Favorite Breakfast Cereal, Hot or Cold?

It’s been awhile since I’ve purchased breakfast cereal, but some mornings I wake up and think,  I’d really like a bowl of cereal this morning.  Of course, as a kid, I liked all the sugary ones.  Some of my favorites were Frosted Flakes (of course), Apple Jacks and Captain Crunch.  Now I prefer Honey nut Cheerios, or Frosted Mini Wheats.

Sometimes I buy those assortments of small boxes so that I can pick something different every morning if I want to.  They are also handy because you don’t have to worry about the cereal going bad if you don’t eat it quickly.

Cereal can be very handy if you are short on time too.  It’s much faster to pour cereal and milk into a bowl that it is to prepare eggs, or breakfast meats, or pancakes and such.  Those things are better left to a day off of work when you aren’t so rushed.

I also love hot breakfast cereal, having grown up on oatmeal or Farina.  There is nothing better on a cold morning than a piping hot bowl of oatmeal.  There are so many toppings for oatmeal too.  You can top it with honey, or brown sugar, or raisins or fruit.

Appreciating the Good Things in Fall

I love Fall.   It is my favorite season.  After being in the closed up house all Summer with the air conditioning, I love opening my windows and letting the place air out with nice brisk air.

There are so many fun things to do in the Fall.  There are Fall Festivals, hay rides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and sipping warm cider . You can go apple picking at a local orchard.   You can take long, leisurely drives on open county roads to look at the beautiful scenery as the leaves change.  If you catch it at peak, they are such lovely colors.

I love sweater weather.  There is no need yet for a heavy coat, but it’s perfect for a light jacket or sweater.  You always feel a bit cozier.

I do decorate some outside for Halloween and I love to see the little children when they come to my door. I like to carve a pumpkin and decorate my porch.  I also toast the pumpkin seeds, yummy!

A lot of people are really into Halloween.  I went into one Haunted House a few years ago that scared the bejeebies out of me,  so I won’t be doing that again. Seriously, a guy chased us out with a chain saw!

I only wish Fall would last a little longer before Winter begins.

A beautiful day for a hike

Today was such a beautiful day that I could not stay at home stuck in the house. I decided to do a little hiking along the River Trail and see the beauty of nature and enjoy the great outdoors. I packed a backpack with a nice little lunch and water bottles for hydration before I set off. I love this particular trail as the scenery changes and the wildlife is abundant. There are plenty of rest areas to sit and take in the atmosphere. Benches as well as picnic tables dot the trail every so often.

There were plenty of families and couples biking and walking along. It is a really good thing to see the kids out and about rather than at home glued to tablets, phones and game consoles. I decided to go off trail for a little bit and explore some scenic areas and climbed a smallish cliff area to see a cave that was higher up.

The cave was really neat and I enjoyed myself immensely. It felt good to be outside in the sunshine after all the cold weather we had recently. You should really try it tomorrow or the next nice weekend we have. I promise you will have a great time.

The flu got me!

I seem to have caught the stupid flu that is going around. It is absolutely horrible. I have been in bed for three days and today is the first time I have felt even remotely well enough to venture farther than the kitchen to get some soup, crackers and ginger ale. Ugh this has been one of the worst weeks I have ever had. Monday sucked at work and Tuesday I had to come home early because I started running a high fever. Add all of the lovely symptoms I have had that I will not even go into, because you really don’t want to know.

Fortunately for me, mom made me some homemade chicken soup and went to the store for the standard flu supplies when she came to check on me after she found out from my sister that I was sick. Thank God for moms, because mine is the greatest.

Now that the fever has subsided, I am certain that I will be feeling perfectly fine in time for work on Monday. I cannot believe I missed so much work this week. At least my boss is understanding, especially with so many from the office having come down with this lately.

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day has become so commercialized that the majority of people do not even have a clue as to where it even came from. Do you know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day? It’s all about greeting cards, flowers, chocolate and selling jewelry, right? Don’t forget the jewelry stores selling diamonds to eager couples to want to marry. Kids exchange valentine’s at school, families exchange gifts as well as lovers. But what is the true meaning behind it? Where did it come from?

There are several saints with the name Valentinus but the holiday is generally attributed to just one. He became a martyr after being executed by Rome. Just before his execution he healed the daughter of his jailer and wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine”. However the holiday itself came to be celebrated in 14 century when the idea of “courtly love” became popular among the aristocracy. Christians celebrated Valentine’s day in recognition of several martyrs named valentine, not just one.

People would exchange handwritten notes until an enterprising young lady in Massachusetts began mass producing paper lace cards to people to exchange on her father’s printing press. In the mid 20th century people began exchanging gifts as well the modern day Valentine’s day came into being and the commercialization was in full swing. So if you didn’t have any idea before where this holiday came from, now you know.