When Summer Comes to a Close

Vermont, Franklin County, Garden

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. Well, let’s be realistic it’s technically gone but some days in Texas it still feels like a Vermont summer. It’s October 29th and it feels perfect. The temperature has been in the 80′s with a cool breeze in the air, the leaves are slightly changing and we (at least I) wish I could be outside enjoying everything the world has to offer 24/7.

Vermont, Franklin County, Garden

For today’s post, we’re taking a look back at my Vermont summer. Although only just two weeks long, this is one of my favorite places. All of the pictures are from my parents home. Views that I grew up with everyday. A brook that I played in constantly (as some childhood friends). A place of fresh, homegrown veggies, crickets in the air and a sky full of stars. Enjoy!

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What do you remember most about where you grew up?

Today I’m linking up with Communal Global, Photography Essentials and Create With Joy for {Wordless Wednesday}.

Carve Away!

The Flying Saucer in Fort Worth has begun holding an annual pumpkin carving contest. This is a great event that benefits the local Tarrant Area Food Bank. For a $10 donation, each participant receives a pumpkin, pumpkin carving kit and a free beer from a local brewery (this year being Martin House brewery). Even better, this was a perfect family friendly event with face painting for the kids. (In all seriousness, you should see the talent these ladies had with face painting. It was unreal.)

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My masterpiece. I like to call it Vermont in the heart of Texas.

There were also prizes for the best pumpkins. 1st place $100, 2nd $50 and 3rd received $25.

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Ah! How cute!!

 

All in all it seemed to be a very successful event from looking at the updates on Facebook this evening! Look at all those fantastic pumpkins! (And the Texas one looks great!)

Weekends Should Be Like Mini Vacations

If we’ve met, you’d know I like to stay on my feet. The world is an amazing place with something new always to be seen and experienced. The sounds go hand in hand with the sights. There’s an experience to be had around every corner. More reasons to turn weekends into mini-vacations.

Don’t get me wrong, we all have a million things going on but it’s doable! It doesn’t have to take all day, break the bank or be hundreds of miles away. It only has to be so much fun to make you forget all of your worries and be in the moment. Here’s a glimpse into my last weekend!

Friday:
Friday evening after work I headed over to Farmers Branch, Texas to the Bluegrass Heritage Festival. I was about as excited as a kid in a candy store. Bluegrass isn’t something that I get to experience as often in Texas as I did back home in Vermont but I grabbed hold of the opportunity.

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Farmers Branch, Heritage Bluegrass Festival

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Saturday
Saturday morning I was up and at ‘em early. First, a 15.5 mile bike ride on the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth. These trails seem endless and I pass thru so much – Backwoods Rentals, the park for picnics, basketball and the Pillar Project. Farther downstream following the Trinity River, I came across fitness groups, live music and even a few fly fisherman. All smart folks – enjoying every ounce of the amazing weather!
Trinity River Basin, Fort Worth, Texas Next up – a brewery tour!
Who doesn’t love a good brewery tour?! This is one of my favorite things to do. Each location is a new experience for your sights, sounds and tastes. This afternoon I met a couple friends at the Bearded Eel in Saginaw. The stout – yum! Delicious! Who doesn’t love a Saturday afternoon spent with good friends, hearty laughs with a cold brew in hand!
Fort Worth Brewery, Texas, Fort Worth, Stout Evening arises…
This calls for a girls night to see Gone Girl. Beyond twisted. If you haven’t seen it – it’s good. You’ll get a taste of what “crazy” really looks like.

Sunday
Sunday Brunch. Brunch has to be one of my favorite meals. On this Sunday, I ate at one of my favorite places, Cat City Grill in Southside Fort Worth. Eggs Benedict – you make my belly so happy!
Fort Worth, Southside Fort Worth, Texas, Benedict The afternoon brought a choo-choo! Can you ever go wrong with a ride on a miniature railroad? I think not! Transfixed back to my younger years. Everything was right in the world! (Read more by clicking on the link!)
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While everyone was watching the Cowboys game, I made these tasty, delicious and fresh out of the oven blueberry muffins (and my apartment smelled the best)!
Cooking, Muffins What’s the best way to prepare for a five day work week? Make sure you have a weekend that gets you even more excited for the next!
What are your plans for this weekend?