A Chill Is In The Air

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I had a few frosty things on my car windshield today. I don’t think I am ready for that. Fall yes but not getting downright cold. I had to turn my heater on last night for the first time. Ugh.

I do love this time of year because of all the decorating. I have started. I don’t know why I have not put it all out at once. A bit here and there. I am painting a few wood projects for Fall decorating. So much fun.

I have tormented the cats with hanging insects on yarn hanging from the doorways. They are loving it. Good fun and exercise.

Have been keeping busy with every other household chore there is to do and taxing kids everywhere.

I have not jumped into writing much other than for some writing assignments. More like advertising to me. I enjoy it. Pays a little.

I think about things to write on a daily basis just haven’t put to paper. I thought putting it on my to do list would help but nope. I am not sure yet if I will try the NaNoWriMo next month.

Pondering.

Procrastinating.

I have been reading. The book I just finished last night is really good!

The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

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I won’t tell the story because I want you to read it. I hate reading the whole plot of a story. I still read the book but sucks to know what will happen.

It is about a young 7-year-old boy who encounters magical people.

Loved the story!

Well written.

Kept me turning the page.

Author has a terrific fun, loving imagination. Definitely a must read if you like magical stuff, even if you don’t. 🙂 I think magical people watching out for you would be awesome!

I checked this one out at the library. Go me. I went to the library. 🙂

 

A Merry Christmas To All!

Christmas 2014 1I decided to do the lighted Christmas Tree I have been seeing online. I needed to do something in order to plug the lights upstairs in so it seemed like a perfect solution! 🙂 I added some of the boys ornaments they made the last few years.

Christmas 2014 decor - 2 This is why I did the tree. To continue the plug to the outlet downstairs. 🙂

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Christmas 2014 7 This year I did this wreath from Christmas cards I have received the last few years. I like to send them and receive them. I have a few that send letters and photos but I have not decided yet what to do with the photos. Next year I will expand on this wreath. Thinking of wood underneath. Pondering that thought.

Christmas 2014 6Christmas 2014 3 Our lovely tree! Daylight and lighted. I love the twinkle of lights. We change the color of the tree every year. Last year was purple, this year browns. Thinking next year blues. 🙂

Christmas 2014 10Christmas 2014 9Green tree

Random decorating!

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I have a total of four trees this year.

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Outside lights. Hopefully add a little more next year. I have more stored away but didn’t take the time to go through them.

Simple this year. 🙂

I love decorating for the holidays. It will be sad when the blinking lights have to be packed away. I do decorate a little for the other holidays just not as grand.

Our holiday family time consists of hubby, me, and the kids. The days of our bigger family getting together has passed for quite some time. It is sad, but understand with everyone’s busy lives and distance. I do look forward to when our kids begin having families and then once again the big family will get together. We have threatened them that this will happen. LOL.

Our family tradition is a big crockpot full of chili soup on Christmas Eve. My grandma always did that. She made oyster soup too but we don’t care for that. Then for Christmas dinner it varies every year. I am thinking lasagna this year! Yum! It is making me hungry thinking about it.

We usually open gifts on Christmas Eve that each other gives. We try to be simple about the gifts. It gets way too expensive otherwise. But there are fun gifts and even some jokes in the mix. 🙂

Then on Christmas morning the stockings are opened! Filled with one main gift and lots of goodies!

What are your family traditions?

Merry Christmas! Thank you again for liking my blog and reading my ramblings!

 

Decor of Halloween!

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I love having a fireplace to decorate. There is so much a person can do with it. An added bonus is the cats don’t jump up there so I can have pretties out. At least, they have not tried. 🙂 They have sniffed the scarecrows but I firmly say no and they give that look and walk on. I am amazed at night they haven’t dragged the scarecrows around, but the season is not over. Silly animals.

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I once saw someone decorating a tree for all holidays and thought that was pretty cool. I don’t want a large tree up all the time so I bought this small one. I bought a green one so I could reuse for the Christmas holiday. Budget you know!

The foam sticky things make great ornaments. I put a paperclip on them to attach them to the tree. I used Halloween ribbon for my garland. I thought about lights but I have enough lights up at Christmas so I will give my electric bill a break. 🙂

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The wall decorations I chose are a mixture of Halloween and Fall. It will be easy to take down the Halloween and keep some Fall décor up for Thanksgiving. I have noticed that Thanksgiving seems to be short changed when it comes to decorations. I have made some of my own that you will see next month.

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I love the yellows, oranges, and reds of Fall time. Sunflowers remind me of my grandma, so I thought putting them on the TV stand was the place for them. Now, I can think of her when I sit down to watch a show.

Speaking of grandma, how about those Royals!!! Yay, she would have been so pleased to see they made the World Series. I live in Kansas, so definitely excited about them making it after all these years. One thing I never accomplished was taking grandma to a game. It is on my bucket list to go and I believe she will be there with me in spirit. 🙂

I have not decorated outside yet. I am saving that for when hubby can help. He loves to decorate for the trick or treaters. I have one son that still loves trick or treating. My two older kids did until they were in high school then they loved to decorate outside and scare the little kids that came to the house. 🙂

Living in the larger city the last two years we get a lot more trick or treaters. When we lived in the small town we were lucky to get a handful.

Previous years I would buy the candy for Halloween night and we would get all the leftovers. Now, having so many kids coming to the house we run out!

We can not have that, so candy has been in the bowl for a few weeks. I did chocolate first and now it is taffy, skittles, and starburst.

Of course, I hid some chocolate elsewhere for me. 🙂

Normally, we do not keep candy in the house but holidays is different. The boys know to ask first before having some. Even though, I’m sure they sneak a few.