Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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Hello! Happy October. I love October, it's just the best around here. Balloon Fiesta starts this weekend. I've been looking everywhere for the little, happy things, to take my mind off the news. Everything is such a mess. Yesterday, I learned of the horrible news from Las Vegas when my children switched on the kitchen radio at breakfast, as normal. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I put down the container of cottage cheese I had in my hands and walked into another room to compose myself. Then I came back to the kitchen and switched to a no-talk station. I didn't check the internet until late in the afternoon, and then I learned that one of my favorite musicians had died.

Too much death, too much bad news. Too much of everything. I made vegetable-barley soup, baked chocolate-chip cookies, crocheted and watched old DVD's from the library. We learned about riding the rails during the Great Depression. We learned about animals on the African savanna. We talked about what we'd heard on the radio, since it clearly hadn't left their minds. We came to no conclusions. We're just going to do the best we can to treat people nicely, be fair and kind, and try to remember to be grateful for what we have. Then we talked some more about lions and trains because what else can you really say.

We've been busy with a big science presentation for school. There have been dentist's and doctor's appointments. We've been starting to feel the change of seasons, with a big multi-day storm last week that brought lots of rain, wind and colder temperatures. We've been enjoying the changes very much, me most of all. I sure love my autumnal weather. I've been joining my Maybelle blanket, reading a lot, cooking all my cool-weather favorites - soups, stews, frittatas, pasta sauce and roasted vegetables. I've been baking a bit, and I made jam too.

I've been reading a biography of Elizabeth of York (Henry VIII's mother). The Bear and I watched Ken Burns' The Vietnam War, which was amazing and sad and infuriating. I've also been watching something (streaming on Amazon Prime) that I never thought I'd get to see again: Unsolved Mysteries, my favorite TV show when I was roughly 12 to 15 years old. I never missed it. The Bear thinks it's cheesy, but I don't care. I've been cleaning a lot and changing the beds and dresser drawers over to cool-season stuff. We haven't had the furnace on yet, but it could happen any day now. Nights in the forties are now firmly in the forecast.

What's new with you? I hope you're well. I've been a bit behind on blogs lately. Will you be joining in with my Winter Project Link Party? I will be posting the sign-up this weekend, probably Saturday. There will be more info in my post. I hope to see you there! 

21 comments:

  1. Yes nothing more to say re the latest in the news, just thoughts....A lovely post Jennifer and I enjoyed seeing your kids and chickens too. I like the sound of all that you have cooked too. Take care and yes lets all be kind to each other ♥♥

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  2. Love your October post, Jennifer. Rain is what's new over here - three days of nice soaking rain, clearing away today on day 4. Enough to get the garden happy again, and the brown grass might come back green. Change of season, after a week of intense heat, I wonder what comes next? Love the shot of the GB laying out the crotchet squares. Children love sort and counting, don't they. I am doing some little Christmas stitcheries, all hexagons, and my grandson has been doing the same thing, sorting, counting, stacking them. Sweet :)

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  3. Loved your photo of your daughter laying out the crochet I am looking forward to seeing the completed project. I will be joining the Winter Project link up but will be away for part of Nov and Dec. I am working on Christmas gifts.

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  4. It seems that every time the TV is turned on just now, there's something else catastrophic in the news. It's so terribly sad and my heart goes out to all those involved. I remember watching Unsolved Mysteries too, it is a little cheesy but I enjoyed it.

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  5. Cheesy is good for the soul. You are right to switch the news off and do enjoyable activities in the face of all the terrible news. Taking refuge in the everyday bits and bobs is all I can do to keep myself from breaking. Balloon fiesta sounds exiting and I see you have been playing with your beautiful crochet squares. I am so exited about the Winter project link up, I have written the post already! Wishing you a peaceful few days. xx

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  6. Blankets and baking and staying at home is all good as the season turns. Such sad news from America, so many people's lives destroyed. I haven't watched much news either, it can be a bit over the top, and really, what is there to say? CJ xx

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  7. Yeah, hard stuff :(

    I am loving the home-comfort things that you are doing and making. My parents are here this week and they have been helping with the cooking and things (my foot is not happy). I am hoping for more crafting / creating again! I hope you have a peaceful rest of the week ♡

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  8. Lovely photos Jennifer, Love the chickens. I too struggle with the news too. I know it's real but you can feel overwhelmed with the vastness of it at times. I don't mean that in a heartless way to those lives concerned, of course we are moved with compassion etc. As others have said, what can you say.
    Love seeing the squares ready to be put together, I'm kind of feeling excited for you. I'm looking forward to the Winter Project Link Party, I just missed the end of it last year and have to say I don't really have a clue. cx

