Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see...


I will be sitting in the middle of the pumpkin patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear... what will you be doing?... HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Bisous...


Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Yard Sale I Almost Didn't Go To...


Have you ever been on your way somewhere and seen a sign pointing to a yard sale, and wondered whether to try it or not? That is exactly what I did last week... I was on my way to the grocery store when I saw a sign pointing up the hill that read "Yard Sale, Everything is Cheap!"... I kept on driving, then something (or someone?) told me to turn around and go back... I drove up the steep hill, following the signs... soon I was in a very expensive part of town, and assumed it would be at a new house... it has been my experience that those types of sales usually don't have the older things I am looking for... At the top of the hill, nestled among the newer houses was an older home from the 50's... I stopped the car and started looking around... Ok, I thought, I am dreaming that I am at this yard sale, this isn't really happening... very few people were there even though the sale started an hour and a half earlier... Apparently the owner had passed away in August (at age 90 something) and his family was selling everything he had packed away for the last fifty years! I picked up a piece of Roseville, hardly daring to ask how much... then a piece of Red Wing pottery, then an old Roy Rogers and Dale Evans lunchbox from 1957... it can't be... this is my "dream" yard sale!.. Next I found what appeared to be a WWII ammo box... I bought that for a friend of mine and Jack's who belongs to a WWII collectors club... 25 cents... our friend was thrilled with it, and turns out it is from World War One!... The family members were super nice and said they just could not keep everything... so what did not sell would be thrown away... GASP!... With the help of their darling little 7 year old boy, I loaded up my SUV until it would hold no more... My total: $13.00! for everything! The little boy was sooo cute, I gave him a $5.00 tip for helping me load it all, (which his mother was so sweet about and thanked me over and over)... I can't possible list all the things I got, but here is a picture of two of my favorites... 25 cents each...

These are handpainted plates from Bavaria, which I am sure you all know, are getting harder and harder to come by... the big one is 9 inches and the smaller one is a little over 7 inches... both in mint condition! Look how they match my quilt that sits on my windowseat in my bedroom... I plan on hanging these beautiful plates in the bedroom, by my gorgeous rose painting my dear friend Jo~Anne Coletti did for me... So, I am so happy I listened to that little voice that told me to turn around and go back... sometimes hidden treasures are where you least expect them!... Bisous...




Friday, October 23, 2009

The changing seasons...


On our Nature walk this morning, I noticed just how much the seasons have changed... this furry little friend of mine was stashing walnuts into a little hollow in the tree... storing them up for the long winter ahead... (he told me he does not like winter either!)...

This is one of the first pictures I showed of my beautiful barn when I first started my blog, taken just this summer... it isn't really my barn, but we walk past it every day and because I love it sooo much, I call it mine...


Here is my beautiful barn today... I love the glorious Autumn colors now surrounding it... but do not want to think about how it will soon look blanketed in snow... is does look beautiful then... but I am already dreaming of how it looks in the Spring... are you???...


Wishing you all beautiful and relaxing Autumn days... Bisous...




Monday, October 19, 2009

Autumn Splendor at Mueller Park...

I always love seeing all of you ladies beautiful photos of your trips to your lakeside cottages or summer homes or cabins... we do not have a home at a lake, or a cabin, however we do have a beautiful canyon just ten short minutes away from us called Mueller Park Canyon... it is National Forest property and absolutely breathtaking, especially this time of year... we rode up there several days ago, when the sky was a brilliant blue and the colors of Autumn simply stunning... the trees sometimes lean to the west due to the severe east canyon winds we often get here... these trees in the first photo make an arch over the road... I always feel like I am entering a truly enchanted forest...


















This last photo is my favorite... hope you enjoyed my little Autumn splendor post... Bisous...





Saturday, October 17, 2009

Autumn Blessings...



Like so many of you whose blogs I visit, I am feeling very grateful for alot of things this time of year... I took the first photo today on our Nature walk of the glorious Autumn colors we walked past in our quaint little town... I am so thankful for the beauty of Nature in our lives... it never ceases to amaze me...


