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!

Monday, October 17

A Few Hours North


We're on a wee work trip with Papa and were able to spend Sunday and Monday visiting family.  The temperature is warm here, but the autumnal foliage is glorious.  The leaves are just beginning to gild at home and judging by what's happening a few hours north, we're in for some lovely color!

Sunday, October 16

This Week's Menu

Eggs, Toast, and Bacon 
Cream of Wheat with Bananas
Toasted Bagels

Tuna on Toast
Caesar Salad
Garden Salads

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Fajitas
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce 
Chicken, Gravy, and Noodles served with peas and sauteed mushrooms
Chicken Caesar Salad

Blueberry Galette
Pumpkin Pie 
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