Friday, September 16, 2011

Relinquishing my hold on Summer!

I know many relish the thought of Fall and all it’s burnished colors arriving and you celebrate the crisp air and cooler weather.

But I am a summer girl, I love wearing sleeveless tops and shorts, my Birks and I flourish in the heat.  I am only conceding to Fall as I can no longer ignore the signs of it officially starting next week.

My Dogwood tree in front of my home:


Yes, it is now beginning to change into it’s Autumn wardrobe, I must admit the red is very pretty and though it is a leaf here and there right now I know the rest will turn in the wink of an eye.  The seed pods are just as eye-catching.


My oak tree has not even a hint of fall colors on it but soon it will, the nights are a bit cooler with a nip that is telling. We desperately need to get our winter firewood.  We have the roof fixed so hopefully no leaks this winter. 

I have been busy making oven roasted tomato sauce. My tomatoes are not ripe yet and with the change in the weather I don’t hold my breath that I will get many from my vines but a friend that lives about half an hour down the hill from me has a bounty.  She hands them over to me to process and we split the results.  Here is one big pan of tomatoes, I cook them down with onions and garlic for several hours.


The sauce makes a great base for many recipes like marinara for chicken parmesan,  pizza sauce as well as for my own version of Chili Colorado. 

When I am not cooking, gardening or doing paperwork for the bank (trying to refinance our house) I have been working on painting signs.  I need to restock my website as well as produce special order signs.


See… I am getting into the swing of Fall..

I also added a bit to my Cherries sign…it just needed something. So it went from this…


To this..


And here is the colorful and bright special order sign that is going to the US Virgin Islands when it is complete..


I had a pleasant surprise this morning as I watered my Cecile Brunner climbing rose, I noticed a Tye Dye or it may be a Shibori Flaked Morning Glory blossom..

tye dye

I had planted the seeds at the base of the rose as it only blooms once, maybe twice a year and I thought some morning glory climbing it would add interest.  I loved seeing this peeking out from under the broad leaves to greet me. 

I ran into the house and grabbed my camera, much to my disgust the battery was dead so I snapped up my iPhone and took the photo with it.  I need to get better at using it anyways, this was good practice.

That all for now…

ta ta..


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  1. That is a really good picture with your phone. Amazing.
    I'm not a summer person so I'm ready for the cooler weather and all that it brings.
    After a fire that almost burned down our house and the really hot days recently I'm so ready for Fall that I could cry.
    I do love summer for the vegetables and the beautiful evenings but I'm ready for a change.
    Do you can the tomato sauce? I have never done tomato sauce in the oven. Could you do a post on how you do this? Please.
    Love your signs.

  2. Love the signs and like the additions you made to the cherries sign.

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings

  3. That tomato sauce looks scrumptious and I can't wait to try it! Your blog is beautiful and your signs are amazing! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am now your newest follower!


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