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Owl always love Fall.... Use Your Words October 2014!

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

My words are: 
Candy Corn ~ Costumes ~ Chili ~ Banana Peppers
They were submitted by:     Thank you for such great words! 

It's Fall y'all!!! I love Fall. I truly love Fall. Now, I will confess, I used to be a lover of Winter. That was before I lived in Buffalo, New York, for five years. Five long, freezing cold years. That ended my love of Winter and snow. Permanently. Then for a short time, I LOVED Summer. I still do, just not as much as I did. Now, I am a steadfast lover of all things Fall. I am not sure if it is because I live in California, and Fall is amazing here, or if it is just that I now realize the true wonderfulness of Fall. Either way, Fall and I are BFFs. 

I think the only things I don't like about Fall are candy corn and spider decorations. The hot cocoa, falling leaves of various colors, pumpkins, apples, hay rides, apple cider, Football (Go Packers!!!), etc etc - all that I love. I love Fall foods in general. Caramel apples, pumpkin bars, apple cobbler, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, apple cider, stews, chili, turkey, cranberries... I could go on and on. It is all so yummy, If I were forced to pick a favorite, I think I would pick chili. I love meaty chili and bean filled chili and mild chili and spicy chili. I especially love it full of peppers, but please no banana peppers. Not sure why, but I do not like how they taste. 

Here are a few chili recipes:
Crockpot Beef Chili from Baking in a Tornado
White Chili from Baking in a Tornado
Black Bean and Stout Chili

This year, Fall is a bit special. Weewee is fifteen months old, and she is really developing by leaps and bounds. Every day she grows, her vocabulary grows, and her view of the world grows. She will be sixteen months old, by the time Halloween is here. This will be her first year dressing up and going Trick or Treating, It may be her only year. I am not decided yet. I knew we would definitely let her go out this year. I looked everywhere for just the right costume. They tend to cost a small fortune and I tend to not like any I find. Finally, we found some cute costumes at Costco, and they were under $20! Win! So, this year Miss Weewee will be... pause for dramatic effect.... an owl! The cutest little owl ever! Okay, I may be biased, but she is darn cute! I will definitely post pics! If Daddy had it his way, she would have been the cutest little shark ever, but luckily Mama got her way! Yay! 

We attended the local Pumpkin Festival this past weekend. We had a fun time. We went through a haunted house, and I fell on my booty in front of a ton of people. Yay! Haha! It really was a fun time. I am certain it will be even more fun next year, when Weewee will be able to be more interactive. We are planning on going to the local pumpkin patch, and enjoying their corn maze and hay ride. I also would love to make a trip up to Apple Hill, and pick a few apples. We do not really have any traditions, so this year and next, I plan on starting as many as I can. I know they will change and evolve as Weewee grows, and that will be great.

I really hope she grows to love Fall as much as I do. I hope she never takes any interest in Winter or snow. I will be a sad Mama if I have to trek to the snow, and let her experience it. I am still traumatized from my years in Buffalo. I am just not ready for snow yet. Maybe one day. Maybe.

Do you have any Fall traditions? I'd love to hear about them. I am open to ideas and suggestions, on what to start with Weewee. What is your favorite season? Are you a Fall person, like me, or does a different season strike your fancy? 

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:                    Baking In A Tornado             Spatulas on Parade        Stacy Sews and Schools                Follow me home                     Battered Hope           Evil Joy Speaks                                  The Momisodes                Someone Else’s Genius                   Confessions of a part-time working mom               Crumpets an Bollocks                       Sparkly Poetic Weirdo   Eileen’s Perpetually Busy  

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I hope you enjoy all the Use Your Word posts this month! I hope you all have a wonderful Fall!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. I love what you did with my words, Jules :)
    I love fall too. So much. I miss the orchards back east, but like you, not the WINTER.
    You don't like candy corn? I didn't as a child, but now my husband and I fight over it.
    Making carmel apples and wassail. That's part of our tradition.

