Fall, indeed, has fell.

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PROCLAMATION:

Be it known that on this 29th day of September, in the year 2015, I did don a sweatshirt for the first time since storing it last winter.  

Because while out running errands, in thin t-shirt, floppy shorts, and flip-flops, I came this close to freezing my buns off.  Pretty sure the temp was only in the high 60s, so …  And the breeze was chilly on the balcony, in the shade, so hey, sweatshirt weather, fall is here!

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Halfway up the block I had to peel out of it, but it happened!  It’s official, my favorite season is gracing us with its presence.  I’ll shed the flip-flops by first snow.

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The wagon, in its autumn sweetness, was a part of my farm for as long as I lived there and many years before.  I don’t know where it is now, other than in my heart, but I still love it.

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Various and sundry nonsense … everything about the season brings it to the surface …

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Pumpkin Bread with Caramel Filled DelightFulls!

 

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https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/146152/pumpkin-bread-with-caramel-filled-delightfulls/?

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Let’s go walkabout …

So many questions.  Where are we?  Is this real?  Does it matter?  Can we stay?

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German Chocolate Waffles

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Good fall treat.

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A Sunday walk …

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Warming up my pitching arm …

Good morning on another Throwback Thursday!  

Four generations — my Great-Grandpa Somerville, my mom, my grandmother, and baby me.

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Enjoy another Scenic Sunday!

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Wow. Already.

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Halloweird Happiness to ALL …

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This is life, not a dress rehearsal …

After comments from Facebook friends like “I’m so jealous,” and “I want to MOVE,” I’m thinking I should add a disclaimer to yesterday’s post:

Lawrence is obviously not heaven on earth. All of life is what we make it, and we came here with a goal of making it amazing, to make of this part of our lives all the good we possibly can, and to overlook the negative. That colors our approach to what we see every day when we wake up, what we do, where we go. Someone else could come here and have an entirely different experience and wonder why they feel let down in view of all the “hype.”

1.) Life is what you make it, and 2.) no matter where you go, there you are — two clichés that are truth just because they are. Kim and I are making up for lost time — we met late in life, we’ve both lived places we weren’t wild about, we’ve both felt stuck in routine and longing for more “soul” food. We don’t have the luxury of waiting and hoping at this point, so we get up every day and make fun things happen, whether we step outside our own walls or not. Some may see my ramblings as bragging, but they’re my way of being thankful. I don’t want to wake up later and wish I’d appreciated life more when I had the chance.

Young people think they’ll always be that way — young.  And some people just need to be told it’s okay to be happy — to give themselves permission to live, from the inside out.  Just do it — regret is a killer.

HAPPY FALL!

 

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A Tuesday FULL of thankfulness …

On a perfect fall day, temps in the 60s, sun shining through a light haze, leaves turning every shade from gold to purple, Kim noodling on guitar and finding melodies and chord changes that bring tears to my eyes, the house in just enough disarray to feel comfy, and our tiny white terror (nope, not a misspelling) running back and forth from balcony to everywhere else, I’m thankful for my town.  Also all of the above, none of which would have happened without this town, except the guitar man.

We’ve been here a little over a year now, and it’s home in a way no other place has ever been.  From the University of Kansas on Mt. Oread to the tiniest neighborhood we love it all.  Lawrence is marinated in history, and as much of it as possible has been lovingly preserved — there are still rock houses standing since before the Civil War, and several businesses on Mass St. have original interior rock walls.  Following Harper’s Ferry and other John Brown exploits in opposition to slavery (don’t get nervous, there won’t be a test), Quantrill and his raiders came through town in 1863, killing 150 men but no women and children, torching every house and business they could, robbing all the banks, and looting what was left.  Lawrence immediately started rebuilding and the pro-slavery forces lost, end of story.  The town is founded on that legacy and hasn’t wavered.  Here people cheekily ask, “WWJBD?”  (What Would John Brown Do?)  The town’s beginnings were the roots of the open-hearted approach to personal liberty that permeates everything here and resonates so deeply with us.

