Wednesday, September 12, 2018

I'M BACK!!! YES! I AM!!!! Y'all got apples?

This time of year always
makes me a bit nostalgic.
It makes me long for my youth,
and remember those I loved.
There are songs that I find
particularly haunting.
Neil Diamond's
is one of them.
I am not putting the music
on here because I know
most people find background
songs annoying...
but if you get a chance 
listen to the song when you can.

September brings out my
"rustic side".
I love picking 
the perfect apple!
 and baking
 and making
Needs a sprinkle of cinnamon,
doesn't it?
All those things make me
a  little nostalgic but 
what hits even deeper?

We have moved from 
what was supposed to be our
"forever home".
We have downsized and 
gotten rid of tons of stuff.
We still have a warehouse 
to empty--sigh.

Life is full of changes, 
isn't it?
Thanks be that I am one that
ROLLS with the PUNCHES
although sometimes I will 
say I feel like
PUNCHING SOMEONETHING.
Can't you just hear your grandma saying,
"That's not ladylike" (or nice)...

If you promise to be very good
and not give 
mean old Uncle Arthur 
Ex-Lax in a Hershey's bar wrapper,
I will be back in a bit with
some pictures of the new place.
Yeah- Yeah- I promise!

your photo name

61 comments:

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Diana, it's so great to hear from you! Yes, when fall arrives it is a nice time of year but here it still feels like summer.
I am looking forward to seeing some photos of your new place. Take care.
Julie

Missy George said...

Hey, welcome back. I love EATING the perfect apple pie. Love Neil diamond. You are right about the applesauce YUM! Would love to see pictures of your new home. I hope you are happy in it. that's what matters most... We are in Apple country for sure. Needs to get a little cooler for me. And there lady!

Kathy said...

I am so glad to see you back. Now you have to catch up with everyone. I always associate September with apples too. We are so alike. :) Hope you are enjoying your new home. Can't wait to see pictures of it.

Billie Jo said...

Hello!
You and I share a love of September.
Apple picking is on our list!
And applesauce too.
Can't wait to hear more about your move!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I love anything apples this time of year, Diana, especially apple pie and caramel apples. I look forward to seeing a peek into your new place. And I love to hear songs on blogs if I like the choice of music, especially those old songs that we love and sometimes forget about. : ) I hope you're settling into your new house, and I know you will make this house a home in no time. You have a lot of creative ideas.

~Sheri

krishna said...

I'm also baking some apple muffins. And, oh! yeh.. I'm eagerly waiting to see your new place..

Rita C. said...

September - school, apples, football and.....hurricanes. Boo to hurricanes.

Cecilia said...

Yeah that feeling generally kicks in for me in November (it's when we really start having Fall). Ok, I promise. So show us pictures already, lol.

Vee said...

So glad that your “forever” house is still in the family so you can be there when you want. I know you to be creative and capable of creating a home under a bridge, but don’t test me in that! Looking forward to seeing your new digs. 🌻🏡🌻 (No, no, that’s terribly wrong. Giant sunflowers?! )

bobbie said...

Welcome back!!!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Welcome back! Looking forward to pics of your new home.....hugs...

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Just FYI, Ex-lax works well in chocolate chip cookies too . . . .

Merlesworld said...

Moving always hard work I never want to move again unless it is all packed up and moved by a moving company welcome back.
Merle.........

Lorrie said...

It's lovely to see a post from you in my feed. Moving is always hard. It takes awhile to make oneself comfortable in a new space, I find. I hope it goes well for you. Looking forward to seeing photos of the new place.

BCAUSEHELIVES.blogspot.com said...

Apples, pumpkins, candles with fall scents are all definitely fall! Glad you got moved and look forward to seeing pictures.

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

Hi Diana! I was so very happy to see your post today - your humor, wit and sass are always missed when you go off the grid. I'm excited to see pics of your new place; I'm sure it will be overflowing with happy family memories very soon. Jane

Rose L said...

I am anxious to see the new place! I bet you will make it home quickly! Sounds like you may be having an estate sale soon (garage sale is too blase for you!). Thanks for sharing recipes!

Terri D said...

Apples and orchards. I sure do miss them!! Can't wait to see your new home!!

jack69 said...

Ah good to see the post. Love the picture of Apples. I have loved apples from childhood and from green to ripe (and hard). I love one that cracks when bitten.I like the pie and sauce, but I normally eat one every night. We are in Del Rio and only see ripe oranges hanging.
Glad you are back...

laurie said...

I can only imagine how exhausted you must be, o cannot wait to see the new home but for now it's just good to hear from you! I'm sending my love , don't over do, I know you do lol

Blondie's Journal said...

I've missed you, but I've also been absent from the blog just because...

