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My Senses Are Being Tantalized!

My senses are aware of the coming change of seasons..

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I feel the cooler airtouch of a warm sweater

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I smell the smoke from burning wood in our fire pitCinnamon wafting in air from hot cider…

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I see the leaves slowly starting to let loose of the branches of the trees… colors changing to yellow… orange and red…k7508174

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Children heard outdoors… trying to get in those last moments of playing outdoors… cooler wind picking up and blowing the leaves across the lawn…

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The flowers are dieing… Their last blooms looking spindly…

The fields are turning brown and golden

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Apples, Pumpkins and Dried Indian Corn tied together…

Gourds to decorate with…

Beautiful Mums in shades of orange, yellow, sienna, some almost a burgundy color…k15555818

My anticipation of Autumn is…

Going to Fall Festivals…

Cooking more soups / chilis…

Baking more…

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Pumpkin… cinnamon… apple smells…

Leaves rustling underfoot…ap01h024

Crisp cool air

Baking Pumpkin Seeds

Stores full of Holiday decorations and ideas…

Sun setting earlier… and rising later…

Yes!… my senses are aware of the changes being made… and I intend to enjoy …

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…it’s coming in…

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I’m sitting here drinking a cup of warm apple cider  … I know… not officially Autumn  … but, we’ve had a few cool evenings… and it just feels like “it’s coming in” as people say… It seems …

The air changes…

The wind blows…

Trees drop a few leaves…

Fire burns bright…

As I make the cider… the smells of cinnamonapples and other spices fill the air… I feel that urge for change… and it will be here before we know it…

Cooking soups…

Covering up…

Hot drinks simmering…

Staying inside more…

We begin to see the days getting shorter… and the mornings stay darker… We start preparing for the colder weather

Stacking cut wood…

Checking on heat…

Sealing up cracks…

Drawing the blinds…

We begin to do more… reading , watching TV , playing cards or board gamesBaking comes to mind… Outside fun put on holdWinter sports taking their place…

Ice Skating on ponds…

Sledding down hills…

Roasting marshmallows…

Gloves and scarves…

We are getting ready for those shorter, but… colder… days…

Winter is near!

Taking Part In “The Old and New”

It’s been 7 months since I started my BLOG … I think I will start a new one for the year 2012 … I started writing about working with my kids at school … almost a never-ending story…but, since I have found my interest going in a different direction … I’ve learned that’s OK… I will finish what I have started… I’m like that… need to complete tasks I start… and then I can go on to other ideas … I find that maybe it’s because I am finally starting into another part of my life … When you have done something for over 30 years …it’s hard to stop thinking about it…In my case the schools , the teachers , the kids, the adventures and friends I made… I was so drawn to what I had left… but, now I’m looking in other areas… of things to do, to see  and feel…It’s kind of encouraging that I can go on to new beginnings … and I do intend to try new things, meet many more people, learn new things every day and maybe even change my thoughts and patterns that are so instilled in my being…The world is so glorious with all that it has to offer Why not take part in it! 

“My Kids!”…

In the Fall , a team at school called “The Shooting Stars, held Muster Day in October… It was like a pioneer day apple cider making , square dancing , corn husk doll making , quaint games from years past, cake walks , making beaded necklaces, cooking corn in the husk , roasting a pig  and serving BBQ to all who wanted to try it, frying jowl bacon on an open fire and our contribution would be beef stew , corn bread and pumpkin pie … We had such a good time! … It took months for the students and our kids who were included to learn the steps to the square dancing… laughing and getting to know each other as they found out who had two left feet or who wasFred Astaire in disguise  of a gangly teenager … Studying about their particular subject that was assigned to them… from making moccasins to apple butter … The kids came up with their own costumes… dressed in the clothing of the period they were learning about… very original… Many posters were made and many stories were told to all the spectators and parents who had come to view all of their hard work… Such a good memory to hold within me and brought to surface when the calendar turns to October, the air starts to cool and the smell of pumpkin pie and apple cider entices you to enjoy those times again…I think I’ll take part in the past as well as the present…  

Crisp, Cool Air…

We’re going to Glendale, KY … One of my favorite Fall Festivals… It’s actually called the Glendale Crossing Festival… A one day event but, huge!… It is the 3rd Saturday in October… so this year it is October 15th… Begins at 8:00am with a parade of local talent…tractors … horses… music … etc. … We get there from Louisville in about an hour… 53 miles… We’ve got this trip pretty down pat… Meet at Jerry’s Restaurant  on Preston… park our cars and hop in whoever’s car has decided to drive … Pitch in a little toward gas… We trade-off… Breakfast on the way down  or  … Get there about 8:30am…We know the route and the best place to park… We have only one thing in mind… have fun! … This means looking a lot!… eating at the Whistle Stop Restaurant  … buying something unusual! talking and laughing a lot! … trying different foods!  … and coming home tired! …Few men would understand or would do it… There are going to be 5 of us… Two friends I worked with… my cousin from Tennessee and my sister…It will be her first time… An experience awaits… There are hundreds of craft booths…selling anything you can imagine … lots of food vendors with all sorts of different good smells to entice your taste buds  … Quaint decor shops with the neatest gifts and antiques    … Some will Christmas Shop … Some will look and look and look and maybe not buy anything… Then there will be others with their arms so burdened down  with neat trinkets and finds… Old things , new things, Holiday things, homemade things  … Midday we begin to get in line to eat at the Whistle Stop…very historical… located right near the Railroad Track   that you cross over to enter this neat little town …but, no crossing except by foot today… Too many people! … I would recommend this eventful day to anyone who loves getting with good friends and enjoys the cool crisp fall air… Hot Apple Cider anyone?

