Well it seems it was just a few days ago and I was planting my summer flowers, working on our summer projects and I turned around and the leaves are turning into beautiful colors and now dropping from the trees and flannel sheets are on the bed. How in the world did this time go so fast! I have my fall decorations through out the house. And GASP I have started Christmas shopping, though I still am denying I see Christmas decorations in the store!

I have mentioned before that Wayne and I started a tradition in retirement. It’s lovely and even more so as the weather gets cooler here. We go to the “office”! LOL. The “office” is Panera Bread. Our Panera has a lovely warm atmosphere in the sitting area. The fireplace is now on and the warmth it gives out in atmosphere and looks is wonderful. Wayne and I are part of the regulars. There is a regular set of people that show up every morning. We chat with the other people at times and other times, we sit in our booth sip our coffee and we bring our tablets and catchup on email, blogs, and read our many books on Kindle. We also spend time chatting with each other, planning our day and week. A lovely tradition to look forward to each morning. When I say morning we are there by 6:45 am…YES we are morning people, always have been, though I know some people are aghast we are up so early when we are retired. We love the early mornings.

DIY crafts I have found that I love! I’m only going to make one of them. I love the Boo one! But the Fall one with the leaf actually will last through Thanksgiving. I may be leaning toward that one. I’ll post when the one I pick is completed! They were both found on Pinterest.



This is one for Christmas that I would love to make also. Setting this outside next to the front door would be lovely! This too was found on Pinterest.


 I will leave you with a wonderful fall recipe.

Chicken Corn Chowder (please see note below)

  • 3 cans of cream style corn
  • 2 can regular canned corn drained
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can of cream of potato soup
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 pre-cooked boneless chicken breasts cubed OR rotisserie chicken which I use because it makes the soup so flavorful.
  • Smoky links sliced (put in as many as you like) I use a whole package. (this makes this soup wonderfully tasty!)
  • Mushrooms (canned or fresh) drained – optional

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Stir and bring to a slight boil then cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Serve with Garlic Texas Toast and/or a nice salad. YUMMY!

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