Monday, October 16, 2017

31 Days of the Joys of Autumn - An Autumn Quote by George Eliot

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This quote pretty much expresses my feelings about autumn in a nutshell. 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁

An interesting side note...

When I looked up the author of the quote, I discovered that George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans (November 22, 1819 - December 22, 1880). 

Mary Ann Evans was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator, and one of the leading authors of the Victorian era.

She was the author of seven novels including Middlemarch and Silas MarnerInteresting! 

Until next time...

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Happy Homemaking Monday - October 16, 2017

Greetings, Sweet Ladies! And HAPPY MONDAY!

This was the one day that I knew that I could sleep in this week and I woke up earlier than I normally would if I had to go to work. I couldn't go back to sleep so I got up with big plans on my agenda. Plans that included writing this post and getting it out early. Needless to say, it didn't happen. It's been go, go, go from the get-go and, here I am, going into evening and just now getting around to sitting down to write. 

So how have you been? Did you have a nice weekend? 

The weather...

We had quite a bit of rain over the weekend and the overnight low last night was quite cool (around 40 degrees). Right now it's 67 degrees and sunny and the rest of the week is supposed to be fairly nice with highs in the 70's and lows in the 40's and 50's. I like it! 🌞

Right now I am...

Having a cup of tea, working on this post, and thinking about making supper.

On my reading pile... 

Nothing at the moment. Still just trying to finish up that last unit on my Bible classes.

On the menu this week....

Since being on (or attempting to be on) Trim Healthy Mama, I've not been buying potatoes, but we've been blessed with 100 pounds of them week and we are very thankful for them. I've shared several 10 pound bags with others and still have more than enough potatoes for John and I, so lunches and suppers this week will feature potatoes fixed in a variety of ways including soups and casseroles.

- Monday - Chili dogs and baked potatoes
- Tuesday - Chicken cacciatore over sauteed zucchini
- Wednesday - Salmon, Oven Roasted Potatoes and Bell Peppers

- Thursday - Homemade pizza
- Friday - Sausage, eggs, fried potatoes, and toast
- Saturday - Picnic supper with the family at the corn maze
- Sunday - Ojibwa baked pumpkin, corn chowder, and Indian fry bread

On my to do list....

- Monday - Take grandson out for lunch in celebration of his birthday, complete my weekly "home blessing", do laundry
- Tuesday - Picking up a mushroom trunk for work
- Wednesday - Morning and afternoon preschool programs on spiders and their webs at the local library
- Thursday - My daughter and I are meeting a friend for lunch in Joplin
- Friday - Work (program on mushrooms)
- Saturday - Work, visit a corn maze with our children and their families
- Sunday - Church

In the craft basket...

Am making these for upcoming preschool programs at the local library...
Spider Web Pretzel Treats
Looking forward to this week...

Having lunch with my daughter and my friend, Laura, of Harvest Lane Cottage in Joplin. Laura is battling breast cancer and is having surgery on Friday. Prayers her direction would be much appreciated. Thank you! 💗

From the camera...
My oldest daughter and her children on a ledge
overlooking the Bethany Falls Trail at Burr Oak
Woods in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Scripture Passage...

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand" (Psalm 37:22-23)

Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have had a glorious Monday and a blessed week ahead!
Until next time...

Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and all the sweet ladies of Happy Homemaking Monday!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

31 Days of the Joys of Autumn - Bath and Body Works Soaps, Lotions, and Sprays

Bath and Body Works Scented Soaps, Lotions, and Sprays
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin - 2016
I'm not a mall shopper at all and it's rare that I grace the doors of one, but, once a year I do make an exception, and that is to make my annual pilgrimage to Bath and Body Works to see what's new for fall. Although, I haven't made it there this year yet and, to be honest, I doubt that I do because I'm still trying to use up last year's stash. 😲
Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Body Lotion - 2016
I only buy something at Bath and Body Works when I REALLY like it and it HAS to be on sale for a really good price.

Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
Deep Cleansing Hand Soap - 2016
Well...I REALLY liked the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin scent in EVERYTHING last year, and it was on sale for a REALLY good price so I stocked up. I bought enough stuff that I was able to gift every woman I know with something and still have enough to run myself a full year. I know. Shameful! (Rebecca is shaking her head at the thought of it) 😔

Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
Fine Fragrance Mist - 2016
Anyway, it's what I did and I don't regret it. I purchased body lotion, hand soap, and body spray...all in Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin.

