Well, October has flown by! Hallowe'en 2015 was a quieter version of the trick or treating as our "pup" was no longer here to greet the young arrivals at the door. Despite the drizzle outside, there was a steady stream of bright costumes and excited children collecting treats for this blustery night.
In between leaf gathering and visiting a brother in the cardio ward of the local hospital, November has started with a warm autumn lull in the weather. That is okay with most of the neighbourhood as it just seems too soon to face the winter cold.
For wordsmiths, November is the month of challenges -- novel writing, poetry chapbooks, blogging -- you name it, someone is under pressure to write! Not sure which direction I will take but hope to get some words together for the month.
In this area, 'tis the season to savour apples, as well! I accepted a personal harvest challenge to make an apple pie similar to a recipe that I saw in an episode of The Chew. It was a special version that chef Michael Symon made in a tribute to a certain entertainer. My pie was more rustic and about half the size of his version but the recipe taste was excellent with lots of cinnamon & a bit of nutmeg.
2015 APPLE PIE!
For this month of remembrances, I, also, updated the header on this blog with one of my photos of poppies from Flanders fields in Belgium. Visiting the sites of WWI battlefields in 2006 was a moving and unforgettable experience. The enormity of losses was so vividly evident, still, after almost a century.
Where did the summer go? Quickly as it came after a rough spring, summer is winding down with a flourish as the temperatures soar this week.
Throughout these changing seasons, a couple of major changes have occurred at this address.
Firstly, way back in April, planning for a kitchen renovation began.The process involved selections of cupboard and counter styles, measuring and re-measuring, choosing paint colours and sink/faucets. Mostly, it was a smooth operation with only one major glitch that is being fixed now.
The almost finished result is a much brighter, updated kitchen with lots of cupboard space and work areas.
To celebrate, I made some apple crisp in the slow cooker. Local sunrise apples with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon are a welcome part of the local harvest from Herrle’s Country Farm Market.
Secondly, on a sadder note, our pup of almost 15 years passed on in early August. Cody‘s days were filled with lots of walks, running and exploring the backyard. Fortunately, he was able to enjoy most of his activities until this summer when he started to decline in energy levels and appetite. He left us with lots of memories. He found his way into everything, including a poem or two. In a farewell to him, here is a link to a post from a year ago: