And Just Like That, It's November

The ghosts and the goblins of 2019 are a thing of the past and as I wake extremely early this morning, thanks in part to the official diagnosis of bronchitis, Christmas music will greet me when I turn on the radio. On November 1, this particular radio station begins playing Christmas music 24/7 until December 26...kind of like the Hallmark channel. And speaking of Hallmark, I can now watch my weekly if not daily favorite Christmas movies (on DVD) without someone yelling, "it's too early!". What are your favorites? I'm sure I've written about mine, but just in case...they would be: The Family Stone (because it shows how siblings can still act like they're 14 when in fact they're in their 30s!), ELF (!!!), A Christmas Story (it gives me the little kid's just like it was when I was little!)

Well, like I said, I'm up early drinking my some warm vanilla chai welcoming in November. October flew by! I loved getting outside taking pictures of all the colors changing and feeling the air take on the chill. Oh, but nothing felt colder than last night when all the little trick or treaters were faced with rain. Fortunately the rain ended mid-day, but it brought in the coldest wind. I had one little "cheetah" show up at my door with her little cheeks so pink from the cold. She couldn't even smile, poor girl. I asked her if she wanted a packet of hot chocolate to take home and I will say, it did make her smile a little. Oh, and I have to tell you about my one visitor. He just cracked me up. So every year, I don't know why, I just like to do it and have been doing it for years, I like to bake cupcakes and put them in little treat bags along with candy, stickers, coupons to restaurants, or whatever I can get my hands on that's cheap. I like something out of the ordinary candy. I mean, who doesn't!?! You pour all the candy out of your pillowcase onto the table when you get home and your eye is INSTANTLY drawn to the one thing that isn't candy...for my husband, that would be money 😂 Kids however, love the "surprise"...what's in the bag???

Those bags there on the right have cupcakes in them, along with hot chocolate packets and candy. As the night started, I had four young guys ranging in ages of 8-12 come ringing. The parents or chaperones were standing in the driveway so in my nice raspy voice (because that's not evil sounding lol🤦🏻‍♀️) I was partially yelling how there are homemade cupcakes in the bag and didn't want them to think I poisoned their kid or laced them with razor blades! I then looked at the boys and said, "I even threw in some hot chocolate for you when you get home!". Without missing a beat, one little guy very politely asks me, "is the hot chocolate in a cup?"... um, huh?...I had to literally sit there for a second because I was totally confused. But I quickly recalled that we are in an age of "bougie" Starbucks and these kids are exposed to this daily. I giggled inside because it was truly a harmless question, but a major wake up call for me! It's 2019, not 1982! What I really wanted to say was, "Look Mr. Bougie, it's not Starbucks, it's Swiss Miss! Say it with me....SWISS MISSSSSS, now give me my cupcake back!" But I just laughed because this is the generation now! Then of course there's Bill who refuses to answer the door except when I really need his help or want him to see a cute costume. Of course the ONE time he helped me out, one little girl (in a family of 6 kids) took candy AND chips...😳 lol, and he just HAD to be there to see it! Mr. Stingy cracks me up! I told him to let it go, it's survival of the fittest at that house and she probably needed it! I'm not going to lie, if someone offered me two bowls, I'd be the first to ask if I can have each!😂 And I'm not fighting 5 siblings! Crazy thing, too, we ALWAYS have leftovers and being the good wife, I put his favorite candies at the bottom of the bowl!😉

But, he's completely deserving of all his favorite candies! He did take me on a weekend getaway to Asheville, N.C. to visit the Biltmore Estate last weekend!!! And it was spectacular. I felt like I'm one of the only ones that had never been (Bill hadn't been either) so if you've been, I apologize if this bores you! I'm not going to go into detail because of its megnatude, but it was just an absolutely awesome getaway brewed in cloudy weather perfect for outdoor picture taking.

And to give you an idea of what we were in for, we stopped at McDonald's for what I thought would be a quick breakfast, but left me in awe! Friends, this was the Taj MaHal of McDonalds! If they were all like this, I may even consider a Friday or Saturday night at McDonalds a treat!

Look in the right hand top corner...they had a player piano going!!

Sad when McDonalds has a nicer railing/banister than your own home!😂

After breakfast, we then drove up the entrance to the Biltmore and it's like driving through a National Forest...breathtaking...