Monday, October 29, 2007

Mosaic Monday

Its seems like weeks since I’ve had time to cruz through some of my favorite blogs.
This morning however, I took a peek at Ali’s (http://aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/ ) blog.
She has a post this morning titled Monday mosaics.
Every time I’ve seen her post one of these I’d wondered if it was something she’d made herself in Photoshop, or if it was a program online.
Thankfully today she posted that it was an online program.
Since I love Flickr and have lots of favorites from other posters saved there as inspiration, I had one of these fun mosaics in a matter of minutes.
Try it.
Its really fun!
If you don’t have a flickr account you can upload your own photos from your computer too.
Here's mine

Unfortunately I have no idea how to include the links back to the owners of these pretty pictures, so here's the link to my favorites folder. That should link back to the right people.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7833613@N08/favorites/

Friday, October 26, 2007

seriously...

I mean really... why do stores put the Christmas decorations out before Halloween?

It just doesn't seem right to me.
I can only focus on one holiday season at a time.
Otherwise it seems like Thanksgiving totally passes you by and you miss it.
I really like fall so I don't like skipping right over it to Christmas.
My guess is that they're trying to get us to start shopping earlier... but for me it has the opposite effect. I want to dig my heals in and say oh no you don't! You'll not suck me into that yet.

sigh*
but it doesn't work
they always do.

I've started my Christmas shopping. Have you?

We took of Ethan at the park the other day running with his puppy.
how cute is that???

Monday, October 22, 2007

Little People...Big World

This is seriously one of Paul's most favorite shows. He's been waiting all summer for it to start back up again and last Monday was the premier of the new season.
Ever since last year he's been saying that in October he wanted to drive down to just outside of Portland Oregon, to go to the pumpkin patch and meet the Roloffs.

Well, this weekend was the one we'd set aside to go.

I was really hoping he'd change his mind. And he did waffle a little...but in the end he really wanted to go, so off we went.

When we got there I could see Paul was a little worried about the hour + line waiting to go on the tour through the grounds, but I talked him into it. It was worth the wait.

As we were making our way to the end of a veryyyyyy long line, I saw Amy. She was walking down the line, talking to each and every person. She is truly the sweetest person and was so grateful to everyone who came out the pumpkin patch and waited in line to go on the tour. She was in no hurry, taking her time talking and taking pictures. I think she was there for the entire hour and a half we were in line. We chatted with her for about 5 minutes, talking about the family trip in the motor home to Yosemite and teased her about how upset she got with Matt and Zak. It was really fun.

Then Matt came to the pumpkin patch in his little Gator. He drove down the row and stopped and chatted and took pictures with anyone who wanted one. The film crew was there also, filming an episode of their show, Little People, big world.

The tour took us through the grounds, through the barns, out to the frontier town where we got to get out and walk around. Around every corner was something you'd recognize from the show.
The show doesn't really do the property justice. Its amazing!!! What a beautiful farm.

In the end, I'm really glad Paul decided to go. I would have never done it myself and thought he'd lost his mind.

Oh, we got to see Zak too. He was driving the tractor pulling one of the tour groups around. We were hoping to get him as our driver but we got the one just ahead of him.






Thursday, October 18, 2007

returning home

Last weekend we took a drive.
Along the way is the Issaquah Salmon hatchery.
We decided to stop in and see the salmon returning home to the hatchery. Every fall hundreds of salmon return to this hatchery to spawn and die.

Its pretty sad really, to see these huge fish battling to get up this shallow stream...They actually stick out of the water in a lot of the spots, but they just keep swimming to return to where they were born. Several fish never make it this far. But if they make it past the fishermen, some die just a few yards short of the hatchery after swimming for hundreds of miles.
They are beat up, large cuts from being beaten on the rocks...but they continue on.
And this is where their going...up these fish ladders into the hatchery.
If you look in the rocks you can see lots and lots of eggs down in the riverbed.
pretty cool stuff.















