Lucas was a catcher in the spring games some times.  And he liked it.  He liked all the gear that came with being one, but this time, I think he’s really enjoyed being a catcher and being part of the game.

I’ve learned a lot too.

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DSC_0369 copy DSC_0372 copyThe coach has been teaching Lucas so much about being a catcher.

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Catching for his friend (pitching) is something really cool too, as I’ve heard.

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Here I leave you with the cutest catcher ever.

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autumn is

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:: Quiet-ness :: Leaves :: New beginnings :: Clouds :: Apple cider ::  Potatoes :: Kale ::

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:: Heart shaped leaves :: Blue skies :: Geese flying by :: Playing in the leaves :: White puffy clouds ::

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:: September cold days :: October :: The fall smell and the smile in my kids :: Leaves :: Rain :: Salmon run :: Pumpkins :: Apples :: Cider doughnuts :: Acorns :: Outside and inside :: Knitting :: Slippers ::

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:: Raking leaves :: Playing outside :: Compost full :: Breeze :: Pumpkins :: Orange ::

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:: Soft sunshine :: Reflection :: Glowing light :: Gourds :: Breathing deep ::

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:: Yellow and red :: Soups and stews :: Mist ::  Chai :: Roasting ::

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:: Long shadows :: Pears :: Crisp  :: Chilly mornings  :: Chilly evenings  :: Sweaters :: Blankets :: Hats :: Scarves :: Wool :: Wind :: Wood ::  Crackling leaves as you step  ::

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:: This music.

What is fall for you?  Go ahead and leave a comment and share if you’d like.  We would love to know what autumn means to you, my friends.  I hope you are having fun!

Found on Pinterest.

Found on Pinterest.

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this week in my kitchen :: blog hop

Following Heather’s blog hop (from Beauty That Moves) again this week I share here what happened in our kitchen this past week.  We were gone for the weekend, so there was not much happening for few days, but the rain arrived, and the house feels a little cooler so the stove and the oven have been calling for some baking and soup making.

“A weekly collection of photos from the center of my home.”       — Heather

DSC_0002 copyLovage pesto again.  I am really enjoying it. DSC_0004 copyKale and Lovage from the garden. DSC_0431 copyLast week’s menu.  It looks like I need to take more photos of our kitchen this coming week.  Because I promise, we did eat more than lovage pesto.  Really!

Please do go visit Heather’s post and get lots of ideas for new meals.  It is so much fun!  And if you’d like to share what has been happening in your kitchen, please do so.  I’d love to get inspired.  Happy Thursday!

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Making :: a swimming quilt

For Siena’s birthday this year, I made a new quilt for her.  I know I had made her one last year with the fabrics from clothes of hers growing up.  But I found this fabric with swimmers and I liked it.  It was a fabric I had been looking for for a while… not the summer-flip-flop-beach-Hawaii-type swimming fabrics that I was able to find in few places.  I was looking for “real” swimming, you know, stroke swimming.  And I found this cool fabric online.

So I gave it to her when we came back from our trip this summer.  But again this year, I only had finished the top part.  She knew my trick from last year.  Top of the quilt a present for her birthday and completed quilt a present for Christmas… Ha!  She was onto me this time.  So I worked hard in finishing it before her first meet, last weekend.  And she likes it a lot.

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Water bubbles (fabric) all around.

DSC_0012 copy DSC_0013 copyAll kinds of stroke and swimmers.  She loves it.  I thought it would be a quilt we can use at the meets, to sit on.  But it has been taken to her room, on her bed instead, right away.  Too nice to use to sit on, I was told.  Not a bad change of plans I guess.  It is her gift after all!

I really liked the fabric design of the swimmers and now I am searching for more swimmer fabrics.  And of course, now I know of this store.  Oh my!

But first, I have another quilt started (that is about a year overdue), and a couple more on the plans.  Not sure I can make them happen for this year’s holidays, but it’s not like we are short on blankets or quilts around this house.  We’ll see what I can make happen.  For now, we have a happy little swimmer all curled up under her new swimming quilt.

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Chester, Cheshire in England : Part 1

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Then we kept on walking.

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I wonder if I moved there, I would still find these cities and buildings as gorgeous.  So wonderfully beautiful.  I am so happy we got to go.

