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Corn Maze!

We were looking for a group outing this weekend and ended up choosing a corn maze.  We did one about 5 years ago and had a good time. This year we went to Schuyler Farms to try theirs.

It’s amazing to me how big and complex the mazes are.  This is an aerial view of our maze:




Our welcoming host:


Come on in!


There was a phone number on our tickets to call if you got lost.  We split into 2 groups, the teens and the adults.  Of course, the girls finished before we did even though we ran into them a couple times.


Lots of twists and turns. We just kept going in circles over and over again coming up to this bridge.


It was no help to be up here because you couldn’t see the paths LOL!


Wait up!


This maze is open at night and is a haunted maze. There are some props and things around the maze.


John going into the slaugherhouse:


Uh oh:


We entered.

Rickety bridge:


Once we got through the first part, the rest of the maze went a lot faster and we finally made it out!


We ended up walking 2-1/2 miles through the maze! That was a lot of walking.  It was really fun. We need to do them every year.

Schuyler Farms has other things to do along with the maze. You can pan for gems:


Visit the petting zoo:


Hey lady, where is the food???


And the sweetest young cow:


Isn’t it the cutest thing?? Eeeee!

You can pick up pumpkins and gourds as well.


It was a great day. Really windy, but at least all the rain was gone from Saturday.

Until next year corn maze!


Post vacation weigh-in

Wednesdays are my weigh-in days. I was not sure what the scale would say after a week in Ireland eating whatever – and a lot of it. I don’t really care too much about any weight gain from vacations because it’s worth it.  😀 Normally I gain a fair amount of weight after vacations and I would have been happy with anything under a 5 pound gain, but I was pleasantly surprised to see only a 1 pound gain!

I’m sure some of that is because there was a lot of walking, but John was thinking maybe the food was just less processed over there (or at least where we were eating).  Breakfast for me all week included porridge, believe it or not.


Some days I had eggs as well. I had no interest in the full Irish breakfast of bacon, ham, sausage, baked beans and whatever else.  My breakfasts were much bigger than normal and I swear the B&B hosts were not comfortable with what we ate (John being a vegetarian) thinking it wasn’t enough. LOL Along with the oats, there was brown bread and toast with butter and jam, plus eggs, fruit, yogurt and cereal to choose from. A much, much bigger breakfast than at home, and a lot of butter LOL. I have to say that I really enjoyed the Irish butter and I might be suckered in to buying the Kerrygold brand here.

We walked a lot, too.  Here are the mile breakdowns each day

9/24 (travel day)  1.5 miles

9/25 – 6.5 miles

9/26 – 7.7 miles

9/27 – 7.1 miles

9/28 (a rainy blustery day) 3.5 miles

9/29 – 9.1 miles (we were really tired that day LOL )

9/30 – 8.8 miles

10/1 – 5.5 miles

10/2 (travel day) 1.6 miles

That’s a lot of walking.

We had dessert every day and sometimes another sweet. Ireland does great sweet things!


The above was a napoleon type of dessert with a coffee frosting, and yes, it was as amazing as it looks!

My focus now is to lose the 1 pound and then not gain weight for the fall and holidays. I love eating all the fall foods, so this will be a challenge. I can have things, just not every day.

Still working on pictures. I took so many!

20th anniversary!

Just a quick post from Ireland! Normally this would be a What’s Blooming post, but I’m typing this from my phone, so this is it ?

John and I are celebrating 20 years here in Ireland. It’s been a great trip and ending all too soon. Expect lots of blog posts about it in the near future. A couple teasers:





Adirondack Balloon Festival!

It’s that time of year!  I love the balloons. The festival is always so dependent on good weather. Some years there have been no flights, some years all 5 flights happen.

The festival opened on Thursday with a small launch in Crandall Park. We can walk there from our house. It’s about a mile or so, which is great because we don’t have to deal with traffic and parking! Score!  It was a little breezy and we were thinking the balloons weren’t going to go and then they started.




It’s neat to watch the process close up.


We saw one balloon actually get a burn in the canvas as it was inflating. There was a big hole in it, so that balloon couldn’t fly (obviously). Makes me wonder if the crowd didn’t get too close.


Jurassic Journey. I don’t know what that is. I could look up the website, but I’m feeling a little lazy 😀




You really can get close to the balloons at they inflate. It’s amazing how they let you be so close.


You’re not supposed to touch the balloons when they are inflating, but kids tend to want to run up and touch them.


Adults, too, I guess.

I love the colors in this one.


My favorite shot of the day. Perfect placement for this balloon to go directly overhead and we could see straight through to the top.


