November 12, 2017:

Hola!

It's hard to believe, but winter has arrived early in my hometown. One week it was in the 70s and gorgeous outside, the next week it dropped down into the 40s and then boom, less than a week later, into the 30s. We've already had several hard freezes, the earliest that's happened since I moved here in 2014. Anyway, the trees had not even begun to turn color yet in the neighborhood - and now most of them are bare due to the many hard freezes and strong winds that blew most of the days last week. Wowsers! Today, however, the sun stayed out all day, there was no wind to speak of, and the temperatures felt positively balmy outside. I was very glad because I had to be out and about today.

So, the poor trees did not have a "fall" this year but we did get enough rain to ease my mind that my pines and shrubs will have enough moisture in the ground to survive the winter. The squirrels are SO fat and SO furry, I can't help but think they know we're in for a bad winter. Sigh. I'm way behind in everything including lots of garden clean-up that now I won't get to unless we get a few days of "Indian Summer," which doesn't seem likely this year. I did, however, get everything outdoors pretty much put away, except for the area rug (it needs to be "washed" with some soap and rinsed off) and the mosquito net curtains on my Shezebo. Now I'm already thinking about Christmas, and soon it will be here, before we know it! So, I figured it's about time I put up my "autumn" photographs from prior years as the seasonal header here at Maison Newton. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, that will be here soon and then it's into full-tilt Christmas decorating. Take care, everyone!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy 2012 Mother's Day!

To all moms everywhere, Happy Mother's Day!  You do the hardest work in the world, raising children and taking care of your families.  I salute you all. 

Mom and I had a lovely long chat yesterday afternoon.  We talked about lots of things - we always do!  I updated her on some family tree stuff, too, and she was fascinated.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anything that pushes mom's family lines back further than about maybe 1820 or so in Poland.  However, new information and records are constantly appearing and I will keep looking.  For her birthday later this month I'll lug the laptop over to Mom's house and show her the FT now that I've got Family Tree Maker on this computer and have downloaded all of the information from ancestry.com. 

Here was last week Saturday:


Here is today:


Oy!  You can see I seriously need to sweep up the nut shells that my squirrels left behind on the deck, and I'll get my work-out in today cutting the grass out back.  It's on a slope and takes extra muscle power :) 

Enjoy your Mother's Day, ladies!  Here's a bouquet just for YOU!

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