DeerLake Weekly Letter, Trick or Treat. and The Wild Bunch

   It’s time again for our twice annual clock-changing ritual, as daylight saving time comes to an end again. At 2 a.m. Sunday, as Halloween celebrations come to an end, let your clocks fall back one hour to return to standard time.
The clock shift means we enjoy an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning (especially nice for the late-night Halloween revelers). Early risers will awaken to brighter sunny mornings, and the school kids won’t be waiting at the bus stop in the dark. On the flip side, the sun will set an hour earlier, so get ready for a dark commute home from work and perhaps candles on the dinner table.

  Kids and adults these days, are having Trunk-or-Treat fun on Halloween. The popular alternative, typically held in a large parking lot, provides children with the opportunity to go from car trunk to car trunk, where participants pass out candy. Often, the trunks are decked out with Halloween decorations. Many churches in our area are having a Trunk-or-Treat celebration, so get ready for a major sugar-high!
I have never been to a truck or treat before, I believe it’s more like a carnival-type atmosphere, which makes it fun for parents too. The Flathead Valley College (where Becca goes) Veterans’ Association and Student Government are hosting a Trunk or Treat, a safe, fun, free, one-stop trick-or-treating event for families. I think we’ll go in your best costumes to check out the decked out vehicle trunks full of treats for the little boos and ghouls! So look for some local trunk or treats and other Halloween events in your area.

Halloween season was so much fun
when I was just a child.
With masks and costumes of every kind
and some were really wild.

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Another year has come and gone…
Amazing how time fly’s away …
We just lost one hour of sleep…
Seems like the other day…

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If only I were a wild goose (and video)
I’d set my spirit loose,
I’d zoom so high in the sky
And join those flying by.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Caramel Pumpkin Cake Recipe.
A little caramel on your pumpkin. Yes Please!!!

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Becca’s Pumpkin and Bean Soup Recipe.
Time to shape it up for the coming holiday season.

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Thought For Today –

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
’tis near halloween.

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Scaring each other, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, October Mist and Cooked Goose

   I am always amazed when visiting Glacier Park this time of year. We went up for a picnic the other day, the weather was warm and the park is so quiet now. Snow is just hitting the mountain peaks and with the sun shining on all the fall foliage, it’s just beautiful. The open-fields close to Saint Marys Lake had a nice elk herd. The bulls are a bit protective of the cows right now. You would think that two or three girls would be enough for any guy. OH no, not these guys, the more the merrier.

  We have been out working around the place getting ready for winter. We have several brush piles that we have been waiting to burn. I love to have a good bonfire and invite the neighbors over for a drink. It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor fires. It’s cool enough outside that sitting by the fire with a cup of warm spiced pumpkin wine, on a dark night enjoying the stars and the flames was very welcome.

  Steven and I took a walk along the creek yesterday. It was a wonderful evening, the sun was still high and the colors of the leaves were quite a sight. We have a bike trail that was that was built from an old converted railroad track, located just down from our place, it winds through fields along side a creek. It was our first trip down that path since we moved in here (23 years now). Just goes to show you that no matter how long you live some where, there are always new wonders to be found.

 I used to think that raking and playing in the leaves with the kids was fun; now I find that watching others play in the leaves is just as much fun. Do yourself a favor and get out and enjoy the beauty of the fall season before the weather locks you in for another long winter.

Take me to that place I wandered—
carefree dreamer, just a child,
let those memories be my future,
take me from this city wild.

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Turn your face forward,
toward the new horizon, and follow the thread of a meager plan.

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The changing leaves create a spectacular show.

Only the Master, Himself, could paint such a collage.

It’s so beautiful you think it must be a mirage!

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Their wings softly brush my cheek
As velvety darkness slowly creeps,
I smile knowing what joy lies ahead
As they tenderly lift me from my bed.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s 2 Layer Pumpkin Cake Recipe.

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Becca’s Slow Cooked Goose Recipe.

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Thought For Today –

Stop focusing on how stressed you are, and remember how blessed you are.

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Montana Folks, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Corn Maze and Mountain Man

   I heard our car brakes making some noise, a few days later the car is pulling to the left during braking. There was 80,000 miles on those old brakes, so off I go to the auto parts store. Bought a whole set of brake pads. It took me all day, I was expecting the old brake pads to slide right out, no way. Each one had to be beaten into submission. I had to use two big screwdrivers to pry each one out. The new brake pads did go in much better than the old ones came out. Awh shoot, whats this, a frozen slider bolt. There went another few hours figuring out how to get it out. Came out easy after watching a Youtube video. After a few more small issues, success, we got new brakes for a good price.

