Tuesday, September 25, 2018

COMPANY IS COMING...










Company is coming
 and we are all awaiting 
with grand expectations.





The guest room 
has been
 pruned and prettied...





...with a wicker tray
 holding a 
pot of rose hip tea, 
favorite books 
and appropriate show tunes...
all in place 
to make welcome 
the weary traveler.





A few close friends
 have peeked in
 to pay their respects...





...the pillows
 have been plumped...




...and the 
candles lit.






A meal has been prepared, 
fit for a guest of such high esteem, 
and served among all 
the favored amenities.






...and fresh flowers abound
 in every room 
of the Cottage.

The flight was on time 
and I hear
 our guest approaching...





Allow me 
to perform 
the introductions...





To be continued...


...Judy...




A small pumpkin made out of an old sweatshirt


Fall is finally here
The happiest of Fall Days 
to everyone


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FYI:  The month of October coming soon to a neighborhood near you!
 Won't you join in the festivities?
We would be so appreciative of your attendance.
There will be something for everyone and
 you will make our official guest
so happy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

NEW BEGINNINGS...










The beginning of autumn
 is just around the corner.

 A new beginning 
when the crops are coming into maturity
 and the tones of nature 
take on the vibrant hues of Fall.

  The nights are turning colder
 and the days, although still warm, 
have a mellowness about them 
that has us wishing 
it was like this 
all year long.





The crepe myrtle as it was at the end of summer last year



Leaves have been lightly falling 
but soon the countryside will be awash 
with the soft carpet of bright colors 
and the skies will be
 all the bluer 
in contrast to the 
empty branches.





More time 
will be spent indoors now
 as the evenings get shorter...





...and pots of
 heavenly stews and soups 
will fill the air with
 the last aromas of
 the Farmer's Market...





...an old pitcher,
 bearing the signs of the harvest,
 will hold some late 
summer offerings...





...and all creatures, 
animal and human alike,
 will be scurrying to get settled 
before the cold winter winds 
start to blow.





New beginnings are happening for 
Jake and Jacenda.
  
Jake is almost through 
with his probationary period at Kaiser 
and when that is over
 he will be working from 
home three days a week 
and traveling the other two days.

  Jacenda has a bit more schooling 
and is doing volunteer work, 
getting closer to her
 nursing degree.





They just moved into 
their first home together 
and we went down to help.  
I took a picture of the boys 
taking the camper shell off of Tim's truck 
and then...
I totally forgot
 to take any more pictures!

 Their place is so nice.  
It only has had one other tenant 
since it was built
 and looks brand new.  
It is a small, one bedroom 
but just the right size for the two of them. 
 The next time we go down, 
I will take photos to share.





Here is some late summer sunshine 
coming through the windows, 
bringing with it new beginnings 
for one of the most beautiful times 
of the year.

 We look forward to 
those moments.


...Judy...





The last rose of summer



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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A BIT MORE SUNFLOWER SUMMER...











As you may have noticed, 
this garland with all the dried pieces,
 was displayed 
on the dining room table last week (here).

  What I didn't know at the time
 was that the kids were coming up 
for the Labor Day weekend, 
so I had to remove it 
to set the table for dinner.

 Our table came out of 
an old miner's boardinghouse
 and was made specifically 
for that setting. 
 It is long and narrow and,
 though a large decoration 
down the middle is attractive,
 with the addition of china and food,
 it is not very practical...





...so I just picked it up 
and simply draped it 
over the parlor mantle 
with the thought of just 
getting it out of the way 
and as so often happens, 
this turned out to be 
the perfect spot for it.





With the addition of 
a few old, tarnished brass candlesticks, 
the sunflowers are continuing 
to shine 
throughout the Cottage.





The entry is dressed up 
with a few pieces 
that have come out of the
backs of the cupboards.
  A pitcher, a wreath, 
and some dried grasses,
 all adorned 
with a sprinkling of
 sunflowers.





Here is a repeat performance,
 brought back by popular demand,
 by the sunflowers, of course! 
 The kitchen table, 
as it was, last year.  
The addition of blue and white 
makes the 
gold of the sunflowers 
stand out.





Speaking of blue,
remember the Captain's
 morning glory 
we planted at 
the beginning of summer?...





...this is how much 
it has grown.
  It has done well...





...and adds a bit of color 
(although the sun is very bright today
 and tends to wash it out) 
to the waning summer 
front garden, 
with nary a sunflower in sight!



...Judy...





At this time 
I would like to acknowledge 
the men and women who lost their lives
 on September 11, 2001.

It doesn't seem possible 
that seventeen years have passed.

Blessings to those 
who are doing their jobs 
to keep us safe
 and hope
 that it never happens again.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

SUNFLOWER SUMMER...











All that glitters
 is not always gold,
 but as long as the sun is shining,
 we hold a special place 
in our hearts 
for the summertime
 that is here and now 
and for the memories 
that we will cherish 
long after it is gone.

 As we continue on with 
the Sunflower Summer,
 a few that have graced
 the vases of Gold Country Cottage,
 now lay on the kitchen sill (above),
 waiting to dry, 
to be added into 
a wreath or a garland 
that will continue on 
and add cheer
 to a wall or a door 
of the Cottage.






On the kitchen table, Goatzie
 is pulling a bounty of sunflowers 
that will also be a part of
 the fall and harvest crafting
 that will be taking place 
along with the 
goldenrod drying 
in the spongeware pitcher.







Another flower 
that will join the sunflowers
 will be the hydrangeas.
  They dry easily 
and add just 
the right color and texture 
of another kind.






Down the center
 of the dining room table,
 lays the garland mentioned above.
  As the sunflowers dry,
 they and other bits of dried material
 will be added, 
making it a centerpiece 
of the autumn experience 
at the Cottage.






As the garland lays on the table, 
the bits and pieces of summer
 are placed just so
 to form an autumn image. 
 When the eye is satisfied 
with the results,
 a bit of hot glue will be used 
to add them permanently in place
 where they can shine....






...and just like sunflowers 
standing tall beside a garden gate, 
they will conform to the season 
and continue shining 
until the harvest is in
 and the sun sets.



...Judy...


I hope everyone enjoyed 
a fun filled Labor Day weekend.

 Tim, Tami and Rosie 
came up and 
while Rosie and Kai sat on the couch,
 ignoring each other,
 Tim set the old folks up with
 WiFi and Netflix.

 What would we do without them. 
They continually watch over us and,
 slowly but surely,
 are bringing us into this century.

 We are so appreciative.

 Thank you, Tim and Tami,
 for all you do for us.

 As per your instructions,
 we are planning out the days
 and getting up off the couch 
almost
 every two hours.






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