Sunday, November 10, 2019

Fall Beauty

As we walked the dogs this morning, we realized that we are almost peak fall color.  By next weekend it will be fall in all its glory.  This morning with azure skies, chilly temps and colors starting to deepen we both were so thankful for the beauty that surrounds us.

Today was a day to do some farm things, feed the bees, water all the indoor plants, plant blueberry bushes, a dwarf maple was transplanted and a couple of crepe myrtles and a gardenia bush were planted.  We are both a bit stiff and sore tonight.

Dinner was black bean/ham soup and Rick's glorious cornbread.  A great way to end a good day.

I go back to work tomorrow after being off a week.  I am feeling much better and hope this crude has decided to leave my body.  Be kind, spread joy, laugh out loud...enjoy the beauty where ever you find it.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Old Friends, New Friends

My friend from grammar school texted me yesterday and said she and a couple of her friends would be out in the country today and would love to drop by for a visit.  I was thrilled.  Karen and I had been close friends when we were kids, but she had moved and we lost touch.

A few years ago her husband was killed in a plane crash and as tragedy sometimes does, it awakened a desire in her to reconnect with her past.  We met for lunch one day and discovered our friendship was still there. 

Today, Karen, her friends Kathy and Dianne visited and it was delightful. Kathy brought homemade bread, we shared honey and fig preserves and mugs of hot tea and laughter filled the house.  Rick and I took them through a section of our walking path on this beautiful fall day and we all agreed, "life is good."  Karen and I are in the center, Kathy and Dianne bookend us.  What a wonderful day.

Good Times

A fun gig tonight, good crowd but I am so ready for bed.   Good night, Sweet dreams.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fall Color

We have a gig tomorrow night, our first in a few months.  I am excited, we have practiced and we are ready.  The downside, I have had a respiratory infection with low grade fever for several days.  I started strong antibiotics today and tonight the fever has subsided.  Fingers crossed I am over the hump.

Rain moved into today, and cooler temps are on the way.  I saw the S word mentioned in a forecast for Tuesday.  We shall see.

I truly had not planned on taking this week off, but today I realized how much my body and spirit needed it.   Taz and I have taken nice long walks and naps. 

This morning when we walked, fall color had deepened.  I love the change of the seasons.

Enjoy your Friday, stay warm, be kind and laugh out loud.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


I decided to take the week off.  There were several reasons, one including the respiratory stuff that has cropped up.  I think I needed a break.  This is the first time in the 15 years working at the facility that I have taken off and not been sick, on vacation or for a death.  To be honest there have been years that I have not taken a vacation.  It has been incredible being home this week.  We worked on our music for three hours today. 

Rain is moving in tonight and there are rumors of an Arctic  Express coming through next week.
Maybe my wishes for snow will come true this winter.

Enjoy your Thursday, spread joy, be kind. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Fall Flowers

I think these are a sort of wild aster.  It is so strange to see them bloom even after we have had a couple of freezes.   There are small patches of them scattered across the farm.

A warm front moving up from the Gulf today and tomorrow, rain all day Thursday and then fall returns.
70 degrees today made the bees go into a feeding frenzy.  It is interesting to see how active warm sun  makes them and how lethargic they become when it's cold.

I have missed a couple of days work, seems the kids might have shared a little respiratory bug with me on Sunday.  Hopefully by Thursday I will be back teaching.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Gnome House

When Samantha ( Jordan's mom) was a little girl we watched the cartoon show, David the Gnome.  She loved it and we were constantly on the lookout for those places we thought Gnomes might live.

This hole at the roots of this tree down by the barn was a place we just knew was a Gnome house.
The tree is a giant now, but the hole still exists and today when I walked by and saw the white fungus growing I laughed and thought, oh the Gnomes are decorating.

I had picked up the tiny branch full of acorn caps as we walked and thought wow, this will be beautiful here.  I hope the Gnomes appreciated its uniqueness.
Can't you just imagine a family of Gnomes living in this beautiful little spot?

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Making Memories

We had my brother's family and my sister and her daughter, grand daughter and great grand son over for chili and hot dogs and smore's and hot cider today.  The kids had a great time, the adults had fun and I thought so much about my parents.  Yesterday was 15 years ago my mom died, my dad who passed away in 1991 would have celebrated his 101 birthday on the 26 of October, they both would have loved today.  I like to think that this is how we honor our ancestors, this coming together to share food and fellowship.  A fire burning in the fire-pit, kids laughing and running through the yard, simple food, these are the memories we seal in our DNA in hopes that generations decades from now, will enjoy moments like these.  I hope these kids remember us with love and remember the good times at Uncle Rick and Aunt Jilda's house.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Slavic Food Festival

A little village about 20 miles from us has an amazing history.  It is Brookside, Al and it is home to the only Russian Orthodox Church south of the Mason Dixon Line.  For the past 27 years or so they have had a Slavic Food Festival.  Rick and I visited one of the very first they celebrated.  We met out friends Danny and Jo Francis this morning and headed to Brookside.

It was a perfect fall day with clear blue skies and chilly temps.  When we got there, there were a few people stirring around and we visited the church first and listened to the Father tell its history.
Then we decided to go next door to get in line for food.  The dinning hall was packed, but the atmosphere was festive and in about 30 minutes we had our food and oh what food it was.

We dined on Kolbasa and Kraut, Holupkic (stuffed cabbage), Halushki (potato dumplings) Piroshki ( meat pies), Pigachi ( potato cheese bread)....there was so much more I can't name it all.  There was Russian tea,  and baked goods and a beautiful quaint gift shop with handcrafted items.  I brought home a small St. Nicholas to hang on our Christmas tree.

The church and the village have an interesting history, if you get a chance be sure to Google Brookside, Al.  St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.  I think you will find the history memorable. So here we are, me, Jo, Danny and Rick...look at that sky.

Friday, November 1, 2019

November 1

November 1...a change in the weather, boots and sweaters finally

November 1...I love fall

November 1...Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

November 1... nothing as spectacular as the color of fall, even in the south

November 1...October 1 it was 100 degrees, October 31 it was 31

November 1...this month is bittersweet, with all it's beauty and bounty, it is the month my mom died

November is All Saint's Day, the love, the courage, of all that have come before us, lives in our DNA...honor them tonight

November 1...two months left in 2019

November 1...bird feeding frenzy begins as their source of food dwindles

November 1...nothing like a cold night sky

November it too early to hope for snow?

November 1...fireplace, dogs snoring and music...all good things