Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall at the Arboretum - Part One

Earlier this week, on a gorgeous Autumn day, I hopped in the car for the short drive west to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  Sunshine and temps in the upper 50's...the sun made it warm enough to walk around without a jacket.  So many colors, everything was glowing.  I knew it would be a great day as I walked up the path to the gardens.

It was actually a little bright for taking pictures, but I am not going to complain!  So many pictures...and they pretty much speak for themselves.  So I'll share some here, and I'll share more early next week.  If you enjoy fall colors, make sure to stop back!

Lots of leaves and trees, with a few flowers thrown in.  The colors were breathtaking.

The squirrels were busy getting ready for winter.

It's a beautiful place, no matter what the season.  If you live in Minnesota and can find time to take a trip there I'd recommend it!  I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rolling Along

I was on a blogging roll...and then must have gotten a flat tire or something that slowed me down!  Actually it was a busy weekend with Billy coming home from college with friends and all those things that went along with it.  Like cooking and cleaning and all that.

The weather around here has been beautiful lately.  Some colder and windy days, but for the most part temps have been above normal and the sun has been shining.

I'm trying to enjoy every minute of it.  It's so nice I can't help but wonder when the tides will turn.  Winter is coming, it always does here in the north.

But the question is...what kind of winter will it be?  Some are saying colder than normal, others are saying the El Nino effect will make it milder.  I'm saying we will know when it gets here.  In the mean time we have to stop and smell the roses.  Or cosmos...even though they don't really smell.

We had a fun lasagna dinner for eight last Saturday.  It took two pans.  Probably because there were 6 young men joining Eric and I.  They spent more time eating than talking...I think that's a good sign.

This little volunteer viola popped up in the backyard last week.  I haven't planted any in a few years, it must have come over in the wind, or in a bird.  These were my grandpa's favorite flowers.  Maybe he sent it.  Garden surprises are kind of fun.

A black panther escaped from the zoo and ended up in our neighbors tree.  Actually, Greta escaped from our backyard and went visiting.

Autumn in the backyard.  It's pretty, but there is a lot more raking to be done.

Asters in the front yard.  It's that time of year when you wonder if the new buds will have a chance to open.  I hope they do!

I took a little time and went to the Arboretum this week.  It was SO beautiful there.  I'll share the photos in the next few posts.  This cone flower was my favorite from that day.

I had to get a picture of our black cat next to a pumpkin.  The cats don't like to look at me when I have the camera.  Little buggers.

It's Autumn.  Oranges and yellows are the colors of the season.  Fading sunflowers on the kitchen table.  What a beautiful time of the year.

I hope that things are beautiful in your neck of the woods.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Just Some Photos

Just a few of my photos of the day.  I've got some cleaning to do before Billy arrives with his posse of college buddies for the weekend.  Cleaning and cooking!  I'm looking forward to seeing him.  Speaking of Billy, here is the view from his bedroom.  The maple keeps getting more and more colorful.  It glows when we walk past his room.

The poplar tree next to my bedroom window is changing too.  I love to listen to the leaves rustling.

Greta decided to take a catnap on Billy's bed.  I think that she was admiring the view of the tree.  Or looking at a bird.

Yesterday Eric talked me into sneaking away for a few hours of golf.  It was a gorgeous 70 + degrees...probably the last one of the season.  Sometimes you just have to drop what you are doing and enjoy the day.  I'm so glad that we did.  This is one of the winding paths in the woods between holes.

Colder temps were here by time for a cool weekend.  I think having a house full of college boys will make the weather outside go by unnoticed.  I hope you have a fun weekend ahead.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy Place

I live in the suburbs, but one of my favorite places to spend time is on the land where I grew up.  I think I'll always be a country girl at heart.  It's especially beautiful there in the Autumn.  How can you not enjoy a view like this?  The oaks are starting to turn.

 There are still some yellow leaves on the maples.

The maple by the driveway was especially gorgeous last weekend.

And another reason I love going to the country is that my boys are there.  They are starting to get their winter coats.  Skylar seemed sort of lethargic and cranky last weekend.  Not sure if he wasn't feeling good or if he was just crabby that winter is on it's way.

A little extra feed for both of them seemed to brighten both of their moods.

I wish that I could be there all of the time to keep an eye on them.  And to get those important horse hugs when ever I need them.  But for now, it's life in the suburbs...

 ...with as many trips to the country as we can make time for. I like the quote "Enjoy the season you are in."  This season is pretty darned nice.  I hope things are good in your neck of the woods.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Around the Block

 On Sunday, before we went to the farm, we stopped at Eric's parents home for lunch and to watch the Vikings game.  It was a beautiful afternoon, there was a little time before lunch, and the Vikings just aren't very interesting to me I took a walk around the block.  I'm so glad that I did!

Eric's parents live on a block above Taylors Falls called the "Angel Hill" district.  It's beautiful anytime of the year, but the colors in Autumn really make it shine.  Most of the homes are very old, and kept up very well.  Almost all of them are done in the Greek Revival style and are painted white with green trim.  Very pretty.

During my walk the Life Link helicopter went directly over me.  I said a little prayer for the person aboard, their family and the crew.  I always do when I see an ambulance too.  It's hard knowing that someone is hurting and that their life may be changing...even it if it's a stranger.  So I say a prayer and hope it helps.

Anyway, back to my walk.  Part way down the hill is the Historic Folsom house.  A lumber baron, one of the early settlers in the town.  It's maintained by the MN Historical society.  Here's a link:  I worked there one summer after High School as a tour guide.

It's surrounded by beautiful yellow maples.

The Folsom's donated land to the United Methodist Church.  It was built in 1861.  It's the oldest Methodist Church still being used in Minnesota.  My grandma went to Sunday school there.  It's the church where Eric and I were married.  I'll end my history lesson with that!

On around the block...glorious maple trees, glowing golden leaves reflecting in window panes that have seen well over one hundred seasons on a beautiful day.  So much nicer than being inside and watching the Vikings lose.

Orange leaves and the blue, blue sky.

Glowing leaves.

I remember when this big house was brought into the neighborhood in the 1960's...or early 70's...I don't remember which.  It's never quite looked settled to me...and I think it's because there has never been a sidewalk added to the front door.  Sidewalks are important!  There is another house on the block that was moved in that doesn't look anchored sidewalk.

But it was a day to be looking up at the beautiful leaves, not worrying about sidewalks or the lack of sidewalks.  Autumn leaves.

And before I knew it, I was back to where I started.  It was a perfect day for a walk around the block. Thanks for stopping by.