Bath and Body Works Gold Fall Leaves
Body Mist Sleeve Holder
I even found this really cool, autumn-themed, gold and glittery, metal, maple leaf body mist sleeve holder. The bottle of Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin body mist slipped right down into it making a beautiful fall adornment on my vanity top.

Bath and Body Works Owl Trio and Leaves Scentportable
I also found this Bath and Body Works Owl Trio and Leaves Scentportable. I purchased a Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin fragrance refill for it and it lasted the better part of a year. The little scentportable slips right over the edge of the sun-visor in my car and makes the whole car smell like autumn. 

On second thought...I may HAVE to go to Bath and Body Works this year, after all, just to get a refill for the scentportable. I'm afraid to do so though for fear that their winter scents will get me this year! ⛄❆🎄❄ LOL!😆

And while I'm at it, please note that I am in no way connected to or affiliated with Bath and Body Works. I simply enjoy their soaps, lotions, and sprays and can't help but to consider them one of the many joys of autumn! 😊

Until next time...

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

31 Days of the Joys of Autumn - Leaves In Water

Maple Leaf in Table Rock Lake
One of the many things in God's glorious creation that really captures my attention in autumn is leaves that are floating in water. I'm not sure why, but I'm drawn to them. 
Leaves in Shoal Creek
I think it's because the water intensifies the colors, making them to appear brighter than they would be otherwise. 

Leaves in Shoal Creek
For me, fallen leaves floating in water are one of the many joys of autumn.

Until next time...

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Friday, October 13, 2017

31 Days of the Joys of Autumn - Working The Bison

Bison in One of the Holding Pens Awaiting Their Turns Through the Chute
When the month of October arrives at Prairie State Park it's time to work the bison. That means that it's time to move the herd into a pen and through the corral where, on a certain day, the animals will have their annual vet checks. 
Bison in one of the Holding Pens
The animals are moved from the big pen into smaller holding pens. Here they await their turn at moving through the chute.
A Bull Awaiting His Turn Through The Chute

As each animal moves through the process, it makes its way through a series of gated holding pens and into the chute. One-by-one each animal moves through the chute until it is its turn to see the vet. Upon arrival at the final stop in the chute, each animal is looked over by the vet and his assistants. Blood is drawn for testing and notes are made as to the animal's general appearance, as to whether it's a male or a female, if there are any distinguishing marks or features, etc. and the animal's tag numbers are noted. If there is no tag, a new tag is issued. This helps those of us who work with the animals to know and keep track of the general history of each individual animal that resides within the park. It is at this time, too, that the decision is made as whether to keep each animal or to sell it. A small number of animals are sold each year at a public auction in order to keep the number of animals on the park in check.

A Bull Bison Coming Out of the Chute
As each animal's turn is complete, the animal is released back into one of two pens. The larger group of animals are held in the bigger pen until blood tests come back. Once the animals are given a clean bill of health from the veterinarian, they are released back out onto the prairie. The smaller second group of animals remain in the smaller pen until the date of the public auction when they are sold.

I don't know if working the bison can really be considered one of the "joys" of autumn, but it certainly is an annual event that I look forward to in the sense that it is a really neat time to observe these magnificent animals up close and personal. I'm always glad when it's over, too, and the animals are once again released out onto their prairie home.

Until next time...

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

31 Days of the Joys of Autumn - My Favorite Autumn Shirt

It's old and well worn, but, come October, it's time to pull out my favorite shirt...the orange one with tiny leaves and pumpkins all over it. 

It came in a bag of stuff that someone gave me years ago. The minute I pulled it out of the bag I anticipated it quickly becoming one of my favorites. It did and still is!

In fact, it's in the dryer right now and I'm hoping that it gets dry before my daughter arrives to pick me up for our latest autumn adventure, which starts in just a few minutes!

On that note...I better go! Have a wonderful day and seek out the many joys of autumn!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

31 Days of the Joys of Autumn - Pumpkins and Pumpkin Patches

Grandlittles Silas, Isaiah, Esther, Audrey,
and Mercy at the Pumpkin Patch

While visiting the Louisburg Cider Mill on Sunday, we, not only went through their corn maze, but through their 10-acre pumpkin patch as well.

Pumpkins Growing in the Pumpkin Patch

None of us had ever seen so many pumpkins growing in one place in our lives!

