Sisters' Weekend 2015

Have I mentioned lately how much I love my sisters?
We had another successful Sisters' Weekend, even with getting started a day earlier than usual!
5 of us went up Thursday, got settled, and went out for dinner. 2 hours later, we got to eat. 1 of my sisters wanted to go to Dead Red Lobster since her husband doesn't eat seafood. We were told that it would be 45 minutes to an hour wait, but we didn't believe them because there a lot of empty, clean tables. We sat  outside and talked, which is what we would've done if we had stayed at the house. After more than an hour, we decided to go across the street to Joe's Crab Shack. The sister that wanted to go there turned in our buzzer and told her thanks, but no thanks. We went across the street, were immediately seated, and were eating within 15-20 minutes of walking in the door.  We spent the rest of the evening talking & laughing.
Friday, we ate breakfast and then went on a wine tour.
There are 5 on the tour, but we only did 3 & ended up getting a nice little glass. There isn't an expiration date on the passports that you had to get stamped, so I think YS & I are going on a field trip to the other 2 on Friday. At 1 of the wineries we were able to take a tour of the actual winery. I swear the tour guide kept looking at our boobs. Very disturbing.  And creepy. And to top it off, at that place you only were allowed 2 samples of wine as opposed to 4 at the other 2 places. Definitely not my favorite one.
Friday evening, the other 2 sisters-in-law came. My sister that gives me stuff & I made dinner. Or rather, she made dinner & I threw a bag of salad in a bowl! I did help her put them together, though.
Saturday morning, more eating, followed by shopping. There's an outlet there, so we spent a few hours there. We all started in Sketchers, then everybody went their own way, depending on what we were looking for. Just about everybody had something they needed to get, so I don't think any of us were wandering aimlessly.
When we got back to the house, we turned on the tv & watched football games. We Skyped with our sister who is working on her Ph.D. in Tx. She was at a cousin's tailgate party, so it was pretty quick before we lost the connection. We tried again after she got back to her apartment, but I couldn't get any sound.
Sunday is always a sad day because that's when we go home. But not before going out to eat! :)
We almost always go to The Apple Barn to eat before we leave. We had our name on the list and sat around for about 30 minutes chatting.
 Pointing to how high the river was...it rained most of the weekend.

Then the manager comes out and tells us that a goose (yes, a goose) ran into the power line and knocked out the power. (That explains our power outage when I was in the shower.) That caused problems with the vent, which was causing some gas back-up. He said we could go up to the grill, and they called in the list so we didn't have to go to the back of the line. (That may or may not have been suggested by 1 of my sisters.) We went to the grill (which is still on the grounds), ate, and then did some last minute shopping in the Christmas Shop. Some of us were going to get an apple pie from the store, but...no power in that section of the place.
I'm glad we waited until October to go this year. We had a "parent conference day" on Friday, but we weren't required to be there as long as we document 6 hours of parent conferences. Plus, it was cooler. Plus, we got to see cute things like this:

We look forward to this weekend so much every year. This was an especially sweet one, except that the sister in Tx. wasn't here. Hopefully next year she'll make it. We still brought too much food and drinks, but we did better with the food! (Better too much than not enough, right?) We also will make sure we get a 4 bedroom so no one has to sleep on the couch.
Last year, Mama's death was still very fresh and we had just been together 6 weeks prior to our weekend. (We went in early Sept. last year.) We had some nice talks and shared sweet memories. Even though I may have been accused of being spoiled, it was a fantastic weekend!


Hello October Hodgepodge!

It's the last day of September! YIPPEEE!!! 

1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?
Sisters' Weekend. Beginning TOMORROW! Can't wait to spend the weekend with these ladies!

2. Food for the soul or music for the soul...which camp are you in? Tell us why.
Music for the soul. There are so many amazing songs out there that touch my heart.

3. What are two or three things you've learned recently as the result of an online search?
I'm drawing a total blank on this one.

4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe. 

5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?
Wake up. Let the dogs out. Take a shower. Eat breakfast. Drink coffee.

6. What small thing have you taken note of today?
The little footie things that are are meant to be no-show footwear? Yeah, they don't do the job. I spent almost all day with only the part that goes around your toes in the right spot. Not comfortable at all.

7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.

8.  Insert your own random thought here

CH & I spent Sunday at a local craft beer place. They had an Oktoberfest Celebration, and we had a BLAST! There was an "Oompah' Band, 
and then a "stein hoisting" contest (that YS won!). 
It really made me want to go to Germany for the "real" Oktoberfest!


Falling for the Hodgepodge

I'm pretty sure I've already used the Post Title before, but, eh....who cares?
Joyce has come up with some thought-provoking questions this week (as always), so put your thinking cap on and get started!

1. What have you 'fallen for' recently?
This isn't a new thing, but anything pumpkin. I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season last weekend...I asked for 1 less pump of pumpkin, and it was perfect.

2. What's something you're 'squirreling away' for later?
If "squirreling away" can also mean procrastinating, then I'd have to say cleaning the house.

3. How do you like your apples? Sweet? Tart? Crisp? Cooked? Apples are one of the superfoods for fall...how often do you eat an apple either plain or as part of a favorite recipe? What's your favorite variety?
Sweet. I usually eat an apple by itself, but I'm definitely okay with eating them within a recipe. Like my MIL's Apple Pound Cake or an apple crisp.

4. According to Fodor's the ten best fall foliage trips in the US of A are-Aspen ColoradoThe Catskills New York, The Berkshires Massachusetts, Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Green Mountain Byway Vermont, Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway New Mexico, Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake of the Ozarks Missouri, and Glacier National Park Montana. Which would you most like to visit this fall and why?
I'm very fortunate to be able to call the Great Smoky Mountains "home". Going into New England during the fall is definitely on my bucket list, so I'd say The Berkshires & Green Mountain Byway.

5. The topic of legalizing marijuana was raised in the most recent televised political debate so let's wade in too. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four states have legalize marijuana for recreational use. Your thoughts?

Honestly, I could pretty much care less. I'm not going to use it either way. I could definitely see the medicinal purposes, but not really for recreational use. But, like I said, I don't really care 1 way or the other.

6. Are you okay to watch a movie already in progress or do you need to always see it from the beginning? How about jumping into a TV series somewhere in the middle? Is that okay? 
 Oh, no! I definitely have to watch a movie and series from the beginning!

7. Thursday (September 24) is National Punctuation Day. What rule of punctuation trips you up most often? What rule of punctuation, when broken by someone else, bugs you the most?

When to use a semi-colon & colon. I also really have to think when I write "it's" vs. "its".  I can pretty much overlook punctuation; it's the whole using 'loose' for 'lose' or there for 'their' that gets me!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I finished this season of Longmire last weekend. I even watched a few episodes twice. Now I can't believe I have to wait another year for the cliffhangers to get resolved!!! 
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