Thursday, October 4, 2012

This, That & The Other

Hallelujah.....it never broke 90 degrees today!!!!!  I didn't think it would ever happen.  An 89 degree day may seem hot to some folks, but after the summer we have had, it was almost chilly!!!  I have my windows open, and am enjoying a nice breeze.  Something we have not been able to do for weeks. 
This morning I was out hanging clothes on the line, and heard the familiar cackle that a chicken makes after she has laid an egg.   It is something I am very used to hearing.  But this morning it was odd, because it sounded closer.  Hmmmmm?  I decided to go investigate.  Sure enough, it was closer alright.  Instead of laying their eggs in the chicken coop, using one of the two boxes I have placed in there for their use,   I found Big Red (which seems to now be her appointed name) one of my new chickens from my friend Elaine , sitting snug as a bug in a bed of leaves beneath a corner hibiscus bush in the corner of the backyard by the garage.  I went in to get my camera to take a picture.
 And then I left her alone to do what chickens do.  By the time my clothes were out on the line, she had gotten up so I went to retrieve her egg.  There was not one egg, but two.  Apparently, Blue, or Bloom as Noah calls her, has chosen this spot for her nest to lay eggs as well.
I had to go into the house to find something to reach them with.
Thanks girls.  But can't you just lay them in the box?  I had to laugh the other day when I was reading my comments on a blog post.  Someone said that they were surprised my chickens weren't laying hard boiled eggs with the heat we are having!  I thought that was a riot!
With the break in the weather, and a forecast that is promising temperatures in the 70's the rest of the week, I decided to get my October quilts out today.   Let's go in through the front door.  Come on in.
   I made this Log Cabin Jack and Ghost many  years ago.  I quilted it on my home machine.
This Halloween Cat is from a line called Button Ups.  There is a base quilt you make that has the block border, and a different pattern for every month of the calendar year.  I have only done October, November and December.  I need to get busy and finish the rest of the months.
The family room in our house has very limited options for furniture placement.  One entire wall is a rock fireplace.  One wall is french sliding door. 
And the only place for our wall until that holds the telly is on a wall that does not work well for viewing the fireplace in the winter months.  We love to have our roaring fires, and so for the past few years, I have been moving the big easy chair over to the fireplace and it has turned into the favorite place to sit.
The quilt that lays on the back of the chair was a gift to me from my friend Jae.  I love this quilt.  But I especially love the words that she put on the label.
We haven't had a fire  yet, and won't until probably Halloween, but I love the room this way.  It is so cozy.
I wish I hadn't turned that light on, it makes the picture all washed out.  The Fall runner on the hearth is one I made when I first began to quilt about 15 years or so ago.  The barn red table you see in the foreground, is a child's desk  I bought at a thrift shop and refinished for my grandchildren.  It was originally a princess table.  The seat folds in underneath the table and makes it very compact.  The desk top opens and I put a chalk board surface on the top, and a magnetic surface on the bottom for magnetic letters and numbers.  Obviously, they have kind of outgrown it now, and I use it in the house as a table.  I have a family vintage suitcase on it and some frames, with a table topper that I made a few years ago, displayed on the front.
The basket next to the chair with a Bloomie on top, holds my current knitting project.  This is a great spot to knit and crochet.
Tonight is the night that we light The Great Pumpkin!  Always exciting to see!   And I leave you with a picture from last year.  I have not made my Fall wagon up just yet. 
As always, thanks for stopping by today.  I have been so enjoying all of your Fall photos.  Tis my favorite time of the year!!!
XO Kris

30 comments:

Lauri said...

Temperatures in the 70's sounds heavenly! I don't think we'll get there for another month. But it didn't get over 100 today and that was nice. And even with the high daytime temperatures, the evenings are cooling off.

I think I'll get out my fall things too so I can pretend autumn is here in Arizona.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

You know I always had plastic eggs in the nesting boxes when the girls were
here. Try putting some in the laying boxes. Maybe they are intimidated by the other chickens who knows.

priscilla said...

such pretty eggs ! So glad its cooled down a little for you .. Love all your quilts..especially the monthly one.. very cool! your family room does look cozy! The wagon with the pumpkins looks great ! Have a good weekend Kris !

Grayseasailor said...

Thanks for showing us your wonderful quilts, Kris! So far I have just hand stitched and quilted a little nine patch pillow but I want to hand stitch and quilt a patchwork quilt. I am afraid of cutting the squares which is silly. And my list of things I want to make gets longer the more I blog and see others' inspiring work. So glad you are COOLer : )
xx from Gracie

Susanne said...

Love the quilts! I am a quilter too, but now stuck in the yarn basket and just can't seem to get out, lol. I have totes of material, several are hidden under the beds. There is just something about quilts that make a house a home and comfy cosy. I'm glad your heat wave finally broke and you can breath again. That terrible heat is miserable and we had it too for a good length of time. I was relieved when it finally passed and cooled down. Have a good weekend.
Susanne :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your house looks so festive and family warm. Kris! I love those blue eggs --good job, Red!

Holly said...

The beautiful pics of your house are making me homesick. I just love your home, it feels so cozy and warm. What a sweet saying on that quilt. Happy Fall my friend.

pembrokeshire lass said...

