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Apple Day

 Apple Day
I must have had a vision that today was going to be a difficult one because I was procrastinating all morning. I was looking for this iPhone case. I couldn’t find it until I got to work and happened to look in my middle compartment in the car.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m happy it’s Friday but not so happy that this is the second stressful week in a row. The only thing that’s making me get through this busy time is knowing that I have a two week vacation coming up in less than two months. Sometimes you just need to know there is a light at the end of the
tunnel.

I finally switched out my chapstick and decided to try something new so the mixstick won the race into my purse this morning. It’s lemon berry sorbet so it’s a different flavor on each side  some of the chapstick seems toakee breakout in hives but this one seems to be agreeing with me so far.

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Can a girl get a bib!!? Apparently I can’t drink water without making a mess. I’m so ashamed.

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I told you I was procrastinating this morning because it’s been stressful and today was no different. This may look like a simple gallon of water but I was secretly wishing there was some vodka in there. Yeah, it’s been that rough lately.

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I’m a smart girl (sometimes) and I know when I need a break so I took the hint and walked during my lunch hour. I walked by myself for about 30 minutes until a coworker joined me.

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We had lot’s of food today in celebration of the release fo the iPhone so we were provided apple everything, apple pies, apple donuts, apple turnover, apple juice and much more and we even had pizza for lunch (I skipped on that) but my co-worker was eating pizza (it smelled so freaking good) and the wind was blowing the smell in my face but I was able to get past it because I’m a rockstar icon wink Apple Day

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I’m trying to look at the positive in the day and sometimes that can be difficult to do. The last year has been the best out of the last three years but I still have tough days and this was one of them. I guess its was the stress of the iphone orders but I’m sure things will setting down soon.

How was your Friday? Any plans for the weekend?

Town Haunts by Cathy Spencer Review

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I love all kinds of books and scary stories that would be considered mild by some are the exact type of stories I love. It’s when your own imagination starts tot take off that makes the difference in a ok book and a great one. Once I got started I could not put the book down and I actually loved that the setting of the book started at the cemetery because we are actually looking to live near a cemetery (in a small town) so it had a special meaning for me.

It was a little slow readying for me because the beginning was descriptive (a little too much for my liking) but once you get past the first few pages I promise you will get hooked in and start to fall in love with the characters in this book. Don’t let the fact that this is the second book in a series stop you from reading it but
nothing is stopping you from reading the first book. I’m actually going to purchase it myself this weekend.

There are a lot of characters in the beginning but they all come to play a little later in the book. If you are like me you may just want to make a character list. Lol. It’s one of the best things my third grade teacher ever taught me.

Let’s face it, the weather is getting colder (you want to curl up with a good book) and it’s almost Halloween time so in honor of my mother who was born on Halloween (and it was her favorite holiday…duh!) I think
you should get the book and celebrate in her honor. It was my mother who pushed reading and helped me find my love for all types of books so I won’t go on any more about the book because I don’t want to give away the story. If you like a little mystery and are getting in the holiday spirit I think you should give it
a try.

Disclosure: I was given this book free as a review copy.  Just because I got this for free doesn’t mean I feel obligated to give an amazing review. I write about what I like and don’t like without any feeling of obligation to the publishers — who you should know never ask or imply that such a thing should be done.

Regardless, you ought to know when I’ve gotten a book for free.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Annual Baugher’s Apple Picking

 Annual Baughers Apple Picking

Last year Greg and I made an effort to have more dates and we decided to go apple picking and this one trip has basically changed our life. We are actually looking for a few acres and the possibility of moving (in a few years) is something we talk about often. I always thought I would be a city girl and have always loved the excitement a city can bring. As I get older I have a new appreciation for nature and being alone. The country can provide the type of life that I was to have surrounded by the people and things I want to be around. It’s amazing to me that people actually live surrounded by so much beauty.

Anyways, we are not here to talk about my love of farm land we are suppose to talk about apples…another love of ours!

It was a little cloudy when we got to Baugher’s but I figured it would only sprinkle if it did anything at all. Oh, and a little tip for you in case you decide to go apple picking at Baugher’s; please make sure you have cash with you because it costs $1.00 per person over the age of one to ride the tractor to the apple fields and you are not able to walk up so you must be prepared for that. It’s not a major deal but it is a change from last year.

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There are so many different apple types and if you call they can let you know what types are ready for picking on the weekend you plan on going.

