"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."

The days seem to be flying by lately, and before we know it, Fall will be over and snow will have arrived!
Some of the many things keeping us busy here:

Visiting with a dear friend, all the way from across the country.

Many knitting projects.

I am in the middle of quite a few Christmas projects, and am almost done with *another* pair of socks...I think at last, this pair will be for me.

going for some nice long walks, when it is not too rainy outside.

Sitting, reading aloud a night, gathered 'round the woodstove.

Baking in the kitchen, pies, cookies, tarts, and cakes (the little gals made a great big chocolate one, just last night!).

Finding good quotes:

"There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people,"
G.K. Chesterton
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Mark Twain

We have been doing lots of re-arranging, around the home.


I got some lovely, long, warm winter skirts sewn up...they turned out just perfect...a deep red, black, and dark blue, made out of a heavy knit fabric.

(photos from Pinterest)
"My God shall supply all me need, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19
"...Neither go back in fear and misgiving to the past, nor anxiety, forecasting to the future; but lie quiet under His hand, having no will but His..."
H.E. Manning
And a very good article...


  1. Your photos are so gorgeous. May I pin some of them on pinterest (giving your blog credit, of course)?

  2. This was all beautiful and much needed! My days have been on the sad side here with not terrible circumstances.... just the usual little foxes of life.

    Coming here is much like curling up on my sofa with a hot cup of tea and a couple of cookies. :)

    I love the Twain quote. I don't travel well so I wasn't looking forward to meeting my daughter and family in Colonial Williamsburg last month. If I hadn't stepped out of my comfort zone, I would have missed one of the most delightful experiences ever.

    (((HUGS))) to your family. You are lovely.

  3. Carla, feel free to go right ahead and pin them :)

  4. I like your idea of knit skirts for cool weather. Do you have to make adjustments to patterns intended for woven fabrics when you use knits? I have a gored skirt pattern I think would be lovely in a heavy knit.

  5. The air does have a rather Hobbity feeling to it, does it not? I am making French Onion soup and Blue Ribbon Apple Pie today. Yum! As usual, love your updates! Much love to all - do give the Hottentots a hug from me, won't you? Package is in the works, slowly gathering small treasures! I need to get Kokomo's blanket done! Raquel xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxo

  6. Thank you for the update - as usual, I feel that I'd love to go on a nice long visit with you all!

  7. I love the picture of the cob house. And the socks!




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