Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Days Come Quickly

Autumn days come quickly, 
like the running of a hound on the moor
Irish proverb


If, in the fall of the leaves in October, 
many of them wither on the boughs and hang there,
 it betokens a frosty winter and much snow.

Fall Has Arrived

Spring rain damps;
Autumn rain soaks.


Of autumn’s wine, now drink your fill; 
the frost’s on the pumpkin, and snow’s on the hill.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1993

Fall Wreath

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~ Albert Camus

Cottage Fall Magazine

There is a harmony in autumn, 
and a luster in its sky, 
which through the summer is not heard or seen, 
as if it could not be, 
as if it had not been! 
~Percy Bysshe Shelley


“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

Pumpkin Door

“Fall has always been my favorite season. 
The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, 
as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 
― Lauren DeStefanoWither

Happy Fall

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Willy Nilly Friday


Thursday, September 14, 2017

If We Would Enjoy Ourselves

From the Farmer's Almanac

"If we would enjoy ourselves, we must take the world as it is
mix it up and a thousand spots of sunshine, a cloud here and there,
 a bright sky, a storm today, calm tomorrow, the chill-piercing winds of autumn, and the bland, reviving air of summer.
–The 1854 Old Farmer's Almanac"

I love the Old Farmer's Almanac, their daily emails and words of wisdom.

The Sun is Shining.
Our brief glimpse of Autumn has ended.
Heat and humidity are back.

Musashi's Garden has been busy.
This little Painted Lady made a visit.
After remodeling the garden a couple of years ago,
one of the best things I did was put in lantanas.
It takes awhile, but the butterflies and bees find the lovely blooms.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady collage

Painted Lady

I love peaches.
Peach season comes to an early end here.
I rarely buy peaches this late in the summer.
The grocery peaches are hard and have no taste.
But, I was craving a peach smoothie.
So, I bought California peaches from Trader Joes.
I've been patient, letting them ripen slowly.
This morning I had smoothie number one!
Looking forward to smoothie number two!


The hat is a must now that summer is back.

New Work In Progress

The new Michael's ad had Caron Cakes on sale.
They were calling my name.
I love the fall colors and there is a nice shawl pattern on the label.
It will be my next project.
Getting into the fall spirit!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Willy Nilly Friday

Amaze Me Monday

Make It Pretty Monday

Home Sweet Home

Mosaic Monday


Monday, September 11, 2017

Bobbing For Apples

The week after Harvey's visit,
the Houston Zoo decided to "proceed as scheduled"
with their annual Asante member dinner.

Believe me,
we all needed the break.
A lovely break it was.

Do you remember bobbing for apples?
I do!
It was one of the fun things that happened in the fall.
Well, elephants enjoy bobbing for apples, too!

Asian Elephants

Miriam is getting ready to toss apples into the pool for
Baylor and Duncan.


And, BOB they did! 

elephant collage

I'm not sure who had the most fun,
the elephants or the folks watching!

elephant mosaic

It was a lovely evening,
 a wonderful dinner,
fun time with the Asian elephants
and with friends.
A wonderful break from all Harvey wrought.

collage elephant

Back to the real world.


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Mosaic Monday

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fair On September First

Fair on September first,
Fair for the month.

Sun Shine
September 1, 2017

I certainly hope that is true.

As most of you know,

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast causing massive damage.
The rains from Harvey inundated Houston -- my home.

I'm pleased to report that I am fine.

I remained high and dry.

Hurricane Harvey



Kids really should not be in the flood water.
Nasty stuff. 
Kids will be kids, I guess.
Stir crazy, too.

Harvey Collage

Things are getting back to the new normal in my area.
People are going to work.
Grocery stores and restaurants are opening.
Schools will be opening in two weeks.

Friends invited me out to lunch and grocery shopping yesterday.

What a treat!


I'm so very lucky.
So many have lost everything.

If you wish to donate, I recommend donating locally.
The Houston Food Bank is excellent.
Friends For Life is helping pets.
There is link at the top of their page for donations for Hurricane Harvey.

Meanwhile, back at home, Mina keeps me smiling. 
She loves her tunnel!


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Amaze Me Monday

Mosaic Monday

Willy Nilly Friday