Our 20th Anniversary Trip To Walt Disney World In 2022

Minnie @ Walt Disney World

After 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2015, Kevin and I had planned to go back to Walt Disney World in 2020. Due to the pandemic, this was impossible in that year. In September, we’ve decided we will go in 2022. In 2002, Kevin and I celebrated our Honeymoon in WDW. It would be perfect for our 20th Anniversary vacation. Now, we work on a Resort room, and what adventures we want to do in the parks, Let’s hope, it works out this time.

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Walt Disney World In 2011 & 2015

Sylvan Lake Park, Oakville, Connecticut In October 2021

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Today was a cloud-covered day. But this didn’t stop me to check out another local lake. And I wasn’t disappointed. Sylvan Lake is in the community of Oakville, which borders with Watertown. It takes me only about five minutes to get there to explore the area. I love these mirror reflecting Autumn shots, especially photographed in a long-exposure setting.

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Echo Lake Park, Watertown, Connecticut In October 2021

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After I dropped off Sara at school, I drove to Echo Lake Park. I wanted to see how far Autumn came along. Two weeks ago, there were barely any signs. Now, it looks quite different. Let’s give it another week or two, and the green might be completely gone. The dew and the fog helped to give it a Autumn feeling at the lake. A half a dozen ducks and a bunch of Canada Geese enjoyed this sunny morning as well.

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Morning Fog In The Naugatuck River Valley

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Before I drove Sara to school, I warmed up the car and captured some photos with my Nikon. The sun just rose above the horizon, when I could see the fog past the trees in the valley. While we had no fog up on the hill in Watertown, Oakville was covered in a blanket. Sara’s school is about 300 ft lower on altitude than our home. The Autumn fog looked so pretty this morning.

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Our Halloween Outdoor Decoration At Daytime ~ 2021

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Happy Halloween Season!

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Our Forest In Mid-October 2021

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There still are a lot of emerald-colored trees in the forest. However, the golden colors become more and more present as the month of October goes on. I just hope, we will get some crimson mixed in as well. Nothing in sight, yet. But, I don’t give up hope. It’s still to early to say, how the leaves will be at its peak in another week or so.

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A Jim Shore/Disney Halloween (2)

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In 2007, I’ve purchased my first figurine: “A Spellbinding Halloween” with Minnie Mouse and her cat Figaro in Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney), Walt Disney World, Florida. Four years later, we visited WDW again. And I purchased “A Pixie Treat” with Tinkerbell. Being in the new home, I began to extend my Disney Traditions/Jim Shore Halloween collection. This year, I’ve obtained “Minnie Witch and Vampire Mickey”.

Disney Traditions/Jim Shore’s “Minnie Witch and Vampire Mickey” 2021

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Our Halloween Outdoor Decoration 2021 (3)

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Today, I finally got the rest of the Halloween outdoor decoration laid out by the house. The lights are up, and the cobwebs are draped over the bushes in our front yard. I’ve got that done. Now, I can concentrate on other spooky projects.

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Our Halloween Outdoor Decoration 2021 (2)

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This year, I’m late with my Halloween decoration. Usually, everything would be out and about by now. But we moved into a new home with a different property layout, and not enough time to bring everything up to the street. Especially trying to get the cables and light up the hill. So, I finally decided to decorate directly in front of our house. The skeleton crew, the graveyard, and a few other decorations were added this evening. But before I did all that, I had to do some weeding. The big weeds are gone. The smaller ones add to the spookiness. Some natural cobwebs are there and we have mushrooms growing in these beds. Perfect for a Witch’s Brew. Tomorrow, I want to install the lights and hang the decorative cobwebs around the bushes.

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Spooky Halloween Silhouettes In Our Windows (2)

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Old House In Texas, back in 2014

Remember, when I posted about window silhouettes, I did back in 2014? I spent a lot of time to look them up on Pinterest, printed them out, went to a local Copy & Print store to get them printed even bigger, bought black card board paper, went back home and an cut them out to tape them in the girls’ bedroom windows. These are the ones, I posted above.

