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Monday, September 26, 2011

LUCKY ME !!!!

Look what i got !!!! do you see it up there...above my kitchen sink....see the sign that says Farm House Kitchen ??? LUCKY ME !!!! it's something i have ALWAYS wanted...but didn't have...and now i have it......it was a gift...from a very dear friend http://octoberfarm.blogspot.com it arrived today out of the blue...along with other assorted goodies.... thanks octoberfarm....you're THE BEST !!!


there are my jack o' lantern lights...they don't look too good in the day...but at night the house glows orange...we feel like mice living in a pumpkin shell....and do you see the ghost outside in the trees ???? teddy LOVES that ghost..and so do i ..........

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Teddy Goes To In And Out Burger

it was a beautiful cool Fall afternoon and we decided to take Teddy to his favorite place. In and Out Burger...out here on the west coast it is VERY popular...everybody LOVES In and Out Burger...

there is ALWAYS a line at the drive-thru... no matter what time of day it is...


that's it...that's the menu...burgers, fries and a drink...


teddy seemed pretty excited about it at first...


there's the loot... just look at that...see the cheese dripping ? i have no business ordering this...what an artery buster... if we are doing drive-thru i would prefer taco bell...but there is nothing there for teddy...so it's In and Out....


here ya go teddy...ahhh...they forgot the cheese...

do you like it teddy ? are you unhappy because it doesn't have the cheese ?


here's mommys burger... no sauce or onion...just like mommy always orders them... do you want a bite of mommy's?

teddy????

mommy will take a bite then...it's pretty good teddy....


huh? well...i guess you're just not interested in it today...that's o.k. just take a little nap...

we always park in the same spot... down below is a graveyard..and looking out is avila beach...cloudy and cold today though...



did we REALLY eat all that... ( i tossed my french fries to the sea gulls...i just couldn't eat any more )

oh teddy !!! you're up !!! did you here us start the car ?



we are going to take you for a car ride....


we drive here with teddy several times a week...it is avila beach. today the beach was empty..in the summer you couldn't wedge another body on that sand... but i'm not a beach person...i don't even get out of the car...

we took a ride down see canyon road to GOPHER GLEN APPLE FARM... one of my most favorite places... the hamburger is wrapped in paper on the dashboard....and Teddy STILL hasn't eaten it...sealed lips for dinner on it..and sealed lips for breakfast this morning... and i even heated it up !


here we are...GOPHER GLEN....

let's go inside and see what they have today.... do you want a bite of apple teddy? probably not...

maybe i'll make caramel apples for tonight...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's Raining....And I'm Still Decorating !

cold and drizzely out here in california this morning...so i am decorating...and making pasta sauce for tonight with the last of our san marzano tomatoes from the garden....

the Steiff black kitty collection...

owls...

vintage candles...

old paper mache...

more vintage candles...


pumpkin people by jen murphy and scarecrow pitcher by julie whitmore pottery....

julie whitmore pottery....


old Halloween chocolate molds from the Halloween and Vine show in petaluma, ca. a few years ago....

and as the suns starts to set...how about a tiny glass of wine ?

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Spooky Sky

out here in california i am so desperate for Fall leaves that i gather what i can and sprinkle them around...


my blue shoes and that shirt is an old ralph lauren that is john's...we have had it forever...we actually named it...it's called cinnamon...when it's FALL...out it comes...i planted that bronze lettuce last summer when i was really wanting some FALL color...


my zinfandel grapes are ready....and they are good....


i planted all these orange flowers in summer so they would be nice by FALL...and i just love them...so do the bees and the butterflys...



i set up a graveyard amoung the flowers all along the path to the kitchen door...


if you look real close on the right is a tombstone with a spider on it...



i can't beleive my luck today...we woke up on this first day of FALL to a SPOOKY Halloween sky...this is a peek over my fence...


we sat out in the garden last night and played fetch with l'il teddy..it got cool and i wrapped up in this old beacon blanket....a gift from my friend julie....


there's TEDDY.... on patrol in his garden this morning... checking for kittys that jump the fence...especially Cheesesauce... he is a huge orange and white cat that we named Cheesesauce because he looks like a big baked potatoe covered in orange cheesesauce....



the bench under my kitchen window...



watering by my kitchen door this morning with Teddy...




on my french door going out to the garden...


my kitchen window...





my window clingers...i am not too proud of them...but i love them so much...and there is nobody here except me and Teddy and John...and the kittys said they don't care either...


this was a gift from my dear friend from http://octoberfarm.blogspot.com/ last Fall. i have had it in my kitchen all year and Saturday is the official Halloween countdown.... let it begin, my friends !!!!





















Thursday, September 22, 2011

Autumn Eve





i LOVE this house !!! happy autumn, my friends

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall On The Farm

i thought if i went looking for FALL i would snap out of my BLOG SLUMP.... this is my kitchen window this afternoon...see the candle ? i scored a couple of these from Rite-Aid ...those apples are from my tree..they are called Seek-No-Further... if you look close..that white cloth hanging over the window box is my ghost...




i risked my life to get this pumpkin....the pumpkin patch looked abandoned...nobody there today..it was dark and empty and windy and SPOOKY...just an honesty box...but the really creepy part was a man sitting in a car in the middle of a vacant pumpkin patch... what's he doing there ???? i never took my eyes off of him...but i DID get the pumpkin !!!






this is by my kitchen door... i LOVE the old Halloween blow mold in the window...he looks so great at night...i got it at the Goodwill for 25 cents a couple of years ago...and that's a black spider hanging from my old rake....





i got these about 30 years ago at an antique shop in cayucos..some man was making them...i have always loved them...





i painted this bench blue and have it under my kitchen window... click for a close-up..there is a witch on that piece of oak wood...





this was made by a lady from colorado..i used to get them at a shop in cambria many years ago....




some of my old Halloween hanging by my kitchen sink...




just look at that !!! dande's little kitty paws...getting that good late afternoon sun....