Saturday, October 27, 2007

Fall: Sweaters and Pumpkins

It rained almost all week. It finally stopped this afternoon, but the sun was only out for a few minutes. It is starting to get a little cooler, but my new sweater seemed a little too warm. Even when the temperature is in the upper 60's, if there's a lot of humidity, it feels very warm.

This is my new sweater. It is from Faith & Friends. Jen said it was hard to get the wrists over my hands, but we think the colors are nice for this time of year.

I found a couple little pumpkins out front. It must be Fall.

- Samantha

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fall flowers and tailgating

Today was a very sunny Sunday. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. It has been such a warm fall, that the black-eyed susans are still blooming! The plants are getting healthy and strong. Putting a weed barrier down and rocks around them to keep away the competing weeds really helped them this summer. Samantha got a new Friends to Be Made outfit at the Build A Bear store a few weeks ago, and with the temps in the upper 70's, it is still warm enough to wear short sleeves, capris and sandals during the day. The nights are getting cooler, so we know that fall is coming.

Another sign of fall is football season. Noah, a little bear and our house, had a tailgate picnic with his friends, Edgar, Allan and Poe, before today's Ravens game. The Swedish chef packed the picnic basket with some goodies, and they took their radio outside to listen to the pre-game show. I guess we should have told Noah that most people do their tailgating at the football game, not in their driveways!

Edgar, Allan and Poe are official Ravens mascots. Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe is buried in Baltimore?

It was a good day for everyone (except the Ravens, they lost).

- Jen and Samantha

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Walk in the Park

There was no excitement here this weekend, so I thought I would share some photos of my trip to the park a few weekends ago. Our first stop was at the park ranger's office. They have nice gardens planted around the building. Inside, they have exhibits about the plants and animals that live in our region.

We decided to take a walk on the perimeter trail. We didn't walk the entire perimeter of the park. We walked around one edge and then back the main road to where the cars park. Maybe one and a half miles. This part of the trail is mostly wooded. There are places to stop and do exercises along the path. I found the trees more interesting than the work out equipment.

This would be a neat place for a gnome, troll or forest animal to live. I waited a while to see if anyone would come, but they didn't.

This was a great place to rest! Don't the trees look huge? I like spending time outside when I can be in the shade and it isn't too hot!

- Samantha