14 November 2014

Of Flowers, Kiwi, Aspen + Other Stuff

Let me start off by saying I am watching a cooking show right now,
so expect typos, bad grammar and a REALLY random post:)

How is everyone? Are you enjoying winter in autumn weather like we are? Oh yes, we've been having our share of windy, very sunny days and now a "delightful" wintry mix. LOL.
Speaking of windy, dry, cold (low 40s) and sunny days, I finally had the chance to conduct the laundry experiment I've been wanting to do for a long time---and I was shocked with the results!
The experiment was to see if laundry (in this case towels and some clothes) would dry
--at all--
at such a low temp.
Unfortunately I was really late in getting them outside and so they were only out there a few hours,
but they were definitely a bit drier--
some more then others.
Next time I'll get an earlier start.
(BTW, I finished drying them on a rack over one of the heat registers.
I felt a bit like a pioneer except for the whole central heat, automatic wash machine thing)
Inside we (meaning Farmer Boy) have been hard at work --
and we (meaning both of us) now have sheetrock in our not-used-for-5-years bedroom!
I can almost see the finished project now:
 a big walk-in storage/utility room (easy oh beating heart of mine) and a bedroom or craft room or man cave or ??? 
Of course I am totally in denial that it is going to take the months Farmer Boy is talking about:)
While the man has been very hard at work, I have been doing far, far less--but the kitchen organization is almost done and -- for the first time in months -- our dining room table is decorated and empty of all the miscellaneous stuff that had taken up residence there in the last months.
I kind of like seeing the wood tabletop so maybe I'll work harder to keep it cleared off this time
 Miss Pilgrim (well, Pilgrim descendant) blew it today. My best friend mentioned Michael's and the next thing I knew I was out the door. Of course, surrounded by aisles of Christmas ribbon, winter cookie cutters and more, I soon had a few items in my cart including a great book for Small One. Bad, bad me...I am telling myself it's OK since three of those items are for Thanksgiving.
Have I said we're having dinner at our son's (a Chef) that day?
I am SO excited to see what he'll be making:)
And now some photos from the past three (has it really been so long?) weeks...

From the vine to a ...
This box will be stored in our RV during the winter.
Last year we had a full box and they kept beautifully for about 4-5 months in there 
(we keep the RV at about 39-40 degrees to avoid frozen pipes).
When we wanted some to eat, we would bring out a few to ripen.
Our second camellia sasanqua has totally come back from its near demise
and is filled with pretty pink flowers (as is the other camellia)!
When I was planning our garden years ago,
I tried very hard to have something in bloom each season,
because on those gray days there's nothing like pink flowers to put a smile on your face:)
Also abundant are the mushrooms--
they seem to be taking over our woodland or at least one part of it.
Look at what I found?
Yep! That's right.
Beautiful quaking aspen in WESTERN Oregon.
I am so proud of myself...

The Internet can be very handy at times when you are desperately
in need of an aspen sighting in autumn.
(I'll admit they are less golden then their east of the Cascades counterparts,
but they are aspen,  and autumn isn't autumn without seeing one of my favorite trees!).
Last but not least, I met two "angels" in the past three weeks.
Not REAL angels of course...
though I believe in them,
but two ladies who truly blessed me when I needed a bit of a blessing.
And I was thinking...
wouldn't this world be a better place if everyone lived each day being a blessing to others?
Until next time.
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