Now that our children are grown and have children of their own, my memories come forward and lead me down memory lane. The fun fall days come to mind of raking leaves and hearing them crunch underfoot and now our grandchildren enjoy the same activity.
When our two boys were young, we’d rake leaves and pile them high, then run and jump into them. Did you see the word, we? Yes, I’d run and jump into the high dried leaf piles with them, and do it all over again.
With our children, we’d gather fresh fallen leaves and press between wax paper and then tape on the windows. They’d look just like stain glass windows and so pretty. I would also place the leaves between sheets of paper and color. The many varied shaded patterns made great placemats for Thanksgiving.
We also had neighbors who enjoyed getting together in the evening. We’d all gather at the Olson’s, and have hot chocolate and a bonfire. What a treat! Everyone loved it. We’d roast marshmallows and this is where I learned about smores.
Returning home last weekend after babysitting the young grandchildren, we took a side road. The beautiful oranges, reds, and gold fall colors always made me smile.
All those wonderful memories. This is my favorite time of the year. What is yours?
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With September, comes the colder temperatures so when I found that it’s National Potato Month, I knew I’d have to write about the wonderful eatable spuds.
This is what I found out, thanks to Wikipedia:
The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade Solanum tuberosum. Potato may be applied to both the plant and the edible tuber. Potatoes have become a staple food in many parts of the world and an integral part of much of the world’s food supply. Potatoes are the world’s fourth-largest food crop, following maize(corn), wheat, and rice. Tubers produce Glycoalkaloid in small amounts. If green sections (sprouts and skins) of the plant are exposed to light the tuber can produce a high enough concentration of glycoalkaloids to affect human health.
So now you know the scientific long and short of a potato.
Besides being a little fun to say, here’s so many ways to fix one.
First: you must say POTATO 3x really fast. See? Wasn’t that kind of fun!
There’s boiling, mashing, baking, frying, deep frying, and salads to name a few. Let’s not forget soups, stews and the loveable potato skins and chips! There’s lots and lots of seasonings to spruce up the spuds. I love removing the done potato from the skin, mashing it with garlic, and then placing it back inside the skin!
Here’s a few good pictures to get your mouth watering and tummy ready for a good potato!
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Labor Day is on the first Monday of September every year. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor unions’ strengths of and contributions to the United States’ economy.
About Labor Day
The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches.This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September, and not on May 1, which is common in the rest of the world, was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
When I was a kid, we’d pack up and go for a drive up north. Sometimes, we’d visit farm relatives for the three day weekend, but not always. The farm was always fun because my brother and would climb on the haybales or else create havoc while our uncles did the milking. Since we lived in Minneapolis, the farm held much to discover and enjoy.
However, Mom and Dad loved to fish. We’d load our fishing poles and off we’d go to a small lake north of Minneapolis near McGregor. We had relatives there, too, who had a cabin. That was always fun.
What does your family do for fun? How about visiting a National Park or go for a bike ride? Get out and enjoy the great outdoors and relish in the day. You deserve it!
You could sit outside and read a good book!
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Summer keeps us moving and August is a month to celebrate and really enjoy because soon the long, hot days will be cold, long days of winter.
Let’s not think of those cold, north winds and low temperatures. Outdoor activities should be high on the list for things to do, and that includes reading a good book in the sun, near the lake.
August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day. Here are some things that you can do to celebrate books.
Visit your library.
Buy a book by your favorite author.
Read a book by a new author.
Participate in a book exchange.
Books are always better than the movie.
Travel the world with a book.
So, when you plan your camping trip or other outing, bring a book!
Breathe in the fresh air, and let your imagination go—and enjoy! You won’t regret it.
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