Monday, October 12, 2009

12-of-12: October 2009

Is it the 12th already??? Wow, time is flying.  Here's my set for the October 12-of-12.  Created by Chad Darnell, the 12-of-12 is a photo project where participants post 12 photos from their day on the 12th day of each month.  Enjoy!

It's Columbus Day here in The States, so a number of people have a holiday/vacation day today; I didn't.  BUT, I took the day off to recover from our 4-day trip to Fairhaven/New Bedford, Mass.  It was a wonderful relaxing, slow-moving day.

10:00AM:  We started the day off right with a breakfast of Massa (Portuguese Sweet Bread) French Toast - the bread came from an amazing little bakery down the street from our friends' home in New Bedford, MA.

I enjoyed the warmth from the fireplace and spent some time correcting a major boo-boo in my knitting project afterward.

3:00PM:  We need a walk & pumpkins!

This week, we start up our exercise routine again.  The weekend was full of food, food, food, so it's time to get back on the wagon and back into shape.  The Forestry is just the place to start...

Mackie asks Daddy for a cookie.
Please, Daddy?

4:00PM:  On the way out, I notice a few things that I've never paid much attention to during our walks here (which are at least once a week).

A soft-leaf plant; today holding a fallen Maple leaf.

How impressive the ends of the logs look today... so much activity on what should be such an inert piece. 

C'mon, TaterBug!  Time to go.

Today was also PUMPKIN day.  We stopped at a local farm to grab a pumpkin and some gourds for the start of our fall decorating.

6:00PM:  We'll get another pumpkin on Saturday, and carve it up for Halloween.  But for today, we tried out something new... making Spiders out of gourds!  We found this cool little kit while shopping at The Sea Witch Gifts in Fairhaven, MA.

Here's the before:

... and the after!

7:30PM:  As I type, the pups and I are relaxing by a lovely fire (again).  There's been talk of a marshmallow or two in a bit.  Gotta finish posting, first.  I'd hate to get marshmallow goo all over the keyboard.  So, to sign off, I'll share our fire with you.  Can't you just feel the happy warmth radiating through the monitor?  :)

Cheers!  See you next month!


elizabeth said...

Yay! What a great day! The little spidees look adorable!


hey Jill!!
i wish i could feel the warmth, but you'll need to crank it up a bit. montreal's an island, very humid, & very cold right now. i have the chills, which is unusual for me, but it's so unseasonably cold, i'll need to adjust. one more log, for me, p-p-p-leazzzze?!?
on the other hand, your pics at the forestry are awesome. i certainly would enjoy a walk in that region.
though, i'm sure you'll tell me i have no reason to complain, judging from my own 12 of 12 this month. fortunate we are, those who have access to such beautiful nature.
as for halloween, your spiders are way too cool. i'll have to check if i couldn't get those kits, & do some to give to my friends hosting our annual halloween dinner, 9no, not party, a dinner. getting too old perhaps for parties...)
next time we hear from you, you'll be in the frenzy of YOUR thanksgiving. looking forward to THAT one!!

Sunny Archibald said...

Absolutely beautiful nature pictures. I so enjoyed taking a beautiful walk with you. Thanks for sharing. The fire picture is just perfectly cozy and nice.

TJ said...

Lovely outdoor shots! I enjoyed the rest of your photos also, but I really liked the ones from your walk. Anyway, thanks for sharing and until next month take care...

Cookie Queen said...

really nice pictures, those pumpkin spiders are so cute!

Pete said...

Hi Jill, oh wow the spiders are brilliant, love them :) and a very cosy fire too. Nice to see you had a fun and relaxing day.

And our cat is called Will, but he likes to think he is The Master hehe.

Bec said...

Beautiful walk! Adorable little pumpkins!
I spent some of my 12th knitting too... but luckily I didn't have to fix anything, because I typically end up making it more of a mess when I do!

corky said...

Lived in Chicago Heights when I was growing up, and I do miss the Forest Preserves that we had in that area. Really great nature shots. Thanks for sharing your day.

Dogeared said...

I love the nature walking shots, you live in a beautiful area! The pups are cute as ever, and mmm, a toasty warm fire and marshmallows... fantastic! I love the spiders, very cute :D

Eliane Zimmermann said...

i could also take millions of shots of logs, there is so much life and beauty on "dead" timber. sometimes you even recognize 'faces' and other interesting structures. thank you for that lovely walk! eliane

Nick said...

Your dogs are adorable. Wish I had a nice wooded trail like that where I could walk Boru. Thanks for sharing your day.

Scooter said...

Beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for sharing your day with us!