Archive for October, 2016

October about to End

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI realize I should post something before November approaches in two days. Above you can see the horizon’s sunrise last week. Very tranquil  I have been busy this month with canning vegetables, going to Florida for three days, teaching two composition classes and whatever else is on my plate.  Oh, I have been working at the Carnegie lately because I have to write about 5-6 articles with this grant that I was awarded, along with two other researchers for a total of 15 articles.  My brother came up to visit us last weekend which was fun to sit and talk to him late into the night.  Late for me is 10:30 p.m. for him that is just the start of the evening…he is a night ow.

Tomorrow is Halloween and I am not doing anything in honor of that day. My husband and I plan to hunker down and not celebrate in any way. We don’t have young children coming around in their costumes to beg for trick or TREATS!  Good thing, we would only have apples or pumpkin pie to serve them.  I have been selling 2017 calendars in this past week and they have been going like hotcakes.  You have to get those calendars out to people before they get them for free or they buy them.  Our two calendars are with the Carnegie and also the museum.  They seem to be even as to what people want to buy, not one is winning over the other. Both are different in what they emphasize, the Carnegie is colorful with people shots and the interior of the Carnegie.  The other is from 12 different towns in our county, old vintage photos.

Today after church I did something I wouldn’t normally do.  I made Killer Cleaning paste with 1 cup of baking soda, 4 T. hydrogen peroxide and 20 drops of lemon Essential oil.  The other is Natural Laundry detergent with 1 bar of grated soap, 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of borax (or additional washing soda) and 20 drops of Essential oil.  You are supposed to store that in an airtight glass jar.  Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load of laundry.

Finally we made Fizzy Bath Bombs with 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 c. corn starch, 1/4 cup olive oil, 4-5 drops of my favorite Essential oil. This all makes 1 1/2 cups.  You are supposed to let this sit for at least 24 hours in a Easter egg shell but putting it in a ball in a plastic works just as well.

Anyway, that is the latest I have to report of what I’ve been doing lately.  I should be preparing for tomorrow’s class but I’d rather write here instead.



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Birthday celebration with Sisters


My mom’s bouquet and my card with decorative gourds

It started out as a lark about 3 weeks ago and it became a reality several days ago. I’m glad I went to celebrate my sister’s 60th birthday in Florida along with my two other sisters who live in Minnesota.  We all had different flight times for our arrival but the BIG day was Oct. 12th, Wed. and that is when we went to a nice restaurant that evening to celebrate with her family as well as us FOUR sisters!

What happened on the way down for me was that I had a plane change to make and I just wanted to sleep at the very beginning of my flights. My first flight was 5:00 a.m. in the morning!  That meant that my husband and I had to get up at 2:30 a.m. to get on the road by 3:00 a.m. to be at the airport by 4:00 a.m. to be leaving by 5:00 a.m.  I just had a carry on piece of luggage.

When I got to the bigger airport for a departure time of 9:00 a.m. I told them that I wanted a window seat so I could sleep.  That was accomplished and I was in the VERY back of the big plane that was loaded with over 200 people, no empty seats to Florida!  I heard that they were taking carry on luggage to be checked and I could get on the plane earlier.  That worked for me so I bolted forward to get my tag and make it to the end of the plane.  Apparently someone saw in the front rows, I’m not sure how she recognized me since I have NOT seen her in about 45 years.  People change!  I thought I had changed enough too.

The plane arrived in Florida and ordinarily I would have had my luggage with me but I had to go to the checked baggage area before I met up with my sister.  This person who knew me from high school was waiting for me to show up as her husband was retrieving their luggage.  I did NOT know who was calling my name.  She said her name and then of course I recognized her…she was a class below me. She told me she has read both my books on our hometown and loves to read my newspaper articles.  We gave each other hugs and I told her why I was down…to celebrate my sister’s birthday.


When in Florida you MUST have painted nails!

So even though I don’t make any money writing these articles and I barely get any royalty on the books I’ve written for Arcadia press, I do have a following.  That was nice to know and despite the fact that I had NO make up on and was ready to swim in my sister’s pool, this person recognized me.  Small world, right?


Birthday girl with her adoring sisters




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Sunrise and Harvest


Today’s sunrise, the usual amazing view from our front yard

This morning was beautiful to behold, the beet trucks weren’t hauling or running yet and the sun was just quietly rising. No wind made for a peaceful start of the day. I am also very happy that I bought a used bench that I put in the front of the house. Beside that on the front step are pumpkins from our garden. Also, we have decorative gourds that are called Gremlins.


Gremlin decorative gourds

My husband and I went to our university’s football game today, they lost yet again but they are not in the right division. They are playing schools with LARGE enrollments and large budgets. We have guys from TX, AZ, CA, HI and FL. These are young men who LOVE playing football and want to get a degree by the end of four years. We are there to support these players because they are far from their usual support group from home.

So, we had a nice meal when we got home just out of the crock pot and then we had different things to do before sun down. There are tomatoes to pick and I am still getting sweet peas. I’ll keep picking those until the first hard frost shuts them down.

For now, I will enjoy sitting on my front step bench and watching the sunrises.


Taking a selfie with my new bench to watch sunrises


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