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“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”    Henry Ford 

Colder temperatures send pests, such as field mice, spiders, water bugs, and cockroaches – or palmetto bugs as they call them here in Florida, searching for food, water and shelter inside your homes. Mice are a common winter nuisance here in the south, and only need a space the size of a nickel to enter your home.
I remember as a child, my father putting steel wool around the pipe openings, or if he made a repair, in the opening before sealing that repair.  It didn’t matter if there was no way anything could come into our home once the repair was made, as long as my mother felt secure, that is all that mattered. So to help you keep those unwanted house guests away here are some tips.

  • Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including utility and pipe entrances.
  • Seal the openings where a pipe comes into your home – under sinks etc. You can use that stuff that squirts into an opening then expands and hardens or you can use the old steel wool method.
  • Put screens on vents and openings to chimneys. This will also keep birds, bats, raccoons and squirrels away.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows, and at all entry doors. Helps with utility bills as well.
  • Keep attics, basements if you have one, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • If you store items in totes, make sure you tape up the holes.  Those holes allow spiders, roaches and other assorted bugs to crawl into the tote and nest.  You’ll usually find those holes in the handles or the carved out spaces for your hands to carry the tote.  Yes, those holes are there for ventilation, but I for one do not like to be surprised with a spider nest when I go for something stored in the tote. I would rather seal it, than create a nesting place for bugs and mice. Been there! Done that!



“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”   Khalil Gibran

Fall is upon us and so are the many festivals that come this time of year.  And if you need more than just festivals, how about maneuvering one of the 3 corn mazes in the Gainesville area.

Newberry Cornfield Maze: September 30th – October 31st – Friday and Saturday nights: 3PM – 11PM / Sundays: 2PM – 5PM. Adults: $9 / Children 10 and under: $7. Hay Rides: $5

Activities at the maze include the Haunted Maze, a pumpkin patch, a barnyard, hay-rides (which will be haunted at night), a mini Maze for kids, and much more. One of the unique activities at the Maze is a Corn Cannon, where customers will be able to shoot ears of corn at a target out of a small cannon. One can ‘laugh by day’ with activities including a pumpkin patch, hay rides, a mini-maze for children, a cow train and farm animals, or one can ‘scream by night’ in the haunted corn field and bone chilling hay rides.

Roger Farm Corn Maze: October 1st – October 31st: Fridays: 5PM – Midnight / Saturdays: 10AM – Midnight / Sundays: 1PM – 8PM. Attractions Only: $8 / Add Maze for $4

Rogers Farm Corn Maze and other fun activities: We have a tractor pulled hay ride that travels around 110 acres of farm land! At the end of the hay ride everyone gets a free pumpkin to take home! We have a petting zoo that features goats, donkeys, pigs, sheep, chickens, guinnies, quail, phesants, cows, ponies, rabbits and more. Our activities include rubber duckie races, corn launcher, play place, mini maze, pony rides, spooky trail, tractor pulled hay ride, tractor pulled cow train, jumping pillow, roping and more!


Coon Hollo Corn Maze: September 30th – October 30th: Fridays: 4PM – 9PM / Saturdays: Noon – 9PM / Sundays: 2PM – 7PM. Adults: $8.50 / Seniors (65 and up): $7.50 / Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, FREE
Children 4-12: $6.50 / Children 3 and under: FREE

Fall Family Fun on the Farm! Admission Includes: Interactive Corn Maze, Pasture Putt Putt (NEW!), Hayride, Farm Train, the Coony Coon Goat Tree House (NEW!), Pedal Carts, Hay Fort/Corn Cribs/Buckin’ Barrels/Tire swing, Farmyard Obstacle Course (NEW), Antique Farm Equipment, Agricultural Educational Displays. Also enjoy the Concessions, Farm Animal Exhibit and Old Country Store.

The list of festivals for October and November is as follows:

Weekend of October 1st & 2nd

Peanut Festival: Saturday, 9-4 PM  – Arts & craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment, rides, games and a petting zoo. Williston

Horsin’ Around Fall Festival: Sunday, 2-6PM – live music, food, kids games and crafts, face painting, a hay maze & hay rides, bounce house, family sack races, pet adoptions, equestrian performance, raffle and more – Archer

Saturday, October 8th

Family Literacy Festival: 10-12 – local performance groups, vendor displays, literacy awards, free books,favorite mascots and characters and much, much more. Headquarters Library in Gainesville

Ocala Cultural Festival: 1-8PM – live bands, cultural dance performances, a child’s craft area plus, cultural food and craft vendors – Ocala

