"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

25 September 2015

Early Autumn Faves

The season of Autumn is here!!  It arrived on Wednesday and because it was also a Jewish holiday, the school district was closed so I didn't have to go to work.  That was a bonus!

Let's take some time to look back on the week and find FIVE FAVE moments that filled us with thankfulness.  Then head over to Susanne's site to link up!


Claire, age 16
  • PASSED!  Claire passed her NYS Road Test on Saturday afternoon!  I was so excited because this means she can now drive her self to her ballet classes and youth group.  In the photo above, this was her first time pulling out of the driveway by herself for her Tuesday evening classes.  I'm so thankful!  (she will only have a junior license though as she is only 16 so has to be home by 9 pm...thankfully, all of her classes get out at 8 pm!)
Faith's youngest sister Jill
  • 40th CELEBRATION:  My youngest sister Jill turned 40 last week and her husband gave her a birthday party and invited all of us plus my other 2 sisters and a bunch of friends and some of her in-laws.  What a fun Saturday evening that was!  She is holding up a mug I gave her that says "keep calm, it's your 40th birthday".  I also got her a basket of "how to survive your 40s" gifts...all fun stuff.  She seemed to love it!  I'm thankful when the family can do these kinds of events.

Claire (age 16), Courtney (age 22), me
  • APPLE PICKING!  On Wednesday, we had no school due to a Jewish holiday so since my oldest still doesn't have a job, she thought we should all go apple picking. It was the perfect choice for the first day of autumn!  What fun we had!  We usually go to a particular orchard about 20 minutes from our home, just to the north of us, but we decided to go to one we hadn't been to in years......it's about 40 minutes southwest of us.  What a great day it was for apple picking!  This is where we went. We picked Empires and Galas.  YUMMY!  We also ate a late lunch in the cafe...they have great sandwiches...and....we  bought a dozen apple cider donuts which had just come out of the oven to bring home to Dave.  I'm thankful for the time I had with my girls.
along my bike route in town

  • BIKING:  Sunday afternoon, after church and some housework, I decided to go on a 5 mile bike ride.  It was a glorious late summer day.  The temps were in the high 60s/low70s which in my opinion are perfect for biking or hiking.  No one else wanted to join me, so I went by myself and thoroughly loved it.  There's something about riding around my suburban town that is so nice....even though I DO have to watch out for the many pot holes that still haven't been fixed from last winter.  Sticking to just a bike path gets so boring!  It's just a straight path.  But the riding around town is so interesting.  I saw several people out on bikes and running.  I'm thankful for weekends to do the things I enjoy.

  • BLOOMED AGAIN!  Over the weekend, neither of these plants had flowers on them so I left them and decided to clean up the deck and front stoop on the day off.  Well, when I went out there on Wednesday afternoon to do so, the blooms were back!!  It was the strangest thing!  but I am thankful to see these summer blooms lingering......I'm going to keep these going as long as I can and maybe once the pumpkins are added next week, they will still be in bloom.

It's going to be a beautiful weekend, here in eastern NY.  I hope wherever you are, that you are enjoying a wonderful autumn weekend, too!


Deb said...

Hi Faith - Wow that bike ride sounds fun. You have inspired me to "dust off" my bike and go for a ride this weekend - if it cools down - we are still in the lows 100s here. So glad you got to spend time with your girls - apple picking is such fun. An overall good week for you. Hope to check in with you again soon. Have a good weekend.

Barbara H. said...

Congratulations to Claire! It does help a lot when they can drive themselves. I did find I missed that time with them at first, but very quickly adjusted. :-)

The apple picking sounds like a lot of fun - so do the donuts!

Glad you've had some great weather for biking!

Susanne said...

I love bike riding even on my own. We have tons of trails all around the city so one can never be bored. Hopefully the weather will hold out and I can get out there again this weekend. Good for Claire getting her licence. It really does free up time when they get to driving themselves! Just remember to turn down the volume on the radio BEFORE you turn on the car! ;)

Mia said...

Glad you got to enjoy a lovely bike ride! I haven't had a bike in a decade and really do miss it. So relaxing. Congratulations to Claire on passing her driving test! And what a great idea to go apple picking... haven't gotten to do that yet this year. :)

Brenda said...

It's so nice when you can spend time with family.
I love this time of year. Our home school group is going apple-picking soon. I'm looking forward to making crockpot apple butter. Yum!

Jerralea said...

It is exciting to have more time when the kids can drive themselves to practices, but then you have to worry until they make it home safe ... or at least I did!

I'm glad your having such wonderful weather right now; we are too, and it makes enjoying the outdoors so much nicer.

Susan said...

Your sister Jill has a keeper of a hubby to throw her a party. Your gifts sound like a lot of fun! I love getting together with my family too esp since we don't do that often enough.

What a lovely surprise your plants gave you. They sure would look pretty next to the orange of pumpkins. I hope they do last at least one more week for you.

How fun to go apple picking (in the middle of the week no less) with your girls. Can you believe that I have never gone? I think it is time to do so!!!! Maybe this FFF is the push I need.

Simply Linda said...

Congratulations to Claire!!! Yes, indeed, it is a lovely weekend here in western NY (wink). However, I do believe fall will be upon us sooner than later. Blessings

nikkipolani said...

Sounds like you are really diving into autumn! What a great way to enjoy the day with your girls.

And congrats to Claire on her achievement and to you for a few more hours of free time ;-)

Paula said...

Congrats to Claire! My 17 yo has yet to take her road test. Ugh. Apple picking sound fun! I hope you have a great week!

Willow said...

Weather can be weird and do weird things to plants--I like it too when the plants decide to add more blooms during 'off seasons'.
I'd say congrats to you too for getting Claire to this place of more independence but with responsibility. (and free time for you)
You're brave to ride your bike alone :)