When Watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is an Annual Tradition

What does a grown 58-year old woman find herself doing two nights before Halloween?  Watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.


This Charlie Brown classic first aired on October 27, 1966 when I was seven years old and in the second grade. I still remember sitting in front of the TV set with my sisters and sometimes neighborhood friends and watching it every year. These were of course the days before VCRs and VHS tapes and so it was such a special treat watching it once a year when it was on TV (something I’m not sure today’s kids will ever truly understand). It was something we all looked forward to. When my children came along and were old enough, they watched it too. And of course when it did come out on VHS, I bought it, and later the DVD. I seriously don’t think I’ve missed watching it on TV in 51 years.

Last night, I thought about how much is “wrong” with this special when you really stop to think about it. But still I love it and despite having the DVD, there’s just something special about watching it on TV when it’s aired (I guess it’s the kid in me and I’ve always been into tradition).

I always loved Linus rolling the pumpkin to the house in the beginning.


Remember the Halloween costumes they made and wore? Last night, for the first time perhaps, I noticed that there sure wasn’t much variety in those costumes. How did I not notice this little tidbit of information before? I always wondered where Pigpen’s parents were (where any of their parents were for that matter)? And for crying out loud, why didn’t Pigpen’s mother ever teach him proper hygiene?!  Ha!


As for poor Charlie Brown, he just couldn’t seem to get a break. From Violet and Lucy using  him as a model for a jack-o-lantern (Violet drew a face on the back of his head while Lucy carved the pumpkin with a monster knife– with NO parental supervision of course) to Charlie Brown’s problem with the scissors (all the eye holes in his costume) to him getting all rocks when Trick-or-Treating. I never “got” the rock thing as a kid and always felt bad for him. Now that I think about it, I don’t get it as an adult either. What kind of person gives a kid rocks on Halloween?



I read that the 10-year old little boy who played the voice of Charlie Brown got rocks in real life on Halloween. His neighbors and friends thought it was funny, but he didn’t.

Remember the Halloween party when Lucy bobs for apples? Love it!

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And Linus and Sally miss Trick-or-treating because they’re waiting in the pumpkin patch for The Great Pumpkin to appear.



Remember how Linus never gave up believing and Lucy had to go outside at 4 am and get him to bring him inside to bed.  Wait, what?  Again, where were the parents letting their kid stay out all hours sleeping in a pumpkin patch? Really????


It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is a Halloween classic I love to watch (despite the obvious lack of parenting theme that occurs throughout).  It will always be one of my favorites.  Isn’t it interesting to see how far animation has come?

Gail 🎃

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Sunday Glory

In response to the WordPress one-word daily prompt: Gratitude


Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18


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Seeing Orange

There’s lots of orange this time of year around my house. It’s that time of year and I love Halloween!

When I was growing up, my dad always carved a Jack-o-lantern the night before Halloween. My husband and I carried on this tradition with our sons and we always had a lot of fun. When the boys got older, they used the Master Pumpkin Carver patterns but as for me, I prefer the old-fashioned Jack-o-lanterns with the triangle eyes!



My oldest son’s first Halloween.  He was six weeks old


It’s so much fun to get all dressed up! Getting ready to go Trick-or-treating! Ages 5 and 2.


Happy children enjoying a family tradition

Our family has always decorated for Halloween.  My kids are grown, but still, I decorate.


These two guys have adorned our front porch for many years on Halloween.  Somehow, they got the nicknames Beavis and Butthead and we still call them that to this day.


Shining their orange light for all to see!

Trick-or-treaters are always welcome here!


Sign on front porch

Another family tradition we enjoyed in the fall was taking a hayride to a pumpkin patch.


photo-1506917728037-b6af01a7d403Other orange things I enjoy:  My Tennessee Vols birdhouse.  I’m a UT alumni and hubby gave this birdhouse to me on my birthday one year.  A friend told me no bird in their right mind would ever take up residence in such a gaudy orange house (obviously NOT a UT fan).UT birdhouse


Oldest son proudly wearing his Tennessee orange and showing off his pumpkins he helped to plant and grow

I love orange skies.



And King’s Arm Tavern sweet potato casserole.

King's Arm Tavern Sweet Potatoes

I love this fruit salad with lots of orange.

fruit salad

There’s nothing like sitting by the fire pit watching the orange flames on a cool fall night.


Other orange things I love:







Gorgeous orange eyes!




Yes, I love the color orange.  How about you?



