Thursday, September 30, 2010

An Autumn Sunset in the Sky and on my Table

come quickly
bring the camera
. . . it's beautiful . . .

Oooh, it is!

I had just gathered
a sunset of colors in my hands
from the zinnias around my front lawn
and Dutch baby's breath from Saskia.

There are autumn colors everywhere!

Today it is gray and raining.
Keeping cozy with the Earl of Grey
my family
and the autumn colors in my house.
Giving thanks to God
for my blessings

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Pumpkins Are Ready!

I'm following the tendrils

to the pumpkin patch!
It's time
They're ready!
Bright and Round
Orange and Gold
I already bought a few pie pumpkins!
They're outside with "Little Maria"

Let's see...
What other pumpkins will I find at the farmer's house?

...there are the small ones...
{2 to 5 pounds}

Baby Bear
Baby Pam
Small Sugar
Sugar Treat
Winter Luxury
...And the middle size ones...
{8 to 15 pounds}

Autumn Gold
Funny Face
Harvest Moon
Long Island Cheese
Lumina (white skin)
Young's Beauty
and the pretty Cinderella 
...the bigger ones...
{15 to 25 pounds}
Big Autumn
Big Tom
Connecticut Field
Ghost Rider
Happy Jack
Howden Field
Jumpin' Jack
Magic Lantern PMR
Pankow's Field
...and the JUMBO ones...
 {50 to 100 pounds}
Atlantic Giant 
(This variety holds the worlds record for the heaviest pumpkin: 1,689 pounds, grown by Joe Jutras)
Big Max
Big Moon
Mammoth Gold

I know I'll find some beauties!
They're just down the road
and around the corner
at the farmer's house!

Happy Harvest Time to You All!

Wishing you JOY and Pumpkin Size- Smiles!

Monday, September 27, 2010

This Little Light of Mine

Let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine.

~  ~  ~
Shining Quotes To Start Our Week!

People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
- Kahlil Gibran

While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.
- Jesus

Thank you for being a shining light for me! 
Wishing you a Joy-filled week!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Showcase of Skies

I want to share
with you
why I love participating
in Sky Watch Friday
so much!
The team at Sky Watch Friday
have created a showcase
of beautiful skies that tells it all!
Each week, we are amazed at the beauty that surrounds us.
Each day we look up and find treasures.

Chris and I submitted the photo of the heart-shape that opened
in the skies over Indian Lake in the Adirondack Mts.
{Click the button on the bottom right for full screen, then change to 720p for HD}
{We're at 1:12}

~ love to all ~

~ God is Beautiful ~
Wishing you deep and lasting Joy,

Thank you Sky Watch Team!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's Just Me and My Apples and Sky Watching through the trees...

The Empires are ready this week.
They are so red, they almost have a purple hue.
Pure sunshine has done wonders for their skin.

Did you know that
Quercetin is found only in the apple skin.
The skin also contains more antioxidants and fiber than the flesh.
We're eating these apples all up
~ skin and all ~
since they've never been sprayed with anything except
Some interesting facts about quercetin.
Quercetin is a flavonol that constitutes the major bioflavonoid sources in the human diet. The glycoside form is readily available in dietary plants such as teas, onions, apple and buckwheat. Quercetin is thought to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. In vitro data suggest quercetin may have anti-cancer effects, but more clinical study is needed to explore this potential. No significant adverse events have been reported for this product.
It's found in teas, onions, apples, buckwheat
Research is seeking more evidence of Quercetin's help with
  • Allergies
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cancer treatment
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Inflamation


The anticipation is great!


oh look at them all!


~ thank you God ~

apple blossom 4.24.2010

...Some really good apple quotes...

"Almost all wild apples are handsome. They cannot be too gnarly and crabbed and rusty to look at. The gnarliest will have some redeeming traits even to the eye."
-- Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
-- Martin Luther

"We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ interesting ~
Contrary to popular belief, there is no mention of an apple as the forbidden fruit in the Bible. It is referred to as "fruit from the Tree of Knowledge" with no specification as to which kind of fruit. It was Hugo Van Der Goes who first implicated the apple as the forbidden fruit in his 1470 A.D. painting, The Fall of Man. After that, it became popular to depict the apple as the forbidden fruit.

My favorite is from Jane Austen
"Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness."

Eat Apples and Be Happy
smiles to all of you
And please go visit  skies around the world
There's a showcase of the best sky views from around the world this week

{apple info from Sloan-Kettering Institute}

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Wedding Quote Garden

We attended a lovely wedding this weekend
...and it sent my mind wandering into a

~ ~ ~ quote garden ~ ~ ~

Many are the stars I see, but in my eye no star like thee. 

"The real act of marriage takes place in the heart,
not in the ballroom or church or synagogue.
It's a choice you make not just on your wedding day,
but over and over again..."
~ Barbara De Angelis

"You do not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room.
You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners."
- Robert Brault

Flowers are love's truest language.
- Park Benjamin

"There is a benevolent probability that two people searching
for the same thing will find each other."
- Robert Brault 

Two souls, one heart
~   ~   ~

Dear family and friends,
Wishing you a beautiful week
and the beginning of a lovely autumn season!

 Wishing you much Joy,

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pretty Amazing Roo

 I have had the
of meeting such
beautiful people here in blogland.

One of them is Ruth.

This summer, Ruth hosted a huge garage sale that raised money for women in need.
She wrote:
  "We are trying to raise money to purchase items
needed to make "layette packs" for families in the
surrounding area that have little to no support.
And sometimes nothing much to give their child.

It broke my heart when someone told me how
some women come home from the hospital without
so much as a blanket for their baby. It's a different
world than the one I live in. How about you?"

Here is her "I have a Dream" post.

The sale was a great success and she was able to assemble a dozen layettes for the truly needy.
Read all about it here!
These are no ordinary layettes.
They are packed with sweet things, many necessities and lots of love!
Here's what's inside!

A few weeks ago, Ruth inspired her friends, family and greater community
to deliver more hope to women in need.  She was able to assemble 12 more layettes!
* Amazing *

Amazing to see the Spirit moving among us.
Stop over to "it's true, sighed roo"
and say hi!

She's a pretty awesome person!

God bless you, Ruth!

The journey of small wee feet

is a little gentler

~ because of you ~

Enjoy more beauty at I Love Pretty Little Things
~ Thank you Joyce for Hosting Us ~

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Joy for You

Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.
-- Kahlil Gibran

smiling yet?
                  James Jordan

Wishing you smiles,
wishing you joy,
wishing you sunshine
on your face
and SonShine in your heart.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Flourishing Finish

Enjoying the

 grand finale

of summer gardens

find Summer's end in all it's glory
at a
farmer's market

Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.
~Robert Brault
 .  .  .

Gather the bounty of Summer
Enjoy an autumn feast! 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

{ One }

Written by Cheryl Sawyer
As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building,
We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope
We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno
We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,
We became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
We spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
We became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss
We became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss
We became one soul.
As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heroes
We become one people.

We are

One color
One class
One generation
One gender
One faith
One language
One body
One family
One soul
One people

We are The Power of One.
We are United.
We are America.

~ May we always be worthy of His Grace and Mercy  ~
With gratitude to all who serve
In communion with all who pray

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sky Watch from my School Window!

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. 
~Sydney J. Harris

What if man were required to educate his children without the help of talking animals.

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. 
~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

Happy New School Year to all of us in 
the school of life!
There's more to learn about the skies around the world