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Five Things I Like About Fall

I shared my struggles with the fall season last week so I thought I should spend this Friday sharing five things I do like about fall.

Hopefully, I can find five things!  If this were a summer list, it would be an easy task.  However, finding five things I like about this season may be a bit more of a challenge. Good thing I love a challenge!

Five Things I Like About Fall:

    1. The Food:

      Certain foods just require cooler weather.  Please, do not serve me chili on a one-hundred degree day.  However, a cold and rainy damp fall day.  Yes, please!

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      With a side of cornbread, of course.

    2. The Trees

      Most trees around here are just starting to change colors.  I know they will only become more vibrant and beautiful as the season continues. A few trees though have already lost most their leaves thanks to those windy days that fall brings (I happen to also enjoy the windy days. It doesn’t really get old saying, “It looks like a rather blustery day!” five

    3. The Time Change Back To The RIGHT Time

      I like my sleep.  It annoys me when Daylight Saving Time takes away an hour of it every spring. “The days get naturally longer and shorter!” and “Let’s move to a state that doesn’t participate in this nonsense!” might be heard coming from my mouth on more than one day. At least, fall gives me back my hour.  Give me my light in the mornings where it belongs! five

    4. My TV Shows Return For Their Season Premiere

      Summer television shows are a bit lacking.  There are a few I don’t mind watching but I will fully admit to not really making an effort to watch American Ninja Warrior every week.  Once October arrives, so do the television season premieres of all my favorite shows.  Also, Netflix usually finally gets around to adding in the new (to me) seasons of a few more shows.

    5. I Like Candy


This might be a repeat of number one but I think candy does deserve its own category.  This is the time of year when it seems to be most abundant.  Candy corn, Almond Joys, Mounds, Reese Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers bars, Milky Ways (frozen!), Caramel Apple Suckers, Tootsie Pops, Gummy Worms,Bottle Caps, starburst,…What’s your favorite candy?

So, there are the five things I like about fall.  Linking up with The F.A.S.T. blog for Five on Friday.  Also, including this post in my series 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season.

Five On Friday: Getting Through The Week

My week has been full of activity! Today is the first day I’ve been home long enough to collect my thoughts.

I figured I might as well blog about my busy days for my Five on Friday this week. Probably going to be a fairly quick post as I still have lots to do today.

Be sure to check out our host, The F.A.S.T. blog!

ONE: Our Eclipse was TOTALITY awesome on Monday!

As I told my son, I left the picture-taking to the experts for this one.  So no pictures from me.  Go check out the NASA website for amazing ones.

The day started out a bit stressful as I was nervous about working at preschool and the responsibility of keeping the kids safe.  Then, a large thunderstorm moved through and it poured rain all morning.  I arrived at work to find out they’d cancelled their event due to parent concern but the teachers would still get to go watch.

*The children were given the option to watch the NASA live stream event and many were picked up early to go watch with their own parents.  The younger children were put down early for naps (few were interested in the event) and the older ones were allowed to look out a window, not facing the sun, to observe the darkness arrive.

Just before the eclipse began, our skies cleared. We took turns stepping outside to view the partial eclipse, then we all stepped out to take in its beauty.  A truly amazing event.  It became quiet, birds settled, cicadas began to chirp, and the light took on the late sunset shades of darkness. We saw, I think Venus.  A few teachers did take cell phone photos and captured great views of the eclipse and surprise planets!

Very soon after the eclipse, the clouds reappeared and covered the sun.  They were almost like curtains opening and closing for the show!

TWO: I Won A Bit At Bunco!

It was a rather long day at work where I really did have my days mixed up and actually voiced to a parent no less something about the next day being Friday.  Oops, nope, it was only Tuesday.  I almost didn’t go to Bunco as I was feeling a bit grouchy but I’m glad I did. Fun as always and I won enough times to take 2nd place! Too bad I used my winnings (about $15) to buy the boys dinner last night.

THREE: A Full Workday

No longer find myself surprised when my half-days at work switch over into full ones.  The day was actually less tiring than the other two and I enjoyed meeting a few more of our new students and seeing their fun personalities. The evening was a bit less fun as my husband and I had a bit of a fight.

FOUR: Just One Of Those Days

Yesterday started out stressful and stayed that way for a good bit of the day.  A calendar mistake meant my husband had to stay and wait to make sure J caught the bus (he sets his own hours…) when he’d been planning to get an early start as he was working quite a distance from home.  G’s friend called and said he was sick and not going to school, thus no ride for G so I took him to school and waited to see if I needed to arrange my break in a way to go get him from school.

Worked in the newer two year old classroom where the new kids were rather fussy most of the morning.  Thankfully, we spent a good deal of time outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather!  The other teachers assured me the day was unusually busy and a bit of a fluke.

I took a nature break during my lunch and stared at this out the car windshield.

Our weather was just beautiful all day yesterday and again today!

