October’s End

October's Palette

October’s Palette (Photo credit: dibytes)

October.  Where did it go?

Just think, 30 days ago I was celebrating my birthday in NYC and there were so many other adventures this month!

rose colored glasses

Rose colored glasses – life is good!

I love October, so I’m sad to see it go, but autumn continues and my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving – will be here before I know it!

Here’s a mini-update of my 11 Things for Fall:

11 Things to Do or Look Forward to in the Fall (October November December)

  1. Celebrate my birthday in NYC – check! October 1
  2. Go to 4 Daughters Winery – October 13
  3. Go to Door County to celebrate birthdays and trivia wins! October 19-21
  4. Go to Bruce Springsteen concert – November 12!
  5. Choir gigs and holiday concerts – November 30-December 2
  6. Read … something classic or new?: just try to read!
  7. Write … poetry or themed blogs? Blogs!  This is #7 in October!
  8. Plan … a dinner party or ??: a neighborhood get-together?
  9. Shop early for Christmas gifts: Hmm… Hopefully!
  10. Play accordion weekly and give piano lessons as regularly as possible: FAIL!  Never home!
  11. and something else that I’ll think of eventually!: Thinking a “Pay it Forward” or volunteer thing…

Have a great Halloween and enjoy looking back on your Fall Fun!

  • 44 (walkietalkiebookclub.com)

Autumn Adventures Abound

You may remember that last November Kristine and I (along with two strangers who became friends) won grand prize at Irish Table Trivia!  We won a bunch of cheese that we shared between the 4 of us and then we divvied up the rest of the prizes, with Kristine and I graciously accepting the two night stay at the haunted Kewaunee Inn!

Well, sadly Kristine was not able to go on our reserved weekend because of a death in her family and luckily someone else was able to step in and help make the trip happen.  I worked overnights Tuesday through Friday morning so I knew I was in no shape to drive to Door County area alone, so thankfully Jennifer was up for the adventure.

Jennifer swooped me up Friday morning and I attempted some car-sleep.  Maybe I got a few hours between the pitstops for potty breaks and lunch and navigating the final miles into Kewaunee.  We were very thankful for Navigator Nanette in my phone, although who knows what routes she directed us!  It was different than the Mapquest directions and different than the route we took home.

Wisconsin is so weird, isn’t it?

Wisconsin roads, slow traveling, Door County, Wisconsin

We only went 65 mph when we were lost

Friday night was a cold and dreary night.  Perfect for a quick walk followed by a drink or two at the Cork, an Irish pub down the street.  We chatted with the bartender (who makes a mean Irish coffee!) and he informed us that there was going to be comedy at Diggins Cafe & Fine Rocks that night – starting at 9PM.  We couldn’t pass that up, so that was our Friday night plan!

Diggins Cafe and Fine Rocks Kewaunee

We went (fashionably) early in order to have some pizza and check out the scene.  It was a weird scene.  We were the only ones there aside from a few at the bar and those who work there.  We ordered a Gyro Pizza and waited a long time – and then they asked if we wanted to order a pizza.  We informed them that we had but the kid who took our order left without telling anyone our order.  So.  We waited some more.  They gave us a delicious but monstrous pizza and charged us little.  But anything is better with tzatziki sauce, right?

They informed us comedy was going to start later than planned – because no one was there to listen, except us!  I was fading fast, so we checked out the Fine Rocks and took them up on their offer for next-to-nothing prices.  So now I have a Fine Rock from Diggins.  Photo to be posted later.  Ha!

Saturday morning was beautiful and so we began leisurely cruising up the lakeside coast, stopping to gawk, shop, walk along the water, eat, taste wine, or whatever we felt like!  We didn’t use Navigator Nanette and so we missed a turn and got a little lost going home, but the day was so beautiful we didn’t mind.

Saturday night we went back to the Cork for some live music, more chatting with the bartender, and talks about the 11 things in 4 seasons plans.  I’ll update that later, as I have some ideas for Winter Spring and Summer, as well as an 11 thing for Fall.  Good stuff.

We also hung out in our Haunted Kewaunee Inn lobby with some fun women from Sheboygan – and watched the Paranormal Investigators set up for their evening of wandering the hallways looking for activity!  I don’t know if they saw anything, but I know that I heard them walking around all night!

I took a lot of pictures and some of them turned out pretty good.  I won’t bore you with many here, but check out  my Facebook photo albums!  October 2012 is filled with wonderful photos from all of my autumn adventures!

Door County, WI – Bailey’s Harbor

Bailey’s Harbor store – and a great motto!

chocolate wine tasting wi von stiehl

Is it ever too early for a little wine and chocolate? Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma, WI. Yummy!

It was a great weekend and now I’m back at work!  I’m sure I’ll add some more photos to the wonderfulness of October as I have a few days off this week, another football game to go to and kiddos to see on Halloween!

I like the idea of a “What Next?” motto – I think I’ll adopt it!

What’s Next for you??

44

Go 44

Go 44 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

One week ago today I had a birthday – my 44th!  It’s a great number and I’m certain it’s going to be a great year.  I’ll write about my birthday festivities later, but wanted to let you know what I’m thinking of doing to celebrate these 44 years.

 

Wikipedia

 

I researched the number 44 on Wikipedia and learned that  “Forty-four is a tribonacci number, a happy number, an octahedral number and a palindromic number.”  I LOVE that it’s a happy number! I’m not sure I fully understand what it means to be a happy number but it was fun to read about!

 

I also learned that it’s the retired number for Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson, so it’s known as the “hitter’s number.”  44 is the international calling code for Great Britain, Wyoming is the 44th state and Obama is the 44th president.  Victor French played Agent 44 on Get Smart and +44 used to be a band.

 

I already did a “40 things to do before turning 40 list” and doing one for 50 sounds daunting (and it’s too early to be thinking about 50!), so I decided that I am going to make a list of 11 things to do or look forward to in the 4 seasons of my 44th year!  One year I had a party for each season of the year and that was a lot of fun, and celebrating smaller chunks of the year sounds like a great idea to me!  Here’s my start.  Maybe I’ll incorporate some of the above interesting facts into my lists!

 

Autumn trees

 

11 Things to Do or Look Forward to in the Fall (October November December)

 

  1. Celebrate my birthday in NYC – check!
  2. Go to 4 Daughters Winery
  3. Go to Door County to celebrate birthdays and trivia wins!
  4. Go to Bruce Springsteen concert
  5. Choir gigs and holiday concerts
  6. Read … something classic or new?
  7. Write … poetry or themed blogs?
  8. Plan … a dinner party or ??
  9. Shop early for Christmas gifts
  10. Play accordion weekly and give piano lessons as regularly as possible
  11. and something else that I’ll think of eventually!

 

Let me know if you have ideas that I can steal for my list or for the future lists!

 

Today I found this quote from L. M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables:

 

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

 

In looking for the quote reference I found a TON of great quotes from the book.  I listened to it on audio years ago – probably the very first audiobook I listened to – and I should read it with my eyes sometime!  Great positive quotes!

 

Personification of Autumn (Currier & Ives lith...

 

Have a great week!

 

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