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New House In Connecticut, now in 2021

Now, I can the silhouettes as stickers and window clings on Amazon. It sure makes my life a lot easier. I just can’t brag about making the Halloween silhouettes myself anymore. Sara has the ol’ grumpy cat. And Katelynn has the witch with the broom. The photo of the witch didn’t come out well for posting it. I have to try later, again.

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Kevin’s Home Improvement Project: The Master Bathroom (Part III)*

Kevin got a bit more done in the Master bathroom, over the weekend. He put the shower pan in place, laid out the moisture barrier, installed a new copper pipe to extend the shower head, and most of the Hardie board went up. We are getting somewhere with this project. The Master bathroom starts to get on my last nerve. We still have another bathroom to remodel, before I can finish the laundry room downstairs. However, Kevin had several other projects lined up, before he could come back to the bathroom. Eventually, it will be done.

*Watertown, Connecticut

18 Years

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Katelynn back in Wurzburg, when she was two months old.

I wish you the courage
to grab all the opportunities
that will come by you
And I wish you the perseverance
to live your life to the fullest.

Happy 18th birthday, Katelynn!

Author Unknown

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Black Rock State Park, Watertown, Connecticut (2)

Kevin and I hiked in the park for a little bit. Unfortunately, I had the wrong shoes on. We didn’t make it very far on the trail, before we turned around. But we enjoyed the slow change leaves. When we walked past a fish pond, Kevin saw a chipmunk and wanted to see where it hid, after he went up a small hill. He found an entrance to a den. When he walked down, something jumped against his leg. Kevin looked closer and saw, it was a frog. The little Pickerel Frog was patient enough for me to take some photos, before it leaped across the trail to get back to the pond. Very interesting creatures we see, when we go outdoors.

Spooky Halloween Silhouettes In Our Windows (1)

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Something’s brewing …

Since half of the window silouettes have arrived, I started to decorate the house today. I still expect more packages, tomorrow. The witches brewing some “soup” in the cauldron, while the bats and cats try to chase the spiders away. Can you see the creepy spider crawling on one of the witches back. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

We’ve got the frontroom window and Katelynn’s window done.

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My Scandinavian Halloween Gnomes/Tomte Nisse (1)

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Sven, Christopher and Gunnar are back and dressed for the festivities in October. They are so ready for “Trick-or-Treat” by the end of this month. Since the gnomes had so much fun with the last photo shoot, they agreed to do another one. 😉

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October Poem ~ 2021

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October has arrived!
October Autumn leaves of red and gold that crunch beneath your feet,
Pumpkins on front porches, candy corn, and trick-or-treat,
Tart and tangy cider, apples ripened on the trees,
A hint of winter coming on the chilly autumn breeze.

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Goodbye September! Hello October, 2021!

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October is almost here!

My farorite month has arrived! October has all the beautiful Autumn activies I like the most. We can go pumpkin picking at the farms; wear sweaters, while shopping for Autumn goodies; eat and drink a lot of Pumpkin Spice-everything. and watch the leaves finally turning in beautiful shades of gold, orange and red. In the meantime, decorations will go up to make our house and yard look more spooky for the Halloween season. I LOVE OCTOBER!

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The Watertown Center Historical District (Part I)

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The Watertown Town Hall

Built in 1894, this classic structure is nothing short of a historic treasure. Throughout the first half of its life in particular, it was the very center of Watertown life for many generations. Hundreds of town meetings held here resulted in decisions that affected everyday life in our community. Court hearings were held here, marriage licenses were issued, and this is where everyone gathered to celebrate the end of WWI. In Summer 2020, the town has moved on to a new Town Hall. The fate of this landmark is unclear. Its history remains our common legacy.

