Friday, September 12, 2014

Five on Friday: The Merits of Fall

Ahhhh.... fall.

Another summer is drawing to a close as the first day of fall (September 23 this year) approaches. For some I guess this change elicits deep groans of disappointment. But not for I! Fall is my most favorite season. The only thing I don't like about it is the time change and when it gets dark at 5:00. But, hey... nobody's perfect.

In Wyoming, I guess we are skipping fall this year, since we just had our first SNOW. Seriously. A couple of inches this week and really low temps already. Crazy.

Well, without further adieu, here are:

Five Merits of Fall

#5 - All things PUMPKIN. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cake, pumpkin...pumpkin...PUMPKIN!!! Yum. Oh, and also punkin chunkin'. (And if you don't know what that is, you should really look it up. It's lots of fun!)

#4 - All things APPLE. Fresh homemade applesauce, apple crisps and apple pies, apple cider...  Mmmm...

       #3.5 - CINNAMON. Because both #4 and #5 are greatly improved by the addition of it.
                  ('scuse me, I'm drooling a bit)

#3 - The trees putting on their FALL COLORS. In Wyoming that mostly just means brilliant yellow leaves (I love seeing the aspens in the fall - see the picture above for reference). But where I grew up in Pennsylvania, and especially further up the northeast corridor, the leaves become a myriad of shades of yellow, orange and red - and it is just gorgeous.

#2 - HUNTING SEASON. We depend upon a successful hunting season to fill our freezer with fresh, lean game meat. Throughout the year I buy only small amounts of meat - mostly chicken, pork, fish, etc. Our red meat is nearly all supplied from the deer or elk that we harvest. Plus, we just enjoy getting out and spending time in the mountains, breathing that crisp, fall-scented mountain air...

#1 - But most of all - COOLER WEATHER. I hate hot ('nough said). Cooler weather means that I can break out my comfy hoodies and flannel pajamas. I can cozy up on the couch with a book in front of the fireplace. The thought of hot chocolate no longer seems disgusting! And it is time to put the comforters back on the beds. Yes. I love it.

Happy Fall Everyone!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Five on Friday: Five Projects I've Started and Haven't Finished (Yet)

This week I was having a conversation with my sister-in-law about projects that have been started, but not completed. I was telling her about #5 below. At least I know that I am not alone, since she admitted that they have things they haven't finished either. (And I have a sneaking suspicion that perhaps you do too!)

What is it that makes us not finish things? I have these fantastic ideas that never even really have a chance to succeed (or fail) because I can't seem to get much past the planning stages!

Now that the summer is coming to an end, it feels like a good time to start thinking about finishing some of these.

(By the way, I did finish the wallpaper border removal project pictured here. And I painted, too! 
I was, um... very motivated. I mean, really, what were they thinking? lol)

Five Projects I've Started and Haven't Finished (Yet):

#5 - Twin-size headboard. I found a cute pattern. PJ was on board with it (which is good, because I'm not exactly an experienced carpenter...). We bought a piece of plywood. We planned to go the next week and get the rest of the lumber and supplies - and we never did.

#4 - Make-your-own diaper bag! I still have the fabric setting somewhere...

#3 - Blogging... I have six or seven blog posts in draft stage right now. The dates on them are as follows: February 2013, March 2013, March 2014 (2), July 2014 (2). I think there's one somewhere from Christmas 2012 too. Sad.

#2 - I've been saving old jeans to make a recycled denim blanket since the first year PJ and I were married. I have a bunch cut into squares, and a few strips sewn together - so I guess I'm doing better on this project than some of the other ones!

#1 - In high school (or maybe middle school?) I bought a large counted cross stitch project with a picture of a golden eagle on it. I worked on it off and on for one, maybe two winters. And since then it has sat. I think it is my longest unfinished project to date. (Or maybe I still have somewhere a counted cross stitch project of a killer whale that is older than the eagle...)

So - a challenge? This fall and winter, I am going to try to finish at least one or two of the projects mentioned above (and I'll post pictures if I don't forget). Maybe you could try to finish a project you've been working on for a long time too? Leave a comment and let me know what it is. I might even remember to remind you about it in a few months (or years). :)