Fall

September 30, 2009

Some thoughts today, because it’s rainy and I’m feeling thoughtful.

Feeling fall nesting coming on.  It’s conference weekend and I’m wanting to clean and organize the house from the summer mania.  Put up fall decorations.  Plan for the Stoddard Family Halloween Feast.  Wanting to bake yummy warm tasty things to eat.  Bread, zucchini bread, cookies.  Mmmm.  Also wanting to make and can the pizza sauce to use up all those tomatoes.  Make the Pechuga Over Rice recipe from the Mexican resteraunt in Cody we went to last month.  (Maybe I can talk Chef Dave into cooking it while I take Syd to piano lessons?).  Maybe turn the fireplace on and read a book on the couch.  But then there are also these things I’d like to do.

Go sage hen hunting with Dave.  Not because I necessary like to kill things, but because I love being out in the crisp fall air and walking and just being outside.  Seeing the soft sagey colors of the fall sagebrush and the red and orange leaves of the desert bushes and the dried wheat colored grasses. 

I’m in the mood to take photographs of the fall colors.  Maybe take a little hike or a walk and play with my camera.  I’d like to learn more about taking pictures like this (Pioneer Woman – Your Fall Bokeh).  Can I do that with my point and shoot? 

I’d like to sit and scrapbook.  I’ve been wanting to do a mini book of our bike trip.  Still need to do a book of our cruise from a couple of years ago.  Not to mention all the other thousand of photos I have to scrapbook and scan into the computer. 

There’s also the yard.  Which needs some grass.  I really need to see grass in the spring.  I’m tired of dirt and rocks.  Tired of a dirt and dust and weed yard.  I want to plant some bulbs and watch them come up in the spring.  That would make me happy. 

Cuddle on the couch with Dave and watch a good movie.  Get tired and dreamy and fall asleep on the couch next to him.  Sleep in on Sunday.  Mmmm.  That sounds good too.

Looks like I’ve got my weekend all planned doesn’t it?  I don’t know that all that will get accomplished…but I may see some of it. While I cringe a little at the thought of winter coming around the corner, part of me looks forward to it.  The peace and quiet of it.  The being at home comfy of it.  The time to do homey things.  Mostly I just love fall because it’s still in between.  It’s still decent enough to be outdoors, but it’s not the crazy coming and going and busyness of summer.  We aren’t trying to pack something into every second because our summers seem so short.  Now is the time to pull back from that a little bit and take a breath and slow down a little bit.  At least that’s how I’d like it to be.  Sometimes it still seems a bit crazy, probably because I let it get that way.  But it is different.  It is at least a little slower and softer.  So, here’s to fall and my favorite months of the year!

BYU-I Gardens

August 25, 2008

Aren’t they just such cute kids!!!

I took the kids up to the gardens at BYU-I to take their pictures this afternoon.  It was fun, but they were annoyed with the picture taking by the time we left.  That and, for some reason, we got attacked by hornets by one of the ponds and Sydnie and Hayley both got stung and were hurting when we left.  Stupid hornets!  Anyway… the flowers were beautiful as always and I wandered around wishing I could somehow make my yard look like their landscaping.  All I need is a lot of money and I’m sure I could do it! 🙂  Oh, well.  I’ll plod along doing a little bit at a time and someday when I’m like 50 or something it may look like something close.  Maybe I should just get started here at least – We haven’t done anything in the yard at all except mow the weeds!  It just seems overwhelming to even think about where to start with the yard.  I hope we can get something done this fall.  At least a place to have the veggie garden next spring, and some actual grass out front.

Weekend Camping Trip

August 18, 2008

Here are a few pics from this weekend’s camping trip.  We had a lot of fun and actually caught some fish for a change.  Well… some of us did anyway… catch fish I mean.  As usual with camping we were filthy when we got home.  Dillan and I were amazed at how yucky his bath water looked after he got out.  Eew!  It was nice to go and relax and do something fun before the kids go back to school on Wednesday.  Especially since they keep saying “we haven’t done anything all summer”.  I look at them like they’re crazy and wonder where all the time went since we don’t seem to have stopped for a breath all summer!

Huckleberries

August 18, 2008

Last Sunday we went searching for huckleberries.  Look at those little yummy little berries; so tart and sweet!  There is nothing to compare to that taste.  We ate all that we picked because dear hubby doesn’t have the patience to pick a gallon or two, so we left with me just knowing that most likely I wouldn’t get another opportunity this summer to get some.  I guess I’ll have to live with the closely guarded few I have left in the freezer.