Friday, October 25, 2013


I step outside and the chilly air tightens the
skin on my bare arms. Summer has ended
all too quickly, and some of the leaves on the
trees have already started to burn with the
colors of fall. Fall colors.... so bright and intense
and beautiful. It's like nature is trying to fill
you up with color, to saturate you so you can
stockpile it before winter turns everything
muted and dreary. ~

Siobhan Vivian

It's been a great week to live in the south:
the weather has been perfect this week,
as in I had to wear a sweater on my walk,
so I have been spending as much time
as I can outside, working in the vegetable
garden, the herb bed, walking and just
enjoying the fact that the humidity is
gone and so are the bugs. The grass has
been given it's last cut, the wood has
been cut for the woodstove and now I am
waiting on cold weather... I'm more
than ready.

[Home] schooling is going well, we have
completed our 50th day. Alex read
The Grapes of Wrath and I read
To Kill A Mockingbird as a read aloud,
[it's a longtime favorite of mine],
then we spend one afternoon with
a huge bowl of popcorn and watched
the movie. I was glad to hear Alex say
he liked the book so much more than
the movie. There are now more books
to read and another movie afternoon
in our near future.

Dinner this week has seen a lot of
soups and this one was a big hit.
Tonight there will be this,  and
I have plans to try this and this
soon. There is just something
about a pot of soup simmering
on the stove that fill me with

Bette Davis [the cat] has settled in
and is quite at home here for which
I am thankful, the first day I wasn't
too sure how it was all going to work
out, but the dogs seem to tolerate her
and she adores them.

I am looking forward to a quiet and restful
weekend. I hope whatever you have
planned brings you comfort and joy,
and peace.



  1. doesn't a good fall day just lift your spirits?!! (almost enough to forgot about all our steamy, hot, buggy muggy summers!!!) enjoy the pretty weather...I know I am. Nothing much on the agenda this weekend---m-a-y-b-e (??????) a fire in the fireplace!!!

  2. Ahh, we've had an equally beautiful fall week up north and mine has been similar to yours ~ soups, sweaters, books, and kitties! I'm looking forward to some walks and knitting this weekend ... oh, and I mustn't forget baking!

  3. Hi Tracey - your Autumnal post sounds a bit like our Summer! We are into soup too. Hope you are keeping well xxx

  4. This is the perfect example of my favorite kind of day. Especially the soup simmering on the stove. You gave me quite a few ideas for soups, thank you! To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorites. I try to read it at least one a year.

  5. your fall looks lovely. you deserve a nice break. enjoy your lovely weather. :)

  6. Oh I am so happy to hear fall has reached you Tracey, I know how much you enjoy it. Have the most wonderful weekend.

  7. I loved The Book Thief. Great book.

  8. What heartwarming soups you've planned. They all look yummy. You have a brilliant green thumb.

  9. Yay for fall arriving, and I agree soup on the stove is bliss. I've read all the books but grapes of wrath, couldn't get through all those descriptions but maybe now I'm ready!! Enjoy the cold snap :)

  10. your week and your eats sound lovely, tracey!

  11. lovely! soup simmering on the stove is my absolute favorite (and bread baking in the oven) especially with the weather chill and damp outside. a couple of my kids have called for recipes and it's been fun to walk them through the making!