Kris, What a lovely home and all your beautiful quilts! I've never got round to making quilts....it always seems like too much hard work to me! It's cold here while you are really baking! Hmmm....I wonder if my husband would move?! and fancy that hen, I seem to remember that they were always like that ! Joan

Kerri said...

Hi Kris! Your house always looks so warm, cozy and inviting! Thanks for taking us in for a peek!

Mereknits said...

We are still at 90, this is disgusting. Kris, I love your home it is so warm and cozy. I love your decorations, I decorated for Halloween a few days ago, I will post about it soon.
Hugs and have a great weekend,
Meredith

From the Kitchen said...

I LOVE that quilt!!!!! I don't envy you the heat. I do envy you finding freshly laid eggs outside your door!!

Best,
Bonnie

Connie said...

I love your photos, Kris, it makes me feel like I just visited your home! I bet sitting fireside while a fire is burning is very cozy. Sounds so inviting. Your quilts are great. I really like the ghost and pumpkin, never have seen one like it before, it's really cute. I am glad your temps have cooled off a bit.

Tania @ Out Back said...

I love, love the feature wall and the quilts, and the desk, and...oh I love it all! Thanks for sharing your lovely home Kris :)

We have a broody hen at the moment so hopefully we will have some chickies soon. Our chickens have lots of boxes to lay in but they all want to lay in the same one, sometimes at the same time. You know when this is happening because there is a big ruckas going on outside. Tonight I had a broken egg...

Yes Kris we have lots of snakes and creepy crawlies, most of them not very pleasant if you get bitten...come live in Australia with all the deadly creatures! We are tough out here lol! There appears to be quite a few emus around at the moment probably because the season is drier and they come closer to civilization looking for water...

Glad to hear the weather is giving you a bit of relief :)

xx

Nicolle said...

I'm so glad you finally got a break from the heat. It just does something to your spirits, huh?! I feel so much more alive and happy in the fall. Your home is so beautiful and warm and cozy. I always enjoy seeing photos that you take of it. The quilt from your friend Jae is precious, and I love the one you made with the ghost/pumpkin too. Enjoy your weekend!
xo

Debbie said...

Good morning! I am just giddy over the change in weather....FINALLY. I was actually cool in bed last night...loved it. Your house looks soo warm, cozy, and welcoming. Enjoy your week-end!

Jann Olson said...

Kris that is a welcome wagon for sure. Love it all decked out for Fall. Your quilts are so fun. Can't pick a favorite. The sentiment from your friend is very special. Love all of your red accents and especially your darling red door!
Hugs,
Jann
p.s. So happy it's cooled for you. Loved the hard boiled egg comment.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Wow, look at those EGGS! What a cosy place to nest and make those beauties! I think Big Red likes privacy!
Your house looks great with all your decorations, just lovely and spooky : )
AND that wagon is the best, so welcoming and festive.
Have a great weekend, xoRobin❤

Deb~in~Denver said...

Kris, loved the tour of your family room! So warm and inviting. Your quilts are gorgeous, you do such a good job! Can't wait to see the rest of your decorating. Love hearing about the chickens, they sound very entertaining!
Glad it's cooling down a bit for you, I can't imagine it being triple digits in October....ugh. We had our first dusting of snow, this morning. I love the cooler weather but I'm not ready for snow!!
Happy weekend!

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Glad to hear it is cooling down for you. I love to see all the quilts, makes me think I need to get started on mine. Maybe after Football season. Hubby is a NO again in the chicken department, so I will just have to view yours and be happy:)

Cozy Little House said...

Looks like a nice big room you have there to decorate. Love your quilts. Of course mine never get put away. Where on earth would I put them? Love those chicken antics!
Brenda

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Your home is so beautiful Kris and it is so cozy. I enjoyed my visit and look forward to many more.

Heather - The Good Life said...

Your quilts are so pretty and I imagine took a lot of time to create. I love all your fall decor and your family room looks so cozy. Our family room is narrow and hard to place furniture in there as well. Enjoy your cooler weather! Heather

Carol said...

Kris,

Your house looks so warm and inviting, and your quilts so pretty! Happy Fall :)

20 North Ora said...

Thanks for the tour. Your home looks so cozy and inviting. I love the blue eggs, your quilt and the red wagon.

Judy

Cheryl said...

Your house is so wonderful Kris..and love all your quilts. Isn't it wonderful to have a break in the temps? We spent the week in Morro Bay with wonderful cool weather. Think some of it followed us home!!

NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, I love seeing all your harvest decorations! Glad your weather is cooling off but I could have used the warmth for dog training this morning. I wanted to ask you how you learned to trim Ducey? I'm going to snuggle under two quilts today as we watch t.v. We actually turned the furnace on last night, which I normally like to wait til the end of the month but we had grands over so had to.
Have a wonderful weekend my friend.
Noreen

Gloria said...

Kris I love your s chickens!
and I love how you garnish to fall look absolutely nice I think I will be absolutely comfortable in your house LOL

Gloria said...

Love the stones in your chimenney look really pretty!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your home is looking so lovely for fall, Kris...love all of your beautiful quilts! It's so fun to read about your chickens...they look so happy strutting about the place!

Lynne said...

Thanks for the house tour Kris! It's nice to be able to decorate with all your quilts isn't it? It adds so much, especially during the holidays. I have a huge fireplace similar to yours, and it is hard to place the furniture around it. Although it is handy being able to set things on that bottom ledge.
Glad it finally cooled down for you!