After work, I called the boys and decided I’d just bring home fast food as I was too wiped out to deal with much else and knew we all had places to be that evening.

J and I attended the middle school open house which really, honestly, felt a bit like a waste of everyone’s time.  May have just been my mood.  I did dutifully go and introduce myself to all the teachers and wave wistfully at a few friends as J hurried me through.

FIVE: Finally, it’s Friday!

It’s finally Friday and a somewhat free day for me. I opted to spend the morning making banana bread and re-organizing the pantry.  Probably should make a list of all I have to do so I’ll feel a bit less overwhelmed.

Banana bread!

This pantry is a constant work in progress…

Later, we’ll go to the high school football game and watch G march with the band.  In the morning, G and I have a good drive across town to a driver’s education class for him.  I’m hoping there is something for me to go do nearby.  I should check into that today.

Thankfully, so far next week is looking slightly less busy!  Have you had a busy week?

 

Five On Friday: Random Thoughts And Images

It’s been an odd week.  I’ve been having trouble focusing on my blog post writing.

Yesterday presented a terrible case of writer’s block for my tiny tip on a Thursday.  Everything I wrote just stunk. Sometimes, it’s best to just put posts like that aside for a bit.

Today, I pondered whether to even bother with a Five on Friday post.  Still having trouble focusing and not just on blog post writing either.

Seems so many things pull for our attention. Funny how the pull increases in an empty house. I’ve finally conceded to allow myself to be lazy today.  Still wanted to participate in the Five On Friday link up hosted by Tricky over at the F.A.S.T. blog.

Random Thoughts and Images It Will Be:

ONE:  A Botched Breakfast And Two Tiny Tomatoes

My plan was to have a simple scrambled egg for breakfast this morning. A little butter, a little salt, a little garlic?  Wait, who put the garlic where the pepper shaker belongs?  So much for simple.  A little Italian seasoning, a little Parmesan cheese, a couple chopped up tiny tomatoes, a sprinkling of bacon bits, and a bit of shredded cheddar cheese turned the egg into a not too bad omelette.

I found the two tiny tomatoes last night in the mess of tangled weeds we call a garden. We also had a slightly larger one not quite red enough to pick.

Behold the bounty of our garden!

I picked TWO green beans last week.  There are two jalapeno peppers that may be ready.  My husband’s okra has a few small pods growing.  Pretty cucumber flowers but no vegetables, we must have bought 2 different varieties in our plants.

If Armageddon happens (and it scares me how much less of a joke that seems recently), I don’t think our garden will sustain us for very long.  Although….edible weeds (Creeping Charlie) are taking over. Perhaps we’ll be okay after all.

TWO: Summer Seems To Be Fading Into Fall

Seems like I just put out this flag and yet, our weather doesn’t match the sentiments.  It’s been much cooler, the kids have gone back to school (just this week), and the acorns are already raining down on our back deck.  Where did my summer go? I have many friends and a few family members who love the next season but I would like to see a few more swimming pool friendly days. Today is not one of those days. It’s gloomy, overcast, and dark. Appears it might rain any minute.

Hope the high school football game marching band performance still happens and sure hope I don’t have to sit in the rain to watch the band!

THREE: The Coming Eclipse

I was actually both excited and relieved when asked to work the full day on Monday.  Originally, my schedule was only to fill in for a teacher a few hours in the late afternoon and was pondering what I’d do during the event.

Now, I get to be somewhere I love during the event. It should be interesting although all the constant warnings and talk about it have me a bit jittery.

I’ve seen lots of people making jokes about having the song Total Eclipse Of The Heart stuck in their heads.  For me, this Thomas Dolby number keeps popping into my head instead:

Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science from Mad Hatter on Vimeo.

Got to love the ’80s.  We’ll I may be a bit biased since I belong to that generation. (Does that make me old?)  I just told the kids on Wednesday afternoon, I don’t care what you think about the ’80s, there is no denying we had the best music and made the best movies. No argument from the teenager on that point.

Four: A Forced Park Visit

“I want to practice taking a photo of the sunset from that park over there and you guys need the fresh air.”  “Please don’t make me be the creepy lady with camera and no kids at the park.”

They finally begrudgingly and unhappily agreed to go with me to a local park a bit to the west of our house.  A park not in the best area,  just a good park to be aware of your surroundings.  Turns out not a great park to capture a sunset after all.  The photo I posted on Wednesday was my best one.  The search for a good sunset photo spot continues.

The park did have a lot of pretty elements to photograph although it was quite dirty.  Ugh, throw your trash away people…the walk to the trash bins is not that far from the playground. I cropped a lot of trash out of my photos. 

Five: Conversations With My Boys

So often I see different forms of media stressing the importance of talking to your kids about various issues.  Personally, I think it’s just as important to listen to them and hear their thoughts and opinions. It was probably one of the highlights of my summer when after work on Wednesday afternoon, I just sat and listened to the boys’ thoughts on many different subjects including education, politics, the environment, and procrastination.

