Friday, October 29, 2010

Reflections of an Autumn Sky

leaves fell like snow.

This is the weekend for one last look at the flaming colors.

On my late afternoon drive to the market,
I pulled over to take in the view from a local orchard.
As I rested my camera on the roof of my car, 
the reflection of the sky in my sunroof became 
the new subject of my attention.

Across the way, flocks of bird flew away.


Sometimes we need five minutes in quiet gratitude.
My compliments to the Creator

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Green Bay Packers Chili Night!

My son, Jason is a Packers Fan.
Amanda is too.
Sunday night, the Packers played and Jason offered to make his famous chili dinner.
Mom's night off ~ yippee!
Jason makes a great pot of chili.
He uses onions, garlic, peppers, ground turkey, crushed tomatoes 
and then, adds tons of Bush's chili beans and black beans.
Served always with chips on the side...
We had Tostitos with a hint of lime...Tostitos scoops are great too.

I found these dishes for Jason earlier this year at my favorite consignment shop.
I couldn't resist... PACKERS colors GREEN and YELLOW!

Photobucket perfect for a chili dinner on a Green Bay night!


At our house in the fall, we root for the Giants, U Albany and Green Bay.
Who do you root for?


I hope your week started off well.
Can you believe October is almost over!
This morning at work, 
I stumbled upon snow-day photos from last winter... 
I'm cherishing every last leaf of autumn!

Peace and Joy, always,

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Autumn weekends are for...

Little white pumpkins and caramel candy corn
Finally relaxing with a cuppa and a great publication
a U Albany home game, on a cold night, cheering for our alma mater.
baking new & super easy cookie recipes with Amanda
going to church on Saturday evening
dinner at Rachael & Juan's

{super easy cookie recipes to follow later this week}

Wishing you all a peaceful and relaxing Sunday.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Add water and sunshine, then stir . . .

A Whirl of Wind and Rain



The Making of a Rainbow!
 I left work a little late today.
It was gusty and I could see virga and rain in the distance.
Across the horizon, the skies were blue. 
By the time I left the parking lot, the rain was upon me!
Then, the sun came out.
I had to stop in the nearest driveway to take these photos!
My camera was still in my purse from a retirement party
I attended last night.


As I got close to home, I passed this open field
and saw the storm front quickly blowing away over the horizon.
The very last of the  R A I N B O W was falling to Earth.

Enjoy the promise of all His blessings
 ~ Always ~

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkin Spice

This time of year

I can't resist the delicious aroma of pumpkins.


Looking forward to all this pumpkin splendor
...and borrowing the pumpkin spice earrings from my daughter!


Wishing you big pumpkin smiles

and the warmth and glow

of a beautiful autumn season.

Blessings to you always,


Sunday, October 17, 2010

♪ Sing to the Lord ♪

Let the heavens rejoice  let the earth be glad

Psalm 96:1

Keeping a song in my heart
is a daily decision.
Some days I don't feel like 'singing.'
When those moments come, and life doesn't seem fair,
that's when I count on my loved ones to
remind me of 'the tune.'
That gentle song that softens my heart
and raises me up.

Thank you,
my family and friends
for keeping that gentle song in
alive in my heart.

on this wonderfully, beautiful Sunday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Into the Light

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.
- George Iles

Once you choose hope, anything's possible.
- Christopher Reeve

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

For in this hope we were saved.
Romans 8:24
Amazed and Grateful
to all those who selflessly worked and sacrificed to help save the miners of Chile.
Love Prevails

A blessed weekend to you all.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

A View of the Land

"Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar."

- Isaiah 33:17


The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”

-  Dalai Lama

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
- Dolly Parton

“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”
-  Winston Churchill

“Trees are Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”
- Rabindranath Tagore

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.  

- Johann von Goethe


"How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the seat of scoffers?
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night,
And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season;
And its leaf does not wither:
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

- Psalms 1 :1-4 


~   ~   ~

 Dear family and friends,
... Let us seek ...

~ Thatcher State Park in NY

Friday, October 8, 2010

Something Pretty

Sometimes I need

to simply look at
something pretty

and try something spicy

Thank you Indie.tea @ Darjeeling Dreams
for a great ginger cookie recipe
with diced pieces of  crystallized candied ginger.
~ I spiced them up and enjoyed them with one of my favorite autumn teas ~
Bigelow's Pumpkin Spice

Have a Pretty Friday!

Wishing you all a 
Beautiful Weekend


~ Joyce hosts Friday's Pretties every week ~
Thank you Joyce!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Freedom in the Spirit

Hoist your sails

catch the wind
of the


{I heard this on Sunday ~ and it's carrying me to a new place in my soul}

Sharing this beautiful metaphor with you 
Life in the Spirit.

Monday, October 4, 2010

From New York to Verona

Letters to Juliet
We were entertained from beginning to end.
What a charming film
...a great girls night movie...
Amanda, Rachael and I loved it

I also discovered "Red Box"

Rent a movie right in my grocery store...for $1 a day.

What a fun weekend we had.
Now it's back to work tomorrow...
and oh yes,
We wake up with four dogs in the house!
Muffin and Misty
Mr. Darcy and Chino.
{the two bad boys in the middle}
 We're doggie sitting for Amanda.
My old girls will have a long week!

Have a GREAT week dear friends,

Friday, October 1, 2010

Flower Power Napkins



are these?

Thank you
so much

is awesome!

~ Joyce hosts Friday's Pretties every week ~
Thank you Joyce!