Friday, November 8, 2013

Nesting- And Things I Love About Fall

Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging and unfortunately that's been true the last week or so.  I had a quick weekend visit from my daughter, we've moved those rooms around as previously discussed and I have been sewing up a storm in preparation for the holidays. Hopefully I am now back to my regular routine of sorts

It is now November and officially fall. Nights come earlier since the time change-the darkness anyway.  The wind and cooler weather are here.  The afternoons continue to be in the sixties, but the overnights run from thirty to forty. As much as I loved the Texas weather (and will probably long for it in March and April), I am reminded how much I have missed the turn of the season. Fall is here, and I am enjoying it to the fullest:
  • I've pulled out my larger mugs with fall and holiday themes and am taking advantage of flavored teas and warm apple cider. Soon it will be time for the hot buttered rum.
  • I am baking in earnest-today I pulled out my mini loaf pans and the collection of a hundred themed cookie cutters.  Homemade coffee cakes for weekend breakfasts and quick breads for all seasons are now in style.  I'm thinking of making donuts this weekend as well.
  • I don't need an excuse to pull out a blanket or quilt and a book at this time of year, and am doing so as often as possible.
  • I get to wear real sweaters-not just the occasional cardigan over a short sleeved shirt!!
  • I love fall food and using my slow cooker. Homemade chili, minestrone and beef stew have all been on the menu lately.
  • Just as I like pumpkin as a basic food group, I enjoy the spices that are traditionally considered "fall and winter" spices such as allspice, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • It's the fall movie season, which generally is the best (I remember when the best blockbusters came out in the summer, but no more it seems).  This weekend we will finally catch Gravity and All is Lost, my list of movies to see between now and Christmas is long, long, long.
  • When it comes to color I am a spring and fall person-warm colors like pumpkin, cream, turquoise and the colors of the leaves are among my favorites.
  • The fireplace. I had a fireplace (and a fire pit) for five years in Texas and can count on one hand the number of times I used it.  Now? The wood is piled and ready to go as soon as the chimney is cleaned.  Add a brick fireplace outside, and everything is perfect.
  • Finally, fall is a time when I need no excuse to slow down-even in Colorado.  While I continue to sew and work on the finishing touches as we unpack, much of my time is spent reading, writing and taking my online classes on my chair next to the fireplace.


Life is pretty good, this fall day. We are at a loss as to what to call this room by the way. What was the living room now has a collapsed formal dining table, two comfy chairs by the fire, a china cabinet and a wall full of bookshelves. Oh, and a table full of orchids!  The fireplace room is not a long term solution and my suggestion of the parlor is overruled!

Coming soon, my frugal laid back Thanksgiving and Christmas plan!

16 comments:

  1. What a cozy post! I would love to come over for some donuts!! My husband and I are on the verge of retirement and have made a rather large decision to leave the heat of Phoenix for a mountain house in a small town 2 hours away.We will rent out our home here, (Plan B-- if we can't take small town life we can come back here..) It's been 30 years since I have lived with real seasons and pine trees and I am anxious to do so!

    Even here in the valley,though, it's cooler,days are shorter, and the books and afghan by the fireplace beckon.. this feels like the small calm before the holidays.. when things pick up and can get hectic.

    Anxious for your holiday tips!!

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    1. My twenty four year old's long term goal is to return to the desert at some point. I agree, I am enjoying this time.

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  2. I was going to say the same, but Madeline beat me to it - what a cozy post! Our California falls are mild, certainly, compared to the rest of the country, but still, there is a chill in the air that signifies a change in seasons, and which I've come to love as 'our' version of fall.

    You know, it's thanks to your recent post on all things pumpkin that I now have six cans of pumpkin in my pantry. I'm looking forward to breaking into them to create pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie and yes, even one delicious pan of pumpkin lasagne in the weeks ahead.

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    1. Pumpkin lasagne is wonderful. Truthfully, I do mainly sweet things with pumpkin , although my favorite pumpkin recipe cooked by someone else is pumpkin ravioli with Amaretto cream sauce.......sigh

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  3. What a great time for sewing, reading, writing, taking online classes and sitting in a chair next to the fireplace. Btw, I like your parlor suggestion ... what else would you call it?!?

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    1. I dunno, I like Parlor but I seem to be the only one.

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  4. I would suggest "the reading room" for that fireplace room. Pumpkin ravioli with Amaretto cream sauce!!!! I bet that sauce would go well with some sweet potato gnocchi. I just cooked down one of the pumpkins left over from Halloween. I'm hearing how nutritionally beneficial pumpkin is and plan to use it in soup, mac & cheese, muffins, etc. I love the seasons. The first snow fall has come here in Alberta and it's time for fires, reading, holiday preparations. My friend has taught me that "snow means slow" and so we enjoy a little slower pace as we burrow in.

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    1. I like that snow means slow-sure does for me!!

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  5. Study--that's what I would call it. You use it for a lot of different things and I think study would encompass that. Looks cozy!

    Ann M

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    1. Never even thought about study-great idea, thanks!

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  6. How about the hearth room? I agree, it looks very cozy and inviting!

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  7. I like Patty's idea; the hearth room.

    I used to think I would like to live in Hawaii full time. But, the complete lack of any seasonal change, except for occasional Kona storms in the winter, would drive me nuts.

    Just switching out my clothes from shorts to blue jeans reenergizes me. I like the fall, too. The hot weather will return soon enough. In the meantime, a fireplace, hot chocolate, and a good book = heaven.

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    1. That's two ideas for the hearth room. And I hate rains and storms even tropical ones. At least in Denver the sun comes out and the snow evaporates-its amazing what a difference being a mile high makes.

      Definitely catching up on my reading.

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  8. This post feels just like one of your quilts wrapped around me on a cold day - now, if only I had a cold day and a quilt!! Maybe soon....

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  9. I am glad that you are getting to enjoy Fall Barb. Seems as if it has returned to my neck of the woods after what seemed an early start to the winter.

    God bless.

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  10. Barb, I love your pictures of your home. We spent a week in Santa Fe recently and it snowed. I was surprised at how happy it made me. Even though I love Tucson in the winter, I do miss the winter season for the very reasons you listed.

    Thank you for the reminder.

    b+ (Retire In Style Blog)

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