Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winston wanted you to know... wasn't entirely his fault,
but he's sorry The Lady hasn't posted lately.
(uhhh, The Lady... that's me!  DD Kate is his mommy!  He likes her best.)

So, I have no excuse really... well, just tired.
Okay, there was the week that Winston was like a toddler on Robitussin.
You know the label warning:  "sensitive to its effects, especially excitability."

We had, for a few days, a dog that would not sit still or sleep through the night!
He had a cough after getting his teeth cleaned... back to the vet... given a Rx.
We finally figured out that the Rx was making him hyper.
He has recovered as have we... finally, I think.
Thanksgiving here was good... how was yours?
DH usually brines a turkey and cooks it in the smoker or grills it.
We decided to have ham this year instead of turkey along with other favorites.

Fresh dill was the herb used in a few of my prepared dishes.
It is one of my favorite kitchen herbs.

~ Sweet Potato Casserole ~
baked in a Longaberger Woven Traditions Pottery Pie Plate.

 ~ Petite Green Pea Salad with dill dressing ~
Anchor Hocking crystal bowl ~ Wexford Pattern

~ Cranberry Salad ~
Anchor Hocking crystal bowl ~ Wexford Pattern

~ Deviled eggs with dill ~

~ Cheddar Dill Scones/Biscuits ~

I forgot to take a pic of the pumpkin pie.  
It had cute little maple leaf cut-outs around the top of the crust.
Next time... which will be soon, I think.
Pumpkin pie is a favorite here!

The Anchor Hocking - Wexford Pattern mentioned above is something I collect.
This is the footed compote (my Mom's) that started it all.

I have recently added this larger bowl... and a few other pieces I will share another time.

DD Kate and I usually decorate for Christmas this weekend.
She is a bit under the weather so postponed that 'til next week.

Just a month ago, our Bur Oak in the backyard looked like this.
Notice the acorns???

A cold wind blew through here Thanksgiving and brought us some much needed rain.
I, for one, just love the cloudy, overcast days.  But not too many!
We usually receive our annual rainfall of eight inches during the summer.
Summer here was very dry... about four inches of rain all summer.
This was a most welcomed sight... and sound.

There have been a few Juncos frequenting the backyard.
I have yet to get a good pic of these little guys.

This afternoon I saw one in the birdbath, grabbed my camera, and tried to sneak out 
through the bedroom French door onto the patio.

But what did I see instead???
The Junco was gone and in its place...

He lingered for just a moment then flew to the rock wall.

Aren't these trees beautiful?
Unlike my Bur Oak... remember the beautiful green leaves above?

This is how it looks after that blustery cold day...

All but a few leaves remain... it is still a beautiful tree to me.  I love the texture.
AND, it affords me a better view of the birds that will visit this winter.

The acorn yield last year from the Bur Oak was two... this year?  THIRTEEN!!!
There is a penny placed on one for size comparison... they are huge!

My design wall is empty... my sewing machine has been idle.

I did trace a Persian flower from the mid-1700's France (Dover book) to embroider.
This square tray is another bargain from my favorite thrift store...
It had just a few light surface scratches and a dusty glass insert, otherwise in great condition.

Many thanks to those who've emailed, stopped by the blog... and called!  ;-)

As today marks the beginning of the Advent Season,
I wish to leave you with this....

"What a wonderful beginning to the greatest story ever told,
His birth still rings with promise, as true as in days of old.
So let us sing His praises, and let us open up our hearts,
And receive His timeless message, 
that gives us all a brand new start."
excerpt - What a Wonderful Beginning
~written by Allen Shamblin & Austin Cunningham

...until next time,


Julie Fukuda said...

Amen to that, and I just love your photos. Take the credit for those and blame Winston for whatever goes wrong.

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Karen,
Your Thanksgiving dinner looks like it was great! Love your serving dishes, so beautiful!
The tray you picked up, what a great find. What are your plans for the embroidery? Thanks for visiting. I'am happy to have become your newest follower.
All the Best,

Cheryl said...

Thanksgiving dinner looks yummy and your acorns are textural. Glad Winston is feeling better and hope your DD is up to some holiday decorating soon.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Oh my~ loved all the photo's! The Wexford pattern is very cool~ is it always on a little pedestal/foot? I miss my favorite thrifting store! ;-)