Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The song of the Chrysanthemum.......



The song of the Chrysanthemum.....








At last I have come to my throne.
No more, despised and unknown,
In gardens forlorn
My blossoms are born;
No more in some corner obscure
Do I drearily, sadly endure
The withering blight
Of neglect and of slight;
Oh, long have I waited and late,
For this fair and slow-coming fate,
Which the years have foretold
As they sighingly rolled.
Oh, long have I waited and lone;
But at last, on my blossomy throne,
The world doth declare
I am fairest of fair,
And queen of the autumn I reign,
With a sway that none may disdain,-
I, once who did stand,
Despised in the land.
-Nora Perry, 19th Century-

Monday, September 29, 2008

Blue Monday.....




Welcome to Blue Monday, which is hosted by my good friend Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ Every Monday a group of us gals get together to post something blue. If you would like more information about our group, or you are interested in joining, just click on the above link to reach the official Blue Monday web site......



I once took a class on cultural diversity and that is where I was first introduced to this beautiful handmade art work depicting life in the Hmong culture. I thought it was so unique. Fortunately I found a woman right here in Michigan that sold it and I now have several pieces.....
Traditional Hmong art is mainly made up of embroidery called Par Nitaub. Though out history the Hmong people had to leave their homes due to starvation and war. Their art consisted of geometrical designs, like in the middle of this piece, that could represent houses, places, rivers, and fields. They were passed down generation to generation in a way of communicating their history......
In the refugee camps, after 1975, in Thailand, the women and men developed a new form of art called Padau. They drew scenes of daily life and then intricately hand embroidered them into lovely tapestries. This piece is absolutely amazing! It's so colorful and beautiful. The picture here does not do it justice. As you can see from the picture the people here are dressed authentically. They are out, and about, working in the fields and on the farms. The Hmong are noted for their wonderful art work and have incorporated it into tapestries, purses, and etc. If you would like to find out more about Hmong art work just click on the following web site http://www.hmongpadau.com/about_us.html
Happy Blue Monday everyone!.... I look forward to seeing all of your pretty blue posts.....
With warmest regards, Carol

Sunday, September 28, 2008

When nature is all aglow....


" Just before the death of flowers
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow"
-Author Unknown-


Fall is slowly arriving here in Michigan and the leaves are starting to turn colors. It is the most beautiful time of the year here.....



Everyone is beginning to put out their fall decorations. Pumpkins and cornstalks are being sold at road side stands. College football is in full swing, and people are out, and about, at the mills and the orchards. Autumn is such a lovely season....
I am looking forward to visiting with all of you and learning about all of the things that have special meaning to you and your family in the fall....
With warmest regards,

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Twenty little things to treasure in Autumn......




Did you know that Melissa at The Inspired Room http://theinspiredroom.net/ is sponsoring a post called Twenty little things to treasure in Autumn? What a great idea! I thought I would give it a try..........



TWENTY LITTLE THINGS TO TREASURE IN AUTUMN......

1. Warm days and cool evenings
2. Crackling fires
3. Warm cider with cinnamon sticks
4. Spending the day at cider mills and apple orchards, especially with our grandson Ryan
5. Hay rides
6. Snuggling under blankets on cool evenings
7. Listening to the sound of children laughing on they're way to school
8. Pumpkins and Jack-o-lanterns
9. Watching the leaves on the trees change color and slowly tumble to the ground
10. Pumpkin pie
11. Aunt Roses date and nut bread
12. Long walks listening to the leaves crunch under my feet.
13. Halloween and all of the family festivities
14. Warm stews and soups on rainy cool days
15. Scarecrows
16. Our family Thanksgiving and the Thanksgiving Day Parade
17. Glowing candles flickering all around the house
18. Jumping in piles of leaves
19. Enjoying all of the pretty fall decorations
20. Lighting up our pumpkins and haunted houses in the evening, or on gloomy, dark, rainy days
It's your turn.... What are twenty things you love about fall?.....
I hope you have a lovely evening.....
With warmest regards,

Week four.... Exploration of Cider Mills and Apple Orchards...



