What Kind of Pumpkin Are You?

Are you the kind of pumpkin that prefers to just blend in with the crowd and not draw attention to yourself? That's okay. There is beauty in harmony and unity.

Are you the type of pumpkin that forges ahead with charisma and grace for others to follow your positive example? That's okay. There is beauty in the pioneering spirit of a leader.

Are you the type of pumpkin that draws the attention of others in a social setting and is the "life of the party"? That's okay. There is beauty in vivacity and good humor.

Are you a pumpkin that is surrounded all day by little ones and feel like you go for days without adult contact? That's okay. There is beauty in the sacrifices you make everyday to mold and shape the next generation.

Are you a pumpkin that is unique and different? That's okay. There is beauty in diversity, individuality, and uniqueness.

Regardless, of what kind of pumpkin you are there is beauty within you that is treasured by others. Look in the mirror today and say, "I am happy to be the pumpkin that I am!"

Happy Halloween!!!

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Road Trip to Plumas County, Part 3

As promised, this next installment of the road trip I took last week with Mom and Chica features the photos I took as we drove the loop of road around Lake Almanor.

Lake Almanor is a man-made reservoir sitting under the watchful "gaze" of Mt. Lassen (see photo above). The lake was created in 1914 by flooding a valley that had originally been a forest. The reservoir was created by a power company that later became Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The lake's unique name is a conglomeration of the names of the three daughters of then vice president, Guy C. Earl. His daughters' names were Alice, Martha, and Elinore. Combined, the new name that was created was "Almanor".

This intriguing photograph is of the stumps that are still left from the days when the reservoir was made. Before flooding the valley, the trees were cut and the stumps left in the ground. Almost 100 years later, the stumps are still there looking like creatures wading in the low waters of the lake. Mom spent just about every summer weekend at Lake Almanor swimming with friends when she was a teenager. She shared with me her memory of how difficult it was to manuever around the troublesome stumps in the shallower waters.

The old pumping tower at the mouth of the dam still stands. I have always been in love with the beautiful architectural details of a very utilitarian structure. I often wish that more attention was paid to architectural details nowadays. In order to get the shot at right, I laid down on the rocky shoreline. I was the only person on shore as far as I could see in all directions except for a fishing boat that was motoring by out in the water. I could hear the eerie and lonely call of the loons as the sun was setting in the west. I felt like I was living in a scene from the movie "On Golden Pond". It was so serene and peaceful. I would have like to lay on the shore until the sun went down. But I had Mom and Chica waiting for me back by the truck in the parking area. Although she was wearing her turtleneck doggy sweater, Chica was still cold in the chill of the late afternoon. So it was best that I not lay around on the beach for too long. But before I left, I captured a few of my favorite shots from the whole trip.


Tune in tomorrow when Mom, Chica and me drive up to Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park so Mom and I can hike to Bumpass Hell!!!

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Road Trip to Plumas County, Part 2

As promised in yesterday's post, today's post is a continuation of the road trip adventures of Mom, Chica, and me. When we left off yesterday, we were headed up Northern California's Highway 32 from Chico to Chester through the beautiful fall foliage of Plumas County.

We pulled in to the small town of Chester after about 4-5 hours on the road (I took a number of photographic opportunities heading up the scenic route so the trip took longer than it normally would have).

Chester is situated near Lake Almanor, a vacation spot for many city-dwellers as well as a place for some lucky folks to escape the hustle and bustle all together and relocate to the tranquil waterfront landscape. Chester isn't a very big town, but it does have more amenities than many of the other tiny towns in Plumas County. The rustic barn pictured at left sits on the edge of town along the highway that leads to Lake Almanor. We could see the water of the lake off in the distance past this lovely field. I couldn't have imagined such gorgeous autumnal scenery as this.

One point of interest is the historic Bidwell House that is now a lovely bed and breakfast. Although we didn't stay here for the night, the rates were reasonable enough that we could have if we hadn't had Chica in tow. As it was, we were able to stay in a nice room at the very new Best Western Rose Quartz Inn just down the road that allowed pets for an extra fee. I think Hubby and I will come back for a weekend getaway to the Bidwell House because it looks so inviting, tranquil and very romantic.