I am also so very thankful for my dear family and friends... yesterday the "ghouls" and I (Jill, Filly, Liz and Ellie) visited the pumpkin patch out by the Great Salt Lake... (I will post those photos soon!)... when I went to pick them up, Jill had this beautiful Eiffel tower pendant waiting for me... Merci sweet sister!...



I also am so thankful for the wonderful friends I have made through our blogs... today I received a very special card in the mail from sweet Dawn of Dawn's Crafts "just because"... how sweet is that! I love to visit Dawn and see the amazing cards she creates... I hope you will visit her too... Dawn was given my little Idyllhours award by someone (the original one, not the new and un-improved one someone revised!)... and found my blog through that... I am so happy she did, because then I found hers!... Merci Dawn!...



Also, you may remember I was the lucky winner of sweet Bunny's giveaway recently at The Paris House... the gift was a gift certificate to Bunny's beautiful boutique... here is what I chose.. a beautiful black toile canister... I love it Bunny! It looks fabulous in my kitchen (which is black and red, with Italian marble countertops that it is sitting on)... I believe I will stash my biscotti in it!...Merci Bunny!...

As the days are getting shorter and winter is approaching, that means more time inside... time to sit and relax some, time to daydream, time to think... and time to say thank you to my dear family and friends... Bisous... Je t'aime...




Friday, October 16, 2009

Hey Cinderella...




Once upon a time... (don't you just LOVE stories that start out that way!)... there was a beautiful Princess (ok, it is MY fairytale, I can be whatever I want to be! tee hee)... who was shopping at TJ Maxx... (ok, so the fairytale has been altered some)... she found the most beautiful "glass slippers" on sale for $7.00 and knew they were meant for her...she loves the REAL story of Cinderella and they reminded her so much of the glass slippers the REAL Cinderella had worn... One of the Princess's favorite songs is "Hey Cinderella" by Suzy Boggus...(if you have never heard it, you can watch the music video of it here on Youtube)...

She brought them home, dreaming about one day perhaps going to a fabulous ball in a beautiful castle... since she was a "self-appointed" Princess, she was not quite sure this would happen... so she sometimes would wear them around her shabby PINK bedroom, playing "make~believe" (her favorite!) and dancing around in them... Then lately... magical things began to happen... her sweet friend Cinderella Amy of Bunny Rose Cottage emailed her about many Cinderella things going on in her own life as well... sooo many coincidences... (hop over to Amy's blog and be enchanted by her Cinderella post)... that same day Vicki at Bunny Cottage did a post on Cinderella... pure magic!... Last week, the first Cinderella (Moi) went to see her sweet friend Jenni B of Jenni B Originals... Jenni B told her that she and her mother were attending a Mary Kaye convention that Saturday in Salt Lake City and the theme of it was "Cinderella"! ... Well, the self-appointed Princess was amazed!... At their convention, all the ladies were to come dressed in rags and at the magic hour they would go upstairs and be transformed into "Cinderellas" themselves, in beautiful ballgowns, and attend a ball... talk about a fairy tale come true!... Self-appointed Cinderella received pretty pink "slipper" pendants for the ladies in her family and her "adopted" sister Cinderella Amy...



Then, the Princess received a package in the mail that she had won the bid on Ebay... (see, the story HAS changed a bit from the original! ... I don't think the wicked step~sisters ever let the REAL Cinderella use the computer)... It was a Victoria magazine from 1995 that she was missing from her collection... opening the page, she was delighted!... the first article she looked at was...

"Slippers With A Princess Fit"... and started out "Just like Cinderella..."... and the article was written by a lady named "Amy"!...


This is the Princess's favorite rose in her garden... can you guess the name of it...



The self-appointed Princess still loves to read about the REAL Cinderella... here are some pictures from her book from 1954... they just don't make books this beautiful anymore... aren't the pictures absolutely breathtaking!..










