Monday, November 15, 2010

A Family Weekend

Friday while O Wise One went to the airport to pick up #1 son I did the last of the pumpkin I am going to do. There are still pumpkins out there but having almost 30 jars of cooked pumpkin and lots of pumpkin puree in the freezer it is time to stop. The remaining pumpkins will become food for the chickens.  

Friday afternoon after school we all went to a party. Graci turned 9.

it was a typical little girls party with pretty rainbow cakes.....

 And balloons and presents....

And lots of squeals and giggles.........

There are very few leaves left now on the trees. Dry and brown and gnarled but still tenaciously hanging there. Every morning there is a little more ice in the animal water bowls. We wait and anticipate knowing that it is coming. Soon there will be lots of ice and snow to deal with. Winter will not be put off much longer.

There are a few gentle reminders that spring was ever here. The occasional rosebud frozen on the bush. Drying out but still evidence that indeed it once bloomed and will bloom again come spring. 

The chickens are still enjoying their afternoon forages though.

And Riley is still standing guard. After all a little 15 pound dog needs to guard all his humans against those pesky critters that sneak up on us. O Wise One caught a marauding coon in the chicken yard which has really got Riley on the watch now.  It's an invasion and Riley will not be caught unaware.

 #1 son and my son-in-law brought me home a couple ducks they killed and I think I will make some of my mothers duck dressing. She used to make it for Thanksgiving every year. It has been a weekend for family. Lots of chicken gumbo and we had a good old Louisiana shrimp boil Sunday night. With corn on the cob and potatoes and onions boiled with the shrimp in a spicy water. Lots of scrabble games and mouse trap.  Grand babies playing and parents visiting. Homemade Salsa and chips and everyone had to try a little hooch. But all good thing must end and little ones get sleepy and Monday morning is a new work week. So they all pack up and go home to bed.

Indeed life is good and we are thankful for all that we have and especially family.

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. The baby is adorable and gives an indication that he had a full active day :o)
    Your Canned Pumpkin looks gorgeous and gives thought to delicious cakes and pies made with them. I never got my Pumpkin to try this family is used to Sweet Potato pies for the Holiday's. Next year for sure I'll try one..Ginny

  2. Wonderful!

    Have a blessed week, too! :)

  3. Blessing to have family all around you! Winter will be here soon, but that season is for quilting, basket making, and cane on chairs. Before you can finish all the projects, spring is here, with her long chore list in hand!

  4. What a wonderful weekend you had! How is Reilly doing these days, you haven't said much about the little guy lately. Have a good week!

  5. Advantage to have close relatives all around you! Winter year will be here soon, but that year is for making quilts, container making, and walking stick on seats. Before you can complete all the tasks, springtime is here, with her long task record in hand!
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