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Apple Festival


So here we are…. Our true fall kick off…the Apple Festival. How fitting,  tomorrow is officially the first day of fall. The Apple Festival is the tiny street fair like that held in most small towns across America.

It’s comical watching the city officials hustle around to put on a good show. The city welcomes the disruption with open arms. All the city streets totalling 7 blocks are closed off, rides and concessions blocking thru traffic. Downtown businesses close their doors to operate their booth in the street.

We drive around hoping for a close parking spot….hot dog…. parking only 2 blocks away from the G Force ride. I can smell the fryers. They are turned up and and a scent of perfected deep fried specialties fill the streets… the sausage, the funnel cakes and elephant ears….ohhhhhh and don’t forget all the apple concoctions. Apple butter,  apple cider,  apple cider slush, apple piie, apple cobbler, apple dumplings,  and the list goes on…. after all,  it is the Apple Festival.

The town folk come out… to wonder the streets, to visit and run into  people they haven’t seen in years, admire the fall crafts,  and see a glimpse of Christmas 🙂

I love our little town and the things that make a small town special.



Weekly Photo Challenge — Everyday Life


Everyday life…..Ann our beloved Boxer, spends most her days doing just this…..watching. Watching for birds, deer, rabbit, and anything that moves. She is mesmerized by what she sees and seems to be soaking it in. She stands watch, keeps guard….making sure all is right in our world. Everyday life for Ann is about the family, about making sure all are present and accounted for.

Ann is 9 years and a half years old. She is spoiled but not rotten and full of enough love for all around her to get plenty. Ann is the first dog I’ve had that makes me understand ‘man’s best friend’.

another day on the ridge

Another day on the ridge and we are making progress. The first order of business was to do some house repairs and paint. Second, get moved in. Third, start winterizing. We attempted to time everything in a way that we were not moving in the dead of summer, but still have enough time to winterize before the snow flies. I love winter and snow….I can do without the ice….but I guess we take the good with the bad. Most think I’m nuts for loving the snow like I do. I think because I grew up in Florida and had excruciating summers and no winters may be some of the reason I love the snow. Either way, I want to be ready. I’m secretly hoping for a snow that keeps us from leaving the ridge…fully prepared for it, of course.

The house from first sight was the perfect one for us. It contained everything on our list of wants. We had looked at several houses, but this one felt like home! It was horrible waiting for a yay or nay on our offer….then waiting for closing. I’m patient, but…..oh I couldn’t wait to get here!

I began picking out colors for the walls, carpet for the floors, new decorating ideas as well as sift through what I had and deciding what I was done with. Wow, what a process. All the colors I had picked out changed when I went to purchase the paint. I knew what I wanted, but something else in my mind was trying to decorate differently. Glad the real me stepped in or I would have been in an elegant, fancy, expensive farmhouse that no one could relax in. What we ended with is totally us all the way down to the camo living room.



We are technically on a farm…we have 15 acres, 2 barnes, and the house, but no animals. We are surrounded by trees and nature. My son’s wish; to build a dirt bike track to ride and play on. My husband’s wish; hunting, peace and quiet, bird and deer watching and feeding. All great ideas. I just wanted a place of my own, a beautiful place to call home. I was never ready to settle down some where in particular, I had plans to go beyond where I was.


After traveling with work for a period of time, I was ready to settle down and call somewhere home permanently. Out of the places we had been and spent time, southern Ohio was going to be our final destination. So, here we are…found a beautiful farmhouse up on a ridge hidden behind trees right next to a state forest in southern Ohio. We worked on the house prior to moving during which time we stayed at Terri Mae’s. The old house was 5 hours away in Indiana so this was a big move for us. Our things sat in trailers borrowed from my dad while we waited for the carpet to be installed.




It is so nice to be mostly unpacked…finding my pretties and setting them around. I’ve only moved a couple items that I’ve already placed…I don’t think that’s too bad.


Yesterday, Terry trimmed trees in the back yard. Some of the neighborhood boys came to hang out with Carey and ended up doing yard work. It worked out well for Terry, he cut the branches off the tree and the boys cut the branches into firewood and moved it across the yard for drying. Things were coming together very nicely.


We had a storm come across the state last night and hit us in the very early morning and lasting until almost noon. It is our biggest storm here yet….the pic is through our living room window.

20120908-162936.jpg The storm brought cool temps…I had to find my hoodie and sweats just to hang around the house. I love the cool though, so I very much so enjoyed today. Terri Mae came over to spend the day and night, Rod had a job out of state this weekend and she didn’t want to be board. I’ve helped her start a blog…she’s managed one post and spends the rest of the time hanging out with us.

20120908-164433.jpg had to share some of the work crew…..the grandkids!!






Stella, a daughter-in-law was at the house visiting with two of her kids, Lenea and Christopher. Chance, Terri Mae’s son was also there as had stayed over the night before with Christopher. Chance, age 5 and Christopher age 7 are out back playing with sticks and acorns. I had a great idea…..”hey boys,” I bellowed from the upper deck. “Grab that bucket over there, load you a whole bunch of acorns, and see who can throw the farthest over that fence into the trees.” I’m thinking….Terry will be so proud of me, I got all the nuts out of the yard so mowing wouldn’t be a combative sport similar to that of dodge ball. Go me!!

Stella and i return to our business of unpacking boxes from my recent move. The house was still cluttered and the items we need….somewhere in one of these boxes. We were making great progress….the boys gathering acorns, Lenea folding clothes….she is such a good helper. A little coffee and we were buzzing through boxes and making a house a home.

I heard a strange noise….I looked at Stella. TING! TING! What in the heck?!? It’s coming from the back of the house. We peek out the back window only to find the boys throwing the acorns at a previously made target in the backyard. Ohhhhhh man…I was trying to get the nuts out of the yard…now they’re just moved across the yard….great….all that hard work in getting them moved…what to do? What to do!!


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