Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That

Hello Dear Ones! Just like you, I've been so busy as of late and thought I would catch you up with what's been going on around here at Note Songs.
Well, it is certainly fortunate for us to live where fall is it's most beautiful! We are so close to Vermont and Massachusetts and go there very often. We love Costco but the closest one is about 100 miles away in West Springfield, Massachusetts, so off we go and I'm snapping along the way.
 I have to tell you a little story. You know how I love to tell you little stories. Do you see the bottom snap above? I have to tell you this area was more beautiful than this shows. Well, in the two snaps above that one, we parked on the side of the road and I was snapping away when a van pulled up and the man said something to Mr. Precious. I ran back across the road to get into Kiki and Mr. Precious said the man told him if we wanted to really see some beautiful fall colors to follow him. Well, I have seen a lot of Lifetime movies and I'm telling you, you don't follow strangers down unknown steep roads. He could be a serial killer or a Texas chainsaw murderer, except that would be Massachusetts chainsaw murderer! I didn't like this and tried to dissuade Mr. Precious. He said it'd be okay. Well, we followed, my heart was pounding outta my chest, we stopped the car, the man got out and he was very nice. He had built a lovely home at the top of this mountain and was lonely and just wanted to share his view with someone. This was his view from his home. He wasn't scary and even told me his birthday was Friday. We wished him a happy birthday, thanked him for showing us this gorgeous view and carefully drove down the steep mountain road. We escaped without any knives in our backs, no chopped off heads or bullet wounds. My heart had stopped pounding and I realized I needed to quit watching so many spooky movies. Any way...I don't recommend doing this though.
 Whew! Then we took a little side trip to Stockbridge, Massachusetts! We love this place and wanted to see the pumpkin displays at the Red Lion Inn! As you can see, they get some huge pun'kins! And I visited the ladies' room in the Red Lion and had to snap for you. I look kinda bad. I think it was the 'following' episode was playing a number on me.
 Anyway, I got back on track after a wonderful shared breakfast burrito with Mr. Precious at the Main Street Cafe.



Back at home the leaves have been falling big time. We use a service who come out about 4 times and gather up our leaves for us and then the city comes along and sucks the leaves up. We tried doing it ourselves, it's a lot of work, but the main reason we have the service is raking the leaves makes Mr. Precious' allergies go crazy. Then the very next day...
 It SNOWED! Can you believe it? Snow before Halloween? It was beautiful and was gone the next morning. The grandbabies loved it and we did too.
 The babies were getting their pun'kins ready ~ real ones and toilet paper ones! :)
 We took Campie with us for some Halloween fun last Saturday. Our local fire station opens for the kiddies with treats, and games at the fire house. Since Campie loves fire trucks and every thing to do with them, he loved it.
Then Carter's school had their yearly Halloween parade. Here is little Campie running when he saw me. Do you know how this thrills my heart? He was in his costume too - a little robot.
Let the parade begin and here comes Carter. She was dressed up as a Candy Girl! Isn't she darling? Just a reminder our nightmare about her health started this time last year and what a blessing to see her well and whole. Thank you, Jesus!
 Getting ready to hit the Halloween streets! My daughter had to join in with her Harry Potter look.
 Knocking on the doors for a treat. Little Campie didn't have a lot of patience and when the folk didn't open immediately he just started to open the door himself! :)
I'll end with this. I had the family over for lasagne and was looking around on Pinterest and saw these "Mummy Dogs" and decided to make some for the grandbabies. Aren't they cute? You get some crescent dinner rolls in the can and roll out the dough, cut it into narrow pieces. Put a little strip of cheese under the wiener then begin to wrap the dough around the wiener and bake at 375' for about 17 minutes or until browned. 

Hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Monster Mash 
 

I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash
He did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the monster mash

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash

The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man
Dracula and his son

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"

They played the mash
They played the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They played the mash
It caught on in a flash
They played the mash
They played the monster mash

Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist"

It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash
The monster mash
And it's a graveyard smash
It's now the mash
It's caught on in a flash
It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash

Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you

Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash
The monster mash
And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash
You'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash

~ sung by Bobby "Boris"  Pickett





26 comments:

  1. What a wonderful peek into your 'peak' season, Shelia! I adore the Red Lion Inn, what a wonderful place - I haven't been in ages and I'm thinking I need a road trip! Your grandbabies are just too cute, wow! I was wondering if you got snow up there, too....I thought you may have - we were up in Saratoga on Friday & Saturday and the snow stretched up that far, as well!

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  2. You live in a beautiful area! Thanks for sharing the drive with us and so glad you did not end up with a knife in your back! lol Your grands are so sweet. Praise the Lord for Carter's healing. That is WILD about the snow! Have a grand November!

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  3. I love fall in New England. I remember living in upstate NY and snowing before Halloween!

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  4. Oh...Sheila...que hermosos contrastes de colores he encontrado en tu blog...gracias por mostrarnóslo...yo me quedo maravillada con esos tonos de otoño..ya saben que acá en Costa Rica...invierno y verano...estamos en transición de la época de invierno a la seca...ya se acercan los vientos alisios.. Hermosos trajes Carter y hermano... Y sí a mí me pasa que cuando veo películas de terror...anda una muy nerviosa...pero hay que saber que todavía hay gente buena en el mundo.. Abrazos..

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  5. What fun you had with your Grandchildren at Halloween, they were both adorable in their outfits. I can't believe that you have snow already.

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  6. Shelia...I would have been weirded out by the diver of the van, too. Sad. Who can we trust these days? I don't have to watch the movies, I just read the news. Ugh.

