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Celebrating Halloween

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

So for week 3 of the Spooky Spiders challenge, I am blogging about how I celebrate Halloween & what sort of treats do I give out.

Normally, our church hosts TRUNK or TREAT with games, food & of course the kids get to go Trunk or Treating at each vehicle for treats. This year the committee in charge of organizing TRUNK or TREAT decided to do something different. Instead they are taking the children's department & anyone else interested in going to a Corn Maze that is near the church. I can imagine how much fun they will have.

I will still buy treats for giving out to local children & my grandchildren. I usually buy a variety of candy --gummies, chocolates & skittles & make like treat bags with several pieces of candy since I know not all kids like the same thing. I plan to give it all away, keeping none to temp myself for indulgence.

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LITTLEWIND53 10/25/2014 3:27PM

    Our church is also having a trunk or treat this year, and a price for the best decorated "trunk"

I never go to it because I don't have a "trunk"( -- I don't have a car and don't drive) but I like to hear the stories.....

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AMYBELLES 10/23/2014 11:00PM

    The TRUNK or TREAT and corn maze sound fun for the kids! Good for you giving all the treats away!!

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/23/2014 2:25PM

    Donna, I think you and your church are seeing that the children in your area have a safe Halloween! Keep up the good work.

HUGS
Debbie

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/23/2014 1:05AM

    emoticon I've been in a corn maze once. It was fun but I sure did get turned around. lol It sounds like you have a good plan for Halloween! The trunk or treat sounds like more fun than going door to door.

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CDNALTA 10/22/2014 11:37PM

    Yup - just for children. The corn maze sound like fun.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/22/2014 10:47PM

    That sounds like so much fun for the kiddies. I would lobe to go to a corn maze, but we're so far from them.

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REDQUEEN2262 10/22/2014 6:06PM

    The corn maze will be a blast. Great idea for the Trunk or Treat - it is more of an event than just going house to house for candy.

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RORYLYONS 10/22/2014 4:29PM

    What a fabulous idea to go through a corn maze....Those kids will have a blast.i emoticon .

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1CRAZYDOG 10/22/2014 11:26AM

    Good plan.

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GERIKRAGH 10/22/2014 10:22AM

    Great thinking.

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/22/2014 9:40AM

    What a great plan. Enjoy

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ICECUB 10/22/2014 9:25AM

    SOUNDS LIKE FUN. I GIVE OUT CANDY BUT WE DON'T HAVE AS MANY KIDS AS WE USE TOO.

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GABY1948 10/22/2014 8:52AM

    Sounds like a ball...had not heard of a corn maze before!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/22/2014 8:50AM

    emoticon The corn maze is a lot of fun. Those kids are going to have a spooktacular time. I am singing your song ... give away all the candies! Leave none for the temptation genie! emoticon for sharing.

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Overcoming Halloween treats temptations

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Spooky Spiders Bonus blog challenge was to blog about Halloween Candy temptation. This one is pretty simple for me as I make sure to give all the goodies & treats away to those adorable little monsters, fairies & such. My rationale is ---if it's not in sight it won't be a temptation & I've found that this works best for me. emoticon

  
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SUEARNOLD1 10/22/2014 7:57AM

    We just don't buy it either!

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SPARKED2BFIT 10/22/2014 5:18AM

    me too... and i'm lucky there's no children that trick or treat where i live so no excuses to bring candy into the house. happy halloween!! emoticon

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GOANNA2 10/17/2014 9:44AM

    I don't buy any candy. The kids next door don't go
around to the houses. Thank god there won't be any
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/17/2014 2:04AM

    I'm the same way. I have tons of candy for the kiddies, but I don't take any.

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CDNALTA 10/17/2014 1:58AM

    better out of the house!

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2BDYNAMIC 10/16/2014 9:42PM

    Me too ............. Don't bring it in the house! (oh wait .......... did get some candy for the little goblins, hid it and can't remember where it is!) .......... emoticon

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AMYBELLES 10/16/2014 9:30PM

    The hardest thing for me was always to know how much candy to buy. Giving it all away is definitely the key!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/16/2014 7:38PM

    emoticon emoticon Out of sight out of mind!!!

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ICECUB 10/16/2014 7:13PM

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/16/2014 7:11PM

    Yes, definitely good rationale! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 10/16/2014 5:03PM

    Yes, I never keep candy around so that is the BEST way!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2014 2:29PM

    Yes! For me too . . . out of sight, out of mind. Thank goodness for that.

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Spooky Spiders Week 2

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This weeks blog topic is quite interesting & a little more difficult as I get into writing it, than I had expected. emoticon Guess I better put my thinking cap on. emoticon

I was challenged to blog about, "Do you prefer the shorter days and longer nights or do you long for warmer, longer days again?"

