~Whistle while you work~

 Fall energizes me; nearly as much as springtime does.
I've been working away. 
Getting things organized, cleaning everything, and paring down.
I cleaned out the deep freezers. 
With just the two of us at home, there isn't any need for us to have two deep freezers. My goal is to plan our menus and meals out of what is currently in our freezers and pantries. 
I hope to only use what we have on hand, and eventually unplug at least one of the freezers.
Getting used to cooking smaller amounts is a challenge for me.
 We put chicken wire and stakes around some of our more vulnerable trees and shrubs, as the deer are moving into the yards, and they can really damage shrubs and trees.

Spending my days cleaning out my office. Wow, have I ever accumulated a ton of stuff!
I'm cleaning out scrapbooking supplies, and stamping supplies, fabric, etc. 
I even disassembled the desk~top computer. I don't think I've even turned that computer on in two years. I will put it away, but the odds of getting rid of it all together are high. I have used a laptop for years now.  I hope to get everything boxed up and ready to donate by weeks end.
We also gave our large dining table to our youngest son and his wife. 
We are working on downsizing our stuff and simplifying!
The next project on my list is to paint and put up wainscot in the den. 
Love being busy fluffing our nest! It puts a smile in my heart to have everything organized and neat and tidy.

 "I've decided life is too fragile to finish a book I dislike just because it costs sixteen dollars and ninety-five cents and everyone else loved it, or eat a fried egg with a broken yolk (which I hate) when the dog would leap over the St. Louis Arch for it".
                           ~ Erma Bombeck 

Attitude of gratitude:
~Thankful for my amazing and sweet husband. I celebrated a birthday this past week, and he took me on not only one, but two road trips! 
We shopped and went to lunch at favourite places. 
~Grateful for prayers answered. Prayers have been said on behalf of friends that have had trials and tribulations and prayers have been answered and those friends have been greatly blessed. I am so grateful for a loving Father in heaven!!


~Weekend at the cottage ~

 Hello friends!
What a wonderful weekend it was for us.
We enjoyed a cosy fire, and rainstorms, beautiful skies.
We watched General Conference. 
Messages filled with hope and faith. 
Seeking good things, and following the example that our Savior set for us.
 Along our walking path, we saw a sweet reminder chalked onto the sidewalk.
 Puppies ran up to a gate to great us. 
Awww... they are so cute! 
Golden retriever pups.
 As the rains increased, this sweet little bird found a natural umbrella and lunch as well. 
Clever bird! 
 The rains continued and the sunflower head sheltered the bird as he gathered and ate sunflower seeds.
 As the clouds moved across the mountains, a dusting of snow across the peaks is revealed.
 Fall leaves glow, and white snow makes for a beautiful scene.
This week, I am more resolved to seek the good.
Smile more.
Show kindness to strangers.
Serve my family.
Bless my home and family each day. 
Happy heart experiences.
It is easy to be dragged down by negativity. 
It takes courage and faith to see the positivity and the good and seek after these things. 

Attitude of gratitude:
~Feeling grateful for a loving husband. 
~Thankful for a cosy warm fireplace.
~Thankful that we finished the items on 'The List' in order to be ready for winter'
~Grateful for the rains that have soaked lawns, plants, and helped to fill reservoirs. 
~Thankful for a stack of great books to read as the weather turns cold, and I spend more time indoors. 


Leaves Change

 Autumn beauty:
Brilliant crimson mums, shrub leaves change from green to red.
 Colourful rainbow over the mountains, sunshine warms the mountain tops after an Autumn storm.
 Vibrant blue skies. Russet colored sunflower stalks.
 Displays of colourful foliage across the mountains...browns, reds and yellows.
 Dry sunflowers dance with the winds. Birds snack on remaining sunflower seeds. 
The leaves change. 
Autumn is finally here. 
My most favourite time of the year. 
 The square pumpkin sits cheerily on the steps of the front porch and at night, his crooked smile lights up.
 Orange pumpkins...
 Orange pumpkins, white pumpkins, green and pink and yellow pumpkins.
Enjoy this changing leaves season, dear friends.

Attitude of gratitude:
~Feeling thankful for the good health that I and my sweet husband are blessed with. I do not take our good health for granted. 
~Grateful for our home, and the warm and welcoming feeling that resides in our home.

Bring back:
Kindness, and the old adage of 'If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

Homespun Philosophy: A penny saved, is a penny earned.