Monday, October 22, 2018

Fall Feels Like Winter....

  This past weekend my daughter Liz and her husband Matt had a campout for his birthday. family and friends bring tents or camper and stay the night for a campfire cookout, games and fun.  I never go to it for long...too cold for me. This weekend was super cold , We had a mixture of everything. Plus wind gust of about 50 miles and hour. Some places south of here still do not have power. From the limbs falling on the lines and tearing them down.
  This is Liz's son Brock , he had a birthday last week also. You can see the fire behind him.
 Here are my twin daughters Liz and Karen... They are close and would do anything for each other. I am so thankful for that.
 While everyone was camping, I had a quiet day and half to myself.  I could not go outside for the crazy wind. But I caught this squirrel looking for hickory nuts.
  Here he is playing peek -a-boo once he saw me watching him.
 Saturday, the wind was still blowing hard but the sun came out and it was pretty at the end of the day.  Seeing some fall colors here and there.
 I just had to show you this picture...look at Layla helping her daddy (Brock) blow out the candles on his birthday cake.  She said she wanted her Daddy to have birthday party. LOL.
 Daughter Karen and her daughter Savannah make up a bunch of Halloween pumpkins for the outside decorations.
 Savannah did this spooky one.
  Karen did this cat  faced one.
 Then this Jack-o-lantern. There beside her scarecrows in the front yard.  Karen roasted some of the pumpkin seeds. I remember my girls doing that when they were youngsters.  It was a cold weekend, but all had fun.
 Maybe not Kathy, as she is still packing for her move later this month. She's going into a much smaller space and had to purge...stuff for Goodwill and absolutely stuff for the trash dumpster.
  Daughter Angie and her husband had just returned home from a week in Florida. Now that fall break is over for all schools in this area, it's back to work till Thanksgiving.  Do you feel the time is on fast forward?
  Stay well all.. XO

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  1. I do feel time is on fast forward but it sure looks like you made the best of windy cold weekend and everyone had a great time. Little Layla is such a cutie and how nice of her to help out her birthday daddy blow out his candles haha such a helper she is.
    Those pumpkins are amazing. it's always a fun way get in the halloween spirit. Can't believe its just in a week and then Boom, October is over.

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    1. Saimi, It seems that October just got here and now it is already on it's way out. I did lots of housework while I had that quiet time...wrote letters and cards to family. I do not sleep well on the normal days but the times that Ted is gone is even worse. So I watched a lot of TV this weeknd and there's nothing on all those channels. LOL. Blessings to you sweet girl, xoxo, Susie

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  2. I especially like the pic of Layla helping her dad. Without her help, how could his birthday wish come true :)

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    1. Karen, My oldest granddaughter was always trying to help anyone unwrap gifts...and little Layla makes me think of Sierra so much. Hope you are enjoying some fall days there. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  3. It sure flies by for me! My 'kids' in WV sent pics of a cold and windy weekend too. It's nice here now and I hope it stays cool! Love your family photos...you have such fun! I still think I must somehow be related to you all! I WISH! Hugs!

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    1. Diane, You are related...you are the sister/aunt in Florida. :):) I will post a photo pf Emma soon. She's almost grown looking now...breaks me heart that she never comes over any more. No fun things happening here. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  4. I have been at son in Florida since October 1-am flying home to Indy Wednesday! Having moved there from WV the weather is more windy but about the same temps. Won't mind it as my apartment is cozy and warm! Love your blog and photos!!

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    1. Thank you Brenda. I hope you love your new apartment too. My daughter is moving soon into a new place (Smaller) I sure pray it feels like home to her too. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  5. WAY too cold for me!! No way could I be out in that. You have a hardy bunch =)
    Hope your Monday is going fabulously.

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    1. Hi Doris, Oh I am not into camping the rugged style. I want a luxury place to lay my head. LOL. I do not like to be hot or cold. LOL. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  6. Hi Susie,
    We had those winds too. It made it feel even colder. What a fun time that your daughter and SIL have all their friends come for a tent and camp out and have the bonfire. I am going to share this with my daughter and SIL. They have a fire pit and have friends over in the summer so this might be fun to have a tent party. Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Kris, If I ever camp out it would be in summer. LOL. Liz and Matt love it and their friends seem to enjoy the food. Matt also makes a big breakfast for those that want to eat before packing up to leave. Ted said it was an enjoyable time and the food was great. I am sissy..haha. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  7. I bet they had so much fun! You all are fortunate to have a big family who love to get together. And everything tastes better eaten outside, doesn't it? But staying home and warm sounds very good to me too, Susie. Even some alone time--just as long as it's not too extended.

    It sounds like cold weather might be there to stay where you live. I think we've definitely cooled down and we had our first cold frost this morning but not a hard freeze as yet.

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    1. Dewena, I was glad my family members had a great time. Birthday celebrations here and there. I did enjoy my alone time. Peace, relaxing....and I also got plenty of chores done. Yes, I do think it will only start getting colder from now n. Blessings to you and yours, stay warm, xoxo, Susie

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  8. Brrr those are brave souls out there camping! The jack o'lanterns are great! Don't know if I'll carve on this year, or cheat and put out the fake one with a bulb in it! -Jenn

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    1. I really like fake decorations...they never rot , and you can use them the next year . I was not brave, but I hope I was sensible to stay in this weekend. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  9. I would be staying in the house st home too lol, I hate the cold now,, beautiful family, it’s wonderful your daughters are so close,

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    1. Laurie, I have never loved the cold...but I could just deal with it as I was younger. Now I chose to stay in when it's windy. I am glad my girls love each other as they do. That is what family is about. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  10. OH, YES, Susie...the older we get, the faster time flies...I am trying to get ahead for Thanksgiving..have a couple cakes in the freezer and some cookies..Then, in early Dec, I am having a Christmas party for my Bunco group...should be about 15 or so here and I can hardly wait. I have a tree for my living room that I've had for years but wanted one for my dining room, too. My gosh...trees are sooo expensive now..so I hit the thrift shops today. Found one in the box..7 ft. lighted (and we tested the lights, they all work) for $25.00. I was sooo happy. I am going to give it a coat of flocking and it's gonna be so pretty for my party. I am excited.

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    1. BJ, I am thrilled to read about your planned party. I love that you got a tree , so nice and so thrifty. I think I will have this old tree of ours till the end. I call it my Bob Evans tree...tall and skinny. :):) Being cold for fun has never been a thing I liked. LOL. Blessings, love, xoxo, Susie

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  11. I sure do!!! It is flying by and I feel like I'm grabbing at coat tails to hang on!!
    That first pic looks so much like you!!

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    1. Linda, I know that many of you mom (grandmothers) know my heart...how time gets away..then the children and grandchildren grow up and get their own lives. I miss the house full of family. That's my Lizzy girl (Emma's mommy) Blessings, love you, xoxo, Susie

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  12. Hi Susie...Thank your faithful visits. Trying to get back to a little blogging. Loving your family and pictures. What fun to have a family campout. I'm with you about cold weather. I would be inside with a cup of coffee.

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    1. LOL Wanda, so glad you understand about the cold. It's fun to visit but I don't like to be there...in the cold that is. I had a busy day all by myself. did chores, wrote letters and watch a movie. Blessings to you and your hubby, hope he's better, xoxo,Susie

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  13. I love campouts especially in the fall...but that may have been a tad too cold....such fun activities going on at your house Susie....enjoy every minute!

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    1. Betsy, I was so glad I stayed home and had quiet time. The temperatures really dropped in the night Saturday...the past two days have made up for that. Sunny and mild. Love it. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  14. What a fun idea, campfires and tents for a birthday celebration. I love all of the pumpkins, so festive. Yes, time is on fast-forward and I am not too happy about it. Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

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    1. Thank you Theresa. I have been loving the past two sunny days at 60 degrees...what a change from Saturday. :) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  15. Suzie you have a wonderful family. It's getting cold 'round these here parts as well. I put the heat on for the first time several days ago. It's a bill I don't look forward to.

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    1. Boston Boy, I think our AC bill was larger than any of our winter bills will be. I just hate having to turn the heat on though. I love to have a few weeks without any power to heat or cool. My family does seem to love the get togethers. I was a sissy this weekend...I was not in the mood to freeze. LOL Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Funny how my daughter Karen loves the carve pumpkins and I like them plain..so they last into Thanksgiving decorations. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  17. Happy Birthday to everyone that recently had a birthday! I know what you mean about the weather! Fall is somewhere hiding and Winter has shown it's presence. I like cool Fall weather not cold Winter Weather lol! I'm not complaining but it was so cold outside this morning!

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    1. Pilar, You said it just right. cool fall weather not cold winter weather. Me too sweet girl. I am thinking I will start wearing my little wool tams when the winds blow. Saturday was unbearable for me. Thanks for the birthday wishes my family members. . Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    2. You're welcome! Stay warm my friend!

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  18. Those carved pumpkins are so cute, Susie. We used to have pumpkin carving contests, and I really miss them. That's a sweet picture of Layla helping dad blow out the candles. I'm glad you got a picture of that mischievous squirrel. I love to see them, but at the same time, they scare me a bit hahaha. It's so cold where you live already. Enjoy the rest of the October days, Susie. I can't believe it's almost November.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Hi Sheri, Oh this month has flown by even faster than Sept. I do not look forward to winter. It just last way too long.
      Layla was adorable helping her daddy. She got him wrapped around her finger too. Hope you are enjoy this fall season. I have been loving the past two days of sunshine and 60 degrees. Now that is how I want my autumn to be. :):) Blessings, love you, xoxo, Susie

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  19. Those pumpkins turned out great! And the camp out sounds fun, but too cold for me....but that big campfire is so gorgeous isn't it? I do love to sit around a nice big fire. We've been on vacation and have now returned home and I'm trying to catch up with everybody!

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    1. Debbi, Glad you had a nice vacation. I have not had one in a couple years. I think I may go on one next year...maybe talk my single daughter into one. Oh there was no way I was going to campout in that dread cold. :) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  20. Yes, I do feel time is on fast forward...Thanksgiving is less than a month away! I think the winds and cold front we had here, made their way to you!

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    1. Linda, It is cold again today...they are saying we are 10 degrees below normal...well it feels every bit of that if not more. LOL I wish I could slow time down. It has escaped while we plan one thing or another. Then I look and it is gone. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  21. Susie, such adorable pictures! Oh I bet they had a great time camping. Girl, the wind sometimes is far worse than the cold temps for sure. Oh I love a big old campfire. Just standing or sitting around one makes me happy! It seems that the older I get Susie the faster time flies. My mercy...it is about to be Christmas! Happy day to you dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Cindy, I have noticed how quickly time has gone by since I retired, I think being on a work schedule makes it seem that time last longer or we get more done from being on the run. I think aging makes it seem faster too. Sure has for me. I saw Christmas decorations in the stores already. You know next to the Halloween things. LOL. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  22. What fun pumpkins!! Love the photo of the birthday boy and his little helper!! I used to love camping. We camped in fairly cold weather and it never bothered me, especially enjoying bacon, eggs, and coffee out in the fresh morning air. But I hate wind. That's a killer. ☹️

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    1. Judy , It is the wind that takes the fun out. I think eating campfire food is fun. Our sweet Layla, she's a daddy's girl for sure. Hope you are not freezing there. It's cold today...ten degrees below normal. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  23. It looks like everyone had a wonderful weekend. I'm like you. I can't stand the cold for too long anymore. However, it's a good time to curl up inside with a god book. xo Laura

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    1. Hi Laura, Oh yes, time for a warm blanket and a cup of coffee with a nice book or movie. Yes, that's the way I like to rough it. LOL. Hope you are doing well and enjoying some autumn. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  24. Susie, what a fun way to celebrate a birthday, but I don't blame you for staying home in the cold. Looks like you are all ready for Halloween. Sweet little doll helping daddy blow out his candles..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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    1. Thank you Judy. That Layla loves her daddy. The little ones were not at the campout. Just adults. I would not want to sleep in a camper with the wind howling. LOL. Maybe when I was young. :) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  25. Susie- The joke in our family used to be that mom's (me) idea of camping was to pull a Winnebago into a Holiday Inn. LOL We kind of camped when we lived on a boat for three summers several years ago and I loved that...but -we were minus mosquitoes and couldn't have fires, of course.

    Love all the pumpkin carving. I bet that cat one is really cute all lit up.

    Hope you are having a great week, Susie- xo Diana

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    1. Diana, When I was young I loved camping , fishing, and hiking. But I know I am too old to freeze my backside off for a few uncomfortable hours in a camper. LOL. I told Matt he may have to move his birthday campout up a month. LOL. Of course this unusually cold days for Oct. My idea of roughing it now...is carrying my own luggage. LOL.
      Today was pretty and cold. I have gone out a few times to sweep, take the mail to the box and get the mail. bring in the trash can...pick up day. I am ready for next spring. LOL. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  26. Hey Susie! We had those roaring winds too, that brought the cold temperatures! I love the looks of that camp fire. It looks so warm. Trouble with a fire, it only warms one side. The cold bothers me more now than it used to. How sweet that you have twin girls.

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    1. I am not a fan of freezing either. LOL. I like to walk about in winter...do not mind my face being cold. But hate top chill to the bone. I think types of fun are for the young. LOL. That's not me any more. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  27. Brrrrrr. That is too cold for camping, especially with the winds. The campfire looks inviting though. And I wouldn't want to stand outside and cook either. So glad I am past the camping, although it would be nice to be out in the woods and sleep in a cozy sleeping bag and wake up to somebody else doing the cooking. Sweet Layla wants daddy to have a party. So cute. Your daughters are pretty. I always wanted a twin. You capture the warm colors with the sunsets on your property so well. Xoxo

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    1. Nonnie, I would never want to be outside in that cold overnight. I have become a weenie. LOL. All the greats will be here tomorrow , I will get pictures. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  28. Those winds were awful! We were driving home and corn husks were flying in the road like a blizzard where the farmer down the road hasn’t harvested yet. As cold as it has gotten he best get on the ball! I think it’s too cold for camping too Susie! We lost out on spring and fall this year. Seems like all we have is winter and summer anymore. And yes, time is flying by.

    Cindy

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    1. Cindy, When I see pictures of your nieces on your blog...I see how quickly they are growing too. Our Emma is a big girl now and never comes to visit. Breaks my heart. You are right about our crazy weather. I think it's either been hot or cold where is the sweet pleasant temperatures where we can sit out and open our windows. I was inside this Summer more than I was last winter. LOL. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  29. Time has been fling by lately. It won't be long before all the leaves are down and the north wind blows in some very cold weather. I enjoy Autumn, but winter seems to last forever :)
    Have a warm and cozy weekend.
    Connie :)

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    1. Connie, I felt as if our summer was confining as bad as winter. I am not a real fan of winter but I like to walk in the cold air as long as the wind isn't blowing. Blessings to you Connie, xoxo, Susie

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