Betwixt The Two

September is when summer isn’t quite over and autumn hasn’t yet taken hold. We’re betwixt the two.

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  1. Veronica says:

    Enjoyed your post this morning. Thank you! So true about September… and sorry about the camper. Have a blessed day!

  2. Junebug says:

    Oh my, I even have tears over that Shasta!! Someone got very happy that day! I still have dreams of finding one. How cute are those hats. I think I need to make four for my darling granddaughters. Enjoy betwixt, it is beautiful out!

  3. juniperlover says:

    I really enjoyed your betwixt post this morning. I live in southern Colorado and your landscape reminds me of mine! We too are enjoying this in between time when the days are warm but the sun has finally lost the intensity that sends us looking for shade. We had a light frost two nights ago…it’s Autumn sending a shot across our bow! Enjoy these sweet days before the winter winds start to howl!

  4. Sharon says:

    Hi Shery 🙂

    I always enjoy your posts and photos. Just beautiful! Sorry about the Shasta, I guess that means that the Lord has something even better in mind for you! Michele’s hats (and model!) are adorable and what a blessing that birdhouse is 🙂

    Here are a couple of Green Tomato recipes for you 🙂

    Green Tomato Chutney

    Four cups peeled and chopped tomatoes
    Two-third cup chopped onion
    One-quarter cup yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    One small garlic clove, minced
    One cup packed light brown sugar
    Two-third cup cider vinegar
    Two Tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
    One teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
    One Tablespoon mustard seed
    One-quarter teaspoon ground turmeric
    One and one-half teaspoons grated lemon zest
    One cup golden raisins

    Place all ingredients in a large, nonreactive pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture is very thick, 1- ½ to 2 hours. Let cool slightly. Ladle into hot sterilized half-pint jars and seal. Yield: 1-½ pints.

    Green Tomato Marmalade

    4 lbs green tomatoes
    1/4 cup finely chopped ginger
    6 cups sugar
    5 lemons
    1/2 cup water

    Chop tomatoes, add grated rind and juice of lemons, ginger and water. Simmer 1 hour stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Add sugar. Simmer until sugar is dissolved and then boil rapidly until consistency of jam (about 25 min) pour into jars and seal. I’m afraid I don’t remember what the yield is, it has been a few years.

    Have a blessed day!


  5. Janice K. says:

    Did you hear my ‘AAAARRRRGGGGHHH’! all the way to Wyoming? Yes that would be my dream of a lifetime, too. That along with a lovely robin’s egg blue 1954 Chevy pickup to tow it with…We can still have our dreams!!!
    The metal roofing lids look wonderful, too. How lucky you are to live in an area that still has preserved some of it’s local history.
    Have a wonderful fall…

  6. Nicole Christensen says:

    Shery, LOVE THOSE HATS! So cute. Can’t wait to see the pattern. I love your pictures, too. Great post. Happy Fall, your blogging sister, Nicole (Suburban Farmgirl Blogger)

  7. Terry says:

    Yep this time of year is down right enchanting. It’s catch-your-breath at breath-taking scenery or scents. This Saturday our son David is raising his timber frame for his straw bale home! My thinking is that it’s a most perfect time of year to be doing it! Shery, have you thought about finding the buyer of the trailer and offering more money for it?

  8. bonnie ellis says:

    Shery: Now you have the "one that got away story" but I know how you feel. You were hoping for That one. Love your blog and all the fantastic pictures. Wish I was closer to visit in person. Hope you will find the perfect one soon, but won’t it have to be pulled by a horse? ho ho. Your farmgirl friend Bonnie.

  9. Carol Norwood says:

    I love this post and the accompanying photographs. All of them are wonderful but my absolutely favorite are the tin can lids all over … fabulous. I can just hear the rain pitter, pattering as it hits the lids! I love it! Thank you ….

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Merlita Mornings And Musings

Until they leave later this month, Redwing Blackbirds have a place in my early fall routine. They crowd an open feeder to gobble up sunflower seeds just as soon as it is light in the mornings. My fellow farmgirl friend, Michele, makes a wood & screen feeder and she gave one to me; she said it would likely attract birds that do not normally come to a feeder.

So many things to cover this week! It feels like harvest time all the way around. Nature produced a bounty to prepare us for the coming winter. Let’s see if we can make a place in the ‘pantry’ for alllllll that I have to share with you in this installment.

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  1. karen bates says:

    Wow, just love this post…I have a new appreciation for blackbirds…of which, I have many in their flocks around my property.

    This is a time of bounty and I thank you for showing me the wonderful beauty (in photos) of this time.

  2. Ann says:

    That cloth bird at the beginning of your post really caught my eye as well as your lovely vignette. I will go back to the Cluck site and look for this pattern. As always, your photos are stunning. I did not know this about blackbirds. I just wish they weren’t so raucous in the mornings around my house! Sometimes it would be nice to sleep in!

  3. Lori Nichols says:

    ALL of my favorite blackbird references … thank you Shery for your words and your insight and for reminding us that without the black, dark and shadows of creation, the light would never shine so bright….

  4. Bambi says:

    What a great post! In the photos of your Black Hills drive, can you tell me what the plant is in the first frame. (green with purple edges) Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts, I always look forward to reading them. Keep up the good work!

  5. Brenda says:

    Shery, what a wonderful post. We had a ton of red winged blackbirds in the area I grew up. But not here. We do have a lot of crows, large groups of them that make a lot of noise at us when we walk through the woods or work in our back garden. I will look at them differently after reading your post. Happy Fall Shery!

  6. Betty Benesi says:

    We have many black birds and crows as well. The crows particularly have become more abundent the last few years and have pushed out the blue jays. Very few jays around anymore. Both really squawky (SP). The Black bird song has a particular meaning for me as well. It was on the radio when I found out one of my horses, Ruby had been put down.
    She was a profoundly disturbed little horse who I loved dearly, but could never ride. She was pretty and playful but I always felt that life had not been particulary good to her. So at last she could fly.

  7. Janet says:

    Yours is the only one of the blogs I truly enjoy and this one took the cake. Thanks for sharing all of what you enjoy. Just wish we could be neighbors….

  8. Grace~katmom says:

    Hey Shery,
    Karen Bates (above) is a dear friend of mine and we will be camping next weekend….hurry & get a lil vintage trailer & come join us….then we can sit around the firepit, museing and sharing life’s adventures.
    Happy Autumn from my side of the State to yours.

  9. Julia Hursh says:

    Oh, how I enjoyed the writings and pictures you shared!!:) We live on a remote ranch in the Chihuahuan Desert in far west Texas…. so I just loved seeing a different part of our country. Thanks for sharing your life and surroundings. May you and yours have a blessed day – Happy trails – J

  10. Brenda says:

    Shery, just found your blog for the first time today. How wonderfully insightful you are. Reading your words of encouragement and viewing the stunning photography have given me a feeling of excitement to start my day. Oh, I miss my farm. I long to experience the abundance of life that each day offers when one lives on a farm. I think it’s time I make this dream into a reality again and shop for a little land. You’re an inspiration.

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