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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I Am Thankful For......

Like you, I am preparing for our feast on Thursday.  Even though I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I will be preparing food for the big day. But before I get busy in the kitchen, I wanted to share this little project....

I snitched the white (and very fake) white pumpkin from our front porch and gave it a makeover using the Cricut.

My hope is to get everyone to write what they are thankful for on the pumpkin (with a Sharpie) and save it for years to come as an autumn decoration.  It will also serve as a  wonderful piece of memorabilia to remind us of God's faithfulness, and to share with the grandkids one day!

Wishing you all a very

Ps..... In case you are wondering, I am thankful for many things.  Here are just a few.....I am thankful for a great husband, wonderful kids,  the most adorable grand babies, a new daughter- in -law-to- be, and other lovely people who play a role in my life..... I'm thankful for a warm home, and good health (and good health insurance.) ...... But most of all, I'm thankful for the Giver all good things, for He has provided me with everything I need (and most of the stuff I want!)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Awesome Getaway-Part 2

This post is a continuation from yesterday...

In between hunting and relaxing, we took a day and traveled over to Benezette.  

Benezette is 
THE place 
to go to see the elk of Pennsylvania. 
 As you will see, it was a beautiful Autumn day!

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in...
Enjoy the show..

We went to all of the designated
"elk viewing areas"....
but couldn't see an elk.....

....but it sure was beautiful!

Since we didn't see any elk in the viewing areas, we stopped at the Benezette Winery. 

According to the gal at the winery, there was an old elk that had roamed through town known as
 Old Fred.
She told me of how he lived for 19 years and was just part of the Benezette landscape, known and loved by all.
So of course, they had a wine named for Old Fred.
And of course, I had to get a bottle! 

Old Fred was collared, AKA #36

She also told me I could see Old Fred's rack at the visitor center.  
So off to the visitor center we went!

There were some lovely, informative displays there.....

Check it out,
Old Fred!

From the Visitor Center, we took time for lunch, and ice-cream. 
 (well, hubby had ice-cream)

We pulled into this cute little cafe that was originally an old country church. I looked over into the woods beside the truck and saw something that caught my attention.  I got out of the truck......

and saw this....
just a few feet away.

 There were probably a dozen, maybe more, elk cows all nestled in the woods with their man. 
They were scattered all around him, 
Camouflaged between the trees.
(it was like the elk version of Where's Waldo)
 It really was a sight to behold!

I quietly stood there....
snapped a few pics
and was on my  way before the ol' bull got upset.

We went back to a viewing area where we had previously been.
Still, no elk.
But out in the distance,
I could hear elk 

If you aren't familiar with the elk bugle, watch this video..Awesome!

The ride back to the cabin was very scenic...  

We saw turkeys....

How cute is he???

Another elk.  If you look closely, you can see healed puncture wounds on him from dueling with another bull. 

As you can see, we had a wonderful
and relaxing week in the Wilds of Pa.

I hope you enjoyed our vacation photos.
I certainly enjoyed sharing them with you!
I'd love to hear what you think of them!

I'll leave you with just a few more pictures of a
pleasant surprise...

I love this picture with winter snow and autumn trees!

Living Simply and Deliberately.......

Monday, November 11, 2013

Awesome Getaway- Part 1

With all the gardening behind us, hubs and I finally had a chance to break away and get some much needed R and R.
We weren't looking for a busy, go, go, go kind of vacation.
No, we were looking for something relaxing.
So we headed north to our cabin.
  (Clinton County, Pa)

We took Josie girl with us and she had a great time!

The views were AWESOME!

Hubby got to do some (muzzle loader) hunting each day.  One day, I even went 
along for some grouse hunting, the Josie of course!

For me, one of the highlights of our getaway was the abundance of wildlife in the Pa Wilds.
  Take a look...

Bear #1

Here comes bear #2

Bear #3



and a ruffed grouse, our state bird.

So there you have it.  
Part 1 of our Awesome Getaway. 
  Check in tomorrow for Part 2.  You won't want to miss it!



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