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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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Tasting that first piece of pumpkin piek2751744

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…

Sipping hot chocolate and apple ciderCider-Mulled

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 …

Before another Season starts tantalizing my senses… u30073592

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Time for the “Jack-o-lanterns” to Come Out

The weather is perfect!

Autumn is in the air… football games abound…

( Been listening to our Louisville Cardinals game on TV…

YES!… they are winning!)

thoughts of cooler days for sure…

and Holidays that bring us fun times

I got the itch to finish a few Halloween items that I place around the house…

I don’t do nearly as much as I used to… Boys are grown…

But, a few items for the Grandkids and ourselves… to look at and hopefully enjoy!

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Dracula Cling – Kitchen Window

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Mummy Cling – Kitchen Window

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Frankenstein Cling – Kitchen Window

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Witch Cling – Kitchen Window

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Jack-o-lantern / Black Cat Cling – Kitchen Window

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Placemats and Fall Centerpiece  – Kitchen

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Fall Centerpiece…

Using Pear Candles and Dried Flowers… I already had…

Center Ceramic Pear has a Tealight also…

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Pumpkin House Tealight Holder…( Living Room )

Reminds me of the poem “Peter, Peter… Pumpkin Eater”

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A New find from the thrift store… Jack-o-lantern Pot Holder….

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Couldn’t resist the cute Jack-o lantern Paper Plates…

Of course I will have to replace a couple of times before Halloween!

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My Black Cat Tealight Holder in Bathroom…

I think he is so cute with his piece of Candy Corn!

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Autumn Wreath found at thrift Store…

I just added the little Scarecrow and Ribbon… Not bad!

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I change my house flag for each season…

Out come the family of Jack-o-lanterns!… to fly with “Old Glory…

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Thrift Store find!…

OLD! … plastic lighted Jack-0-lantern…

“Spooky”… glowing at night…

Enjoy each Holiday with a little fun decorating…

Always makes me smile and feel good inside!

I Used Paas Dye…

I picked up a package of Paas Easter Egg Dye … a little kit… at the thrift store the other day…

Why not!… it was marked $1.00 on the package as the original price and then the store had marked it to their price of 68 cents

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I’ll take it!…

The thrift store has more bunnies… Easter decorations… grass and baskets… of every shape… and even clothes to dress up the little ones…

and they were quite busy!…

I bought a little bunny too… He’s sitting on my bathroom shelf

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I decided I could wait no longer to dye the eggs… so after making some sugar cookies

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My guys love their sweets…

I boiled about a dozen eggs

Just enough to say I did it and to get that urge out of my system…

There were 5 colored tablets in the kit… pink, blue, orange, green and yellow with a little wire egg holder…

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plus a few colorful cardboard egg holders and a matching game of Easter characters… I was feeling like a kid again…

Simple pleasures!…

I read where just vinegar and the tablets in a cup k0996563 would make the brightest colors… lemon juice would make medium colors… and water for pastels

I opted for the brightest… only using vinegar!… u17660117

They turned out quite bright and pretty… and I managed to keep my fingers pretty clean…

Not dyeing them too much!

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I read about these Paas dyes… and a gentleman named William Townsley… who was a druggist… invented these special egg coloring dyes around 125+ years ago…

He renamed the company paas-logo after the Pennsylvania Dutch word Passen which was used for Easter

Quite interesting… that after 60+ years… I have learned that tidbit…

I hope you have dyed a few eggs… It is quite fun! cottonHeader2

Sunshine for Our “Hunt” ???

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but, it’s a little too early…

So, I decided to keep my spirit of Easter going by filling the plastic eggs for the Grandkids to hunt on Easter Day…

I was hoping for pretty weather k5876594 … but, the forecast says “rain”k0334307

I never put plans on hold… because weather can change in a week…

We save a big bag of plastic eggs to reuse every year…

I ended up with some and I think my daughter-in-law has some…

I love their bright colors… Some are small and some a big…

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We have a pretty big backyard… with big trees and grassy areas k1013394to hide the eggs…

We all get into the fun… Melanie and I fill the eggs… My kids, my husband and others that are here at Easter hide them… You just have to participate in some way!… You just can’t resist!

