Monday, October 31, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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DOWN TO THE CABIN

on this glorious autumn weekend.

Enjoying the colors . . .

sleeping on the porch . . .

jamming around an evening campfire.

Can you blame me?
 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

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TIME'S RUNNING OUT

Just 3 days remaining.
Halloween is nearly here.

Time to pick out a pumpkin (or two).
Whether you carve a jack-o-lantern,
or place one at your front door
(or make a pie).

Whether it's traditional orange,
or white, or green,
this is the weekend to 
make your selection.

Pick your pumpkin!

Friday, October 28, 2016

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AUTUMN GOLD

There's nothing more magnificent
than a tree that's shining gold
in the autumn sun.

Breathtaking!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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WHEN WITCHES GATHER

And it happens this time of the year. 
(After all, Halloween is fast approaching.)

Once again, I'm allowed to
witness this coven of extravagant ladies
who choose to become witches,
and "do the dance"
and celebrate this special time of year.

After all,
girls just wanna have fun. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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FROM LITTLE ACORNS

The mighty oak
was once a little nut
that stood its ground.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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TROPICAL SPLENDOR

Mo. Botanical's "Climatron"
is always a calming respite
with perfect temperatures & humidity
to create a year-round jungle
for thousands of tropical plants.

A visit is always a treat
to discover orchids, palms
and rare blooms from
around the world.
 

Monday, October 24, 2016

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WORLD'S BEST APPLE BUTTER

Quite possibly!
at Odelehr Farms in Brussels, Illinois.
I consider myself a connoisseur of
small batch, hand-stirred apple butter.

Fortunately, I live close to 
the prized apple orchards 
in Calhoun County, Illinois
(a short drive across the Mississippi
from St. Louis.)

10 years ago, I happened upon a 
roadside farm stand offering 
local apple butter . . .
Mrs. Odelehr's Farm, Brussels, Illinois.

It's been a love affair ever since!

Her secret to the best apple butter:

1.  Freshest local apples.
2.  Washed, cored and sliced.
3.  Cooked and hand stirred in
       solid copper kettles, 24 hours. 
4.  Cinnamon and sugar to taste
(not too sweet.)

Final taste test:
Spoon liberally on warm buttered bread.

Yum!

(Thank you, Mrs. Odelehr.)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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CRYSTAL POWER

 I've always been attracted to crystals.
Studied them.  Collected them. 

Crystals are very special.
With certain properties and powers.

Example:  Digital wrist watches
owe their accuracy to quartz crystals,
which vibrate precisely 
to thousands of a second.

Without preaching their cosmic and
specific powers, I will only suggest
we are just learning about crystals.

I am proud to show you my recent
very personal crystal acquisition . . .
this Lemurian Quartz Crystal.

It's a beauty.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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WEEKEND DRIVEWAY

I love the driveway
to my weekend retreat.

Not many dirt roads
I stop to take pictures of.
(Except this one.)

Quiet, always beautiful.
Especially this time of year.

Lined with Missouri sassafras trees.
The only leaf with 1, 2 or 3 fingers.
(like this one)

Wishing you a beautiful weekend
where ever you live.
 

Friday, October 21, 2016

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IN LOVE WITH LEAVES

Autumn is my favorite season.

I love how it paints our trees, our woods,
with so many warm colors.

It's the trees we love.
And the leaves.
Especially up close.

Have a look. 

(Amazing patterns and colors.
Perfection.)
 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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 THE COLORS INTENSIFY

Autumn does not disappoint.

As the days shorten
and the nights grow cooler,
the foliage transforms
into brilliant shades and hues.

It's a wonderful show.