When you're a 40 something single mother of a teen with lots of ambition, you find yourself in all kinds of interesting adventures and situations. Come back to laugh at us any time you feel the need, heaven knows where we'll be doing what next. Here you can expect a few words, a lot of images and hopefully ideas on what you can do for your next adventure.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Leaf peepin' our way to Jockey Cap, Fryeburg

Monkey started his Wednesday with a full fledged head cold to include a cough, sore throat and a mild fever. My favorite part - which is evil - was the fact that he sounded like a woman on a 1-888 line for a few days.

Saturday morning took a gracious turn to the good, with fantastic timing since the sun came out and the prediction was for the temp to hit the 80's. Knowing that we have soccer coming up strong over the next few weekends, I decided that albeit early we were going 'peeping'.

For my non-locals, peeping consists of getting in the car and doing the Wheel of Fortune about how Mother Nature paints the trees overnight. The leaves are already changing from deep greens to orange, yellow and red with some purple in between. We ooh'd and ahhh'd our way to Fryeburg where we stopped at Jockey Cap for a broader view. I have to admit, it wasn't as stunning as I had hoped but beautiful nonetheless. Considering our next opportunity to do this won't be until mid-October, I think the timing was perfect.


Monkey in a cave!

These planes did a tight formation fly-by twice, until we got on top. We didn't see them again.


Sharp-Shinned hawks coasting in the windshear


Of course he had to climb on top

You can barely make out the hints of color in the mountains


Monkey points out Lovewell Pond


Oooh, a geek sighting!

Monkey was fascinated with the statue


"Take one for Grammie" he said...

I swore that was snow.

Get out the goggles folks - that's a blue-headed Vireo right there!

And barely visable, there's a Black-throated green warbler

See that impish face? He's watching some college aged kids rock climbing and thinking that he might wanna try too. I think not, little one. I got him out of there..... quick.



Sunday, September 19, 2010

Apple Slim Pickin's at Randall's in Standish

I know, I'm slacking again. It's been a very busy couple of weeks and I have stories backing up, that's for other blogs. Today's adventure is for the benefit of Grammie G who wasn't able to attend due to my lack of brain cells, or menopause - I can't quite figure out what's making my brain mushy lately.

It was apple picking day with my niece Heather, Bubster and the monkey. We started at Monkey's soccer game and moved on from there. Monkey was supposed to go with his father and decided to stay with us instead. We tried Snell's in Buxton and they weren't allowing pick your own and wouldn't even let anyone in the orchard. We headed to Randall's instead. They were hit hard by a frost earlier this month and thought they would need to close, evidently it wasn't as bad as they thought so a pickin' we went. We enjoyed every minute of it too.

I'll let the pictures do the talking....



How the healthy apples look...

Damaged goods. Alot of apples got blasted by frost, I feel bad for the orchard owners.

Only way to get the good ones is to go UP!

Triumph! And 69 pounds on my shoulders!

Monkey in a tree! Oh, no - that's Bubster





Oh, that look just drips of trouble

Heather ponders a tree to climb

And that one, and that one - oh, and that one.



The apple princess
Some of the apples were so tiny, this one the size of a plum

The Hydrangeas were gorgeous though!

The orchard has plenty of old equipment for the kids, Monkey loves to play on them



Evidently it's not only a kid thing. :)

Thank goodness it won't start.
Pumpkin with the pumpkins


























Pretending they are on a Star Wars spaceship. ♥



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