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Autumn Bliss

Today, I found a bit of autumn bliss, I think. autumn bliss

This Emily Bronte quote I stumbled across seemed fitting for today.  We went on a fall hike and the leaves were fluttering away!

I talked my husband into on accompanying me on a new to me nature trail located at Unity Village.

autumn bliss I’m not sure how I’ve lived in the Kansas City area my entire life and not been aware of this amazing trail! It’s about 3 miles long.

The trees are finally starting to really show their new colors.  autumn bliss autumn bliss And of course, a few are already bare.  I notice it’s usually the taller trees.   autumn bliss Part of the hike involved a rather pretty but steep incline autumn bliss However, a lovely lake view rewarded us for our climb autumn bliss The quote I shared certainly flickered through my mind as we hiked along…

A Bit More Autumn Bliss

This tree!  autumn bliss These leaves fluttering away from the trees! autumn bliss And a bit more of the trail highlighted by the sun autumn bliss And I have to share at least one photo of this little turtle my husband spotted along the trail. autumn bliss

I will definitely visit this trail again! Perhaps, we’ll even drag the boys out there.

My husband should probably get a special shout out in this post for first agreeing to go along with me.  The information page indicated a strong possibility of seeing snakes and I needed a protector, just in case. We didn’t see any.

Also, he put up with me and my need to take a million and one (okay, actually I think the camera said 108) photos of everything!  He walked ahead and waited for me and didn’t get too impatient.

Where do you walk to find your autumn bliss?  And if you are local and reading this, did you know about this trail?

*This post is part of my series, 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season.

Fall Movie List

Since I was feeling a bit sluggish yesterday, I did sit and just watch a movie on Netflix.

In the spirit of this whole embracing the fall season thing, I chose the movie, Coraline.  I put it in the scary movies I can actually handle category.

I had the boys help me tonight to put together a list of fall movies that are “scary” but not so scary.  You won’t find any Freddy Krueger movies hanging out on this list. Or any with characters yielding saws or twirling their heads while up-chucking pea soup.

Those movies are for the braver among us. I may have watched a few of them when I was younger but I’ve finally learned my limits.

My movie list is for those of us who wake up in middle of the night wanting to turn on all the lights because they watched a clip of one of those super scary movies.  This list is for those of us who like our sleep without nightmares.

Fall Movie List

Animated Movies and Shows:

  1. The Nightmare Before Halloween (This one can do double-duty as a Christmas movie!)
  2. Coraline
  3. The Corpse Bride
  4. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  5. Alvin and The Chipmunks Animated Halloween show (It’s on a DVD we have)
  6. The Simpsons Halloween Specials

Movies:

  1. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (Both versions.  Interestingly, I prefer the Johnny Depp version while G favors the original)
  2. Ghostbusters
  3. Beetlejuice (My husband’s contribution to the list)
  4. Gremlins
  5. The Goosebumps Movie
  6. Harry Potter, all movies in the series although I think Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is the scariest one
  7. E.T.
  8. Men In Black
  9. The Dark Knight (Batman)
  10. The Hunger Games (This was one of G’s suggestions and I’m a bit on the fence about it although I don’t know where else I’d categorize it.  Maybe if I was making a list of Dystopian movies? That might be fun!)
  11. The Wizard of Oz

Shows:

  1. The Walking Dead (I am not sure why this doesn’t scare me but I lovingly refer to it as my “Zombie soap opera” and fully admit to never watching it after dark!)
  2. Goosebumps series (G really loves these and said they needed to be on our list)
  3. Lost  (I loved this show but some of it is pretty scary!)

Are you a movie fan, scary or not? What movies would you add to our fall movie list?

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Happy Homemaker Monday, Another Busy October Week

Sometimes these busy fall weeks just sneak up on me.  Like the upcoming one.  Monday night is free as is our entire Friday.  That’s it though!

And that’s why I’m putting together my Happy Homemaker Monday post on a Sunday afternoon when I should be doing so many other things. I’ll be glad I took the time to do it I know. Amended to say: get started as I’m finishing on Monday night.

As always, I’m linking up with our host, Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. So thankful she does this each week to inspire us to be thoughtful about our weeks.

Breakfast Time, What Is On The Plate This Morning

J made chocolate chip muffins! Then a bit later, I had some pumpkin yogurt as I felt the need for a bit more protein.  It will be probably be yogurt again on Monday morning as I work unless I wake up in time to make scrambled eggs.

Right Now I Am

Working on this blog post and trying to decide if I want to go the store before, after, or possibly during the Chiefs game.  I would like to go when it’s less crowded which probably means during the game (I’m sure they’ll have it on the overhead speakers so we can listen). UPDATE: I went to during the game and can I just say “stupid Steelers!” Ugh. Good thing they are my 2nd favorite team.

Looking Around The House

It really hasn’t changed much since last Monday! Another layer of dirt, perhaps?

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store
  2. Make sure we have clean laundry for tomorrow (don’t forget PE clothes for J!)
  3. Go over weekly calendar just to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything
  4. Figure out some new lunchbox ideas for the boys

Currently Reading

Really need to get on this one! I did download The Box Under The Bed so I could read the story included from Carrie Ann Alexis (one of our Happy Homemaker Monday fellow bloggers).  I read it and loved it! Now to decide if this chicken is brave enough for the rest of the stories in the collection.

