While I shun Black Friday and anything that smacks of commerce, I celebrate the Buy Local idea and have obtained a couple of local Christmas gifts. Hard to grasp that it's close to 80 and I'm wearing shorts to shop!
From the enormous wind chimes to the teensy library, it was an interesting urban hike.
From sitting on my veranda this morning with my pumpkin cheesecake watching all the runners huff/puff up the hill (I SO wish I had gotten photos of some of the costumes~turkey tutus were my favorite. Although there were some funny turkey leg hats that were photo worthy),
to a gorgeous pre-dinner stroll (and nap, if we're being all about honesty)
to a lovely meal with new Austin friends/colleagues and their adoring puppy. She slept on my feet most of the evening. Grate-full. (Although that makes me sound like the little cinder girl, doesn't it?)
A sassy little birthday has made me giggle all day~wish this could be the image on my driver's license.
Lefse 2014 has commenced.
Although with the warm sunny weather, I may need to run the a/c to recreate the authentic experience!
My lovely & artistic friend J, unearthed a gorgeous mahogany bookcase for my bday/housewarming (which is truly above/beyond~she's helped me move twice in the past few months. I promise I am sitting still for at least 12 months now!) And ALL of my music books fit exactly. Miracle.
Since the creme brulee only used a smidge of pumpkin puree and I'm not inclined to eat oatmeal on holiday weeks, decided to make mini pumpkin cheesecakes to use it up.
Got ambitious and hung a couple of curtains while w.a.i.t.i.n.g. for the cable guy to show up and fix my internet. Am ever so pleased to be connected solidly to the e-world again.
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you~may whatever table you're gathered around nourish you in some form.
By the sun. Have no idea how much rain/hail/winds we got on Saturday night, but Sunday? Sunny and in the 80s.
While I think that the autumn colours 'pop' a bit more on a dreary day, there is nothing like that November blue as a backdrop!
Where diamonds grow.
The return drive was a much more pleasant experience~winding little country roads are best enjoyed dry. Stopped at Fredericksburg on the way home just to make sure that apple strudel was still in season.
And, as it's a fairly major touristy spot, they were already decked for the next holiday.