Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

It's Halloween so I have been trying to do a little decorating outside for the little spookies that will be coming around tonight looking for goodies. I usually do a lot more but with the house painters here and then going on vacation I didn't get much done. It is just BEAUTIFUL out today, just perfect to be out trick or treating tonight.

I just L.O.V.E. fall. It is my all time most favorite time of year. I know the flowers have gone by and the leaves have fallen but the air is crisp and it sure cuts down on the hot flashes! I love walking through the leaves and the sound of the crunch it makes. I love seeing the neighborhood kids raking up a pile of leaves and jumping in the middle of them having such a good time. The horses are getting fuzzy and little Kipper looks like a Beanie Baby Pony as he is so round.

Did get some pumpkins out and my friendly crow put on a bench out in my garden that is close to the road. I'm still mad at Mister Bear for eating my HUGE pumpkin that I grew and pampered all summer! Well I guess it's better then eating one of my cats. Speaking of which, Noodles just came in with a bird in his mouth but it got away and flew off so hopefully it wasn't injured too badly.

I always feel like cleaning more in the fall. I have already tackled several cupboards that needed organizing desperately. Why do we keep things? There were cold medicines in there from 2004!!!

Mom and I went out to get her blood work done this morning. We are participating in a cancer genetics research program. Mom is a cancer survivor for 15 years. She had the kind that wasn't a hard lump but was a mass that could not be detected by touch. A mammogram saved her life as that is what detected it. GALS, GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS!!!! They aren't perfect but they do save lives every day, my mother is walking proof of that.

We had to meet with a genetics expert a few weeks ago to get all the family history down on paper. We have lots and lots of cancer in our family. My mother is being tested for the BARC 1 and BARC 2 gene and if she has it my sisters and I will have to be tested for it. If she doesn't have it then Yippee! Some people prefer not to know if they have the gene but I am the kind that wants to know so that I can do anything and everything to help prevent getting breast cancer. So again, get your mammograms!!!

Dawn over at Grandma Of Three posted a recipe for homemade crescent rolls that look absolutely YUMMY! I am going to try them. You mix them up the night before and then let them rise over night. She even posted pictures of the process and they just look so good I had to print it off and will let you know my results on my next post. If they come out anywhere near what hers look like I will be happy!! :o)

Did you all go over to Pea's Halloween Bash at Pea's Corner? It is a hoot and I'm sure there will be some goodies left to eat. I especially liked the hot dog mummy wraps! Yum!

Guess that's it for now. Hope you all have a fun Halloween and have lots of candy left over to munch on for the next week or so!


Dawn said...

I am so anxious to hear and see how your rolls turn out. I hope they're yummy for you.

I love fall as you do. All the leaves are pretty much gone, but the grands had a grand time jumping in them for a few days before Grandpa went and mowed them away!

I'm with you on knowing the "odds" of breast cancer - one of the fears I have always had in life, especially since having so many breast infections and cysts and fibrocystic junk. Best wishes!

KC said...

Can't wait to hear how the rolls turn out.. If you like them I might give them a try.
I know so many people including my mom's mom who got it twice in her life once in each breast. and my MIL. I'm with you on the knowing.

Hope you have a wonderful Halloween.

Susie said...

I'm a fall lover as well. Dawn's crescent rolls did sound delish :)
Hope you have lots of treats for the little goblins tonight. We're off to our daughter's party a bit later.
Happy Halloween my friend!
love you!

Tonya said...

I have been so much more excited about Fall this year than previously. I got all into decorating and putting out Mums and I love coming home and seeing it all.

That's interesting about the study and the genetics. Way to be proactive. I've had one was all clear.

The girls are gone to my MIL's church...I got to stay at home and have some quiet time - whew!

Think I'll go check out Pea's Corner! Take Care!

Joan said...

Autumn is by far my favorite time of the year even if we dont see much change here in Southern California.

I'm with you wanting to know my odds of developing breast cancer. I have to admit it had been 3 years since my last mammogram so I finally had one this month and my results were negative for cancer. I feel much relieved and I've promised myself to do it on an annual basis from now on.

Happy Halloween.

Janey Loree said...

Hi Midlife Mom! Welcome back! I will have to read your posts about your vacation.

I would like to invite you to the BLOG VILLAGE Fall Fest Carnival that is going on right now over at Advertising For Success. Over in BLOG VILLAGE we have a blog carnival each quarter!

And to invite you to participate in the Authors go GONZO! Carnival that I am hosting over on our Twiglet Book blog. It is open to all writers and those who love to read, so spread the news if you get a chance! I will be accepting submissions until Sunday night at midnight!

Myrna said...

I'm catching up!
You have been busy, girl! Great vacation pictures!

I've had my mammo for this year! You're right it is important to do on a regular basis. Thanks for reminding us.

Trick or treat is over here now. I made 130 little bags and they are all gone! It was a busy night!I'll show pictures tomorrow of the grands and then I guess it's on to the next holiday! Don't you just love holidays!

the moose buyer said...

When I lived in Canada, fall was my favorite time too. I loved the colors and the warm Indian summer. Now that I think about it, I was also quite fond of spring because the lilacs would bloom. didn't like winter though.

How is Buddy doing?? you haven't mentioned him in a while.