Last week, I decided to make sure I did it all. I painted and beaded, I cleaned and cooked - even baked! (which I don't do that often) I made my Grandma Mila's delicious banana bread and added chocolate chips) On the same day I put a roast in the Crockpot. By about 2:00 in the afternoon my house smelled amazing! I took pictures of my fall decor and enjoyed a lovely autumn-scented candle. I even tackled a fairly big project: organizing my china cabinet full of heirlooms and my vintage pixie, and deer figurines. I kept my trusty camera with me and took pictures of it all!
Grandma Mila's Banana Bread
Being prepared by having my camera ready was fun. I made a point months ago to remember to always have it with me. As an artist and a publisher of Mermaids of the Lake, I know that I don't want to miss an opportunity to capture the sunrise, sunset, stew I just made, the Great Blue Heron sitting on my dock, or even the common one of deer or wild turkeys on the side of the road. I live in a beautiful part of the country and nature is completely inspiring to me. Every season displays something glorious that I love so much I can hardly bear the thought of it leaving until I remind myself that I can take a picture to enjoy the beauty when it is gone and... most importantly... that it will come back next year! I usually have my camera on the seat next to me, ready to go! Yesterday, I rounded the corner on my way home from the store and there were three beautiful wild turkeys on my neighbor's lawn. Just a few yards forward and there were three deer eating apples from another neighbor's tree. Love!!!
One afternoon, anticipating my teenager daughter arriving home soon, and deciding to be super spontaneous. I called my mom and said, "Let's get coffee and go for a drive and take pictures of the Autumn Splendor! If we don't do it now, we'll miss it!" It took my wonderful-always-ready-for-some fun-and-coffee mom about 2 seconds to say yes! My daughter walked in the door and was thrilled! We jumped in the car and picked up my mom, went through the Starbuck's drive through and hit the road! With hot coffee, a camera, and the feeling that going for a short, spontaneous adventure brings, we took off. Luckily, we don't have to drive far to be out in the country, near mountains, and so much natural beauty! It's a simple little memory that I think we will each always remember. Literally, within five minutes we were snapping pictures and exclaiming our gratitude for our surroundings.
Look at the color, and the frosty colored pines at the top of the picture- that is snow!
We were so excited to see this falling down old building. I think it's a barn.
She had to pick some apples for her dad!