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September 03, 2022


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This looks like so much fun. Uuuummmm.... I'm afraid I'm not big into pumpkin spice. I love that photo of you and John. And children? Sheesh! You never stop worrying about them. Never.


Spent yesterday dealing with family issues as well. But eventually we always get through these things.


The fair looks outstanding. I've never been to a western fair and would find this fascinating. Farming and agricultural fairs are common in the Northeast. Yet, sadly, the number of actual working farms is dwindling. Family issues seem a given; we just hope things smooth over quickly. Pumpkin spice is not my favorite. Oddly enough, pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving is much-loved.

Arkansas Patti

Aww, I really miss fairs. Haven't been to one in a couple of years and will probably miss this year. Our Covid cases are spiking here. I know of whole families coming down with it.
But I really miss the animals and the weird food you only get once a year. Anyone for a fried snickers bar?:) That pumpkin spice gouda would tempt me--once a year.


I stopped attending the fair when the kids didn't need a chaperone anymore. It was an institution in our family though growing up 1 block away, my dad being there for work related things and getting free passes, my terror as a kid of the haunted house ride...and the phone call from a neighbor telling us to get home as the fire raged.
I'm sorry you had a rough day. If you need a coffee outing let me know.

Doug M

Margaret you always share such fun, colorful pictures. I hope things are better, family wise.

Jenni Elyse

LLAMA! I love llamas. I love their faces, teeth, and ears. I think they're one of the cutest creatures ever. LOL.

It looks like you had a great time at the fair, even though it was hot. The produce art is cool. :D

I agree about pumpkin spice. I love the flavor but some things do go too far. Cheese? I mean, come on!

I hope what is happening with your family crisis that it resolves itself favorably soon. <3


Pumpkin spice *cheese*? Blech.

kayak woman

Love the veggie art! Less enthusiastic about pumpkin spice although... Once upon a time when I worked in an office, a [long-ago laid-off co-worker] brought all us "gals" pumpkin spice Starbucks. I was pleasantly surprised but would probably not seek it out. But then, I drink the black coffee that Coffee Boy (husband) makes in the Mr. Coffee or none at all. I am not much of a cheese eater so cannot fathom this cheese product.


Aren't family crises wonderful? My husband and his family are having one of another and I thought my family was a mess, ha! Hope things improve soon.

The fair looks fun and that produce art is amazing.

One of my favorite cakes is a pumpkin cake. It's also amazing but I wouldn't want those spices in a drink or cheese for that matter.

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

You have officially snuck a poop pic in your blog. Maybe the horse was understanding of your family events. LOVE those produce mosaics! That's a lot of work! Nope, no pumpkin in my cheese either. Linda in Kansas


A day at the fair sounds like fun - the animals, ag exhibits, and fair food evoke happy memories.

hoping the emotional roller coaster heads back up into the positive direction very soon.


Sorry about the crisis. As for pumpkin, I can live without it in any form. I can tolerate one piece of pie with lot’s of whipped cream, but let’s face it, it’s the cream. 😀

Ally Bean

The display with the farm goods is amazing. I like the llama too, of course. Sorry about the family woes. Things better now?


Sorry to hear about the family drama. Hopefully, it calms down and you are back to the good stuff.
We skipped the fair this year because Mrs. Shife and I can't stand it.
Too hot, too dusty, too expensive, and not enough shade to stand around in while the kids ride rides.
I would not miss pumpkin spice if she went away. Definitely a Spice Girls joke in there somewhere.

Karen Sullivan

Sadly, I can empathize with the family crisis/drama thing. I will wish for brighter days for both of us!


I didn't go to our local county fair. I would rather stay home. :-)
I did buy a loaf of pumpkin bread over at my daughters this past weekend, but it didn't taste any pumpkin at all, just like a cinnamon bread, which was delicious anyway, but gave me heartburn, Ugh` Old age

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