Last week flew by and slammed right into the weekend.

The biggest news is that we gained a member of our family.  This is our nephew Landon.

Cross country finished up for the fall season and Engineer and I attended a college information meeting at Diva's school.  Other than that, it was business as usual around here...until Friday.

We hosted our first Halloween party in our new house.  It was an intimate affair since we only invited the 3 other families in our neighborhood that attend Diva's school.  It's always nice to foster a sense of community, especially when you have a common bond.

Diva has a long-standing tradition of going as bizarre
characters and this year was no different.  She was
Violet Baudelaire from the books
 The Series of Unfortunate Events.
Halloween here in our hood was busy!  We had tons of trick-or-treaters and they didn't stop coming until after 9:15pm...and yes, I did have my porch light off by then but Engineer insisted on still passing out candy.  I think he secretly enjoys seeing the costumes.

I experienced something for the first time, I had two trick-or-treaters ring my bell then when I answered, jump out from the sides our porch in an attempt to scare me.  It was cute...ish.

Diva and her buddies did quite well for themselves as they came back with their sacks bulging with sugary loot.

Engineer worked cuckoo hours last week and even over the weekend.  :(

Diva had extra robotics practice for her upcoming meet.

And I spent the most fabulous day out and about in the SBC (Shreveport/Bossier City.)  My friend Holly and I attended an open house for a locally owned design business/boutique.  The food was wonderful and we had the most gloriously attentive and positive shopping experience.  If you are in the market for neat household furnishings, a kitchen redesign, or beautiful lighting, do check out Barrett Appliance and Home Products in Bossier City and in Tyler, TX.

Our main purpose for going out that day was to go on the Junior League of SBC's Kitchen Tour fundraiser.  I think there were ten kitchens on the ticket that you could go tour.  The innovation in some of those kitchens was rather impressive.

Of course, we managed to hit several garage/estate sales on our jaunt.  Between the two of us, we picked up some furniture, some shiny things, and some free stuff (because we timed it just right when someone was cleaning out their garage next to a curb.)

But the steal of the day was at the last place we hit.  It was late in the day (read:  everything was 50% off) and much of the inventory had left the building but I noticed some pretty crystal knife rests on a counter.  There were 5 in the set and at half price, I couldn't pass them up.

It wasn't until I got home and peeled the price tag off to wash them that I noticed the mark.
THE mark.
The Steuben mark.  
I paid a whopping $6.50 for 5 Steuben knife rests.
Man, oh man, I love estate sales of people with great taste and beautiful things.

On to our menu:

Sunday - Out to eat
Monday - Bacon Sandwiches, Broiled Tomatoes, Wedge Salad, & Boozy Mushrooms
Tuesday - Baked Potatoes, Baked Beans, Green Salad
Wednesday- Grilled Chicken, Spinach Salad, & Broccoli Casserole
Thursday- Sausage Stuffed Zucchini, Strawberry Salad, & Roasted Onions
Friday - Halloween party
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Roast Turkey, Sweet Potatoes au Rhum, & Cranberry Salad
Monday - Turkey & Broccoli Mac & Cheese and Cabbage
Tuesday - Pizza Rolls, Salad, & Carrot Sticks
Wednesday - Cheddar Turkey Casserole & Salad
Thursday - Corny Dogs, Fries, & Carrots
Friday - Turkey Spaghetti, Salad, & Garlic Bread
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.


  1. CPA has also worked cuckoo hours the last couple of weeks. I'm not a fan, but I know he had a deadline and now we are back to normal. Glad you all are settling in nicely and your daughter is making good friends. All of my children are gone, so the fat cat got dressed up for Halloween instead. She loved this I'm sure. I love turkey/chicken spaghetti. Just reading that made me want a hot bowlful!

  2. Congratulations on your precious new blessing!!

    Rosemond Cates

    1. Thanks. I've yet to meet him. Hopefully we will get together with our brother & sister-in-law over Christmas.

  3. Landon is absolutely Precious!! Congrats!


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