So, the self-appointed Princess has her "glass slippers" out waiting... sitting by a pretty, glittery pumpkin that she hopes will one day be turned into a Golden Carriage...



Fairy Godmother... where are you???... (P.S. I purchased the beautiful little Golden Carriage with white horses from sweet Lidy at French Garden House several years ago, isn't is precious!)... Bisous...






Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Haunted Rio Grande Depot...

In a historic part of downtown Salt Lake City, which is about 10 miles to the south of where we live, is the old Rio Grande Station... once a bustling train depot, it is now home to the Utah State Historical Society... also housed within these walls is the Rio Grande Cafe, serving yummy Mexican food and spirits... not just the kind you drink... also the kind that sort of "float" around and cause a chill in the air... let me tell you the story about the Purple Lady... the Rio Grande Station was constructed in 1910 ... sometime in the early years there, a beautiful woman would come to Salt Lake City to meet the handsome man she was engaged to... she would come by train so they would always meet at the Depot... one night after she arrived, she and her fiance had a terrible argument and their engagement was broken off... angry, the man threw her engagement ring across the tracks... desperate to retrieve it, the beautiful lady ran across the tracks and never saw the train that was coming which then struck and killed her... Since that time she has been haunting the Depot...

Through the years many people have claimed to have seen the "Purple Lady" as she is referred to... they describe her as a beautiful lady, with raven hair and beautiful features, wearing a purple dress that appears to be from another time... many credible folks from the train crews, Historical Society staff, janitors, security guards, restaurant employees and patrons of the restaurant have either "seen" or "felt" her presence... I have eaten at the Rio Grande cafe many times and also visited the Historical Society and their gift shop (naturally) as well... I have never seen the beautiful apparition, as much as I would love to... but I have had an uncanny feeling that a beautiful, lonely lady is still waiting for her true love to return to her... if this tragic love story is indeed true, and who am I to say whether it is or is not... my heart aches for this forlorn lady in purple... I want to believe that she will one day find peace and no longer roam about the old Rio Grande Depot... do you believe she will?... Bisous...



Monday, October 12, 2009

Mmmmmm... apple pie...


I just had to show off my apple pie I made... I used some of my Honeycrisp apples I blogged about (my favorite!)... this is the "before" picture... before we ate it all! ... I love baking things from scratch...

If I say so myself, Aunt Bea would have been proud of me!... (I always wanted some of her pie in Mayberry!)... Bisous...


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Indian Summer Nature Walk...

Indian Summer... just the name of it conjures up magical images in my mind of this enchanting time of year... it is also the name of my sister's beautiful Native American shop... I asked Jill to tell me how she describes "Indian Summer"... here is Jill's favorite description... "A warm period of time following the first frost, after the leaves have started to change colors... a tranquil time to relax after a fall harvest...a serene time when the hard labors of summer have ended and the winter is not yet upon you...a peaceful time in one's life when they can relish their past productivity"... how beautiful! Thanks Jill!... Jack and I head out for our daily Nature walk... as we glance up at the nearby hills, we silently take in the beauty of the season...


The stream is slowing down a bit from the rush of summers water...

We glance up at a familiar sound we love so well... our beautiful Canadian geese above us, in perfect formation...


I do believe Linus would call this a "sincere pumpkin patch"...


A beautiful robin perched high in a tree... I wonder if he is trying to decide if he should spend the winter here or fly south?...

A neighbor's mums are looking beautiful...

Purple Autumn asters are my favorite!...


Or are the blanket flowers my favorite?...

High above us, a beautiful Bald Eagle is soaring... one of many who winter here at Farmington Bay... we will see them often from now until next March... In Native American lore, all birds are messengers to the Divine, the Eagle being the most powerful... I have learned so much from my sister about the beautiful beliefs of the Native Americans and their love and respect for the earth and all of Nature...




I hope this powerful beauty is carrying all of our prayers to Him... Bisous...