October began our season of visitors this year. We were so excited to have mom and Jerry come visit us and see the new house. It was their first time here. The fall colors were beginning to fill in and it was a great time to be out and about. We took them down to the Central West End, drove them through Forest Park, and had a wonderful French dinner. Mom wanted to see the Red Covered Bridge, so we took a morning trip out to Sandy Creek. It was Ebony's first few days home and Jerry thought we were a bit cat crazed!
A couple weekends later Ari and Anthony and Beki came in for a couple days. We took them to see Cliff Cave Park.
It was a perfect day. I was so glad to get to spend time with them since they wouldn't be coming home for Thanksgiving.
There was a bit of a drop to cross this log. Anthony wasn't too sure about going out on it! :o)
Two weekends later, mom and dad came to visit. We spent the weekend celebrating John's birthday with a delicious Italian dinner on The Hill, relaxing, and watching movies.
I made this super easy recipe last week for the kids when they were in town visiting and realized I needed to share. It's one of my fall time favorites. Can be served alone or over pancakes, French toast, or biscuits. Pour warm syrup over biscuits and top with vanilla ice cream.
PEAR HONEY SYRUP
2 tablespoons butter
7 large pears, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup orange juice
Melt butter in sauce pan. Stir in pears, sugar, and honey. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring often, until juices thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in orange juice. Will keep up to 2 weeks. Serve warm or cool.
When I saw Ebony at the veterinary clinic a couple months ago, I fell instantly in love with her. We went on vacation and when we came back she was still there.
I asked if she was being adopted out and she was. She had been at the clinic since she was 3 weeks old...had I known. A momma cat with her own kitten at the clinic took her in as one of her own. She came to live with us at 6 months old, old enough to be a good girl, but young enough to still be full of kitten life. I forgot how much fun it is to have a kitten in the house. She has brought joy and laughter into our home and it has felt so good to laugh! She is full of energy when she is awake. Her favorite activity is laser chasing. However, when she's sleepy, we call her our wet noodle! Unusual for a cat, she becomes completely unaware of her surroundings.
She loves to be near me, but rarely likes to be held against her will, unless she is sleeping then you can hold her and she snuggles right in. In the morning, she follows me downstairs and curls herself in and out of my legs trying to get attention. When she's nervous, she hides under anything she can squeeze into. We've had a few interesting times trying to get her out. At night she sleeps in our room and after pouncing toes, she prefers to sleep under the bed. We've had to add an extra blanket over our feet for protection. We have an open staircase where the second floor looks over the main level. For some reason, she likes to walk the edge or poke her head out over the edge.
I'm so afraid she's going to fall off! She is still learning the "house rules" and I've caught her a couple times on the counter or on the dining room table.
Sapphie hasn't accepted her yet. There is still hissing after three weeks, but she is starting to at least tolerate her better. Ebony didn't have any problem with Frosty. The first day home, she jumped up right next to him.
Although the park closures was disappointing to say the least, we discovered other beauties we may not have ventured to had it not been for the closing. The Corona Arch hike was a mild three hour round trip hike with beautiful scenery all along the way. This was by far one of my favorite places to see...a hidden gem. We followed a dirt road to the Wilson Arch with no hiking required. It was an interesting mound of mountain stuck out in the middle of nowhere.