Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gratitude



Hello!
I hope this posts finds everyone 
well.
Me--home with the creepy crud. :(

Anyway, I saw this posted on Face-
book today and thought it was a fun 
take on Gratitude. It seems like it is 
brought up in November when we 
should think about it all year long.

Let's have some fun. Pick five and 
tell us your thoughts.

Mine are:

# 7  I can't pick one but since both 
of my parents are no longer here all 
the memories that pop in my head 
are good to remember.

# 20 My parents, miss them daily.

# 29 Our extended family members 
on both sides.

# 27 My cell phone. Glad to have it
in case of an emergency.

# 6 The change of seasons. Living in the
Midwest provides four distinct seasons,
seems like they are shorter at times but 
I enjoy each for what they provide.

Your turn.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A New Month




Happy November! 

Hope yours has started out well. 
Mine began with a birthday.  Me :) 
Lots of  fun at school and home.

I saw this cute chart on Facebook. 
I think it is supposed to be geared 
toward kids but there are a lot of 
things that we as adults can do this 
month.

In this month of blessings and 
gratitude make someone's day.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, October 31, 2019

BOO!


Happy Halloween!


May your day be filled with treats and
not tricks!



~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Halloween Traditions




Holiday traditions, seems like each 
holiday has them. Families have them 
and they hand them down to their kids 
plus they make their own.
When I was a little girl, I loved deciding 
what I wanted to be for Halloween.  So 
much went into picking out THE costume 
for that year. I loved the party at school 
and getting to take my costume with me 
to wear at the party.
Now as a big girl who teaches at a school, 
I try to come up with something fun but 
easy. This year I will reprise my happy 
face emoji shirt and add bumble bee 
wings and antenna.

Candy, some years we have trick or 
treaters and some years we don't have 
many. Mr. Ken gets a kick out of seeing 
what comes to our door as I do. We aren't
scary like some can be.
Back in the day, we had a house on our
street that was "the must house to go to" 
because if you didn't and someone found 
out, oh boy. So even if two of us were out 
we knew we had to see what Mr. Swenson 
was going to do that year.

Parties, we had several when I was little 
and I have gone to some as an adult. When 
we had them as a child my Dad unbeknownst 
to my Mom or I would dress  up like a Ghost 
and tap on the basement window and scare 
the wits out of us. :)  Mom did not know that
it was Dad till years after he was gone and
she came across the sheet he used. So funny.

Pumpkins-carving or not? We did at school
with one. I'm not a fan of pumpkin guts.
But have found that cutting it open on the
bottom works oh soooooo much better
that cutting the top off.
We have pumpkins on the porch and I 
spray them with clear coat so the squirrels
don't eat them!

What kind of traditions do you have for
Halloween? My friend Leslie, LOVES
Halloween. Check out her blog--
"Dandelion Sprinkles" on my sidebar.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

My Fave




THIS is one of my all time FAVORITE
holiday shows.

"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
first aired in 1966. That year it was nom-
innated for and Emmy.
It was the third Peanuts special and 
second holiday themed show followed by 
"A Charlie Brown Christmas."
It aired on CBS until 2000 and in 2001 
ABC began airing it.
It is usually shown twice during the 
season, first showing in a half hour and 
the second airing is one hour with the 
special "Your Not Elected, Charlie Brown." 
I usually DVR it so I can watch at my 
leisure but I also have it on DVD. I will be 
sharing it with my kids at school this year.
Did you watch this as a kid?
Do you still watch it as an adult?

~Keep on Dreaming~

Monday, October 28, 2019

Halloween Week



Boo! Eek! It is Halloween week!

Love it or hate it?
Candy Corn

We love it in our house.

Did you know that it used to be 
called "Chicken Feed?" Do you 
know why?

Well I'll tell ya.

Candy Corn was called this at one 
time because real corn used to taste 
nasty. Before WWI, people did not 
eat a lot of corn because it was coarse 
and cheap so the fed it to their chickens.
In the 20's a popular candy company
had the image of a chicken scratching
at some candy bits on the box and the
name stuck.

It was invented in the 1880's by George
Renniger who worked for Wunderle
Candy Co then Goelitz Confectionery
Co or as we know it today Jelly Belly,
bought the recipe in 1898 and sold the 
candy under the name "Chicken Feed."

In October '15 it was estimated that 35
million tons of the candy would be made
and 15 million tons would be bought 
during Halloween Week. Can you 
imagine what those totals would be 
today?

We have purchased our share this 
season. How about you?


~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Happening's



Hello!

Here's what has been going on in our 
world. We are in the process of tearing 
down our deck! This was the roof.



Roof gone!


Albino squirrel playing in the scraps from 
the tear down.




Northeast walls came down this past week-
end!