I hope you share pics of your new forever home,e. Are you still in the Green Bay area?

Love Neil Diamond. He has made even recent generations big fans.

Jane x

Susie said...

Diana, I know what you mean about the nostalgia. I get it in fall...for those days of innocence. I always like to hear the Carpenter's songs. I hope you will love your new place. I know you can make it your own, in some ways. You know your old house will be loved. Take care. Blessings to you and your family, xoxo,love, Susie

Theresa said...

I love September! I can’t wait to see the new place🏡. Enjoy your day dear friend. Hugs

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Yes, I have apples! Just got a bag at the farmers market yesterday. I'll be making apple cake and applesauce with them. Glad the move is done and I'll be looking forward to pictures ! September is a very nostalgic time for me too. Many fond memories of happy days in the past.

Sally said...

Glad you got moved, and back on-line.

The apples remind me of when my oldest brother and I were 5 and 6, living in Washington state. That was the first, and last time we saw such glorious apples on the trees. It's funny how we can remember back then, and now (me) can't remember what I had for dinner last night.

xoxo

Brenda Pruitt said...

I always loved that song. Now I'll be humming it all day! Thanks for the reminder.
Brenda

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Welcome back! I am looking forward to seeing new posts.

Nancy's Notes said...

Glad to see you back! I’ve not been blogging in so long, I do love to check in with the wonderful friends in blogland. I’m looking forward to pictures of your new place! Love September and everything about it, apples and all! Hugs, my friend.

Pam Jackson said...

Oh you moved! Wow...that would be an adventure in itself for me! I have the hardest time letting go of stuff....I get attached to it so easy. Congrats on the move. Yes, like you I hope Fall brings all its glory and color and I hope it hangs around for a long time. It is my fave time of the yr but I wished it could last as long or even half as long as summer and winter! Just not sure how that would work with the leaves falling...haha.

Dewena said...

Oh yeah, Neil, a September morning makes me feel that way too!

How exciting, Diana, but I know from experience how utterly exhausting moving is. I won't repeat what others told me, to pace myself, because I know you're probably not going to stop until it's done, except for falling in bed each night. Have fun nesting!

Kay G. said...

All of your experiences can just go into another book! Eat some apples, I bet you get good ones where you are. Hugs to you!

LV said...

Glad all is well with you and family. The only way I will ever move again, is when they haul me off. Moving is hard job. A good crisp apple is good for us.

Carla from The River said...

Hi Friend,
Looking forward to seeing your new home sweet home. Are you still in Good Old Wisconsin?

High Fives for Apple Crisp. :-)
Carla

Karen Ann said...

... We danced until the night became a brand new day....


Love Neil! Forever in Blue Jeans

And Fall - I am so looking forward to it this year after a humid, humid summer.

Nonnie said...

Glad to see you back. I would like just once to see an apple or cherry tree loaded with fruit there for me to pick! Or for someone to make me an apple or cherry crisp! Xoxo 😘

Shirley said...

Hi Diana, I am glad that you are back and that you got moved into your new place. It is hard to downsize but I know where you are coming from. You have been through so much with the loving care you have given to your other half and your grandchildren. I saved a picture on my page of a little girl that reminded me so much of bright eyes. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love all of the colors. Take care. Hugs and prayers from your Missouri Friend Shirley

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Diana, thanks for coming back. Your September offerings have my mouth watering. Can't wait to see the new place and anything Neil Diamond sings is first in my book..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

Saimi said...

Welcome back!!! I could pick apples, eat apple pie and applesauce while listening to Neil Diamond any day. Actually I listen to Neil Diamond everyday really all I need a are the apple goodies!! Congratulations on your move, hope its a good one for you. It never hurts to down size and it just goes to show what we don't need. I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures!
Take care!
Saimi

Stephanie said...

Welcome back, lovely lady! I can't wait to see pictures of your darling new home.

This time of year is always delightful. I have been baking all kinds of apple goodies...apple butter pie, apple tarts, apple fritter bread, and 2 batches of sweet apple butter. Mmmmm... :)

Love and hugs to you!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Going through stuff is neverending! Wishing you happiness in your new place!

Cindy - ClochesandLavender said...

Hi Diana, great to hear from you since moving.

I love fall too. It brings back memories for me too. I love being able to nest, cook and bake. Now if the humidity would leave I would be happier. It has been here the entire summer.

I know that song very well. My dad is a huge Neil Diamond fan and played him all the time.

Enjoy the rest of your day

Cindy

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh my goodness, I love the photos and can almost smell that apple pie. I know it's been a real adjustment you've had in recent years and yet God has given you the ability to 'roll with the punches' - truly. You have learned to do what had to be done and I'm so proud of you for that, Diana. God bless you. xoxo P.S. I can't tell you how many times my mom said, 'Judy, that's not ladylike.' I got so sick of hearing that and how another girl in my SS class was always such a lady. It's a wonder I didn't put arsenic in her Coke.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I know you'll enjoy living in a smaller place...when you get all settled in! Take care! Eat more pie! Hugs!

