Friday, November 12, 2010

Too Many Things

I write posts in my head all the time but sometimes they don't get finished.  Sometimes, there are just too many things I want to post about.  Sometimes, I don't have any pictures! 

Last week, we tried a new recipe: corn chowder.  I am sure corn chowder is familiar to many of you, but to me it was new.  I love it!  In fact, all three boys cleaned their bowls.  We tried Tyler Florence's recipe, it was delicious.  I have a picture but it just doesn't do justice to the dish.  I don't believe the words 'corn chowder' are all that enticing but maybe I'll get better pictures next time I make it.  I will tell you, we used fresh thyme and parsley from our garden.  This is the first year I've grown parsley.  I didn't know it was going to stick around after the first frost, but I'm glad it has. 

I've been knitting lots.  I am working on a sample piece and at least three Christmas presents.  I've been playing, and experimenting, with my camera.  Yesterday, the boys and I went to a park after school and had a little walk around with the camera.  We had our first snow this past week.  This is the latest I can ever remember having our first snow. 

Today, I received several packages, Christmas presents I'd ordered.  I also received a catalog in the mail today, for Heirloom Roses.  All of my rose plants are from Heirloom Roses, I believe I have four.  One thing I really like about them is they rate the fragrancy of the roses so you know if you're getting one that will really have a nice scent.  I never realized that some roses don't really smell, and I didn't know how many kinds of smells they have - citrusy, cloves, "old rose", and more.  I was going to put up some rose pictures but that seems wrong because a) we should enjoy November for November's sake and b) if you're not enjoying November weather it will just make you long for summer flowers all the more!  However, I may put up some rose pictures in January, when I'm planning my garden for spring, and missing the sunshine.  Scrolling through my past 'Garden' posts, I see I have not posted many rose pictures.  I'll have to work on those for next year.

Well, that's what I've been up to.  I've also enjoyed reading tons of creative, inspiring blogs, and not even taken the time to comment.  Perhaps I'll have more to say in a few days, maybe some new pictures.  For now, I hope you're enjoying November!


Shawn said...

Hi Karen,
I haven't had much time for posting either and the wonderful weather we have had here isn't helping... I love it cool but not cold and beautiful. I just have a few roses myself, mostly old fashioned ones and just want to tell you my favorite. It's called zephirine drouhin,a climber, no thorns and a strong true rose scent,I love it. Happy November!!!

Thimbleanna said...

It's been an odd year for the weather, hasn't it? We've had the most beautiful Indian Summer and almost broken warmth records this fall. Your corn chowder sounds wonderful. I think it's really hard to take good pictures of stuff like that. Can't wait to see some of your knitting!

Nana said...

Oooo, your lead picture makes me cold - love to have some of that corn chowder to warm up!! : ) And the frosty forest picture is really neat! Bet you are knitting something nice & warm!

Stephanie D. said...

I do that, too--write posts in my head that never make it to the computer. Either I forget what I was going to say, or it feels like old news by the time I get to post.

Thanks for the link to Heirloom Roses. I bought two rosebushes from my local nursery this past spring, and though they have bloomed well into November, they have no scent. And what's a rose without scent? Just another pretty flower.