While listening I did take the opportunity to remind them of a few things:

  • Critical thinking is important
  • The media is not a huge solitary monster sitting in a corner plotting against everything
  • Their grandfather (my dad) fought in WWII against evils that should never return and side by side with people who weren’t allowed in the same restaurants with him
  • Showing Empathy and Compassion to others does not mean everyone is becoming “too sensitive”

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So much for writer’s block on this almost one thousand word rambling and random post.  How has your week gone?

 

 

 

 

Five On Friday: Waiting

This has been a week of waiting.

I’ve enrolled my 2 boys in 2 schools and waited in numerous lines within the schools to do so.  It’s an annual thing.

We took two additional trips to the high school Wednesday for my teenager to wait on a counselor to see about changing a course.  In between our trips, I waited in a much too long drive-thru line at McDonald’s before losing my patience.  City living benefits, 2 McDonald’s locations within a 5 mile radius.

  1. J spent time waiting for the bus on Thursday for 7th grade orientation.  I brought out the camera while I kept a close but not too close eye on the corner.  The bus took awhile. Even our little gray cat grey a bit impatient. waiting waiting

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    Where’s the bus?

    The bus did finally arrive.  J’s 3 hour orientation went fine (no doubts about it not doing so) other than him arriving home with news they placed him in the wrong math class. So, now there is more waiting for a returned phone call.

  2.  Interesting story about this shell spider who waited patiently for this meal of flies. This is the second shell spider to grace the area in front of our porch.  I took the first one to work with me and worried when I captured him that he looked a bit well, dead.  Not long after, I found this smaller little shell spider in his or perhaps I should say her  place.  Charlotte’s Web in real life! Except our little spider never wrote any messages to a pig or the cat (as far as I know).

  3. I spent some time wondering if these clouds would bring us yet more rain…                                                                                                                                                        

    They didn’t during the day and early evening hours but the dampness of the front porch this morning makes me think the overnight hours saw a few raindrops.

  4. Waited until National S’mores Day arrived to pull these from the cabinet.  Then, we just had to wait for the fire.  waiting

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    This was a fun way to finally get rid of some storm debris

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  5.  And I waited for the sun to go down as well as a busy bat to fly into view and be still long enough for a photo.  No luck with the sunset or the bat!

    The blurry blob toward the center is my busy bat, hopefully he was busy eating mosquitoes!

    What things have had you waiting this week?  Don’t forget to check out the Five on Friday link up, hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog!

 

 

 

Random Camera Practice

I’m really not sure why I didn’t get a post together yesterday. No good excuse really. For whatever reason, I’ve woke up motivated to work on my blog this rainy day.

Since I purchased a new bridge camera right before our vacation, I have been trying to practice with it during the week.  Still have a long ways to go before I master our new camera.

I’ll be linking this post up to Five on Friday, hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog.  Also, since I have some bird photos, once again, I’ll be linking to I’d Rather B Birdin’ again.

ONE: The Birds

One of the main reasons I purchased this camera was my frustration with the zoom on my old camera.  Now, I can take a bit better photos of those birds I love to watch.

There’s a story behind this photo of a Carolina Wren.  Shouldn’t there be a story behind every photo though?

I was looking out our backdoor and noticed a hummingbird chasing a small group of birds. I grabbed my camera and ran. Too slow.  The show was over by the time I got out there. However, I did hear the wren where he’d taken refuge in the front yard and managed to capture his photo before getting the bird equivalent of the one-fingered salute: Birds can be so uncooperative sometimes!

Even the sparrows are in on the whole “I’m not going to pose for your picture, crazy camera lady!” thing:

TWO: Butterflies and Moths

This little guy was on the side of the garage one day when we arrived home from an outing.

Later to my delight, two Tiger Swallow Tail Butterflies were flitting about right by the front porch when I walked out there to pet our little cat. Beautiful butterflies that fly constantly near the tip tops of our trees.

One landed on one of our Boxwood bushes!  So I hurried inside for the camera… Apparently, there is a conspiracy against the crazy camera lady between the butterfly and birds as he wouldn’t open his beautiful wings until he flitted away much too swiftly and high in the sky for a decent photo.

THREE: Evening Walk

My youngest son and I went for an evening walk around the block and I, of course, brought my camera. 

Four: Sunset Practice

I actually have a sunset photo I took on my phone last Friday night that I prefer to this.  I was lamenting to my husband that the best sunrise/sunset views around here always seem to be from the highway. Not an ideal or safe location for a photo!

This one is from our walk around the block:

Five: My Very First Attempt At A Sun flare!

I honestly didn’t even know this was a thing until a few months ago.  Still need lots of practice with this and quite possibly a camera with capabilities beyond my bridge camera.  ******

Are you a photographer?  Any advice? I’d be especially interested in how to gain the cooperation of the birds and butterflies!

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