Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gone Thrifting...

Making the rounds to the different thrift stores in our area is something we've always loved to do!

It's a great way to save money on all the things you never knew you couldn't live without... ;)

Besides, it's good ol' fashion fun
(especially when you're with a carload of other people who enjoy it)!

One of my favorite finds of the day...
A metal basket with stamped pumpkins and leaves for only $1.75 (it was 1/2 off of $3.50)!
It was beginning to rust on the bottom, so Dad sprayed the inside of it for me with some clear spar urethane.

I filled it with excelsior moss and some tart green apples, and voila!

Here you can see the detail a little better,
especially if you click on the picture....

And here is the rest of what I purchased that day!
It totaled $9.00...
Not too bad, considering everything was in nice shape, and I rather needed a new lampshade to replace my 20 year old one!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Do you know what day it is today?

It's not my birthday again,
if that's what you
were thinking!

to be...





I'm very excited!
(Just thought I'd throw that out there for those of you who couldn't tell!)

For me, Autumn brings to mind...

....Pumpkins, the BEST apples of the year, cooler/ crisper weather, pies, Thanksgiving, the mountains of North Carolina (We won't be able to go this year, but I'll be visiting often in my dreams), sweaters, sipping hot tea, harvest, wrapping myself in a big, warm blanket, earlier sunsets, warm apple cider infused with spices, cinnamon brooms, and clear blue skies, among others....

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What does autumn mean for you?

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Since the summer of 2009 is no more (though it sure tries to linger, here in Florida!), I thought I would post a few pictures from our summer...

Just last week, we received an invitation from Jean Marie (bottom row, far left) to drive down to Cocoa Beach (thank you, Mrs. Case, for being such a willing driver!) and meet the Littmann family. We had a fun, edifying day spent at the beach and the Littmann's beach house (not to mention nearly 3 hours in the car)!

We took a few "group shots" at the end, with the aid of the auto-timers. We're all laughing because there were 4 cameras set up, and getting them all to go off with everyone back in their places was quite difficult!

There we go!
This is the best picture my camera took.
(Thanks Emily for running back and forth with the auto-timers!)

The Littmann Family!


Thank you so much for having us in your home! It was a pleasure getting to meet you! We had a wonderful time.

Last month, we purchased a new computer for our business in order to increase productivity. I ended up with the "old" computer, and switched desks.
It was quite a job for Joseph and I... sorting wires, dusting, moving and hooking up the computers, connecting the internet again...
But, all that aside, you get to see the finished product!
Mom's desk in on the right and mine is on the left!

My Dad brought Mom and I roses from our rosebush to brighten up our work-spaces!
So pretty!

This hawk has been hanging around our house a lot...
We have a lot of squirrels, lizards, frogs, etc. so I'm guessing that's why.

One can only get so close to a rooftop! ;)

When peaches were at their peak, Dad and I decided it would be a delicious idea to make some peach jam... And that's exactly what we did!

It's quite good!

The last of the Mohicans...er... vegetables from our garden...

The carrots were rather small because I didn't thin them out (bad idea). They were also pretty bitter. It's a good thing we have two dogs who love carrots- no matter how bitter they may be!

Here you see two ground cherries, a jalapeno pepper, and our peanut crop!
For some reason, our pepper plants didn't bloom until August, so we're just now getting some peppers!

When we harvested our vegetables, we also pulled out all of the dead or dying plants and all the weeds that had taken over. The only things we left were our pepper and tomato plants.

We'll be planting a fall garden soon (one nice thing about living in Florida), so check back for a post about it in the near future!

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"To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven."

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Best Thing About When it Rains...

...Is the Sunset That Follows...

"He has made the earth by His power;
He has established the world by His wisdom,
And stretched out the heaven by His understanding.

When He utters His voice—
There is a multitude of waters in the heavens:

He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightnings for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”

-Jeremiah 51:15-17

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall Is On the Way...

...and I have some of the best tasting applesauce to prove it!

Dad came home from the farmer's market the other day with the best apples I've tasted all year! As I've said before, I love the autumn season best of all- luscious apples being just one of the many reasons!

This, of course, called for some applesauce!

I made it in our powerful Vita-Mix (one of the best inventions known to man!). I pureed three apples with a tablespoon of lemon juice, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and a pinch (or three) of sugar. You could also substitute a little honey for the sugar- or leave it out entirely if you have especially sweet apples! :)

I prefer the taste and high nutritional value of raw applesauce, so I chose not to cook ours... But there's always that option!

I'm glad autumn is on its way!

(This image was shot in RAW format just for you, Emily Elizabeth,
and I just realized the play on words there! haha)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Reformation Costumes

I know I said that I'd finished blogging our trip in my last post, but I thought you might enjoy seeing us all in our costumes...

...So here you go!

Waving to a family we know who was walking by...

There we go!

Thanks for taking these, Emily!

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Terrific Afternoon at Aunt Rochelle and Uncle Ray's

This will be my last post from our trip to New England... I have enjoyed sharing these pictures with you, but I'm looking forward to blogging about some other things in the near future!

My last post of our trip will be of the afternoon my (great) Aunt Rochelle and (great) Uncle Ray had us over. They had prepared an amazing clam boil- in between lots of appetizers and desserts, of course! We were able to spend some time with family we hadn't seen in a while, which was a nice treat.

The weather was really beautiful that day! It was the first nice day they'd had in a while.

Sitting on the deck, enjoying the conversation

Mom talking with Aunt Adele (left) and Aunt Lorraine (right)

The Appetizers...

Uncle Eloi talking with Dad

Some of the sweetest Strawberries :d

Left to Right: Aunt Lorraine, Mom, Aunt Adele, and Aunt Dawn

Tiffany (right) with her grandmother

Joseph helping to carry the mugs of broth (for the clams) up to the porch

Cutting open the bag of clams...

The whole meal waiting to be eaten...

...and my plate!
Everything was so delicious :D

The view from the back porch deck...
The shed is so cute!

Cakes and Pies

The guys talking....

Auntie Rochelle with her adorable grand-baby, Brody!

He's really got the cutest cheeks!

Auntie Terry was feeding him strawberries while someone was talking to her...
It was so cute watching him reach for it!


Running through the sprinkler

Little A.J. asked to take a picture of me, and here is the result!

Here we all are with Aunt Adele!
Thanks to Auntie Rochelle for taking these :)

Thank you Aunt Rochelle, Uncle Ray, and everyone else who contributed to make the day so special!

We had such a wonderful time!