Happy witches, biketoberfest, hayrides and marshmallows…

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My week was sort of quiet for a change. I am focused on finishing with The Stranger in My Recliner.

Last Saturday I had a special date with my youngest grandbaby Peyton Elizabeth. She does not like anything scary so when I saw that our local orchard was having a hayride to the Happy Witch’s house I thought it would be perfect for Peyton. She was so afraid of the tractor but she did not cry. The other toddlers on the ride and their parents sensed how frightened she was and they were all so sweet to her. The witch and her sisters truly were happy. Peyton loved finding out that the witch handing out the pumpkin cookies was also named Peyton. After the witches house the hayride took us to an area with a fire pit and very long sticks that the toddlers and preschoolers could use to toast their marshmallows. Peyton was scared of the fire so she just ate her marshmallow from the stick.  After the ride, she picked out three little pumpkins. We both had a great time.  The best part was when I was driving her home the next day and she said Mom-Mom I love our special day I wish it was longer. Made me teary.

Peyton Elizabeth going to the witches house

Peyton marshmallow stick

Peytons Happy Witch LinvillaThe Happy Witch #Linvilla Orchards

#Linvilla Orchards was one of the stops on our Motorcycle Ride for History the week before. The place is so close to our home we visit often with the grandkids. They have the best playground I have ever seen, a petting zoo, train rides, pony rides and AMAZING food including to die for cider donuts. They also have live music, for kids. I had no idea the place was so historic.  It had a unique octagon shaped barn that unfortunately burned down. The foundation is still there.

“Arthur Linvill purchased the former dairy farm in 1914 and transformed it into an orchard. Five Linvill families and some managers still live and work on the sprawling grounds. As homes began to sprout around the farm, the Linvills added entertainment, education, and recreational activities. The orchard is one of the preeminent destinations for area school trips.” http://www.linvillaorchards.com

On Tuesday, John and I will be heading south. We will be in Daytona Beach visiting with my parents. We will also visit with my sister-in-law and her family. On the way, back we are planning on stopping in North Carolina to bring my friend Joelle and her family dinner.  Joelle has been battling a very aggressive form of cancer for the past fifteen-months. Her husband is working in Afghanistan and has had very little time by her side. If he comes home, she will lose her very good health insurance. The family has had staggering expenses on top of great insurance coverage. Until now, they have been handling everything on their own.  Our friend Tina and Joelle herself make beautiful scarves. Soon these scarves will be sold as part of a fundraiser to bring Joelle’s husband home. I will post more info on them soon. They will make beautiful holiday gifts and they are ridiculously reasonably priced. Friends are also hosting dining out events in the Durham area. If you are in that neck of the woods, please attend one.

Perfect timing, it will be #Biketoberfest while we are in Daytona. I’m hoping I do not need leather.

They haven’t shut down the interstates yet, have they?

I am writing a ghost story for a guest post. It is different but I am having fun.

I got a flu shot the other day and my arm is so sore. My doctor told me this particular shot protects against four strains of flu.  I woke up the next day with a cold. No doubt courtesy of Peyton Elizabeth.

Do you have dogs? How do you keep your house from smelling like a wet dog? If you do not have pets how do you keep your house smelling fresh? I just read a blog post that suggested spritzing with white vinegar. I might give it a try.

Have a blessed weekend everyone.

Doreen

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