Saturday, October 19, 2019

Maple Leaf Festival and Parade 2019

Hello all!

I have a few minutes, so I thought I'd drop you all a note. We had a perfect morning for our town's Maple Leaf Parade 2019. We have been attending the Carthage Maple Leaf Festival for over twenty-five years now. Two years ago I missed, because I was in the hospital after a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer. Last year, I attended after I had a second surgery. No surgery this year! Praise God!

Fall is a beautiful time to be outside. The trees are just beginning to show beautiful autumn colors.  I hope to take a fall foliage drive next weekend. I think the trees may be just right by then. A few years ago, my blog friend, Michelle of Ozark Sew n Sews, told me about a highway called the Pig Trail. If we feel up to venturing into Arkansas, you can bet I'll be asking her about directions and about the colors. Do drop in and visit Michelle. She's just the sweetest thing!

My family and I began the parade on our feet to honor the American Flag, our veterans, our troops, and our law enforcement and firemen. It's just right to stand and salute the flag and to clap and give honor to the men and women who give so much for us. Next up, our very own Carthage High School Marching Band. We are so proud of them. There are bands from all over the region who march then perform in a regional competition.

When we go to the parade, we sit near the Church of God. They are so kind, they not only serve yummy food, they also open their restrooms to the public. Believe me, when you sit there for two or three hours, that's a big blessing!

There are floats of all shapes and sizes. Many honor our flag and our God. I love that. This year, the parade lasted a couple of hours. That's just right in my opinion. Afterward, we headed home for lunch, then back to the square to see the craft vendors and to listen to the Maple Leaf Music Company fall recital. They did it right on the square for all to enjoy. My Emily teaches there, and I loved listening to her students and seeing the joy and pride in her face as they performed.

Well, I need to go now. We are invited to a harvest party at the home of dear friends. I've got a pot of ham and beans to contribute to a soup and chili supper. I'll bet there will be a bonfire and maybe even a hay ride. 

Y'all grab all the joy and sparkles that you can during this fabulous fall season! If you don't have something to do, invite someone to do something! Call someone, text, email, whatever it takes! 

God bless you and keep you....

Happy it's Fall!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

My Fall Bucket List 2019

Harvest Lane Cottage
 Fall Bucket List

Happy Fall everyone! 
It's beginning to look and feel like fall around here. Finally! We've had a few very chilly nights. The red maples are just beginning to show their first blush of red at the tops. I'm a bit late in posting my bucket list for this fall. I've actually already done a few of these things. I still added them to the list, because y'all might want to do some of them. I'll put items I've completed in italics. I'd love to hear what is on your bucket list for fall. Here's my list for 2019.
  • Make my fall bucket list
  • Make my fall reading list
  • Make my fall make it list
  • Make Christmas book reading list
  • Get updated addresses for my Christmas card list
  • Make apple pie
  • Enjoy candy pumpkins
  • Make apple butter
  • Knit wool socks for my husband ~ I'm working on it!
  • Roast marshmallows around the fire.
  • Enjoy the new fire pit my adult sons built.
  • Curl up with a terrific book.
  • Read a wonderful Christmas book 
  • Take a drive to look at fall foliage 
  • Eat pumpkin pie
  • Try a new pumpkin drink recipe
  • Sip hot apple cider
  • Finish Emily's quilt.
  • Drink eggnog
  • Worship God under the stars
  • Eat chili
  • Maple Leaf Festival
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Try a new soup or stew
  • Nibble candy corn
  • Make pumpkin cut out cookies
  • Invite friends for soup and bread
  • Invite neighbors for a pie night
  • Invite a neighbor for tea
  • Collect leaves and seed pods to decorate
  • Take a walk and enjoy the maple leaves
  • Toast pumpkin seeds
  • Make jalapeno jam
  • Make homemade cocoa
  • Bake pumpkin bread
  • Bake cookies
  • Make Christmas gifts
  • Watch Christmas movies
  • Read more Christmas books
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Burn cinnamony, pumpkiny, spicy fall candles
  • Read by candlelight and lamplight
  • Read Little House in the Big Woods with hubby
  • Visit my father and step-mom in Kansas City
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving with family at home
  • Decorate our Christmas tree on the Sunday evening after Thanksgiving
Alright, now you know some of the things I hope to do over the next month and a half of fall. What's on your list? 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ October 14, 2019

As I write ...   Monday evening

The weather.... Very cool... I'll need a blanket tonight.

Right now I am... borrowing my husband's computer to get a little writing done tonight.