Ocala Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festival: 10-5PM – Come experience the sights and sounds of Scottish and Irish heritage. – Silver Springs Theme Park in Ocala

Weekend of October 14th -16th

5th Avenue Paint Out: Saturday, 9-4PM Local plein air artists will be invited to capture the essence of this historic African-American neighborhood in paint and canvas plus children’s art activities. – Gainesville

Alligator Warrior Festival: Friday – Sunday 9-5PM – reenactment, a Native American festival with music and dancing, living-history camps, demonstrators of historic skills, traders, craftspeople, and food vendors. – High Springs

Cedar Key Seafood Festival: Saturday and Sunday 9-5PM – 200 arts and crafts exhibits, great local seafood , musical entertainment and parade. – Cedar Key

Newberry Fall Market Festival: Saturday and Sunday 9-3PM – arts adn crafts, vendors, kid-friendly activities. – Newberry

Weekend of October 21st – 23rd

Haile Oktoberfest: Friday, 5-11PM –  live bands, a performance from the Cameron Dance Studio students, plus there is always beer, bratwurst, strudel, pretzels and other German foods plus kids activities. – Haile Village Center in Gainesville

Butterflyfest: Saturday and Sunday 10-5PM – fun and educational activities, including take-away crafts for children, informative workshops, and presentations on conservation and attracting butterflies and other pollinators. – Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville

Fine Arts for Ocala Festival: Saturday and Sunday, 10-5PM – local children’s art and entertainment groups as well as children’s art classes and professional entertainment. Free Childrens activities and workshops.  – Ocala

Heart of Asia Festival: Saturday and Sunday, 12-6PM – highlights the rich arts, cultures, and traditions of the Asian continent.  dine on a variety of Asian foods and visit the numerous booths that will feature Asian arts, crafts and information about Asian cultural organizations. – Thomas Center in Gainesville

McIntosh 1890’s Festival: Saturday, 8-5PM – Residents of the small town, welcome visitors to the very popular arts and crafts festival dressed in 1890s clothing.   – McIntosh

Pumpkin Fest at Big Shoals Park: Saturday 3:30 -7:15PM – This one-day annual event invites participants to enter two different contests the whole family can enjoy. – White Springs

Weekend of October 28th – 30th

High Springs Fall Festival: Saturday, 10-4PM – vendors, food and arts and arts and crafts – High Springs

Lubee Bat Festival: Saturday, 10-4PM –  a one-day educational event for families and folks of all ages, which includes a tour of Lubee Bat Conservancy, bat arts and crafts, family activities and vendors. – North Gainesville

Weekend of November 4th – 6th

Alachua Harvest Festival: Sunday, 11-5PM- arts and crafts vendors, food, live entertainment, and free hands-on children’s activties. – Alachua

Liberty Fest: Sunday, 1-6PM – a patriotic family event in celebration of Veterans Day, motorcycle show, car show, races, food, children’s activities, facepainting, music and more. – Santa Fe College in Gainesville

Weekend of November 11th -13th

Downtown Festival and Art Show: Saturday and Sunday 9-4PM An outdoor street festival showcasing the works of over 250 of the nation’s most talented artists plus a Children’s “Imagination Station,”  includes activities for kids like sidewalk chalk murals, book-making, or mask designs.- Downtown Gainesville

Weekend of November 19th -21st

Cross Creek Festival: Saturday 9-4PM – Delicious Florida Foods, Bake Sale, Arts and Craft Vendors, Entertainment for the Whole Family. Old Time Activities (story telling, turkey shoot, etc.) – Cross Creek

For a more comprehensive and up to date list of Festivals please click on the following link:



“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”   Albert Camus

Well officially,the last day of summer is September 21st – and that day is fast approaching.  What happened to spring and summer.  Well here in the south, we are lucky if spring lasts more than 3 weeks.  Summer is always hot and seems to last forever.  But the nights and mornings are cooler now, and one can feel the season changing.  Albeit not as much as my fellow northerners, but there is a noticeable difference.

It’s good to be back blogging, not that I went anywhere for the summer, I just worked my tush off – literally.  I actually lost 20 pounds because I worked so hard and long all summer long. I will be working equally hard during the fall, winter and spring, but different.  My work over these next few months will be more of a mix of physical and mental rather than just physical.

I did check my blog now and then, and thought boy, I’m getting a lot of people visiting my blog; only to find out they were spammers, just wanting to get their advertisements out there at my expense.  Live and learn.  The older I get, the less naïve I become.

I will be having a lot of new tips for buyers and sellers, so stay tuned and come back often!

The picture below is titled “Gods Painting”

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