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Teddy The Porcupine Enjoying a Halloween Treat

I LOVE this porcupine!


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Sunday Glory




Gail ♥

         Today’s post is in response to the WordPress daily one-word prompt: Enlighten

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Getting To a Place Where It is Well With My Soul



Recently, while doing a bible study, I came across the story of how Horatio Spafford came to write the powerful hymn, It is Well With My Soul. His story was horrific and I couldn’t believe I had never heard the story behind this hymn. If you’re not familiar with the story, you can read it here.

During the month of August, I read Timothy Keller’s book, Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering.


I’ll just tell you, this book was powerful and made me contemplate very deep things. It was not an easy book to read and in all honesty, it took me to places I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to go. Rest assured I’ll be thinking about this book for a very LONG time to come. It’s hard to explain, but after I finished the book, I was left feeling that Timothy Keller had picked me up and shook me hard…. shook me to my core and left me all rattled to where I’m not quite sure I’ll ever be the same. Yet, at the same time, the book has helped me in tremendous ways with the losses I’ve experienced in my life.

In one of the final chapters of the book, Tim Keller talks in-depth about the biblical figure, Job, and his trials and suffering. Horatio Spafford’s story was mentioned in this book too.  When I heard Horatio Spafford’s story, I immediately thought of Job. The tragedies both these men suffered are just to me unimaginable.

This beautiful video tells the story of how Horatio Spafford came to write this well-known hymn and then you hear the hymn performed by Jeremy Riddle. I only hope my faith will one day be as strong as Horatio Spafford’s faith was when he wrote this hymn.


With that, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be taking a break from blogging. It seems lately I have absolutely nothing to say and when I try to write, the words just don’t want to come. There’s an uneasiness I feel in writing right now, like something is pulling me away from it. I started blogging in August of 2010 and have enjoyed it immensely but I’ve decided it’s time to take a break.

So I’ll be silent here in this little corner. For how long I just don’t know. I will be back IF and WHEN it feels right to do so. I have some profound soul-searching to do and in all honesty, that requires stillness and silence, a reaching deep within myself and a turning inward for some serious introspection.

I still plan to write, but this fall I’m going to try my hand at journaling again. I’ve got a stack of books lined up to read (and a lot of them just happen to be books about writing). I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction, but I think I want to delve into some fiction this fall and winter.



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I plan to spend this fall (my favorite time of the year) taking long hikes in the woods with my husband, making all things pumpkin, going to a few high school football games and plan a trip to our beautiful Smoky Mountains. I need to work on coming to terms with my empty nest that came WAY too soon to suit me (is it really possible to fail at being an empty nester)? Because I feel like I have. Regardless, it’s here whether I like it or not and so there’s work to do there (I  have a couple of books lined up to read on that topic too)! But most of all I want to continue on with Bible reading and studying. I feel a strong passion (desire?) for that.



book-1209805_960_720There are projects to complete around the house too – two more bedrooms that need carpet torn out and hardwood flooring put down. And oh man, that’s a job. There’s much-needed painting to do and house repairs to schedule and a giant hole in the backyard that still needs “fixing.” And there’s a basement that’s in bad need of decluttering and cleaning and I’ve ignored its calling out to me for too many years now. So, dear friends, all of these things I feel are calling me away for a while.

I wanted to thank you for coming here to read in my tiny, tiny corner of the blogosphere. This has always been a place where I come to think out loud – a place where I try to figure out what this thing called life is all about. Thank you for allowing me to do that and for the kindness you’ve always shown to me. I’ve always been truly grateful for the friends I’ve met through blogging. It’s funny, I started blogging over 7 years ago with a hope to learn a little about writing but I think what I ended up learning more about is people. And maybe that’s just how God wanted it.

Always, I pray for your life to be enriched with blessings and peace.


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Remembering 9/11

Remembering….. A post from 2010

Moonlight Reflections

I have vivid memories of 9/11/01 as do most people who lived through it.  I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing.  I remember feeling like I was in a daze after hearing the news.  I didn’t want to believe it was really true.  How could this happen?  Why did it happen?  I remember experiencing a type of fear that was unknown to me.  I remember wanting to get back to my husband, who I had just said goodbye to.  I remember wanting to run to my kids’ schools and snatch them out of their classrooms and bring them home.  I remember praying to God and asking him “WHY?”
I was taking a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd course at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Nashville.  It was to be the first day of our class.   My husband, who was on his way back home from downtown, decided he would meet me…

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