Monday, September 29, 2014

Whirlwind

Real life has been keeping me on my toes lately.  

Dear son celebrated his 9th birthday last week.  It was a week-long "holiday" with my mom here for a visit, plenty of outdoor activities, and exciting field trips.  

We went to the zoo on the little ones actual b-day and enjoyed the new African exhibit.  

The lions were really cool (and massive!).  



The giraffes were in a friendly mood...


and the vulture adequately scary looking.


I don't know what it is about the zoo, but I thoroughly enjoy going.  

We went on a couple of nature walks and enjoyed the cooler fall temperatures.




We went on a hayride to a pumpkin patch and picked a few pumpkins.  There is something special about walking through the fields, looking at all the pumpkins growing on the vine, and finding other surprises of nature when you look through the eye of a lens...


After the pumpkin patch, we headed into historic Lebanon...


where all sorts of festivities were on-going; including a civil war encampment...


and Applefest, which was wall-to-wall people (look at that line of cars waiting to get into the city).


We went down several streets and met up with a couple of clowns...


who happily obliged in making dear son's, and his cousins', balloon requests for a sword, puppy and monkey respectively.

One of the most interesting things we did last week was to go on a field trip to Fernald.


Fernald was an uranium processing plant in the 50's through 80's.  It was closed down by the EPA in the 80's and clean-up has been on-going since then.  It is now a nature preserve!  None of the buildings are left.  They've all been torn down and buried in a secure type of cocoon.  

There is a welcome center/museum and a water treatment plant (the underground aquifer is still contaminated and cleanup of that is ongoing).  You can read more about Fernald HERE and HERE if it interests you.  The naturalists that were on hand were very informative and the kids got to see a monarch butterfly hatch from it's chrysalis.  The prior building sites are now ponds, swamps and marshes that were formed from rain and attract all kinds of birds and wild life.  I found the field trip quite fascinating.

My husband drove my mom to the airport this morning and we are getting back into our routine.  I hope you are all doing well and making the most of every moment!

Hugs,
Heather





Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Planting, Etc.


This past Saturday afternoon, we headed down to a nursery outlet not too far from our home.  They are only open in the spring time and in the fall.  I wasn't planning on buying anything, but $4.75 for 8" potted mums seemed like a good deal, so I got a couple.  I usually just put my mums in pots, but I decided to plant them this year as we are in desperate need of some color in the front border.  

I also bought a couple creeping phlox to plant by the boulders we have in the beds.  I've had mixed results with phlox in the past, we'll see how well it blooms next spring in the different locations.  

  
The last two days have been clear with cooler temps.  This must be ideal for hot air balloons as we've seen several the last couple of days.  This particular one flew right over our house.  I took these photos from our deck.



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My sister-in-law and her boyfriend were here over the Labor Day weekend.  We had a really nice visit.  

It was gray and rainy while they were here, but we made the best of it looking through old photos.  There are some beautiful black and white photos of my husband's parents when they got married.  We also went to the Air Force Museum while they were here.  We've been several times just this year, but it is a nice place to take visitors and guests especially if they've served in the armed forces and more particularly the Air Force.

While we were looking through old photos, I came across an autograph I received as a child from Rory Calhoun.  Does anyone remember him?  I couldn't, but my SIL's boyfriend did remember some programs/movies he starred in.  I was just a little girl when I got his autograph and remember him sitting at a table in the front of the Flaming Pit wearing a big cowboy hat.


Look at the prices on the kids menu!  If that doesn't put a date stamp on it, I don't know what else would!  Only .30 cents for a Chocolate Sundae.  

:-)

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We've all been recovering from colds and coughs.  Dear son started the chain, then me and then hubby.  The cough is lingering, but we are all feeling so much better.

I haven't crocheted anything worthy of sharing.  I made a couple of motifs and have been playing around with some stitch patterns I thought were pretty from Robyn Chachula's stitch encyclopedia.  I don't know why I can't find something I want to make.  I'm in a bit of a slump and I'm hoping it will pass soon.

I've tried to get around to your blogs and say "hi".  
Hope you are all well.

Happy Monday and best wishes for a blessed week,

Heather