Fun Things to do in the Fall

Here are some fun activities you and your family can do this fall.

Pick some apples
Prepare your garden for winter
Read – your local library is a great resource
Take a fall color drive
Build a scarecrow
Hang a wreath on your font door
Visit a haunted house
Watch birds as they migrate south
Visit a corn maze
Try geocaching – Great way to learn new areas and explore – check geocaching.com
Carve a pumpkin
Whale watch along the Pacific Northwest coast – whales migrating Alaska to Mexico
Make a pinecone bird feeder
Hike in the morning fog
Bake some pumpkin bread
Take a hot air balloon ride
Visit a B&B in a fall color area
Take a new family Christmas photo
Take a hayride
Roast pumpkin seeds
Have a fall canning party from your garden bounty

We hope you enjoy fall as we head into the holiday season.

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Our Favorite Summer Activities

These are just some of the things Rod and I enjoy doing during the summer.

  1.  Backpacking – Northern California is a choice spot
  2.  Kayak fishing – like high country lakes
  3.  Kayaking
  4.  Bike riding – around Medford and Jacksonville, Oregon
  5.  Running
  6.  Pickleball – Dean is just learning the game
  7.  Hiking – particularly in areas with rivers and lots of wildlife
  8.  Bird watching
  9.  Spending time with family and friends
  10.  Golfing

We hope you enjoy your summer.

My Favorite Action Movies

These movies aren’t necessarily at the top of IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes, or the best of all time, but they are ones that I enjoyed the first time I saw them, and still continue to enjoy them whenever I watch them. Not in order of preference except for #1. Enjoy.

  1. Die Hard – for me the best action movie of all time
  2. Matrix
  3. The Fugitive
  4. Bourne Identity – Supremacy – Ultimatum
  5. The Princess Bride – delightful movie – action, romance, suspense, comedy
  6. Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade & Raiders of the Lost Ark
  7. Jurassic Park – the first was by far the best
  8. I Robot
  9. Avatar
  10. Harry Potter – complete series – first 3 the best
  11. Star Wars – First 3 and last one – middle three let’s all forget JarJar
  12. Aeonflux
  13. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Rogue Nation
  14. The Italian Job Mini Coopers at their best
  15. Romancing the Stone
  16. National Treasure
  17. Hunt for Red October
  18. Ocean’s Eleven – complete series
  19. Sherlock Holmes and Game of Shadows
  20. Enemy of the State
  21. Edge of Tomorrow
  22. Lara Croft – Tomb Riader & Cradle of Life
  23. Terminator – Judgment Day
  24. Lord of the Rings – complete series
  25. Taken
  26. Minority Report
  27. Bullitt – Classic car chase of all time
  28. Lethal Weapon – complete series – 3 was the best for me
  29. Clear & Present Danger
  30. Paycheck
  31. Fx
  32. Gone in 60 seconds
  33. Point Break – like the orignal the best
  34. True Lies
  35. Entrapment
  36. Spy Game
  37. Star Trek – All of them – voyage home the best
  38. Fast & Furious – ready for the series to end
  39. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  40. Pirates – Curse of the Black Pearl
  41. Speed
  42. Knight & Day
  43. Hunger Games
  44. Timeline
  45. Prince of Persia
  46. Source Code
  47. Salt
  48. Ronin
  49. The Rock
  50. Dark Knight
  51. Skyfall
  52. Jaws
  53. French Connection – best car chase of all time
  54. Iron Man
  55. The Avengers
  56. Independence Day
  57. Captain America Civil War
  58. Guardians of the Galaxy
  59. X-men – Days of Future Past
  60. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Some Great Winter Reading

Favorite Fiction Book Series

Harry Potter
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Miss Peregrine
    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Hollow City
Library of Souls

Hunger games
    The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay

Favorite Non-fiction Books

The Success Principles – Jack Canfield

Anything from Wayne Dyer
Your Erroneous Zones
Excuses Begone
The Power of Intention
You’ll See it When you Believe it
Pulling Your Own Strings
Living an Inspired Life

Stephen Covey series on Habits
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
The 8th Habit from Effectiveness to Greatness
Living the Seven Habits – the Courage to Change
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families

Current Reads!

Here are a few of the books I’ve recently read and that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.

Bold – How to achieve success and impact the world – by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler – A great read and incredible insights into what you can do to make a difference.

The 4-hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
All of Tim’s books – 4-hour body and 4-hour chef and fascinating reads.
Tim shares his interesting and provocative perspective on life and all of his books and gives you a different way to looking at things and life.

Thrive – Creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder – Arianna Huffington
Thrive is a view of what it means to be successful in life through the eyes of Arianna. It’s written with passion and humor.

Abundance – by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
This book shows you that you no longer have to sit around and wait for the future to happen. You are and can be empowered to get involved to change the world.

Steal Like An Artist – Austin Kleon
Ten things nobody tells you about being creative
A fun book to help you locate your creativity.

