We had some fun this afternoon carving the pumpkins for tonight. The weather is really warm today so we were able to get outside on the deck to do the carving. They should look great tonight lit up on our front steps!
Here's Kelly pointing to a picture of President Bush and his wife. This photo has been hanging there since Brian taped it to the wall months ago. It has been a conversation piece since then for anyone that visits. Our dinner discussions also have been filled with politics from our budding Republicans. Kelly is 3 months shy of being able to vote and she's mad that she can't. She has some strong views and will tell anyone in her path. It's good to see them wanting to cast their vote even if they have to wait until next election!
Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes.
James A. Froude
I had an interesting conversation with my mother last night. I had gone thru the years feeling that I couldn't compete with her in regard to having everything just right at home. It seems that sometimes it looks like a tornado goes thru my home. I can't remember seeing anything like that when I lived at home. She always had things in order. I have always thought that she felt I spend too much time running the kids around to their games, activities, etc., when I should have been at home "getting things done." Well, last night she caught me off guard and I just listened without commenting. She said that when she was younger, she shouldn't have worried so much about the house and keeping things in order. She added that she wished she would have spend more time with her kids. Being the youngest and always craving their attention, I listened and finally understood that she only did what she thought was best for us at the time. There is something to be said about experience being the best teacher, even if it does come slowly and with mistakes.
I love this time of year! Yesterday I worked outside for a couple of hours getting some fall planting done and felt exhilarated. My chrysanthemums are blooming and makes for a beautiful display on my front step. The yellow flowers in my last entry are just one of a few different kind I have here in my garden that seem to come even more alive in photos. With the leaves changing, its a perfect time to take that drive thru the mountains in northern Georgia. I look forward to capturing scenery that seem to burst into life with the vibrant colors. I think this has to be my favorite season! :)
There has been a chill in the air the past couple of days and I'm feeling the need to hibernate in front of a roaring fireplace! This weather is perfect for snuggling up and relaxing after a long day. I thought of this picture yesterday as I was freezing outside after our tennis match. Everyone was talking of hot chocolate and hot tubs as the wind was swirling all around. I was thinking bear rug and a hot fire to gaze upon! I eventually got home and warmed up, but this thought has been on my mind since then. I think this weekend is a perfect time to bring some wood up to the house. :)
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, September 11, 1956
Here's Kelly learning the art of making an apple pie. She took on this task last Friday afternoon. At first, she was happily peeling the apples without a problem. When it was time to make the shell, she was frustrated, funny, but determined to make it work. I couldn't help but laugh as the girl who has to have everything just right, piece the pie shell together to get rid of the holes! She went on to say that it didn't matter because one day she will have someone doing all the baking and cooking (and cleaning) for her. (I used to say that!) But, she did a great job and the two pies were consumed by the crew here in 2 days!
It has always seemed like I feel my best when I am outdoors. This weekend was no exception. We went on a hike at a nearby state park trail and enjoyed the fall weather that has been feeling good here in Georgia. I found myself in touch with the surroundings and everything else in my life seemed far away. I crave days like this and always leave with a plan for the next hike. I was relaxed, refreshed and loved every minute of it.
"But I have learned that you make your own happiness, that part of going for what you want means losing something else. And when the stakes are high, the losses can be that much greater."
Emily Griffin - "Something Borrowed"
The monthly book club was last night and about 9 people showed up. It was a good discussion and, as always, I was interested and surprised at what others had to say. We are a group that only see one another at these meetings, but it is so easy to figure each one out just thru their input of a book. There are the members who can be swayed to another's opinion too easily instead of holding their own. Others who didn't seem to grasp the content of it, and still other's who with every book say "I didn't like it." Sometimes I sit there thinking if we all read the same book! But, that is what the book club is all about and I'm having a good time reading some novels that I wouldn't normally pick out. This month was "Something Borrowed" by Emily Griffin. I liked it and I'm sticking to that opinion. :)
Daniel just had his birthday and enjoyed every minute of that day. We had a party at home for him and celebrated this 11th birthday with gusto. With the dinner of his choice and a homemade cake to please his request, he loved every minute of it. The speed bike that was presented to him seemed to surprise him above all. He told me that evening as I tucked him into bed, that he didn't want this day to end. In my eyes, the mission was accomplished. :) Happy Birthday Daniel! We love you!!