Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Thankful for the decorative efforts of spiders on this Thursday.  With our morning moisture and fog, their artistic wisps are everywhere.  

"The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and a spider's web."

Edwin Way Teale  

Linking up with Teresa today.....

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Forever Working

Yesterday we had unseasonably high temperatures for the end of October.  That brought out all insects, birds, and flying creatures to enjoy this bonus day from Mother Nature.  

The front porch Mums seemed to be the gathering place and quite a few honeybees joined in on the warm weather fest.  

It was good to see them out and about.  

All different types of bees were enjoying the Mums.  

Tomorrow signals the start of cooler weather.  As in low thirty degree temperatures at night.  

"When the flower blossoms, the bee will come."  

Srikumar Rao

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Black Walnuts

Its life no doubt began before our old farmhouse was built,
this Black Walnut tree seems to be delivering a bumper crop this season.   

If you believe in old wives tales, this would seem to mean that we are going to have a bad winter.  

If you are familiar with Black Walnuts, then you know they are quite a pain to harvest.  The pretty, green ball hanging from the tree must be dried and then opened to then reveal the nut still in the shell.  Maybe when I retire I will have time to take on this project.....or maybe not.  

High in omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts are especially good for you.  Though this health benefit intrigues me, I am content to leave them right where they are.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Randoms

The young lady of the house surprised me with a selfie on my DSLR camera.  A nice shot with her friend in the background.  

Postmodern Jukebox does it again with a cover of, "All About That Bass", using a real bass, no less.  

I could go to an Ohio State football game just to watch the half time show.  Seriously.  

Fancy a visit to a haunted locale?  Garden and Gun magazine has a list for you right here.

A bit of frost for us this week and I admit that I am enjoying it.

Linking up with Tanya today....

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Today's fence is brought to you by the oldest courthouse west of the Allegheny Mountains.  It resides right here in Smalltownland.  Built in 1803, it was last used as a functional courthouse in 1933.  The chain, "fence", around the perimeter served as a bench, of sorts, for gentleman waiting outside the courthouse.  Back in, "the day", it was the place for socializing and general gossip.  Though, I am sure men would say they don't gossip....

"Be impeccable with your work.  Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.  Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love."  

Miguel Angel Ruiz  

Linking up today with Teresa....

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boys Will Be Boys

This past Sunday afternoon my son had friends coming over to film some scenes for a Senior class project.  

I had my orders to stay inside.  And, especially, no photographing the activities.  But, how could I not peek?  These days are numbered.  Life is dashing by at the speed of light.  

The Lady of the Yard surveying the Autumnal scene.  This photograph has nothing to do with this post.  

So, I looked out the laundry room window and what did I spy......

~young men jousting with poles....on bicycles, with Secret Agent Man's body armor~  

~the wearing of long, brown bath towels as tunics~ 

~one young man wearing a black, curly wig~ 

~a homemade crossbow being fired~  

~an arrow being used inappropriately, as a body part no less~

~lots of laughter, fun, and camaraderie~ 

Though I still haven't witnessed the completed video, I have no doubt the high school teacher will let me watch, if I email a quick request......

"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."  

Kurt Vonnegut  


Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Leaves Must Fall

I don't know what it is about falling leaves that I enjoy so much.  

Maybe it is watching them float to the ground, like snow, that makes it such a peaceful season for me.  

Perhaps it is the crunchy sound underfoot that I enjoy so much.  Maybe it is the memory of my children playing in them.  

Secret Agent Farmer Man likes to mow over them, but I would let them pile up to the roof top.  

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."  

Emily Bronte