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The places we escape to, are often right here at home

I’ve been scarce here lately. Both of my sons came home for a visit and we enjoyed some much needed family time. And since it’s summer, like many of you, I have been spending a lot of time outdoors. In fact, most sunny mornings I take my laptop out on our deck and do all my photo editing. I now have a new little assistant..

taking a snack break..

Meet Cheeky…she works for peanuts
and sunflower seeds.

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and thanks to my sons, Cheeky is enjoying the good life..

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“We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love
Wind’s against our back
We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love
In my pink Cadillac”

Looking forward to catching up with everyone this week.

around the kitchen table

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in a bowl on the chair

small gatherings

Apple pie

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knitting again, a few trips to the library, the boys came home, Thanksgiving dinner all together, some musical accompaniment, morning coffee and conversation (much catching up to do), and our first significant snowfall.

November

with gratitude

simple gifts

the last few years have been a lesson in gratitude
for the simple things
I no longer get frazzled over the holidays
if I forget the cranberry sauce, it’s no biggie
since my family is now scattered across the US
I am thankful just to be at the dining room table
all together this Thanksgiving.

I am also so thankful for all of YOU
for your visits and for your support
and for your wonderful, inspiring work.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate
and I wish everyone a wonderful week!

around the kitchen table (and a bit beyond)

cheerios

pie baking

brushes

flowers table

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cozy

woolens pumpkins

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The kitchen table has seen much activity this month besides just the everyday meals
there have been transitions and adjustments, oldest son home to visit, youngest son off to North Carolina to attend grad school
two apple pies baked
warm woolens have been brought down from the attic (we may actually see some snow this coming weekend)
painting my own backdrops for still life photos
lots of photo editing
first fire in the fireplace
first loaf of bread baked

fall decorations on the mantle
the usual cups of coffee in the morning
tea in the afternoon
along with much discussion regarding politics, Isis and ebola
and then there was the pumpkin carving, roasting seeds
and general clowning around that followed

now that my son has returned to “The Buckeye State”
it is time for me to get back into my schedule
I have been a bit absent from the blogosphere lately.

weekend snapshots

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apple pick 1

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Collage

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we seem to have gone right from summer to fall weather over the weekend
although the sun was warm, the air was fresh and crisp
perfect for apple picking
and warm apple cider donuts