I thought October was going to bring fall weather but other than cooler mornings, afternoons have still been warm. And still no rain for the deep south. My heart does go out to those experiencing flooding in the Carolina's. We know what that is like where I live.
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No I haven't. In fact, the only thing pumpkin I have at this point are some stacked pumpkins at my front door that I bought while in Amish country a few weeks ago. We do not have access to the unusual ornamental pumpkins found in the Mid-West. I will be adding more fall decor this next week to the inside of the house and that will contain a few faux pumpkins.
2. "We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible." Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld
What's something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a matter of lack of will?
Learning to roller skate. After falling numerous times my first time out, I decided if I couldn't do it well to start with, it wasn't worth working at; therefore, I never tried again.
3. The rose is America's National Flower, but every state also has its own (click here to see the list). Are you happy with yours? If you were in charge what would you declare your state's flower? If you're outside the U.S. what bloom would you like to see labeled as your country's national flower?
The Louisiana State Flower is the Magnolia. It is a beautiful, fragrant flower and I wouldn't change it at all. In fact, I have a magnolia tree in front of my house.
Yard work. I worked so hard to keep our flower beds and pots alive and looking pretty for our 50th Anniversary party. Now that I no longer have that motivation, I have lost interest in making sure the beds are weeded and pots watered with frequency and fervency.
5. In your opinion, who's the best living musician?
Benjamin Harlan was a Professor of Church Music at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He became the second dean of the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. He was also on the Music Faculty at Louisiana College and State Music Secretary for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He is an internationally known arranger and composer of choral, keyboard and handbell works. He is also known for his hymn arrangements for organ, choir, and congregation. And he happens to be a very dear friend whom we have known since he was in high school. And one of the funniest guys you could want to meet. Yea, Benji!
6. S'mores-love 'em or no? Ever make them indoors? Last time you sat around an outdoor fire? Are making s'mores and sitting round a fire pit on your autumn bucket list? Do you have an autumn bucket list?
Yes, I like s'mores, but they aren't big on my bucket list. The last time I sat around an outdoor fire was around a firepit after Christmas at our son's in northern Indiana. I do not have an autumn bucket list.
7. Your favorite small town? Why?
Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana, and named after the indigenous Natchitoches people. The City of Natchitoches wasn't incorporated until after Louisiana had become a state (1812), on February 5, 1819. It is the oldest permanent settlement in the state. Pronounced “Nack-a-tish”, the quaint and perky town featured in the movie Steel Magnolias is real!
Bed and Breakfast Capital of Louisiana.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
A few weeks ago my daughter told me about a new food service she was trying. She sent me a coupon and I decided to give it a try as well.
HelloFresh is a great service for someone who lives alone and doesn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and have tons of leftovers.
It is also great for working mothers who don't have time to shop and want a quick, nutritious dish in short order.
You get every single ingredient except olive oil so there is no having to run out to the grocery for that one item you are missing for a recipe.
You get three complete recipes a week delivered to your front door. Doesn't get any better than that.
They also include a step-by-step instruction booklet.
I love that we are getting to eat some things I would have never prepared and no recipe has taken longer than 45 minutes.
Even though it has really been a fun thing to try, Hubby and I have decided that it is really not cost effective for us. I may still order some from time to time, but not on a regular basis.
But, I have no complaints. All the food items have been fresh and the packaging could not be better.
You might want to give it a try as well.