Although I definitely prefer the longer days so that I can get more things done before nightfall, I must admit I do not miss the hot, steamy, sweltering days of heat index above 100. I definitely love the cooler days & night that Fall brings, it's wonderful to walk outside without immediately breaking out a sweet. Some of the things I love about the shorter days & longer nights are:

I get more sleep because the temperatures are milder & because with it getting dark earlier I find myself going to bed at a decent hour. emoticon

I love being able to walk in the cool of the late afternoon, taking in the beauty of the radiant colors of foliage. emoticon emoticon

I also love all the wonderful varieties of soups & chilis & stew that are typical this time of year. emoticon

But I do think there's something in every season to enjoy but this time of year far outweighs the other seasons for my preference. emoticon

  
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REDQUEEN2262 10/18/2014 11:50AM

    Totally agree - longer days and cooler temps!!

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LITTLEWIND53 10/16/2014 11:40PM

    I also enjoy the longer days, being able to see without putting the lights on, but like most, I do not enjoy the heat of summer.

On the other hand, I really can't handle the frigid temps of winter and tend to hibernate and go out very little.

I do like the cooler temps of fall, the beautiful colours, and like you said, the soups and stews, etc and the fresh bounty in the grocery stores.

But my fav is spring. The world is just waking up from the long cold winter, the temps start to get warm again without being too hot, the world is green and I enjoy the smell of the fresh air after a season of being inside.....

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AMYBELLES 10/16/2014 9:34PM

    You pointed out a lot of great things about having the shorter days in the fall. I always would get depressed when the time changed to standard again and I drove home from work in the dark. Don't have that concern anymore now that I'm retired!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/16/2014 7:51PM

    emoticon blog Donna! I too thought that having lived most of my life on a tropical Island, i would have chosen the warmer, longer day at the drop of the hat. I found that this was not the case because there are so many things that I like about the fall season and so I went back and forth between the two choices. So as you said there is something about every season to enjoy amd I will do so as the seasons change. emoticon for sharing.

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GABY1948 10/16/2014 5:01PM

    I agree with you...I love this time of year also. It's my favorite...only I don't like what comes next!

GREAT blog! Thanks for sharing!

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/16/2014 4:10PM

    Nice blog Donna! I too think there is something about every season to enjoy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2014 3:28PM

    Fall for me, but with you on liking the longer days!

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Our trip to the NC Mountains

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Last week my DH had to have cataract surgery on Monday but we had both opted to take the entire week off from work, it would give us some time together. He was doing really great & then Wednesday morning, we made a spontaneous decision to go to the mountains for a few days. It was the perfect place for some R & R as it's where we go when we need some time away from all the stresses & hectic lifestyle of everyday life.

So I quickly found us a place away from it all, in fact we were the last house on the road that was occupied, there was a house across the road from us but it was empty & for sale. Here's a pic of our home away from home.



We were staying in the Robbinsville & Fontana Dam areas of NC. There were many beautiful places we visited, aren't the colors just breathtaking??







Here's a little country church that was just down the hill from our vacation home.




Don't we look quite relaxed & carefree? LOL!



I must say this was a much needed vacation & we had a wonderful time just getting out & visiting some of the parks & taking in some of the beauty of God's Creation.

I hope enjoyed the pictorial journey.


  
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SPIRITSEEKER2 10/16/2014 6:18AM

    love those mountains !! glad you 2 are doing great also emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/16/2014 2:11AM

    Loved the pics and I really like the pic of you and Kenny! I'm so glad you were able to get away for some much needed R&R. You should do it more often. emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 10/15/2014 11:55PM

    Glad you had a restful and relaxing time. I wish I had a cabin in such a wonderful setting.....

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/15/2014 9:40PM

    Those are beautiful pictures. I love the cabin there. I'm glad that you enjoyed your time away.

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GGRANLDY 10/15/2014 2:56PM

    Awesome pictures. You guys look rested and relaxed. Glad you could get away. The cabin looks cool and I love the little country church. Have a wonderful day.

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OPALMOON 10/15/2014 11:04AM

    Love the stunning pictures - the scenery is beautiful, and you do indeed look very relaxed. Glad you had an enjoyable time away, and I hope DH is recovered from the cataract surgery.

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ISAKITTEN 10/15/2014 9:48AM

    such beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing

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GABY1948 10/15/2014 9:03AM

    LOVE the pics and glad the surgery went well! I would love to go to that same place...so beautiful!

