good things~

So do you know what this is?  It's kind of scary looking if you ask me.  It has a clamp, a big screw thingy with a pointy end, a cutting blade and springs on it and a crank handle that turns the shaft with the big screw thingy-mi-jig.

It's one of my favorite little kitchen gadgets ~ an apple peeler, corer, slicer - all in one.  It's a pretty handy kitchen gadget to own when you have a big bag of apples waiting on you.

Now isn't that just the slickest thing you ever did see?  Yeppers, as Martha would say, "It's a good thing."

Another good thing ~ as far as I'm concerned is this gorgeous weather that we're having.  It's 60 degrees out this afternoon, the sky is clear, the air smells like fall.  I LOVE IT!

Let's take a walk around the place ...

I only had eight apples on this tree, this year ~ last year it was so loaded we had to put support boards under it's branches so they wouldn't break ~ they're a later apple that always sweetens up after being exposed to a good frost.  As long as they are holding fast ~ I don't plan on picking them until they are good and ready.  I wish I could remember what the name of this apple tree is ... they are the best BEST pie and jam apple I've ever come across.  I also hope the deer don't get them before me.

Look what's in my crab apple tree ~ a nice little hornet's nest ... which I discovered the last time I mowed the lawn.  It's right at head level.

I'm fascinated by hornets nest ~ the layers and layer of paper like sheets that make them up ... and it always amazes me how fast the hornets can construct a nest.  Notice on the upper right hand side of the nest ... the hornets built it right around an apple. They can  have those apples, they're so tart and sour tasting the deer don't even like them.

The beautiful colors of fall are all around us ...

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the scent of woodsy moss and mushrooms is in the air 

little mushrooms tucked under the leaves ...

upon closer inspection ...
... yup, call me weird; but this is the kind of thing that fascinates me and I could walk around and discover all day long ...

You may just see a fern frond ~ but I see how the frost has already hit it and it's dying off for the season ~ evident by the discoloration in the leaves ...

Blue skies and a spruce tree ~ I also see the top of another smaller spruce tree hung up in the top of a maple tree.

The circle of life ~ the maple seed which will get it's nourishment from the fallen leaves and decaying wood ... young balsam tree seedlings growing on the rotten moss covered log ~

Yes, these are all good things.


Thanks for spending some time enjoying the woods and my back yard with me.  Have a fantastic day!

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods. 


  1. FANTASTIC photos! I had hubby sit down and look at them with me.

  2. I could tell this was WI as soon as I saw that wasps nest. The only time I've seen anything like it is in my father-in-law's neighborhood.

    I grew up on a farm and one the things left behind was an antique apple peeler. It didn't make those great slices but it was slick. We had 5 apple trees that always were plentiful.

    So glad you're having kind weather. We usually get whatever hits you first! Right now, we have touches of color here and there. A couple more weeks til peak but we're a bit south of you. Heading north next weekend to enjoy some time on Lake Champlain in VT. Should be gorgeous color that far north.

  3. I love it all. I like the apple peeler but I would eat the peelings. I know thwy are no good for drying or canning but i love to eat the peeling.
    the colors are absolutely gorgeous. You have a way with a camera, ever since I started reading Up North with Mel, before I commented, I loved the pictures of your North woods. Now that you and Slim and your family have introduced me to some of it up close and personal, I appreciate it more.
    Love you guys.
    Sherry & jack in Florida (we are even chilly here)

  4. I'm with Jack I would eat those apple peelings too.

  5. RE: Jack & Paula ~ the peelings don't go to waste .. I put them out for the birds and the deer :)

  6. Your fall colours are further along than our own.

    Seeing your gadget reminds me that I have apples that need doing. I have a similar gadget myself. I want to dry some. After they are pealed and sliced I put them in a lemon/ginger mixture than on the drying racks ... so tasty.