Chatty Crone said...

I love Neil Diamond and I love the song September Morning - wish it would cool down here. We are going apple picking on Saturday. Sandie

Lisa said...

Neil Diamond was my old man crush when I was 15! Haha. I still love his music.
I love apples and thats what I think about when I think Fall. Im not a pumpkin fan.
I plan to make some little apple pies this weekend. Yum..
Cant wait to see your new little home. I bet its as cute as you are.
Lisa.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I sort of want to throw a rotten apple at you Di because now I have Neil Diamond's songs playing over and over in my head. Kind of like Abba after I saw Mama Mia 2 recently. You can make it up to me by coming back soon with those photos of the new place...

Pamela M. Steiner said...

So happy you made it to the new house in one piece, and you didn't really punch anyone, right? I have moved many times, and I KNOW how that feels. We are considering doing the same thing...downsizing, but I cannot get up the courage to make the call to list our house. Just can't seem to let go yet...but it is definitely in my mind to do...now I just need someone to kick me in the pants and get me going. It will be painful...I have way too much stuff...but it is beginning to overwhelm me and that tells me it is time to move. Praying that you will soon be enjoying your new home so much you won't even miss the old one a bit. Love apples and apple pie and applesauce. My favorite things in September/October. Wish I could pick some apples, but they don't grow on trees in Florida! Pick a few for me, ok? Enjoyed this. Looking forward to the pictures.

BeachGypsy said...

So so so glad to see you back and very happy for yall! Cabt wait to see pictures OF the new place-- i just know it will be wonderful! Ive never picked appkes but daughter took lil granddaughter up north into mountains last year go pick apples and they had a ball!

jmac said...

can't wait to see!!!! hope all is starting to settle down a bit for ya'll!!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Okay so my husband works in MI and we love apples. Neil Diamond doesn't suck:) And I can't wait to see the new digs. Hang in there! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Sad but exciting at the same time to make such a huge change. I. Can't. Wait. For. The. Pictures!!! I am with you....there is something nostalgic about our favorite season.....a picture of my little girls playing in the leaves always comes to mind. That was 30 years ago!

Trip Treleaven said...

Happy you're getting settled-in!

Jeanie said...

Welcome home and welcome back here, too! Can't wait to see the pix. That's one big change!

bill burke said...

Apple season is here. Pies are my absolute favorite, I can't resist a good homemade apple pie. For breaksfast I always cut up an apple to have in it. Welcome back Diana and have a wonderful weekend.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I too have moved so many times and I know how it feels. We were going sell our house two years ago but I was plagued with several health issues and had to put it off. Now, we have decided to stay for a few more years. Apartments are extremely pricey here right now so we're staying put. September is when I start getting the urge to bake!
And I always have Christmas on my mind too. Shortly I will start my list of goodies to bake for the holidays. It will be especially fun this year because some of my family will be home to celebrate with us. Family always makes the holidays more special. Great post and have a wonderful weekend, Diana.

CHERI said...

Oh, how I long for FALL! It's still in the upper 90s here and I am soooo over hot weather. Looking forward to boots, long sleeves, sweaters, & scarves:) We have been in the little house we built about 40 years ago, but I know that a move is probably in our future. How I dread that! But the stairs will probably get to be too much for us. But I'm going to be like Scarlet O'Hara and "worry about that tomorrow." Love the thoughts of apple picking and apple pie. Come on FALL...we're ready!

Jan (JFM) said...

As we age, I find it harder and harder to accept many of the changes that come our way. My hubby is more tolerant about this than I am.
Love apple pie...especially home made!
We have apple trees in our backyard and the deer love this. The fawns tend to go to our crab-apple trees to eat the smaller apples.
I am looking forward to visiting your lovely blog often~

Jan

Katie Isabella said...

No Ex Lax...so pictures are being looked forward to.

Cristina Garay said...

Oh, I see you've been pretty busy! Your new job, the move and life in general... that's a lot. As always, having you in my mind and hoping you can have a little bit of time to share pics or whatever you can share. :D
Hugs!

Janice Kay Schaub said...

I am looking forwards to Chili and stews with crusty home made bread ( when I can bear to have the oven on) its still hot here, so much to do outside but..........waiting for cooler days. We stopped at a farm market yesterday but bought Cherry crumble instead of apple pie but did buy Honey Crisp apples.........yum. Got to go for another drive and take pictures of apple orchards and Fall colours soon,
Luv Janice

Melanie said...

I can't wait to see your new place!