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Last spring was the first time Lucas has been in a baseball team that was kid pitched.  I wrote about it in the spring, when we I had to learn lots, lots more.  But now? Oh man.  My learning curve is even steeper than in the spring.  But not really about me, I think it has been Lucas the one who has learned a lot too, this fall.

He’s really enjoying his games every week, and has gotten really good at pitching… OK, I am his mom after all, but you understand.  Right?  DSC_0252 copy DSC_0254 copy DSC_0255 copy DSC_0257 copy DSC_0265 copy DSC_0266 copy DSC_0293 copy DSC_0322 copy

There is no way I can play catch with him.  Not that I was ever good at it, but I’m not the one warming up his arm before the games.

He’s awesome.  (Thank you for letting me say that.)

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last week or two…

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… we celebrated with friends.

… found these pictures on Pinterest and followed the link to this chai recipe.  Autumn is meant to drink Chai.  Or is it the other way around? Is Chai meant to be drunk in Autumn?  Maybe it’s both ways.

… we grilled outside another few meals.

… had a weekend that seemed like summer days, hot and sunny and mostly spent out of doors in shorts, t-shirts and bare feet.

… I keep looking at the weather wondering if the weather will change.  It’s been such a beautiful fall so far, filled with sunshine and warmth.

… we watched a movie with friends again.  We have to before the rain comes.  We watched Chicken Run this time.  It’s been many years since Mark and I saw it.  I think we did before we had kids.

… our dear friends brought us a special delicatessen.  A jar of flavored salt from a local company in Portland.  She thought of me and my popcorn.  Isn’t it nice? I think I’ll have to keep it for a small batch of popcorn, not these 8-batch movie nights.  She might have to stop to have lunch with me one day and enjoy my popcorn with this special salt.  Yum! I can’t wait to try it.

… noticed the trees turning color.  I love to see the different oranges, yellows and reds… I love fall. I certainly do and all that makes it.

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… I cleaned and dusted the shelf in the kitchen, and the books and jars with herbs and teas.  Autumn, here we come.  We are ready for meals, teas, and all those fall season specials.

… enjoy watching this pumpkin sitting on our porch.  It is so cute.  We’ll have to keep the seeds and see if we can grow them next year.  I better not touch them just in case my brown thumb does any damage. DSC_0010 copy

… had our little nephew over for the movie night and few meals and playing.  It’s always a lot of fun to see him.  We are getting used to seeing him few times a week and living in the same city.  We love it!  We totally love it.  There’s quite a few years or cousin-ness and aunt-ness we need to catch up with! I feel lucky.

… found this list of the Top 50 Cities to Visit.  I wonder if I should print it out.

… Lucas started with swimming as well.  He’s excited and it seems that he’s gotten a lot better since last spring.  He looks so tiny in that pool, and then so big at the same time.

… on our way back from dropping Lucas off, Siena  and I rode our bikes in the bike trail by the river, and as we were admiring the beautiful and quiet morning, and how low the river is right now, we saw two foxes in the island just few yards away.  It is far enough but close enough to have seen them.  What a way to start our day.  This is only the second time in my days here in Oregon (in 20 years) that I’ve seen foxes.  So beautiful.

… Went to the Greek Festival again this year.  We went last year and knew we were going for the foods.  Yup! Delicious lunch and snack indeed.  And I can’t believe I didn’t take my camera… we just went to have lunch I guess.

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… Siena had an extra swim practice and we are looking forward to her first meet of the season coming up.

… we ate a delicious dinner made by Mark on Saturday.  I should have taken a picture but I didn’t.  It was so good I completely forgot and we enjoyed.  We usually don’t eat red meat, but this steak was so good.

… I finished Siena’s birthday present quilt.  I’ll share more later.

… autumn seemed to have regressed and turned into summer for few days.  But the cooler temperatures in the evening give it away and are much welcomed.

… I sewed a little, but not much.  I need to get on a rhythm again.  It’s been hard to get used the routine this fall.  Lots of changes in our lives, I think.

… I organized my idea folders and loose papers.  It’s like my hands on Pinterest that really needed help.

… the autumn colors are arriving home.

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