Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Beautiful Week of Indian Summer

Well, everything kind of caught up to me.  This seems to happen to me every year during this season.  I think a combination of change of weather and trying to do too much.  Now I have a cold or small bug of some sort.  Nothing major, just enough to not feel myself and have very little energy. I'm on the other side of it now, though, thank goodness.

After I got back from the kids' house last Friday I decided to take it easy over the weekend and on Sunday I just watched Lifetime Movies all day while I knit. That was such a luxury and something I really should do more often!  I haven't done anything like that for a long time.
This is where my little Fergie lays while I knit.
This is where I sit and knit.  Ellie Mae is usually laying on my lap.  You can see the purple baby sweater on the foot stool that I almost have finished for a friend's daughter's baby shower this Saturday.

Now on Wednesday, I'm starting to feel a little better.  This is a beautiful, warm and sunny Indian summer day here in Pennsylvania.
 Look at this beautiful view on this sunny day off my back deck.  I don't have the skills or the camera to capture how pretty it really is.  The sun is so bright that the lake water is just sparkling.  Can you see the ducks out there swimming?  There are a lot of geese out there in the early mornings.  They look pretty, but they come up into the back yard and make a real poopy mess.  The neighbor has staked up wire to try to keep them out.

So I think the rest and the sunshine is now encouraging me to get up off my butt, get a shower, and do something.  

Two weeks ago was the Grand Opening of the new Wal-Mart Superstore in our small town, which was a really big deal for us.  I was getting groceries there for the first time and came across this packaged soup.  It looked good so I thought I'd try it.  
It was delicious!  and 0g. Trans Fat to beat.  I didn't leave it at that, though. I wanted to doctor it up a bit so  I added my own potatoes and then topped off the bowls with sour cream, shredded cheese and bacon bits.  
It was really good! During this weekly Wal-Mart trip, I decided to get the Tortilla Soup.  That's what I'm making for dinner.  It's simmering on the stove right now and it smells like an Autumn Indian Summer day inside the house.  

I got out a few Thanksgiving decorations.  I do more Autumn than specific Thanksgiving decorating, but on my front foyer table I do set out these little ceramic Pilgrims and turkey that I believe my mother made years ago.  I also have to have a couple little bowls of candy corn sitting around or it just doesn't feel like Autumn.

Probably next week I'll be starting some of my winter and early Christmas decorating.  I do so much that if I don't start early it won't get done in time for me to sit back and enjoy it. My Spokane kids are coming home for Christmas and I want to have everything done before they get here.  
They just sent me this updated picture of my little two month old Heath.

I haven't seen him since he was 1-1/2 weeks old so I can't wait to hold him again and his 18 month old sister, Riley.

I love this time of year, but I need to feel good and not be stressed, pressured or rushed so that I can enjoy the season and not just work at getting through it!


Theresa said...

First of all, cutest baby... that Heath is precious! I hope you feel better and better as the days go by! It is hard to get too excited about the Holidays when you feel bad!

THE VIEW is AWESOME! I think you captured it perfectly!

Take care of yourself and enjoy your knitiing:)

DJan said...

Glad you are feeling better, Nina. I think you just needed to rest! And those pictures are wonderful.

Valerie said...

There's a lot to like on your post, Nina. The soup sounds tasty, Heath looks adorable, and the view from your back deck is incredible. I haven't done much about Christmas yet, there's only two of us now so I don't need to do as much. Hope you're having a good week.

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Nancy said...

Your home is lovely - especially that view! Wow. I like the Bear Creek soups and used to buy them in big tubs from Costco back when my family was living at home. I'm going to do some decorating, but mostly fresh flowers for Thanksgiving. Christmas will not be a huge affair as we are taking our family to Hawaii this year to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. I miss all the hoopla of Christmas, but our children have chosen to celebrate it differently, so this year will be very different. We'll see how it goes.

Anonymous said...

That view is amazing!! I love tortilla soup, just love it.

Life with Kaishon said...

I think you should take as many life time days as you can : ) I LOVE your chair and that purple sweater is the cutest. The soup looks delicious! YUM! We are getting a superwalmart soon. Where was yours? Dubois?

Grandma Lizzie said...

Nina, I'm glad you finally got a chance to relax. It seems your life has been hectic the last little while. I love to knit also but I don't have your expertise. I would love to learn to knit a baby or toddler sweater.

Tolentreasures said...

Adorable baby pic! I'll bet you just ache to get your hands on him. Love those days that I used to have when I would put on Lifetime Movies and paint all day. Seems like I haven't had one in years. Lucky you!


Grandma Becky said...

Adorable little Heath! I'm working on a knitted sweater for my granddaughter for Christmas. Good thing she's little. It's 1/2 done then I need to knit the hat that matches. Her brother, who will be born in Jan, can wear it later as sweater is all different colors. Cute and it was fun catching up with you. Was blog hopping and now I'd better go. Hugs!


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