Is it silly to want to take a trip out to Applejack Pumpkin Patch if you don’t have small children with you?  Can I tell you a secret???  I’ve never actually been to a pumpkin patch before.  I suppose it’s because I don’t have kids – but the second part of that secret is…  I’ve always wanted to visit a pumpkin patch!  It just looks like a lot of fun!  Having fun is not a sin – last time I checked.

So, this photo, taken just outside of the Applejack Pumpkin Patch is of my friend, Susan.  She posted it on facebook and I wanted to post it here today.  I love it when my Wichita friends post their day trips (even though I think she was technically on the job – which explains the vest).  I appreciate her giving me permission to share it with you.

The Minion Hay Bale... LOL!!!
Susan & the giant Minion Hay Bale… LOL!!!

I’m so thankful she posted this because we drove past it on the way to an antique store just a few days ago – and did I have my camera???  Well of course I didn’t!!!  I was kicking myself from that moment on.  I even suggested we take another trip just to get a photo of this.  That idea was not met with a great deal of enthusiasm, to say the least.  :-/

Applejack Pumpkin Patch is in Augusta, Kansas.  They have a facebook page:

There are scheduled activities and loads of fun for everyone (even the childless – well – probably).  I may not have kids – but I feel as though I’m still a kid myself…  for better or worse!

I’ve seen bales of hay made into a lot of different things – I must admit this is the first Minion I’ve seen – how creative is that?  Usually we see hay bales made into  jack-O-Lanterns…  you know, painted orange with the scary black face – that’s usually what we see.

Susan’s husband posted that if she had her way, Susan would take this giant Minion hay bale home with her and put it in their front yard.  I replied by saying, “She would be fighting ME for it – LOL!!!”  In reality, could you imagine either one of us – or both of us together – lifting that thing???  I’d say the argument is moot at best, wouldn’t you?

If you would like more information about Applejack Pumpkin Patch, click on this link:

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I enjoy living in Kansas, especially this time of year!  We have a lot of farms, which means we have tons of corn mazes, apple festivals, fall harvest celebrations and of course, pumpkin patches!  Now, we apparently have added a giant Minion hay bale to the list.  Does it get any better than that?  I think not!  Wink!  😉





 Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.  – Epictetus

Today is SUSPENDERS DAY!  An accessory that is still popular today, the fashion trend was started back in the early 1970’s by Robin Williams.  Who could forget those RAINBOW SUSPENDERS of his?  I had a pair of rainbow suspenders as did most of my friends!  It was an essential in Junior High School.

Robin Williams as “MORK FROM ORK”

It really touched my heart that Jimmy Kimmel wore rainbow suspenders to the Emmy Awards in honor of Robin Williams!

The Rainbow Suspenders are my favorite

Other folks who are famous for wearing suspenders include:

Larry King

And there are characters in popular movies and TV shows that wear suspenders instead of belts:

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko

Suspenders made a comeback in the late 1980’s when Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko dressed in his signature shirt, serious suspenders with print tie.  It was the ultimate 1980’s, early 1990’s power outfit – lose the suit coat and let your suspenders show!  With the right shirt (white-collar, white cuffs), it worked.  If you’re going to be a corrupting authority in business you may as well be comfortable, huh?  The look strikes me as in your face and disrespectful.  It’s almost as if he’s saying, “You’re not worth it – I’m not putting on a suit coat or wearing a belt just for you.”   In my humble opinion, suspenders have a certain attitude that says casual and fun.  I don’t see it as acceptable business wear.  I know I’m outnumbered but hey – it’s just my point of view.

Urkel – what can I say?

The suspenders WORK for Urkel!  Poor guy – he’s such a geek.  Most of the time he leaves me crying because I’m laughing so hard!  Yes, the suspenders need to be part of his wardrobe – definitely!

I grew up in a really great era – everything we owned had a smiley face on it and our fashion accessories were started by Mork from Ork.  We all wore our rainbow suspenders, smiled and enjoyed our lives!   Good times…  yeah – good times!  🙂




What if we felt as close to our loved ones all year around as we do at Thanksgiving and Christmas? I’m convinced that it is the traditions created in families that hold them together. Some people think that a tradition has to be a long, drawn out ritualistic behavior. It can be something as simple as sitting at the dining room table together every morning to drink coffee and talk about the plans for the day.

The family super glue adheres better as traditions become more important. Any routine you build together will become a part of who you are as a family. The family that prays together stays together – because they pray together. A mutual belief and a mutual faith are the strongest bonds of all. Not only does the family talk to each other, but they talk to God together.

Common interests make relationships stronger. If you go rock hunting as a family, more power to you! Family vacations are a good idea, but to get even more specific about activities is even better. If only two people in your family like to hunt for rocks, maybe it would be better to choose a different activity to do as a family.

My friend grew up in a family steeped in several different traditions. She talks about some of them with a great deal of excitement and anticipation, while others she almost dreads. Make sure the traditions you embrace are ones that all members of the family will enjoy.

 The family is a haven in a heartless world.  – Attributed to Christopher Lasch

In our city there is a River Festival every year in the middle of Summer. It was our family’s tradition to attend every year. We went to bathtub races and watched all sorts of fun competitions every day. At the end of the festival there were fireworks. We took our lawn chairs and sat by the river bank and watched the sky light up every year.

Traditions can be enjoyed all year! It does not have to be Thanksgiving or Christmas to gather your family together for a happy routine. Even though life gets hectic and we tend to get busy once the “new” wears off the new year, we need to make an effort to stay in touch through these magical events in the life of the family we refer to as traditions. 🙂