A poem by J.F. Conant

He who loves an old house never loves in vain. How can an old house used to sun and rain, to lilac and to larkspur and an elm above-ever fail to answer the heart that gives it love?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Another rainy day...

The weather was down right hot and sunny for a few days and now through the weekend it's to be warm and rainy. What's a girl to do?

We have been trying to paint the house...at least the bottom front...before the weather turns to cold. We have not reached that goal yet, but we've done enough so that when I pull into the drive, I can "see" how it will all look and, I gotta tell you, it just makes my heart leap with joy!

This morning, though since I cannot work outside I decided to make a cozy breakfast and enjoy it with a cup of coffee and a book. I made mushroom toast. Ever tried it? Take some sliced mushrooms and put them in a pan with butter to soften. Meanwhile, butter both sides of a slice of good bread (I happened to have some homemade white
bread this morning, so I used it). Brown one side of the bread and flip it. Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on the now browned top side of the bread. When the bottom side is nicely browned, top the bread with the mushrooms and enjoy! Nothing to it and yet it is so decadently delicious!

Canning goes on. I have finished the tomatoes and pumpkins but I still have apples to do. I get so tired of the work involved, but I love to see those jars all lined up on the shelves!

I have been enjoying Pinterest.com quite a lot lately (well, a girl's gotta do something while she's timing the pressure canner, doesn't she?) so many great ideas there. I do feel woefully unprepared in the fairly light department, however. You know....those small white Christmas lights? I think I need to load up a little so I can try some of the projects I have "pinned".

My Ben is about to begin week 7 of basic training. The Army has changed a lot since I was young. Not only do we get letters (that's not new) but we get phone calls (3 so far!) and there's a darn Facebook page with photos of the different companies. What a heart soother for a nervous mom! LOL

There's one other thing I would like you to think about. Here in New York, the state budget is really tight. Funds for libraries are drying up. Towns have capped the how much of their budgets they will spend on library funding. Grants are harder and harder to come by. Now, I don't know about you but I LOVE libraries. Whenever we move, one of the first things I do is go check out all the local library has to offer. If people don't do something, soon many places won't have the luxury of a library in their own towns. Please, if you can write your library a check. $10 or $20, if that's all you can afford. More if you have it. Volunteer. Attend library fundraisers. And, if you would, write to your state and local officials and let them know how much the library means to you and encourage them to find ways to support the local branches. If you delay too long, it may be too late. Just think what it would be like without access to free books, movies, magazines, CDs and games. Libraries are one of the best entertainment values around!

Hope you are enjoying these last few days of September.

See you in October!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Fall, ya'll!!

Fall is officially here as of yesterday! I love this time of year. Sweater weather!  I love football and wood smoke. I love the changing leaves and putting the garden to bed for another year. I love the baking I returned to now the the temps have dropped enough to make turning on the oven bearable again. I love the corn mazes and pumpkin wagons. I love apple cider straight from the cider mill!  So many wonderful sights and smell and sounds! What do you like about autumn?


To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, -
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breat whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies
John Keats

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What do you mean, "don't judge"? You judge things every day!

WARNING:  THIS IS A RANT. LOOK AWAY NOW IF YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT!!!

What the heck is wrong with folks today. I just saw a picture of 5 year old Suri Cruise in heels. I said to dress a small child like this was ridiculous.  The conversation, such as it was finally got down to some self-righteous chick defending the parents and saying "don't be judge-y". REALLY?   Dressing a small child up to look like a grown woman is in my very judgemental opinon just this side of child abuse. Babies shouldn't be considered sexy. They should be kids. They should look like kids and play like kids. How is she supposed to play kickball in heels? For Pete's sake!!

I just want to say to her and to all folks that think like that "GROW THE HELL UP!".  We judge things everyday. We have to. It's how we make our choices in life.  The idea that we "shouldn't judge" others or their actions is just idiotic. It's how we decide right from wrong. Good from Bad.  Sure it is easy to float along and  go with the flow not making waves that might  "hurt someone's feelings", BUT BY PERMITTING WRONG ACTIONS AND/OR WRONG THINKING TO CONTINUE WITHOUT CHALLENGE MAKES ONE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

Take for instance that woman on the Casey Anthony jury who "Didn't like to judge." First of all, why was she even ON a jury. Right there you knew how she was going to vote. Sure Casey lied constantly about where the kid was. Sure Casey was the last one to see her. Sure there was no reason what so ever to hide an accidental death UNLESS YOU WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT.  But because no one video taped Casey killing the kid and disposing of her body as though it were so much trash that the garbage man wouldn't collect she gets off.  "We don't like her, but the prosecution couldn't PROVE she killed". Really? Come on!!!

Listen to me and listen to me good.  The evil in this world will not just go away. Good people have a responsibility to society in general and their own families specifically to not only judge but to do what they can to point out evil and change it when they can.

It isn't always easy. Quite often things get turned around and suddenly you may find yourself being treated as though you were the one doing things wrong. But I say if you are an honorable person. If you have any moral convictions what so ever it is your duty (there's a word not used much anymore) to stand up and point out, in no uncertain terms, what's going on and why it needs to change.

You can do this with your vote, of course. You can do this with your pen. You can do this with your money. JUST DO IT! Take a stand! Be a grown up instead of some wishy-washy, name calling fool, complaining about how rough it is out there in the world but not wanting to make anyone take responsibility for their actions because it would be too "judge-y". Until you are ready to stand up for what's wrong and what's right, you really haven't any right to complain about things.....do you now??

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Next year

I want to plant flowers; lots of flowers next year. I want a cutting garden to be proud off. Here are a few I am considering:
Asters
 Oriental Poppies
snapdragons
yarrow
chinese lanternsglads

Friday, September 2, 2011

I am a terrible person!!!

I saw this poem on a wonderful blog called A Happy Miscellany (http://ahappymiscellany.typepad.com/) and I am shamelessly stealing it!!



The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

- John Updike

Doesn't that just epitomize this time of year???? LOVE IT!!