Isn’t that cool?


I was glad to get a chance to catch them. The balloons didn’t fly on Friday and Thursday was the only other night we could go.


Gorgeous evening all around!

A look into my eye

Our fall temperatures didn’t last too long. Back to the 80s again with humidity. Ick.  I think Ireland might feel like a bit of a shocker with coolness if these temps don’t go down some.

When it was chillier, I made some pumpkin oat bran. Also to start using up open stuff in the fridge 😀oatb9-20

I just cook the canned pumpkin right with the oat bran and whisk in some egg whites. Topped with a bit of butter, dried cranberries and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (the real stuff).  Definitely seems like a fall breakfast even if the weather isn’t.

I had to get my new iPhone replaced already. I just got it in June but one of the microphones broke in it.  If I took a video with the front facing camera, the sound only came out as static. I was bummed because I recorded a bit of the Divas the other night and it was just static.  It used to work. The weird thing? If I took a video with the rear facing camera, the sound worked.  So after forever on the phone trying to prove it wasn’t software related, I got them to issue me a replacement phone under warranty.  Then I had to spend time backing up and reinstalling on the new phone, but all appears well and good now 😀

Anyway, back to the title of today’s post. Today was eye appointment day.  It was the full shebang, too, with dilation and pictures of my retina. I don’t know if any of you find the human body fascinating, but I do.  John doesn’t LOL.  I have a bit of scar tissue on the back of my retina and today the doctor took comparison pictures to make sure it hasn’t changed since it is close to my macula.  Here is my eye:


Isn’t that a cool picture?  That white stuff is the scar tissue. She said it could have been some infection as a kid or whatever. No way to really tell what created it, but it’s in both eyes.  It doesn’t require anything other than periodic pictures to make sure it isn’t changing.

I had only a bit of vision change in one eye and I do need reading glasses (which I knew anyway and already bought a pair).  Ah, aging…

Feeling like fall

The weather sure has turned here this week. The overnight lows have gotten into the upper 40s!  That’s pretty chilly. I’m going to have to bring in my passion flower soon and see if I can get it through the winter.

Time for warm breakfasts:


Oat bran. I cook this with a mashed banana and whisk in egg whites. It’s very filling.

I had to dress a lot warmer for my ride today.  I was out getting my hair cut last night and stopped at Peter Harris (aka Label Shopper) and they had fleece tights for 99 cents. 99 cents!  So I grabbed a pair to wear under my bike shorts:


Riding in style 😀

I spent a good chunk of the afternoon dealing with credit card stuff.  I got a fraud alert text on my phone about a charge for $790 from Apple.  Um… no. This is the only card that I use. I pay it off each month and collect the rewards on it.  So, I logged in (even though I did last night) and sure enough, there were 5 unauthorized charges. Apple, Nordstroms, (laughing as anyone who knows me knows I would never shop at Nordstoms). Plus Uber and Lyft. So, I got the card cancelled and then had to go and change all of my automatic payments to something else.  So freaking annoying and it makes me angry that some jackass is just trying to steal stuff. Ugh.  Obviously somewhere I shopped got hacked.

Anyway, the football picks have started and I lost the first week. Boo. So, John chose his dinner at Cooper’s Cave.  They are a local brewery and ice cream shop. I haven’t had the beer, but the ice cream is yummy!  The restaurant sits right on the bike path about 1/2 mile from our house so we walked down. First time eating food there, too.  I loved the decor:



Malt vinegar on the table:


John had falafel tacos and I cobbled together a meal with sides and soup. I didn’t feel like a big entree. I got the steamed veggies, a slice of cornbread and buffalo chicken soup:


I like Dizzy Chicken’s soup better, but this was quite good.  The veggies were pretty buttery for being steamed, I have to say, but it was a nice big bowl and I ate them all.  We definitely want to come for happy hour some time and try a beer.

It was time to do some harvesting at Radiance Manor. Our decorative gourds:


They are really cute. I left one on the vine still as it was smaller. There are other flowers on the vine, so we might get a couple more before frost if we’re lucky.

Cool night and we are going to relax by the fire pit!

Back to normal

It was nice to get past this weekend. That relieved some stress and now we can concentrate on our vacation coming up!  Woo Hoo!

I was up working at 6 a.m. (thank you insomnia) to start getting stuff caught up at work. Since they still haven’t gotten anyone to help on my account, I had to catch up all that didn’t get done Friday. So annoying, I have to say.  And a cause of stress. However, I did get it caught up and the account is current. Phew.

