Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Photos in November

Hold onto your hats folks, because I’m posting twice in the space of a week. Believe me, I’m just as surprised as you are, but the fact is that I’ve been taking pictures again lately and wanted to share some of them with you.

It’s the morning before Thanksgiving and our school is closed until Monday for a holiday break. Yesterday was Grandparents’ Day, a lovely tradition we honor at school and it’s always a nice way to spend the day before break. It’s crazy and hectic but so worth it to see the little ones with their grandparents or special friends. We always have an early dismissal so I used the afternoon to get my Thanksgiving food shopping done but realized this morning that I neglected to buy pecans. Now I have to run out again. Typical.

The photos I’m sharing here were all taken within the month of November – one of my favorite months of the year. I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There’s good food, love of family, and no pressure to buy presents. It’s really quite lovely.


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I never rake leaves on this property as you can tell from this photo. The lawn service came a few days after this was taken and they mowed them into nothingness. The wind blows the rest of them away into the woods ~


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This is the hickory tree and its pile of leaves.

I love the hickory tree in the front yard.


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And this guy.

Even though he rubs his neck in fox poop every time I give him a bath.

My friends asked how I knew it was fox poop and not some other poop.

I just know that it is. I caught him rolling in it once and it’s right in the line that the fox travel on the property.

It’s fox poop.


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Blackie is a sweet girl, even sweeter now because she puts up with the new kitty. He seems to adore her and follows her everywhere. When she’s had enough, she lets him know and he’s clever enough to stop.



He is a snuggler and loves to be held and pet.

Blackie . . . not so much.


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Hickory branches in the morning light.


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And border collie in the morning light.

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One of my favorite things (and if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times) is enjoying my coffee on the lawn in the morning. I will wrap myself up if it’s cold, but the feel of the sun on my face is just wonderful. I toss the stick or a frisbee to George and the cats come around for cuddles. And life feels good.


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The setting sun.

* sigh *


I have a number of things slated for today, some of which include making two of what have become my signature Thanksgiving dishes. I am really not a fan of pumpkin pie, but when I found this recipe years ago, I realized how good pumpkin pie can be. This recipe calls for a layer of caramelized apples topped with a layer of pumpkin goodness. I posted the recipe here:

Pumpkin/Apple Pie

I’m also making a glazed sweet potato casserole this year which I’ll let you know whether or not is a hit. This is the recipe that calls for the pecans I so inadvertently forgot. I’m also bringing an autumnal salad that’s got a poppy seed dressing that is so delicious. A relative gave me this recipe:

Festive Tossed Salad

I’d better get a move on and get this day started. To everyone in the States ~ I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow. To everyone else ~ I hope you enjoy your weekend to come. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. It’s always appreciated.

Until next time ~

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WPgirl said...

Happy Birthday Kate! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Lynda in Michigan

Gail said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Thanksgiving.

joeh said...

So even a Border Collie, the smartest of all dog breeds, loves to roll in poop. Still you gotta love them!

Country Gal said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family ! Wonderful photos . Glad all is well . Miggs rolls in all kind of things and eats bunny poop lol YUK !! oh well we love our pets regardless don't we? Thanks for sharing , Have a great holiday !

Linda Kay said...

What in the world makes a dog want to roll in poop, I've often wondered. I loved your pictures and your reference to sitting outside to enjoy your coffee and the morning sun. Have a really special Thanksgiving Day.

JaneK said...

Thanks for the beautiful autumn post! And happy Thanksgiving to you!!

Sheila said...

Always beautiful picture. Have a great Thanksgiving!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Please do post some of your Thanksgiving recipes. I love sweet potatoes but apart from making carrot and sweet potato soup I have no idea whatever to do with them. Happy Thanksgiving to you

alphabet soup said...

Another post! And photos. And Miss Blackie.

I'll be waiting for the sweet potato bake recipe.

I hope Thanksgiving is all you want it to be.

Ms Soup

Hilary said...

I feel you coming back.
I know that your blog served a purpose in your life, for a long time, as mine did.
And somehow I think that it may serve another purpose, in your new life.
Cause things change. Life changes, and we have to.

Fox poop. I laughed out loud.

Kerri Farley said...

Happy Thanksgiving Kate!!!

Pix said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Kate... a lovely post!

Daryl said...

drooling here ... salads, pies and GEORGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! happy thanksgiving my friend and i hope you had a terrific birthday .. all of us here send our love

Kasia Nikhamina said...

Always such a pleasure to read your words and see your photos!
I've been reading for years but usually don't happy to see you posting again sometimes, I had missed your voice!
I live in a big building in Brooklyn and always daydream about having a porch where I could sit with my morning coffee...

beth said...

i hope your thanksgiving was one for the memory books!!

and a cat that cuddles is like winning the lottery !!!

Gayle said...

What a sense of renewal. Thank you so much for your glorious contributions to the day/week/month/life!

Cynthia Arneson said...

I was so happy to read your two newest posts, I miss you when you aren't letting us into your beautiful photo world. I live in AZ and miss help soothe the homesickness of Iowa. I also miss your very handsome dog, George. Happy belated birthday.

Barbara said...

I haven't been able to post or read any blogs lately, and I really miss it! Your photos are glorious. I want to wrap up and sit there with you one morning, and feel the sun on my face. My mornings are too hectic lately! Wishing you a wonderful December!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

So many beautiful images, Kate. I do believe the one with the leaves and chairs under the tree is my favorite. Like you, late fall is my favorite time of year. I miss Wisconsin terribly in October and November. My heart yearns to return, even if for a short visit. sigh

Sending Christmas blessings to you. I hope it's filled with love, family and laughter.

Lily of Nigeria said...

I'm so glad to have come accross your blog. Your three pets are adorable, and you have a lovely compound. Those little children are lucky to have you in their lives.

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