Nearing the end of fall.

It already feels like winter and we’ve already had a touch of snow here and there.  Tomorrow, we are supposed to get 4-7 inches and they say it will be “lake-enhanced” snow, so that could mean we get more, but they don’t always know.  We’ll just have to see what tomorrow brings.

We had such pretty colors this past fall.  The colors just went on and on and on.  From the first trees that changed, to the last trees that changed, it felt like we weeks and weeks of reds, yellows and oranges.

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This is near a picnic area in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit, near Greenbush. We found a nice trail, but it sure had a lot of hills! It was nice day to walk. 9-24-13
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We found this in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, too, on 9-24-13. Red sumac leaves are so pretty in the fall.
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Sarah and I had never noticed this plant before, but this year we saw it everywhere!
Dawn and Sarah on Parnell Tower
10-13-13 – We hiked up to Parnell Tower. The colors were spectacular!
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We saw this red maple leaf on the steps as we were coming down the tower.
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We found this tree near the parking lot, before you climb the big hill and climb the tower.
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This tree was near the parking lot at Parnell Tower. It’s very tall! The leaves were so orange!
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Yellow maple tree in the backyard. A few days after this picture was taken, the leaves were gone! Picture was taken 11-5-13.

I’m so behind on taking pictures of dishcloths and also getting them knit!  LOL!! I need to spend some more time actually knitting, rather than looking at Facebook and Twitter!  One of the cooler ones we did recently was an illusion snowflake in blue and white!  When you look at it straight-on, it’s hard to see the snowflake, but look at an angle, and you can see it then!

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.

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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!

Mid-June and I still need socks!

We have a day or two, where it is nice, where I think the air conditioning would be nice, but then the sun starts going down and it cools off nicely, so the AC stays off, the furnace doesn’t run, but yet my feet are still cold! I’m much happier with socks on, except that it’s nearly officially summer and I can’t stand to have bare feet. I don’t know if we are ever going to really warm up.  Last summer, we got up to 100 and this summer, it drops into the low 50s at night.

I wouldn’t be so concerned, but my daughter, who is studying horticulture, said that our tomatoes need the temp to be 55 or higher, at night, to form tomatoes!  So, I keep worrying about us not actually getting any tomatoes from our 2 tomato plants (Wisconsin 55 and Yellow Pear Tomatoes) It would really be a bummer not to have home-grown tomatoes.

Our basil doesn’t necessarily look happy, either.  I think it likes more heat, too.  We are only in the mid-60s today, which is good for humans, but maybe not so good for the plants that want it warmer.

Also, not that I would be swimming that much, but it has barely been warm enough to go swimming, too.  If I was a kid, I’d really be bummed.  Some friends of ours did put up their pool and did swim in it already, but one of the kids looked really cold in the picture.

My lupines and wave petunias are happy, though!

06.08.13 Lupines Petunias

If I was redoing my kitchen…

If I was redoing my kitchen, I’d like an island, although, I’m not sure it would fit. It would be nice to have more counter space. My major appliances are all less than 10 years old and all work fine, so really no dreams there. My sink and faucet work fine, too. If I could pick a KitchenAid mixers, though, ice blue would be a top choice! I’ve had my current KitchenAid mixer, since Christmas 1984 and it’s beige. They have such fun colors now.

I hope I win a no-fatigue mat, from A Spicy Perspective!

So Eager for Spring

The tulips in my header image were blooming like this on April 25th, 2012.  So crazy!  We had an early spring last year.  It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen this year.  It’s a good thing, too, because many fruit blossoms bloomed early and then froze, when it got cold again.  I hope that doesn’t happen this year. I bet my tulips bloom later, too.  April 25th was way too early! 

Satellite Pics of Snow Cover now vs a year ago

Satellite Pics of Snow Cover now vs a year ago

Last year, we were in the 60s, so our little bit of snow just disappeared.  On February 26-27, we got 15-17 inches of snow in east central WI.  It is still very much present, although melting slowly. These satellite pictures are quite different from each other!

15-17 inches of snow on 2-27-13

I’m so behind on this post. From 5pm on 2-26-13, and all through the day on Wednesday, we got 15-17inches of snow.  It seemed every media outlet had a different opinion on how much snow we got.  We woke up on Wednesday morning to a snow day and about 2-3 feet of snow drifted across the entire driveway, plus that much snow over all the sidewalks, too.  It took Gary 3 hours to get everything snowblowed, plus, he really had to push the snowblower through the snow, since it was wet and heavy.  Ugh.  I just stayed home most of that day, although, I did go out to the soup supper and Lenten service from about 5pm to 6:30pm.  That’s only about a mile or two away.  Earlier in the day, the roads had been really bad, so I just stayed home.

Pictures of the snow:

Today, was rainy, windy, cold, and foggy.  The warm above-freezing temps are melting the snow, but it’s still going to take a while to melt all this snow!

Snow and Rain

Last Thursday, we got 6 inches of snow. It was a day to just stay home, make soup and watch it snow.  It was so pretty outside, because the snow clung to all the branches.

Snow in the front yard
Snow in the front yard on 2-8-13.

Then on Sunday, it rained hard all day.  The driveway is a mixture of puddles and ice, which is supposed to be all ice, as the night goes on, and gets colder.  Tomorrow, it’s supposed to be quite windy.  It’s never a dull moment around here!