Outside my Window.... it's a beautiful, crisp autumn morning. The leaves on the cottonwood tree overhanging the patio right beside my window are just becoming tinged in yellow.
From the kitchen... While I was gone over the weekend, the little girls made some banana bread and banana cookies! I can't wait to tast their experimental banana cookies! Sounds like breakfast to me! Also, we picked up some fresh organic peaches from a farm stand near Paonia, CO (their last two flats!), and picked three bags full of Granny Smith apples from a friend's tree on the Grand Mesa. We'll see what we end up doing with all of it...
I am creating... Some new way of storing my every-day books and every-day school items. Right now everything is just piled up on the hearth in the dining room, and it's just not working. I'll let you know what I figure out...
I am going... to the chiropractor and nowhere else this week, if I can help it. I need a full week of organizing at home and doing home-centric things!
I am wearing... my favorite, comfy green, black and brown patterned gypsy skirt and a green button down blouse.
I am reading... Just got the fourth in the series of Maisie Dobbs books! Looking forward to a cool autumn night in my big comfy chair-and-a-half in front of the woodstove to get started on it!
I am hoping... I have success on a cleansing diet program I'm starting this week. Pray for me! It involves eating a lot less food than I'm used to ~ and breaking the sugar and caffeine habit. But, I know I need to suffer it for my health. (Ugh.)
Around the house... My sweet husband and children did a wonderful job of cleaning up before I got home from my weekend trip. I have nothing but laundry to catch up on this morning. Like I said, I'm a very grateful mama!
Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week... Work on more fall decorating. Pull the sweaters out of storage. Can peaches and make apple butter and whatever else we can think of that's yummy ~ like at least one pie ~ before I start my diet.
Paul and Nicole. Such a fun day spent with our young people!
Do you see the little train way dow there: The Durango and Silverton narrow guage steam engine roughly follows the route of the Las Animas River through the San Juan mountains. As we stood on the top of the hill to the north of the town, we could hear the sound of the steam engine whistle floating up to us and see the puff of smoke from the engine. So cool!
Here's some bright color to the southwest. I wish I could show them to you the way they really are ~ so golden they look lit from within! Alas, my camera's not quite up to that challenge.
Here are Paul and Nicole walking down from the shrine heading to the car so we can go down to Silverton and get some goodies at one of the candy shops down there. It's the fall, you know, when a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of fudge...
Here are some of the brightly painted victorian facades of historic Silverton, Colorado. A snippet of the train whistle at the Durango-Silverton Railway Station:
And, last, a couple views from the northern end of our weekend trip ~ from the West Elks range on the way over McClure Pass, between Paonia and Redstone, Colorado. I wish we could go back up next week; all these aspen will be changed to autumn gold by then!
Here's one last "hello" from Colorado: The wind in the aspens in the San Juan mountains at the Ironton ghost town site.