Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bonus day

After a soaker of a Friday, we had a mostly dry (though overcast) Saturday as predicted.
Sabbath evening sky
Today was supposed to be another soaker, but we were gifted with one more mostly dry day to get stuff done – like take pictures of the last few flowers of the year!

After riding the horse I have here in training, I've been mostly working inside. The dehydrator is loaded with apples, a big batch of granola is in the oven, the third load of laundry is in the washer, and as soon as I hit "Publish," I'm going to make and can a batch of condensed tomato soup and try my hand at pesto for the first time (I was given with the last of the basil from our church's garden).


It's been awhile since I've shared a video of Brian playing his violin. I shot the following at his lesson last Friday; it's always fun for him (and me!) when his teacher joins in and makes a duet of it.

That's it for today from . . .


Mama Pea said...

Brian sounds very good, doesn't he?! I took violin lessons when I was in 4th grade and my father actually cheered when I stopped.

May I ask, Michelle, how you use your dried apples? I've never been happy using them in a pie, but we do eat them as snacks especially on car trips. And I put them in homemade granola. But you can't use a lot of them that way.

P.S. I want that red chair in Brian's teacher's house!

Michelle said...

Yes, after 6 1/2 years of lessons, Brian is a joy to listen to now -but still doesn't like to practice! heh

We eat our dried fruit out of hand; it's GREAT for car and plane trips! I've never put it in homemade granola; I'd have to cut it into smaller pieces, and granola seems to dry fruit out to the point of hardness. So we usually top cereal with frozen berries.

Brian's teacher lives in an old Victorian and decorates to follow suite.

melanie said...

Awesome playing!

farmlady said...

I love the violin. I always wanted to play one but opted for the piano instead because we had one and my mom played. Brian is very good.
LOve the sunset photo. It's beautiful. So are the flowers.
There is a good recipe for Pesto on the back of the bag of pine nuts that you buy can at Costco. It's a good one... if you are close to a Costco.

Ruth Dixon said...

We haven't gotten the rain they predicted for the coast yet, but I spent this afternoon doing "storm" prep. I wanted to let you know I got your gift and I'm sooo happy. You hit the colors right on the mark. I'll send you pictures. Thank you!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Wonderful, Brian!!! I used to play and loved it. And cello too. Miss it. Love strings.

Dianne MacDonald said...

Love that lively little fiddle tune! Isn't it great when they progress enough that you enjoy listening to practices? If he doesn't already .... someday he will thank you for insisting that he keep it up.