Autumn Bucket List – Books

November 28th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

Nothing gets me in the mood for autumn more than a great autumn themed book.

Since I joined the Goodreads yearly reading challenge I found I had fallen behind on my reading. Fortunately with the desire to read autumn books I have caught up.

I picked this book up at Wal-Mart as the yellow/orange trees and the word Autumn jumped out. I have never read any books by Kelly Irvin and have not read any books with Amish characters.

I actually enjoyed the book and would not mind reading some of the other books in the series.

From the back cover: The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove? 

When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant. 

As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?

The 2nd book I read was an audio book. Being part of the Autumnboro series I feel that it had enough “autumn” to meet my criteria.

Synopsis of book:

Powerball winner Josie Morgan has learned the hard way that dating, in her financial situation, will only lead to heartbreak. She’s been perfectly happy living the single life and running the Pumpkin Everything country store. Too bad her mother can’t seem to take the hint. Unwilling to face another lineup of suitors and gold-diggers at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, Josie opts to stay behind in Autumnboro to host a free meal for anybody without a place to go.

When Josie’s family turns up in Autumnboro, faking a relationship with funeral planner Riley Parker seems like the only way to make it through the holiday. Like every other man on Earth, Riley’s only interested in her money. So what if she has a teeny, tiny crush? If he agrees to help her out, she’ll gladly write him a check.

But as Thanksgiving draws closer, turkey and stuffing aren’t the only things heating up, and maybe money isn’t the only thing on Riley’s mind. Josie’s already hit the lottery once, dare she hope for anything more?

This was a cute book and I enjoyed listening to the story. Some books are hard for me to listen to so fortunately the narrator was a good.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movies

November 28th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

I consider watching the new Autumn movies a sort of practice to get ready for the marathon of Christmas movies.

I have a few favorite all time Hallmark Autumn movies, but lets focus on the new releases this year.

Follow Me to Daisy Hills
Premieres Saturday, September 19 9pm/8c
When Jo realizes that her family’s general store in Daisy Hills is losing money, her father Duke calls in a favor to help. Duke’s help is Jo’s ex-boyfriend, Blake, former Daisy Hills native. Stars Cindy Busby and Marshall Williams.

This was not quite my favorite this year, but was cute.

Falling for Look Lodge
Premieres Saturday, September 26 9pm/8c
Lily dreams of being a hotel event coordinator and is thrilled when she’s given the chance to do so by helping Noah, a hotel guest, finish planning his sister Justine’s wedding at a remote lodge. Stars Clark Backo and Jonathan Keltz.

I thought this was cute and like the chemistry of these two actors.

Country at Heart
Premieres Saturday, October 3 9pm/8c
A struggling country singer meets a Nashville songwriter in need of inspiration. Teaming up to write a song, their work gets complicated but results in both a hit song…and true love. Stars Jessy Schram and Niall Matter and Lucas Bryant.

I like Jessy Schram, especially some of her older movie. This was cute but not my favorite.

My Best Friend’s Bouquet
Premieres Saturday, October 10 9pm/8c
Josie Hughes is a hopeless romantic who believes in the kind of romance in black-and-white movies where the leading lady finds her one true love and gets swept off her feet. She also believes the wedding bouquet always finds its way to the right person when tossed by the bride, as proven time and again at weddings dating back to her childhood. But single Josie ends up with the bouquet at her friend Emma’s wedding instead of their not-single friend Athena and fears she’s wrecked her chances of getting engaged. But when Josie begins dating eligible bachelor Will after meeting at the reception – much to the dismay of her long-time friend Alex, who has secretly held a torch for her since college – she decides the bouquet is responsible for the budding romance and begins to think that Will is “the one.” As Josie clings to the notion that the bouquet is always right, she’s missing the real-world signs that her perfect match is someone else who’s been right in front of her all along. Starring Chaley Rose and Nathan Witte.

This was my favorite of all the new releases.

Sweet Autumn
Premieres Saturday, October 17 9pm/8c
Maggie, a successful entrepreneur, returns home for a will reading and discovers she’s inherited half of her aunt’s famed maple candy business. What she doesn’t understand is why Aunt Dee’s maple supplier, Dex, inherited the other half. Her return also coincides with the town’s Sweet Autumn Fest, and through a series of letters Aunt Dee left, Maggie and Dex search for the reason behind her aunt’s final wishes. As she and Dex grow closer, Maggie must decide if the life she built is the one she wants. Starring Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker.

