Family Colors

Early on Tuesday Laura started a text with our family members asking us to show our Sounders Colors. We texted her back our shots of support and she made the collage. When it comes to sports we are a Sounders Soccer Family. And right now David (Sounders) beat Goliath (LAFC) 3-1 on their home field. Our boys are going to the MLS Cup Final on November 10th against either Atlanta or Toronto. Those two teams play each other tomorrow night. It was fun sending texts back and forth during the game. It will be a while before I can fall asleep now…

…So I’ll add some fun things that more people can relate to in this post.

Speaking of colors Jamie and the kids were able to enjoy some color and leaves before the weather turned on us.

How cute are they covered in leaves!? Maple Trees are the best for an abundance of leaves. This was how the day was going before we had that freak snowfall on Monday the 28th of October. All the snow is gone and temps are still cold but we are on a slight warming trend.

Fresh apples off the tree before the bear eats them all. Yep, our kids have had a bear visiting their property. Hopefully he’ll go find a place to hibernate soon.

Do you have any wild animals that visit your property?

Farewell October…

We took a drive yesterday to a taxidermist in the back country. I’ll be sharing a post about Larch Trees that we saw on those back roads soon.

Today we are wondering if we will have any trick or treaters at our Country Bungalow. Time will tell. We do know that one little girl will stop by with her parents sometime in the evening. Do you get many costumed cuties at your front door?

Hello October…

The Fall colors are showing nicely all around us.

Slowly but surely the boxes are getting emptied. We’ve made a trip to Habitat for Humanity with a load of stuff. We are replacing a lot of the indoor lighting with more efficient lighting options. Today Dear coiled and stored many of the outdoor hoses. There are probably 16 different hoses to reach the vegetation on our property. Spring and Summer of 2019 will be a learning experience for us. Fall and Winter should take care of itself as far as vegetation goes. We’ll need to figure out our snow plowing/clearing options.

Did I mention we have a greenhouse and a pond? We enjoyed some tomatoes and cucumbers that were ready to harvest when we moved in. We also enjoyed some sweet and delicious corn on the cob right from our back acreage. We have just under 5 acres here. I was happy that Dear found my muck boots in one of the bins. They are a necessary item to muck about in. Now as far as the pond goes, that’s another learning curve. We’ll need to come up with some algae and mosquito abatement options come Spring.

But for now…I’ll concentrate on the boxes.

In October I’m turning to Colossians for my daily reading. So rich with so much to mull over. Hope October is full of good things for you.

Signs, signs…

This was a sign I spotted in the Homegoods store that made me take my little camera out of my bag and click. I would have purchased it for the fun of it but I absolutely have no wall space at this old house for this kind of whimsy!

What I did purchase at Homegoods was a table runner for Thanksgiving and something for a Christmas stocking. Speaking of stockings, I’m on a quest to buy 8 new ones this year. Four and four, guys and gals. Found out that the beginning of October is a little too early to find stockings. On my way to Babies R Us (the scariest store on the planet!) I walked into Nordstrom Rack and bought 2 great signs that I’ll put out at Christmas time. After all the whimsical shopping it took some very serious navigating to get around the baby store!

The hardwood floor guys are coming to J & L’s today to sand the floors so Dear has a few days off while the floors get sanded and then refinished. Wonder what adventures we can have with all this free time Dear has? What adventures are happening in your neck of the woods?

I’ll be linking up to signs, signs with Lesley later on today.


Hello October!

On this first day of October I was out on the road running errands getting ready for our company and events this weekend. Fall is showing itself nicely here in the Pacific Northwest!

On the road to our big box home improvement store and office supply store this great burst of fall met my eyes.

After I bought my ink cartridges for my printer I headed to Whole Paycheck, that’s what my dear dil Laura calls Whole Foods, to get some organic corn tortillas for my sister in law, Leticia. She’s on a restricted diet. We are making chicken fajitas for the cabinet installers on Friday evening. Letty is our family’s expert on all things in the Mexican culinary world. The least I could do was to buy the right ingredients for her. She will also be making her special Spanish rice and beans.

