Slice of Life Mid-October

We had a chilly week leading up to mid-October. Many a morning was in the low 40’s and we had a 35 degree low one day, then 33, then 35 again.  The flowers all survived the light frosts.

On Saturday, it began to warm up and the afternoon hit the mid-70’s.

I walked down to my sons’  house  late that afternoon…the hum of lawn mowers was everywhere  ( I’d mown my grass earlier ) and we sat out on their deck in the warm sun.  He had worked an extra shift that day and Tallica had been to a conference at their church.  The girls were riding their bikes…Javis was at a birthday party. Merle, who has an electric shock collar on, was beside himself as one of the cats sat taunting him in the neighbors’  yard, just outside of his reach.  We discussed this crazy election year, and the speaker at the conference, and general matters.  They were going back and forth about having some friends over later on….

Walking home it again amazed me that the neighborhood was still basically green.  Our summers are getting longer….starting earlier most years and ending later.

In years past the neighbors’ maple tree would have been brilliant by now.  Walking down the street towards it, little change shows. It’s only from this angle   ( the kitchen side of my house )  with the late sun illuminating the tips of the leaves that ‘fall’ shows up.

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While I took photos of zinnias, roses, etc. still blooming after the first frost ( HERE ) while I had my camera out to get a shot of the tree, I took a few photos of my marigolds in the back yard.

These were planted as seeds, next to the tomato plants. For a good part of the summer they were hidden under the tomato foliage and when the tomatoes were done, their time had come.  There was a little bee enjoying his dinner when I was out there :)

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Meanwhile new zinnias continue to bloom and the Pee Gee Hydrangea continues to deepen in color…

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When the hydrangea get this dark, I generally start to clip some and bring indoors for drying, which I did.

Not too long ago I’d done a post about it being soup weather now.  There was a nice list of soups in the comments to think about for the future.  So on Sunday morning I made one of them; potato, leek and cauliflower soup. It turned out great. I had two big bowls for lunch, filled a small pot with more for another day, and took the rest down to my sons’  house along with some freshly baked bread and apple pie.

The bread was my Challah recipe that I’ve had forever,  but this time I ran out of white bread flour and added some stone ground wheat flour and it still turned out nicely…so if any of you want to try this recipe that way, while it calls for six cups flour, I usually only need five, and today’s batch used four white / one wheat and was a bit more hearty and filling.    The Recipe is HERE 

You might also enjoy : Broccoli Cheese Soup in July & Storms and Sky 

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1st Frost But Most Survived : From the Garden

For any of you that use Facebook, you’ll be familiar with the Memories that they show you from time to time.

A day or so ago one popped up, showing a shot that I’d taken 2 or 3 years ago of my neighbors’  maple tree in its’ full fall glory.

This year, it’s just beginning to turn.  Having seen that memory I thought that I should get a few photos to record what’s still blooming at this time.

1st Frost : We DID have a frost warning for yesterday and my car was covered in frost….I woke up to 35 degrees ( and still did not turn on the furnace :)  but it did not affect the flowers yet to my surprise.

While many are dying off, new zinnias are yet appearing and buds want to bloom down the line if Mother Nature will let them :)

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It’s the same with the Black-Eyed Susans whose buds remind me of sunflowers unfolding.

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More survivors :

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The hyacinth vine clearly shows ‘between the seasons’ :)  I have to harvest some seeds soon…I ‘ve promised some to a few blogger friends.

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Thoughts and prayers for those affected by Hurricane Matthew which recently wreaked havoc up our coast and those in North Carolina are still in great distress. And poor Haiti…there is a dire situation there :(

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