It's lovely to awaken one morning, go upstairs to uncover the canary and give him breakfast, and then discover something so unexpected, so lovely and bright.
The Caro Elf had been at work, way in the night, making and hanging and distributing beautiful spots of BRIGHT all over the house. We'd had a dried wreath on this mirror years ago, and I'd not have thought to hang one so large and imposing, but it's just amazing over the burgundy couch, with all the rosy lampshades and florals.
And another important part of Autumn: the Bringing In---all the flowers put outside in shade or sun, to soak up all of Spring and Summer they can absorb.
Unfortunately, quite a few of these were quite injured by an immense hailstorm last month, attested by the forlorn, lacy leaves still untrimmed.
Sweetpea is a purist---she'll toast away, holding anybody's stick over the fire til it's like you like it, rotating carefully and getting the marshmallow just so, but she likes hers as Nature made them---two graham crackers with some squares of Hershey Bar and an un-toasted marshmallow---all left cold.
It's quite a feat to eat that, with crumbs and snaps resulting, but it's her way---she won't hear to having any of hers melted.
Chris is an Extra-Crunchy Jif kinda guy, with a nicely browned marshmallow, just gooey ENOUGH to ooze out with the chocolate as you squeeze the halves together.
Mine "Well Done," please---a veritable torch-on-a-stick, before blowing out and scraping that scrumptious burnt-mallow ooze onto the cracker, with all the crunchy black bits of sugary WOW.
That long-remembered taste of the outdoors, the crisp of the air, the susssssh of leaves underfoot, the wavery stretched-out coat hanger dipping toward the coals, and that dark familiar crunch between your teeth of the charred crumbs---incomparable.
I've been known to pause in mid-assembly, to munch all the hot crust off the outside and toast the same marshmallow again. S'mores are like steak---you like them like YOU like them.
And a wonderful, sunny Pink/Autumn Saturday to all!!