Tuesday, November 15, 2011

And Then There Was One

My dad had a whole slew of sayings he used to describe certain situations.  Some were more tasteful than others, like when he would come in on a very cold evening he would say that it was colder than a well diggers ___...I'll let you fill in the blank.

On days when he had lots to do but felt as though he was spinning his wheels a little, he would say he'd been fiddle farting around.  See what I mean about his "colorful" way with words?!  No wonder I became a writer with those genes! ;-)

Today, I did a bit of fiddle farting around myself.  I left home at 12:30 pm and didn't get home until almost 9 pm.  And although I did get some things accomplished, like having a great lunch with a friend, visiting another friend in the hospital, and getting all of my hair chopped off, some of that time was spent getting nothing done.  Or at least not everything I wanted to get done.

Like getting all of the photos for the winners of my last giveaway sent out...I'm working on that so please bear with me.

I also spent a little time this morning playing around with some new textures from French Kiss Textures.  I love when I find pretty new textures to play with, it makes my day.  Both of the photos above have only French Kiss textures applied to them, and I'm really happy with how they turned out.

When I went outside this morning I realized that almost overnight our trees have shed their colorful coats and are now naked in preparation for the winter.  All of our trees save one, the one pictured above.  A rebel of a maple tree that is still awash in shades of gold tinged with orange.

I will be interested to see how long it can hang onto its showy foliage.  And then there was one!


  1. I have those kinda days too!!! What a beautiful tree...hard to believe, but ours are at there peak!


  2. I just wanted to come by and say Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging, It's fun to see a new post. Good luck and hope you make a lot of new friends.

  3. This made me laugh and brought back some memories!
    I grew up with these sayings too. I haven't thought of the fiddle farting one in forever. I still seem to do it a lot though!
    Heavy rain pretty much stripped the last of our pretty leaves off the trees around here. They were glorious while they lasted.

  4. good laugh!
    your photo of the tree is breathtaking,,,


  5. FFing was a favorite of my dad too. Hadn't thought of it in ages. Your reminder will give me a smile and a boost all day and hopefully keep me from doing just that!
    We don't get the brilliant colors here that y'all do and as for leaves...oy vey...they're just starting to fall...and not just one!

  6. Our trees are mostly naked as well. And like you, I love fiddle farting around. I think I'd like your Dad's colorful language; reminds me of my Dad.

  7. It was a bit windy here yesterday and now rain today so probably kissing the last of our fall foliage goodbye today... Then here comes Old Man Winter... get ready... LOL

  8. Our neighbor had a tree last year that just refused to admit that winter was upon us. I swear that maple still had orange leaves on it when there was 2 feet of snow on the ground in December. I have to laugh at the colorful language. We say tighter than a dog's @ss on a frosty morning. Gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I'd never heard the well digger saying ... I think I filled in the right word. :)

  10. I love your post today as it has brought back some wonderful memories. Being from the south I always use "fiddle farting around" and I thought everyone did. :) As well as the "well diggers ?". I and the family have always said "colder than a witches teet" also. LOL

  11. Spending the day fiddle farting around is the best!!
    My kids laugh at me when I say that but I do anyway :)

  12. My grandfather used to say he was fiddle farting around. My grandma had some really wonderful says like you Dad too!

    I love the photo of the tree-just gorgeous!!

  13. Three things are plenty to do in a day. The rest are extras.

    In England we said fart-arsing, or as a charming young employee said to my slightly irascible husband, 'Oh, I'm just wandering around aimlessly.'!

  14. funny story and beautiful pictures!

  15. I'm so enjoying the rich fall colors in Tulsa!

  16. hehe...funny sayings! One of our maple trees held onto the leaves for the longest time too, and then whoosh! overnight they were all gone (amazingly just last week). So let's see your new haircut! xo ~Lili

  17. Your pictures are lovely, and I love the texture. Your dad sounds like a man who didn't mince words. There is definitely something to be said for that. Bonnie

  18. Kat,
    Looks like a movie set...the Notebook comes to mind...so gorgeous!

  19. Kat -these are simply gorgeous. Nothing more can be said.

  20. Beautiful ~
    And hey, thanks for the texture link. Never heard of her and they are lovely!


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