WELCOME TO WEEK FOUR.....

EXPLORATION OF CIDER MILLS AND APPLE ORCHARDS...


This post is hosted by Charli and Me. My posts will run through October 18Th. I would love for you to join me! Do you have a favorite cider mill or apple orchard in the area where you live? Do you have a fond memory of a trip to a mill or orchard when you were growing up? What about a poem or a song? Do you have an apple or cider recipe you would like to share? Any fall decorations? If so, please take a button, write your post, and then leave me a comment. I will provide a link back to your web site. Come join the fun!....


Today I am taking you on a tour of the Paint creek Cider Mill which is located in Rochester, Michigan. And what a charming old mill it is! This mill has so much potential, but through the years, not much has been added in the way of attracting visitors. They have no official web site and the restaurant which was located on the premises is no longer in service. They do sell cider and donuts in a small store located adjacent to the mill. On the weekends, in the fall, they offer music on the covered porch, face painting, balloons, and sometimes magicians for the children. They also have a small farmers market in October where you will find apples and pumpkins. I personally like the mill because of it's rustic appeal....


The building itself is absolutely beautiful with it's vintage mullion bar windows and aged water wheel........













The thing that attracts most visitors to Paint Creek Cider Mill, however, are the mills unique walking trails.....






There is one little path that follows the creek and has been covered with wood chips. It is a lovely and peaceful path to walk along......






















But Paint Creek Cider Mill is most noted for it's access to Paint creek trail. If you click on the above picture you will see that horses are permitted..... Hum.... They don't mention anything about little gray schnauzers.... But guess what? Dogs are welcome too.... Yeah!........

This picture was taken at the entrance to the trail. So pretty....

The Paint Creek trail connects the Detroit Communities of Oakland, Orion township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, and the Village of Lake Orion. You can find out more about the trail by visiting http://www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails/trailNRT/PaintCreek-MI.html




It's a beautiful trail to walk along that goes on for miles and miles. All along the trail there are benches where weary travelers can stop and rest a while. We didn't see a horse, or a deer the day we were there, but we did see many bikers, walkers, and of course lot's of very happy dogs....



So what did we do with that cider we bought? I like to heat it and add a cinnamon stick. Our grandson Ryan says he loves it served this way. Cider is truly delicious and so much better than apple juice.....
I also made Apple Scones that were incredibly yummy, as are all of the recipes I've gotten from my friend Alice at http://teainmycup.blogspot.com/ If you haven't stopped by to visit Alice now is the time. My recipe book is over flowing with all of the wonderful recipes I have gotten from her. She will give you step by step instructions on how to throw the most amazing tea parties. She has fabulous ideas! Thank you so much Alice! This latest recipe was once again a huge hit with my family.......


Oh dear! What are those creepy things on my tea tray and on my delicious apple scones? Ryan are those spiders!... EEEK!.... That must mean Halloween is right around the corner!.... October is a very spooky month at our house.... How about at yours?.....

CIDER MULLED PUNCH.....

2 small eating apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

6 whole cloves

1 (4 inch) cinnamon stick

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 cup water

1 small orange juiced

1 bottle of cider

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Remove cloves and cinnamon stick and serve warm.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network.
APPLE SCONES
Use a firm apple for these scones, Braeburn, Gala, Granny Smith and Haralson are all good choices.
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/2 finely chopped, peeled apple
1 egg
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix well. With a pastry blender or fork cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in apple.
Beat egg in small bowl. Stir in cream and lemon peel. Add to try ingredients. Stir just until moistened.
On a floured surface, gently knead dough 5 or 6 times. Place dough on cookie sheet. Press to form 8-inch round, about 1 inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges. Separate wedges slightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and lemon juice. Blend well. Drizzle warm scones with glaze
Recipe courtesy of Alice at http://teainmycup.blogspot.com/
I hope you have enjoyed my tour of Painted Creek Cider Mill and trails. If you try these recipes I think you will enjoy them. Please come back next week when I will take you on another tour...... I hope you have a lovely week....
With warmest regards,

Charli and Me

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hopeful Friday.....




