Tuesday, October 25




After observing his 20-month-old cousin bow and cross himself nearly constantly during our morning prayers, Little Man remarked, "He's very religious!"

Living and Learing: The Week Ahead


In the Kitchen
Our nephew, Sampson, is visiting us this week and I have discovered that he loves apple cake!  The children polished off the last of the Apple Sharlotka I made on Saturday, so I decided to make Brin Wisdom's Fall Apple Cake.   I discovered this delicious recipe last year and it has earned it's place in my recipe box.  Yum!

I just finished listening to Jeremy Poldark, the third book in the Poldark series and am already looking forward to ordering the next one, Warleggan.  I enjoy watching the television program and it is nice to read the books that the series in based on.

On My Bedside Table  
 I'm reading the last hundred pages or so of A Very Private Eye:  An Autobiography in Diaries and Letters.  I really enjoy reading compilations like this and Barbara Pym's diaries and letters are quite interesting to me.

Have you begun to watch The Durrells in Corfu?  It is very entertaining and I am looking forward to reading the books that the series is based on. 

In My Knitting Basket
I can hardly believe it, but I finished the first sleeve on my black pullover on Sunday night.  I've just begun the second sleeve and am hopeful that i'll be able to wear this sweater before long!


Sunday, October 23

Renaissance Faire 2016


We took the Merry Trio to the Renaissance Faire today!  What fun it was! 

Saturday, October 22

The Perfect Saturday


Just I was heading off to bed last night, rain started falling in torrents.  By morning, it was gloriously cool and windy and so I pulled out my favorite Serious English Librarian uniform:  cardigan, skirt, tights, and brogues.  Perfection.

I did get a chance to go to the market for the last few things on my grocery list this morning and spent the rest of the day engaged in my favorite activities:  baking (an apple sharlotka), cooking (broccoli cheddar soup - debuting with mixed reviews), knitting (still the first sleeve on the black pullover), and watching (last week's Poldark and an episode of Foyle's War).  So basically, the perfect Saturday.

We're hoping to take the Merry Trio on an outing tomorrow and I absolutely cannot wait!

Friday, October 21

In the Fading Light

There are dishes piled in the sink, a mountain of laundry to be folded, and the bathrooms need to be cleaned, but I am content because I did all of the menu planning and marketing for this coming week (including a run to get bulk items from BJs).  It's been awhile since I was as thorough as I was this evening with the shopping, so it feels especially good to have this monumental task mostly squared away going into the weekend.  I'm hoping to slip out tomorrow for a few extras (flowers, olives, and a bottle of wine for chicken marsala one night this week), but that will be a pleasure rather than a chore. 

The light is fading earlier and earlier.  We're still waiting for the temperature to drop, but have scheduled the chimney sweep to come and prepare the fireplace because we hope that we'll be using it soon.  We have our wood stacked and ready for the minute it is cool enough.

I've been slowly preparing my autumn wardrobe.  All of my summer things are folded into a high basket in my closet (where I can get them easily during this Indian Summer) and my warmer clothes are hung and stacked right in front.  I always feel more like myself when I'm dressed in the autumn and winter. 

Thursday, October 20

A Few Eastern Pennsylvania Churches


Father John filmed five churches in Eastern Pennsylvania  on Tuesday and Wednesday.  He's still editing the video and photography, but here's a sneak peek of what where we were!

Wednesday, October 19

An Apple Cider Mill


While Papa was busy filming a church, the Merry Trio and I searched a bit for something to do.  We finally found a small cider mill.  Though they only make cider on the weekends, we were able to watch apple cider doughnuts be made, take a walk through a corn maze, get up close and personal with some farm animals, and play on hay bales.  The fresh cider and doughnuts were delicious and though we weren't able to pick apples, we did get a nice variety of local ones to try.  It was a wonderful outing and experience for all of us!
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