We love the tree-lined streets full of dignified 3-story homes and whimsical “Painted Ladies.”  We’re equally in love with the more haphazard neighborhoods, where every block is home to at least one artist’s studio, gallery, or workshop.  A few more things we’re hooked on — Mass Street, with its blocks of stores and restaurants, housed in carefully preserved old buildings, all of it walkable and friendly.  Live music all over town, plays, art shows, nice weather, rain, trees, great food, beautiful lakes, and the wide Kaw River, which is endlessly fascinating to us after living with a dry dusty riverbed for the past few decades.  And KU Basketball, need I say more?

Here’s a small photographic sampling of what makes us so happy to be living here …

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A beautiful fall Sunday to everyone!

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It’s SaturYAY! Try something new …

This dessert from http://www.thepickyapple.com/blog is heavenly.  Kim made it for one of the fall shows at Depot Theater Company and had non-stop requests for the recipe.  

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NOTES:

Kim uses condensed milk instead of evaporated, adds a splash of almond extract, and throws extra butter and pecans in there — more is better!

In the comments section under this recipe, one cook said she inverts the cake after it cools and spreads cream-cheese Cool Whip on top.  YUM!  (Kim would whip real cream, though … ) 

There are LOTS of good notes here:  http://www.thepickyapple.com/blog/2008/11/22/pumpkin-crunch-cake/

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Getting re-combobulated …

One day away from home and the blog schedule is shot to hell, but as luck would have it no one died in the crossfire so here we go again.

Monday night Kim and I were invited to be extras for a film shoot at The Cider Gallery — much fun and very tiring.  Let me assure you, movie people work hard for the money.

Yesterday (Tuesday) the truck showed up at 8:30am, same crew that worked late Monday night, and started unloading approximately 4 tons of equipment — not kidding — and schlepping it to the 4th floor to shoot scenes in our loft.  Craft service was set up in the holding area, the producer, the writer/director and at least one of the leads arrived, and we left them to their magic at 10:30.

Drove out to The Farm to do a few things, then back to town.  While I got my hair cut at the barbershop, Kim walked Madison down the street a couple of blocks and let her wander around Lucky Dog Outfitters where the two of them picked out a T-shirt.  She took a walk on the wild side, slaking her thirst from the communal doggie bowl and snorting crumbs like a pro.  The little muffin trotted all the way back to the barbershop on her own four feet, holding court along the way with her public, and then BACK to the pet shop where Mom liked the T-shirt but overrode them on color — purple and pink instead of two-tone green.  Sorry Kevin, she’s no John Deere girl anymore, but she can walk like she’s brand new.   Lunch happened and some other stuff, including an interesting guy on a pretty amazing old farm who hulled about 40 pounds of Colton’s black walnuts.  That’s a lot of bending down to the ground, so it’s a good thing Colton — a friend’s son — isn’t yet as tall as he’s going to be.

A lazy drive through the countryside and it was back to The Farm ’til we got the text that said “We’re wrapping out!”  The director was determined to get everybody home before the Royals/Giants game and she got close to her goal.  Sadly, the Royals didn’t.

But tonight’s another night, boys and girls, all good thoughts to our boys in blue.

The film crew was just finishing the load-out when we got home, so everybody shared hugs and happy talk — they were pumped after a good day of shooting.  Really too bad about the baseball deflation later.  We’re anxious to see the rough-cut of the movie, and even more the finished result.  If every frame bearing our features ends up on the cutting-room floor, technologically speaking, we won’t need counseling — that was hours of pure fun.

So there ya’ go, a day in the life … and now, film at eleven …

The Cider Gallery

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Part of the Load-In at the Lofts

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Madison and her new T-shirt

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A feast for the eyes and heart …

Be at peace and enjoy another Scenic Sunday …

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