Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, October 7, 2016


October is here! It's one of my most favorite months, even though I don't think the weather is cool enough in this area; oftentimes, it's more like a rainy season. But I still love it. Going to Rhinebeck usually gives me a taste of the October weather I love and luckily I'm going again this year, with the same three women who went with me last year. We can't wait!

These are the last of the apples I picked the weekend I went to the Shenandoah Fiber Festival.

I made an apple pie for my parents on Saturday; the apples were perfect but the pie crust was more like a strudel. It was good (with all the butter I used, how could it not be?) but way too tough.

I used a bunch more on Sunday to make a small batch of apple sauce. I wish I had bought more, but I wasn't sure I'd make the time to do anything with them. I'd forgotten how easy applesauce is.

Since I was in a cooking mood, I threw a butternut squash and a sweet potato in the oven. They are quintessential October foods, aren't they? That's butter pats and cinnamon on top; it was a delicious lunch.

Gracie, relaxed on the couch.

And in one of her new favorite places, the living room chair. I've taken to reading in there once in awhile, and she usually wanders in and hops up on the back to keep me company.

I made homemade mac and cheese this week. Although my cooking skills are rusty, I keep trying. This turned out pretty well. Definitely going for comfort food these days.

Although I've been making food suited for fall, it still looks like spring around here. My lilac bloomed again.

No matter how spring-like the lilac makes it seem, fall is here. And in just a week, I'll be in the Hudson Valley at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. My friends and I are as excited as kids before Christmas, planning our matching pajamas, knitting projects, and the knitwear we want to wear, as well as the yarn we want to buy. We're all also trying to finish our Baa-ble Hat. Which is going to be difficult since I haven't started mine yet. And this year's hat is pretty cute too. Plus I never made a replacement for the Saugerties hat I made and gave away. So many hats, so little time. But it's supposed to rain all weekend, and I have a new-to-me mystery series to watch, so I just may make my goal. Happy weekend, friends!



  1. I wish I was going to Rhinebeck this year. I can't make it but would love to do it next year. My sister lives an hour away, you would think that would make it a simple trip but it doesn't. Have a wonderful weekend Rose,

    1. I've gone with my daughter in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014, that time with both of my girls (the best!), and last year went with my friends. Do try for next year as I think my friends want to keep going and we can meet up!

  2. I am jealous that you're going to Rhinebeck, but also happy for you. You deserve a fun trip with friends. I love all your fall food. Right now I'm cooking a freezing stuff for the Yom Kippur break fast (we always host), but after that want to make all the orange food you've been making.