Friday, October 17, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things- October 17th

Thanks to our host Viklit and co-hosts Diana Wilder, L.G. Keltner, Cyborg Mom and CaffeMaggieato!

This week I'm celebrating...

Apples!  Two weeks ago we went apple picking at a local orchard and I hand-picked a half a bushel of apples I plan to make into pies, tarts and cobblers as the month progresses.  Walking through the pumpkin patch got me humming the Charlie Brown theme and wishing I had a blue blanket with me.  There was also a fall festival at the orchard so we munched on apple cider donuts and cider and I had some of the best pumpkin ice cream I've ever tasted (not to mention the homemade fudge I brought home).  It was a wonderful day and it totally got me into the spirit of things.

Huzzah!  Last weekend we hit the Ren Faire and I was in full costume.  We saw the regular shows including the falconry display which I love (Malfoy's owl from the HP movies was there!) and heard bagpipers rock out.  I ate some yummy junkfood, bought some pretty things and watched a glassblowing display.  I departed with an amazingly sale-priced half case of my absolute favorite wines- a dutch apple blend and a holiday spice wine which, when combined and heated, create something they call a "Hot Wench" which is one of the most delicious substances you can drink.  I was especially thrilled because last year our plans to attend were ruined by a poorly timed flu shot which made me sick as a dog for the weekend we had planned- I am now happy.

And, finally, back to running  A couple of weeks ago I caught a bad cold that took forever and a day and a full course of antibiotics to finally get rid of.  Because of that I didn't run for almost three full weeks.  In addition to a couple of 10k races the next two Saturdays (tomorrow being the first) I've also got the marathon coming up fast so I knew I had to get back up to snuff.  Thanks to running last Friday, Tuesday and yesterday I finally got myself back up to a full 6 miles so I have reason to believe tomorrow's race will go well.  I still have a long way to go (since 10k isn't even half of the marathon mileage) but I feel like I'm back in a good place to be able to do that and it feels really good.

I'm hoping to get a haunted house in before the end of the month and I've got a whole bunch of other Halloween-y activities to find time for so my hopes for the rest of the month are high.  Have I mentioned how much I love October?

What about all of you lovely folks?



  1. Glad you're running again! A haunted house sounds like loads of fun. I really want apple-flavoured everything now!

  2. Three weeks! Yipes. Glad your better and back up to running form - and enjoying all the fun autumn activities. I'm making an appley thing tonight myself.

  3. Now I'm hungry!
    Glad you're running again, especially since you have a race tomorrow. Good luck.

  4. Mmm... Apple cider... It's that time of the year again. =) I've been wanting to get to a haunted house, but by the time evening rolls around, I'm just too exhausted. I guess that's to be expected at 5 months pregnant, eh? I hear you though. October is the best!

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  5. Apples and running. You know how to celebrate!

  6. Ah... Photos? If you in full Ren attire? Double credits if you can finagle a photo of a hawk on your wrist (fictional entry, you know...)

    Ah... Apple Cider!

  7. No pictures? I think we need to see some evidence of all the fun! :)

  8. I love picking apples! When I was a kid, my dad planted some fruit trees in our yard. Our apple trees were never overly abundant, but they put out enough fruit for me to snack on. The apples rarely made it all the way to the house!


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