Have an adventure. Eat good food till your pants are too tight. Enjoy a good belly laugh.

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Let us resolve… it’s New Years again!

Hello web world and welcome to 2016!  Let me answer all of your questions:

Yes, you have survived another year.  Yes, you successfully found gifts for everyone on your list including a lovely bathroom joke book for your grandfather.  Yes, you ate too much pie, cake and bread pudding (overachiever) and now the scale is telling nasty fibs about your weight.  No, you don’t have to make any New Year’s resolutions but are you really going to let that stop you?

As a person without any substantial vices I have weighed my options and these are my favorite half dozen New Year’s resolutions from the web:

Loose weight: can you believe this is the most common resolution.  Go figure.

Save money: with resolutions ranging from figuring out long term savings for retirement to spending less I could come up with 50 different ways to accomplish this.

Love one and other, or at least show people that you like them: wether it’s friends or family or even your spouse there is always someone out there that could use some attention or some more of your time.

Cut back on stress: aparently long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can contribute to stress.  I don’t see why this is an issue for anyone.

Do good: volunteer somewhere, give cans to the food pantry, give two dollars to take care of abandoned animals.  Do something that is not for you.

Get organized: it took me 3 hours to pull all of the clothing that I will most likely never wear again out of my closet and bag it up for the salvation army and now i can find things.  What can I say.  I am a big fan of this option

Lighten up: do the kids rooms really need to be clean right now? How important is it that Billy eat all of his brocoli?  Does your husband really have to understand your hormones?  Feel free to let the little voices in your head discuss.

Ok, I get that I didn’t stop at 6.  Lets just saythat the last one was a bonus New Year’s resolution.  Now you can feal like you got your moneys worth.

What is your New Year’s resolution? You tell me yours and I’ll tell you what I finally settled on.  ;o)

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This weekends project: prepping for the day after Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving, but I must apologetically admit I love the day after Thanksgiving just a little bit more.  I am one of those crazy people that go shopping, but I am not talking about braving the mall (or Walmart as they will be price matching.)  After the shopping is done and we have stuffed ourselves with leftovers I will make my annual pilgrimage out to the garage to retrieve the Christmas decorations. I cannot tell you how excited I am to throw out my back hauling over a dozen Rubbermaid boxes into the house.

Decorating next weekend means doing all the heavy cleaning this weekend.  especially since it will be impossible to do heavy cleaning while the Christmas decorations are up, sorry mom.  This weekend I am doing the equivalent of spring cleaning. There will be dusting, vacuuming, mopping, switching out of air filters, everything will be cleaned out including the piles but have mysteriously accumulated on my fireplace hearth.  I am getting tired just thinking about it.

So tired…. yawn…

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Getting outside: the family goes for a walk

The leaves are changing color, there is a crisp edge to the breeze… How I love the fall.  Then again, this is a matter of supply and demand.  Where I live in Texas the fall is in short supply.  This past weekend it was 89 and I ended up with a sunburn.  So, I love the fall.  Every little bit of it.

This means it is my responsibility to drag those I love out to appreciate the fall as well.  My drug of choice was Bear Creek Park, which has a meandering walkway that runs between a series of playgrounds.  We walked one mile to a great pirate themed playground with the girls.  The best thing about the park is that there are bathrooms by the pirate ships (modern convinces even for my scurvy crew.)


My oldest told me that her favorite parts were 1. The play area, 2. Petting dogs by the play area, 3. The play area and 4. Getting done walking.  Oh well.  I will keep trying.

PS: If you want to find a great place to go for a hike, check out  You can sort based on how close the trail is to you, the length of the hike and so much more.  I especially liked that I could choose to sort on kid friendly and dog friendly.  If you are looking for nearby parks go to your cities website.

Girls at Henrietta Orchard

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10 Ways to Make the Most of Fall

Girls at Henrietta Orchard

Visit to Henrietta Orchard

We are still having some hot temps but I can tell fall is coming.  It may have something to do with the fact that I have to convince my dog Harry to come in from the cool evening breeze.  I am going to try to enjoy this weather and time of year by getting out and doing stuff.  Lots of stuff:

  1. Go for a walk.   Come on.  You know you want to, If you are afraid that the kids will drive you nuts give them a task.  Give them a bucket and tell them to collect colorful fall leaves or tell them to hunt for perfectly round rocks.
  2. Make apple cider donuts.  How can warm cinnamon sugar covered donuts be bad.  Ummmmm… Donuts.
  3. Go pumpkin picking.  There is nothing like hunting for the perfect pumpkin.  I will be going to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch so that we can get some caramel corn and a hayride while I am at it.
  4. Carve your pumpkins.  If you have little kids grab some paint or markers and it can still be lots of fun.  All else fails cut out shapes and let your kids glue them to the pumpkins.
  5. Make chili.  It might not make it more chili outside immediately (I crack myself up) but it can’t hurt.  Bonus points if you enter a chili cook off.
  6. Grow something outside. Buy some mums to pot on your patio or plant some fall pumpkins in the garden.  It is not important what you plant.  It is important that you will now have to go outside to water them.  This will force you to slow down and notice the change of seasons.  I realize this takes away the precious moment when you go out to the car and realize that you missed it, but oh well.
  7. Eat a caramel apple. If you don’t want to try making them your self buy one at the store.  You deserve it.
  8. Make a pinecone bird feeder. Grab a pinecone and smear peanut butter on it. Then roll it around in bird food and hang it from a tree.  How easy is that.
  9. Celebrate Oktoberfest by having beer and brats.  Not into beer?  I would highly recommend Woodchucks Seasonal Fall Hard Cider.  Fall in a bottle.
  10. Go Apple picking. I have already done this, but it is still a great way to spend an almost fall afternoon. Besides I hit writers block on no 10.  If you don’t know where to go check out  We were lucky enough to find Henrietta Orchards which also sells honey and has kitchen gardens and chickens.  My girls just loved it and I love the photos and memories that I walked away with.