Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hint of autumn


Hello! Can you believe it's already mid-September? I can't! The summer went by fairly quickly, considering all that school vacation we had, and September has been flying by rather fast as well. We're finally starting to cool down a little bit here. I'm enjoying that very much. You know me, all about the fall weather. Life lately has been busy and a bit more hectic at times than I'd really like, but I like staying busy too. We attended a block party, which was lots of fun. We're in the thick of some large school projects and the GB is back to ballet and guitar lessons (the LB's guitar lessons went all summer). I've been dealing, frustratingly, with the medical profession again, trying to settle some medicine and insurance issues for the LB. Nothing new there, though, and it's all fine, just a hassle. Meanwhile, I've been keeping up with my plans to walk more often; I'm going to the nearby city park in early morning, when it's nice and cool, and taking a good, long walk on the paved path. I feel better for it physically and mentally. I'm glad to be taking some time out for me. I'm feeling good because of the season change too. The onset of fall always puts a spring in my step! Some fallish things I've been up to...



🍁 I've been making soups again, usually on Mondays. We're longtime observers of Meatless Monday, and I try to make interesting veggie-based soups on many Mondays. They're good for dinner, and we get enough leftovers for the some of the Bear's lunches during the week. I use recipes a lot, but sometimes I just throw things together. This was a throw-together one that came out really well. I sauteed onion, carrot, celery and garlic in olive oil. Then I added eight cups of chicken broth, a can of cannellini beans (drained and rinsed), a can of diced tomatoes, black pepper and dried basil. I let everything simmer for about 30 minutes, til the veggies were tender. Then I brought the soup to a boil and added a bag of frozen tri-color cheese tortellini, cooking for a few minutes. Right before serving, I added about a cup of chopped frozen spinach and a little salt. Delicious and easy!


🍁 I bought a fall candle for the kitchen and have enjoyed burning it a couple of times so far. The scent is Pumpkin Nutmeg Pie. Some food-y candles smell pretty terrible to me, too artificial, but this one is really nice. It's just a cheap one from the grocery store, nothing fancy, but I like it. 



🍁 The light is changing so quickly now. I like to go outside while dinner is cooking just to see the shadows lengthen in the backyard. It's getting dark well before 8:00 now. I feel like the changes all come on so quickly now, the same way they do in the early spring.


🍁 I've been blessed with more homegrown fruit, tiny white-fleshed peaches this time. They came from my next-door neighbor's backyard. He has a tree that hangs over the the wall onto the arroyo behind our street. He said we could have the fruit on that side of the tree (he's not very spry and can't go over the wall himself). I considered making jam with these peaches, but in the end, we're just eating them fresh. They're not very flavorful, but they are juicy, and hey, free fruit.


🍁 Right now, I'm reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. It's fantastic. Have you heard about it? It's a non-fiction book about young women who were poisoned with radium, a radioactive element, while working in watch factories in the era around World War I. They used radium to paint the numbers on the watch faces. Most of them used their lips to make their brushes pointy for finer painted lines. Many of them eventually became very ill or died from the radium they ingested. It's a sad but very interesting story. I first read about these women in the excellent book The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum and was very intrigued by their story. Highly recommended if you enjoy books about science and history!


🍁 Lastly, I just have to boast a tiny bit about my Maybelle blanket project. I have just five squares left to crochet! I can't believe I've made it this far. Maybelle has been about eighteen months in the making - most of which was spent dithering about what kind of blanket to make. I am hoping to finish crocheting the squares this weekend-ish, and start joining them next week. I am so.excited.to.be.this.far. So excited!

Thanks for your comments lately, and hello to new readers out there. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend! We'll be doing the usual things - housework, yardwork, chauffeuring of children - but tomorrow is Private Friday and I'm very happy about that.

24 comments:

  1. Autumn is my favorite season, our summer is so long and hot here, it was 88 today. Walking is so good for you!

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  2. Your soup looked so delish Jennifer and reckon I could smell it too. Some candles can have hideous smells lol I really like your sun plaque on the wall outside.
    Love seeing your hooky blanket, I have one called Sophie which is into 3rd of non making lol Just got back from 6wk os trip now doing blog/post catchup. wendy xo

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  3. Your made-up soup sounds a little bit like a Tuscan Ribollita, which I make at the beginning of autumn as my borlotti beans start to ripen. So excited to see your finished blanket, the snippets of colour I've seen look lovely. I recently finished a ripple blanket for my daughter using just seven colours (including grey!) and I'm so pleased I managed to restrain my use of colour - and she loves it. It's been a dampish squib of a summer in the UK and no autumn colour yet. We stopped at Stourhead, a landscape garden famous for its spectacular autumn colour, for a cup of tea and a walk (good to hear you are making time to walk) on our way home from Wales yesterday and everywhere was still remarkably green. Even the Norway Maple outside my bedroom and study windows which turns into a blaze of gold and russet and red in September is still resolutely green. Have a great Friday with your best beloved Jennifer.

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  4. Autumn's definitely arrived here too, and with it, much cooler weather. Your soup looks delicious, we not really soup lovers but yours looks very appetising. I didn't know about the Radium Girls, how sad. It's amazing how much more we know about the world of science now and how many deaths could have been prevented had we known such things years ago.

