Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Little Thoughts

 I've been listening to Christmas music via Pandora this morning.  It really IS cheery, even though I'm not at all ready for the other Christmas hoopla just yet.  I am looking forward to the pine smell and the candles.  Christmas tea, too.  Just now, I'm happy about the leaves and their showy display of color.  I have been very thankful that I don't crave pumpkin desserts.  I'm still waiting for some apple crisp (which is the same as apple crumble) and I thank Aslaug for the fantastic recipe and instructions.  Jody mentioned Susan Branch's good recipe for apple and cranberry crisp.  I'll try that, too.  
 Now is when the flowers are found inside instead of outside.  Bill is busy tidying our gardens.  We have sticks and stalks pointing every which way!
 One of my sweet blog friends, Catherine from Angel in the Garden, is an absolute expert at finding fabrics.  Wouldn't it be fun to design fabrics?  Even though I am not a skilled quilter, I DO love to look at fabrics.  When I was a girl, my mother took us to the fabric store often.  Now the "craft" stores have a section of fabric but back in my day, there were BIG stores full of fabric bolts.  Those were the good old days.
 Do you like this pipe smoking bunny?  I think it's a Garth Williams.  Are you a rabbit lover?  I certainly am.  The other day Kelli and I were at Target and we came upon grown up size footed pajamas.  Even though I've heard mamas say that they would like a a big zippered sleeper like the ones their babies wear, the variety of "sleepers" on the rack looked a little restricted and HOT.  Well, Kelli thought it would be funny to see how Bryan would respond if she came out of the closet clad in a big pink bunny sleeper.  I'll let you know what he says, I don't think she's tried it yet.  
 Aw, look at my sweet April, our daughter in law (LOVE!) in her knitted wig.  Don't you love it?  Yes, it's almost Harvest Festival time again.  Doesn't she glow?  Pretty! 
 Do you love Janet Ahlberg's illustrations as much as I do? I thought I'd show you a few.  My favorites are The Jolly Postman and Each Peach Pear Plum.  
 Wouldn't you like to give this granny a smooch on her rosy pink cheek?


I love this illustration.  Tired dad and a ginger-haired girl bringing tea.  I hope someone brings you a cuppa today.  If I drink a cup of tea at lunchtime, I'll think of you.
I hope we all soak up October and feel blessed to be alive.  I wish you many special people-to-people moments today.

20 comments:

Betty the Wood Fairy said...

I'm soaking up October, lovely childrens' books you have there. I have a longing for Beatrix Potter stories, a warm fire and hot chocolate! Betty

Farm Girl said...

What a nice way to start my day with our happy post. I love that pipe smoking bunny by Garth Williams. I have always enjoyed his art work.
I hope you have a lovely day.
I will think of you today.

Elizabethd said...

Mmm, cosy blankets, warm fire, hot chocolate....what cold be more Autumny?!

magsmcc said...

We love the Jolly Postman, though the only book we have here is the Jolly Christmas Postman- splendid! Nearly time for a box of Christmas books- hooray! making do with pumpkin books and other assorted things with orange on the cover!! Love those ginger tea drinkers Let's hear it for ginger tea drinkers- I'm putting my kettle on immediately!

Nancy McCarroll said...

You are making me want to make an apple crumble. Did you want to share your recipe?

sandy said...

Fun post! Made me smile! The illustrations are so cute! Have a lovely Autumn week!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi dear,

Sending autumn colors, scents, and joys across the miles.

Sharon (love those illustrations too)

TexWisGirl said...

i've been humming 'it's the most wonderful time of the year' but for autumn, not for christmas. :)

Sherry said...

Another beautiful post full of fun and new bunny trails for me to follow. You've introduced a new-to-me children's book illustrator that I must look up!

Have you read "The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter" by Susan Wittig Albert yet? I'm on book 3 (of an 8book series) and wrote a little review of them on my blog today. Hope you get a chance to drop by!

M.K. said...

Looks like a lovely day in your autumn world, Pom! Precious illustrations. My kids wore those footed sleepers for many years, and some of them were very large. But they do look hot! Not for me, thank you :)

Bonnie said...

Each peach/ pear, plum is my favorite! The illustrations are so happy. I do crave pumpkin anything but I also love apples. I just can't win.....

Lisa Richards said...

Janet Ahlberg is a HUGE favorite! You'll find several copies of her illustrations in my sketchbooks! :)
Sounds like you're having a very pleasant and cozy fall. It's beautiful here! XO

Kit said...

I am loving your header. I know that pic. One of my fav authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am trying to soak in lots of color and blue skies. :) Kit

Left-Handed Housewife said...

We are having a proper October this week (last week it was too hot), and I'm enjoying it immensely, gusty winds, whirling leaves, and the last two days some nice rain (but not too much). I'm drinking a cup of tea right now and thinking of you, dear!

xofrances

Carolyn Phillips said...

Love 'Each Peach', but my favourite of hers was 'Peepo'. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Peepo-ebook/dp/B005HDK53W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381395548&sr=1-1&keywords=peepo

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Yes, love Fall but (sigh) time to clean up the gardens and cut things down and bring in the ornaments....oh for just a few more weeks of Indian Summer......

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Karen, a lovely post, full of happiness and color. We need rain here in order to bring out the autumn colors.

April said...

I think you should display some of your fall cowls/scarves you are knitting.:). Love you!

Catherine said...

I do hope that you've managed an apple crisp by now! Do you eat it with custard & cream or just by itself? It's nice & easy to make & is oh so satisfying isn't it. That reminds me that I still have some fresh cranberries in the fridge. I think I might just cook some apple & cranberries together & eat it for breakfast...yum!
You would be a fabulous fabric designer. I like finding my fabrics already coloured in : ) I'm not quite sure what the allure is but it is very enriching (they can always be sold again one day (or given away) Much the same effect for me as all those gorgeous colourful, imaginative children's book illustrations, such as your Janet Ahlberg. Detail, colour, warmth & heart..oh look just like you : ) Much love GK x0x0x

libbyquilter said...

i really have enjoyed soaking up october and do indeed feel blessed to be alive~!

:-)
libbyQ

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