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Truly Thankful

Well the day has come to a close.  Thanksgiving has come and gone again.  The fresh smell of mountain air; the golden leaves blending like a watercolor canvas.  The taste of turkey, gravy and pie.  Autumn is slowly dying.  Winter is awakening.  Thanksgiving is a time to remind us of the things we are most grateful for; including the fair weather and sheer beauty that autumn has brought us.   I am thankful for my family that surround me with love.  I am thankful for my dearest friends who provide hours of memories and talks.  I am thankful for my talents.  I am grateful for books to devour, thoughts to ponder, and paintings that take you away.   I am thankful for all of the beauty that one can discover in nature; wandering through a forest beneath towering trees, their strong arms reaching out to the sky;  dipping your toes into a clear brook; sitting beneath a golden tree;  watching a bluebird sing; and staring into a world of white and snow flurries float and peacefully land.  What are you thankful for? 



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The Smell of Apple Pie

The passing of autumn has left barren trees and heaps of crisp, brown leaves on the moist ground.   The sky wears shades of gray and produces rainy, wet days.  Squawking geese soar south and mother’s begin to search for warm clothes to bundle the children.  Park benches are glazed with frost and your breath comes out in puffs of dragon fire.  This is when you know that winter is on its way.   As November slips away and Thanksgiving comes near, the business of life snatches up all of our time to enjoy the last length of autumn.   Before Thanksgiving even has a chance to happen, malls and shopping centers, even homes are primed for Christmas.  Only a few rotting pumpkins sit on doorsteps.  Scarecrows shiver in the dark yard.

Although the cloudiness of winter creeps upon us, the celebration of Thanksgiving once again shines.  Families gather around the table and admire the turkey.  Cousins play and giggle.  But I enjoy the smell of apple pie.  Grandma sits in a dining room chair peeling apples.  The sweet strips of red, golden, and green apple peel gather in the silver bowl in her lap.  Her crust is almost buttery and flaky.  The apples are always dressed with sugared cinnamon and a large bowl and then piled into the pie crust neatly pinched to the pie plate.  I have observed this process every Thanksgiving, and in my opinion, the pie get’s tastier every time.   Grandma will soon bake it and the scent will drift into the room where I am typing.  tomorrow the whole family will enjoy the taste of Grandma’s pumpkin pie, apple pie, banana cream pie, cakes, and cookies.  Turkey will be the main food on everyone’s plate, but I will not forget to slice myself a piece of apple pie.


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As We Welcome October

Apples in Two HandsApple in a WindowThe juice of a crisp apple is just one thing that reminds me of autumn.  As I was making a snack one chilly day a couple weeks ago, I was compelled to take a picture of this perfect apple.  I wanted to share these snap shots with you.





A Frolic in the Orchard

A Frolic in the orchard is what I had one day

The apples ripe and rosy came to join me at my play

The glow of the pink sky, seemed to smile and say

Come frolic in the orchard, I’d like to watch you play.

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Autumn Brings a Brand New School Year

Autumn Days should be filled with golden leaves, maple syrup, and times with our family and friends.

I apologize for not writing for a while.  As you probably know, things get a little mixed up when school starts again.  Now that everything seems to be flowing, I should be able to post more often.

I am writing this post for several reasons.  In this post, you will find a couple of cute videos to start off your school year.  I will also be sharing a few things you can do to enjoy your autumn.

A couple days ago, my brother and I wanted to attract footprints from an animal.  We went to the bottom of our hill with “a ton” of sand, and a couple spoons of peanut butter.  Now you can only imagine what we did with it all.  We smoothed the sand onto a “not-so-grassy” spot. (Now of course we couldn’t carry all that sand at once, so it resulted in “many” trips up and down the hill.)  Once the sand was smoothed we placed a lump of peanut butter in the middle.  It was just getting dark as we ran inside.  The next morning, we rose early to find peculiar looking tracks in our pool of sand.  We still haven’t been able to find out exactly what ate up all of that peanut butter, but at least we attracted one hungry animal!  Two Tracks                                                                        Many tracks in the sand






Hopefully you can see the tracks well enough in these pictures I snapped!  I really enjoyed this experiment even if it was a lot of time and effort!  I think you should try it if you haven’t already done something like this.

A week ago, while playing Playdough with my younger sister, my brother and I were feeling creative and made a cake out of Playdough!  Playdough is not just for toddlers!

We spent a lot of time on this “cake”.  It took a long time for us to get this gingerbread man balanced on candy!  We held him together with toothpicks. (I don’t know if you have noticed the toothpick point sticking out of his knee LOL)

Gingerbread cakeGingerbread Man










I just thought I would share a couple of things we did at the end of this summer.  And now I would like to post these two classic videos from School House Rock.

Rememer to enjoy your autumn!  Notice the fall colors, do plenty of exploring, and enjoy your adventures!

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