Thursday, October 29, 2020


 Hey There - Good Morning!

I'm happy to report that I survived my work meeting yesterday.  It was surprisingly not as long as I anticipated and not quite as long winded with unnecessary talk as I expected.  There was still much that was said unnecessarily, but overall a better experience than I thought.  One thing that annoys me is when people say they will get something to you in a couple of hours and then it is much, much later.  The finance guy promised to send out the "master - parent- company" spreadsheet in a few hours after our I assumed I would have it by 3 or 4 at the latest...maybe 5.  Nope - it came through the airways close to 10 p.m. last night.  My day (most of it) today will be spent completing that spreadsheet.

However, there was delight yesterday.  I spied this tree along the drive into my office complex.

Gorgeous, isn't it?  Just brilliant.  There are still a number of trees around here like that.  And some that I call half and half:  the top half has changed to red or orange or gold or a mix of colors and the bottom is still vibrant green.  However, today is a heavy rain day with the remnants of the hurricane, so by tomorrow many trees will be bare branches (still beauty there my friends).

My drive to work is very pretty.  I typically drive through part of Valley Forge Park.  There is a house right at the edge of the park that every year is decorated for Halloween.  Yesterday I finally pulled into a parking lot across the street (Valley Forge Post Office) and took some pictures.  First the whole thing:

You should be able to click to enlarge.  I like the leg sticking out of the cart on the far right - lol.  And here are two close ups - first the left side and then the right.

The bottom picture looks like a skeleton in a bathtub!

I think there are more decorations this year.  Maybe it's that people are home more and have time to do it?  Or folks are so bored with staying at home?  Whatever the reason, I'm enjoying the Halloween decorations.  I'd love to get more pictures, but many are on busy roads where there is no space to pull over.

Last night I ended up doing a little baking!  I had been thinking about pumpkin bread...with cranberries and with pecans.  So I made some.

My kitchen smelled so good while this was baking.  The loaf on the left did break in two after I took it out of the pan - lol.  That will be our loaf.  I will most likely give the second loaf to Colin & Mailing.

That's it for me this Thursday morning.  I've got to get cracking on my regular Thursday morning financial reports and then buckle down and get that spreadsheet completed.  Wishing you all a wonderful "it's almost Friday" kind of day.


  1. Thanks for sharing that delightful skeleton-scene! What fun! I've seen quite a bit more elaborate Halloween displays this year, too. I'm sure it's related to the pandemic (because isn't everything?) And now . . . I'm off to bake some pumpkin bread! YUM!

  2. I've been thinking pumpkin bread, too, but we cannot find canned pumpkin in the stores here! I have one large can, and I'm saving it for pies for Thanksgiving.

  3. Adding cranberries and pecans to the bread is a great idea. I’ll check to see if I have them on hand. Not many Halloween displays in my area.

  4. Fun views on your drive in--the tree is the best-just beautiful!
    Hope your work day goes well for you!

  5. I hate meetings like that. Or meetings I get invited to because I'm on the project, but I really have no part of that specific piece of the project. I dont need to sit through an hour long meeting when you can just send me an email after to tell me what was decided!
    I too deal with a lot of people sending things way later than they said they would. It's extremely irritating, especially when I have deadlines.

  6. Hello,
    The view to work is pretty, I love the colorful tree. The yard full of Halloween decorations is fun, we have one not too far away from us. They must love Halloween! Your pumpkin bread sounds delicious! Take care, enjoy your day!

  7. I'm mentally preparing myself to go out for my walk in the rain, and I know there will be lots of leaves on the ground. I'm thankful for the stretch of good weather we had last week to be able to appreciate them while they were still on the trees!

    There's a house close by with a pretty elaborate Halloween set-up on the front lawn. I'll have to try to snap some photos!

  8. Mmmm.....pumpkin bread. I tried ordering some pumpkin and couldn't get any. I would kill for some pumpkin ice cream right now.
    I'm not seeing as many Halloween things us this year as usual. I know I didn't dig mine out. They are even having a virtual Halloween house contest this year. Maybe I need to drive around at night and see if things are lit up. I do love the skeletons. I want one but down in here in the woods no one would see it but me.

  9. I miss fall colors! I'm kind of 'meh' on Halloween decor, but now I do want some pumpkin bread.

  10. Most of our leaves left during our snowstorm last week so it was nice to see your pretty photo.
    I have been trying to find pumpkin for over a month and finally got some Tuesday. Limit of 2 small cans so I bought two. I should have gone back in and bought two more!
    I hope todays work went well for you.

  11. Cool decorations! Glad you were able to get the photo.

    I bought some baking supplies last week. Now I need to get up the gumption to MAKE something. LOL

  12. What a lovely tree. I have a feeling we're missing a lot of tree color back in our home area while down here but the sunsets make up for it. Your bread sounds and looks delicious!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. I could go for some pumpkin bread! I love that tree, most of our reds and oranges are finished. We are left with browns and some yellows.

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