sidewalk…

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the weather has really gotten fall-ish…

this afternoon my grandson arrived to finish a few jobs around the yard, including putting away the lawn furniture and then he and his friend replaced the sidewalk stones along the front flowerbed… they had sunk way down into the grass over the years….

this is going to make walking from the driveway to the house much more stable and it will also be way easier to shovel once the snow arrives…

coleus…

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a few weeks ago I read that you could propagate coleus using their leaves, and have them as houseplants which could then go into the garden in the spring…

I didn’t have any in the garden but a friend did and I asked if they would give me a few clippings…

a week ago they dropped off a few types and I popped them into a glass and set it on the dining room table…

I did a bit more research and discovered that they needed to be much smaller than I thought…

so, I trimmed them up and put them back into the glass and set it on the table in the living room…

once they have roots I will transplant them into pots and enjoy them over the winter… eventually they will make a great addition to the side garden…

I also cut pieces from two of my indoor vines and set them in water as well… I have found a couple of tiny pots and plan to put them into the bathroom window;-)…

hills…

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got a call yesterday to check out the moon…

checked from every place in the house and garden, but it was too low for me to see…

by the end of the call I could see it above the trees, but it had returned to a normal view…

tonight I got a text suggesting I check it out again…

I put on my jacket and walked down to the toboggan hills at the end of the street, but still couldn’t see it, lol…

there is just no way to see the moon from here when it is on the horizon…

but, I had a nice little walk and got in the last of my steps… even though the current temperature is -2° Celsius…

nasturtiums…

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had a nice walk this morning although it was 4° Celsius and windy…

saw some nasturtiums and a very tall sunflower… apparently it was a yellow day, lol…

and these cute little ghosts flying in the wind..

quite a few Halloween decorations out there…

aftermath…

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what a beautiful day…

our group met on the deck around the firepit in the late afternoon…

there were cheezies, shortbread cookies and pistachios to go along with the coffee and tea…

once the coffee was made, I set out blankets and cushions before everyone arrived…

this is the aftermath of our time together, lol…

it was so beautiful out that we didn’t use the blankets;-)… even at 8 pm, it was 17° Celsius…

on October 18!

and as a final treat, the sky did this;-)…

generosity…

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I’ve been thinking about generosity quite a bit lately…

recently a friend treated me to dinner and another one to lunch… such a gift;-)…

when I think of generosity, I think of generosity of spirit, kindness, and sharing the wealth as much as possible…

I think of my dad, who taught me to be kind and treat people nicely… he would have given anyone the shirt off his back…

I remember whenever he or my mom were sick and in hospital, it would be my job to fetch nuts and chocolates from Morden’s to share with the staff… that was something we did to thank individuals and groups for their help…

many years ago a colleague suggested that I did nice things for others to get attention and compliments… they were not able to understand that this generosity habit was part of who I am…

thanking those around me just seems to be ingrained in me…

for many years I would treat colleagues to flowers, chocolate and/or nuts, or something else I made, to celebrate special events… often my anniversaries or birthday… it was always great to see their enjoyment of whatever the treat happened to be…

it also brings much happiness and always reminds me of my dad…

nowadays, I am working toward sharing with others in as many ways as I can…

what makes you generous;-)…

domain…

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I have spent a good portion of the day working on the fish tank… it was always my beloved’s domain…

the rocks have been removed… and there were a lot of them…

before supper, there was just a little bit of water in the bottom and I finally got that soaked up… it is empty;-)…

I fried pickerel for my dinner and found two or three bones in it, which made me think of my beloved again…

if there were any bones at all, they would be in his fish, lol…

and he would have made the world’s best French fries to go with it;-)…

funny that I would make fish after working on the tank all day, lol…

acclimatized…

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recently brought in two of my plants which had been on the deck for the last while…

the hibiscus spent the entire summer on the deck and when it came in it sat just inside the door as it acclimatized to the temperature and hopefully dropped any bugs… it took up a fair bit of room, lol… it was moved yesterday to the corner of the dining room and today has a bloom;-)…

the mandevilla had lived right in the garden and only recently started blooming… it was covered with a plastic bag and sat in the bathtub to suffocate any non-invited guests before moving into the dining room this morning…

it will stay there for a little while, but this may not be its final resting place…

we will see…

WearEver…

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cooked a very large turkey for our Thanksgiving supper… worked out well, as it meant there were lots of leftovers to have… the kids even brought containers to put them into, lol…

I roasted the turkey in my parents’ WearEver roaster which hasn’t been used for many years as we haven’t had a large bird…

it brought back many wonderful memories of meals with my family…

after dinner I started soup in the roaster because there were so many bones, lol…

finished it up with vegetables, barley, and more turkey… got the soup into containers and they are in the fridge ready for the kids to pick up… they enjoy homemade soup;-)…

since then I’ve had many meals from that dinner, including turkey and dumplings with my mom’s dumpling recipe;-)…

firepit…

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brought the firepit onto the deck and have used it a couple of times already…

on Monday we sat around it before and after our dinner… even the dog enjoyed it…

Tuesday, my regular group sat around it in the afternoon as we met on the deck… we also had blankets if required as the temperature was around plus 10 Celsius… but it warmed us up a little and made us feel cozy… I enjoyed it as I awaited their arrival…

I’ve left it on the deck and think I might use it more there… will see how it goes when the rain stops, lol…