Tuesday, November 5, 2019


I can't tell you 
how good it is 
to be normal again.
  For a few days now 
we have had our power on and 
no calls from PG&E.

 Life feels right again.

It is a jarring reminder 
that there is always 
light at the end of the tunnel 
if we will only allow ourselves 
the luxury of patience.

 It isn't always 
an easy thing to do and 
there are so many
 different degrees of circumstances 
but, in the end,
 we can only hope 
that it will make us stronger and wiser - 
and better prepare us 
for the next round of life.

This is a tree 
that came down 
across from a neighbor's house, 
almost hitting it. 
I was just letting Robin out 
and I heard the crack and 
then the loud thud.

 A very scary sound.

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween. 
 We had lots of
 polite, sweet and cute children
 knocking at our door. 
 It seems a good time 
was had by all and
 a few pieces of good candy 
left over for snacking!

When the lights came back on,
 I had the cutest Santa 
in my possession.

 How did that happen? 
 No matter,
 he was at Rite Aid for half price and 
he just makes me smile. 
 Don't you just love the "sales"
 that happen before 
the event even gets here?

We took a ride 
around our town and neighboring Nevada City 
and saw some pretty fall colors and 
I just wanted to share them with you.

Have a great week.

Just heard 
the kids are coming 
to the Cottage for Thanksgiving.
 I can't wait and 
just playing around
 with table settings.


I'm pretty sure 
these ARE the last of the zinnias.
 There still are a few more buds and
 I haven't cut them back yet. 
We have had two frosts so far and 
yet they still survive.

A life lesson 
to be learned here

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  1. Judy, I am so glad you are safe. I loved seeing the pictures of color in your area. Oh boy the kids are coming home. I love that I miss my children, it seems I can not see them enough. Please say safe and enjoy your lovely weather. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

  2. So glad you have your power back. We had both rain and snow on Halloween. Your Samta made me smile! Janice

  3. What a relief to have the lights back on, my sister lives in Carmel and they faced the same problem, luckily she didn't have to go without, but it certainly was a concern.

    Love, love your pictures of all the beautiful fall color...and the witch photo is wonderful.

  4. There's something so warm and lovely about this post. I'm grateful you have power and that the fires seem to be under control. Your home looks cozy and beautiful and so the fall color you shared. Oh, what joy.

  5. Judy,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! I do love Big lot's and you are able to order online too!! Beautiful Fall Foliage and Beautiful houses too!! Cute Santa!! I have all of Fall/Halloween in the Kitchen down and am working on decorating it for Christmas now.... I have some new ideas for the Kitchen but I do not change it up much because I do love all my decorations...

  6. Oh my - Nevada City - we just watched The Christmas Card last night for the umteenth time on Hallmark! Lovely fall photos. So glad the fires are getting under control.

  7. Oh Judy how exciting the kids are coming for Thanksgiving. What a blessing that will be. Enjoy enjoy. The trees by you are very pretty with the color changes. That Santa makes me smile too. He is a keeper. I think they get even cuter when they are on sale lol! Have a good week.

  8. I am smitten with your Santa!! I might have to go to Rite Aid myself and see if Santa lives there...and so happy to hear about your full Thanksgiving house. What a joy!!

  9. So glad Judy, that things are "right" again. We take things for granted until we don't have them! I loved your photos of the houses with the stunning trees! Wow.. those houses are awesome and so grand. And the Santa you got is darling. I'm always drawn to Santas.. and I'm already in the mood for Christmas as have been making Christmas cards since September! Happy too that your kids are coming for Thanksgiving.. that is such a blessing. We are going to visit my son and his fiance and her son, in Astoria, if the weather permits us to travel. From what I can see, I don't think there are any big storms coming until into December. Keeping my fingers crossed. A holiday is just not right without seeing family. Oh... and LOVE your place settings with the pumpkin plates! Hugs... Marilyn

  10. So pleased to read that things are right again … long may that remain so!
    Beautiful Autumn colours in your photographs, and you are going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the kids coming … fabulous :)

    All the best Jan

  11. Judy,
    Just stopping in to that you for visiting!! We had our first snowfall today...Just a dusting but it sure looks pretty!!


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