Sunday, October 4, 2020

My Cornstalk Mystery

Our beautiful foliage is fading fast this year.

I got Jack's crow on linen and started hooking it is such a sweet pattern and quick.

This is the small sheep I got at Dorr Mill last week. Everything is hooked except the background so I got the dye pots out and gave it a try. This was Dorr natural (pretty white) I just over dyed it with some khaki formula from a dye book. But since I didn't want it to dark I did just a little in the pot to dirty it up a bit.   

The rest I put over a very garish gold. It is still doing it's thing I will show you next week.

We swapped our rooms round today, this is the family room that we really lived in when my daughter was home. But when we remodeled a bit we put in a bar at the kitchen counter. Then we decided to move the family room to the full living room for years. Well we missed the fireplace in the family room.

So we moved it back and pared it down. I just don't like the tv over the fireplace but really that is the only place to put it. 

I did a very long walk this morning and added a very steep part to get my legs ready for more hiking. This was the foliage today.

And this was it about 5 days ago. The wind and rain have done a number on our colors. We are about 2 weeks ahead in our color. It was so dry this year I am sure that had something to do with it.

My cornstalk mystery continues this year. For the past several years someone has been leaving cornstalks tied to my mailbox. We have no idea who. This year they left so many!!! and a small pumpkin! 
This act of kindness touches my heart so much and inspired me to leave hydrangea bouquets on the porches of my friends. While not anonymous everyone loves it. Especially in these times any act of kindness is so appreciated.   

We celebrated 45 years this year! When I say that I feel I should be talking about someone else. Where did the time go? 
I got asked for the cake recipe so here it is easy and soooo
World War II Chocolate Cake
8" or 9" square or round cake
1 1/2 cup of flour
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp salt 
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla 
1/3 cup veg oil
1 cup cold water (or 1 cup of cold coffee black coffee even better)
mix together
bake 350 for 30 to 40 minutes.
This makes a single layer and it is so moist if I make it just for us
I just dust it with powdered sugar. 
Let me know if you make it.
Have a wonderful healthy week.


Deb said...

Hello - Happy Anniversary. 45 Years is really something to celebrate! I love the fall foliage, and your lovely walking route. Have a good week!

WoolenSails said...

You are like me, I do more fall redecorating and cleaning then spring.
Those colors are beautiful, hoping we get to see some in our area, but only pops so far.
I saw that we can go to NH but I am too lazy to plan and pack for a trip this quick, so sticking to our area for our vacation.


Saundra said...

You've been a busy hooker bee. Is fun to see how everyone is hooking their version of Jack's Crow, and it was fun to hook. I won't make the cake tho I'd love to have a slice. Am sure the flavor would be much richer with the cup of coffee.

Farm Girl said...

How nice though to go out and see those cornstalks on and around your mail box.
I love the colors and your walks are so incredible.
Happy Anniversary! I always ponder how we got to 40 years so fast. When if feels like its been such a short time. I love your wedding picture.
I love rearranging in the fall best. I need my chair facing the fireplace.
I hope you have a lovely week. Your rug hooking is so nice.

Nellie said...

Beautiful colors! Rearranging can make everything seem new! That chocolate cake recipe reminds me a little of Wacky Cake. I want to try this recipe.

Rugs and Pugs said...

You are hooking up a storm. I'm loving both your projects.
Such beautiful fall colors...and the cornstalk mystery is just so much fun. I bet the giver is just as tickled about it as you are :)
Congrats on 45 years. May you be blessed with many, many more!
Tks for the recipe :) (Not that I will make, but will let you know if I do.)

Jennifer Gail said...

Happy Anniversary I love the smell of leaves after it rains.

Hill Top Post said...

This winter you will surely enjoy being able to see both the flickering fire and the tv while you are busy with you hooking. How beautiful your colors are this fall. What a thrill it would be to go walking through a woods like that. I love your cornstalk mystery! What fun! And, I love that you gave hydrangea bouquets to friends.

Prims By The Water said...

Happy Anniversary! I so love the fall colors. What a nice gesture to leave cornstalks. They look very festive! Janice

TheCrankyCrow said...

I would LOVE for someone to do that to our mailbox!!! Especially year after year. What a special treat. I can't believe you haven't figured out yet who does it. This year I was treated to a surprise fall display by our garage though....from a dear friend who fell from a ladder and fractured her skull.... I made a simple dinner for her family one night and was rewarded a hundred-fold. We are losing our leaves and colors quickly too...they were so very intense this year. I had hoped to get to the lake to breathe the fall there, but we have had things going that have prevented me from going....and this weekend a wedding of a close friend's daughter. So, it will need to wait until next weekend and I don't thing the color will hold that long....especially after the winds today. Your Jack and his crow looks wonderful!!! I purchased the pattern and had plans on getting the linen and wool for it last week but plans changed so I picked up my stitching instead. Wishing you a great new week.... ~Robin~ (PS....thank you for your visit to my blog and your kind comments....for some reason, now I am not getting an email notification of your comments, so have no way of replying to them directly. Yikes....I hope I get this issue figured out sometime soon.)

moosecraft said...

Sooooo beautiful! You have me wanting to move to NH! :-) Happy 45 and many, many more!!! Thank you for the recipe.....I'll see about trying it the next couple of days!

moosecraft said...

Oh.....and I'd definitely be gazing into the fireplace waaaaaay more than watching the tv! lol!