Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happy Fall!

It seems each morning now, the temperature dips a little lower.  Soon, we'll have our first freeze. 

Yesterday, Amy harvested  the pumpkins and gourds from our garden.  I love the colors!


I did some deadheading and cleaning up in the flower beds.


And we picked an autumn bouquet for the table.

This season conjures up so many feelings for me-sadness over the ending of another summer, nostalgia for times gone by, a sense of urgency that I must prepare for the coming winter, and a feeling of excitement over something I can never quite put my finger on.  It’s the time of year for woolen coats, and hearty soups and sidewalks scattered with fallen leaves.  It’s the potion of the calendar that I love most of all.

Happy fall, my dear readers!  Here’s wishing each of  you the best these golden months have to offer.


  1. Your gourds are just gorgeous! The little ones are so cute too :-)

  2. Valerie, met your dad, he told me to check out your site. I am an avid canner who grew up in Eastern Washington too! I have a recipe I want to share with you! I can't figure out how to email you or get a message to you so here is my email....

  3. Wishing you much the same, Valerie! This time of year is so beautiful, with its colors and cooler temps and the comforts of home. And before we know it, the holidays sneak right up on us :)

  4. LOVE this time of year! Love the tastes and the smells and the sights. We only have a few pumpkins to harvest as the squirrels and rabbits decimated most of our pumpkin crop. :-)

  5. Thanks Lisa! The gourds were volunteers-we have no idea where they came from!

    Nancy-I look forward to emails:)

    Joanne-I agree! :)

    Melissa-I love the tastes and smells and sights too-and thankfully no pesky critters here;)

  6. It's funny because we went to the grocery store and paid good money for some gourds yesterday and they're not half as beautiful as the ones you've grown!

    I know what you mean about all those feelings this season conjures up. I always feel especially down at the beginning of the season. I'm not sure if I'm a big fan of Christmas. I really dread the commercial aspect and yearn to teach the boys about helping the real needy. I love your bouquet!

  7. Kim-last year we bought gourds and I couldn't believe how expensive they were. Same for pumpkins!

    I think it's the commercialism of the season-even Halloween now, that brings me down too:)