Happy October, everyone!
I told that to my sister this morning, and she promptly asked me what October was. 🙂
*Urgent News* This is going to be a ramble-y post. So it is a little disjointed. Some of it will make more sense when you see the pictures. I’m not sure about the rest of it. 😛 If you would rather, just scroll down to the pictures. 🙂 (I am in a bit of a smiley face mood today. You’ll se what I mean in a minute.)
Today has been a quiet day. I spent it giving my room a good cleaning since we have a good family friend coming to visit us tomorrow, and she will be staying in my room. She will be here for ten days.
Once I was finished with my room, I spread out the cookbooks that are in my room, and continued with the menu planning. I currently have 30 recipes/meals picked out for October. I still need to pick out the recipes for the nights when Noah, Meiling, and I will be cooking ethnic foods. And I need to chat with Mom about what we are going to bring to church on the meal Sundays. I just realized that 30 recipes is enough. I kept thinking that I would need one more, not remembering that we already had tonight planned. Well, it only took me till now to figure that out.
We have lots of cats right now. Most of them are technically kittens, as they were born this Spring and Summer. They are feeling the slight chill in the air, and have been cuddling in a large pile on the deck. Very cute!
I have had a cold over the weekend, a most miserable cold that hasn’t wanted to go away. I have been taking the home remedies that I usually take, but I didn’t start them until I had already had the cold for a day. I thought that the cold was allergies at first. But I figured out that it was a cold on Friday morning. Now I have been taking Master Tonic and Elderberry Syrup hourly (except at nights and while at Church). I took a break for a few hours today since I was getting a bit tired of the Master Tonic.
On Friday, while I was sick in bed, I finished “Health for Godly Generations” and started “How to be Your own ‘Doctor.’” It was quite fun reading that while I was sick. I read about a few things that I could use while I was sick. I have been drinking peppermint/parsley tea to help with congestion. I’m not sure if it is helping, or if I am just getting better, but I am definitely less congested than I was yesterday!
Another remedy that I read about (and tried!) said to take an onion, chop it up, put it in a bowl, and sleep with it as close to your pillow as you could. I tried it, and it kept my nose so clear! But I had this feeling that I was going to knock it off the bed during the night. Well, on Saturday night I didn’t knock it off. But last night was a different story.
I woke up to a clang just before 4 this morning. Sure enough, I had hit the bowl with my arm and sent onions flying across the floor. Not only were there onions, but onion juice, too. I just grabbed the onions, tossed them in my trash can, wiped up the juice, and used the Swiffer to mop up the area quickly. I decided that I would just leave the Swiffer and put it back in the morning. (Trust me, there is a point to me telling, and you reading, this!)
At 5:30 our outside dog, Shadow, started barking at something. My window was open, and the sound came through quite clearly. Lucy, my little dog who was sleeping right next to me, immediately sat up, put her paws on me, and started barking. I shushed her in a few seconds, but she kept staring at something across the room. It was the Swiffer. She did not like the Swiffer. I finally got her to calm down, but the next few times Shadow barked, she would lift her head to watch the Swiffer. I don’t think that she quite trusted it. 🙂
Oh, I am SO excited. We are going to get some more herbs. Actually, quite a few. I can’t wait. I am going to make all kinds of things with them. Can’t wait!
Here are a few pictures I took today. None of them are particularly good. But they are Today. 🙂
Kitty pile – the one looking right at us is Toby. We don’t know if it is a boy or a girl, but it has one orange toe. Hence the name: Toby.
Upis down! (means upside down – some little one in our family said that, not sure who)
Ooooooh, I love this. Like LOVE love this. The last roses of summer (actually, there are probably more that a dozen on our knockout rose bushes)
Asparagus for dinner – we were going to grill it, but the grill is out of gas. So I pan fried them, with the leftover marinade from the zucchini (see below). They were very good. Quite different than what we are used to, but in a good way.
And it is not going to fall off the plate. I just felt like tipping the camera that far. So I did. 😛
The zucchini. Again, we were going to grill these, but [see above]. I marinated these for a half hour in an Italian dressing I made. Next time I will marinate them longer. But they were pretty good. Again, very different than what I am used to.
Another kitty pile
The view from our driveway
The trees on the other side of the pasture that lies across the road
I LOVE this fence. It’s just so…country…semi-rustic…fence-like. Like you couldn’t tell that last thing.
Love that sky!
Up the road
The mums have bloomed
I LOVE these leaves. They are in my favorite part of the yard. The trees are so close together that the leaves practically block out the sun. It is absolutely beautiful.