Sunday, October 14, 2007

Black Cats and Autumn Leaves


"AH-OOO went the wind and OUT went the lights and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight..."
This picture reminded me of a Halloween song, but having a brain that is short circuiting today, I couldn't come up with the right one, so you instead get the only one that DID pop up. Oh, well.
I got this shot of our black cat, Boots, today as he was playing with his latest catch. I love how his big eyes shine over the top of the leaves. Now come on inside, lets have a piece of cake...



You should have smelled this cake baking this afternoon. The house smelled heavenly as the scent mingled with that of the Autumn chili that was simmering on the stove. This is an "Apple Bourbon Cake", the recipe coming from my friend Terri over at Home At Last Farm. Pop over, say hi to Terri and get this one for yourself. The only alteration I made to the recipe was using OREGON grown apples, as NEW YORK STATE apples are hard to come by around these parts. heeheehee.... Oh, and there was the part where I just sprinkled the walnuts across the top because I noticed them still sitting on the counter AFTER the cake was already in the oven. I tell you, I'm losing my mind...

Clap your hands together for my DH, please. He has just recieved a promotion at work. He has gone from a survey project manager to the head cheese, Survey Manager. This move to the Oregon has been wonderful for him career wise. In not quite three years he has gone from being what called a "Party Chief", out in the field behind the survey gun; to "Project Manager", in the office drafting out the actual jobs and making sure the field crews get it right; to "Survey Manager", head of the dept. He actually really misses being out in the field, but loves that he has learned and grown so much since he has been with this company. They have given him the tools to be able to do that, and he has taken those tools and run with them, applying all of his years of experience and knowledge. Kudos to you, Riff, I am so proud of you...

14 comments:

monique said...

What a great photo of the cat looking through those wonderful coloured leaves.
I also love it when the house smells great when you're baking.
Congratulations with the promotion of your husband.

Adrienne said...

What a cute picture of Boots. I love watching my cat, Miss Savannah, in the leaves this time of year. Congrats to your DH for his promotion. I'm glad he is progressing with the job change he made when you moved here.

Thanks for visiting my blog again. You can walk down that forest path. It's at Cape Meares State Park, on the way back to the parking lot from The Octopus Tree. It just seemed to call out to my camera when as we approached it.

~Adrienne~

Michelle Smith said...

Awww, cute kitty.
Congrats to your husband on his promotion -- that's always great news. Between a new house, new grandbaby, and a promotion, your family must be really excited about all of the exciting things going on!

happy zombie said...

That is so wonderful about Riff!!!! A huge congrats to you both! I'm so stinkin' happy for all the great things that have been happening for you guys!

happy zombie said...

And I MUST try that Apple Bourbon cake! Thanks for the link to it. Mmmmmm.

Mary said...

The shot of your cat is great. The neighbor has a tortise shell cat that stays outside all year 'round. He loves playing in the leaves this time of year.

Congratulations to DH for doing such a super job. He's come a long way.

Blessings,
Mary

Shelby said...

Apple Bourbon cake!!! magnifique!! :)

Wende said...

Congratulations to Riff!! (and that cake looks Yummy!!)

See you soon. :D

Lucy said...

Congrats to DH--it seems like so much is coming together for you and your family lately, just goes to show you that the more you give, the more you recieve!

That cake now---mMmmmmm, I can smell it all way across the country!

Terri said...

Woo Hoo! Do I need to reimburse you for the blog advertising? LOL
I'm glad you liked the cake. It was good, wasn't it?
We still have so many apples to deal with...I think I might find the dryer and make some apple chips. The kids love them.
God bless!
Terri

Jeni said...

Loved that entire post today - great pic of the cat and the cake -mmmmm - looks really yummy and I'll have to check out the recipe to see if I have all the needed ingredients to make it! (I KNOW I have the apples anyway!)
Congrats to your husband on the promotion too! Life is good today isn't it?

Mary said...

Paula,

There is a little something waiting for you over at my blog. Enjoy!!

Mary

Cris said...

Love that photo Paula! Great recipe, I checked her blog and I the other one for microwave crisp looks great too!

Gigi Minor said...

Kittens and Cake! Two of my favorite things! I just left you my email on your HAunted house bit.....scary :0