When I got home I experimented with a new pumpkin recipe for dessert that I’ll share in October on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook Blog. If you click over today you can see my Mocha Toffee Parfait.

Since I’m up late today waiting for our guests to arrive at this old house I had time to complete this post. Our son Josh is picking up his uncle and aunt at the airport and delivering them here late tonight. Tomorrow we hit the ground running. I’ll check in with all of you in the quiet moments…if there are any!

O is for October!

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  from Anne of Green Gables

October…one of my favorite months of the year. It’s when colors begin to change.

It’s when the regular season of MLS soccer comes to an end and when playoffs loom ahead!

In October we love to visit our middle son in Eastern Washington. The photo above is taken on his property.

When there is still a little color in some Autumn plants and the leaves are falling.

Oh my…the leaves keep falling.

At this old house I wouldn’t have to mow again except for the fact that I use the mower as a vacuum for the leaves.

I do love October even though it brings more yard work at this old house. The tree that drops all these leaves isn’t even our tree.

I’m linking up to ABC Wednesday that was started by Mrs. Nesbitt and continues on with the help of a great team.

Tablescape Thursday ~ Our Canadian Thanksgiving…

It has been a long time since I participated in Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. We decided to celebrate both Canadian and U.S.A. Thanksgiving this year so I decorated the table and invited some family over for a less traditional meal.

I was happy to be able to use these green and amber goblets together.

The transferware have stable scenes on them and stagecoach scenes.

For our American Thanksgiving in November we will have Turkey and all the trimmings!

My sister and her husband joined Dear, Katie and me for our meal of Honey Baked Ham, candied carrots, scalloped potatoes, asparagus casserole, rolls. We had a simple dessert of ice cream to finish off the meal. We also test tasted some white wines to narrow down our choice for the wedding in March. We’ve already chosen the red wine.

I’m looking forward to coming around and seeing some old bloggy friends and your tablescapes this week.

Today’s the Day!


It’s another sunny beautiful day in Western Washington. We’re getting ready to go on our first ever wedding dress shopping excursion with Katie. The appointment is made and the anticipation is running high. It will be fun to step into this new world and try to keep our senses about us. If we “Say Yes to the Dress” you won’t be seeing it here but I will try to get some shots of the experience without revealing too much.

I did manage to make it to a Pumpkin Patch close by. The photo is from the patch. I’ll be posting more next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

Just Out My Door…

for Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan at A Southern DayDreamer.


I found these fun metal star stakes in the clearance section of my grocery store. I’ll be putting them away for now and pulling them out next year for Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Some of my flowers are still blooming.


This spider has been busy and was content to sit while I took a photo.

It’s a beautiful sunny day here in the Puget Sound area of Washington today. The nights have turned very cold, though. I’ll be bundling up to head to Qwest Field for the U.S. Soccer Cup Final between the Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew tonight.

Hope you are having a great beginning to your Autumn!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

Mosaics With Blue Confessions…


It’s the time of year for scenes like these. Confession #1: All these scenes are from last October.


These shots are from this year, this past Saturday. Getting closer to Blue here. Confession #2: I’ve started a weight/exercise regimen. I wasn’t going to share this at all because every time in the last year I’ve “tried” something and shared it I end up gaining weight and I’m a little embarrassed about that. So the program I’m trying gives me one day a week to eat whatever I want. That day was Saturday so Dear and I were up early as usual and decided to make a 3 mile roundtrip walk to a donut shop. I sense some skeptics out there shaking their heads and thinking poor ellen b. she’s doomed to failure again. I’ll try to keep you posted on how good or bad I do.  :0)


Finally I’ve gotten to the blue for Blue Monday. These shots are from Saturday also and this was a great new Mexican spot we enjoyed in Ventura, California called Taqueria Tepatitlan. Remember this is my eat anything day and I didn’t take photos to show you what I had for dinner! Look real hard at the window and Corona sign and you’ll see the blue. Confession #3: Since there was so little actual blue in my shots I added the blue background to trick you into thinking this qualifies as a Blue Monday Post.

Now make sure and visit Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and visit Sally at Smiling Sally for Blue Monday!

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.