Friday already and a busy weekend planned, but not so filled with activity that I won't have the time to stop and smell the roses. Adding to my many blessings I am thankful for:
- Hardwood trees. Living in northern Michigan a riot of colors decorate our hardwood trees in October. Brief in their appearance, they fall gracefully to the earth all too soon reminding us that winter is on its way.
- My daughter-in-law Cindy's applesauce. Chunky and rich, peppered with raisins and spices, a little dish of this homemade goodness is so delicious it could be served as a dessert. Its aroma rivals the best and most expensive scented candle produced. YUM!
- Saturday mornings with my grandsons after a sleepover. Tradition is that we have a quick, easy breakfast followed by an elaborate brunch. The boys and I plan days ahead of time what will be served and they help in the preparation. Making memories - the best blessing of all.
- Orange and yellow and red - and I can't forget purple (my grandson Joe's team colors). Colors that would look out of place in my home any other time of year, but in the fall they are abundant and welcomed and celebrated.
- Making soup. Chopping, dicing, stirring the pot, a pinch of this and a dab of that - all activities that initially fill my kitchen with activity, and then my home with the anticipation of good things to come once the pot has simmered long enough to blend all of the robust flavors percolating around under the lid.