Jim and watch the Giants win yet another playoff game !  We're about to start a fire and I've got some chicken marsala simmering on the stove. 
      I want to share something I chanced upon a couple of weeks ago......these amazing pumpkin spice English muffins !   Oh, they are most delicious, but hard to find.  I got Tess hooked on them and then she couldn't find them anywhere......well, Tessy, I'm here to tell you I've got three packages in the freezer and I intend to share with you !!  Bring on the cream cheese !
    I haven't been lazing on the sofa eating English muffins all day.....I worked in the yard all morning, ran a few errands ......trying to get some things done for the big party on Saturday.  The party is our annual Fall Birthday Bash since we have an abundance of September and October birthdays in our families.  This year the focus will be on my mom's 90th birthday and so I'm trying to make everything extra nice.  There'll be around 30-35 people and so tomorrow I'll spend the day cooking.  Easy menu, but a lot of prep work.....croissants with curried chicken salad and Asian cole slaw.......and, of course, the birthday cake !  The weather should be back to beautiful by Saturday......I'm really looking forward to the day.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

October.......Ahhhh !

  It finally feels like Autumn around here.  Sunny days and cold nights.....I'm in my "good spot" !  Yesterday I took advantage of just such a day and Molly and I trekked over to Nevada City to hang out with Tess and Bryn.   We met Tess at Pacos and enjoyed a sunny lunch on their patio.  Bryn contributed to the lunch by staying asleep the entire time.  We made full use of the time and had such a lovely visit with each other.  When the sun shifted and it started to cool off we loaded in the car and made our way to town.  It was packed with people ......everyone enjoying the foothill weather.  We roamed the little stores, stopped for coffee and a lunch break for Bryn.  After eating, Bryn decided it was time to hang out with Grandma Janny and Aunt Molly .......oh, what a precious little guy !  He is so healthy, happy and delicious.  Oh, notice in the photo Bryn has his grandma's in double !
      Tessy is already back in her "skinny" jeans, her tops, however, are a little tight......such a dilemma !   We found a little used clothing store and got her a few t-shirts to accommodate her new figure !
   Today is Sunday and that means football !  Dan and Anna will be up soon to watch the 49er's game......also all sorts of playoff baseball on........not enough minutes in the day !!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Hangin' On !

    October 1st , and still in the nineties !!   Record setting territory, with another week of hot weather ahead !  I'm trying to just enjoy, but I can't help but feel that I'm missing out on my beloved Fall.
    Well, as you may be able to tell, I was finally able to get my computer the tune of $300 !!!  I guess still a lot cheaper than replacing it.......long may it run !  I did manage a few posts on my iPad, but it was a bit more of a challenge so I'm happy to be back in business on the old Pavilion .
    We had a most pleasant weekend .....on Saturday I met Tess and Bryn in Auburn .  Awww.....little Bryn is adorable and Tessy is such a sweet mom.  We did the local second hand baby store.....we were looking for second hand clothes, not a second hand baby...... and restocked Bryn's outgrown wardrobe and them managed a quick trip through Target.  They came up here for dinner so Papa Jim could sneak in a little Bryn time.  
     Yesterday, Dan and Anna made the trek up for the weekly 49er's game.  Having them share the game with us makes it so fun and there's always time for a little music playing and gossip time with darling Anna. 
    Today we're taking Callie to the lake for a .......hopefully......last hot day swim.  She's become quite the water dog......I can't begin to tell you how much we enjoy our silly puppy.
    Today is my oldest grandson's birthday.......Espen is 17 today !!!  Hard to imagine how that can be .......I so remember that call in Idaho the day he was born.   He's such a wonderful young man....sweet, smart and funny........we love you Eppie and are so proud of you.