Patterns & Posies

Nothing more perfect than an early-fall weekend in Arizona's White Mountains! While "perfect" to one member of our family is trout fishing the streams, "perfect" to another is poking around the area's retail establishments, seeking out cast-offs and treasures that can be repurposed and reused. The Christmas elves pictured here presented a pleasing pattern in their display basket (going to go back today to get the green one for Meagan). Couldn't resist picking some of the wildflowers growing right outside the cabin door. What an array of color! Stumbled upon a library of mid-century Golden Books for grandsons Hooper and Van, as well as this obscure but precious story of a red squirrel. Look at him plundering those sewing supplies! Next were the potted nasturtium (have no idea what the plural might be) in front of the quilt shop. And, finally, we spied these old lanterns hanging from the back porch of an antiques shop. And the special weekend was topped off by time to stitch on the porch (only grey squirrels here) while enjoying fresh iced tea and a few Madelines. (I have to admit that there's no need to make them anymore because they're commercially available from Hayward, CA's Sugar Bowl Bakery. Plenty of calories, though, weighing in at 130 each--oh, but no trans fat).