Miss Mercy and a Giant Pumpkin
There were big pumpkins and little pumpkins and every sized pumpkin in between!

There were regular pumpkins...

...and fancy stacking pumpkins

Isaiah and the Pumpkin of His Choice

Big pumpkin or small...regular or fancy...pumpkins and pumpkin patches are among the many joys of autumn!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

31 Days of the Joys of Autumn - Corn Mazes

While visiting the Louisburg Cider Mill on Sunday, we went through their corn maze. 🌽

Louisburg Cider Mill Corn Maze - 2017
It's the second time that we've been through a corn maze and, I have to admit that the first one that we went through was a lot more fun than this one. That's not the cider mill's fault. That was our fault. 
Hawks Family Maze - 2015
The first time we visited a corn maze (this was two years ago at Hawks Family Maze at Lockwood, MO) we didn't really know much about them so we had a ball getting lost in the corn field, ending up at dead ends, and having to find our way out, and it took awhile! 

Hawks Family Maze - 2015
This time map-readers took us on the course of least resistance and we hardly spent any time at all in the corn maze, but, to be honest, in the end, since there was so much more to do than just a corn maze, it's probably a good thing that we didn't spend too much time in one place. 

Audrey, Silas, Isaiah, Esther, and Mercy
What time we did spend in the maze was fun and we all had a great time...especially the grandlittles!

We are planning another trip to a different corn maze on the 21st and all of our children and their families are invited to join us. Hopefully, this time, we'll be able to spend a little more time getting lost in the corn field while trying to find our way out. 😄

Hawks Family Maze - 2015
Getting lost in a corn maze may not sound fun to some, but, for our family, corn mazes are quickly becoming another one of the joys of autumn! 🌽

Until next time...

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Homemaking Monday - October 9, 2017

A stack of pumpkins at the Louisburg Cider Mill.

Good Evening, Dear Ladies!

It's Monday and I'm running behind. I had hoped to get to this post early this morning, but it just didn't happen. 

Either way, I'm just glad to be here with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and all the sweet ladies of Happy Homemaking Monday!

This past week has been a blur of activity. On Tuesday we attended the grand re-opening of a friend's ice cream shop, on Wednesday we closed on the old house, I worked Thursday and Friday, Saturday we visited Missouri Town 1855's annual craft and music festival, and yesterday we visited the Louisburg Cider Mill. Today I took a friend to town to do her shopping, the afternoon and evening was spent cleaning house, doing laundry, visiting with family, and attending a baptism.

 The weather...

At the moment we are experiencing thunderstorms, heavy rains, and lightening. Rain chances continue overnight and tomorrow is supposed to be cool and cloudy with a high of 60 and a low of 48. 

Right now I am...

Having a cup of tea, working on this post, and listening to the rain on the porch roof as I'm waiting on the last load of laundry to finish drying. 

On my reading pile... 

Nothing at the moment. I am between text books as I am working on a review and getting ready to take the test over A Fresh Anointing.

On the menu this week....

(Please note that specifically named meals are Trim Healthy Mama friendly, but since I'm not taking time to list them, if you want the page numbers of the recipes, please, feel free to leave a comment, shoot me an e-mail, or message me. I'd be happy to share them with you.)

- Monday - invited to supper with cousins and their families
- Tuesday - Beans and Nuke Queen's Cornbread
- Wednesday - Dreamy Chicken Lazone served over sauteed cabbage 
- Thursday - out of town so will play it by ear
- Friday -  Salmon and sauteed zucchini
- Saturday - bonfire and cookout with family
- Sunday - leftovers

On my to do list....

- Monday - Take a friend shopping, complete my weekly "home blessing", and do laundry
- Tuesday - Regroup, make lists, and detail plans for the rest of the week
- Wednesday - Bison work day at work (vet checks)
- Thursday - Out of town with my girls
- Friday - Work
- Saturday - Work, celebrate our son-in-law's birthday, attend a bonfire and cookout, celebrate my best friend's birthday
- Sunday - Church, work in the afternoon

In the craft basket...

Nothing at the moment

Looking forward to this week...

Spending a day back home with both of my daughters.

From the camera...
One of my favorite places in the world - Sailboat Cove
- Lake Jacomo - Blue Springs, Missouri

Scripture Passage...

"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, 
and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Genesis 8:22).

Well, Ladies, that's if for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed week ahead!

Until next time...

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