Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday : Books, Decorating and bug bites!

I finished 3 books this past week........one I'd been reading for quite awhile.  Some books are so full of information as in non-fiction, that you can't digest it very fast and in fact some evenings just a few pages were all I could handle.  Such was this book.....
 But it was a wealth of information and I have already put some of it to use....I figure the more financial books I read maybe the better I will get in that area...hopefully?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all the previous Agatha Raisin books.............her mysteries are great.
I also read this one....it made me laugh more than once!
 For my Good Reads Challenge I have read 49 of 75 books.  I have 26 books left to read until the end of this year.  I am trying to read 'smaller' books to reach my goal.  I was reading the 2nd book in the Outlander series but they are huge books also I want to read more of Kate Morton but again...huge amount of pages....we're talking 600 range.  Maybe I'll go back to my 50 books a year which is about 1 per week.  I don't want to read to make my goal...I want to read for the love of reading!  Maybe no challenge at all? LOL!  That sounds like a great idea!
I did some decorating outside as 'the rains' are coming......I had 2 'volunteer' pumpkins this year from the ones that I shoved off the steps last year....they rot and there is no way to 'pick them up'......

I cut the stems but one was already rotted on one side so I took it out back to start a new place to grow 'volunteers'.  The other one was just right!  I never have to buy pumpkins but I won't eat these as there has been weed killer sprayed out there for poison ivy.
I took down my solar butterfly lights and strung some orange halloweenie lights instead..........
The flowers are just now starting to perk up...it's been a long hot summer!
I hung my ghosts in the trees............
and the wreath on the door............
Stay tuned for more inside Halloween decorating coming this week!
This happened awhile ago and thank goodness it hasn't happened again but I'm pretty sure it happened at night and there was some spider or something in my bed because I got 3 bites...I just couldn't get them all in the picture.  I checked my bed the next morning and saw nothing but they were scary looking bites and they turned purple and I was hoping it wasn't  a brown recluse and my skin was going to start falling off!   Do any of you recognize this bite and what could have caused it?  I looked online and nothing really looked like it. P.S.  I do not have bed bugs or fleas...lol!

The garbage is out and back in, I went to the store and got a few items as there are storms in the forecast for this afternoon and the next few days.   My de-cluttering is going wonderfully and I have thrown out lots of junk stuff!  Yippee!  I've pulled out my Falling Leaves scarf again.  I'm trying to finish things and I had forgotten about that one.  I'm going to try and make some cinnamon rolls this afternoon.  Things are good on the homestead!  I hope all is going well for you too!
Happy Trails!!!


  1. It does look a little like a spider bite but to have more than one makes me think of something like a mosquito or gnats! EEEEE!!! I was just on goodreads doing some book reviews. And I appreciate that you sent me a recommendation! Try to find the Elizabeth Peters series with Amelia Peabody. They are SO funny...not too long and easy to read! Hugs!

  2. Nasty bites...thats how my spider bites look...I think they bite once and then bite again not far away...I had a couple of bites last spring...then we sprayed the exterior of the house and we are good now...I hope:)

  3. If it was a spider bite and it hurts very badly, you will need to see a doctor ASAP. If there is no pain, I have no idea what that would be from. Keep an eye on it for infection for sure.

  4. Your front porch looks very welcoming. Love that volunteer pumpkin!!
    Yikes, those bites look painful. Have you put a compress on them? Maybe a poultice of comfrey or clay?
    Hope they get better soon.

    I have been stockpiling books to read over the winter. I tried to read one yesterday, and just couldn't get into it. Setting it aside now, and starting another ~ LOL!

    Have a happy day.

  5. I love your volunteer pumpkin and all of your other decorations. Those bites don’t look good. You maybe should get those bites looked at my dear.

  6. Ma? Ma? Maaaaaaa? Just kidding! You plugged in your phone. Thanks for continuing to post awesome decorating and books to read. I am looking at the trees from my art classroom window and they are gorgeous! I am hoping the wild turkeys come out today from the Jackson woods. Fall, our favorite season! Though, it looks like a leaf pile blew in our house. May have to get out the leaf blower. Love Ya! Amy

  7. Those bites look painful! Owww! I love seeing your outside decorating pictures, Sam!

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