Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Yarn Along!!

I have been knitting a lot - a really lot...
When I love what I am working on, I knit more often and I am happier!

The Guernsey Wrap
Knitted with Cascade Yarns
100% Undyed Baby Alpaca Yarn

It is 21 inches long now...I am still pretty far from the halfway point.
And on a side note, I have been looking at my bird books more frequently,
as some birds look differently in winter and as others migrate through.

This wrap is just a combination of knitting and purling...
the way you join them together, is what forms this pretty pattern.

I am getting ready for my girls trip to Rhinebeck, New York this weekend for their
Sheep & Wool Festival
To say that I am excited is an understatement...
I am more excited than a seagull with a french fry!!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's A Soup Kinda' Day

The weather girl said it was going to rain yesterday...
and guess what, it did.
And I was so prepared, nowhere to go and not too much to do...
I had a half of a rotisserie chicken in the frig, that's a score, that spells a big pot of
I usually make this in the crock pot but I got a late start,
so I made it in my big cast iron Rachel Ray Pot.

The ingredients...

plus the noodles, the best part.

I just soften the vegetables, sweet onion, celery and carrots in extra virgin olive oil...
I always use the top, leafy parts of the celery, there is a lot of flavor in those.

I season each time I add a layer.

Garlic, rosemary and thyme...

chicken stock and 2 bay leaves.
I simmered this for about 2 hours, before adding the cooked, diced, left over rotisserie chicken.

The noodles only need about 10 minutes...

and into these huge soup mugs it goes.
My mug is purple,

the hubs likes burgundy.
We love french bread with this but saltines or oyster crackers are also good.
The recipe is here, I don't add celery seeds or sage.

YuM, this is really good!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunshine in my Pocket...

The weather report was for sunny skies, temperatures in the high 70's, 


but when we arrived at the beach, the skies looked like this. 


No sun, only big dark clouds...and can you see that barge, way off in the distance?


We are in the town of Bay Head, the homes along the beach are all large, beautiful, beachy homes.


The hubs took this one, he likes to photograph the beach fences.


And remember that barge, way off in the distance, 
the hubs was able to capture it with the "zoomy" lens...
and if you did not already know, 
"zoomy" is not a word, neither is "beachy"!


This is where we find most of the glass, on either side of this wooden jetty.


When we started, it was morning...as we left, it was afternoon.
The sun never came out...


But that was o.k., because my pocket is filled with sea glass and beach sand.
My feet are wet, my toes are free and happy and covered in sand.
My hair is untamed, wind blown...the salty air has changed it...and it has changed me.
It's hard to walk away - I love it here!

But let's get on to the good stuff - Sea Glass


This is what I found...70+ pieces,


this is what the hubs found, 50+ pieces.
If you follow my blog, you know this is a contest. 
Chuck did find the best/biggest piece, the large green one in the center, it was a winner.
Of course I won on quantity.


Here it all is on my pretty shell dish, 
gifts from the ocean...
when it returns the glass to us, it is so much softer and prettier.

October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Halloween's Coming...

Folks go all out around here for Halloween, the decorations are pretty and pretty amazing.




So for that reason, I added number 21 to the Autumn Bucket List...

21. Ride around and look at Halloween Decorations.

And to make that extra fun and a lil competitive...

I found this Halloween Scavenger Hunt on Pinterest.
If you guys are interested, and you should be interested, it can be found and printed here.

And just in case you had not noticed, 
we have completed only 9 of our 21 Autumn Bucket List items,
we better get busy!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 200 ~

It has been cloudy, gloomy and drizzly here the last few days...stay at home days.
I love staying home and these past few days
 I have been giving the birds extra treats and taking pictures.
These pictures would have benefited from a little sunshine but we work with what we have.

Here are some of the yard birds I see every day...







I had a lot of fun with the Blue Jays...
they often take two or three peanuts at a time.
Yesterday, I watched them hiding the nuts, which I have never seen them do before.
One Blue Jay was hiding nuts, 
another came right behind him and dug the nut up!




Many thanks to 
Eileen at Viewing Nature With Eileen
for 200 amazing weeks of hosting all of us as we share our love for critters and nature.
Thank you Eileen, you are a wonderful host and an amazing blogging friend.

I'm also sharing today with Anni at 
I'd Rather Be Birding

Friday, October 13, 2017

Byrne Farm Market

We go every year, it's a tradition...
carved pumpkins, gourds, mums, scarecrows, ghosts and goblins.
I enjoy the cool crisp October air. 
I promised myself I was not going to take pictures this year.
That I would walk through the tent and just enjoy all the pumpkins...
But of course, I got excited, and I took a few...

This is a large tent, bales of straw are piled up and line the outer edges of the tent...
the carved pumpkins sit on top of the bales of straw.


The second tent is a gift shop, with the best selection of Halloween Decorations I have ever seen.




Pumpkins, as far as the eye can see.

Spiderman - he does this every year.




Yes please, I will have one of everything.


I am so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.

October 8, 2017