Monday, November 17, 2014

I'm Back!?

Hey ya'll!! Harvest is winding down here in the Central Illinois region and if you've been watching the weather reports its cold! Not just here, chances are that you too are getting a pre-winter freeze on!

Jon and I just got back from our first official (real) vacation! We finally went away for a week! We've been together nearly 7 years and officially married for 4 years now and we've never taken more than 3 days vacation. Those include our first trip to Six Flags, St. Louis (2 days) while dating, our "honeymoon" to Galena, IL (3 days) and our first anniversary to St. Louis (3 days). 

We went to Williamsburg, VA! I have been there before, about 13 years ago and one of my brothers and his family live in Newport News, VA. We did get to spend a day with them (they all had Tuesday, Nov. 4 off of work and school because of the elections!). 

We did so much last week! It was a wonderful experience for us and we were so grateful to finally get to have this experience together!

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, aka next Thursday! Eek! I'm on deck to make the traditional deviled eggs! I became the official deviled egg maker after my grandma passed because I got the recipe and it truly is an art even if you know the recipe!

That is all for right now, hopefully, I can get back to posting more again!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

I'm loving the look of chunky knits, plaids, and boots! Hopefully, I will be able to add plaid and more knits to my wardrobe and to step up my boot game (it's very depressing right now)!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall in My Midwest

Fall is officially here and for me that is not noted by the fall equinox or because the calendar tells me! It is when you see the first field being harvested! Which I noticed last Friday evening on my way home from work.

Harvest is one of those interesting times, for me it brings back my childhood and an exciting time because the corn and soybeans that you've looked at all summer go from green to brown and the combines, tractors, wagons and semis come out in force to hurry and get everything in before bad weather can halt you and the cold sets in. And also, staying up late on the weekends so I could see my dad. Back then he'd run about 4-6 hours of sleep (if that), leaving before the sun came up and coming home well into the morning hours with no days off unless it rained too much until it was all in. Somethings haven't changed, just my dad doesn't operate on that little of sleep anymore but he works everyday, weather permitting until its done, along with my brother, uncle and hired hands.

There is a change in the air, it gets crisper feeling and mornings are chilly while afternoons can be warm. The smell of harvest...It's a great time! The leaves have begun to change and give over their summer green for the warmer oranges, reds and yellows they becoming. And our anniversary is coming up in November, which always makes for a nice conclusion to most of the fall fun!

I've already made one trip to a local pumpkin patch, they have giant pumpkins, like competition sized pumpkins! :-) And I'm planning a trip to my favorite apple orchard in the next week, hopefully with Jon! It's not the big one in our area that everyone goes to, which is awesome for me because it means there is less people and I feel their cider is hands down the best in the entire world and I doubt that will ever change. Its like drinking an apple is so full and rich with flavor.

But along with all the fun and joys of the season, there is still a lot of hard work. Once again, this fall I will be working as a grain scale operator at a local elevator Friday nights and Saturdays, on top of my full time, day job. I enjoy it though and its worth it.

So, with that said I may not be as diligent with posts in the coming months. Not that I've ever been the best at it or have anything worth reading. But go and enjoy the weather, the apples and pumpkins and the crisp, fresh air, before we rush into the winter months!