"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

07 October 2016

Early October Faves

This week flew by!

And because it's Friday, it's time to reflect back on the week and share the FIVE FAVES by linking up at Susanne's site.  

It is good to give thanks to the Lord and this is what this writing exercise is meant to be.  Those of us in the FFF community, share five blessings God brought our way.....even the simple things.

  • HOMECOMING!  Last weekend was the high school's homecoming weekend which meant it was our baby's last homecoming!  Bittersweet time.  The photos are of her last Friday for Spirit Day and then the 2nd one is from Saturday evening before she left for the Homecoming Dance with her friends.  Claire is very different from her big sis. She is less high maintenance for one thing, choosing, instead of buying a brand new dress, to wear a skirt she wore for another event and for the top she chose a former ballet show costume leotard. She did her own nails in the school colors and just wanted her hair down.  EASY!

2016 Homecoming Spirit Day
Homecoming 2016!
Claire, age 17

  • KAYAKS HOME!  On Saturday afternoon, Dave and I drove up to the state park lake where we have had our kayaks since May 1st and brought them home for the autumn/winter season.  We aren't sure if we are going to keep them up there next spring and summer or not.....there were pluses and minuses about doing so....but hopefully we will get at least one or 2 more kayaking trips in before Thanksgiving.  Our plan is to explore a little lake that just opened up to kayakers in our area.  There's a nice parking lot now and an official boat launch.  I'm excited to explore it!
Moreau Lake in early October 

  • SEASONAL SALES!  This past week I happened to be running errands in two different stores and discovered that some seasonal items were already marked for a major discount!  As in half off and Halloween has not even happened yet!  I bought an adorable teal pumpkin (teal signifies that your home has non-food treats for children with food/allergy issues) and some little trinkets as well as some more pumpkins.  Some are real and some are fake.  It was fun to save money and add some more autumn decor around the house.
non food  Halloween treats for children with food issues

my backyard afternoon reading spot

on the front stoop to signify a non-food treat house
but yes....we will have candy to give out too!
under one of our cherry trees...a real white one :)

  • NATURE WALKS:  How I am loving the mild temps, crisp, cool evenings and mornings, and glorious sun we have had this week.  I just love summer as you know but autumn is a very close 2nd....and now that I'm not working this year, it is even more of a fave. I had the privelege of walking along 2 different nature/bike paths this week and also a nature preserve hike with a friend.  Here are a few pics from my suburban town from 2 different parks.
Cows on my morning walk!

The path leading away from the cows at The Crossings Park

colored leaves are starting to arrive in NYS's Capital Region parks

my fave bike path to walk on during the daytime
already some leaves are falling here..this is a bit north of the other park in town
it runs east-west on the northern edge of town along the Mohawk River
and is a little less populated in the autumn than the town park pictured above
  • PRAYER:  I love when my husband and I get a chance to actually pray together. We used to do this more often than we have lately. A reminder in a marriage sermon from our pastor spurred us on to do this more now, like in years past. There is nothing like being united in prayer for direction, wisdom, forgiveness, guidance.  Am so thankful we get to go directly to Jesus.
Those are some of the blessings from my week............

I hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend:  Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends and enjoy the Columbus Day weekend all of my USA friends.



Karen said...

I just love your backyard reading spot. Your daughter, Claire, is one smart girl! And hurray for good sales!

Kathie said...

I have kayaking in my 5 this week too. That looks like a lovely little Lake! Love your reading spot and your walking trails. I've been on our trails this week too. The weather has been very summery. Claire looks so pretty in her homecoming outfit! Hope you have a great weekend!

Kathie said...

I have kayaking in my 5 this week too. That looks like a lovely little Lake! Love your reading spot and your walking trails. I've been on our trails this week too. The weather has been very summery. Claire looks so pretty in her homecoming outfit! Hope you have a great weekend!

Barbara H. said...

Funny how the senior year is so full of excitement but also of bittersweet moments - I remember feeling wistful at all the "last" things. Claire looks so cute whatever she wears. What a good idea for the homecoming outfit. Nice reading spot!

ellen b said...

There's something that tugs when your youngest finishes high school. Lots of change in the air. You and Susanne were both happy about some great bargains. I love a bargain. I have such a hard time paying full price for things...
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Wendy said...

Your daughter looks lovely but of course it's difficult when they move on to another stage of their lives and we have to accept them growing up. Your reading spot looks lovely and great walking trails. Have a good weekend.

Willow said...

Last prom! At least this one wasn't too hard on the pocketbook...
Love Love Love those walking paths! And I am loving seeing the fall colors (since my only fall color here is brown, as in brown dry hills).
And love your afternoon reading spot. Lifting my coffee mug to you :)

nikkipolani said...

Ah, another Five Faver who's found some good deals. Those colored pumpkins look like a lot of fun to have here and there.

I'm most jealous of your leisure time to walk and enjoy local paths, not to mention that lovely autumnal weather.

Susanne said...

Well while you are kayaking and reading in your backyard, I am shoveling snow! LOL. We had a surprise dump on our Thanksgiving day. Funny how sisters can be so different in personality. My girls are on opposite ends that way too. I am very unmotivated this year for decorating but your cute pumpkins are spurring me on.