This was cute too. I always like a little conflict before they all fall in love. LOL

The other 8 films on the Hallmark Checklist is as follows:

All of My Heart – The Wedding – did not watch
Autumn Dreams – watched
Falling for Vermont – did not watch
Falling for You – did not watch
Harvest Love – watched
Love, Fall and Order – watched
October Kiss – Watched (One of my all time favorites)
A Harvest Wedding – Watched

Sadly I did not meet my goal of watching of the previous 8 movies, but I have seen them all. So I think that counts!

Autumn Bucket List – Moon Watching

November 28th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

If 2020 was not weird enough, it actually had a Harvest and a Blue Moon all in one month.

A Harvest Moon relates to the timing of the autumnal equinox (September 22, 2020), with the full Moon that occurs nearest to the equinox being the one to take on the name “Harvest Moon.”

It is also called a Harvest Moon as for several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset. This results in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops.

This year the Harvest Moon happened on October 1st.

The Blue Moon is two full moons in a calendar month. It does not happen very often, hence the term, “Once in a blue moon”.

The blue moon happened this year on October 31st – Halloween.

Speaking of Halloween, this was a historic weird year. Normally I get around 60 to 100 kids. I was worried about this year as it fell on a Saturday. Halloweens on the weekend usually brings in more children. However this year with Covid I was not sure what I would get. Santa Clarita was one of the few places were Halloween door to door trick or treating was not cancelled. I bought about 350 peices of candy and ended up only having 8 kids. EIGHT! Ugh. What am I going to do with all this candy.

Back to the moon, I did go outside and looked at the moon and tried to take a photo. Lets just say the photo did not come out so good. But I think everyone has seen a full moon, so I will let it go.

Autumn Bucket List – Nice Smells

November 28th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

Great autumn scents are the gateway to starting autumn. Cinnamon, cloves, fall leaves, pumpkin, warm vanilla are all wonderful scents.

Bath and Body Works makes all the great scents for autumn.

Autumn is scent notes are Gala Apple, Juicy Fig, Eucalyptus Leaf with Essential Oils.

Autumn Woods scent notes are Dark Walnut, English Lavender, White Amber with Essential Oils

I am using older wallflower plugs for autumn but I did buy a new plug for halloween. It is a cute little haunted house. I love how the witch shows up on the wall above the wall.

But of course I have to light a candle or two.

This Spiced Cider candle came from Michaels. The chalkboard drawing on the label is co cute. The scent, not that awesome. I guess I am use to Bath and Body works who really brings the scents out in full force.

Autumn Bucket List – All Things Feet

November 28th, 2020 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

I love fun little socks. I have wide and big feet so I cannot find beautiful shoes, so thank goodness I dont have a shoe buying addition.

But I can find fun socks. I love finding those bundles at TJ Maxx or Sams Club of themed bundles of socks

What I love about these socks (besides the cute pumpkin design) is that they remind me of the “cat paws” would buy us girls every Christmas for our stockings. My sister Jan and I fondly remember those stocking stuffers.

These socks were part of a set of 8 socks. It was hard to decide which one to model.

One of the autumn bucket list items was getting some cute slippers.

When I was at Wal-mart I found these great slippers. They have Mama Bear, Daddy Bear and Baby Bear. I know there is a set of Aunt Bear but they were not selling those slippers.

But since I am “mama” to my little doggos, I think Mama Bear slippers are just perfect.

Autumn Bucket List – Mums, Porch and Garden Flags

November 22nd, 2020 klwade Posted in Bucket List No Comments »

I am starting to think Mums are a rare species of flower. For the 3rd year in a row I struggled to find mums.

One day I was walking into Aldi and saw a man pushing a cart out with a basket full of fully bloomed mums. I thought “jackpot”, Sadly he must of bought the store out. None to be found. Oh how frustrating.

I went to Wal-mart, I checked out grocery stores, looked at Smart and Final and no mums to be found. The clerk at Wal-mart said they were all gone. Ok, it was early September…. What the heck

Finally I saw an Aldi ad for mums. Since my local Aldi is so skimpy I drove to the Simi Valley store. Yes, they had mums but NONE of there were blooming. I went ahead and figured I would buy them and let them bloom.

So they finally bloomed. I try to do the porch different every year. This year I have the big wooden sign from Aldi sitting on a haystack. I also have some black iron lanterns with candles that turn on at night. I also found this cute “pumpkin picking” bucket at Michaels that I added mini ghords and pumpkins with some twinkle lights.

