Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Rock Wall

Just a little beyond our cabin lies a rock wall, tumbling down and filled with crooks and crevices where our chipmunk friends play hide and seek.

Nothing more than a pile of rocks covered with sweet, green velvet moss.
 But within these rocks, I know there is a story....

Who built this wall?
How long ago?
 What were their lives like?
What did the woods look like then?

Along the path to the pond, lies this rusted bucket. I refuse to move it.
 I like to walk past and think about its previous owners.
These woods were not always ours nor will they always be.

I am always awestruck by the curiousity of the human soul.
 To wonder so much and care so deeply about a person and a family we have never seen, have never meet- the history of this place, the magic of the forest, connecting us together.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Halloween Hoedown

I am not trying to rush the season here- really I'm not. But after the girls have been constantly looking at the costume catalog that arrived two months ago,  I finally got them to committ to what they want their costumes to be this year. Woo-hoo! I'm on my way to a Happy Halloween, so I am in the mood for a little flashback.

This is the Halloween party we threw when the girls were only two, no trick-or-treating yet. Old McDonald was all the rage in our little cottage then. We dressed them up as a cow and a pig and their cousin, who is only four months younger, was a horse- our own little barnyard. The adults wore overalls and flannels to be farmers.

The invitations said,
"Oink, Neigh, Moo and Booooo!
It's a Hoedown Halloween
and we're inviting you!"

I made chilli in the slow cooker (perfect for when Halloween falls during the work week) and set up a simple buffet.

The "corny" cupcakes are from the cookbook Hello, Cupcake!
(Tons of cute ideas in there, check it out if you haven't already.)

I ordered inexpensive bandanas and cowboy hats by the dozen.
For decorations, I knotted two bandanas in a triangle shape to drape over the backs of the chairs and then hung a cowboy hat on each. Guests could then wear them if they liked and it was a cute party favor. Everyone had a rootin' tootin' good time.

As for this Halloween, we're going buggy. The costume committment I finally recieved was for a ladybug and a bumblebee. Stay tuned for more details as I plan this year's buzzin' bash,

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Autumn Gold

After the frenzy of the first days back to school, we happily escaped for a quick trip to the cabin this weekend. The weather was gorgeous. No fall foliage yet but there were the prettiest golden wildflowers all around the pond and the fields. A hint of the golden  autumn to come, I hope.

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