Archive for October, 2015

  • Chapter 126- Urban Ecology Center



    In our desperate attempt to take in fall before it’s over, we went out to the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park for a hike last week.  Have you ever read the book Frederick?  It’s about a mouse who’s seemingly shirking his duties of storing food and preparing for the upcoming winter.  But his family finds deep in the cold and grey of winter, that he had been spending his time storing up beautiful words and memories of colors and sounds to get them through the season.


    So we decided to be Frederick and go collect some memories for the upcoming winter.


    Little A spotted two monarchs, and noted their bright orange and black colors.


    J found acorns and stones that were smooth and hard.  He told me how they come from Oak trees and that squirrels hide them in the ground.


    Little T noticed that some of the flowers and plants were prickly and some were soft.


    We saw and heard geese flying south for the winter.

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    We felt the warm sun and breeze on our skin.


    We watched a snake slither across the path right in front of us.


    And we made our way down to the river to watch.  The water was calm and flowing south, and the breeze was blowing leaves into the water.

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    J showed me some big tree roots that were on the path.


    S and Papa snuggled and talked about all the sounds she heard.

    “That sound, Papa??”

    “That’s a bird in the tree”

    “Oh, birdie?  Birdie singing?”

    “Yep, baby.  Birdie singing”


    So from our family to yours, happy fall!  Hopefully you’re soaking up some warmth and sunshine these last few warm fall days.

    A. Storm

  • Chapter 125- Apple Picking at Barthel Fruit Farm


    Today, I made a break from our routine.  I normally head to the gym with S while the twins are in preschool, but instead, we went apple picking!  We had enough time to drive to Barthel’s and man, was it a good decision.  I’m going to officially say that you should get out there soon before it gets cold, and pick some DELICIOUS honeycrip apples!

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    They also have pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and various fall decorations.  I’ll get back to things other than apples in a minute.  But first…honeycrisps.


    I grabbed the $20 bag to fill, and found the correct aisle.  S and I walked around and looked through to find some really great apples.  Apparently, there was some hail damage this season, so the crop isn’t as perfect as normal, but every single apple we got was really great.  Some have a few small marks, but they’re so tasty just as well.

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    After filling up our bag, we went back to the barn and I noticed there were some plants and herbs on sale.  S and I walked around and discovered new colors and smells.  I ended up getting some thyme and apple mint.  There was a small chocolate mint plant which was super yummy (I may or may not have nipped a tiny leaf to try), but my planter at home can’t fit it.

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    After strolling around, having some great conversation (I swear this kid can talk like no other.  She’s not two quite yet but is speaking in full sentences and has A LOT to say.  I guess that’s the product of being a fourth kid!), we saddled up to the apple barn to pay.  And for $24, I got an enormous bag of apples and two herb plants.  Not a bad deal!

    But like I said, colder weather is coming, so head out soon.

    I hope everyone’s soaking up the last bits of nice fall weather…more to come on a trip I took yesterday in search of autumn colors!

    A. Storm