It's been another busy week. We had a couple of almost summer like days so I hauled out some outside lights to put up for the holiday season. I figured why not take advantage of the warm weather rather than wait until December when the cold weather had set in. We also had a new set of back steps built so himself stained those again taking advantage of the lovely warm days.
I bought a small electric fireplace a couple of weeks ago. It seemed to be too low on the floor and looked lost. I wasn't too happy with that so I bought some wood, built a platform for it, stained it and now am very happy indeed.
I might have mentioned that the Blue Jays are being proper bullies with regard to the feeders. They've been eating up all the sunflower seeds and driving away the little birds. I found a feeder in a seed catalogue that was for small birds and the bully birds couldn't get at the seeds. It's one of the best investments that I've made in a long time. The little birds love it and are going in and out all day long. The jays are a little peeved but they do get enough to eat from the other feeders.
I did get a chance to make a straw man (King of Winter) for Samhain (Halloween). We will welcome him at that time and he'll watch over the home during the winter months. I've bought a pumpkin that I hope to stuff and bake at that time. I've tried this recipe before and it turned out quite well.
The "Benevolent King Cat" is regaled in it's bone necklace and skull necklace.
I also received some news this week that has me very excited. My granddaughter is flying in for Christmas so if all goes well, my daughter, granddaughter and grandson will be with us for a few days. Now my mind is going crazy thinking of the kinds of cookies, etc. I can make. I remembered my grandmothers shortbread cookies. She'd cut them out with cookie cutters and put a bit of cherry in the center of each one then bake. I knew I had her cookie cutters put away so found them and plan to do the same thing.
They are so old but the memories, ah, the memories!
Just a bit about the garden. Most of the phlox is still in bloom and some of the other perennials. A lot of the trees have finally changed colour with lots of leaves on the ground. The fall smell is heady. I love it. The Burning Bush is putting on a nice little display as you can see from the picture.
The crows arrive every morning at around 7:30 these days. You can almost set your watch by them. Then again around 4:30 pm. Along with the Blue Jays, there are loads of Nuthatches and Chick a Dees. Woodpeckers of course and recently I had two Common Jays drop by.