I was able to spend some time in the garden this evening – the days are getting so short now! I’ve started moving some plants around and cleaning up weeds and deadheading. All that stuff that got neglected for a couple weeks.  We won’t even talk about the master cleaning list!

I was trying to befriend the neighborhood cat who happens to be the culprit eating Pixie’s catnip. She was coming very close and then Pixie started meowing out the window and got the kitty’s attention:


She’s a beauty, but I wish her owners would keep her inside.

I do have to say that I’m worried I might be getting sick. I think I overextended myself a bit. Just a funny feeling. I hardly ever get sick, so I might shake it off. I hope so. Or if not, get it over with so when vacation starts in 2 weeks it will be gone.

We had to shop for groceries last night since I had the car all weekend. Look at what is in stores now!


Nothing like good fresh candy corn.

I had gotten some questions about how well Pixie likes her harness, so I thought I would post a video of her trucking along.

She likes it and we have created a monster. 😀

Now for some Monday Night Football and relaxing!

Just popping in

I am home and pretty tired. The show was long (3 days) and not great.  The nice thing is the same promoter does a show in November and he offered me a half price booth for that show if I wanted it since attendance was lower than expected at this show.  That was nice of him. I might take him up on that for November, although I am not a fan of the 3 day shows. Gotta sleep on that.

Back to work Monday, unfortunately, to catch up on what wasn’t done Friday.  Then I am promising myself some time in the garden 😀

Quick dash by

Just a quickie post to let people know I’m still alive 😀

Just busy. The show I’m doing is this weekend (not the weekend before our vacation).  So, a lot of trying to get the final push done.

I have to show you these cute shopping bags I got:


Aren’t they cute?  I have the handled bag for bigger stuff and this bag for smaller things. They are made from recycled paper – and made in the US.  Nashville Wraps.

This is a picture of  one of my potpourris. I need to get all of them onto the website as well.


Another new soap, too.


It’s patchouli and spearmint. Very interesting combo.  I have a feeling this one will be very popular. Then again, I could be wrong LOL!

On the Pixie front, I bought a pot of catnip for her. I was keeping it outside and away from her since she is such an addict.  Well, recently the neighborhood kitties have been coming and knocking it over and eating it.  So I brought it inside and hid it on top of the fridge.

Apparently not hidden so well. I came home the other day and see this:


You can see how one side of the plant is mowed down. Pixie does not understand the concept of moderation…

Gotta get back to work!


Path ride

Saturday I needed to have a relaxing ride. After a really crappy Friday morning, riding was necessary. John was out of town, so I was solo riding.  I would have liked to go to Saratoga, but I had so much stuff to do that it had to be a shorter ride.

bike9-4To the lake it is. I did question that decision as I got closer because it was a holiday weekend. There were a lot of tourists.  Not so on the early  part of the ride.

Country Club:


I always have a mild fear going down this section of road because you can hear people whacking the golf balls and I am just waiting for the day one hits me LOL!

Nice shady part to the path.


There are historical markers along the way, but we are usually just whizzing past them. On this day, I stopped wherever I felt like.


As I got to where the path end at the village, there were orange cones everywhere and then I saw people with bibs on. There was some kind of event, possibly a triathlon because I saw racks and racks of bikes by a finish line.  I figured I would take a picture on my way back out, but the race was over and they were tearing down by the time I left.

Meanwhile at the lake:  This is what Lake George looks like from an aerial view.


There is an acoustical anomoly right here. If you stand where the X is in the above picture and face the lake, when you make sounds it resonates right back to you off the circular stone walls. We haven’t done this yet. Maybe some time when nobody is around. 😀


It kind of makes you want to run down that and jump in, doesn’t it?  I had a mission though, and that was a treat!

The village of Lake George is a mix of the beautiful and the tacky with stores like this:


Stay klassy, Lake George…

I stopped at The Lake George Baking Company and picked up an almond cookie then grabbed a cup of coffee. I found a nice shady spot with a view:



Then I meandered a bit.  Some of the beaches are closed right now. It’s usually some kind of high E coli or some other bacteria level that does that.


Wave hi to the Adirondacks!


Back around to home. This part of the ride is my favorite section.

fav9-4Rocky section:


It really annoys me that people feel the need to deface stuff.

It felt really good to be in that shady part and there were very few people.  Then back to open path:


And home sweet home:


Nice 20 mile ride on the day.


I was quite a bit on the go and ended up walking 5 miles this day as well! I was surprised when I checked my phone at the end of the day.  It’s that time of year where my legs are in great endurance shape and rides feel great (and walking, too).

That was the “me” time of the weekend.