    New England is gorgeous!! Did you have the changing of the leaves in Texas at all? Love seeing Carter and Camp all dressed up. How fun to have them all over for 'mummies'!!!

    Jane

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  7. Loved catching up. Your fall leaves are breathtaking and those giant pumpkins-wow. The grands looked so cute. Your little mummies are too cute. I'm jealous of your leaves and weather. Still so hot here in Texas. Happy Tuesday!

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  8. Just back from our fall trip which always includes driving through New England. Always enjoy the beautiful colors at this time of year.
    Snow....much too early for me I'm afraid! I really don't want to even think about it for a few months.
    Your grands looked so cute Halloween night. My daughter sent me pictures of mine= just not the same as being there as you know.
    Take care
    Jeannette

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  9. I know you're both so happy there with those kids! They're growing like weeds.
    Brenda

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  10. Oh, I love the 'Monster Mash'! The grands look so cute in their costumes, Shelia, and the fall colour are smashing.

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  11. I'm so cracking up at your scary story. I'm with you I wouldn't have followed that man either....too many crazies in this world. But I do love all your pretty fall photos and the snow. I hope it comes to Michigan soon!

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  12. Oh- That is just kind of sad about that man, isn't it? To think he built that lovely home with that view and has no one to share it with him. And his birthday to boot. Just sad. But, that was kind of scary!

    Love all your Halloween pictures of your sweet grands and your fall images are just beautiful, Shelia...BUT keep that snow out your way!!!

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  13. It sounds like your Halloween was fun! Happy that Carter is doing well and you too:). Thank you for your Fall pictures and The Red Lion Inn. I love this post, full of happiness, family, a Fall drive and an element of danger!
    Happy November, Kathleen in Az

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  14. Such a great post Shelia. Beautiful scenery. I must admit I would have been as frightened as you following a stranger. Yikes! But all is well you are certainly enjoying your grandbabies and family. You did the right thing to move close to them. HAVE a wonderful November day. Hugs, Karie

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  15. Sigh.........Sheila I am just loving all these pretty Fall pictures, thank you for sharing them! What GORGEOUS SCENERY y'all have up there! I would've been JUST LIKE YOU on following the stranger, LOL....but sounds like it turned out just fine. There is that old saying something like "a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet" or somethinglike that? Anyway, how nice of him to show y'all his wonderful view! Loved the pictures of the adorable grandbabies in their costumes. They are so cute. The lady above me here (Karie) said "you did the right thing to move close to them" and she is 100% absolutely right and I so agree with her. Arent' y'all GLAD YOU DID IT NOW??!! I am so happy this has worked out for you. Got a kick out of the crescent dogs....mercy we raised our kids on those, so quick and easy supper on school nights and CHEAP! ha ha LOL Mine werent' pretty like your though....I just seperated the dough triangles like they are and laid a peice of cheese on and then the hot dog. We dipped them in mustard and ketchup and usually had them with tater tots or french fries. I have always loved that old Monster Mash song....LOL Hey did you used to watch that old show "Dark Shadows" back in the day?

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  16. Thanks for taking us on your trip, the scenery is gorgeous! Great seeing your grand babies too, so cute! I would have felt the same way following that man back to his home. I feel bad that he is lonely and I'm sure he was a very nice man, but these days, you just never know. But I am sure that the kindness that you and Mr. Precious showed him touched his heart. So glad that you are enjoying your family and the Northeast! :-)

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  17. I love this post so much, Shelia! I'd love to have joined you on your roadtrips through beloved MA! How beautiful. I think your excursion ended up being more like Hallmark movie than a Lifetime one, so I'm glad you took the chance. And Red Lion. Biggest sigh! And the kids -- adorable!

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  18. I'm so happy for you living in such a gorgeous place now! The best part are the Grands of course. Since I live near mine also I know the JOY!! Hugs.

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  19. Sheila, what a nice area you live in. I love all the beautiful and fun pictures. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  20. WOW- first off those pumpkins are HUGE! Oh my GOSH!!!

    Secondly - snow!?? WOW, and I have my windows open today here in mid Ohio and it is in the mid 70s. Best fall weather in my recollection! (Though many many times it snowed during football season growing up.)

    Your grands are adorable in the Halloween garb! My post before last shows my grand in her first Halloween outfit and a funny one of my beautiful sister as a witch.

    Hugs. ♥

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  21. What fun! I loved seeing your travels and all the Halloween and Fall fun. I would have been afraid to follow the man who took you to his home, too. You just never know but I'm so glad you survived!
    ~Adrienne~

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  22. Great to catch up on all the good things you have been up to! Love the mummy dogs! Hope you don't have too much snow again too soon!

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  23. FUN, FUN!! Love seeing these special memory pics. The grands are too cute and your daughter is so pretty posing with them for Halloween. Love how Campie ran when he saw you. He loves his grandma!! Hey those mummy dogs look good. I bet the grands loved them.
    Thanks for sharing your adventures. Enjoy this day and blessings to you! xo

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  24. That's so adorable seeing little Camp running for you! His outfit was so darn cute and so was Carter's! You are so funny worrying about that kind man and following him. I think it's sweet that he shared his beautiful view. I want to get up to Vermont so bad. I'm so glad you got that snow and not me! We are the ones that usually get it so early. Those hot dogs look yummy and what a cute idea!

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  25. Sheila it looks great. How fun. Your house reminds me of the one I grew up in. Happy Fall. The tour Up North and the grandbabies are so cute. You look great.

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