Five Things Friday: Fall Photographs

I find it hard to brainstorm when I have a headache. The cause: math and tedious work on Excel spreadsheets. Just when I get cocky about learning how to do taxes, I have to deal with more numbers. My head hurts just thinking about it.

Sitting in front of a glaring computer screen doesn’t help the burning in my eyes. This morning as I was preparing for a long day at work, I remember telling myself not to worry about the blog. I’ll do it right after dinner.

So then I went to the movies. I mean, what else was I going to do during matinee pricing time with the help of a gift card? Geostorm looked awesome, it had epic storms and Gerard Butler! Honestly, I would’ve liked it better if it had more storms.

Here I am now, wanting to catch up on my TV shows or get back to a 500 page book I’m reading. But I feel obligated to write, so here’s what’s on my mind.

Five Favorite Fall Things to Photograph

1. Trees and Changing Leafs

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I love an opportunity to sneak in a picture of this handsome dog into this blog. Look at him, Chauncey the Corgi is stunning. Yes, he’s wearing a pumpkin costume, it’s earned him a few “accidental” dropped hot dogs. I love watching the leaves change color during this time of the year, and they make this corgi look stunning.

2. Pumpkins and Gourds


Carved pumpkins are great as long as I don’t have to deal with the slimy innards. I love how pretty the little pumpkins and gourds look.

3. Coffee and Hot Chocolate

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Hot beverages always taste best during the colder months. Surprisingly, I can’t find a good picture on my computer. I’ll have to fix that.

4. Doughnuts and Cider

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If you can splurge on $8 a gallon, fresh cider is the best thing next to fresh doughnuts.

5. Fall Decorations

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I prefer fall decorations over Halloween decorations. They’re much prettier and showcase everything that is beautiful about the season. I’m particularly proud of this wreath I made last year, hot glue gun burns and all.

Happy Fall!

-Kristina Wise



Five Things Friday: The Cider Mill

All the best things about fall, in my opinion, can be found at an Apple Orchard or Cider Mill. I’ve never lived more than half an hour away from one. Almost every fall, with family, friends, or just by myself, I would be there. The sights, sounds, and smells are unbeatable. In fact, I’m going to TWO of them tomorrow! Life is good.

Five Favorite Things About a Cider Mill

1. Fresh Doughnuts

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Sweet doughy goodness. There’s nothing better than a doughnut fresh off the assembly line at a cider mill. Dip it in some powdered sugar and they’re perfect.

2. Apple Cider


Sure, it’s probably going to cost you double than what you’d pay at the store, but it’s doubly delicious.

3. Orchard Picked Apples


This is my husbands favorite part about going to the orchard. That whole saying: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” he’s living proof of it.

4. Picking Out Pumpkins


It’s so much fun to pick out the perfect pumpkin for turning into a jack-o-lantern.

5. Tracker Rides


It’s even better when you can get a ride on the tracker so that you don’t have to carry that giant pumpkin. I remember the best one my family ever found. It was huge! My dad struggled to carry it. We were so excited until it wouldn’t fit in the trunk and we had to get a smaller one. Drats!

Happy Fall

-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday: Art Prize Nine

ArtPrize is an amazing array of art of any kind, displayed at many different venues, all competing for large prizes. This is my third year going, and it’s been around now for nine years. A lot of people in my area enjoy visiting the city of Grand Rapids to view the art. Even people who don’t like art. There’s something for everyone and it’s impossible to see it all. For example, Big Joe’s Worlds Largest Bean Bag Chair that is going into the Guinness Book of World Records this year, but we were too far away to walk a few blocks just to see that. Oh, well.

Here’s some of what I did see and enjoy.


Five Favorite ArtPrize Entries

1. Imagine

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This is one of the first pieces of art that I saw at Art Prize this year. I love how Michael Duran created this with the swirls of paint and how it creates this pathway. I also took a few up close pictures and have one set as my iPhone background.


2. lllll.still.lllll

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A beautiful landscape by Marie Wohadlo, and when you look close enough, you can see that it’s made from tiny glass beads. Around 168,603 in quantity.

3. TARDIS Shared Library

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I spotted the large, wooden, time and space traveling machine from half a block away. Then, I nearly ran into oncoming traffic in my excitement to see it up close. This version of Doctor Who’s TARDIS means: Totally Awesome Reading Dispensary in Society. It’s a library, the take a book leave a book kind. Because books are fantastic!


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This polished stainless steel piece by Ryan T. Schmidt was spotted outside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. It caught the reflection of the large fountain it was situated next to.

5. A. Lincoln

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A portrait of Abraham Lincoln, made of approximately 24,500 Lincoln pennies. Richard Schlatter is the creator of this masterpiece and won the Public Vote Grand Prize!

ArtPrize is only around for 19 days at the beginning of fall, so if you want to see it, you don’t have much time. My husband and I waited a week, it was the difference of ninety degree weather, and sixty. My parents came too, it’s always more fun to go with a group because no one sees a piece of art the same way you do. That reminds me of a quote from a favorite author of mine:


-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday: Force Friday II

It’s finally here! Well, Force Friday II anyway. We’re still a few months away from The Last Jedi. Until then, we can start drooling over a bunch of new toys to play with. Here are my favorites.


Five Favorite Force Friday II Releases

 1. 7,541 piece Lego Millennium Falcon

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Even if I could afford the hefty $800 price tag, this beautiful space ship is nearly three feet long and probably weighs as much as a toddler. I’m going to need a bigger house.

2. Sphero BB-9E and R2-D2

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Another item that’s a smidge out of my price range. It’s ONLY $150. Want. So much want! I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch their toy watch a movie? Cool feature.

3. Porgs


There will be a few different toy variations of these critters, so I’m not sure which I want to most. A plush to snuggle with or a Funko for my desk? Hmm.
(Before this blog post was even published, my husband went to GameStop, saw the limited edition Funko Porg, and bought it. I guess that was meant to be.)

4. BB8 Lego

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Why are most of my favorite things so expensive? No fair!

5. Action Figures

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These are more in my price range at under $10 a piece. But if I buy one, then I need another and another and etc.

May the force be with you!

-Kristina Wise


Five Things Friday: Greenville, Michigan

There’s something to be said about living in a smaller city. Sure, people still drive like idiots and leave their dogs outside barking for hours. But you can count the stop lights and the local news fits on one page.

Five Things Friday: Favorite Places in Greenville Michigan

1. Haan’s Bakery


A quaint little bakery with the best doughnuts to ever grace my taste buds.

2. Flat River Library


They participate in MEL, the Michigan eLibrary, so you can borrow books from any one of over 400 libraries in Michigan. Jackpot.

B.C. Pizza


Not specific to Greenville, but still a local favorite.

Jackson’s Landing


A park within walking distance of where I live and they have incredible walking trails.



Best place on earth!


-Kristina Wise