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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

October Gave a Party

October’s Party by George Cooper
tree fall-leaves October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came.
The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
treefall eikenhout The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
tree yellow The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses maple
In scarlet looked their best.
treered All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.tree autumn_leaves_scene
Then in the rustic hollow
At hide-and-seek they played;
The party closed at sundown
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."

So.  I thought I was finished blogging.  None of my ideas seemed worth writing.  My camera has given me fits, and we are short one computer, which means that my laptop is required for hours of  homework every night.  I have still been reading and even leaving a few comments; I just convinced myself that I was finished writing a blog. After all, I work about 30 hours a week, and boringexcusesboringexcusesboringexcuses. 

And then.  I had an idea.  And then another one.  And so, Happy October!  I think I have some fun posts coming up—just bear with me, and in the meantime, I hope you enjoyed George Cooper’s charming poem.

Do children still have to memorize poetry in school?  Mine have memorized precious little, and I think it’s a shame.


  1. What a lovely post ~ the photos are just perfect.

    Yes, we still teach poetry {at least in CT} and the children really enjoy creating their own.

    Hope you enjoy a very colorful weekend ~

  2. Just the inspiration I needed to get Autumn rolling along. Thanks. Great post.

  3. I enjoyed reading the poem October's Party (remember reading this in grammar school). When I was in school, many years ago, it was required that we memorize poems; sadly, I don't think this is the case today.

  4. I hope you were just talking about a fall break as I would miss you so! I'm glad you were inspired to carry on and I look forward to reading your wonderful posts! Have a wonderful weekend, friend. :) xoxo

  5. I love the pictures. The leaves are so magnificently colored.

  6. So glad to see you back! beautiful poem! Growing up I was home schooled through 6th grade and my mom always was getting us to memorize poems! The "fall poem" I remeber: When the Frost is on the Pumpkin... a super Loooong peom!

  7. I love the colors of fall! I hate all the leaves that fall in my yard. Many of the trees are huge oaks and some of the leaves hang on until January. It's a yearly chore that I dread.

  8. Beautiful fall post! I can only dream of the gorgeous fall colors living here in Florida!
    My son had to memorize a Shakespeare poem last year in 7th grade. It was quite long and challenging!

  9. My children haven't had to memorize any poetry, but love the pictures of leaves


  10. thank you for your poem Octobers Party....have been searching for this poem for years and years....always thought it was written by Mary Mapes this delightful poem.... when I was a child...October is my favorite month...besides December....once again thank you......

  11. I remember singing this song in 4th grade at Willowview Elementary School. But, I only remembered the first paragraph of this song.


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