The leaves that were green...
turned to brown.
And many of them are 'gone with the wind'...
like the red sunset maples that line the driveway.
The window boxes were still looking good when we left home.
Now they are in desperate need of attention.
As is everything else...
from the office to the yard.
But first things first.
We missed four birthdays while we were away...
Micah, Emme and Spencer...
And we missed everyone!
And so they all came for dinner this week.
I donned my new apron...
and spent some time in the kitchen for a change.
I quite like my made-in-Maine apron!
In Maine they really pay attention to detail.
and corners are all perfectly mitered.
And the apron comes in the cutest jar...
with a blackboard/chalk label.
I've waited a long while to thank Vee for the apron...
since I wanted to show you the jar it came in.
The apron flew home with me from the east coast at the end of August.
But the jar had to finish the entire road trip before it arrived here.
I love my new apron...
and the jar it came in!
What else has all happened while we were away?
I have really no idea...
since we basically heard no Canadian news while on the road.
With one exception.
The mayor of Toronto seemed to be making the news on a regular basis...
no matter where the road led us.
as my friend Ellen would say!
On our grape arbour...
the last of the season grapes are still waiting to be picked.
I'm leaving them for the birds though.
They may find them more tasty than we do!
Do grapes go wild?
It seems they are not the variety we started out with.
The lawn grew in our absence as well.
And so it got a trim yesterday.
The last one of 2013.
Did I mention that it is good to be home?
Thanks for stopping by...
and have a great weekend!