Resource: http://watertownhistorymuseum.org/which-town-hall/

Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, Connecticut

The beach is calling my name. 🏖

Since we were close by, Kevin and I drove down to the Long Island Sound. Arriving in Sherwood Island State Park (no relations to the farm we’ve just visited), we took a nice stroll on the beach. The weather was so nice, people were basking in the sun, sailing on the Sound, had parties at the nearby pavillions, or sat on the rocks to catch a fish with their rods. While Kevin and I walked, we enjoyed the sound of the waves rolling in. Many Canada Geese and a flock of gulls seemed to like the nice, sunny weather as well. When Kevin and I arrived at the 9/11 Memorial stone at Sherwood Point, we stopped for a moment before we turned around to walk back to the car. It was nice being without the kids, today. They wanted a break from their parents. And we didn’t mind at all. 😉

A Visit At Sherwood Farm In Easton, Connecticut

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Originally, Kevin and I planned to go to the Silverman’s Farm in Easton. But when we arrived there, it was so crowded and hard to find a parking spot, that we decided to go somewhere else. We didn’t have the kids with us. So, it was not a big disappointment for them. Driving half a mile south on Route 59, we found the Sherwood Farm with a pumpkin patch. It was nice and quiet. Only one other car was parked right next to the patch. We wanted to give it a shot, what turned out to be a good idea. First, Kevin and I picked a few pumpkins and Indian Corn for our Autumn decoration. And after that, we walked a pathway between two fields. Some fields still had kale and brussels sprouts growing. And there was a field with blooming zinnias. Passing the fields, there was a store with fresh farm vegetables and fruits. We picked some tomatoes, bite-size Yukon potatoes and an Italian Garlic bread, which is fresh and crusty. Just how I like my breads. Once we came home, I made my Mom’s Tomato-Sausage Salad, and cooked some potatoes as a side. This salad only tastes the best with farm or garden fresh tomatoes.

My Mom’s Tomato-Sausage Recipe

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Sara’s Tricky Triangle

Sara’s School Project: The Tricky Triangle

Sara had a 30-day Wood Work class in Middle School this month. In that class, the kids learn to work with wood and other cool materials to make toys and nifty little tools. Mainly, they learn how to work with math, the use of tools and machinery, and the responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. Today, Sara brought home her finished project, the “Tricky Triangle”. She said, the measuring for the exact drilling of the holes and the smooth sanding was the hardest part. She didn’t do the pins. The kids got those from the teacher. Sara is very proud of her project and that she leaned a new skill. Now, we all enjoy playing the Peg Game, especially Kevin.

Our Garden/Yard In Late September 2021

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Autumnal Equinox/Mabon 2021

The air cools and the leaves begin to turn color. The remainder of the crops are ready to harvest. Birds and insects begin their migration south as the animals prepare for Winter. Light and dark stand in perfect balance, day and night equal in length. The land stands ready to tip back into the dark, to rest until Spring.

Happy First Day of Autumn! Blessed Mabon!

Resource: http://www.earthspiritpath.org

The Full Harvest Moon~ September 2021

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The Full Harvest Moon at my home in Connecticut

The harvest moon is glowing.
The air is crisp and clear.
Autumn winds are blowing.
It’s my favorite time of year.

Author: Unknown

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Our New Graveyard 2021

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R.I.P.

Our new graveyard is set up. It is still missing a few things. But we’ve got that one started. The neighbor came ove and asked me, if I cooked Kevin. I replied: “I had him simmering for hours in my big cauldron. The meat fell right of the bones.” Haha! We both had a good laugh. Minutes later, Kevin came up the driveway saying Hello. It’s always good to joke with the neighbors. And they seem to enjoy our decoration. It is always a conversation starter. 😄😉

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Kevin’s Yard Project: The Garden Shed (Part XI)

The garden shed is one of the best investment and worth every penny, we made for our new property. My seasonal decorations fit perfecty along one side of the shed wall. The camping gear is in the top shelf under the roof. Kevin’s tools can be stored in there. And our lawn/snow equipment fits perfectly on the shed floor. Everything is in its place and looks need. Therefore the garage doesn’t look cluttered. We finally can oversee our stuff. And don’t need to look around in every box to find it. It makes life easier, not harder. 👍🏼