Hopeful Friday is hosted by my friend Cielo at http://houseinroses.blogspot.com/ . It is a post dedicated to positive thoughts and inspirational messages. A post to celebrate God...
If you would like to join, or would like further information about our group, just click on the above link to reach to reach the official Hopeful Friday web site.........




Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:
whoever finds one has found a treasure.
-SIRACH 6:14
+

"God surely loves us through our friends. In their sympathy, support, patience, and loyalty. God's love shines clearly. I hope that my friends find God's blessing in my friendship as well."

I found this quote in a book of days and I wanted to share it will all of you. Friendship is one of the most meaningful experiences we can have here on earth. We laugh with our friends, we cry with our friends, we support one another, and we learn so much from all of our wonderful and lovely friends. Today I am celebrating my friendship with all of you. Each and every one of you are amazing in your own way! I have enjoyed getting to know you so much, and even though we have never met, I have fell such a profound connection to all of you. Through my blogging experience I now have pen pals from all over the world. Today I just wanted to take the time to say, THANK YOU! THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP! It truly means the world to me!........

May the peace and the love of the Lord be with you always.......

With warmest regards, Carol

Friday Fill-Ins.........




Welcome to Friday Fill-ins.....
http://fridayfillins.blogspot.com/

FRIDAY FILL-INS # 91.....

And.... Here we go!
1. A family reunion and crackling fires are some of the things I'm most looking forward to in October.
2. Sometimes I wonder about the state of affairs in the world.
3. I recently completed a corn maze challenge and that's why there is a saying, "never say never."!
4. When I'm down, I count my blessings, and then go out and do something fun.
5. Out and about with Charli is where you will find me most often.
6. A rainy day is good for sleeping in late and reading a good book.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going out with friends, tomorrow my plans include enjoying a beautiful fall day and Sunday, I want to spend quiet time with my family contemplating all of my blessings.

I hope all of you have a wonderful fall weekend!... I look forward to reading all of your posts.....
With warmest regards, Carol

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dogs on Thursday........


Welcome to Dogs On Thursday http://dogsonthursday.blogspot.com/ where a group of dog lovers such as myself get together once a week to write a post about their most precious little four legged friends. If you are interested in joining our group, or you would like more information about us, just click on the above link to reach the official Dogs On Thursday web site........

This has been an incredibly busy week at our house. First we finally finished painting our bedroom which we had started just before my hubby went into the hospital last month. That went well so we decided to tackle the spare bedroom. The spare room used to be our grandson's bedroom when he lived with us and it still had the blue striped wall paper from his star wars motif. For the longest time I couldn't bare to change it. Well the wallpaper has been stripped, the walls patched and painted, the floors cleaned, the curtains and pictures hung, the furniture polished, and the closet cleaned out. The only thing we have left to do is purchase an area rug......
And where was Charli while all of these renovations were going on?.........
She was right in the thick of every thing! She had plaster on her snoot, paint on her paws, and wallpaper stuck to the back of her hind legs. Every time I gathered a pile of debris together she would walk right through the middle of it scattering it all over the place again. When the nail gun went off she would shake and cry. As I was putting things back into the closet she would get way in the back and refuse to come out. My hubby said having Charli around was just like having a two year old again. That was right after she tore apart his sponge, but Like I said, everything is done now and back to normal. For some reason I bought an extra sham for the day bed so I decided to use it on Charli's bed. Now her bed matches the day bed to a tee. Now I ask you is she a little Diva or what? I also had a little stuffed schnauzer that I thought would look cute sitting on Charli's bed but she isn't buying none of that at all. She's been busy dragging it off of her bed by the neck and leaving it in other areas of the house when she thinks I'm not looking.....
That is all of our latest news... We are looking forward to reading all of your posts....
Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of the people who are trying to put they're lives back together after the wrath of hurricane Ike.......
With our warmest regards,

Booking Through Thursday........