    1. I'm glad you liked my use of your words! They were fabulous words!
      I've never liked candy corn. Not sure why. Though, I haven't tried it in at least 20 or so years. Maybe I'll try it again, and see if my opinion changes. I had to look up wassail. I had no clue what it was. Yum! I thinking making some of that, would be an excellent tradition to start! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  2. I hear you on the winter/snow! I grew up in NY and PA...nope, not going back. NC gets enough snow for me (usually none). I love fall as well, mainly because it's cooling down, so all of those outdoor projects I had been putting off due to heat can be done.

    1. North Carolina winters are fabulous! Hardly ever get enough snow to be bothered by it. I really enjoyed my years there. Where abouts are you in NC?

  3. I <3 fall. I despise summer. LOL BLECK!!
    I hope you share some pics of your cute little owl!!!! :D

    1. Summer isn't too bad at all here. We don't have high humidity, so the heat isn't stifling. I'll definitely share some pics!!

  4. Michigan girl here that understands falling out of love with winter. I do like it around the holidays though just for a few days then it can disappear.

    Thanks for writing a post that makes me want to enjoy fall and its beautiful array of colors, sweater weather and yummy foods just a little more.

    1. You're most welcome! It really is a fabulous time of year. I'm sad I wasted years not appreciating it!
      If we could get a small dusting of snow on Christmas, and no other snow, I could probably deal. It does add to the feeling of the holiday.

  5. Fall is my favorite season too... Football, crisp air, crunchy leaves, good food... yeah I'm in agreement. Best season of the seasons. I'm in West Virginia, and our leaves are amazing this time of year.

    1. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is right now, in West Virginia! My family in North Carolina have been sharing gorgeous pictures!

  6. I love Fall and candy corn used to be my favorite, but the last two years I have lost my taste for it. I love pumpkin, leaves changing colors, cooler temps, hot cocoa, sitting by a bon fire or fireplace wrapped in a cozy blanket...ahh yes Fall.
    I'm not a winter person, cold makes my fibro scream. I adore Spring and the newness of life, summer here in South GA is just to freakin' hot muggy and miserable.

    1. I am sorry to hear you have Fibro! It is a horrible condition! I have a horrendously screwed up back/body/joints. I think that is one of the main reasons behind my hatred for cold weather. I just got bilateral epidurals yesterday, so fingers crossed they help! I also love that we don't have to suffer through muggy humidity here! You have me wanting to have a bon fire!!! We have a spot in our yard for a fire pit. I am seriously considering it! I am just nervous. Maybe once Weewee is a bit older!

  7. I absolutely love fall. I can't wait to get benches to put around my fire pit so we can have bonfires. Plus.....this rain needs to go away. lol

    1. That sounds lovely! So many of you making me want a bon fire/fire pit!! I am definitely considering it! Please, feel free to send the rain this way!

  8. Loved reading your fall post! So great how you start creating new traditions for your baby girl, can't wait to see Withley as a cute little shark. Owl, I mean. Just don't let her get anywhere near a plane, OK..?

    1. When I read the part in your post, about the owl in the plane engine, I immediately thought of Weewee's costume! I will definitely make sure she avoids planes!! I am glad you liked this post! I will definitely be posting pics!

  9. I grew up in Michigan and I don't miss the winters. I also don't miss the hot humid summers. We have been on the North West Coast for 30 plus years and it is turning into California weather and here you guys didn't even get a summer this year. Weird how it is all changing. BUT Autumn is beautiful everywhere, isn't it?

  10. Although I'm a summer girl at heart, I do love Fall. We have yearly pictures of fun days at the pumpkin patch/hay ride/ haunted house with friends. Also every year I'd get a group of families together an we'd go apple picking, come back to my house an make applesauce and apple pies. I'd serve both of my Chili recipes you have listed in your post (thanks for the shout-out) and cornbread. Such fun times.

  11. I can't believe you don't like candy corn, Jules. I'm not sure we can be friends...

    Just kidding! I love the idea of autumn, but living in Utah - well, we don't get much of one. Spring, either. It's winter and construction season. :(


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