Autumn Ceramic Decor From The Watertown Fall Festival 2021

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Today, we had the Fall Festival in town. We dicided to check it out in the morning. At that time there were a whole bunch of vendors, a few food trucks, a band, and a bounce house. Katelynn got herself another school hoodie. Kevin and Sara went for ice cream and free popcorn. I walked straight at the ceramic stand. Lori’s Ceramic Halloween cat caught my attention. I ended up buying one of her acorn birdhouses and a little hedgehog, which reminds me of my childhood back in Germany. Back then, we had hedgies all over the place. Nowadays, they are a protected species and not allowed to be kept as a pet. I just love, how this ceramic hedgehog lies on its back with the feet almost tucked in. So cute!

Hedgie

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Our Forest In Mid-September 2021

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This morning, I took a little photo walk on the upper ledge of our forest. Summer holds on tight, while Autumn tries to work its way in to push Summer out of New England. The warmer weather still is not ready to move on. And therefore, the humidity sticks around as well. But here in there, we see some small signs of Autumn. The cooler season works hard to make its appearence known.

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The Spotted Orb Weaver 🕷🕸

This evening, I walked around to look for interesting objects in the yard. It didn’t take long, until I found this Spotted Orb Weaver building a web. Kevin was nearby, when I called him over to look at it. We both watched the spider with fascination. Every single silk string was perfectly in the right spot with the same amount of space inbetween. Each string was very carefully attached to the main structure of the web. The Spotted Orb Weaver circled around until the web was spun all the way to its center. Then the spider waited patiently for a meal to fly into its net. Unfortunately, it got too dark for us to keep observing our eight-legged garden friend. Keep catching those pesky bugs for us.

Kevin’s Yard Project: The Garden Shed (Part X)

Except for the doors, Kevin’s part of the project is done.

YEEHAW! The assembling of the shed is DONE! Once it’s caulked and painted, Kevin will finish the framework of the doors. But I want to paint the doors first, before that’s gonna happen. Yeah, the lawnmower and the snowblower are out of the garage. My tubs with the seasonal decorations found some space in the shed, too. Once we are done unpacking all our household goods, we can park two vehicles in the garage. The shed was so needed.

The European Mantis

Praying Mantis

This morning before sunrise, we had a visitor looking into our master bathroom window. I guess, the European Mantis wanted to check, how far Kevin got along with the shower 😉 The European Mantis is the State Insect of Connecticut. It was nice to get to see one so soon. Praying Mantes are really cool looking insects. I always loved to see them at the patio door, in the garden and around my greenhouse in the Texas mornings.

Our Autumn Decoration 2021 (1)

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Happy Fall, y’all!

After coming back from Black Rock State Park and having lunch, we had to pick up our snow blower in Torrington. While we were there, I picked up some pumpkins and another straw bale for decorating around our maibox a bit more. I also got a multi-colored pot of Chrysanthemums. When we came home, the decorating began. Mr. Fluffy Cuddles had his spot on the mailbox, and the corn husks I put there last weekend. Mr. & Mrs. Stitches moved from the other side of our driveway entrance to next to the mailbox as well. Now, let’s hope the critters won’t get wind of the pumpkins, or the pumpkins will not last very long. I thought about that, after I bought the pumpkins and had them sitting out there.

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Black Rock State Park, Watertown, Connecticut (1)

This week, we planned for Saturday to visit the Black Rock State Park at the northeastern corner of Watertown. We just wanted to see the park and go on a little hike. First we went down a trail near the campground. We’ve reached the dam of Branch Brook/Black Rock Lake, and noticed, the waterfall must be a part of the spillway runoff. Since it rained a lot throughout this Summer, the lake level must be very high. We also tried several attempts to get to the lake. One was hiking up a hill. But that got us nowhere. Sara got spooked going downhill and need help from her Dad. Once she saw I’m shooting pictures of them, she could run around Kevin and hide right behind him. It’s kinda funny, how this works, LOL. Meanwhile, we also saw some fungus on tree stumps, and Autumn leaves on the ground. Along the highways, we can see some trees changing their colors already. However, at the park we might have to wait another week or two, before we will see changes. I wish, we could have done a bit more at the park. But there is always a chance to come back. Since Black Rock State Park is in town, it is not too far to pay another visit in the near future.