Welcome to Booking Through Thursday http://btt2.wordpress.com/
This week we are being asked the following questions......

What was the most unusual (for you) book you ever read? Either because the book itself was completely from out in left field somewhere, or was a genre you never read, or was the only book available on a long flight.... What (not counting school textbooks, though literature read for classes counts) was furthest outside your usual comfort zone/familiar territory?
And, did you like it? Did it stretch your boundaries? Did you shut it with a shudder the instant you were done? Did it make you think? Have nightmares? Kick of a new obsession?.......


I have read many unusual books, but I think the most unusual book I've ever read would have to be The Ruins by Scott Smith. My good friend Cori, who knows how much I love to read, brought it over one day explaining to me how different and strange she thought it was. She said she hoped I would read it because she'd love to know what I thought about it. Well that certainly peeked my interest, and although it wasn't the type of book I would pick up myself to read, I thought I would give it a try. Did I like it? To this day I'm not quite sure how I feel about the book. It was definitely quite a tale and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. It was sort of a scientific, horror mix, and to this day I can't go out in my gardens alone, among my vines, without getting the shivers and feeling just a tad uncomfortable. The movie is now out and I definitely would not have any desire to go to see it. For me the book was quite enough thank you very much!
The Ruins did stretch the boundaries of my imagination and made me think that I would never, under any circumstances, want to take off on any kind of excursion alone, or even wilh a small group of friends, in a foreign country, even though I do understand that the book was totally fiction. I didn't have nightmares about The Ruins but I did find myself talking about it for months after I finished it so it did leave some sort of an impression on me. It was very creep indeed! For those of you who love books filled with excitement and horror you would probably find this book quite enjoyable to read. Even after reading this book I still don't like to read anything to do with science fiction but The Ruins has made me more open to reading mysteries, and this year, I have even went so far as to join R.I.P. III. If You have never heard of R.I.P, and are interested in finding out more about it, just click on the R.I.P. III button on my side bar....
I look forward to reading all of your responses to this weeks questions.... Happy Thursday!...
With warmest regards, Carol

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Autumn leaves.......



Autumn Leaves.........

This video is quite beautiful although some what sad.....
I hope you enjoy it as much as my hubby and I did....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxSZNVrBLLc

Have a lovely Autumn Day!....
With warmest regards,

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Autumn........




HAPPY AUTUMN!.......


Leaves....
How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
to wait, like children, for the snow.
by Elise N. Brady


Take the Autumn test......
What do you like about Autumn? And what does it say about you? Are you curious? If so, just click on the link and take the test....



We hope you have a beautiful Autumn day!.....
With warmest regards,

Monday, September 22, 2008

Blue Monday.....



Good Morning and happy Blue Monday to all of you!.....

Blue Monday, sponsored by my dear friend Sally, at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/, is a post devoted to all things blue. If you would like more information about our group, or you are interested in joining us on Monday's, just click on the above link to reach the official Blue Monday web site.....


This Monday I decided to post pictures of one of my favorite quilts. As many of you know I have a quilt collection...... Unfortunately none of them are home made, and even though blue is my favorite color, most of my quilts are pink or green. I had forgotten all about this quilt because I had packed it away for the summer.........
One of the things I love most about this particular quilt is that all of the rings you see on it are embroidered. If you click on the picture you will get a better view. Even though it isn't hand stitched it has a home made feel about it that makes it look especially pretty on the bed......

I look forward to seeing all of your wonder things blue posts! Again, happy Blue Monday to all of you!......
With warmest regards,
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