Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween & Goodbye October

Oh yeah, Sam and the chicks wanted to be a part of this. They
were so cute I had to pass out treats right then and there. I
hope you're candy ready.

                                                   SCARY NOISES
                                                   SPOOKY SIGHTS
                                                   NATURE COMES ALIVE

Oh my, shaking in my boots here. We best move on….

The end of October has arrived, seasonal thyme is moving us
along as well. As we rake and gather our leaves, as we prepare
ourselves for the cold winds of November, let's turn our faces 
to the autumn sunshine and catch the warmth…Smile

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

October Thyme

It's October and I'm happy to share it with you.

It's day 294 in the year 2015. 
It's been a good month. We've been fortunate in our little
 area of the world where we haven't been so over-whelmed
 with the extremes of weather. I'm thankful for that.

It's a quiet morning, I have my window open to catch the slight
 gentle breeze, and allowing my mind to wonder….

It's our thyme together, we are hoping for another weekend ride.
It makes us happy.

It's Halloween thyme. We are ready. The fun is about to begin!!

     *recipes coming to COOKING THYME WITH DIANA 
       check it out, look under EARTHLY DELIGHTS!                             

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Recipe, A Thought, Pictures

Come said the wind to the leaves one day,
Come o're the meadows and we will play.
Put on your dresses scarlet and gold,
for summer's gone and the days grow cold.
                                        george elliot

Does your calendar seem to be filling up? Are holiday thoughts
looming in your mind? Do you wish for October to slow down
just a little so you can enjoy this wonderful seasonal thyme?
Mmm, yes.

Nature's Thyme…...



for new recipe….

Friday, October 9, 2015

Chores, Pumpkin Thyme, & Blog Info

Yep there's a holiday coming.  Halloween. It's rich with tradition,
it's fun and it starts with a pumpkin. I hope you bought one or
two, or more (like me.) Sam (the Pug) stopped by for a couple
of days and graciously allowed me to take his picture with a
smiling jack-o-lantern.

Autumn continues to unfold. While we've lost the vivid bright
colors of summer, we endured the brown drabness for a little
while and finally seeing daily the beautiful changes in the trees
and bushes. From my kitchen window I watch this big maple
tree going from green to vibrant oranges, muted reds and
yellows. Restful.

From a walk this week

They come to mind. We have to do them. Soon we'll be so into 
raking leaves we won't want to be doing anything else except 
sitting with a cup of hot tea and a slice of pumpkin bread. 
Here goes…
. Cut the grass shorter now and keep cutting as long as it's 
. Clean out under bushes and roses but don't prune roses now,
  just cut the spent blooms. Clean up the hostas.
. Clear away dead foliage. Use your garden debris and leaves to
  start a new compost pile.
. Remove green tomatoes from plants. See my post from last year
  on ripening green tomatoes. 
. Start to harden off houseplants now before bringing indoors.
  Acclimate them to lower light levels by moving them to shady
  areas for a couple of weeks. Check them for insects and apply
  a nontoxic insecticidal soap.
. Use mulched/shredded leaves in your garden area.
. Divide your perennials, plant cool season annuals, plant new 
  shrubs and trees, continue watering if not enough rainfall, (this
  means everything.)
. Clean your garden tools as you finish with them for the season.
. Clean and put away empty pots and containers and garden
. Maintain your bird feeders. Plant those spring bulbs, now.
. Know your frost date.
. Check your generator, and snowblower. (I know winter, ugh!)

ENJOY THE SEASON…show off your harvest, make a display!!

next up.. a recipe & more
remember working on blog changes. Visit EARTHLY DELIGHTS
  and click on Cooking Thyme With Diana for recipes. Click
  back on picture to return to garden thyme. NOW you can click
  on Sam's picture to take you to Thyme to Read with Diana this
  will give you pictures and book reviews. And, click on my
  garden picture to get back to garden thyme. Whew, so sorry
  if that's confusing. Reread again slowly, that might help.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October, Some Changes to Blog

There's no turning back now. If I didn't get it when I was 
walking this morning, a chilly breeze and sunlight which
decided to play peek-a-boo in the clouds, then the weather
man confirmed it. The heat index has "officially" switched
to windchill. REALLY?? Admit it, aren't you just a little
excited about getting out the sweaters and jeans? (sweat-
pants for me.) Are you thinking chili, vegetable soup, oh 
and casseroles? Get that crock pot out folks. Mother Nature
says it's thyme. The winds of seasonal change are calling….
actually downright blowing at 21 MPH!

Yep visited the local nursery, corn shocks, pumpkins, indian corn
oh my. One of everything please, umm wait maybe…."I'm going
to need a lot of pumpkins," I say to the clerk. Add a few colorful
mums (buy them with slightly opened buds to last the entire 
month) and your good to go. 

Tackle the inside of your house with ease. Fall decorating ideas
have never been so plentiful. Visit a craft store, take a look at the
blogs and Pinterest for inspiration and ideas; why in a few hours
your house will be transformed. Remember use natural elements
as well, like acorns, pinecones, grapevine wreaths, along with 
your pumpkins, apples and dried flowers. Scent your house with 
candles, potpourri or a simmering pot of water and oranges,
cinnamon sticks, cloves, and add a few drops of orange extract.
Add a seasonal tablecloth, nothing adds warmth and color
and says homey like a tablecloth. Walmart always has a great
selection and very inexpensive. Purchasing a few things every
year will build your holiday stash. Take pictures as well.

*A special note. Making some changes on my blog. Working
with Heather (blog mentor) to add and subtract a few things.
I've started a new blog…COOKING THYME WITH DIANA.
Right now its use will be for my recipes.  Later I hope to add
tips, tricks, lots of pictures etc. Bear with me. Stuff might be
out of place, but it will work out, (please, please.) You can
get a look at the site by going to EARTHLY DELIGHTS and
tapping on COOKING THYME WITH DIANA. (at bottom of
list.) To get back to the blog, go to my picture at top right 
corner and click on it and miraculously you're back to the 
blog. I'm linked…ha! Give me a few weeks. I'll still do some 
recipes, they'll be there somewhere. Thanks for the support 
and your reading of this blog. Please pass it along if you think 
someone might be interested. 

Thanks for stopping by.

                WELCOME OCTOBER