20 Years Ago …

This was a very spiritual occurrence, we had in New Jersey looking over to Manhattan, New York. We’ve got rained out. But Mother Nature let us witness a beautiful moment.

… after September 11, the world would never be the same.

2001 – 2021

My Scandinavian Autumn Gnomes/Tomte Nisse (1)

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Sven, Christopher & Gunnar

In July, Kevin bought me a set of Autumn Tomte Nisse (Scandinavian aka. Swedish Gnomes). I was so excited and could barely wait for Autumn. Today, I remembered that I wanted to do some photo shootings with these little guys. Here are the results of the first shooting. I hope, you enjoy the photos as much as I do. Either way, I had a lot of fun with Sven, Christopher and Gunnar. Yes, I picked some Swedish names for my gnomes as well. 😉

🍂🍁🍂🍁Happy Autumn!🍁🍂🍁🍂

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I’m Itching For Halloween Decoration Since August

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Yes, I am that nutty. I’m watching back-to-back episodes of “Halloween Wars” since mid-July. Sara said already, I’m crazy. Now, that the season comes closer, I really can’t hold myself back anymore. And I actually found some houses on the backroads, which are decorated since July/August. So, I’m not doing too bad. Yesterday, Kevin and I set up Mr. & Mrs. Stitches, the scare crows. And today, we’ve worked around the mail box a little bit. Now, that Mr. Fluffy Cuddles sits on top of our mail box, I’m afraid we might not receive mail for the following eight weeks. LOL Mr. Fluffy Cuddles is such a sweetheart. When he gets a little pet on his head, he won’t mind when the mail box will be opened and closed. His piercing red eyes, which can look scary might spook the mailman/lady. Other than that, he’s a very relaxed Halloween spider.

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Kevin’s Yard Project: The Garden Shed (Part IX)

This Labor Day weather is so beautiful that Kevin used the opportunity to work on his shed a bit more. Kevin ran a little short of shingles this weekend. We’ve got some more, while it was raining yesterday. The shed roof is almost done. Soon, he can begin with the interior shelfing. While he works on that, I can caulk and paint the shed. It’s something I can do, while he’s at work. Everything looks great so far. It’s not perfect. But it is good enough for storage without having to worry about critters or a storage tent falling over from a major storm. It turned out to be a cute building tucked away across the house.

Goshen Fair, Goshen, Connecticut ~ 2021

Goshen Fair Entrance

Yesterday morning, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I visited the Goshen Fair. The Goshen Fair happens annually on Labor Day weekend. With Fair rides, price-winning life stock , vendors and food trucks, there is a lot to see and taste. The girls were excited to go on all these rides. Due to Covid-19, it seemed like an Eon for them to enjoy a day at a fair. We ate some fair food. It was nice to get something, not necessarily fried like at the State Fair of Texas. Kevin got himself some popcorn, and munched on that while we walked around. The life stock was so adorable. One of the roosters cock-a-doodle-dood every time, someone entered the barn. I guess, it was his way to greet everyone. The piglets were so cute. And the Llamas reminded me of Disney’s “The Emperor’s New Groove”. There were also cows, alpacas, bunnies, sheep, and many more animals. We also wanted to support some local businesses. I’ve got some honey and found out, the lady who owns the bee hive is from Watertown as well. How much more local can it be, getting fresh honey from a backyard bee keeper only two miles down the road?! 😀 Katelynn got herself a nice alpaca poncho. Sara couldn’t get enough of those fidget poppers. And before we left, I bought a felt pumpkin guy. I’m such a sucker for Harvest, Autumn, Halloween decorations. All of us enjoyed the few hours at the Goshen Fair. With the beautiful weather and perfect temperatures, the fair ground got crowded quick. It was time to leave.

Vendors, Rides & Food

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Goshen Fair’s Price-winning Life Stock