Fun With 1/2 the Family

Last Saturday was a fun fall day with three of my immediate family members. It began with the middle son bowling in a tournament out-of-town. He did good. It was fun. He said he enjoyed it. We had not participated in a tournament other than school team in a few years so it was nice to be at one again. He did bowl one game of 236! 🙂

My hubby and daughter joined us at the tournament which was great. The youngest son stayed home, he didn’t want no boring bowling tournament. lol

After the tournament we headed to a pumpkin patch that we had been to when the boys were in grade school. The daughter wanted to go and she didn’t have to twist our arm too hard to go there. It was fun and a perfect cool night.

Hubby and I figuring out how to climb up there. It was a bit comical, but we made it! 🙂

The daughter, hubby, and the middle son. As always hubby and son messing around and made the photo blurry. oops.  🙂  The daughter and son.  🙂

The daughter and I had fun with the kiddy stuff. We were wondering why they put the board in the middle of the opening of the scarecrow? Perhaps it had fallen down? So, we stood by it instead of poking our faces through the hat area.  🙂

The corn maze was a blast!

The kids ended up going their own way. They said they made it out once before we found them, but they got lost trying to find us….so….are they really telling the truth? LOL

I have only been to two different mazes but this one is so far the best and challenging.  🙂

We also rode on the hayrack ride around the area and ate some goodies. There is a ton of stuff to do and they keep adding more and more. One area had all kinds of outdoor games like corn hole, tic tac toe, and giant legos!

We will definitely be going back. Oh, and they had a band playing and lots of areas for making your own fire pits for cooking.

It is a neat pumpkin patch!

Gary’s Berries in Kansas.  🙂

Zooooooooom, It’s Fall

I think I’m ready for Fall. I’m more a person who likes warm weather but Fall is pretty and it brings on the holidays. 🙂 I would like a bit of a break from yard work, because I suck at growing flowers. LOL

I will keep trying.

There has to be a flower out there that is meant just for me to keep alive. 🙂

My morning glories are finally blooming. I didn’t even plant that one this year, came up from last year’s soil. It is fairly thin of flowers though.  😦

I bought two things of mums and one is doing ok but the other is not. Sigh.

img_20180721_210835 I have done good with that purple flower thing there. I bought it in August after the extreme 100 degree weather we had. Forget what it is. I am too lazy to walk up there and look at the plant identifier thing in the soil. 🙂

Oh, look I have metal flowers! My kind of flowers! Bloom all year-long.  🙂

Normally, when it cools down I tend to start the inside projects. I have been muddying and sanding some of the basement walls. I’m getting better! We are not finishing the whole basement just the living portion. There is a big area on the other end of the basement that we keep for storage.

 

 

The alcove there is now one of the son’s computer station. I even decorated the wall with his sport stuff. He said mom, why. Because I can and you should be proud. 🙂 I found his kindergarten photo the teacher took on the first day of school. I had to hang that one!

img_20180902_140419 Hubby and I finished the flooring. I like it.  Didn’t do any where the storage area is though. We left that concrete.

Keeping with Fall, when I did the sanding on the one wall this showed up!

img_20180924_003554 Invisible spider webs! No maid I am. The drywall had been up for several years, just now muddying it. Yea that procrastination thing again. Amazing that I never saw the webs all the time walking by. I think maybe it should stay for Halloween…nope…it has been dusted and soon will have paint. 🙂

I have not decorated yet for Fall or Halloween. I did pack away the more springy outdoor décor to make room for Fall/Halloween. Perhaps by next weekend it will all be done! My goal!

Do you decorate and how early? I’ve heard some have decorated for Christmas! 

 

Time Goes Fast

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Loved this book. Lots of interesting characters that are fun and real. Friendships, little romance, and several murders mixed with time travel and a treasure hunt. Love the setting in Prague and the castles. The villain is an intriguing character with a KGB past. Lots of fun reading. Terrifically wrote! Recommend!

I had checked this out at the library and almost didn’t because it was such a long book. I actually read most of it yesterday. 🙂 Now, I want to read the next one.

So far my Goodreads reading challenge is at halfway. Better than last year, so that is ok. I probably could read the other half of the books but we are coming up on a busy time of year. I won’t hold myself to it. I should have read more earlier in the year.

Ooops. Goal for next year.

