"The best laid plans of mice and men..." -
Oh, how we would like to get the outside of the house painted and finished; but the temperatures have started to drop and we are having to pick and choose the days that we will paint based on the thermometer on the outside porch. We awoke to cloudy skies and chilly temps - causing my husband to choose to start on the next home project on his list! Our last major indoor project on the house - - the upstairs bathroom. My husband and son walked into the bathroom this morning - crowbar, and hammer in hand. By mid afternoon I had a hole in the wall of my bathroom - making two exits from the small quarters. One through a normal door; and one straight down the basement stairs. But, at the rate they are going - I should have a bathroom closet sometime Saturday morning!
The stovetop held a pot of bubbling tomatoes ready for their entrance into the awaiting hot jars. I was able to can up some tomatoes that my father in law sent our way. This canning stuff is all new to me; but I have enjoyed it a lot! A few more things left to can before the winter hits. I think I may get in a few quarts of applesauce and perhaps some jam from some strawberries frozen away from early summer. I am realizing that my canning season is coming to a close for the year. Already plans for a garden are forming in my head for next summer!!
I took my oldest to violin lessons and was able to sneak out and get some pictures of the country side while she was busy with her teacher. I love the farm land that surrounds us - old barns and homesteads seem to be my favorites!
The old country road that I was sure would lead us right to home - was not the country road I was thinking of! It lead us right to a dead end - that looked like it had not seen traffic for many a day! We turned around and headed back another country road - that did not lead us right to home; but dumped us out onto a road that was familiar and close to home. I could not believe that I could get lost coming home from violin lessons - - don't I go there every other week?
We started dinner later than normal; with my little "detour" and my men still working on the bathroom hole - I mean closet :) We decided to put in frozen pizza's for dinner. After cleanup, and getting Zak tucked in for the night; we sat down to a board game where we laughed and played together. Oh how blessed to be in a family where we learn together, play together and work together. "God setteth the solitary in families..." I am so glad for mine.
I saved my favorite country picture for last. It reminded me of one of my favorite poems. I thought I would share both with you now.
The Road Not Traveled
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference...
I trust you had a wonderful day. Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoying mine with me!