Friday, October 14, 2016

Let's Celebrate Those Small Things!


Welcome to this weekly blog hop sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .


1) Guests! My brother, his wife and 5-month-old daughter (so cute!) came by Sunday for a two day visit, which turned into a 5 day visit. They live way up in northern Minnesota, so we don't get to see them very often. It was a treat.

2) Cool temperatures and breaking in the fireplace! The last two days, temperatures have plummeted to the lower 60's with nights in the lower 40's. That's perfect for an evening fire. It was lovely to watch those flames shoot to life last night and feel the warmth radiating off of it. I always find it so calming and snuggly. (Too bad we're supposed to have mid-eighties again next week. Seriously, this weather is crazy!)

3) Halloween candy! We don't really have a great Halloween in our area. The overwhelming religious beliefs here keep the schools from celebrating it, and most houses don't offer trick-or-treating either. The kids can do a little candy collecting, but it's nothing to the bulging bag we collected as kids. So, I've decided to bring on the candy in advance and just indulge beforehand. (*aehm* This has nothing to do with my own sweet tooth...nope. Not a thing.)


What about you? What put a smile on your face this past week? Survive that horrible hurricane? Get to visit a pumpkin patch? Eat a lovely piece of cake? What are you celebrating this week?


17 comments:

  1. We're still enjoying quite mild temperatures in Scotland, but I'm sure it'll get colder. Definitely been celebrating with lovely cake (cooked by my wife) as I and my daughter both had birthdays this week!

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  2. The temperatures just keep going up and down.
    Our area doesn't celebrate Halloween much, but the kids do still get to trick-or-treat.

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  3. That's too bad about the trick-or-treating. We are lucky to live in a large neighborhood and I swear, every house tries to outdo each other in giving out candy. My kids covered the entire dining table last year with their loot. We have them pick out their favorites and give the rest away. I hope I can resist eating it all.

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  4. Our temps are supposed to go back up too and I'm keeping my fingers crossed the forecasts are wrong. I've so enjoyed the cool weather!!
    Enjoy that Halloween candy. :)

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  5. The explosion of Halloween activity always amazes me. When I was a child (in the UK), it came and went with barely a nod, but then we were always gearing up for Guy Fawkes Night on 5 November, which of course you don't have in the States. Any excuse for sweets is fine by me, though!

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  6. Man, sorry to hear about your lousy Halloween. Thank stinks. Can you go to another community and trick or treat? Such a shame you can't hand out candy, either. I always get such a kick out of seeing all the little kids' costumes.

    5-6 months is the perfect stage for babies They are at optimal chubbular-ness.

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  7. Every time I see Halloween candy anywhere, I just want to buy so much! For me, not any kids that might come to my door. Kidding, a little!

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  8. I'm a Brit from the Midlands so we don't get extremes of weather, certainly not hurricanes luckily. I'd be terrified. Hope you enjoy the Halloween candy! X

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  9. Crazy weather indeed. Enjoy the candy and it's nice that you got to spend quality time with visiting family.

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  10. Yay, family! ^_^
    It's almost cool today, and I love it!

    That's sad about Halloween. I'm in the middle of the Bible Belt myself, but here even some of the churches have costumed festivities. But at least you have some candy for yourself. I mean, your family. :D

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  11. Our local church, here in the UK, are having a pumpkin carving special night on Sunday. They are going to be carving hearts into pumpkins to raise money for supporting children in poor communities around the world through World Vision and their motto "Create a world where every child is free from fear" which I think is a lovely idea. Our house we discovered is considered "too scary" for the youth around here to visit - it does have a very long dark driveway - so I won't have too much need for sweets/candy I suppose :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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  12. How lovely that your family got to stay for a longer visit. You have to grab that time while you can. That's a shame about Halloween since it's so much fun for kids to dress up ad get candy. I'm wondering about your religious community now. Amish? LDS? I hope they allow Santa Claus and Christmas trees. Anyhow, yay for Halloween candy in your house! Yum!

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  13. I am celebrating gorgeous weather here in Pennsylvania! It's a pleasure to be outside. Plus, we are going all-out for Halloween this year to entertain our German exchange student.

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  14. Happy family times are the best and definitely worth celebrating. Nothing like cosying up in front of a real fire.

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  15. Wholly agreed about the colder weather. I've always liked fall and winter, and bundling up to stay warm is much better than trying to cool off, I think. And my apartment has a gas fireplace, which makes everything better.

    I don't think I have anything to celebrate right now, though. It's been a very rough month. >_<

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  16. There was a period of time- I think in the 80s, when people were so worried about tampered with candy and Satan worship that Halloween took a hit. I've never been into the dark side of Halloween, but love the fun of it.

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  17. Glad you had a great visit with you brother and his family! The weather really is weird. It's supposed to be 80 degrees here today after being down in the 30s at night last week. We always buy a little extra Halloween candy, too. :) Have a great week!

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