[43:52]

πŸ‘»πŸ˜±πŸŽƒπŸ‘ΉπŸ€–πŸ‘€πŸ˜»πŸ’€

What is it about being scared that is so frighteningly fun? I can’t figure it out but I do love me a good scary movie. Halloween is coming up in a couple days and it was always such a fun holiday when I was little girl. My mom usually made our costumes – we were ghosts wearing old sheets with holes for our eyes and mouth… or a witch with a big floppy black hat… I remember them well. And we had so much fun going out with our group of neighborhood friends… we would walk for what seemed like hours, venturing far from home in the never ending quest for more candy and not coming back home until our legs ached or we finally got too cold. And then we would dump all our candy onto the living room floor and start sorting it. And trading. : )  Gum was always the best and certain chocolate bars too. It was a simpler time for sure. There wasn’t the fear of what might happen if you let your kids go out alone, like there is today. The fear that someone might kidnap your child or put razor blades in their candy or crazy clowns roaming around or even worse. It was just a different time for sure.  I’m really thankful I grew up when I did.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy (and spooky) Halloween!  ~Michele

Me as a clown… 2 or 3 years old I think.  I love my mom’s outfit!!  the 70’s rocked!
Pumpkins on the steps of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s old residence.


A local haunted house… Griggs Mansion. St. Paul, MN
πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»

Halloween and the anticipation of it all was always so exciting thinking about the loads of candy we would get and the ones that were our favorites ~ double bubble was like the best bubble gum ever and blew the largest bubbles, I loved those candies that were in the black & orange wrappers and had a peanut butter center… and smarties too!  truly any candy was a treat as sugar was fabulous in all its forms. I remember still buying penny candy in 1969 gosh that was so long ago but that’s really the first Halloween I remember… But I digress 

Choosing what our costume was going to be? and how we’d make it? 

We never had store bought costumes and had to make our own, what I wouldn’t have given to have a crown as a little girl, back then we made them out of cardboard and would cover them with sequins and chunky old fashioned glitter and thought they were quite fabulous… Then of course the big question… would it be raining? Would it be cold and I guess for all of you in the Midwest & east coast it might be snowing which meant we would have to wear a jacket and that would ruin everything because how could anyone see our costume that we worked so hard to make! That just couldn’t happen…. I think my costume that year I dressed up as a house wife I remember in those days women still wore curlers in their hair to the supermarket … Ok I’m deviating again…

I’ve spent most my Octobers at my sisters house for my birthdays but never really got to spend Halloween with my nieces or nephews but one year jordan & lulu dressed up for me and we carved pumpkins~ it was such fun… I miss those days 

I’m wishing you a happy Halloween or harvest or however you celebrate it and wishing you lots of wonderful new memories with those you love and adore xo πŸŽƒπŸ‘»  Shirina







HaPpY HπŸŽƒπŸ‘€OwEeN!!!

Advertisements

[41-42:52]

“The days may not be so bright and balmy – yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell – some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its majestic power.” ~Northern Advocate




xo, Shirina

🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

I spent a warm fall afternoon roaming around St Paul yesterday. We started out at a favorite coffee joint… I got a cardamom cappuccino and enjoyed it while soaking up the sunshine out on their sidewalk patio… yum!  We then explored on foot the beauty of Summit Avenue, with its majestic and grand mansions, one of which is supposed to be incredibly haunted!  We also found one of F Scott Fitzgerald’s old residences and guess what… it’s for sale!!  Sharing some of these discoveries below. It was a good day. : ) xo, Michele 

cardamom cappuccino… YUM!
Claddagh Coffee… West 7th Street, St. Paul
Griggs Mansion… it’s haunted!
Golden leaves in front of the Griggs Mansion
F Scott Fitzgerald’s residence… it’s for sale!

[40:52]

“This strangely still pause between summer and autumn, greenery and gold and the heat and rising wind that is once again readying itself to rush it all away in a climactic symphony of color and scent is……..
in my opinion, one of the best parts about living on earth.”
~Victoria Erickson

michele

shirina
 

It’s October already.  I can’t believe how fast the year has gone.  October is always a bit of a melancholy month for me… summer is over, the weather starts to get iffy with rain and chilly days, things are dying and I know winter is knocking on our door.  But it’s also a beautiful time of year, with a burst of color in the trees, crisp cool days so perfect for long hikes in the woods and the smell of wood-burning fires (one of my absolute favorite things).  I love apple season and pumpkin season and the fun of Halloween.  This year I am focusing on what I love about October.  This week’s photos are some favorites, in celebration of the start of this new month. ~ Michele

michele

shirina
“And the sun took a step back,
the leaves lulled themselves to sleep
and Autumn was awakened.”
~Raquel Franco

shirina

michele

shirina
 

 

[36-39:52]

For both of us, September was all about travel, connections, adventure, new experiences, growth, beauty and joy.  We haven’t posted on the blog all month, as we’ve been a little busy. : ))  Here are some of our favorite quotes and photos from our travels. ❀️

β€œLife is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

michele
shirina

…..

β€œNot all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

michele

shirina

…..

β€œA mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

michele

shirina

…..

β€œOne’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

shirina

michele

…..

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten

michele

shirina

…..

“Lets wander where the wifi is weak.” Anonymous

michele

shirina

…..

“I just need some time in a beautiful place to clear my head.” 

michele
shirina

 

Never stop exploring~ happy travels!