Sunday, September 24 – Cut and arrange sunflowers

I didn’t plant sunflowers but I think I will next year. They look so great in late summer, and would be fun to have, towering over the garden. They just look happy. The zinnias look amazing and I saw three monarch butterflies on them at one time today.

Monday, September 25 – Appear on QVC

I used to be a big fan of QVC. Not because of the stuff sold on it but because I was in awe of the women who could talk, endlessly, about nothing much. This was in its early days, and the hosts were truly remarkable. That takes a lot of skill.

Tuesday, September 26 – Harvest apples, make pies, applesauce, cider

I don’t care for apples to be honest. I do love apple crumble however, and will reach for the occasional pink lady or other crisp apple for a snack, but I am not likely to make an apple pie or applesauce. I don’t like cider either, but buy plenty every fall because our kids like it a lot.

Wednesday, September 27 – Have dinner with Alexis and grandchildren

I played mah jong with friends this eve. Still no bridge mix anywhere so I served a sweet and salty popcorn that wasn’t all that tasty (not deliberately of course, I thought it would be better). It’s important to have something to snack on while you play.

Thursday, September 28 – Edge carriage roads

This sounds lovely. I took a walk around my yard, looking at the flower beds, but it’s just not the same. I guess I could edge the driveway? I noticed I have some purple ajuga in the lawn in addition to some regular ajuga. I am trying to figure out how to ask my husband to not mow it in the spring, it blooms so beautifully and one year we had this massive purple carpet in the backyard. I know it will annoy him though when I suggest he leave a huge area u-nmowed, and even worse, probably need to use the weed whacker around it.

Friday, September 29 – Launder and store summer weight blankets and linens

The temperature is finally dropping and it’s time to pack things away, so I pulled out our winter comforter and put the blankets in the laundry. I will continue to work my way through the mounds of laundry, it’s going to take a while!

Saturday, September 30 – Take dogs for early-morning walk

My parents dog is visiting and we have been taking the dogs for walks twice a day. It’s very different walking two dogs, but is kind of fun, and they seem to enjoy each other’s company. The walk was not in the early morning however. There is a limit to what I’m willing to do for them and I’m not an early riser. I’m not what you would call a late sleeper either, I want to make that clear.

This afternoon I made the batter for bittersweet chocolate souffles and an orange whipped cream sauce for dinner at friends’ tonight. I was worried when I discovered I didn’t have enough ramekins, and the ones I had were the wrong size, but then I had a Martha Stewart-inspired thought and poured the batter into tea cups. They looked beautiful and it worked perfectly.

Also, one of my Martha Stewart Wedgewood salad plates broke and would you believe it’s $44 to replace it! I’m going to keep an eye on Ebay instead of using, that’s crazy.

This week’s tip from Martha: “Zippered cloth-and-plastic bedding bags protect your blankets and quilts when not in use”