Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

As I write this the rain is coming down outside and the forecast doesn’t show it stopping until late this evening. It looks like a long day of bored kids and rambunctious cooped up dogs. I have to admit it doesn’t have me feeling happy feelings for Fall but, I am proud of myself to say that I have remained optimistic about Fall this year. The sunshine we’ve had has helped and, of course, as it does for so many, the emergence of pumpkin spice coffee creamer alleviated sadness of saying goodbye to summer.

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A Family-Filled Weekend

Five years ago Lesley and I set off on a great adventure. It was a great adventure to find the best pumpkin patch in Indiana. We did end up finding it, but the journey we took to get there led us so far in the backwoods of Indiana that we weren’t sure if we would ever be seen alive again. A classic NHN adventure that we turned into a tradition each year — only now we’ve found the paved roads to get there.

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Three Questions

I read a lot. Well, to be precise, I listen a lot. Story and I love audiobooks. This past weekend I finished Louise Penny’s latest, A Better Man. If you are a fan of murder mysteries, I highly recommend Louise Penny. While her works are entertaining for sure, I often also find little life gemstones among the prose. This latest book taught me the wisdom of asking yourself three questions before speaking.

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The Caption Game

Life has been pretty boring lately. Boring may be a harsh word. Routine would probably be a better way to describe it. Still, there isn’t a whole lot of news to share, and the thought of writing this blog has been on my mind all day. What could I possibly write about?

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Pine Cone Birds

Each camping trip, I try to think of, and bring with us, an outdoor-themed craft. It is a good break from the energetic activities like bike riding, scootering, and hide-and-seek with the campground kids. Last year, we painted pictures of RVs. The year before, we tie-dyed almost all the white clothes in our house. This year, we made birds out of pine cones.

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