This is what is left plus floor braces for the 
walls. In the spring we will start a new with 
a freshly buffed floor and new stain then we 
will build a new railing aprox 42' high. 
THEN we will begin painting the 
house. Oh boy!



This is my cousin-in-law fulfilling one of 
the things on her bucket list. She said it 
was AWESOME. 
Though not for me!



Fun at school, melting crayons on a 
pumpkin.


Annual Chili Fest Fireworks.







It was a chilly evening for Chili fireworks
but it was so  fun.


We went to one of the last ball games of 
the season. KC didn't have a great year 
but we had fun supporting
the team.



More fun at school--bobbing for apples.
This is my co-teacher.


Stacking apples after reading 
Ten Apples Up On Top.



One of my students spinning me 
around--pinning apples on a tree.


That's what is going on besides the 
daily goings on.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MIA



It's late, but I wanted to pop by to say
that I am still here. Life has gotten
a bit hectic and I haven't had time
to devote to my little blog.
I hope someone is still out there 
waiting for me to post!

I plan to post within the next day or 
so.

Thanks for your patience!


~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Unbelievable

 


Hello!

Well, I can't believe we have fresh new
month ALREADY!! Seems like we just
started September.

If you missed my last post with Pumpkin
recipes, please scroll down.

It has still been warm here, do we still
call this "Indian summer?" Temps
should begin to fall later in the week
but we are to have RAIN again!

October is one of my favorite months
because:

*The season changes to cooler weather.
*Cozy clothes come out and the summer
stuff goes away for awhile.
*Soups, stews and comfort food is served
at meals.
*Fall colors-oranges, yellows, reds, and
browns are often seen. Our trees aren't
changing yet but soon.
* I have my costume decided on for
Halloween at school. A Bumblebee
Emoji.
*Fall fests and craft shows are all over
around here. Love them!
*Lighting the fire pit and hanging out
around it is so soothing.

What do you enjoy doing in October?


~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fall Treats




Today I have a couple of easy Fall 
recipes for you.

Fall Dip

1 16 oz  tub of Cool Whip (thawed)
1 5 oz  box of Vanilla Pudding
**DRY MIX ONLY**
1 15 oz can of Pumpkin
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

In a large bowl, mix together 
pudding mix, pumpkin, and 
pie spice.
Fold into the Cool Whip.
Chill until served.


Serve with Graham Crackers-
plain or Cinnamon, apple slices, 
vanilla wafers or your choice.


Pumpkin Muffins

1 box of cake mix
White, Yellow or Spice
1 15 oz  can of Pumpkin
Cinnamon--optional

No water, eggs or oil

Mix together, pour into muffin 
cups.

Bake  at 350 for 20- 30 minutes.

**A coworker of mine made these
and Mr. Ken said mine was really 
good!

Enjoy the taste of the season!


~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, September 22, 2019

A New Season




Hello!
Well, here we are on the eve of a 
new season.
Fall or Autumn arrives tomorrow 
at approx 2:50 a.m. I don't know 
about you BUT I am so ready. 
Ready for those cooler temps,
hoodies, comfy long pants and 
some good ol' comfort food. ; )


 
I ran across a couple of "Fall 
Bucket Lists" that I wanted 
to share. 


Go Apple pickin'
Bake some pies with 
those you apples picked
Try out Apple bobbin'
Enjoy some Apple Cider
Host a bonfire
Roast Marshmallows
Make Smore's
Drink Hot Chocolate
Go to a Pumpkins Patch
Try your hand at a Corn 
Maze
Take a Hayride
Carve a Pumpkin

 

Visit a Haunted House
Build a Scarecrow
Go to a costume party
with a spectacular costume
Watch Football
Rake your leaves and then
jump in the them


Watch Hocus Pocus
Bake Cookies
Burn Fall candles
Pull out you Fall decor
Go to your nearby Fall 
Festivals

What kinds of things are offered
in your area for Fall?

Enjoy the season!!


~Keep on Dreaming~







Thursday, September 12, 2019

A Little Trip Here and a Little Trip There

 

Last Friday we took our annual
trip to our favorite sunflower farm.
We have learned that going in the
evening is much better than going
during the day. This field is their
smaller field located behind the
General Store.
Their larger field had some issues
blooming due to excessive rain that
washed the seeds away. Farmer Ted 
had to replant the larger field and it
was just beginning to bloom.
Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Last Sunday we our trip took us to
a neighboring city to see their newly
built lake and activity areas. This will
be a busy place next summer. They
have a beach, a marina, an event venue,
an area for outdoor music, a splashpad
for the kids. trails for walking and
biking, several picnic shelters, waterfalls
and pretty flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Hope you enjoyed our trips.

~Keep on Dreaming~

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