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Fall Gardening…NOT for the Faint of Heart

As previously mentioned in this prior post, I love, love, LOVE to garden! But not all seasons are appreciated equally. You see, I have a problem with fall gardening.

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I have a very large perennial garden and after all the thought and work I’ve put into it, the end is so sad. In Wisconsin, we call it “fall”. 

So many people love the changing colors of the trees and bushes. But why does no one but me notice our dying gardens? Arghhhh. I look out at my backyard and see brown ferns, the leftover stems from phlox, and  weeds that were previously hidden. Don’t even get me going on the  holes from when my grand dogs visited.

Here are some sanity strategies that I’ve come up with (instead of just mowing everything down and planting grass seed). 

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Halloween Is Not Just For Kids! – Enjoy Yourself!

halloweenWho thinks that Halloween is strictly for kids.  I have noticed that a lot of adults sure know how to enjoy themselves.  I have had a couple of fun memories that still make me laugh about Halloween!     Continue reading

Christmas Memories – Judy

Early Christmas 1955When I think of Christmas, I remember all of the joy of being a child and feeling the magic of Christmas. There was the night I heard footsteps on the roof and I just knew that Santa and his reindeer were there. As I dozed off to sleep that night, I was sure I saw Rudolph’s bright red nose leading the sleigh onward and upward.

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Christmas – Sandy

When I was a kid, I would love to decorate for the holidays. My Mom always let me do my creative things. I would put evergreens wherever I could find a place.  I would put my little sister to bed, (this was not an easy task, as she was always suspicious) then I would sneak downstairs and help decorate the tree which Santa had brought.

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Thanksgiving – ‘Chelle

I love how our family does the holidays…  Each of us gets a holiday to organize and coordinate – for example, Mom’s house for Christmas, my house for Easter, and Lisa’s house for Thanksgiving.  We used to do Easter at Judy’s till she moved away and then I got that holiday… Now that she’s back, we’ll have to reorganize the holiday schedule somewhat.
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Thanksgiving – Sandy

This is one of my favorite holidays.  It is a celebration, lots of food, and, of course, getting together with family and friends, and enjoying a relaxing time together.  This seems so much more relaxing than say Christmas as the hysterical shopping binges, and fighting crowds actually makes me crazy.  I love the thanksgiving decorations, smells, and the feeling of celebration that I get from this holiday.

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Halloween – ‘Chelle

Always a witch, never a princess…

When I was little, I always wanted to be a princess for Halloween. I could picture the long flowing gown and tiara and I thought I would be soooo pretty.  But, before I could get too excited, my mother would tell me, “You can’t be a princess for Halloween…  Princesses aren’t scary.”

Thus began the story “Always a witch, never a princess…”  So – every Halloween – I would be a witch even though it wasn’t what I wanted to be.

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Halloween – Lisa

Fall isn’t my favorite season and Halloween is far from my favorite holiday.

Halloween equals crazy kids in my life–and crazy kids (as a mom or a teacher) are NOT at the top of my favorites list.  However, I can look past the candy-crazed children, the high cost of cheap, plastic costumes, and insane after-school costume parties and see that there are three…and ONLY three good things about this holiday.

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Halloween – Sandy

I think Halloween is actually more for adults than children.  Every year you see more and more decorations, almost as much as Christmas.  I, personally, like a few tasteful semi-scary decorations for Halloween, but the really gruesome ones I can do without.

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