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I love watching the kids running around the yardk5964598 … looking here and there… down by the fence… near the tree trunks… in the grass… near the deck…

They fill their baskets k12006141or bags not stopping to look inside the colorful eggs until all of them  are found… Then, they dump them all out and count how many they have found…

This year since they are older… 8 and 11… I put inside coins

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I robbed our Piggy Bank … to add some appeal to the hunt…

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I just loved these chocolate carrots… with their bright shiny wrappers…

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Makes it a little more interesting!…

We will eat dinner of ham, turkey, baked potato casserole, deviled eggs, green beans, slaw, hot rolls  and a special dessert from my daughter-in-law which is her specialty…

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I am making a Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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just because it sounds good to me… We will then all go outside for the hunt … weather permitting…

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                                           Some of the eggs filled… a lot more to go…

Let the sun shine on our Easter Egg Huntk5324782 even if just for a few hours…

Making Chocolate Bunnies…

Whatever Holiday comes… I look for something new to make… a new dessert… a new decoration k12812912 … a new card to send… a unique gift…

I found this Easter Bunny Mold sometime last summer at the thrift store… There was only one… but, I knew from making candies in our little Bake Shop at school that the candies would set up pretty quick when put in the freezer… and should pop right out with a little twist of the mold…

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Well, I was right!… I only bought one bag of the candy chips that were microwavable… They melted quickly… In about an hour I had 24 cute chocolate bunnies…

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I figured if they did as good as I thought… I might buy some more candy chips… Maybe yellowMNM6170_small or pinkMNM6160_medium time permitting…

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I want to have them for Easter k5698517 to put in my candy dishes or I might just bag for favors for each place setting on the table k5584930 …

I am having dinner  k5583491… for my son/daughter-in-law, her parents, grandkids, my other son and us…

I think they turned out so cute!

“Are You Ready?”

k7942552Am I ready?… I think so…

People ask , “Are you ready for Christmas?” … My immediate thought is …

Yes, I’ve bought presents sma0109for who was on my list… and they are wrapped… and under the tree…

Yes, I have most of the food k11492778I’m going to prepare…

Yes, the house is cleanpix0587… and extra dusting and sweeping has been done…

Yes, my personal hand-made gifts k5000305 have been mailed or given…

Yes, the decorations k11501125got up early…

Yes, phone calls k2392326and connecting to those out-of-town have been made…

and YES, I do remember WHY we are celebrating…

It’s my Jesus’ Birthday!..k2856122

Isn’t it wonderful that our Lord has shared his Birthday bwo0065with us!…

His birthday has brought Santa Claus u14039971for the young children… like the JOY in our hearts when He enters…

The gift givingk9904381 like Him… that is our gift from GodOur Heavenly Father!…

The beautiful Lights! x13376197… like Him… that has brought Light to a sinful world for whoever wants to Believe!…

The LOVE k11475327 that is bestowed on family members and friends… like His Love that was given through His sacrifice…

Special Hand-made foods and presents k6849846… that we cook and make with thoughts of the people who will receive them… like Him… who listens to our Prayers that we lift up to Him… with a yearning heart…

Our Homes k7896151that are so festive… Waiting for friends and family to enter… like Heaven‘s Gates standing wide open for all who want Everlasting Life

Our calls we make… our cards k7254442we send… our hugs and kisses we love to give and receive… like the open line of communication that is there with our Lord… if we just take the time to bend our heads and knees in prayer

The wonderful dinnersk2945120 that are prepared for the festivities we partake in… like the Dinner and Place that has been prepared for us in Heaven

Yes… I think “I’m Ready!”… Are you?

Bells of Christmas…

When I go to sign my Christmas Cards IS431-094 … I sometimes wonder what to write…

Of course “LOVE”  is always good k11475327 … but, maybe not for just an acquaintance… or a co-worker…

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These are a few but, I also found these “closings”…that were just a little “more”… and I liked that!…

May your days be  filled with magic and cheer!

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Decorate your Christmas with joy!

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May all your days be happy and bright!

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Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a joyful holiday season.

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Jolly holly-days to your and yours!

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Merry up and have your best Christmas ever!

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HO! HO! HOpe your holidays are filled with fun!

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Christmas…hope yours is all about the merry!

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Merry Christmas to someone who’s always on Santa’s “nice” list!

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Merry Kiss-mas!

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God bless us, everyone!     

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season
and all the best in the coming year!

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Merry Christmas with all the trimmings!

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Hope this season finds  you all wrapped up in happy!

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I made my own “Cards “… to hand out to the members of a group I belong to… It was our Christmas Get-together…

I found pretty Silver Bells“… and attached them to my letter (card)… I had chosen the Christmas Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as follows:

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This poem was written on December 25th 1864 during the American Civil War by one of America’s greatest writers, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The references to this war were removed when the poem was rearranged and set to music by John Baptiste Calkin in 1872.

‘Christmas Bells’

I heard the bells k10791590on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on Earth , good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing k10791590, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells k10791590more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,

With peace on Earth, good-will to men!

My “closing” was…

Wishing you a joyous Christmas!

May the “Bells of Christmas” ring out for you!