  Hey, ya ever been to a corn maze. I imagine there are many all around the world. They are kind of fun, take some friends along and try one. They have small ones and big ones. So you can choose to try one that normally takes 20 minutes or so. Or go for the big maze and be amazed. The local high school, girls soccer team, took a day off practice and did a little bonding in the corn maze. What an adventure! Twelve, 15 to 17 year olds wandering around in the corn maze. How many do you think were on their cell phones? It was more fun taking selfies of being lost then it was trying to get out.

Will you accept the challenge of the maze?
This huge 10 acre corn maze is calling your name! The maze is divided into 3 phases. The first phase is for beginners, and those who consider themselves to be directionally challenged!

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I’d want to be high as high could be.
I’d sway with the wind, spring, summer and fall
Up in the maple so big and so tall.

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A posse’s out there after me
with bullets by the score.
But they won’t take this mountain man
the way they did before.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Pumpkin Upside Down Cake Recipe.
It’s like having a pumpkin pie with a cake for a bottom.

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Becca’s Potato Cheese Soup Recipe.
Fall the perfect season for a nice hardy soup.

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Thought For Today –
They call it Indian Summer
and it seems to fit the bill
for it’s as if God took a feathered brush and painted all the hills.

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Happy in Montana, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Autumns Dawn and Pumpkin Ice Cream

   Oh boy pumpkins, we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year.
We took our five year old great granddaughter to visit the local pumpkin patch last week and took pictures of all the little kids picking out their pumpkins. The pumpkin patch is not the same as when we were kids. Today they have train rides and corn mazes, haunted houses and fun play yards for the kids to enjoy. No more painting your pumpkin white to get a ghost pumpkin, now they grow white pumpkins.
Then it was time to carve the funny faces and make pumpkin cake and pumpkin ice cream.   Our 16 year old grand daughter needed a bicycle for an out-door class she is taking this semester. Not being a bike rider, she was missing the most important part, the bike. We luckily had three gathering dust in our garage for her to choose from, so after deciding on a bike, Steven proceeded tuning it up and getting it ready for her school. I don’t remember taking bicycle when I was in school.

  We’ve been researching the idea of growing hops next year. It looks to be a pretty interesting crop to grow. We had never seen them before, they grow on trellises that are about 16 feet tall. I hear that they are a beautiful plant and have a pretty good smell to them. That might be just the thing to grow on our one cleared acre. What do you think? Anyone have any experience with this or any thoughts on the idea.

 This is the dawn of Autumn.
A time to give thanks.
For all our seasons

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As Autumn dances out of her slippers…
And gently she sleeps again…
The air turns cold….the wind whistles…

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The Almighty healer for us
Is the Deliverer Lord Jesus,
Pray for a miracle in His name
And prayers will not be in vain.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe.
Easy to make and taste just like pumpkin pie.

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Becca’s Caramel Frosted Hummingbird Cake Recipe.

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Thought For Today – You are today where your thoughts have brought You,
You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take You.

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Enjoying Fall, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Clergy Month and Autumn Pumpkins

   A fine time of year, not too hot, not too cold, seems to be just right. Harvest season is just about finished, a few onions and strawberries left to pick. Sorry to hear about the heavy rain hitting the east coast. I have never seen more than an inch or two of rain come down. Around here it’s more likely to see 2 to 5 feet of snow coming down hard. And that is only once in 10 years.

  Next week we’ll be finished raising 31 geese. Man, were they easy to raise, only the first month or so did they wander off a bit. After that they stayed home with no-fence. All we had to do was keep plenty of grass growing. Grass and water is all you need. Our dog Mocka did a great job helping to keep them at home. Each time they wandered off, we always took the dog and had her bark at them as we herded them back home. Wasn’t long at all till we could just have the dog bark or we could clap our hands, and the geese would make tracks back to their yard. And now I know what they mean by, Loose as a Goose.

  Looking forward to a busy week. Our grandson and his family are coming to visit for a week. Just in time, Becca was looking for someone to accompany her to the pumpkin patch. Our great granddaughter is five now and she is quiet fun to have around. Hopefully we will get a fairly large pumpkin out of the deal. You can really tell it’s autumn when the house smells of roasting pumpkin.

This first page has a new movie Becca made. Check out our 30 geese as they stretch their wings.
Autumn Color, And joyful I will be
Because it is the season
When my heart feels glad and free.

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It’s Clergy month!!!
My 86-year-old neighbor—a member of your church—was on his hands and knees pulling my weeds. I barely knew this man and he was embarrassed to be caught in this anonymous act of kindness.

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From one pumpkin to another.
A woman was asked by a co-worker,
“What is it like to be a Christian?”

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Reflections by Gerald R. Hill.
The magnificent old house, stately and proud
once welcomed the humble and great.
It now stands alone.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Pumpkin Cream Cheese Squares Recipe.

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Becca’s Tamale Casserole Recipe.

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Thought For Today – The three things we need to get through life, Hope, Jokes, and a dog.

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Enjoying Fall, Steven and Becca

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