Put up the lights...set up the tree...

Wrap the Christmas presents...

for soon it's Christmas Eve.........




Turkey and gravy

and stuffing and such..

Here's hoping Thanksgiving

has just the right touch...

May potatoes be fluffy 

and pies be complete

with flakey good pie crust

and fillings so sweet...

May biscuits be buttery

cranberries, tart

and may prayers 

'round the table

come straight from the heart...

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all..........



Big bucks on the hill

will give folks a thrill

cause deer season's starting today

In first morning's light

they'll come into sight

and guns will go blasting away...

There'll be steaks on the fire

for all who desire,

who are practiced in 

hitting their mark

and stories to tell

of just how he fell

and if camo was

mossy tree bark...

Yes, harvest time's here

Be it pumpkin or deer...

and pleasures abound for us all

This time of the year

brings much reason for cheer...

Call it Harvesttime, autumn or fall


Over the river

and through the woods

tomorrow's Thankgiving Day...

The pies smell so good

the fireplace wood...

it makes you happy to stay...

Grandmother's cooking

and baking with glee...

the coffee is perking 

with Harvesttime glee...

A grand celebration...

tomorrow, there'll be

the turkey's brought in from the pen...

That old featherbed is where

we'll rest our head

til morning brings Thankgiving light...

then we'll bow heads and pray 

cause it's Thanksgiving Day...

and that turkey is roasted just right...

Some things stay the same...

who'd want it to change? 

with families gathered this way...

We're thankful for all

of our blessings ...come fall..

And we're thankful

for Thanksgiving Day!


Turkeys are all hiding

out in the barnyard pen

They know that it's Thanksgiving,

yes, every tom and hen...

They won't make a gobble...

or do their struttin' stuff

til every supermarket

says..."Turkeys?...   We've enough!"


Be thankful all year,

not just Thanksgiving Day

Remember the blessings

that God's sent your way.

Life could be better

or it could be worse

so, always be Thankful

and put Jesus first


(lisa's country clipart)

(photo by dollarphotoclub)

(photo by nan)



TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

MAKES: 42 servings

Ingredients 3/4 cup shortening 1 cup sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped fruit-flavored or spiced gumdrops

2 egg whites


In a large bowl, cream shortening and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in extract.

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt;

gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Stir in gumdrops.

In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.

Gradually add remaining sugar,

beating until stiff peaks form.

Fold into dough.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.



November's here...

tho' skies are clear

we know that just won't stay

there will be storms

so keeping warm

begins the winter way

Thanksgiving's near

then Christmas cheer

with good things yet to come

November days are here to stay...

but go by one by one


Sunlight on an autumn day...

Leaves upon the ground,

Trees all looking bent and gray...

The fall wind's rustling sound...

All these things have come to stay

til snowflakes tumble down...

and merry winter holidays

blow briskly into town...



Mounds of leaves are falling

they're scattered everywhere...

an autumn patchwork-blanket

...the ground's no longer bare....

Halloween is nearing,

corn stalks, crackling-dry

Geese will soon be calling

their last, v-shaped 'goodbye'

sandals changed to slippers

Boot trays by the door...

Woodsmoke from the chimney

says the season's changed once more.



Spooks and goblins on the way...

Pumpkin smiles, and bales of hay...

Cider, donuts, candy treats

spider webs along the streets...

gnarled trees and spooky scenes...

yep, you guessed it...


Happy Halloween!



The Rustling of the Leaves...

The autumn wind is whirling,

Leaves are twirling down

from high up in the branches,

to the dry and dusty ground....

The autumn song it's singing

brings a crackle to the air...

The rustle of the autumn leaves

keeps singing everywhere.





Glistening Leaves


Autumn rains falling

Now shower the trees,

Leaving fall shining

with glistening leaves...

Rinsing the pumpkins

with Halloween grins...

and drenching the corn stalks

not yet gotten in..

Making a sweater

feel cozy and warm

After the end of

the autumn-time storm...



(photo by nan)

Colors of Fall

The colors of fall are bursting in sight

from warm, sunny days and long, frost-chilled nights

autumn-time 'fire'... aglow on the hills

dazzling forth, like the birds' autumn trills...

Colors that bring autumn's harvest  on in

till shelves are all filled...every basket and bin...

in the orchards, red, lie, on the ground..

Farmers bring burlap, and take them to town

Gallons of cider ... are fall's tangy treat

a little bit tart, a little bit sweet...

And with the dawn of each passing day

you can tell special times are well on their way.









It's the early days of autumn

and Fall is in the air...

The browning of the gardens...

...leaves are changing everywhere...

Farm markets, spilling over

with the harvest of the land...

pumpkins, now, and scarecrows

have got the upperhand...!

It's the early days of autumn

crops are gathered in...

geese are heading Southward

going back to where they've been...

As the harvest sunshine filters

through the pretty autumn trees....

Jack Frost brings out his paintbrush

and frost-tips all the leaves...





Pumpkins on the Vine

Out in the field, they're waiting

in a zig-zag, autumn line...

waiting for the harvest

it's frosty and it's time...

Here comes the farmer's wagon...

soon they'll be in where it's warm

From now til long past Christmas

They will spice up winter's storms...





God's painting the leaves in crimson and gold

on earth's summer canvas of green,... growing old...

The nip in the air says autumn is here...

The gardens all harvested bring autumn cheer


Rains come and go with their drizzle and chill

frost-sparkled mornings now shine ...on the hill...

Smoke curls from chimneys on, outside of town


apple-filled baskets are stacked all around...


Summer's gone on now,... where good summers go

In time...autumn's wonder will be winter's snow...



September Rain

September Rain,

you're coming down

to cool the parching ground...

that's worked hard from the springtime

to bring the gardens 'round...

September Rain,

you've darkened down

the blazing of the sun

saying, "Time for fall's refreshing"

so, bring the pumpkins ...let's have fun...

September Rains

you've rivered down 

the windshield of the bus

saying " Hey, it's time to come inside"

and learn of things...for us..

so, welcome, rain...

as seasons change....

you promise things to come

as summer turns to autumn

and the leaves turn one by one




Hello, Fall...

your autumn ways

are oh so welcome...

harvest days...

School is starting...

once again

soon will come

those chilly days...

sweaters, sweatshirts, 

and the like

will keep us warm

from morn til night

When those chilly winds

soon blow..

we'll settle in 

and wait for snow


canning homemade spaghetti sauce

(photo by nan)

Happy September,

with summer now past...

Schoolbuses, backpacks

and lessons that last...

Quick autumn showers,

on dry, dusty fields

gardens now giving up

summertime yields..

Happy September..

so, don't think it strange

for leaves to be turning...

it's time for a change...


spaghetti sauce

(photos by nan)


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 nan (then)

If you have visited my website before, you will know that I am a poet, having had a nice amount of poems published from the 1970's to date. They have been mostly women's magazines...Woman's Comfort, Woman's Circle, "Woman's Household, Crochet World, Good Old Days Magazine, Good Old Days Specials magazine, Reminisce ezine...etc..

I also have done lyrics for songs, of which 3 have been professionally published and recorded to date.

Also, I spent a good amount of time working with the crafting girls from requested material, and many other things, like bumper stickers, one-liners, just material needed for crafting or cards...

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nan (now) & my granddaughter Kristen


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