A dear friend, who loves to garden, had a birthday in October so we created a glass dish flower for her to put in her garden. I think it turned out really neat and was a relatively simple project once we found dishes we liked the aesthetic of.
|All the pieces|
|Put together and ready to ship|
|Love it with her flowers!|
We had another craigslist score this fall as well. A bathtub (free!!)for the dogs to swim in instead of their plastic kiddie pool. It's much easier to drain and clean and we are excited to build it into our landscape design next spring.
|New tub for the girls|
|Aria loves her tub!|
We enjoyed some wonderful fall walks and I had a great birthday celebrated with family and dear friends.
|Beautiful fall walk|
My folks also finished their walkway through the yard.
|I think it turned out great!|
Halloween came with mild weather and lots of trick-or-treaters. The dogs wore their Halloween scarves and greeted all the kids when they came to the door.
|They're so sweet!|
We completed a few minor finishing touches in the laundry room which I love and improve the ease of function in the room.
|Holder for partner-less socks and other laundry accesories|
|Hanger for clothes while folding|
|Folds flat against the wall when not in use|
|And a new rug|
|Cool barn shop by the lake|
|Lots of turkeys|
|Lovely fall colors|
Fall here was mild and quite sunny punctuated by bitter cold and final farewells.
|Cold end of fall|
|Aria even wore her coat|
|As did Cassie|
|And Aria discovered she loves laying in front of the fire!|
|Soap in the molds|
In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving we lost a few of our elders. During the Thanksgiving season, we found ourselves acutely aware and profoundly grateful for the impact they had on us and the love they brought to our lives. Through the years they had laughed and cried with us, hoped and dreamed with us, grieved and celebrated with us. They taught us of love, courage, compassion, strength, and faith. And the greatest lesson we cherished, the importance and simple beauty of listening. Listening outside oneself and all the hustle and bustle of the everyday. Listening deep, being fully present, even when it hurt. Such a wealth of wisdom our elders have to share when we listen. They gave us countless gifts, the most cherished of these their time and their beloved memories.
The day after Thanksgiving, we loaded up the dogs and headed south for memorial services. Our journey began with beautiful sunsets, followed by pouring rain. But right before we arrived at our destination we were treated to the most beautiful double rainbow over the river. And I couldn't help but think what a perfect metaphor this was for our grief. That those we had loved and lost were smiling down from heaven on our journey and were now at peace. And what a beautiful honor for us to carry their stories on in our hearts.
When we returned home, my husband requested our own Thanksgiving dinner just the two of us. So we created one while we started the Christmas decorating process. It was delicious and pretty much everything turned out great, especially as it was our first time making everything from scratch (and gluten free). The next day was a Christmas tree cutting adventure and we found this year's tree just as the sun was setting.
|Thanksgiving Round 2|
|Sunset tree search|
|Cassie is loving it!|
|Found the tree just in time|
|Finished Gingerbread man|
|The pups helping with outside decorations|
|Front decorations (these are new this year)|
|The whole frontscape|
|New Mini Tree that was Nana's.|
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