I am glad that I am reading regularly again. For the better part of twenty years I didn’t read much other than textbooks and kids books. I guess that counts.  🙂

Personal accomplishments since last blog:

  1. Normal day-to-day house and kids’ taxi service. When will the taxi service stop? lol
  2. Garage reorganized, again. Oldest daughter has her stuff in there now so it needed better placement. Now there is room for working on some furniture refinishing projects. And all the bugs are swept out for the Fall. It was bugging me seeing all of them. 🙂
  3. Kids are doing good. Good grades. Youngest had broken his school tablet but since it was an accident at school and his first warning we didn’t have to pay for it. Thank goodness. That would have been tough. Still not a fan of having school laptops. I believe in paper and pen.
  4. I still haven’t finished my Halloween decorating. Working on one wood project that will have Halloween on one side and Fall on the other. Will post when I complete this week. I’m not sure I will hand out candy this year. Our street gets really busy and one might as well sit outside and hand it out as many times as the doorbell rings. We have a doorbell camera and after a while last year it started going off on its own. Ghost? Maybe. lol

It’s been a bit productive. Time just flies so fast these days. I need more hours in the day to accomplish all that I want. I have stopped watching as much evening TV shows. I now catch up later with OnDemand. Lots of new shows. I really like Bull, Lethal Weapon, and Secrets and Lies to name a few.

I hope everyone has a lovely day and read something good! 🙂

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.

It’s a bit of Fall out there!

I have the windows open and the cool breeze blowing through the duplex!

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Of course, by the weekend I will want warm weather back. 🙂

As for the moment I will think about the pretty color changes that the cooler weather brings. I can’t forget the fun holiday of Halloween! I really need to start making some of my decorations instead of adding more ideas to my folders. 🙂

I will miss wearing shorts and capris though. I only have a few pairs of jeans because I swear to lose those extra pounds before buying anymore. I think I have said that for the last twenty years!

I’m ready to not have to worry about, is someone able to mow our yard back at the Puzzle house? I feel bad asking for help but we can not always make the four hour drive to mow it. Dang money and dang gas prices. I do miss taking care of the yard when I want to. I never thought I would say that. I guess living in a duplex with hardly a yard will do that. We have maintenance people here that mow.

I love to drink hot chocolate in the cooler weather. I am so looking forward to that. I love to bake more when it is cooler. The family will like that. 🙂 Lots of good points about cooler weather.

We were lucky this summer the high temps did not stick around that long. It was a nice summer. We even had more rain to cool things off and to give the Earth it’s much needed drink.

But, I do admit by January’s blistering cold weather I am more than ready for Spring!

I happen to love all four seasons!

 

What is your favorite season? Why?

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I can’t wait to decorate! 🙂

 

A Shocking Halloween

By Adric Ray (my 5th grade son)

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Ha-ha, what an exciting Halloween. I hope you have an exciting Halloween like me. This is how it started. This year I was on my way to the aquarium in my shark costume because they were having a party. So I walk in and I turned into a shark! I felt so disgusting! So people started to look at me and I was like “Haven’t you seen a Great White before?”

When I was on my way to go get a drink I needed water, I totally forgot fish need water. I was very confused. I tried to poor my drink on me, but it was just Fruit Punch. I didn’t know where to go. So I decided to jump in the tank of fish. It was empty, huh. So I swam around and I figured out why it was empty. All of a sudden a GIGANTIC Great White (Bigger than me) appeared out behind a coral! I started to fight back because he got in his stance position. Luckily my teacher Mr. Johnson had my class and I watch a shark movie. The other shark didn’t want to attack me for some reason. It was a little disturbing.

It was actually a she. She chased me around and around for about an hour. So everybody started to wonder where I was and started to look for a dude in a shark suit. Then they remembered that I had already came and I turned into a shark. So they all started to pile around the fish tank and take pictures. But I was like really people “I’m in a crisis here!” They threw a fish in to distract her but the fish failed and started to swim around too. So they threw in multiple fish and it worked! It was too crowded for her to keep up with me.

I got out and I was as happy as me eating SKITTLES! So they took me back outside and they put a BIG tank of water on me. So I started to dance right when one of my favorite songs came on. I was like Girl look at that shark! Ahhh! So I saw another shark. For your info it was a human dressed in a shark costume like me. I was like girl “I’ll take you to my famous fish restaurant.” But sadly she rejected me. What a FISHY day, I thought. Mwaha, have a happy Halloween.

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I love it! What an imagination. 🙂

Yes, he does love skittles.