Friday, September 19, 2014

Runaway Squash Plant

My garden is pretty much finished for the year. I really need to get in there and pull all the dead stuff out, but I wanted to share my crazy squash story with you first. You may or may not remember from past years that I have been totally unsuccessful growing squash here in Louisville. For 3 summers I tried and was always so disappointed. The plants would grow and produce tons of flowers, but some mystery something or other would eat the flowers before they could actually make squash. I  tried every spray, powder, suggestion to no avail. So, this year I decided not to bother. I did not plant a single squash seed or plant. Imagine my surprise when out of the far corner of my little raised bed, up popped a squash plant. Crazy. I decided to just let it do it's thing and boy did it. I don't think you can really tell from the pictures, but it has pretty much taken over the left half of the garden. Did I get any squash from it? you might be asking. No. not a one. I thought I might get a couple. They were there one day and then totally gone the next. I wish I knew who or what seems to like squash as much as I do. Alan says it's the dog, but I'm pretty sure it's squirrels or chipmunks, I just haven't been able to catch them in the act. .Next year no squash will be allowed to invade. I think I will make room for blueberries and strawberries.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tis the Season

 Oh my goodness! Fall has now officially arrived in Louisville. Trader Joe's if full of all things PUMPKIN. I didn't even buy one of everything, because I thought the cashier might make fun of me. I don't know how they keep coming up with new ideas. For breakfast this morning I enjoyed a pumpkin bagel with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee. What a way to start the day. I can't wait to try the pumpkin croissants this weekend. If you could only see the smile on my face. I've held off bringing all of my fall decorations up from the basement, but I did buy the FALL pillow in the first picture and unpacked my fall quilts to give Alan a little hint of what's to come. Hopefully the weather stays cool. and crisp and perfect. Hope you are enjoying September as much as I am.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Spinning Summer Into Fall

Way back in May when summer was just getting started, I purchased this fiber. The pencil roving interested me because it looked like it might be easy to spin and because I loved the colors. The golds, browns and greens reminded me of fall leaves. I put the fiber aside and spun more "summer" like things until about 3 weeks ago. We had a bit of a "cold" snap here and out came the "fall" fiber. Since then Mother Nature decided that maybe summer wasn't quite over and the 90's returned to Louisville. Really? But, fall is back and my fiber is now yarn and I'm ready to start knitting something beautiful.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Can You Believe That It's Already September?

Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. We drove down to Tennessee with my Dad to visit with family. We had a great time in Memphis, well actually Colierville with Alan's Mom, his brother Paul, his wife Lisa and our nieces Jessica and Rachel. Mary Ann has recently moved into a retirement home there and after visiting, I kinda wish that I could move in with her. It's a beautiful facility with lots fun things going on all the time. Of course I forgot to take any pictures. Thank goodness Lisa is a stickler for that and kindly sent us a few. My Dad stayed in Trenton with my Uncle Henry and Aunt Trudy and from the sound of it they had a wonderful time too. Alan and I spent one night with my cousin Charles and his wife Robin. There was a big family get together at their house and we talked our selves silly. The weather could have been  better, but a little rain and heat didn't stop us from having a great time. Now we are home and fall is just starting to kick in. I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte the other day and really enjoyed it until Alan told me that it contained 4 days worth of sugar. Does he know how to spoil a good thing or what? The leaves are starting to fall off the trees as well as those stupid acorns that give me fits every year. Football is on the TV and I'm thinking about making a pot of chili so you know it must be autumn. I sure enjoyed the summer, but fall is my favorite season and I plan on enjoying it even more.