When we were sent on our way they gave us a bad to go “shopping” and they encourage you to taste the different apples so you can pick the best tasting ones. The apples are not treated with chemicals so it’s fine to eat them while you are picking the ones you want to take home with you. As you can see Greg was in the middle of a good taste testing session.
 Annual Baughers Apple Picking Greg said he only wanted to pick up 3 or 4 apples but we ended up with a full bag before we left. The apples were huge too but I know they won’t go to waste and Greg will juice them if they are starting to go bad before we eat them.
 Annual Baughers Apple PickingJust as we were finishing the rain started and it was a pretty good one too. I wanted to see the farm animals but I guess we will have to save that for another time.

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While we waited for the rain to clear we went to Baugher’s for lunch (it’s a few miles up the road) and if you like a diner atmosphere with nice homestyle cooking this is the place to go and the prices cheap when you think about the food they give you. We usually spit a meal and share dessert when we go there and our favorite is the hot turkey sandwich with lots and lots of gravy.

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We got dessert but I forgot to get a picture. We share a chocolate and peanut butter fluff sundae and you know that sounds good icon wink Annual Baughers Apple Picking

There is a little market connected to the restaurant that has the best fudge ever…but, I passed on it this time around but we did find this peach as big as Greg’s hand.

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Have you gone apple picking this year? 

What type of apple is your favorite?

 

Where Is The Support For Ray Rice

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I would like to know where the Ray Rice supporters are? Really, where is the support for Ray Rice?!? They’re awfully quiet today. As you may already know, i’m from Maryland and it’s been a major story around here since the tape was first released in February. I understand trying to stand behind your team and it’s players but this is ridiculous! I don’t understand where the confusion started for some fans because when I saw the first tape I was disgusted by his actions and what was worse was the comments and support behind Ray Rice. Let me start by saying that I’m a Ravens Fan (and 49ers) and I liked Ray Rice because he was part of “my team’ even though his performance on the field was lacking compared to his “good years”. I digress…

When the video first came out in February I had ZERO doubt in my mind that he knocked her out. Let’s be real and tell the truth. If you could’t watch the first video and see that he kicked her and was dragging her out of the elevator then you are a fool! I saw the video and NEVER did the thought cross my mind that I needed to see anything further to made the decision that what he did was wrong…very, very wrong!

What made the whole situation worse was all the support he was getting from fans who said they needed to see more to decide what “really happened”. Let me explain this to you, if that was my husband I would never expect him to drag my out of an elevator and kick me.

Let’s say I was drunk and passed out and my husband was drunk too and it was hard to carry my body (yeah right) he would never kick me. Maybe he would leave me in the elevator (not really) but my point is that if you love someone and even if you hate them it never should have happened. It needs to be seen as a crime and treated as such.

The sad part is that I actually feel bad for Ray Rice because all the people who were behind him and making excuses for him and now turning their back on him. I’m not saying he was right but I’ve come to realize why I feel this way for him now. I was outraged and saddened when I saw the first video because it was clear to me that he knocked her out. There was no doubt in my mind. His supporters were saying things like:

Supporter: She was drunk and he was helping her out of the elevator but had a hard time carrying her.
Me: Really?!?! He’s a strong football player and she is a thin girl. I don’t care how “drunk” they were he could have asked for help to get her to the room if it was that difficult.

Supporter: I’m sure there is more to the story.
Me: How much more of a story do you need? Did you not watch the video of her being dragged halfway out of the elevator and being kicked?!?!

Supporter: They are engaged and getting married.
Me: Oh, that’s right…marriage means no domestic violence.

Now that these same people have seen the new video they are silent and upset that Ray Rice is an evil person who beats on his wife. I’m confused because I’m sure they saw the same first video I did. Why does seeing them both fighting make it different now? I’m the first one to try to look at all sides of things and try to understand why people do the things they do before I judge the whole situation. I’m the type of person who will try to understand why a husband may kill his whole family before they are forced out of their house due to a foreclosure. I’m not saying it’s right but I try to understand why a person could do something like this. In the case of Ray Rice it’s pretty clear and simple. What he did was wrong and I don’t care if she admitted to cheating with his father, brother or best friend (hypothetical) because he could have walked away….he made a choice and he has to live with it. I also don’t care if that’s the first time he has ever laid a hand on any female. There is no excuse.

These same people who were supportive and gave Ray Rice a standing ovation when he was at training camp are the ones who say they can no longer support him…..My question is what changed? Why were you behind him before? What happened in this second video that you did not see in the first? I know that the concern from several people were that she may have been fighting with him too and we see that in the second video so what’s different now? Did the media response change your mind or the second video? Maybe nothing has changed your mind and you still feel he is right for knocking his fiancée out cold. Let me know how you feel and if your feelings have changed from the first video and why. I’m really interesting in understanding your point of view on this.

Thank you for letting me express my views and now you can express yours to me.