Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October doing's

I'm always surprised at what order things show up as I load pictures onto this blog site. So I'll just narrate, and you can figure it out. :-)
Octobers are always wonderful, but especially when they begin with General Conference. Here's Tandy and Gail and Eric (above) on Sunday morning enjoying conference onTV.
Jonathan was illustrating things he heard on Conference, I believe. He's very intent.
Oh, yes. I know I already blogged about Eric's homecoming, but it was sweet. This picture is a little blurry. I had my camera on the wrong setting for much of the airport scenes, but I like this one.

OK, so you know we had a garden. Mike found a volunteer watermelon plant, it produced one good melon! Surprise. This is Mike's very first successfully grown to maturity back yard grown watermelon. And it tasted great! So, as Mikey said, "Check out my melons!" [ Oh, dear!]
oops. forgot to edit this one. Sorry.

Conference weekend was extra fun because it was ALSO Mike's birthday. Let's just say he's getting on up there in years. Yikes!! I got him the film, "17 Miracles." We watched it last night. It was really great. We'd wanted to see it in the theaters this summer, but missed it, so I was glad Deseret Book had it. And Cedar's Deseret Book store moved! They have a lovely new place further south, down closer to WalMart. I was so surprised to find them there. Mike's sister, Gayela, is sitting next to him in the photo below. She also came down to see Eric, among other things.

The next week turned very VERY cold. What's the ol' saying, "The frost is on the pumpkin"? Well, it certainly was! And the ice was on the water in the wheelbarrow that filled up from all the rain the previous nights, as well.
Now, contrast that icy chunk of dirty water to the lovely pool scene below.
Caroline, Eric, and Mike (sleeping on the loveseat waay in the back, just above where Caroline's head is). We went to St. George on Oct. 9 for a baby blessing. This is Tina and Stacey's home, and it's so lovely in the back yard! It was 70 degrees that afternoon in Dixie and oh-so-pleasant! It was Sunday, so we didn't swim, but just having the luncheon out there was nice. This was right before we came home and we let Caroline dangle her feet in the water for a bit.
We do live in a beautiful place. Red hills, blue skies. Gorgeous.
And then, there are the apples. Lots and lots of beautiful Jonathan Apples, fresh-picked off the tree. I think Eric picked all these, plus Pam picked 2 boxes the day previous. That's a lot of apples. I'm making applesauce, drying some, practicing my pie-making skills, baking cobblers, and giving a bunch more away. They are SOOOOooo yummy!!!

We tried saving some tomato plants from the frost, but after a couple of days of hard frosts, they are kind of not very healthy -looking. We tried.


Donna said...

Nice Mellon!! Ha!!
The apples looked wonderful as well Nuuk!

Suzanne said...

You should have an apple stand. With all those apples you could make some serious dough! And I LOVE that picture of the reunion. So sweet! It all looks like a lot of fun.