Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Wishing all of you a perfect day to give thanks for all your blessings!


Saturday, November 22, 2008


Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday. ~Author Unknown

I thought this quote was appropriate after my last post! I did get almost everything done on Friday. I decided not to make and freeze the sweet potato casserole. I'll just mix it up Tuesday night and keep it in the refrigerator until Thursday.

We are having some cold weather today. It is so gray outside it looks like it's about to snow. We did manage to get some wood split this morning while there was a little bit of sunshine out.

We had a small 2.5 earthquake here in the Ouachita Mountains yesterday~about 5:40 p.m. I didn't feel it, but it was south of us--and 2.5 is usually the minimum 'shake' that people can feel.

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday Afternoon

Hubby took this picture a couple of weeks ago~I thought it was so pretty!

I finished my Thanksgiving shopping today!! It seems I dragged it out a little longer than I did last year, but I didn't want to buy the potatoes, butter, etc. and have them taking up what little extra space I have.

Friday, I plan to take the turkey out of the freezer, bake my rolls and put them in the freezer, along with my sweet potato casserole and my sausage/celery/onion/butter mix for the dressing. This is something I had planned to have done two weeks ago.

The more I have finished this week, the more time I'll have for the house next week. I'm sure some of you are way ahead of me!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Apple A Day. . .

"Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed."

~Robert H. Schuller~

I love apples. For years I couldn't eat them without getting a tummy ache. Whatever the problem was, it is gone, and I'm loving them once again! We've had apple bread and apple pie several times these past few weeks. And I love the way the apples and cinnamon make my house smell! At least all these years I've been able to enjoy the scent of apples and cinnamon, but I must say that it's nothing compared to the taste.

I took the above picture of the leaves under our lone apple tree. We've no idea what species of apple tree it is, so we haven't any pollinator for it. Still, it's blossoms are beautiful in the spring, and the leaves gorgeous in the fall. I'd love to plant more apple trees this fall, but we've about run out of time. Maybe we will get a few in next spring.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Simple Woman's Daybook Day~November 10th

Outside my window. . .It is cloudy this morning, which seems to make the color of the sweet gums even brighter! Rain is on the way and will probably wash away some of our beautiful leaves. Even so, the colors have been lovely the last few days.

I am thinking. . .about winter, wondering if it is going to be as cold as our persimmon seeds are predicting!

I am thankful for. . .my home, my husband, our children, and the life that we have here together.

I am wearing. . .blue jeans, warm socks, and an over-sized warm shirt

From the kitchen. . .apple bread this morning, soup for dinner, chicken for supper, and brownies for dessert.

I am reading. . .re-reading Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinor Pruitt Stewart

I am hoping. . .that the rain will hold off until I can get some more firewood stacked on the porch.

Around the house. . . it is still early, so the hustle and bustle has not started. My daughters are still asleep and my husband has left for work. I can hear the roosters crowing outside and the wind is beginning to pick up, sending acorns from the live oak trees pinging down on the tin roof.

One of my favorite things. . .chamomile and mint tea

A few plans for the rest of the week. . .make valences for the kitchen and dining room, finish painting a wall, take time to write a friend.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you. . .

Pumpkin playing in the grass.

Please visit
Peggy to meet other women participating in The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday Afternoon

We had a beautiful, warm day today, but the temperature is on the way down. I think we'll have several days of low 60s--not cold, but definitely not the upper 70s like we've enjoyed the past few days.

This is the shade I made for my kitchen. I've had it up for a couple of weeks. I like it, but I think maybe larger checks like this pattern compete with my cordwood walls. I'll remember that the next time I pick out material!
The cabinet is a little pantry that hubby made for me. I put a heavy 'whitewash' on it and then a dark glaze to age it. You can still see some of the pine knots through the glaze.

I began buying my Thanksgiving 'supplies' today. I hope to have everything purchased for the dinner by the end of next week~and then start cooking ahead. Do any of you cook and then freeze any of your dishes for Thanksgiving? I've found that it makes the day so much easier and I get to enjoy more of our guest's company:)


Tuesday, November 4, 2008