I hung my wreath on my door as always.

Since 2020 is the year of Covid I did not go out to get new garden flags. I had to recycle flags from previous years.

First up was the Halloween ones.

For Halloween this year I just added the flags and left the porch basically as is, except a few lighted up pumpkins.

I was not sure what to expect with Covid but our Mayor agreed to let Halloween happen. I was concerned because it was Saturday and I usually have close to 100 kids. Being Saturday I was expecting more. I even bought extra candy.

However, only 8, yes EIGHT kids came. I have a ton of left over candy and no desire to comsume it. Which is good I guess. But one of the kids complimented my front porch. WIN!

Right after Halloween, I added the Autumn Garden Flags up.

Decorating the front entrance beckons Autumn to come on in. Even if it is blazing hot. I hope the mums survive.

October by Robert Frost

November 8th, 2020 klwade Posted in Bucket List No Comments »

To kick off the bucket list, a wonderful reading of the poem by Robert Frost about my favorite month of the year.

2020 Autum Bucket List

October 5th, 2020 klwade Posted in Bucket List No Comments »

It is time to get in the mood for Autumn. I love Autumn and it never seems to come soon enough. Here it is October and we still have a heat wave. So to make it seem more Fall like (you know, cool breezes, leaves, pumpkins and hot soup) I do a bucket list of fall activities to get the season started

This year it will be tough as we are still battling Covid–19 and there is not a lot of activities including Trick or Treaters this year. I feel bad for the kiddos out there. I hope their parents do something awesome to make up for a disappointing year. I should probably have candy on hand just in case. Officially it has been cancelled according to Los Angeles County, however there will be a few who break all the rules for candy.

Of course every year I have to watch the Hallmark movies and them make some annual yummies. However I reserve the right to add things on as they become available.

Post Crossing – Bucket List Item

May 4th, 2019 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Post Crossing No Comments »

I was reviewing my bucket list and discovered that I had added Post Crossing as a “easy to achieve” item. I doubt seeing the Northern Lights or lava is going to happen anytime soon, but I think this was one I could check off my list.

My original list said to send and a receive a postcard, I decided one was not enough. I have sent out 8 so far and have received 3.

My first card came from Dana, North Carolina, USA

My second card came from Dresden, Germany

and my third has come from Siberia, Russia

I am thinking there is a coffee theme happening here. I so look forward to seeing the other cards as they drift in.

If you have not checked out Post Crossings. Please do so here.

Autumn Bucket List – Make Jam (now Christmas)

January 1st, 2019 klwade Posted in Bucket List No Comments »

I had added onto my bucket list to make Jam for the peeps at work.

I have this nifty Fresh Tech Jam/Jelly Maker that makes the stirring part super easy. I have used it a couple of times and it could not be easier.

Jam Maker in Action

Here is a little video that shows you how super easy it is.

The hardest part is the sterilizing the jars and doing the water bath. I am wondering if I can do that in my instapot. Must research that.

Steaming up with Strawberry Jam
Starting to heat up the water bath

Since I wanted to decorate the lids with those damn cute labels from Lily and Val, she only had Strawberry and Raspberry jam labels. Since you can use frozen fruit I was really hoping to find frozen raspberries but no luck so I spent a small fortune on the fresh raspberries.

Find these labels HERE

So after two days of messy jars and jam juice, I had the mason jars ready to decorate.

See the Cute Jam Labels

I really struggled on how to decorate the jars. Originally I was going to put a fabric cover on the jam but never got around to ordering the fabric liked.

Then I thought I would add some Tim Holtz doo dads on the package. I was shocked to discover I had NO Christmas doo-dads. I need to fixed that ASAP.

I did find that I had some little bitty crocheted strawberries that I got on ebay a million years ago. I finally found a use for them.

Cute Crocheted Strawberrys

I did find some simple tags from Tim Holtz that I tied on with bakers twine and ribbon.

Cute jars!

The jam was a huge success. Even Grumpy Pants in the office told me that he really liked the jam and he thought I should make jam and sell it. He said he definitely would buy it. LOL

Jars all ready to go!

I would like to try some other options like vanilla strawberry, or strawberry lavender. We shall see since it has been a few years since I did this before, it might take a few years more for me to make the next batch.

At least I got another bucket list item taken off the list.