“Quiet is the new loud”

A bright sunny day is always welcomed, even when it’s a bit chilly, as is today’s wonderfully beautiful blue sky. My feeders are going to need filling in a bit as the birds are many this morning. I think they too are drawn out by the sun. The western part of the state got less than an inch of snow yesterday, but it is the first snow of the season.

Gracie got a chew treat from me this morning and went outside to bury it. I watched her dig a small hole then use her nose to push the leaves over her treat to hide it. Her face, when she came in, was all sandy and Gracie wasn’t happy having it washed. Later she’ll dig it up and bring in inside. The treat will be covered in dirt and look disgusting.

I have nothing on my dance card today. I finished a book yesterday and have another to start. I also have recipes cut from magazines and newspapers which need a bit of culling. I always think I’ll make that delicious looking dish or dessert so I save it. When I’m having company or want to make something special, I pull out the recipes and go through them. I always think I need to sort them and then start piles. After a while, I get tired of it and put the piles back with the rest of the recipes and then put them all back into the basket which stores them. Soon the basket will be too small.

One of the differences this time of year brings is the quiet on a Saturday morning. In the summer I can hear lawn mowers, people shouting, kids playing and those annoying leaf blowers. This morning I first heard nothing then I heard the blast of hot air from the furnace. Fall gets us ready for the quiet of winter.

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13 Comments on ““Quiet is the new loud””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I had that recipe pile, too. I culled it severely a few years back and wrote the survivors down in a blank book. I kept the originals of ones that were written by my Nana but all the newspaper clippings etc went in the bin.
    Now I use the Pepperplate app on my bookmark bar to collect all those tasty-looking recipes that I might want to test. One click, maybe some copy and paste, sometimes some actual typing, and it’s all tucked away neatly on my computer. With attribution and source info. No papers sticking out of books or piling up in drawers for the mice to make nests in. 🙂
    Someday I will open up Pepperplate and organize them but probably not. 😀

    I have filled the bird feeders twice in the last three days. The birds really like the cracked corn, sunflower seed and peanut mix and they have scarfed all four feeders empty each time. Piglets.

    The sun was out this morning but it was cold. Now the sun has run away and it’s grey and damp. I see snow in the forecast for later in the week. I hope not.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I hesitate to toss those recipes. I saved them because I thought I’d want to cook them as they sounded great. I now I should cull, but I haven’t.

      One Christmas my mother gave me a book where you store recipes which had many blank pages for writing some down. She had a couple of aunts, a few friends of hers and my uncle write in their favorite recipes. That is one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten.

      I went out and filled them, and it was really cold. I filled two sunflower and two thistle. They better last a while.

      It is a grey day here now too.

      Have a wonderful evening.

  2. Birgit Says:

    No chew treat trees in your garden yet? Every now and then I find a planted toy car in my garden, but no toy tree so far. Must be wrong soil or climate.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      The vegetable garden is the only one in the back, and it is protected by a fence. The flower gardens are in front, and Gracie can’t get at them.

      She brings some toys out and I bring them in and clean them. The cloth ones I never let her bring out, but the plastic and rubber ones she can. She has a partially deflated basketball she carries all over the yard or whacks with her paw for the fun of it. I have no idea where it came from.

  3. olof1 Says:

    The wind is roaring outside and the rain is pouring down, none of the dogs stayed out for more than a minute to do their business 🙂

    I just watched Battleship on dvd and it was a much better Scifi than Skyline yesterday. Well I think Skyline could have been much better if they had used good actors because the special effects were really good. I think even I had played any roll in that mob´vie better than they did 🙂 🙂 🙂

    None of my dogs have ever buried anything outside but I guess that’s because there always have been severalmothers that would have dug it up and nicked it 🙂 I once had a dog that hid her treassures behind my pillows in bed 🙂 I didn’t mind much as long as it wasn’t a dead rotten animal 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Battleship was far better than I expected, and I liked it, have even watched it a second time.

      My friends don’t have a backyard, just a deck, so their dog hides everything in the house. She’ll carry the treat around until she can find just the right spot.

      No rain here but still an ugly, cold day. The two cats and Gracie are napping, and I think I’ll join them.

      Have a great evening!!

      • olof1 Says:

        I wouldn’t have bought Battleship if You hadn’t said it was good 🙂 I trust You completely when it comnes to movies 🙂

  4. splendid Says:

    We are having beautiful autumn weather here in the Ohio valley, just the perfect mix of cool air and sunshine. Both of my older dolls are home from Louisville this weekend so it has been a busy one. I am finally reading ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ by Khaled Hosseini. So far I am enjoying it. Wondering if all the coffee friends are getting ready for Thanksgiving. Speaking of favorite recipes I am looking for something new to bring to that dinner, any suggestions? Enjoy your Sunday!!

    • katry Says:

      splendid,
      The weather of autumn is about my favorite of all. The days are still warm, the trees are ablaze and the nights getting chilly for sleeping. We are in the nice day-not so nice day stage of autumn. October was warmer than usual, and I’d like weather to hang around longer.

      I love to serve a Waldorf salad at Thanksgiving. I think the crunch and the apples are a wonderful side with the turkey. I also have a squash dish inherited from my mother. We all make it. Let me know if you’d like that. It is even a great leftover.

      You also enjoy your Sunday!

      • splendid Says:

        I never thought of a Waldorf salad Kat! Fantastic idea, and yes I would love to have your squash recipe. If it is easier you may send it to me as a note on facebook. Thank you so very much!

      • katry Says:

        splendid,
        Have we friended on Facebook? I don’t think so but will be glad to so I can post the dish. If not, I can post it here.

  5. Bill S. Says:

    At 4:30 a.m. the rain woke me up, and I remembered that I had left the snowblower outside –I was changing the oil–so I got up and covered it. That was it for sleep for me. It won’t be long now–the forecast is calling for very cold temps this week. But in three months this will all be over and spring will be here (???).

    I installed a wire cable between two trees, about 85 feet apart, and hung my one birdfeeder from it. I can slide the feeder along the cable so the fallen seeds don’t ruin the grass, and the spawns of satan don’t dig up the grass looking for those seeds. I haven’t seen any of those spawns on the tightrope yet–maybe they’re not circus squirrels.

    We’re still trying to figure out a date for our visit. Any suggestions?

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      4:30 is a crazy time to be awake. Luckily, I can wake up then go right back to sleep. Gracie adjusts when I return so ever she can go back to sleep.

      My feeders are in the back off the deck and on branches and there is no grass so the birds are free to drop seeds for the spawns. The squirrel buster does keep all but the red spawn away.

      Whatever works for you. My dance card is pretty empty: actually it’s totally empty! Gracie is excited to think Uncle Bill and Aunt Peg are coming!!


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