Pieced Pastimes: September 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Saturday Sparks Link Party 289

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 289!

It's always fun to announce the start of a new party.

So, let's get this party started!

"Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour."

~ Walt Whitman

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 288.



DIY Farmhouse Dining Room Sign at Handmade Weekly



Simple Five Minute Blue and White Pumpkin Project at Thistlewood Farms


Autumn in Vermont Home Tour at Dabbling and Decorating



Super Easy DIY Yardstick Growth Chart at The Interior Frugalista



Repurposing Denim Scraps for a Feather Wall Decor at Pillar Box Blue



Rolled Fabric Rose Farmhouse Wreath at Busy Being Jennifer



Pumpkin Pie Mocktail Recipe at 3 Boys and a Dog



The Best Pumpkin Bread at Butter with a Side of Bread


White Chocolate Banana Bars at Looney for Food


Eggplant Milanesa Torta at Dizzy Busy and Hungry




And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Walking with Bears, Oh My!

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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button (above) to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing/Quilting

Links are open through Thursday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) with a link back to this page or just a text link back to the party on your post - Not required, but appreciated!
- Share your own ideas and photos - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.





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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Walking with Bears - Oh My!

I love getting outside for my daily walks. Fresh air and sunshine give me a boost unlike anything else, but in recent days I had to change things up to accommodate for some new visitors.


As I mentioned before, we have a mother bear and her cub hanging out here lately, but the other day they came a bit too close for comfort.


On this particular day, I was in full power walk mode, taking long brisk strides in sync with the songs on my earphones. As I continued along, a black shadow emerged from the woods and onto my path. It was a large sow, perhaps twenty feet away. Needless to say - I came to an abrupt stop, held my breath and readied myself with the bear spray that I always carry. She hesitated and turned to look behind her as the cub came into full view. They slowly shuffled across the dirt drive and wandered into the woods. She never looked my way - never acknowledged my presence and for that, I am thankful.


I continued with my daily walks, but was much more aware of my surroundings. A more cautious state of mind had replaced the once carefree version.

I started to settle into this new normal.

But then, more came.

I glanced out the window one afternoon only to see a different bear with two cubs frolicking about our front field. Later in the day, we saw the original sow with the single cub enjoying a berry filled bush.

And now, we see them almost every day.

The cubs are so fun to watch.  They wrestle with each other, slide, roll and tumble - seemingly unfazed by the world around them. And the mothers are ever protective of their precious cargo.



The fringes of forest offer the best vegetation, so we are guessing this is why they have taken up residence here as they fatten themselves up for a long winters nap.

Sadly, bear season has begun. Our property is posted and is a safe zone for them, but of course they don't know that! Hopefully, they continue to find refuge here and are unscathed by the hunters that seek them out.


They are truly beautiful creatures and I love seeing them, but don't want to invade their space or risk another encounter.

While outside, we are mindful of their presence. We check for them before heading out with our little dogs and keep them leashed and by our sides at all times. My daily walks are now spent on the treadmill and this will have to suffice for the time being. 

Have you had to make any adjustments for wildlife in your area?





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Friday, September 21, 2018

Saturday Sparks Link Party 288

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 288!

It's time for this weeks party and I am more than ready to be inspired by all of you!

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

~ Confucius

Now, let's get this party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 287.
Pieced Pastimes

 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button (above) to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing/Quilting

Links are open through Thursday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) with a link back to this page or just a text link back to the party on your post - Not required, but appreciated!
- Share your own ideas and photos - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.





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