thanksgiving in mentone.
a few shots from one week ago. the weather was perfectly chilly with the pond iced over, frost poking up like tiny white christmas trees. we let all the (six) cousin-dogs run loose under blue skies in the backyard which was a riot. a few pups tested out the frozen pond, one fell through (don’t worry, it was very shallow). the “kids table” held of a fun collection of guns and beer and a lone hatchet… typical right? we watched football, napped, enjoyed many a bon fire then came home sunday to decorate our tiny tree, drink egg nog and bake cookies. it’s christmas time you guys!!!
step one - poke cloves into orange slices
step two - add orange slices to cider
step three - oh, that’s it. that’s our tip.
On a cold day we were in search of a porter. At Heaven & Ale we found it… after a delicious flight and some serious note taking (Kaylon’s notes say things like “hint of coffee” ”smooth” and “a little spicy” Megan’s notes say things like “yowza!” ”yummmm” and “blueberries?!?! yeah right.”) we eventually settled on Turtle Anarchy Smoked Porter. A good choice for a chilly Saturday afternoon.
we’ve been loving this weather. the crisp cool days with bright blue skies, red and yellow trees and those earlier sunrises peaking behind tall buildings.
we took a mini road trip to nashville with friends to see our poor jacksonville jaguars play the titans and they won!!! we’re good luck.
and then a rainy weekend in mentone to prep for a big thanksgiving. cleaning house, making pies (and thoroughly inspecting the pecans), watching football, and lots of knitting.
november, you’re swell.
cannot. stop. taking. pictures. of. the. trees.
a colorful road trip.
last weekend we started out under the orange, yellow and red leafed trees of chattanooga and ended up under the blue to orange to pink to purple skies of daytona beach for my mom’s wedding. it was perfectly relaxing… the weekend, the wedding, everything.
It was Oktoberfest at the market on Sunday. A beautiful, sunny day with technicolor dream trees and apples as far as the eye can see. There were pretzels and (tofu) brats and beers and spaetzle. We fell in love with those Volkswagen campers. And that poor dog had a little too much.
saturday night, we got a sneak peek at the new climbing gym that is opening practically right across the street from us, high point climbing and fitness. we’re really excited about this place! it’s huge! also i spy with my little eye some creepy red baby heads up there. hmmm…
it was another great weekend with this crew. and i love that there was a hot air balloon parked right smack in the middle of downtown… naturally.
we had no plans for the weekend. aren’t those the best kinds of weekends? we wandered around the city by foot and stopped here and there when we found something fun. we checked out a bluegrass festival, we watched paddlers and kayakers going up and down the river. we finally tried clumpy’s ice cream and it was delicious! we admired the quirky bits of the city: tents on the bridge and yarn bombed parking meters. we wandered from patio to patio for bites to eat because it was far too nice to be sitting inside. it was a wonderfully mellow weekend.
last saturday. leaves on the sidewalk and movies on buildings and four of us in center park on a blanket with wine. a good autumn night.
Yesterday we rode bikes over to Stone Cup behind Coolidge Park for breakfast and were so pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this madness: The World Canine Disc Championship. That flying shaggy dog made our weekend.
the apartment smells like pumpkin candle and vegetable soup. the dogs are begging for and receiving carrot peels. the beautiful day is creeping in through the windows. i am simultaneously knitting a hat and petting that sweet dolly face.
we shall enjoy kaylon’s delicious vegetable soup. we may or may not enjoy watching georgia play lsu. we will wander outside and perhaps go for a meandering bike ride. we will meet our pals for dinner and paint the town red.
1. saturday morning donuts. the daylight old fashions are crazy good.
2. it’s hoodie weather ya’ll!
3. mural gawking on our bike ride around town.
4. weekend grilling with the neighbors. that guacamole will change your life.
5. sooo happy to have football back.
6. saturday afternoon at the zoo, kaylon made a friend.
7. love these bulbs at heaven and ale.
8. and, you know, just cute dogs in bars. no big deal.