If you have some favorites along these lines, share them with me and I’ll give them a look.

 

What Changes Do You Want?

  1. Want cleaner air? Start by planting a tree, and try car pooling instead of driving alone to work.
  2. Want cleaner water? Work with friends to clean up a section of your favorite stream or river.
  3. Want better relationships? Put down your cell phone when you’re having lunch with someone and pay attention to whoever you are with. The call can wait. So many people suffer from Attention Distraction Disorder – you’re at a restaurant talking to a friend while watching tv in the background, checking your emails or texting, and only hear half of what your friends have to say. You have so much interference in your lives (your own choice), that you’re missing the things that matter – conversations, lively debates, encouragement, and uplifting laughter. You know more about celebrities and stuff on Yahoo, then what is going on in your own brother’s lives. To paraphrase what Timothy Leary said so many years ago, it is once again time to turn off (instead of on) all the distractions in your life, tune in (to your friends and family), and drop out of this stressful rat race you’ve created. You are surrounded by endless chatter and noise, but are so lonely. Turn off your phone and go to lunch with a friend and listen. Break the habit of always having to answer every call, read and respond to every email immediately and only pay half attention to the people you are with. If you don’t make these changes, soon, you’ll only have yourself and your phone and no one to call.
  4. Want a better life? Start and end each day listing 5 things you are grateful for.
    Try to go 7 days in a row without complaining about something. It will revolutionize your life.We hope 2016 will be all you want it to be.

 

Starting a New Year – which path will you take?

When you walk down the path of life, take a look back at the end of every day and see what you left behind. Did you make a difference in someone’s life? Did you have a positive affect on a child, a student, co-worker, family member, business owner, or stranger?

Take a look back at the end of the month. Is your path empty, or is it full of tears, anger, sadness, regrets, emptiness, or desperation? Is it full of love, laughter, encouragement, hope, excitement, playfulness, and fun?

It is up to you to decide what you leave on your path of life.

Take a look back at 2015? What did you leave in your path?

As we begin 2016, make an effort that this year, you will make a positive difference in your own life, your families lives, as well as in your city, state, and the world. Don’t just talk about making changes – do it. Be grateful for your many blessings, and make a difference in 2016.

Happy New Year!

Interesting & Fun Frisbee facts

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Interesting & fun facts about Frisbees:

1.     Flying discs made before 1964 are considered antiques by collectors.

2.     The game of Ultimate was invented in 1969 by high school students in a parking lot near Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J.

3.     By 1970, FRISBEE discs had become so popular on college campuses that some schools began offering flying disc courses to students.

4.     The Navy developed a mechanical FRISBEE launcher.

5.     The game of “Ultimate” has been demonstrated to require a higher cardiovascular fitness level than any other field game.

6.     The first intercollegiate game of Ultimate was played in 1972 between Princeton and Rutgers. Rutgers won by the same two–goal margin as it did when it beat Princeton on the same field in the first college football game 103 years before.

7.     Ed Headrick, former general manager and vice president of WHAM–O, envisioned the FRISBEE disc as a sport, not just a toy. He created the “Professional” model in 1964, developed and patented the FRISBEE disc flight rings (now called the Lines of Headrick), designed the FRISBEE Golf patented disc “Pole Hole,” and founded the International FRISBEE Association.

8.  The oldest of all FRISBEE sports is Guts, usually played with five players to a side. The name “Guts” came from an alleged pastime of Princeton students who tossed a six–inch circular saw blade instead of the plastic FRISBEE disc now used.

9.  There are more than 1,000 teams now competing at the college and club level in Ultimate; in 1972, there were two.

10.  There are over 30 different periodicals published on flying disc sports. In the last 20 years, 13 books have been published on the subject.

11.  Virtually everyone in the U.S. has heard of the FRISBEE disc and nearly 90 percent of all people in this country have played with one.

12.  More than one–third of the schools in the U.S. use flying discs as part of their physical education programs, and the list is growing.

13.  There are more than 700 Disc Golf courses in the U.S. These courses are permanent installations, usually located in a public park, where players actually “drive” and “putt” with specially styled discs.

14.  The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is located in Sweden. There are 26 member countries.

15.  There are five basic and many trick grips for playing with a FRISBEE disc. Each grip leads to a characteristic throw. The backhand throw is the favorite of most and accuracy throwers, although in power games such as Guts, players favor forehand or “thumber” throws.

16.  There is a section on “Flying Disc Throwing” in the Guinness Book of World Records.

17.  The Cub Scouts of America has included Ultimate as one of 18 recognized s scouts to play to earn fitness and participatory awards.

18.  The first school for FRISBEE–catching dog training was called the Monterey of FRISBEE Dog Studies in Monterey, Calif. The first all–dog FRISBEE competition was held on Nov. 13, 1974 at California State University, Fullerton.

19.  Rare flying discs have been known to sell for up to $500.