Wednesday, October 17, 2007

creepy crawlies

and things that spin webs in the night...
Saturday morning we woke up to thick fog.
As the sun came up and it started started to slowly burn off the fog, I looked out my front room window and saw that my spiders had been busy the night before.
They had decorated my front yard for Halloween. The fog had left dew drops all over the webs and they just sparkled like Christmas tinsel in the sunlight...so pretty in a gruesome halloweenish sort of way.

These little workers had absolutely COVERED the shrubs with webs.There were webs attached to other webs. Webs behind webs...some had even strung their webs clear across the lawn, and attached them way up high on the roof of the house or to shrubs clear on the other side of the yard. How do they do that? Do they just fling their webs into the sky and hope the wind catches it?
Although I hate the spiders, the beauty of their webs are pretty incredible...until I walk out my front door one day and go blundering into one of them.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

fried green tomatoes

So what do you do with all the tomatoes that all seem to ripen at the same time?
I need ideas because I'm overwhelmed with tomatoes these days. We only planted one tomato plant in our garden, but its still too many tomatoes for two people to eat.
I've been sending them to work with Paul so they don't go to waste.

I wanted to try an eggplant and tomato tart but I didn't have everything I needed to make it.
For variety, I picked some green ones the other day. Its been years since I've had fried green tomatoes and remembered how awesome they are. Paul was skeptical, but he's pretty willing to try anything I put in front of him.
Once again I was surprised on how sweet a green tomato is when its fried.
If you haven't made them before, you should. Its easy. Here's how I did it.

Slice your tomatoes, salt them and let them sit for about 10 minutes.
Your going to dip them in milk (some people use buttermilk), flour, egg and either bread crumbs or corn meal, in that order.
I was out of bread crumbs and plain cornmeal, but had some corn bread mix, the kind you just add water to.
It was fabulous.
Corn bread mix has just a touch of sugar that is so good....
Fry the dipped slices in a heavy skillet. I like to use my electric skillet so I can control the temp at 360 degrees.
and that's it.
Easy and so good.
and anything that helps me get rid of tomatoes is a good thing.
Since I was in a cooking mood this weekend, I also baked that cake I'd been promising that I'd make for weeks now. sweet pineapple upside down cake.












Saturday, October 13, 2007

leaves are falling

hopefully not this one though. Its made out of cement. I got it at a fiber festival a few weekends ago and I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet, but I thought it was so pretty.
The colors are really beautiful.
They make these by making a mound in sand, then you lay a leaf on top of it with the deep veins facing up. Pile some quick concrete on top and let it harden. Then paint and seal.

I've been wanting to make them for years, but never seem to get it done...so I couldn't resist buying one. It does have some deep impressions in it and looks pretty when it fills with rain water. The other day I saw a little bird trying to take a bath in it.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Fall, my second favorite season

This week its been painfully obvious that my favorite season is over. Fall is my second favorite season, spring is my third and I could completely do without winter. Dreading that winter is coming after fall does put a damper on completly enjoying my second favorite season, but I do try to focus on the things I love about fall.
  • We often hang on to a few warm afternoons, hopefully enough to make the rainy ones bearable
  • cooler nights make for cozy sleeping weather
  • rainy weekends with a fire in the fireplace. love the smell of wood smoke.
  • pulling out the sweaters and fleece again
  • football games and marathon movie weekends
  • homemade soups, stews and bread for dinner
  • scrapbooking again
  • scented candles burning
  • the bright reds, oranges and yellows of leaves changing color
  • and planning for the holidays...
Speaking of which... Sharyn had a brillant idea on her blog.
http://sharyntormanen.typepad.com/be_good_/2007/10/christmas-shopp.html
I love the idea of having 8 things. The baseball card sleeve so kids can insert pictures of what they want and if they find something new, they have to remove something else. So cool. I told Paul about it this morning and we're going to use this idea too. We decided we each should have a few expensive things, a few mid priced things, like $50. or less and 3-4 under $20 things. We seem to have the most difficult time buying for each other so Im excited that this might just actually work.
oh, and if anyone is interested, Hasbro toy shop.com is having a friends and family sale...if your reading my blog, I consider you one or the other. So, if your interested in 25% off and free shipping just get yourself over to http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ and enter the promo code 25FALL during checkout to enjoy some savings. But the sale ends October 8th.