Saturday, October 22, 2016

Mostly work

Made food, mailed a package. Worked for a large portion of the day. Listened to more about Butterbur and Strider and the rest while driving. Drank coffee. Took a long bath and listened to a Jason Meyer sermon on prayer. So good. You should definitely listen. peace, my friends

Friday, October 21, 2016

A little catch up

Yesterday the guys came to fix my roof by eight o'clock in the morning, so I got up relatively early to clear most of my stuff out of the way. They arrived while I was eating my spinach omelette, and I just let them in and went about my day. In and out all day, fixing the roof, re-plastering my ceiling. It was kind of fun to have people around; I felt like offering them lunch.

Anyway, I turned on some NCIS and spent some time in the kitchen. I made pumpkin muffins and oatmeal bake, washed dishes, and made quinoa chili. It was very delicious. Filling, spicy, and warm.

I also pulled out my art projects in the afternoon, spread it out on the living-room floor and watched some Bones in the background. The workers were finishing in my room, sweeping up the floors and down the stairs behind them, planning to come back the next day.

I brought the chili out for supper too and made oven fries and brownies to go with it. Ben came over with Joe, and Ashley came home. We enjoyed our supper, and chatting, and then we watched an episode of Due South. Oh nostalgia and good times! We capped the evening off when Grace and a bunch of her friends came back inside and we shared hilarity, jokes, and music until we had to break it up: a few heading off to dancing. I went straight to bed, since I knew I had to get up early.

At four o'clock this morning my routine went: *pushups* *stretches* *lay-on-the-floor-till-you-stop-feeling-faint* then *shower* *oatmeal bake* *rest of day*

Work went fine, but by the time I got home I was wiped out. I'd had a full eight hour day before two in the afternoon. So I didn't get much else done today. Food and napping mostly. Now as I wake myself up again for a little evening before bed ;) I turned on some music to cheer up the soul:

And some bagpipes for the win.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

More tomorrow

Headed to bed. My morning starts early. I'll catch up on today in tomorrow's post.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sometimes life comes to you in (almost) tweet-sized bits

 always with the food #pelicanbreed

Heard Adele's Hello on the radio today, and got a little de-javu from this time last year. Looked it up, and indeed, "Hello" came out on the 23rd--one year ago Sunday. Remember how it was a Thing by
Thanksgiving? #timeflies #wherewillyoubeinayear

Friend: I'm a bird!
Me: If you're a bird, I'm a bird
*explains that I know the quote not from watching chick-flicks but from watching crossfit documentaries*
#winning #richfroning

This person legit reminds me of Brother Oswin #Cadfael #poorsoul

Went to see @theriverthief. Totes recognized the Wilsons on the beach, and saw the polygoner patch. #polygonersforever #greatfilm #snakeriver #itsagift

Stepped outside: it totally smells like snow. Not just cold, I'm telling you, it smells like snow. #already #minnesota

So my ceiling's getting fixed tomorrow. Gonna get up early and move my stuff. #funtimes #betterthanaleak #stopdrippingroof

Starting the day with yoga and pushups improves my mood drastically. #namaste #bemorehuman

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The month is amber

These aren't pictures from this year, but they convey the beautiful autumn splendor that surrounds me. I see the most vibrant colors as I drive to work. Sumac, burning bushes, and trees in gold and burnt orange. 

This morning I drank three cups of tea with breakfast, and read through the calendar book of poetry by John Updike, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. It is a staple of the seasonal year, and a delight to the picture-book soul. 

I dropped off books at the library on my way to work, not including my most recent acquisition: Susan Branch's 'Autumn'--another one I like to have around at the turn of the year. Full of inspiration and coziness.

I really had a lovely day. The colors of everything. The overall way it flowed from one thing to the next. I've been loving my new prayer/devotional app. I started the day with yoga, and got to talk to Mama just briefly.

I was training in someone at work today, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It wasn't a crazy day. I came home and made oven fries and fish to eat with Ben. We chatted and he played music, and we had general good conversation.

Monday, October 17, 2016


Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Peak color on the sentinel maples

Coffee. Lyrics. Brothers.
Church service. Chicken curry.
Relaxing afternoon and some tv. Ever seen Foyle's War? For one as in love with World War 2 as I am, it's gold.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A trip to Tweite's Farm

It started out as a group activity, and wound up with just the two of us able to go. 
So we went and had a blast anyway!
 A great place to indulge the inner child--life-sized lincoln logs might have been my favorite part.

We found a pineapple, and played not-mini golf (note the mallets and air-filled rubber balls).

And then there was the corn maze of course -- the forty-five-minutes-to-an-hour variety, complete with Pirate-ship shapes, and getting lost. Didn't have to use our cheater map or gps though. Just the checkpoints within the maze.

 Fun playgrounds and slides that we didn't fit in, but went on anyway. Life sized board games. We played a full game of checkers on that huge board. (And we made it so that you had to hop tile to tile yourself, when you wanted to 'jump' in the game.)

It was an all-around fun day, and had great random conversations, spanning many genres--from football to Tintin, and so on. Thanks Joe!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Welcoming close of day

I've been listening to the Fellowship in the car
I've made it to Bree!
Today I felt buzzy and tired, even though I started the day with yoga, ate breakfast, and did some cooking before work. Still, I made it through the eight hour work day, saw some pleasant faces along the way, and am home safe in my bedroom. I'm looking forward to a little out and about adventure tomorrow, so I'll turn in at a reasonable hour. I've already mixed up the quinoa tabbouleh for my pack-lunch tomorrow, and spread apple-butter on some "naan". (GF-DF 'naan' tastes a little... interesting. But the sweet-tart of the apple butter makes it a good snack.)
Rest well, my friends. Fare well wherever you fare!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

On fire

 Driving home this evening the fields were even more full of combines, semis full of corn; colored tractors plowing, ripping stalks. Further along, more combines and tractors, this time with their lights on as dusk fell. Standing corn the color of sand... remembering bins full of silage and getting nostalgic about the smell...
 Autumn is here and I close my eyes and welcome the turn of the world.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Combines roll

A goose flies up, startled, from a field; feeling sheepish perhaps, that he hasn't begun his trek south. Other birds gather in flocks and murmurations to wend their way out of winter danger. Crooked lines of ducks rise over the pastures like pen strokes in morse code. All along the ditches and hedgerows, leaves change to vivid red, gold, and burnt orange; like painted fire. Great bushes along the line-fences turn the color of aubergines. Corn fields empty; some trees are bare.

Even the sidewalks and gutters are thoroughly filled with leaves now. Crimson berries and bright yellow trees dance against cerulean skies. A red-tailed hawk perches on a high-line pole; seeking food perhaps, or just showing off for my benefit. Heaven knows I enjoy it. Each unfolding of nature's autumnal glory is a delight to me, but one I don't stop to savor often enough. A drive out to the country is called for. Natural scenery to rest my eyes on and take in the season's turning.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

a little dose of Ziva for you

guess who's been watching NCIS?