Sunday, October 2, 2016

September remembered...

Autumn is here....and September has come and gone.  Once again.  How did that happen so quickly?

Let me just re-cap the month of September with a few photos from my files.  

We arrived home from our vacation in northern B.C. as the month began.  As you all know, the fridge is empty and the cupboards are bare when one has been away for any length of time.  Right?  What a surprise to find someone had stocked my fridge and baked up a storm while I was gone.  We ate like kings for days...bean soup, corn-on-the-cob, fresh buns, Greek salad, chicken salad and pie-by-the-yard. Gotta love friends!

The kiddos all headed back to school.  Lucy (our youngest grand) started kindergarten.  The oldest two are in grade ten. Ryder had a most memorable 'first day of school' this year.  Not only did he start fifth grade in a new school...he broke his wrist that day as well.  He will not be playing hockey for awhile!

A good friend was celebrating her milestone birthday this month. We hosted a party and thought it might be fun to surprise her with a new outfit for the occasion.  What fun we had putting together a fabulous ensemble at a local 'thrift store'...from the perfect red hat (modeled by Marg after our successful shopping trip), to a dress off a manequin, a purple boa and all the accessories.  The red bag was an 'old age survival kit'.  She was a good sport and wore the outfit for the evening...and looked smashing in red. She is not quite used to the idea of being sixty and has not given me permission to post any photos.  Yet.  It is always a joy to celebrate the milestones of life!

The corn came off the fields once again.

I watched from my kitchen window!

Or from the road as I went for an evening walk. This particular field was serving as a picnic-ground for the bears and they weren't particularly happy to see the corn crop being cut.  Ryder and his friend were riding along as the last of the field was being cut...and were thrilled when they saw the bears running off to the mountains. 

Guess who else had a birthday? He doesn't always remember exactly how old he is anymore. It gets harder as the years add up!

And a few days later my dad turned 94.  He knows exactly how old he is...and always likes a party!  He came out to the farm on his birthday, rode along in the truck that was hauling the corn, and joined the crew for lunch (including apple pie a la mode, of course)  In the evening, three of us sisters took him out for supper.  And he had pie again!  Every day is a gift...and at his age, a very special gift. 

Before the first day of fall arrived...there was snow on Mt. Cheam.

Let me add a few September evening pic's...the beauty of sunshine and clouds.

 Isn't God's artwork just the best?

The month ended with a trip that took us to Indiana and Ohio together with my good friends from Mennonite Girls Can Cook.  We took in a theatrical production with that name in both locations, had book-signings and a cooking show and met so many wonderful folks out there.

To get all ten of us not an easy task.  That we were all able to make the trip is quite unbelievable.  It was just the best experience...and so good to have most of our hubbies along as well.

We all met up at the lovely Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana, Indiana last Sunday and met on their courtyard for 'faspa' (...a celebration of food and a gathering of friends in the Mennonite tradition). The stores and restaurants in the area were all closed as it was Sunday...but we had picked up supplies earlier and were amazed at the spread we came up with. 

 It was just a delightful time!

We so enjoyed our drives through the countryside, our chats with the Amish people, the warm welcome and wonderful food we enjoyed during our stay.  I'll be back with a blog-tour through Amish country one day soon.

Let me close with a photo taken this morning...from 'my back porch' at home.  Home...always a good place to be!

Wishing you all a wonderful month of October!


  1. Wonderful look back on September Judy. Love that photo of us around the fire. I might have to "borrow" it. :)
    Your dad really looks great at 94. Yikes! I'm glad the bears went back to the mountains!

  2. I can see that September (like almost every other month) is just beautiful where you live. I enjoy your photos and the stories of your adventures and family. Happy Belated Birthday to your dad, he looks awesome! It's always fun to see what happens when all of you "girls" get together. Have a great October!

  3. Beautiful photos that showcase your September quite well. I am thankful that you chose to share them.

  4. What a beautiful September you had! I love all the pictures of the corn harvest. Someone needs to give Ryder a camera when he goes bear watching! Your picture of us around the fire is also one of my favourites. Did anyone fill your larder while you were away this last time? I thought not.. =)

  5. I had to read twice, but I'm pretty sure that you are saying that Elmer no longer knows how old he is. LOL! What a hoot. Glad that, at 94, your dad is doing better. What a wonderful trip you ladies enjoyed together. Ellen has teased for days. I am looking forward to reading a few different perspectives on the journey.

  6. I also love the harvest photos and, of course, the memories of our time together.

  7. What an eventful month you had! I really like the way you celebrated that milestone birthday - what fun and Marg looks good in that hat! What a blessing to have the fields harvested and another year past to celebrate special birthdays. So disappointed that I couldn't make it to Amish country to see ya'll there. Looks like you had a grand time!

  8. September looked like a wonderful month for your family except for Ryder's broken wrist, that is. I hope he heals well and quickly! Happy 94th birthday to your Father--God Bless!
    It also looks like you all had a very nice time in Amish country--was the MGCC play fun to see?
    It is full autumn here and the grandchildren are keeping me busy with all their activities and we have been trying to take some local trips before winter settles in. Enjoy October--it is my favorite month!

  9. Oh my you were busy, celebrating the joys of friends . . .

  10. Judy, I wait with expectation for every post you put up. You certainly have a special gift of documenting your activities and your travels with your pictures and comments. What a special gift you have that your grandkids live so close by. I so enjoy hearing about their activities and the farming part as well. Of course your MGCC activities are dear to my heart. Blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving. Irene Klassen


  12. Ah...yes, my many of those photos reflect happiness and joy as the season of autumn moves along. It was wonderful to share our rental vehicle together as we embarked upon some wonderful farm trips. May the good times keep rolling.

  13. I missed this post! Wonderful photos and celebrations! Your dad looks amazing at 94. What a blessing!


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