“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Friday, November 06, 2009

Apples and soup and football, oh my! The blessings of fall...



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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

18 comments:

carolyn said...

Mimi
Love your Friday thankful list.
thanks for stopping by my blog
Blessings to your month of gratitude!

Shopgirl said...

We are so blessed!
Hugs, Mary

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a great list! Love your collage photo at the beginning. I have family in Michigan and visit there every summer. I find even summers there beautiful but have yet to experience Fall. I know that the colors are just amazing. We don't get that in Kuwait. Best wishes for your weekend, :) Tammy

jabblog said...

I love your cheery collage. Our trees are aflame with colour now but soon all the leaves will be gone and we can appreciate the 'bare bones'.
Sunday mornings with your grandsons sound wonderful. Have a lovely weekend.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I love your brunch idea! There is something connective about cooking "together," isn't there? It is true: your grandkids will have these memories always. C

calicodaisy said...

Your list of blessings today makes me feel nice and cozy. It's pretty chilly for South Carolina right now, and soup in the crockpot and fall leaves (raking) and the guys watching football while I sew in my studio sounds like a lovely plan this weekend. Thanks for stopping by my blog each day and commenting. I appreciate that you take the time to read through my thoughts. I don't usually go on so much about myself on the blog, but after the last couple of months and the turnaround in my home business situation and the timing of it all, I can't help but journal out my gratitude and count my blessings. -- michele

Karen said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I've so enjoyed browsing through yours. AML is a favorite of mine and you have one of my favorite passages from Gift From the Sea on your sidebar.

You've reminded us that we have so much to be grateful for. That's what I love about this challenge, we can inspire one another.

Standing at the kitchen door, the radio in the kitchen, Jergen's lotion -- all part of my childhood.

Sandi McBride said...

Potato Onion soup my favorite of all! Bright colors, oh yes...any time spent with Arianna, the Grand Girl...and the pine and oak trees that enclose us in a fairy like existence...thanks for the thankful post!!
hugs
Sandi

Claus said...

Thre is indeed something very special about oranges, purple's, golds at this time of year...hope we could actually see them here, in tropical Guatemala :-)
Have a great weekend ahead!

Finding Pam said...

What beautiful things to be thankful for. I wish my gradkids lived nearer.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Many blessings to you,
Pam

Finding Pam said...

What beautiful things to be thankful for. I wish my gradkids lived nearer.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Many blessings to you,
Pam

Finding Pam said...

What beautiful things to be thankful for. I wish my gradkids lived nearer.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Many blessings to you,
Pam

Sonja said...

Oh you've inspired me so! I'm going to go start a pot of soup. It is so comforting to make AND eat! Thanks.

~Kristen~ said...

Hi Mimi!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I am enjoying visiting your blog (and I plan to check out your other blogs, too!).
Hugs to you! :-)

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Hello Mimi!
Reading your "thank You" list for me was like sinking into my "comfie" chair after being on my feet all day, with a bowl of heavenly hash ice cream (one of my favorite comfort things)-sweet and comforting to the soul!
Thanks so much for the kind words left at the cabin! Have a wonderful weekend & Blessings to You! (I love your pups!)
Claudia O.

© Jennifer Raley said...

Did you know that when your blog first opens, I get this hint of fragrance...cherry-almond? I have a big imagination.

Peggy said...

awww Mimi...enJOY your many fall blessings!!! I do hope that you get some time to "smell the roses" or cider or applesauce...and soup...mmm..mmm...GOOD! while busy with so much Fall activities: the smells & colors ARE indeed such a delight! Beautiful THANKFUL list!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

~*Happy Pink Saturday*~
Enjoy * Enjoy!