Saturday was such an absolutely glorious autumn day on the mountain top that I started snapping photos the second my feet hit the ground!
I never tire of waking to the sights and sounds of horses outside my bedroom window, although they managed to escape my camera on this gorgeous morning.
Try as I may, it was impossible to truly capture the golden glow that was shining in through the windows.
While I was enjoying my coffee, the Monkey was enjoying her usual morning spot....in a sun puddle, as usual.
She always makes sure she has a few of her favorite things up on the chair with her. When I straighten up the house and fluff the pillows I typically find 5 or 6 toys tucked into the corners of this chair!
I decided this heavenly autumn day called for a vegetable beef stew in the crock pot that could cook as I took care of some necessary chores.
I browned some ground beef that I picked up at the market and threw it in with some onions, garlic, shallots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, and celery. All the items were either from the farmers' market or grown in my crooked little garden.
Next came some beef broth, herbs, pepper, and a couple of bay leaves. I gave everything a good stir, turned it on high, and went about my day.
Eventually I couldn't resist the pull of the outdoors. It was time to abandon any further chores and enjoy the amazing beauty I am so blessed to be surrounded with.
The firepit was calling my name. What better way to spend a lovely fall afternoon in the mountains?
So, I did what any good mountain girl would do and made myself an apple cider martini....with a cinnamon rim, of course.....put on my ugly old uggs, grabbed a throw, and headed outside.
It was time to settle in and watch the show at the feeder. I gave the birds a bit more seed and some peanuts before I got comfortable, and I knew they would show up within minutes.