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Odes to Autumn

Before October ends, I had to get these photos of our local Bainbridge fall colors out. I’m so glad I took these shots because we had strong winds blow a lot of these leaves off just a day later. I hope you enjoy them!
fall colors on Bainbridge Island
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus
fall colors pond
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
― Henry David Thoreau
pumpkin patch
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
― John Donne
fall color tree
“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”
― P.D. James
fall colors
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne

Oklahoma Dog Survives Tornado

Oklahoma had a 2-mile wide tornado rip through the Oklahoma City area yesterday killing 24 and leveling neighborhoods. What a terrible disaster. But if you need a fleck of good news in that horrendous story, watch this amazing video. As the woman stands in the piles of rubble that was her house and gives a tv interview, her dog gets discovered.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Oklahomans, 2-legged, 4-legged and all the rest.

Holiday Recommendations

For Christmas this year, after a valiant fight I fell to an evil cold. Crud had been circulating in my household around the island for a few weeks. I guess it was inevitable that my husband the sickly environment would succeed in thoroughly germifying me.

I became what’s known to my dog as a wonton-maker (Kleenex and. . . .). But as a new and messy twist, she’s gotten lazy in her 11th year. Rather than pull used Kleenex from trash cans and eat them, she only does this:
All over the house.

It’s sweet, right?

Since I’ve been indoors for days, I have been doing things beyond perfecting my nose-blowing technique and examining my inner eyelids, and I recommend them all to you–

I read this book and really enjoyed it:

I watched this movie and loved it:
I drank Eleven wine in tiny chocolate cups.Which may have set back my recovery by a few hours, but who asked you, anyways?

And I got to spend time caressing my new baby, who feels smooth and fresh and fits my small hands. We hope to make beautiful music together once my brain turns back on.So, even if it’s wet and gloomy outside and you’re mouth-breathing more than you’d like and for no sexy reason, I hope you, too, can find a few of your own reasons to smile during the holidays.(our PNW driveway in December)

Falling for Fall at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ~ George Eliot

Bainbridge Island has been having a record-breaking dry spell this fall, so some people are starting to go beeezerk I thought I’d show you some of this pretty fall at the farmers market. Flowers are still going nuts.
This is elephant head amaranth. Who doesn’t love a fuschia trunk and no, that doesn’t remind me of anything? I’m told birds love the seeds as the flower blooms dry up. Honestly, I’ve been nagging myself to get back to eating more vegetables, and usually I’d make soups this time of year to do that. However, these sunny days and my lazy, expanding butt don’t exactly encourage it…

Today or definitely tomorrow…! I will make vegetable soup!
Here’s some root veggies now, just waiting for me…
And the market always has some new kind of veggie to experiment with. I’m still not sure what we’re doing with these, but the Hubs got some… Have you tried them?These we know exactly what to do with!
Doesn’t this kind of fall put a smile on your face?

Wet camping trip? Try dutch ovens and lemon squares!

Camping is becoming a ritual for our family (now that we can put the kid to work!), and this year we battled Mother Nature to prove it.

Everyone always kids in a totally serious way that summer doesn’t start around here until July 5th, but at my brilliant suggestion we bit the bullet and went camping anyway.

Just to give you an idea of the weather we faced, here’s a headline I read when we got back: “Summer squall downs trees, knocks out power around region.”

And this: Seattle’s total rainfall for June so far is 2.78 inches through 5 p.m. Saturday – which makes it the eighth wettest June on record with still a week to go.

So, we left in a downpour and hoped the worst had passed through. Foolish, yes. Because where we headed ended up with .63″ of rain Friday, .3″ Saturday, and then voila! on Sunday, the SUN came out for us to pack and get the hell outta there before we all grew mold in our private areas.

Our friends fed us martinis and abandoned us left early, halfway through the weekend, which just goes to show it’s all relative because in Juneau, Alaska, yours truly was the prissy camping princess.

It helps that the Hubs is true Alaskan and can tie up tarps at 100 yards. We also ate well and constantly. Here’s his set-up. He’s #1 on the local hunters’ most-wanted camp cooks list…
That was our entertainment, sitting under tarps and watching the Hubs make stew, roasted chicken and braised short ribs.
In case you think I did nothing but growl…
(Ok, probably a fair amount of growling was heard while I sat by our additional, illegal campfire because I was scared if I went in the tent I’d never come out!)
I’ll have you know that I pre-measured ingredients to try to make lemon squares, baked in a Dutch oven. We had nothing else to do, so we were zesting, juicing, stirring, patting, and baking. Granted, I forgot the powdered sugar, but it tasted pretty decent in all our sogginess. Yes, life gave us lemons and we made lemon squares!We couldn’t keep covered enough out there. But, the surprise Jiffy Pop was a huge hit and went pretty well with wine in a box.Like I said, the sun did come out Sunday, thank goodness, so we kept our sanity packed easily and hung stuff out to dry at home.

Ok, Mother Nature, now that you waterboarded us from the sky we’ve paid our dues, all the rest of the summer camping weather will be splendid, right?!

A camping princess can dream, can’t she?

Do you have any tips for camping in wetness?? Would your family stay or pack back up?