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Fairy “tail” Fall

“Today was a fairytale. …Time slows down whenever you’re around… can you feel the magic in the air…”  ~Taylor Swift

This fall is like a fairytail.  Warm temps and sunshine.  It can’t possibly be November in Minnesota, you say?!  Well, it is indeed!  Usually the most overcast month of the year, this November has been sunshine with little rain.  It is hard to believe that the magic of the holiday season is approaching with these unseasonable temps!  Winter is right around the corner – er, maybe the corner after that, but still, you get the idea.  It’s no tall tale.  Old Man Winter is on his way!  With it, we say good-bye to fall and hello to winter …and soon a new year.


This has been an autumn of firsts and celebrations and living life…even as the leaves fall and flowers die; there is so much living to be done.


We are thankful that the harvest season has drawn to a close for most – or almost finished for some.  That means it must be hunting seasons for others.  This is a time when they tell a tale of a tail or two.  My husband and sons have discovered that they enjoy the hunting experience together.  I secretly know it is because they enjoy napping in the wilderness (the fairy”tail” part of the story) and sporting blaze orange fashion.  Actually some of it isn’t even that bad… 😉


Quarter one has wrapped up and quarter two is underway.  Conferences have taken place, and new goals have been set.  We are ready for more learning and discovery…hooray!  With the start of this second term, a teacher candidate began her student teaching experience with me.  It has been a joy to see her grow in the profession as I had the privilege of teaching her during her time on campus and mentor her now in the classroom while I am on sabbatical.


Discovery can be magical!  My middle son discovered his fondness for goats as he played the biggest billy goat gruff in the school play of Rapunzel.  What a fun experience!


It’s not always just fun and games, however!  My youngest son earned five stitches from a serious game of lightning at recess.  His knee is still quite tender, but he will be just fine – and now has another story to tell about the “good ol’ days” in the future.


After several successful football seasons thinking about the glory days, the Marshall Tiger Football team is advancing to the semi-finals at the state football tournament for the first time in school history.  Go Tigers!


Sounds like a busy fall right?  Absolutely! There is so much life out there to be living.


Oh – and how about those Cubs?  … And the supermoon?!  😉


Great excuses all around us to live life…and wait until spring to wash the house windows.

Stay Calm & Live Life!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.

9 Ways to Stay Optimistic This Autumn

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Autumn…an extraordinary time of year. A time for hooded sweatshirts, crisp cool air, brilliant colors, football games, tractor rides, pumpkin festivals, apple treats, hot chocolate, and bon fires. So much to do, so little time before the snow flies.

Embrace the season. Embrace the opportunities that await you. Don’t let your attitude start to take a dip just because the temperature outside is starting to dip. Below are a few ways to stay optimistic during this lovely time of year:

Hooded sweatshirts: Put on that hoodie and take a walk outside with a friend. Breathe in that fresh, crisp cool air. Ahhh…it ‘tastes’ delicious, doesn’t it?

Brilliant colors: Visit a place where the fall colors shine. The North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota is a perfect place to see some brilliant hues. Make sure to google when the color peak hits at the place you want to visit. You certainly don’t want to arrive there and find all the trees bare. That would be a bummer.

Football games: Who is your favorite football team? Is it a college team or a professional team? Whichever one you choose, try to attend a game. Try a little tailgating if you haven’t before. The excitement of the atmosphere is invigorating. Or…watching it on the big screen is okay too. Go Minnesota Vikings!

Tractor rides: You can take the boy off of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy. (Likewise for the girls!) Our ‘boys’ sure love to help family with farming. Pause for a few hours and go for a ride in the tractor with your significant other for a few rounds during harvest. Watch the sunset as you do…it’s kind of romantic. 🙂

Pumpkin festivals: Horse rides, corn boxes instead of sandboxes, pumpkin carving competitions, and pumpkin launching are all entertaining activities happening at the local pumpkin fest. Children of all ages (yes that includes us) enjoy participating in the pumpkin festivities.

Apple treats: Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Braeburn, Jazz…which kind is most “a-peeling” to you? Visit an apple orchard or attend an apple tasting event to find out. Then make some of your favorite apple treats—Caramel apples on a stick, apple pie, apple crisp, or applesauce—and savor your choice morsels. Pinterest has so many apple recipes. Have a fun time exploring!

Hot chocolate: A cup of hot chocolate on a cool crisp fall evening while sitting by a bon fire is so tranquil. Put together a hot chocolate bar, invite friends over and enjoy an evening of peaceful conversation. Top off the hot chocolate with some cinnamon whipped cream, and top off the bon fire with a little singing and guitar playing.

We have been blessed with a wonderful fall so far. We hope you have been blessed as well. Happy fall, everyone!


Stay Calm & Lead On!
Profs Dr. C. & Dr. V.