“My Kids!”…

Autumn brought us to a market  where the kids could buy a pumpkin … We had negotiated a deal before we left with the farm or fruit stand we would be shopping at … Not the enormous ones that they would like to have…but, one they could hunt for and carry themselves… It was cute watching them go from one to the other picking the one that would be just right … Sometimes we walked out to the field and sometimes we rode out on a wagon … of course this was our favorite!… We’ve been to Huber’s Farm in IndianaTower View Farms in Taylorsville  and Slow Poke Farm in Shepherdsville … Just a wonderful day out in the cool air… Besides seeing pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns already carved … we saw cornstalks apples…farm animals  … horse-drawn wagons and tractors… apple cider …and sometimes homemade sweets and breads … I can just smell all of those flavors and scents mingled and wafting through the air… Find your jacket… Let’s go!

“A Sunday Drive”…

Another disappointment…I hadn’t been to Joe Huber Family Farm & Restaurant  in Starlight, Indiana for many years…So I suggested going yesterday for a little excursion…Our route crosses the Ohio River  into Indiana…eventually turning off onto more “country” roads …Progress can be seen everywhere!…lots of new homes, businesses and of course “food” places …We comment on all the changes in a few short years…hardly recognizable…You see the old combined with the new…We finally see more familiar surroundings…less commercialized…more fields, trees, wildflowers …After a short ride on a winding road we arrive at Hubers…quite busy…lots of people have chosen the same destination…We park trying to avoid all of the people walking with not much interest for their own safety…so we are cautious for them…People seem to get so easily distracted lately…People are heading for the Restaurant  you can tell…We didn’t come to eat…just look and maybe buy a few veggies at their Market Building  …I’ve eaten at the Restaurant…it is very good…but, sometimes long waits…not my husbands favorite thing…The Hubers grow all of their own vegetables and fruits…they have homemade bakery items , fresh produce, jams/jellies , small gifts(very expensive) like any place that draws big crowds…homemade ice cream …lines were so long that we just said …forget that!…Cheeses   were in that little building too…We bought some fresh green beans ,onions , strawberries , a few pieces of fudge and 3 cinnamon rolls…which I only tasted…because of a commitment to myself…There is a small area for petting/feeding a few animals  and games for children …cost $4.00 +…this is near a large pond… They have several big barn buildings that they rent to organizations or families for special events…As we drove less than a mile down the road we came to their Winery …Crowded also!…A big party for a company was going on at a newer building that is evidently rented out also…We proceeded to the winery…this building is designated for selling homemade wines…many varities…wine accesories…a bar to order wine by the glass or bottle…There is an area outside with lots of tables for sitting…Upstairs I had remembered a crafts area …now turned into a wine tasting bar  and more wine accesories…Nearby…there was also a larger petting zoo for children with a hefty little admission price…I’m sure people visiting for the first time…would just love this “Farm” Just have lots of money to spend…because the farm I remembered is just “Big Business” like a lot of places have turned into…I doubt that I will return…now that my memories have been burst again like a balloon … I left feeling a little disappointed and deflated

“My Kids!”…

We would go to Hubers Farm  in the Fall with our kids at school…Autumn was a great time to go…We would go to the pumpkin patch  on a big wagon pulled by a tractor  …The kids loved it! and so did we…We were kids again for a little while…The kids picked their pumpkins…we wrote their name on the bottom…They had to have the one they picked…When we returned from our ride to the pumpkin patch …we put their pumpkins  in the trunk of our cars and proceeded to where Apple Cider was being made…They had a taste and we were given a big bag of apples to bring back with us…The teachers usually had picked out their “jack-o lantern” pumpkin too…Halloween would not be far off  …The weather was just a little chilly…but, just felt good!…We ate our sack lunches on picnic tables  set by a pond…Afterwards we walked down to the other pond to feed the ducks…Our kids just loved everything!…Hardly ever heard a complaint…There were a few goats, ducks, pigs to view and pet…We visited the fresh produce area…looking at more pumpkins, apple butter, cornstalks, apples, squash  and other fall vegetables…We left tired , feeling healthy from the fresh air and sunshine …The kids were anxious to paint their pumpkins  and take them home…Apples were given to each one …Talk of what they had seen…No disappointments at the end of that day!