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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The falling leaves, drift by my window...

It's a very dry summer and early Fall this year.  Sometimes it's hard to stop a bit and savor the gorgeous days we've been having.  Today the wind is blowing dried leaves past the open windows and the thing I enjoy is the sound of the rustling trees gently waving in the breeze and the rolling of crisp, crunchy leaves across the walk outside along with the sound of a distant wind chime tinkling a mesmerizing tune.  I'm determined to pick a couple of days this Fall to call my own and embrance a memory of this beautiful and favorite season.
Last Saturday, I took a vacation day to take in one of my first favorite Fall events, the Springfield Antique Flea Mkt. Extravaganza.  That weekend was also the scene of a great Waco Fly-In to our town, so I stopped for a short time to snap a few shots of these neat open air planes from the past.

I find the WACO Museum interesting. It shows photos from a time when the WACO plane was popularly in use.  It's  lends a glimpse of some of the activity Dennis' dad might have engaged in while studying WACO mechanics in Oklahoma City.

Who would have thought something like this would catch my eye.  The AMD (Autonomous Maintenance Development)  team I'm on at work must be rubbing off a little.

I like the sights and sounds of the WACO's flying over head.
After a call/ check- in, greeting to see where Dennis' plans had taken him, I joined in his happiness and pleased purchase of another great fixer-upper pickup truck found somewhere in Indiana.  He, Ryan and Ryan's girlfriend, Kaeli, made the early morning venture to go over and bring it back home.

It's a beauty.

It won't take Dennis long and he will have this truck looking good as new.
After going over our locations and where abouts, we'd see each other later, I headed on to the Springfield Extravaganza for a short look as that is about the amount of energy I had after the WACO morning photo oportunity.

Looks like a wagon from a Little Rascals program.

I love Fall merchandising displays at the show.

Fostoria - American pattern.

I don't think I'll ever tire of looking at neat old "stuff".  Especially stuff from the 50's and early 60's that bring back pleasant memories. "Hi ya' Rudolph"!

Thinking my sister might be attracted to this to set somehere on the patio or as garden ornament in a bird sanctuary in the back corner of her property or as art sculpture amongst the neat cedar trees she has.

Another neat piece.

With this, it was a great but hot,dry tiring day.  I loved it.
Oh, did I get anything while there you wonder?
Yes, I did.

The PUMPKINS sign above two painted windows I created depicting the fun of going to the pumpkin patch to select just the right pumpkin for fall decorating.  I love this russett vignette to display photos of our grands sitting on Kabota lawn and garden tractors that were on display at the fair this summer.

I also brought out a photo of their Great Grandpa on his Kabota along with John and Dennis helping to bring in wood to their Colorado home in the early 80's.

I also found a neat sap bucket to pair with another sap bucket found in New England on a wonderful fall "leaf peeping" trip.  I have plans for a wintery vignette in which to place them in the future.
It was a great day on that Saturday.  Dennis and I both met at home, shared a pizza and respectively found a cozy spot in which to take a nap!
Enjoy your Fall season with it's many possibilities in the best way  you can, for one day, you never know what life will hold.
Be safe,

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day weekend and Fall spruce up

What a beautiful Labor Day weekend we're having.  High today about 84 degrees.  The windows are open and I love the fresh air coming in.  The sky is...
a most beautiful blue.  My main reason to photograph it was the canadian geese flying overhead in V formation.  The sun was in my view finder on the camera and I had no idea what I was capturing.  A  beautiful blue sky is just fine in my book.
While photographing the sky, I was standing in a wonderful pumpkin patch. 

The pumpkins are going to be ready early this year at our local farm market.

I love looking out over the field and seeing so many pumpkins in one place!

Some of my photos were taken in afternoon sun while others were taken before noon on another day just to check out what difference lighting makes in a photo.

There are a lot of pumpkin blossoms in the field as well.

The pumpkin patch is the main theme in my home as fall decoration this year. 
I love the burnt orange and russett hues with the deep, dark blue-green of the leaves.
It's a color combination I love to decorate around on the outside of our home too.
This Labor Day weekend, Dennis has painted our old house and it looks wonderful!

He did the outside and I washed the windows and did a little cupboard organization inside.

So much better.

Love shiny, clean windows.

I trimmed and cleaned some shrubbery and am looking forward to putting in a few hardy fall mums to add some color.  I couldn't wait to hang this awesome gift given to me a few years ago by my thoughtful sister-in-laws who took a great road trip to colonial Williamsburg.
This is a unique handmade clay birdhouse.  I'll leave it out for a while this fall and bring it in before it starts to get cold so that it won't crack.  Just couldn't wait to get it up on the house after it's fresh coat of paint.
Thank you Anita, Lenora and Janice.  I love this gift.
The colors of fall.  So beautiful.
Everyone and everything so busy on this gorgeous weekend.  So many butterflys and bees sharing this autumn sedum.
So enjoyable to look out and about and take in the nature around us.  Feeling the lite breezes.
Existing in harmony.
I love this purplish blue color.
Another butterfly to the left and a bee to the right of this photo.

Once inside a little glimpse of my weekend puttering.
A little canned good organization and inventory.
I placed my spices in small baskets for a little more ease in selection.  Spices on the left for baking and spices on the right for savory meals.
I added some shelves so that items could be stored underneath as well as on top so as to be seen at a glance.  So much better to use the heighth as storage space in my pantry.
One good thing about work and their 5S program of "a place for everything and everything in it's place"  is very much rubbing off on me at home.  This weekend has given me a chance to utilize it and put it into use.
Some times we like to stock up on staple items like peanut butter, pickles, mustard, ketchup and such.  Those things have a place in the back of the pantry while other things I'll use everyday like lunch box items go in front for easy access everyday to pack a lunch.
So far, it feels so much better.  I'll definitely keep going.  It will just be at a much slower pace during the coming week.
It all adds up to be...

a humble, comfortable place to be and take in those gifts others so generously and lovingly gave to me.
Thank you, Jean for this sweet ceramic house.  It's on the shelf to enjoy and remember the day we were working on blogging together.  That was an awesome day!
Thank you everyone, for gifts that keep on giving!
Enjoy your fall as safely as possible and seek all it's possibilities.
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