Thinking... I need to be in bed. I've been staying up too late lately.

A quote to share... 

"The little house was fairly bursting with good food stored away for the long winter. The pantry and the shed and the cellar were full, and so was the attic.

Little House in the Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder 
page 18


On my reading pile, in my Scribd, and in my Kindle...   

God's Will for You
Gloria Copeland

The Christmas Star
Donna VanLiere
Scribd audio

Beside Still Waters
Tricia Goyer

Favorite blog posts last week...  

For those of you wondering if I'm going to make a Fall Bucket List this year, YES! It should come out tomorrow.

Something fun to share... 

On my to do list...  
  • Cleaning
  • Planning
  • Laundry
  • Focus
  • Cooking
  • Teaching
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Reading
  • Writing

On the needles...  
  • Socks for my husband
  • A dishcloth for a gift
Looking forward to this week...
  • Monday -  Line dancing at church
  • Tuesday -  Knitting group 
  • Wednesday -  Community Worship as part of the Maple Leaf Festival
  • Thursday -  Errands and coffee shop visit with a dear friend
  • Friday -  
  • Saturday -  Maple Leaf Parade
Looking around the house...  a little picking up to do, but I am going to let it wait until morning.

From the camera... 

Once upon a time....

On my prayer list...

  • My husband fell and injured the leg that he had the total knee replacement on last spring. Praying for his healing.
  • Peace of Jerusalem and Israel
  • Wisdom, health, and protection for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and their families. 
  • Good, godly, brave people to be elected to serve in Congress and across our nation according to The Constitution. 

My prayer for you, my dear reader...

Father God, most likely each of my readers has something heavy on her heart. Father, I ask that whatever that need is—provision for a bill, for food, for education or whatever—healing for herself or a loved one—relief from pain, or fear, or anxiety—reconciliation with a loved one or between family members—salvation for someone they care about—I ask you to meet her needs. Holy Spirit, please make your presence known. Bring salvation, bring peace, bring faith, bring hope. Thank you so much for your provision of salvation and everything we need. I bless your Holy Name Jesus! Amen.

Thank you all for dropping in.
Please take a few moments and jot me a note. 

Trusting in God's timing, provision, and healing power

Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.


Joining with Peggy
Joining with Peggy

Sunday, October 13, 2019

This Earthly Life is a Battle ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

"This earthly life is a battle," said Ma. 
"If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another. 
It always has been so, and it always will be. 
The sooner you make up your mind to that,  
the better off you are, 
and the more thankful for your pleasures."

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Town on the Prairie

Thank you God that we do not need to fight the battles alone. Thank you for being our hope, our provider, our savior, our healer, our everything we need.

If you don't know Jesus and his love for you, I'll be happy to talk with you about Him. 

Art: Richard Sohn

Saturday, October 5, 2019

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #146

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Hello dear reader,

  It's getting nice here in Southwest Missouri. Finally we are enjoying some early fall temperatures.  It's hard to imagine the leaves changing in time for our Maple Leaf Festival here in Carthage, but we can hope. It's been a quiet week for me. I spent most of my time around the house. It was strange to have a rainy day and no one to bake cookies with.

  I met another one of my neighbors today. We exchanged our phone numbers and our spouses' phone numbers just in case. It's good to know and look out for our neighbors. So far, I have met neighbors from five houses on our street. Now that it's cooling off, I hope to meet more. Do you know your neighbors? Have you exchanged phone numbers with them just in case? I hope you do. We all need to be friendly and make the places we live as much like Mayberry as we can. ~smile~
  • I saved $5 with a discount and two coupons when I went to Knit Night and bought queso and chips. I was able to take some home to the family, too. They were happy to enjoy the snack. Tuesday nights I sometimes splurge and go off my Trim Healthy Mama Plan.
  • I'm knitting socks for my husband's birthday with yarn that a friend gave me when she went through her yarn stash. Thanks Shelly. 
  • Shopped at Aldi.
  • We bought ground chuck and ground sausage for $1.99 a pound at Worden's Meats
  • I saved money by staying home and not spending money this week. 
  • I answered several surveys with Swagbucks. I am saving up for Christmas.
  • My husband helped decorate the house for fall with things we had in storage. No new decorations so far. 
  • My daughter, Amy, made an amazing Butternut pie that tastes just like pumpkin pie. My friend, Joyce, grew it in her garden and gave it to me.

      Thank you for visiting, I value your comments and opinions. I've made lots of friends here that have been so encouraging and kind. God bless you all!

    Redefining Laura


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