There was a tree at the front of the Bidwell House property that was simply ablaze in red autumnal color. I couldn't get over how bright it was. The branches spilled over the front fence against the red brick pillars of the gatelights. The red brick paled in comparison to the leaves. It was the most stunning red I've ever seen occur in nature other than what I've seen as colors for flowers. When I got closer to snap the photo at left I noticed that one leaf was a different than all the rest. It made the scene even more intriguing to me. This is one of my favorite photos from the whole trip.

Across the highway from the Bidwell House are a few quaint and charming gift shops. One such shop, Elements, looked so perfect and inviting in the fall setting. Then I noticed the old shop dog sniffing around the front of the shop. Every once in a while the dog would look up at me and then his nose would go back down to the ground snooping and sniffing his way along. It just seemed to be the quintessential small town scene and brought back feelings from my childhood of visiting my Grammy in her town not far from Chester. Memories of walking to the five and dime not far from her home so I could look at all the "treasures" that were for sale. When I encounter scenes like the dog sniffing around, it seems like time hasn't passed at all.


Much of the signage in Chester hasn't changed over the years so it adds to that sense that time hasn't passed. I am always charmed by vintage/retro signage and this particular sign really intrigued me against the blue sky with the autumnal foliage in the background. I don't know that I would ever stay at the Sierra Motel, but I love the sign.




Tune in next time when Mom, Chica and I drive up to Lake Almanor and walk the pebbled shores late on an October day. For now we sign off with a photo of Chica looking off into the distance at the adventures that await her.



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Ready to go on a Road Trip?!?!

At the end of last week, I did a very spontaneous thing. It turned out that I had two unexpected days off from teaching seminary on Thursday and Friday. The weather forecast promised sunny and wonderful autumnal weather. I needed more photographs for my portfolio with my online agencies. Hubby had to work, but my mom was free to be a traveling companion (so was her new little dog, Chica). So Mom and I loaded up my truck early Thursday morning. With Chica settled in Mom's lap we took off up the highway north to our favorite place in the world--Plumas County.

Over the next few days, I want to share our wonderful autumnal mountain adventure with you through the photographs that I took.


Plumas County is nestled in the forests of northeastern California. The drive is always breathtaking, but at this time of year it proved to be unbelievably so. We took the scenic route to get to our destination of the town of Chester where we had reservations for lodging for the night.

Plumas County is "home" for my mother. It's where she grew up; her parents moved there when she was a toddler. Plumas County is "home" for me too; it's where Grammy lived until her passing when I was 10 years old. The song lyrics, "Over the river and through woods to grandmother's house we go..." had very literal meaning for me when I was a child. On this trip we took one of the roads that often runs next to a serpetine river--Highway 32 from Chico to Chester.


Both Mom and I had a new plant-lovers discovery on this trip. The large-leafed plants that were growing out in the center of the running river are Indian Rhubarb. We never knew that before. I love finding out something new.

Luckily, there were a lot of turnouts along Highway 32 so I could safely pull over and shoot photographs of the gorgeous scenery in all its autumnal splendor.

The frequent stops also gave Mom opportunities to walk little Chica. This was Chica's first roadtrip since my mom adopted her from the animal shelter in August. Chica is a "senior" doggy who has a mysterious past, as she was found wandering the streets. She is now quite pampered, and her diminutive barely-5-pound body was hilarious to watch and she walked along the roadside sniffing all the new smells. Such a different outlook than I'm used to with cats. My cats would have freaked out having to be subjected to all those new sights and smells. But little Chica just loved it.

And in case anyone is wondering... my mom has decided that Chica's breed is a "wired haired terry-huahua". She's definitely a chihuahua but has hair much like a wired haired terrier. Hence, the hybridized breed name.

Anyway.... tune in tomorrow for more mountain travel adventures with Mom, Chica, and me!

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Where's Emily Post When You Need Her?

So I'm fairly new to the blogosphere, and I've had a nagging question on my mind the past couple of weeks. I can't seem to get an answer so what better way than to ask an open question here?