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  9. I don't know how to explain things like Las Vegas to children. I can't understand it, how in the world do they deal with it.
    We're living in such a sad country. Surely, and I do mean surely, they'll ban automatic weapons if nothing else.
    Enjoyed your photos. need more normal in our lives

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  10. i love catching up on your news. what did you learn about the animals here in africa :) its such atrocious news i do not even turn on news anymore! I hear so much of it (living in s.sfrica) that its often benefits the sanity not to hear.
    we have just got back from vacation and trying to settle back into our normal time - enjoy the rest of your week hun xx

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  11. The world's gone mad. Craziness everywhere. All you can do is just keep on living each day as good as you can.
    Your maybelle is looking fab, I love the photo of your daughter laying it out :)
    Have a good week,
    Jillxo

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  12. Lovely photos, Jennifer. I really like the one of Miss Bear laying out your blankie. I can see she was a huge help. :o)

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  13. sometimes I think it is good to live down under where life seems pretty boring. The world freaks me out! Well we are in limbo without a government, which really does not bother me. Staying home baking, crafting, learning seems lovely - you have been so busy! Busy is good. I'm crafting up a storm at the moment!

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  14. Hi Jennifer! Over the last two days I have savored your posts I missed while traveling, reading some since your July 10th post, twice!

    While traveling I marveled at the gorgeous scenery and lovely people I visited. Even in airports and restaurants and a county fair I witnessed much kindness, good humor and caring. Due to our modern communication capabilities we are able to know practically instantly and incessantly about the horrors in the world that strike some through natural disasters, and destructive human beings, which to my mind makes it all the more imperative for those of us celebrating the miraculous calm of kind and creative pursuits to share them as you do so beautifully in your blog. Thank you for each of your great photos and accounts of your days. Even when worries and disappointments cause you to pause and creatively regroup, your attitude of gratitude shines through and encourages me, and helps me then to do what I can to care for those who are in profound seasons of loss.

    Belated "Happy Birthdays!" to your Bears :) Your tram ride was scary-awesome! Yay for the swimming and music lessons, and reading, and cooking, and camping, and chicken tending/hugging. I love the accounts of your monsoon season! Cheers for your blanket stitching! I would like to try to participate in your Winter project posts...and finish my project :) Wishing you and yours the best as you launch into a new school year! xxxx

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  15. What happened in Las Vegas beggars belief – such horror, pain and chaos wrought by one man with guns. I can't comprehend why guns are so freely available. As you say, it's important to focus on the good because what else can you do? And, Tom Petty – he was one of my absolute favourite musicians too. Such a talent and a lovely guy. Sad.
    So! Chickens, blankets, children, delicious food, documentaries – that's the stuff to concentrate on :-) Take care, Jennifer, and enjoy your crafting, cooking and kiddies. Sam xx

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  16. Hey Jennifer,
    The world seems frightening right now, and Im a grown up. How kids are supposed to make any sense of it all is beyond me. I think you've got the balance right. All the normal stuff, plus being nice people who can still see the wonder and beauty of the world. I love the picture of your small bear and the chicken! Brilliant!
    Leanne xx

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  17. Hi Jenifer, your home looks like a cosy place to mb in the world right now. I had to keep scrolling up and looking at the photo of your daughter with the feather in her hair because it was so beautiful and warm. Jo x

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  18. Vegas was terrible, and as they do, these images and horrible moments will stay with us and haunt us. Such waste, such sadness and no answers for anyone. And Tom Petty :( and 80s icon gone.

    Summer here is still trying to decide if it's time to go. (Go already!!) We're still wearing shorts, t-shirts, flip flops. Ridiculous. Love the photo of your son serenading the chicken ha! I used to play the piano for our horse. She would wander up to the back door of the house and listen to the piano ... such a pet. Now my dog loves story time with the daycare kids. Animals are quite intuitive.
    Looking forward to winter project! Although still sorting our my next project. Have a great weekend Jennifer, hugs,
    Wendy

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  19. Baking and crochet -making with your own hands is good therapy when things in the world are shocking and scary. Your maybelles look lovely all laid out together

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  20. I have to busy myself with puttering around the house and cooking and taking care of my family when bad news strikes, too. How in the world do you explain this to kids? It's so hard. I love that photo of your boy playing his guitar with the chicken looking on. A very busy week around here for me...trying to take some deep breaths and time for myself.

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  21. Oooh, your pictures have captured your October beginnings so beautifully. And you're laying out crochet squares -- how fun!!!

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