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Fall Fun Day

On October 8th, my kids and I had our Fall Fun Day, where we visit Whispering Orchards for apples and cider, Parnell Tower for views of the countryside, and Spieker’s to buy pumpkins. We had a beautiful fall day and all of these venues were crowded with other people also having a fun fall day! Wisconsin is beautiful in the fall!  I love living near the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which is where Parnell Tower is located.

10-08-16 Apples at Whispering Orchards

10-08-16 Apples at Whispering Orchards

Pumpkins at Whispering Orchards

Pumpkins at Whispering Orchards

10-08-16 Maple Tree at Whispering Orchards

10-08-16 Maple Tree at Whispering Orchards

10-08-16 Pretty Trees at Parnell Tower

View from Parnell Tower 10-8-16

Parnell Tower

10-08-16 Dawn on Parnell Tower

Dawn on Parnell Tower

10-08-16 Maple Tree Near Parnell Tower

Maple Tree Near Parnell Tower

10-08-16 Sumac at Parnell Tower

10-08-16 Sumac at Parnell Tower

10-08-16 Colorful pumpkins and gourds at Spiekers

Colorful pumpkins and gourds at Spieker’s.

Almost the first day of spring


As you can see, our snow is gone. That one snowstorm was the only “big” snowstorm we had. We had some really warm days at the beginning of March and the snow just vanished.


The Sheboygan River is starting to melt slowly, too. Picture was taken 3-17-15. Tomorrow, the temp is only supposed to be in the 30s.

Emily working on painting her bedroom

Our living room storage area

One painted wall

Emily is busy repainting her bedroom. It’s been quite a project. All of her stuff is in the living room! Plus, she just got a new mattress and box spring delivered today, but she can’t put them on her bed until she gets her room back together, probably sometime on Friday. I can actually get to the loveseat, to sit and knit while watching videos on my iPad.

It’s still cool outside!

It’s about 6 weeks since the 4th of July and it’s still cool outside.  Today, we got into the 80s and it felt nice, but then a cold front came through and we are supposed to get down into the 50s.  Tonight, we were doing a bit of shopping and I couldn’t find my fleece before we left, so I went without it.  With the rain and the brisk wind, I was so cold!  

Emily is excited to have her new iPod 5.  My iPod 5 is coming on Monday.  Then I have to pick out a case for it.  The stores around here, didn’t have many cases to pick from.  I will probably have to go online.  I will love having iOS 7 on my iPod.  My iPod has a black mark on the screen, where apparently I’ve tapped way too many times!  LOL!

Looking forward to church in the morning.  We voted to call a pastor last week.  I think we are going to find out that she accepted the job.  That will be exciting news!

What’s with the leaves all changing colors already.  Well, not a lot, but even if just a few trees, it seemed pretty widespread.  The trees are losing their green color, too!  Yikes.  Fall is coming and we barely had a summer in eastern WI.

Chilly 4th!


Here’s how we Sheboygan, on the 4th of July!  Lake Michigan was almost entirely frozen over, during the winter, and it’s now taking a long time to warm up!  So, it’s been keeping Sheboygan and other lakeshore communities in eastern WI rather chilly.  Hubby’s iPhone said it was 66 around the time he took this picture, but that would be at the Sheboygan airport a few miles inland.  We think it was in the 50s down by the beach.  Despite how bundled up we are, there were plenty of people in shorts and t-shirts and plenty of people in the lake, too.  Brrrrr.

The fireworks were pretty, once they started, though!  We didn’t have to be quite this bundled up for the morning parade, but i still had a sweater on to start.  I saw plenty of people who didn’t have on sweater and I thought they must be cold.

Today, however is in the 80s and humid, so maybe some warm air has found us, at last. Yay!  This weather will be good for the tomatoes and maybe it will encourage the green coneflowers to grow and turn pink!  The lilies will be blooming, soon, too.  Sadly the lupines are long over with, but we still have a lot of daisies blooming!  The moss roses have finally taken off, too!

Beautiful day yesterday!

We had a very wintery winter this year.  In January, we had weather so cold that we had wind chill warnings.  The coldest temp was -17F with a -40F windchill.  We missed 3 days of school because of the cold weather.  Also, even though we have had 56 inches of snow (46 inches is the average), through the end of February, we’ve haven’t had a major snowstorm.  That 56 inches fell pretty much an inch or two at a time!  The snowplow drivers must have been exhausted because it was about every other day for a while there. The cities are all running out of road salt, too!

It’s a good thing spring is coming and we got a glimpse of it yesterday, with temps that reached into the high 50s!  I loved being outside with only a fleece and not needing a hat or mittens!  Sarah and I took Jasmine to her favorite walking spot at the bridle trails on the south side of Sheboygan.

The snow was really soft, though, and hard to walk on.  It was similar to walking on dry sand on the beach. Jasmine and I both worked hard!

We even turned off the furnace and opened up the windows for 2-1/2 hours yesterday, too.  I loved getting fresh air into the house.

Summer 2013

It started out so cold, that the plants had a slow start, but eventually it warmed up and there was a week in July, where we had the AC on for a week continuously.  Then the plants really took off!  We didn’t end up with THAT many tomatoes, but there are enough for us.   The coneflowers and the cosmos were blooming like crazy.  One of our begonia plants took all summer to make new buds, but it’s blooming like crazy now.  My hydrangeas had a good summer and only now are looking a bit bedraggled.  I love where we planted them, because I can see them from my kitchen window.  August was mostly comfortable, with a few hot days thrown in.

Now, I’m ready for fall.  We changed the decorations in the living room today, to the fall stuff and Sarah and I were swooning over the pumpkin-scented candles!  I want to see pumpkins and I want to buy apples, but I don’t know if I’m quite ready to see the leaves change!  LOL!  Some trees have already started, though.  I’m not as happy that the days are getting shorter.  It always becomes more obvious as you get into late August, and that will just keep happening faster and faster and faster.

We went to the county fair today.  Sarah got a 2nd place on her blueberry muffins

blueberry muffins

and a 4th place for her chocolate zucchini bread!

zucchini bread

She was happy and is already planning what baked goods she’ll make next year.

Emily got a 1st prize on her knitted turkey dishcloth (it’s hung sideways!),

knitted turkey dishcloth

a 3rd for her child’s hat,

red child's hat with white flower

a 4th on her baby sweater,

blue striped baby sweater

and a 4th for her pear tomatoes.


The pigs were asleep, as usual.

sleeping pigs

Sarah and I got to have chocolate cookie dough ice cream cones and Gary had a butter pecan ice cream cone.  It was warm enough, out at the fair, but I know it could have been a lot worse!  We also watched the western drill teams do their routines to music, on horseback.  Their routines looks so complicated and they make it look easy!  Sarah and I loved going through the barns to see which horses we could pet!