On The TV Today

We watched some of The Voice and we’ll probably watch whatever is on after that.

The Weather Outside Is

too dark to tell now. It was a beautiful and sunny fall day though.  A bit chilly to start but just warm enough by the afternoon.  I think the whole week is supposed to be a repeat of that.

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY: We had pork chops, potatoes, and salad *I worked 8:15-3:45*

TUESDAY: Maybe French Toast, Bacon *G has early morning band practice* *I have Bunco*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs *G has early morning band practice* *We have a meeting at the middle school about J possibly taking the ACT this school year (7th grade) for some program thing*

THURSDAY: Ham steak and sweet potatoes or out depending on the timing of the day *Both boys have doctor’s appointments* *G has evening band practice*

FRIDAY: Ribs in the crock pot

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

REST! I have the same dry cough, it might be allergies or I might be coming down with something stuff that I get every year at this time.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

Unfortunately, the chicken manicotti from last week was not a big hit.  It needed a lot more sauce, I thought.  Candy apples are on the agenda for this week or weekend (I think I finally have all the supplies).

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Fuzzy socks.

Favorite Photo From The Camera Or Internet

They cut G’s band competition short on Saturday because this storm was rolling into town.  They skipped the finals portion but it was okay because our high school won best overall visual, 1st in their division, and placed 2nd over all based on the preliminary scores.  Not too shabby!

Storm rolling in on Saturday afternoon

Praying For

Good health for family and friends as well as peace for all.

Quote For The Week

Be Kind; Everyone You Meet Is Fighting A Hard Battle. 

(I always thought the source to be Plato but my Internet research has led to find credit going to Ian MacLaren, read more here)

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So how was your Monday and what’s on your agenda for the rest of the week?

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal: Another Fall Food Review

How about a piping hot bowl of pumpkin spice oatmeal for breakfast? pumpkin spice oatmeal Oatmeal is another one of my “it has to be cold” before I want to eat it foods.  I tend to like the Quaker instant oatmeal packets.

Since I do enjoy the pumpkin spice flavor (just not in August!), I decided to try a few of the pumpkin flavored foods gracing the store shelves this season.  So, when I saw the Quaker Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal, I decided to give it a try.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal! pumpkin spice oatmeal

The Quaker Instant Oatmeal usually comes in variety packs but this one is all pumpkin spice.  I do kind of wish they’d simply included it in a different variety pack but of course, that wouldn’t have been as much fun.

Eight packages are going to be a whole lot of pumpkin spice oatmeal.  November and December may see some mornings of this oatmeal flavor as I’ll need to space this flavor out a bit. pumpkin spice oatmeal One nice thing about these packages of oatmeal is the design that saves on dishes a bit: pumpkin spice oatmeal Do you add milk or water to your oatmeal?  For me, it’s milk or I’m having something else for breakfast.  With these packages, once you tear them and add the oatmeal to your bowl, you can use them as a measuring cup for your liquid of choice.

What you really want to know though is about the taste, right?  It is certainly not going to replace any of my favorite flavors (apples and spice, banana bread) any time soon.

This oatmeal ranks as just okay with me.  It definitely needs a side of sausage for it to be considered a complete breakfast!  pumpkin spice oatmeal

While I didn’t want in my face pumpkin flavor, it was a bit too subtle for me.  And weirdly strong in scent.  It smelled really good but in more of a perfume way rather than I want to eat this scent.

It’s not so awful I can’t finish the package during the course of the fall and winter but I won’t be buying any more of this particular flavor.

What’s your favorite flavor of oatmeal? Or are you like certain members of this house who don’t like oatmeal at all?

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Fall Fashion: A New Purse For A New Season

I decided to get a new purse for a new season.  My summer one was falling apart and it’s hard to embrace the fall season while carrying a light, summer purse.

My summer purse served me well.  new purse Unfortunately, I’m hard on purses.

new purse

The cell phone pocket stitching was coming undone.

My original plan was simply to return to my very similar black purse.   new purse

However, the black part peeling off the bottom bugged me.  I debated fixing it with a Sharpie marker but decided to embrace the season (and reward myself for a rather long-term stretch of full-time work days) by buying a new purse.

Here is my new purse with the other two purses for comparison: new purse

I went a bit of a different direction with my new fall purse in both color and style.  Brown seemed like a good fall color to me especially with the black trim. new purse One fun thing about this purse is it has two “cell phone” pockets.  It’s one of those weird must-have things in purses for me.  An outside pocket so I can quickly and easily access my cell phone.

When I first bought it, I thought I’d use the front pocket for the cell phone purpose.  And yes, I did test it in the store to make sure my phone would fit.  new purse new purse However, this purse in addition to the cool side pockets (I’m stashing tissues, pens, gum, and lip gloss in those), also has a designated cell phone pocket in the back! new purse I wasn’t sure I’d use this as it doesn’t securely close but I’ve found it incredibly convenient! My phone actually slides down far enough into this pocket that I don’t think it will fall out.

My new fall purse is already serving me well.  It’s nice to be able to quickly access my cell phone. It’s also a bit refreshing to be able to retrieve a pen without diving into the deep unknowns of the bottom of my purse. I like having my gum and lip gloss handy as well.

Do you switch purses seasonally?

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