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GOANNA2 10/15/2014 8:24AM

    So lovely to see you both so relaxed. What a beautiful
place. Thank you for the lovely pictures. How did your
hubby's cataract surgery go? Hope it went well for him.
It's always nice to get away. Good on you. You needed
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1CRAZYDOG 10/15/2014 8:13AM

    How beautiful, and for sure -- you both look relaxed. AWESOME and thanks for sharing.

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ICECUB 10/15/2014 8:09AM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING. I LOVE YOUR PICTURES. GLAD YOU GOT TO GET AWAY.

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CFODEL 10/15/2014 8:01AM

    Love the mountains here -- we were in Bryson City in June. Thanks for sharing!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/15/2014 7:58AM

    Stunning scenery. Thanks for sharing this lovely photos.

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Favorite things about Fall/Autumn

Thursday, September 18, 2014

So for Week 3 of the BSG Harvest Moon challenge, I have been asked to blog about some of my favorite things of Fall / Autumn.

This is indeed my favorite time of year, I guess after surviving the hot & sticky summers, Fall is a like breath of fresh air. So here's my list.

*Cooler Temperatures
*Beautiful, Vibrant colors on the trees
*Being able to take a walk or have some other outdoor activity
*All the tasty treats from apples & pumpkins
*Being able to see all the Fall decorations in yards in preparation for the Harvest time

Fall is a beautiful time of year, well that's my opinion & I'm sticking to it. emoticon

  
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GABIBEAR 9/23/2014 11:35PM

    I agree Donna!! I love all those things about Autumn!!! Way to go!

Gabi
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REDQUEEN2262 9/20/2014 11:12AM

    I completely agree for all of the same reasons!

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LITTLEWIND53 9/19/2014 11:04PM

    Spring is my fav time of year, but I also like fall for the same reasons as you do....

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/19/2014 10:39PM

    I agree with pretty much all of what you like except for the cooler temps. It signals to me that winter isn't too far away and I am not crazy about winter except for maybe a month. lol Great blog though!

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ICECUB 9/18/2014 10:51PM

    FALL IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE TIMES. IT REALLY IS A BEAUTIFUL TIME OF YEAR.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/18/2014 10:18PM

    I do love Fall and everything in it.

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AMYBELLES 9/18/2014 10:09PM

    I totally agree with you on all the different ways you enjoy fall! I sure wish it lasted longer than it does!

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JUDITH316 9/18/2014 8:04PM

    emoticon Donna and I so agree emoticon for sharing, I love this time of the year, as for me, its the vibrant colors on the trees with such beautiful leaves displaying such brilliant and vibrant colors of reds, yellows, browns, gold, bronze and greens, they are so vibrant, there is nothing that compares to the beautifully painted canvas that is displayed before us. emoticon

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BARBIE176 9/18/2014 6:44PM

    emoticon blog Donna. Enjoy the fall and everything you like about it.

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GERIKRAGH 9/18/2014 1:48PM

    I can't wait.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/18/2014 1:17PM

    Love Fall as well!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 9/18/2014 12:13PM

    emoticon blog. I love fall for all of those reasons too. Wishing you a very fun fall season.

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ISAKITTEN 9/18/2014 11:43AM

    thanks for sharing what you like...i need to get mine writen because i love fall too

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IOEINC 9/18/2014 10:59AM

    Fall is my favorite time of year. Even the sunlight looks different and a fall sky is beautiful. My hubby's favorite answer would have to be college football, Saturdays noon to midnight!! But he is still such a sweetie that he will do something with me if I want.

Have a lovely Thursday!!

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COLLEENCONQUERS 9/18/2014 9:21AM

    i agree with all your wonderful loves of the cooler weather and Autumn arriving !! and caramel apples .. LOL emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 9/18/2014 8:56AM

    I am with you .............. I marvel over Fall and the wonderful colours and spicy flavors and so much more............... We certainly have been given a bounty of lovely things .............. Good blog; emoticon

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GOANNA2 9/18/2014 8:49AM

    Sounds wonderful. I do remember the fall colours.
You are lucky to see a change of seasons. We don't
see much here in the tropics. enjoy the beautiful Fall.
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BUFFYSMOM2 9/18/2014 8:18AM

    It all sounds so wonderful. I'm ready for some cooler weather too. emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 9/18/2014 8:03AM

    yea ok but it leads to winter and I hate winter! emoticon emoticon

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OWLWENEEDISLOVE 9/18/2014 7:59AM

    Yes indeed , the summer was a sticky one; the cooler fresh air is a welcome. I'm with you with all the beautiful sights , smells, and the flavors that Fall has to offer us. Who can resist those dazzling colors all around us ! Especially the apples , pumpkins and the beautiful trees!!!

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