FALL!

Last night we had the first freeze. Last week we had 90 degrees, then it drops to 40, now we hit the freeze mark. I just love this weather!! The sun in the blue skies, The cool breeze, but we did turn on the heat for just a bit to take the chill off. Saturday I set up at A Renaissance at Roanoke Art Fair. I have to say the morning was crispy and my fingers were tingling. It was my last outdoor show of the year. Lots of good artist, good customers. The sun came out and the weather behaved. If you want to know where I will be next be sure to check my front page. I have the list there. On to my pictures, I went outside this crispy morning and snapped some pictures. One of my three catnip plants. It is on the porch so we will see if it lasts. The cats loved having some fresh catnip last night. They were all loopy, some more than others.

On the porch again. Still loving my succulents, that are just growing and growing. I don’t want to bring them in because they love that porch. But the time will come.

Our new white mums that turn a pinky shade when they start to fade. I like a little bit of white, it adds a stunning element to the landscaping.

Had some rain yesterday morning, this morning is frozen water. I put this birdbath in this spot because it is outside of my studio. Not one bird landed in it, darn it! I thought at least the hummingbirds would stop and take a drink, they are always at the catmint.

When it warms up to 55 today I wonder if the balloon flower will look as good since it was out in the garden.

Stunning raspberry colored mums.

I liked the colors of the bush changing with the sunlight. Some of my favorite colors.

I picked up three little pumpkins, a subtle yet elegant fall touch. Plus, I didn’t want to haul around big pumpkins. I stepped away from my part time job to totally focus on my art business so I listen to the television more. They spend so much on campaign commercials! My son Kevin says why don’t they tell us why we should vote for them instead of why we shouldn’t vote for the other guy. I think that makes such good sense, yeah, why don’t they? I am very excited about going to a play tonight with my friend Theresa. We are going to see The Choir of Man at the Beautiful Embassy Theater. Get a little dinner before, and it should be a great evening.

Lastly, I wrote about Barney yesterday and I am happy to say he is now up in my store. He can be purchased in three different sizes. He is a handsome owl and would look great in an owl lovers favorite spot. I also think it would look nice in an office because it has a distinguished look.

A little bit of nature

I just could not get the perfect shot of the super moon the other night. It was sure impressive!

I am sure it was operator error but this is better, though not perfect.

Last week we had some sunny and warm days before the bottom fell out. The yellow leaves of our bush were pretty with the sun shining through.

The blanket of leaves on the ground were just as pretty.

Then we had some snow on Saturday and it laying on the outdoor Christmas lights on the bushes was very pretty.

No flash makes for  another good picture.

The Beauty of the World

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This last weekend our neighbors asked if we would take care of their animals while they were gone. We love doing this gladly. I was walking along the side of the house and came across these beautiful flowers and thought “OH, these are so cool! To me they look like zinnias but they are candy striped.

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Another one with a little different design. So gorgeous!

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The neighbor on the other side has this tree that I can see out my kitchen window. Here I am showing you it framed in the mutton.

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For some reason it just looks so stunning from my window but I went outside and got a closeup for you.

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Then further back. The day turned cooler but sunny. The humidity went away and it was so nice to be outside.

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During this time of the year I love it when the blue of the sky is darker and it gives the colorful trees a nice background. The farmers have gotten their crops in and the neutral colored ground is lovely.

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Another set of trees with the darker blue background. Standing outside with a little breeze, the temps are nice and the smell of a wood fire somewhere. Life is good!

 

It all Happens so fast

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This is just a little offset from the original plant of a balloon flower. With the hot, dry summer that we had I am so surprised that I have little ones popping up all over the front flower garden. It should be really pretty next year if they survive the winter. Last week we had very warm days of almost 90 degrees and the cold front whooshed in and now the plants are really changing. I love the weather where it is cool and I can smell peoples fires. It really reminds me of our honeymoon when we went to Gatlinburg, TN in October. It’s a good memory. I am one that relates smells a lot, especially good memories.

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Here are the purple asters. It didn’t fair too well from the summer.

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Last year I picked up different colored cone flowers, not your usual pink ones and they did make it through the winter. They grew and bloomed and now have many off shoots also. I am so surprised. I did do some watering, so that must have helped, but there is nothing like the rain water.

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Burning bushes are a very favorite, especially this picture. I love the burgundy, and the pinks with the greens.

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My Little Pine was doing so well this spring but then the summer beat it up. I hope that it looks better next year.

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The farmers corn behind us is getting near picking time. I remember when it was just little sprouts from the warm brown dirt. It must have gotten rain at key times because it seems to look pretty good. I love fall, the trees are not changing yet but very soon and boom it will be over before we know it. Chili, fires in our fireplace, the bugs going away. Wonder what kind of winter we will be having this year? All is good on our end, how bout you? Thanks for stopping.

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