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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

This and That

Sorry I haven't posted for a week. My how time flies.

There's not much happening out here in my neck of the woods. We've had a few visitors. On Sunday in addition to my son and daughter in law visiting, we looked out our front door and saw this handsome creature staring at us.

And on Saturday there was a bad wreck on the interstate and they detoured the traffic from I-77 onto Rt. 21 for over 2 hours. We had constant traffic on our road in front of our house. In addition to the hundreds of cars, we had tractor trailor traffic which we rarely see on our road any more.

We had what I call my 'little alien' visit me over the weekend. I hope you never accidentally bump into this little creature. It hurts! I was doing a little fall cleaning in my blackberry patch when the top of my hand started to sting. I kept searching until I found my 'little alien' under a leaf. It hurts like a wasper sting! I looked him up on the internet and his official name is 'saddleback caterpillar'. Zoom in on him for a closer look, he's weird!

Fall is arriving in spurts here and there at our house. . . this pitcher is old. I believe someone tried to imitate Fiestaware.

My kitchen table sports my peanut and candy corn mixture (which is just about disappeared now) and peanutbutter kisses cookies (which have already disappeared) on top of an old fall placemat.

Fall arrived outside this morning, too. The thermometer on the deck said 40, but the housetops said something different. It's a little blurry, but it sure looks like frost to me.

What have you been up to lately?


  1. After all the hussle and bussle of summer it feels good to have "nothing" much going on doesn't it? :)

  2. All except for that bad accident you mentioned you could consider everything part of the magical time of year. I so do love autumn with all it's beauty, crisp air,sounds of geese flying south,fall festivals and the cleanness in the air.

  3. I have seen those aliens to,and I don't like them much either..I love looking out my door and seeing the deer in the yard,we do live in a good place don't we???
    We have had some chilly nights and mornings here to...
    Take care Janet...

  4. Fall cleanup around the farm is what I've been up to. And decorating for Halloween. It's our favorite holiday. We have a lot of fun with it.

  5. That "little alien" gives me the creeps.
    As for what I've been up to, nothing as usual.

  6. Would you believe that I've been working too hard? Well, I have...
    that's a change for me, huh? My friend is moving back to her home of Maryland and getting rid of most all of her things. I am buying her bedroom suite, which is gorgeous. I have been moving furniture, changing out the clothing in the drawers...which has given me a lot of back pain...
    I'm hoping to be all better by Saturday for our trip. My friend has also given me a few things which I plan on posting...I've just been very busy with all that, plus taking care of Daddy too.

  7. Janet-we've always called the little stingers-packsaddles-and yes they STING!! I got in a whole family of them last year-and had shorts on too!

  8. I've never seen that bug but I'll be watching for him. Yuck!

    We saw that wreck on the interstate. Luckily, it was only one truck, I think. A tractor trailer had jack-knifed and blocked both lanes. It looked like it had big rolls of paper in it. But I can imagine they had to block all lanes both ways to get the truck pulled upright, unloaded and out of there. We were lucky enough to go by before everything was blocked!

    We've been busy running--the conference, then the storytelling festival, then storytelling in northern WV. Firewood is Larry's main objective this month. Mine is to keep my head above water during this very, very busy month for storytelling.

    See you at the book festival, I hope!

  9. Yuck, that alien does look strange. I have never seen or heard of that ... Love the fall! And isn't that candy corn and peanut mixture nummy?


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