Many thanks to John for helping give my blog a much needed facelift, the perfect activity for a cold and rainy autumn afternoon.
The banner picture is a photo that my Great Aunt took in Japan in 1958, most likely in Shizuoka prefecture. She was such an amazing lady, traveling all over the world by herself so long ago. When she went somewhere she really explored too, getting well off the beaten path. I'm always inspired by her fearlessness. The women in this picture are spreading out shrimp to dry in the sun. Can you imagine how much their backs must have ached at the end of the day? In the background is Mt. Fuji - I still haven't seen it that closely yet.
I think last weekend was the dying breath of summer. It's been getting cooler, and we are finally sleeping without the air conditioning. I've had it off during the day for weeks, but it's just been too hot and stuffy at night. A very few leaves are beginning to turn, and apples are everywhere in the grocery stores now. Later this week I'm going to try a pumpkin bread recipe in my crockpot, if it's not a total disaster I plan to blog about it.