Our weather this past week (and more) has been incredibly nice, particularly for this time of the year! It seems that usually by now, we have had severe “mood swings” in the weather. This year, it has been very calm and quite nice.
Yesterday, rain moved in for the first time in a long time! And it has rained quite a lot. Our autumns are known for unpredictable rain that sometimes lasts for what seems like forever. In looking at the weather forecast, we are due for rain today and tomorrow, with several days of sunny weather to follow. But enough of the weather!
I *love* asters! They are so beautiful! Their awesome purple petals are so cheerful and appreciated with all the changing of colors in the fall. I bought this plant last year and never figured out where to plant it! I kept it in the garage over the winter, watering it a bit now and then. My mother-in-law told me she often keeps mums alive this way, so I thought I would take a chance with this plant. I am so glad it survived! I finally planted it on a slope where Mark had the driveway expanded. I am hoping to have a bit of a wildflower garden there and thought this would look great there…..in fact, I have two more Asters to plant there that I recently purchased!
I really cropped the photo above and even though I am not inclined to fiddle around much with photos, I did put a filter on this one called kaleidoscope. I love this!
Last Mother’s Day, Carly brought me a Gerbera Daisy. The plant seemed to thrive in the bedroom window, but when I placed it outside, it just had lots of greenery! I moved it to a brighter spot on the porch and it seemed to pick up some. I am wondering, too, if this plant likes cooler weather like I do!
Isn’t that beautiful? The color is so autumnal and the flowers last for a very long time! No wonder this is a favorite with people!
How about this? I photographed the pumpkin and Aster as the late afternoon sun created shadows from the porch balusters. I just cannot get enough of the colors of autumn! And speaking of color….while I was walking around with the camera, photographing this and that, I decided to take a picture of a Queen Anne’s Lace. As I was about to snap the shutter button, a teeny tiny, itsy bitsy spider crept up on the flower!
And how could I not photograph the Bumblebee working so diligently in the Fleabane?
All of the photos above were taken just before yesterday’s rainy day appeared. Because we have had no rain for so long, our well has been a tad temperamental! We got a load of water on Friday and yesterday, one more. We live on the hillside and must travel in the valley to get water. The scenery was awesome!
The clouds were so low!!! Bristol Mountain’s ski runs seemed to disappear!!!
After getting a load of water, I got down to business! I had planned a somewhat work-intensive meal that really began Friday morning. I had bought a beef brisket. Using a recipe from my crockpot cookbook, I created a rub for it and wrapped it in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Early yesterday morning, I removed it and began cooking it on the stovetop instead of my (tiny) crockpot. As the day progressed, the house was filled with quite an awesome aroma! I threw some potatoes in the oven late afternoon and began working on dessert.
While visiting our friends Carolyn and Bill for Shabbat one Friday eve, Bill served a blackberry steamed pudding. I was in love! I searched around online for something similar, but couldn’t find anything quite like it. But I did find a recipe that sounded awesome. It was a Martha Stewart recipe for Caramel Apple Steamed Pudding. Yes!
The first (of a few) steps was to caramelize sugar. At first, I couldn’t figure this out. Then I thought to turn up the heat just a tad, and voila!! This was so incredible and I was awestruck. Perhaps that was how I managed to accidentally get some of the boiling hot liquid on my forefinger and thumb. Without thinking, I tried to peel the burning syrup off with my teeth. In the process, I burned the inside of my lower lip and the tip of my tongue. Thankfully, these were very minor. But my finger!
I kept putting ice cubes on the finger and after about eight, the pain finally subsided. I did keep working on the dessert and was so excited when I unmolded it!
The rainy weather today lasted through the morning. Later in the day, the sun came out here and there and all I can say is, we really are so spoiled by the beautiful weather we have been enjoying! Oh, and the forecast for the next few days?
Did I mention we are spoiled? Rotten!!!
There have been Octobers in the past when we virtually worked in freezing cold rain, winterizing the camper, closing the pool, getting firewood and just doing all the pre-winter tasks. Our woodshed is filled to the brim and the pool is all set to button up. We put that off as we worked on firewood and cleaning up a new trail in the woods that messed some of our other trails. The camper will be next and we will still be enjoying warm weather!