"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is.
Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!"--Tasha Tudor

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A bye bye and a black out...

Today I had planned to cook spaghetti and meatballs and make an apple pie for dessert. I've been wanting to try this recipe from Alicia over at Posie Gets Cozy as it is very different from my regular recipe. My plan was to make the pie first, then start cooking dinner. No sooner did I finish preparing the pie then the power went out. Here's a photo of the pie before it went into the oven.
My husband and son took a ride up the road to see what happened. A tree had fallen on the electric wires. The power company gave an estimate of a 'few' hours to get the tree up and the power back on. Everything here is hooked up to electricity so the pie baking would have to wait. After peeling all of those apples, I saw a lone orange that should have been eaten days ago, so I made the first orange and clove studded pomander of the season. I love to put them around through Thanksgiving with bowls of nuts and little pumpkins. After Thanksgiving, I switch out the pumpkins and replace them with bowls of juicy Clementines through Christmas and the New Year.

After the clove business, I decided to take down those Halloween decorations. I feel like October just flew by! I even forgot to show you Bailey on her 12th birthday. Doesn't she look cute? I know, fuzzy photo, but she still is a cutie pie. My husband and daughter wanted a Carvel ice cream cake that day so that's what we had. And yes, the Corgis had a piece. Her cake said, "Happy Birthday B" as that's what John calls her.

What can I tell you about these Halloween photos? Well, you can see how much Liam enjoyed dressing up in his lion costume. (!) Renee dressed him in this adorable snuggly suit to keep him warm for trick or treating. I love to decorate with black crows and ravens in October. They were in wreaths, on the mirror with the black leaf garland, even in the bathroom! I also like putting tiny not too spooky touches here and there, like putting a mask on the little Welcome Corgi sign that Mary Elizabeth gave me for Christmas years ago painted by Nancy Oelhof. The Sleepy Hollow Road sign was going to be tossed when the town it came from was replacing the old street signs with new reflective ones. Since John and I were married in Sleepy Hollow, I couldn't resist. The Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch of the West is a porcelain doll from the Franklin Mint. The little mouse silhouettes on my steps are from Martha Stewart at Michaels. They were really fun this year.

The little Corgi wizard is from Barbie Sonnett. The cut wool owl you may remember from this post last year after visiting Tasha Tudor's garden with my kindred spirit friends. All of the Halloween decorations are officially down. So bye bye October! Welcome November! Oh! And the power came back on right after I was done putting everything away. Just in time to cook dinner and bake the pie which, by the way, was delicious!-CS ^..^
p.s. I also worked on something else, an adorable Corgi Christmas ornament which I will show you on Thursday! Sooooooo cute!


betty said...

oh, I can't wait to see the corgi ornament!! enjoyed all the pictures; that pie did look delicious

enjoy your week ahead


Ivy@PaperElixir said...

Happy belated b-day, Bailey! Glad you got a slice of the cake :)

Love the Harry Potter music, by the way. Have you pre-ordered Tales of Beadle the Bard?

Bumpkin Hill said...

great Halloween photos, loved the little mice and the sleepy hollow sign :) can't wait to see the christmas ornament. Thanks for popping by my blog - not too sure why they planted a field of marigolds, first time I've ever seen this too! Hugs to the Corgis, Catherine x

Anonymous said...

Your Bailey is gorgeous!! And I love your Halloween decorations too. So cute! I hope the pie was baked eventually because it looks scrumpious raw. I love pie!

Tanya said...

A corgi ornament! Can't wait to see that.

I love your pictures!

Liz Harrell said...

Yes! October DID fly by. I'm so sad about it.

Anonymous said...

Trick or Treat!
I want to come to your house next Halloween! It looks like a lot of fun and I'd rally love to pinch those precious little cheeks of Liams! I promise not to make him cry! So sweet!


Karen Howell said...

Holy cow!
That pie looks fantastic!!
Your quite a cook!

Suzanne said...

If I come over I am dognapping Bailey!!! Oh my gosh look at your grandbaby, total cuteness!