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  5. Well done on the crocheting, you've made it! Are you thinking ahead to the next thing yet..? The book sounds fascinating, but what a sad story. It's quite autumnal here too, a little chill in the air and windfall fruit everywhere. I hope you have a lovely Friday and a good weekend. CJ xx

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  6. Massive well done on the blanket, that certainly is staying-power! Those peaches look lovely, and as you say - free fruit - what's not to love. Thanks for the book recommendations, they both sound really interesting.
    Have a great weekend,
    Jillx

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  7. Autumn has arrived here too, sadly a lot of rain too making it difficult to get some of the outdoor jobs done that we had hoped. The soup looks amazing, sometimes the best recipes are the ones we make ourselves. Well done on the crochet project. I am so looking forward to seeing the end result.

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  8. Yey for free fruit! A friend gave me some apples she picked yesterday. So looking forward to making something with them. I love the light at this time of year and love watching the shadows grow too.

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  9. I've decorated for autumn and it is a bit cooler but the fires keep burning is outdoor pursuits are called off. That soup looks and sounds wonderful. Dennis isn't huge on soups so we don't have them as often as it would like. Congrats on Maybelle. Soon you'll be cuddling up in it on chilly nights.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. It seemed fall had hit here last week - it was only in the 50's during the day - but now we're having a warm-up again with temps in the low 80's! I actually like it better like this (warm). Summer is way too fleeting for me. I suppose that's because we have such long, brutal winters. It's already getting dark here by 7:30, which really stinks.

    I'll definitely look up those books you recommend; both sound very interesting.

    Glad to hear you're taking some time out for yourself and getting some exercise. Doesn't it make you feel better both physically and mentally?

    Your soup looks wonderful. I make veggie soup just about the same way.

    Can't wait to see your finished blanket. Those crochet squares are so pretty! Have a great weekend.

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  11. Hey Jennifer,
    I adore Autumn, but we are off to a pretty wet start here. And it's windy too; there are big waves crashing onto the beaches. It's been very hectic here too. No time to catch breath!
    Leanne xx

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  12. Autumn is definitely here with us in Scotland too. Your soup looks delicious - and good for you too! :o)

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  13. I changed my clothes over this week putting my shorts and dresses away to make way for cord and velvet. It is our Autumn show tomorrow where we get to show some of our veggies and I enter the craft classes. Whoop! for the Blanket Jenifer, I can't wait to see it all laid out on your bed. Jo x

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  14. Autumn seemed to come early to us this year, but I don't mind. Your book sounds really interesting and of course so very sad xx

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  15. Hi Jennifer. Sorry it has taken me so long to acknowledge your comment on my blog. But welcome to kate's Adventures. i hope you call by again soon. I shall follow you now as you seem to have many interests the same as me, as well as similar features in your country.
    Your soup today looks lovely. I made my first batch this week too. Well done on the blanket. I like that square and I am sure it will be a gorgeous blanket. I look forward to seeing the finished project. Kate x

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  16. Yes, the onset of fall always puts a spring in my step too! Lovely warm colours in your post. Specially LOVE the first photo, such wonderful contrast!! Hope you can put behind the hassle soonish and enjoy the fall to its fullest.

    -Soma

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  17. its all summer here with us Jen - i actually dont know where our spring has dissapeared to. Autumn and Spring - my two favourite seasons. (shh dont tell winter and summer! while you harvesting your last we're adding our seeds to new beds. I love how while we're experiencing one season here you are experiencing the complete opposite :)

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  18. I was thinking of you Jennifer, this morning on my walk with Jack. It was autumnal, crisp and cool. I know how much you like this season. Your soup looks delicious. I often wish blogs came with a smell option. Imagine that! Have a lovely weekend. x

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  19. Soup looks tasty and your candle looks lovey Jennifer. Enjoy the cooler climate. Cx

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  20. I am so excited to be making soup again!!! I hope you have a great and peaceful weekend! Excited about the blanket you are making!

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  21. Your soup looks delicious, and I may just write out that 'thrown together' list of ingredients ;) I love fall too, but as I get older, I enjoy the heat of summer more and more. I'm not really looking forward to the short white days this year. I have some apple/cinnamon type of candle in the kitchen too. I dislike a lot of the very strong candle scents too. My daughter loves them and burns them in her bedroom, but the whole house soon smells awful and my head just about bursts! That's very kind of your neighbour to offer the peaches. Maybe he's hoping you make some jam and share? Great work on the blanket!! I'm trying to decide what to knit next in time for your winter project :D
    Wendy

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  22. Lovely cosy post Jennifer. Yummy soup and I'll make a note of that book, it does look interesting. I have some Maybelle flowers somewhere...I think I was stuck on the pattern for turning them in to squares...yours look lovely and will make such a gorgeous blanket! Happy autumn! xox

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  23. We are in full autumn mode here, and the weather was cooperating, til last week when summer temps returned. It is kinda disheartening when all I want to do it curl with up hot tea, candles and a fire :)

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  24. All lovely. Autumn is creeping in here too, as are soups and candles. Your September sounds as busy as ours. X

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