"Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least." ~Goethe~

23 October 2010

Fall is finally here!

It's been very busy around here again lately.  When isn't it really. 
 I decided that I needed to go through each room of the house this past week and get rid of things that just were not needed anymore.  And the Fall cleaning was tackled during all of this.  I was starting to think I was going to be living with hoarders if I didn't step in and take action.  Too many clothes in the closet, too many toys, and believe it or not some little person thought she needed to keep every pretty leaf she got her hands on and place them in her nightstand.  Never mind that the leaves had dried and broke up into itty bitty pieces and made the biggest mess all over the bottom of the drawer.  She was keeping them to remind her of our hikes.  So going through every nook and cranny was accomplished this week and things are starting to look better.  Now all that is left is the garage and the boxes that are out there.  Gives me a headache.  The people I live with keep way too many things.  Things they haven't touched in years.  But "who knows when you might need it" they say.  It makes me have a fit.  Go ahead and laugh.  It's a serious illness to have to deal with.  My brain was fried after dealing with all the 'stuff' this past week.
I know you are still laughing.

Luckily today, things have slowed way down from what it was during the week.
Fall is finally showing up around here.  Things are changing fast.  A little too fast for me to really enjoy it all.  I wake up one morning to see the tree out back and the next morning I see drastic changes.
I woke up this morning to notice through all the drizzle that there was more color on our street this today than yesterday.  I am so enjoying all the damp, coolness happening today.  I was so happy about it all that I even broke down and put the flannel sheets on every one's bed.  You would have thought that a major event just happened from due to the loud cheers from some little people.
The gorgeous Zinnia's are starting to fizzle now also.  Sniff.
 Decorations had not been a big priority this year for some odd reason.  Glenn was starting to wonder if something was wrong with me.  So yesterday that was accomplished being I was finished with hunting down all the "junk" in the house (at least for now).

The cemetery is looking quite 'cemeteryish'.
 The eyeball wreath is in place to gross everyone out that comes up to the door.  I think it's just the thought that the eyeballs have all been skewered by the twigs on the wreath.  
Kind of yucky but I like it.
The front 'porch' area is just waiting for the carved pumpkins to be placed in just the right places on Halloween.  The girls insisted that I leave the dead plant pots out for more of a effect.  I was lazy and went for it.  The girls were lucky that I even climbed around on the ladder to put the lights and webs up. I just haven't been feeling very 'Fallish' so far this season.  But with all the happenings being just a week away I had to get my tail moving.
Since it was all rainy out and just a bit brisk out I thought that a few cookies would be just perfect on a day like this.  So out came the recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies.  They are oh so yummy!  I don't use as much sugar as the recipe calls for.  Just 1 1/2 cups and I change it to brown sugar instead of white sugar.  I just think it tastes better.  One thing to tell you is that the dough is thick and sticky, so don't be alarmed by that if you make them.
 I use a size 30 'ice cream' scoop that can be found at kitchen/bake shops.  That way all the cookies are the same size.  I use that with most all cookies I make.  Plus it keeps your hands clean.  :)  Even better.
After they are finished baking, let them cool and then scarf them down with a big glass of milk.
The best!
 The girls occupied themselves with a bit of card making today since it's been too wet and windy to go out.  The cards turned out way too cute!
Now the rest of the day is all mine to veg out and do some serious knitting.  There was not one stitch accomplished all week with everything going on.  By the end of each day, I was too tired to even look at the poor sweater just sitting there waiting for me to give it some attention.  It's too sad to talk about.  But I'm hoping that things will be different this evening and tomorrow.

I can't wait for it to rain all day tomorrow so I can be curled up with a cozy blanket while stitching the day away.  I can be hopeful you know.


  1. A Fall cleaning is just what is needed around here too. Those cookies look and sound terribly delicious, and I hope you guys don't mind lending some of your rain. We sure could use it. :-)

    Enjoy your evening!

  2. Love your new header picture and that font! Too cool.

  3. I have to show my kids your cool eyeball wreath! I think they think the Halloween stuff I buy is too 'cute'! They want the cemetery front yard, too. I should get on that. Thanks for the cookie idea!

  4. I had my fall cleaning last week too and I am so glad my flat is so small that it is already finished. My washing machine almost broke! lol
    Your halloween decorations look really spooky, specially that cemetery! I am not sure I could sleep with those around. ;-)

  5. Terrific pictures, love the Halloween decorations in the yard.....the kids will enjoy the Trick or Treating at your house!!
    Fall cleaning is always good - makes room for the new stuff coming in with the December holiday:) I'm printing the cookie recipe and on my way to the market....the loop scarf - doable while enjoying time under that blanket tomorrow!! Super fast knit:)

  6. LOVE your Halloween Decorations!
    I have been wanting to get a "cemetary" for our yard, yours looks great!
    Yummy Cookies!!
    Hubby took me out for breakfast this morning and we were driving around afterwards enjoying all the fall colors (especially pretty with the rain on the leaves this morning:)
    Have a great Sunday!

  7. Fun decorations...I forgot to mention that I love your header pic. Fall is definitely here and on it's way out. Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees.