Fun Friday – Fall Bucket List!

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Happy Friday everyone 🙂  Hope you’ve had a pleasant week.  Today, is the LAST day of September.  I know, its zooming isn’t it?  Well, today I’ve come up with an idea to post a list of fun fall activities that you can track every Friday.  I’ll check off what we’ve already covered…& pick something else on the list each Friday leading up to the end of October.  How does that sound?  I hope you like the idea.  And of course its Football season, so this can be included at some point as well 🙂  Now, we may or may not, cover everything on the list, or I may add some extra things not on it, if something else catches my fancy…so, we’ll see how it goes.  As always, you are free to share your thoughts in the comments. 🙂

Now, last week we discussed caramel apples….so, I went ahead & checked that off, as well as the apple picking.  So, today………I think it’s time to go to the pumpkin patch!  Now, it’s a bit early to try to carve them out…(for those who are into that), but its perfect timing to start using them to decorate around the house to add that festive fall touch.  And what’s more fun than the kids running around helping to pick out the biggest ones.  So, let’s go!

If a pumpkin is healthy when picked and disease free, an un-carved pumpkin can last 8 to 12 weeks.  Once carved, they don’t fare as well; they last about five to 10 days. (If treated may last a little longer) The best storage temperature for pumpkins ranges between 50° to 55° degrees to ensure longevity.

So, let the creative juices start to flow.  You can paint them, add stickers to them, in addition to that, eat them!…(But, we’ll save that for another post 🙂 ) Oh, wait…I know…how about we throw in a hayride?  Might as well combine the two right?  Aw, come on…the kiddies will love it!

Well, that about wraps it up for today.  Have fun pumpkin pick’n & enjoy your hay ride…Giddy-up! “Toodles!” 😉

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Wishful Wednesday – Laughter

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Hello everyone.  Hope your day is going well.  With the change of seasons, sometimes additional stresses are added to our day to day.  So, to combat all the changes you may face…

My wish for you today is…LAUGHTER, & the ability to laugh through it all. 🙂

Meet & Greet…Hypervigilant Style

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5609784286_bbc60fca66_z-1 “Ooooooh, you were right. I DO like her!”                                                                                “Dude. I said you could MEET her. Hands off.”

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We’ve all seen (and occasionally participated in) a Meet & Greet post. You know, “drop your link in the comments and maybe someone will click.”

Instead of posting a hit-or-miss link, let’s change it up. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: 

1.Describe your blog in nine words or less.

2. Paste a link to a post you’re proud of writing. Bonus points for adoption, mental health or parenting themes*, but it can be anything.

*With your link, please note the post theme, e.g., “Adoption,” “Mental Health,” “Parenting,” “My…

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Fall Splendor

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Fresh, cool breeze…

Crimson leaves,

An array of splendid colors.

Gusts of wind, with sounds of hymns

Flowers fading…

Children waiting,

To jump & play, & splash away…

Into the scattered leaves,

Blown from trees…

For Fall is here. ©J.L.Hunt

 

New Blogger Award

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Hello everyone.  How are you? I still can’t believe fall is already here.  Hope your Tuesday is going well.  I have some very surprising news to share with you.  I’ve been chosen for another blog award…this time TWO in one day!  I know, I know, I’m pretty sure my jaw hit the floor too 🙂  I  am so grateful!  I probably won’t be accepting any more after this, per my cup is running over ❤ ❤

First of all, I’d like to thank,  amileinmyshoes.co  for choosing me for the Sunshine Blogger Award 🙂  She has an amazing site, so be sure to check it out.

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Motivation Monday – Broken Ties

“People come into your life for a reason, a season, a lesson”- Dr. D. Ivan Young –

Hello everyone.  It’s a new week & a new season. Can you believe it? Fall is already here.   It seems like time is just flying by.  I have to admit, with the end of the summer season, I took some time to reflect & review.  As a result, my thoughts went to relationships.  Relationships with friends, employers, family…etc.  I began to go over the relationships with people who have been beneficial to me & the ones that have not.

What would be considered a beneficial relationship?

When people …

-Are there for you,

-Have a positive impact

-Are loyal & believe in you.

So, the opposite would be true…

-They are not consistently there for you,

-They do not have a positive impact

-And are not loyal (or have dishonest intentions).

Have you been in a relationship that fell a part? A relationship or friendship that you thought was rock solid & that would stand the test of time?  It’s difficult to endure, yes I know. Sometimes, you feel as if your world will never come back together, things will never be the same.

What did you learn from it?  What did you find out about yourself?

It’s good to give everyone a chance & the benefit of the doubt….it is NOT good to CONTINUE to allow people to stay in your inner circle once you realize they are not beneficial or adding to you.  In the long run, this will only cause more harm than good.

Whether they let you down, or thought you let them down…unfortunately in life, people will leave you, jobs may fire you, & sometimes, you will have to let some people or partnerships go. Some situations are well deserved, others may still be a mystery.   Maybe you will cross paths again, or maybe not, but they’ve served their purpose for the time being.

I’ve experienced relationships that came to an end…from jobs & personal. At the time, I thought the world would come screeching to a halt, & of course it did not, per I’m still here writing you about it!  And usually, the parting of ways would actually work out in my favor, although it wasn’t obvious to me at the time.

Life can be difficult.  You need as much love & support as you can get…you deserve to surround yourself in an environment where supporters are willing to back you up & go the extra mile with you.  You owe it to yourself to have the best life you can have.  Mutual love, understanding, & respect are the only ties that can keep any relationship together… whether friends, family or otherwise.  So, learn from your mistakes.  Surround yourself with positive people & partnerships, per true friends are there for life!

So, if there are some people or situations in your life that you have parted ways with, either past or future,  I want to encourage you today with a short poem to remember…

Be of good cheer & don’t lose heart,

Over relationships that have gone awry…

Keep a pure heart & a good conscience,

And don’t hold any resentments…

It’s a new season & a new day,

New opportunities & friendships are coming your way. 🙂  © J.L.Hunt