Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall 2015

Welcome to my Fall 2015 tour!
We don't change too much from summer to September, but I do like to add some fall color and texture.  This segues into fall and then I kick it up in a little month I like to call Rocktober.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's almost fall, y'all!


I don't know about you, but for me fall officially starts the day I have 34 bright, shining faces sitting in room 316. (34 is not a typo.) Then I know it's time to get Brandywine 'fallified.'


Here are some fallifications from years past.  The above mantle was a couple of years ago, when I seemed to always be in the yard, cutting sticks.  I guess I had some kind of stick fetish.  Not sure what that was about and I don't need any speculation from the peanut gallery. (This means you, Ms. Ranch.)


I love the warmth of candles when the days start getting shorter.  I rarely use real candles in my house, as (a) I am allergic to a lot of scents and one can't be too careful, and (b) I tend to forget they're burning, which can lead to disastrous results.

Certain foods say "fall" to me, as well.  I love a lot of the produce that comes into season in the fall--apples, squash (including my all-time favorite: pumpkin) and pears and grapes. One of my faves is apple crisp.  If you have any apples leftover...


you can always make a wreath!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dining Room Tour!

As a teacher, from August until June I am focused on keeping it between the ditches.  I am up at 5 am, I do paperwork (pay bills, check blogs, monkey with photos, look on Facebook to see what the Kardashians  my friends are up to, and so forth.)(I also won't lie...sometimes this is when I do the dishes if I was too tired to do them the night before.)  Then it's sit-ups, shower, get dressed, throw a load of laundry in the washer, pack a lunch and get out the door before 7:00.

When I come back home at 5 pm...I am exhausted.  There is supper to make, clothes to throw in the dryer, papers to grade, drinks to pour...and overwhelming exhaustion.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For all my peeps...you got this!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

                             I had children.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Living with DPS, part three

If you've read about our cottage here, then you know a lot about our neighborhood, as well as my ability to research. What I left out of that report is that the neighborhood folks are older than average.

Way older.

Consequently, there are a lot of estate sales and yard sales in this neighborhood, as folks are anxious to get rid of mom's/grandma's/old Uncle Danny's stuff now that mom/grandma/old Uncle Danny has moved to a facility/moved in with a relative/moved on to the Great Unknown.

And I will apologize for the photos...old house = tiny rooms = not a lot of natural light.  We do the best we can with what we have here at Brandywine, folks.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Maker Movement

I think DL has been feeling left out lately, and I told him that if he keeps building the same stuff, we couldn't really write about it.  Then I said, "What about those 247 pictures you've ripped out of catalogs and magazines?  Can't you build one of those things?" and build he did. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Zucchini Bread

One of the things I miss the most about being in the community where I grew up is the plethora of farm stands along the roads.