Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

Here’s our pumpkin for this year, carved:

Jack-o-Lantern 2016

Mr. E’s best work so far, I think. 🙂

Happy Halloween!


The Pumpkin Is Here

October 18, 2016 § 1 Comment

It’s officially fall for us:

Front Steps Pumpkin 2016

The front steps pumpkin is here. 🙂

Happy End of November!

November 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m taking the rest of the month off, blogwise.

November Sunset

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating! Outside the U.S.: happy end of November!


October 30, 2015 § 2 Comments

It’s pumpkin time again!

Two Pumpkins at Back Deck

Happy Halloween to those celebrating it! We’ll be tucked in, cozy and comfy.

End of a Season – Again

October 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Fall’s undeniably here again. The overnight temps have dipped below freezing a few times already. Daytime temps are also inching closer to wintry numbers. We’re roughly in a mid-50s to low 60s Fahrenheit / 12-16 degrees Celcius range after a late weekend & early week in the 40s F / 6-8 C. I guess these will be the last wild flowers of the season:

Last Bouquet of 2015

The woods do look gorgeous, though:

October 2015 Woods

Hope you’re enjoying October!

Monthly Photos Collected: The Final Edition

January 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here are all of the photo collages of my monthly photo project. The first third of the year is a little dismal:

2014 Monthly Photos Mashup 1of3

The second, very summery:

2014 Monthly Photos Mashup 2 of 3

The final third (of September, October, November and December) is looking quite grey:

2014 Monthly Photos Mashup 3 of 3

A full year finally done. It was really interesting, but I’ll admit I had some trouble with remembering to take the photo. I could manage the day just fine, but remembering to actually do it at noon – phew!

Special Dinner: October 2014

November 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. October’s choice was Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, a vegetarian cookbook that was a gift to Mr. E.

Oct 2014 Special Dinner

We combined a salad with zucchini stuffed with a rice and pine nut mix. The salad consisted of cucumber and red onion with smashed garlic and ginger. The red onion came through a hint too strong, but otherwise the combination was very, very good.

As dessert, Mr. E made crostini, which is basically toast topped with a paste of garlic and pine nuts, plus grilled slices of pear and a sprinkling of mozzarella. The crust of the toast was a little challenging to get through, but otherwise they tasted marvelous. The zucchini and the salad are definitely keepers with nary a change!

Oct 2014 Table

I wanted the table to reflect the fall colors we see outside without being too bluntly in-your-face about it. The reds and purples in these Anthropologie plates coordinate better with my simple saintpaulia centerpiece than the brilliant maples outside; that’s why I added some gold, red and brown ribbons around the plant pot. There’s also green and peach ribbon to tie in with the plates, and turquoise in the dessert plates is also pulled from the dinner plate colors.

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