Happy Halloween!!! Just a few fun things, for your holiday enjoyment:
We’re still enjoying a glorious fall here; neighborhood walks are truly a thing of beauty! And now for some fun, random internet things that made me smile…
- Kate Davis singing All About That Bass
- Ever heard the Duck Tales Theme Song done quite like this?
- Animals Dancing to Salt-n-Pepa’s ‘Push It’
And the sunrise this morning…
We spent a fantastic, long weekend up in northwest Michigan in the Traverse City area. I honestly don’t think I can come up with the appropriate words to really describe how breathtakingly beautiful it was up there (especially with the fall color on display)! As you may already be aware, fall is my favorite season – so this weekend I was in my happy place…seeing the fall views all around me (so much color!), wearing sweaters and scarves, enjoying a warm fire (don’t forget the s’mores -we had those too), stopping at an apple orchard (more on that below), etc. I was like a kid in a candy store and it was great! Why can’t I stop using exclamation points…yep, fall does this to me, I can’t contain my excitement!!!
We spent some time hiking around where we stayed (Lake Ann, MI) and also enjoyed a hike in Sleeping Bear Dunes, we drove around and stopped in Leland, visited the L. Mawby and Big Little tasting rooms, made it out to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, and did a bit of shopping and dinner in Traverse City too. The lakeshore colors are stunning and it was beautiful watching the waves crash along the shoreline.
We are lucky, here in Michigan, as there seems to be no shortage of apple orchards to visit and enjoy this time of year. I had the pleasure of visiting an orchard that was like none other I’ve been to before; one of the highlights for us was stumbling upon Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm where they grow and sell antique apple varieties. I was fascinated at how many varieties of apples they had available – most of which I’d never heard of or seen before. We picked up 3 small containers to take home of Sheepnose, Spitzenburg (supposedly Thomas Jefferson’s favorite), and Ashmead’s Kernel apples; we ate Almata (these are pink on the inside) and Macoun apples on the spot, before we got back to the car. They also ship gift boxes and the woman who rang us up was the owner’s granddaughter – so charming and such an interesting stop along our way.
You can view more photos from our trip here.
After a busy work week, we found some time for some much needed r&r over the weekend – I watched one of my favorite Halloween movies, enjoyed our fireplace, and did a bit of decorating around the house. Ryan did some yard work too, mowing and raking leaves, cleaning up some of our garden beds for the season (he pulled quite a lot of herbs which we’re hoping to dry and use throughout the winter). And Melody enjoyed a nap near the sunshine coming in the window on Sunday afternoon; she’s a professional at that!
So this is what my front yard looks like now… I know, I know – we need to get out the rake, but isn’t it beautiful? We made a big pot of homemade soup with fresh garden peppers and herbs over the weekend too – yum!
The weather in Michigan this last week was pretty spectacular and we couldn’t resist taking advantage of it and enjoying a hike on Saturday in the late morning/early afternoon. Bonus: We stopped for fresh cider and doughnuts on the way there and were able to enjoy some of the early fall color on display too!
Our dog, Melody, is very familiar with certain words and makes it clear she understands (or at least is excited) when you say those certain words out loud…words like, “outside”, “treat”, and “squirrel”, for example. We’ve got 3 bird feeders at our home, which the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds all seem to enjoy and Melody delights in chasing off squirrels from our yard whenever she’s given the chance; it’s pretty great to watch – you can tell she’s really proud of herself and she’s having a great time doing it whenever she bolts off after one. And, working on a college campus, there is no shortage of bold squirrels to observe; some of which will even approach you and beg for food/pose for this photo. I like to imagine they all have names (most of which are “Henry” for some reason). Did you know the University of Michigan has a Squirrel Club?
This week really began to feel like fall, with the cooler temps; I welcomed my favorite season by lighting a fire in our fireplace and enjoying a hot cup of fresh apple cider. Today we made veggie chili – it’s been simmering on the stove all afternoon and will be perfect for dinner tonight. I picked up some lovely orange mums and these dahlias pictured below. And we got this great new (vintage) sofa, which you can see a bit of in the photo above; it’s a perfect match to our existing chairs and will be nice to have some extra, comfy seating in our front room. The light is so beautiful in the late afternoon in there…
Things I love:
- My husband (who makes me lattes).
- Roos Roast Lobster Butter Love in my lattes.
- Saturday mornings at home.
- Garden flowers.
- Pasta for dinner (with fresh-cut garden basil on top).
- My cutie pup (who looks extra cute here in her Texas Tech collar begging for crackers).