Autumn Time

Perhaps I take pictures of this same lovely stuff year after year,┬ábut, oh, my goodness–I can’t help myself.

I wander around out back thinking that I’ll just snap a couple of pictures, and be done with it and then something magical happens.

Nothing is as it was last year. The greens seems way brighter…

the red, so much more brilliant…

and when did the juniper bush grow those pretty little pods?

New browns and greens and yellows and reds that Autumn has never, ever come up with before!

All crisp, all unique and all beautiful…

just like every, single year.

Autumn In My Own Yard

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Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year, but sadly, it seems to go by in a flash.

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I barely have time to see all the changes that are taking place right under my nose,  nevermind absorb them all.

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Just as soon as I’m enjoying one lovely transformation of color…

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another appears…

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and another…

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Oh, my goodness! How do people live without all of this gorgeous-ness?

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What I wish, is that the actual season of Fall would last a full three months–with all those colors on the trees…

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instead of appearing one day and floating to the ground the very next.

Or so it seems.

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I suppose the only thing to do is to go outside and crunch around in it more. Perhaps a little each day–instead of sitting and watching it all from the window.

Yeah. I can do that.

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Autumn Walk

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Though I haven’t actually moved into “my” cute little house yet, I do go there often just to walk around the yard.

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It’s like I’m trying to convince myself that the trees and bushes…IMG_0454

and limbs and branches and sticks…

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and leaves on the ground…

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and leaves changing color for the fall…

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and the leaves that want to stay the same…

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and the lovely, mulchy, foresty looking ground cover…

IMG_0437and the mysterious berries are alllll…

really, truly

mine.

It’s like some kind of dream.

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And the hornets that seem to be getting braver and braver…

they’re mine too.

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and I’m so, so grateful.

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Honey Spice Throat Drops Season

100 Happy Days #54

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Ahhh…here we are again, at that lovely time of year. My absolute favorite, to be exact. Leaves changing and falling everywhere. The holidays approaching. That nippy cool snap in the air. But with all this loveliness also comes the musty furnace coming on at night and the cool air coming on in the day. It’s a balance from hour to hour to not roast or freeze. At our house, sometimes all these changes brings an occasional bout of scratchy throats for the big and little folks.

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Must be time to whip up a batch of Honey Spice Throat Drops! Yummo.

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Now, I need to tell you–if you venture out and make your own throat drops using this recipe, please, PLEASE go HERE first and find out what Hard Crack Stage actually is for your area at this time of year. It’s not hard to figure out, but it is different everywhere and changes with the weather and moisture in the air. It’s pretty aggravating to follow the directions and have the same temperature I use actually not set up, or worse, burn in your area. Do the test and your drops will work.

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Mine were a tad more sticky this time because it was raining outside while I was making them. I should have cooked them a minute or two longer. But they still tasted great and did the job.

Yee haw. I love these things!

Honey Spice Throat Drops RECIPE

This Autumn Yard

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You are most likely thinking, “Enough with the posts about leaves already.” So, instead lamenting about all those crazy things that have been raked up twice already, I’ll show you what was hiding in that dreadful patch of weeds out there to the right.

These cute little baby pumpkins were just lurking there in the shadows, no doubt waiting for someone to discover them…too late for Halloween, but just in time to add that lovely harvest-y feeling to the Thanksgiving week.

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Aren’t they just gorgeous?

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Beats all the new leaves in the front yard.

HAAAAAaaa!

Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

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