What is proper blogging etiquette when it comes to receiving comments on one's blog? Do you:


a) Enjoy the comments quietly and privately, letting them accumulate without response
b) Make a point of responding to and acknowledging every comment by leaving a comment
c) Leave a comment in response to one only when a question has been asked
d) Reply to comments privately via email when a blogger has provided one, otherwise don't respond
e) Obsessively stew over proper blogging etiquette and worry that if you don't followed "accepted practice" that you'll offend people

I've done all of the above at any given time and don't know which is correct.

Any pointers?

Mind you, I won't know how to respond to your comments, so I've created quite a paradox for myself now haven't I?

And I sincerely apologize if I haven't been following proper blogging etiquette and have somehow inadvertently breached blogging protocol by not responding to comments and thereby hurting someone's feelings along the way.

Being proper is so darned difficult!




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More Photos of Our Day Trip to Clovis


Last Saturday, we drove to Clovis, California for a day trip and had a wonderful day enjoying the bright autumn sunshine and strolling around the quaint Old Towne District of Clovis.

Clovis is in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley just south of the Sierras and Yosemite. Because of its locale, agriculture and ranching have historically been the life blood for Clovis. That influence is still felt in Clovis in its historical district full of antique stores, fun shops, corner cafes, and even a sweet Victorian-style tea room.

The town of Clovis has done an amazing job in retaining the feeling and flavor of its roots in the Old Towne District. Unlike many California towns that have put money and energy into revitalizing their historic centers, Clovis feels unpretentious and relaxed. The shops aren't so high-end and hoity-toity that merchandise is overpriced. Ultimately, it's a wonderful atmosphere of nostalgia and charm.

At our favorite antique establishment, we had some success in finding "treasures" to add to our vintage red kitchen and dining area that is newly themed like a retro ice cream parlour/sweet shop (I'll share photos later after I get all the "treasures" hung). I also found that the dealers give great care to merchandise their items in a visually pleasing way--so much so that I had to snap some photographs of the wonderfully composed displays.



We ate lunch at The Corner Cafe (a favorite Clovis eatery). With a sense of an old diner, The Corner Cafe has affordable food and a laid back atmosphere. I was very happy with my grilled cheese sandwich and french fries (a calorie splurge for me). Hubby was equally pleased with his juicy burger and fries. The service was excellent and their pleasant kindness was a perfect accent to a great afternoon.


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Tur-Ducky Now on Thanksgiving Invitations


Yes, this is shameless self-promotion, but I just have to share!

We are excited to announce the debut of Tur-Ducky Thanksgiving Invitations at the Rosehaven Cottage online store. Tur-Ducky (a mascot for just being yourself,) can now invite your guests to come join you for a Thanksgiving celebration with the inside reading:

"Come and just be yourself at a Thanksgiving dinner with us"

The invitations come in two sizes (5x7 and 4.25x5.5) and are available as singles (5x7 only), packs of 10 and packs of 20.


**Special Offer for Blog Readers**

As a special offer to those who order because they saw the invitations here on this blog, I will customize the inside of the invitations free of charge with all the specifics for your Thanksgiving festivities (i.e., time, place, R.S.V.P. information, special food requests, etc.). Simply email me at rosehaven_cottage@yahoo.com BEFORE placing an order at our online store. I will layout your invitations, let you proof the inside text, and then make it available at our online store for you to purchase as many as you need.

The larger picture below is provided so you can see better detail of the artwork:


Tur-Ducky also appears on t-shirts, bags, buttons, magnets, and aprons with his signature slogan "I Gotta Be Me!"

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For All Those Who Love Halloween

Yesterday, we went on a daytrip to Clovis, California and ended up snooping around the Old Towne Clovis district full of fun antique shops, quaint streets, and inviting cafes. Halloween treats seemed to be everywhere yesterday so I decided that I just needed to share some "eye candy" with everyone.



Then to my delight, Walks Far Woman at Kissing the Dogwood awarded the Rosehaven Cottage blog with the following award yesterday:

This award originated at Hootin' Anni's which is a blog just packed full of Halloween fun!

And as a wonderful finale to a Halloween-themed day, I came home to find that my latest purchase at Etsy had arrived from Danita Art with a print of one of her latest pieces, "Redhead Witch Parade". If you haven't yet had the pleasure to view it, she is featuring it as the header on her blog right now. Click here to go take a peek.

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