We had our first snowfall of the season this week, so while the calendar still says fall, it sure looks and feels like winter. No complaints here, though. We had a beautiful fall with nice weather and lots of colorful trees, and winter brings its own beauty.
Barry and I took off one day after the kids were in school to hike Oberg Mountain and drive along the shore.
Bark can have such interesting colors and textures
In a state of decomposition
The damp summer/fall made perfect conditions for mushrooms to grow on trees
The school manages the Bird Hill School Forest at the edge of town. The location makes it a great place to go for a nice little hike. The kids have gone to look for leaves, examine habitat, identify mushrooms, see firsthand how trees decompose. discover the layers of the earth, and enjoy being outside. We saw lots a great fall color on our hike!
It's the time of year when my garden is producing, the tomato plants are growing out of their cages, and the vine plants are spreading beyond the garden boxes. Along the ATV trail and in the ditches, wildflowers are plentiful. I've taken some photos through the month of what I've seen.
I pick about a half of an ice cream bucket of peas most days lately
Barry and I dropped the kids off at Grandpa and Grandma's house and took off on an East Coast vacation. I mostly took photos with my phone, but brought out my camera by Lake George in New York, at Cape Cod, and near Baltimore.
We had fun watching some people parasailing over Lake George (the Adirondacks are in the background).
The end of April still felt like winter, with near freezing temperatures, snow, and gale force winds on Lake Superior. Barry and I braved the weather to watch some waves in Beaver Bay and Iona's Beach.
Spring has been nearly non-existent this year. Our snow piles were just about gone last week, and then we got almost ten inches of snow again. It's hard to believe that May is only a few short days away.
Bird on a wire
I'm surprised I found these before the kids stomped on them!
The weather has been slowly warming up, and we've been able to walk on the ATV trail where everything still looks pretty brown and dead.
As a stay at home mom of 4, life can often be rather mundane. I'll be posting here about our ordinary, every day life. You'll read about bargain shopping, eBay, fun family activities, recipes, the quest for healthy(er) living, and who knows what else?
My recipe blog, Jenny's Recipe File, is now up and running. Along with tried and true recipes, it features weekly menu plans.