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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Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Sebago end of the Mt. Division Trail with friends

Last weekend a friend and I decided to take the boys for a little hike on the Sebago end of the Mt. Division Trail, so the 'A' team picked us up around 11 on Sunday. After filling out the appropriate water disctrict property paperwork we headed down the path.

First stop was at the sand pit. I was hoping to get a glimpse of some Snow Buntings but with all three boys yelling and whooping it up, that was out of the question. The boys charged down the steep slope down towards the water and probably scared away everything in a 2 mile radius around us. :) I told them to head down towards the cat-n-nine tails and see if the polywogs were still swimming ok and the screams of shock and awe that followed told me that they were. They laughed and squealed over the big, fat wogs that were writhing and splashing all over the shallow waters around the plants. I pointed out a small school of tiny shiners that were most likely released into the pond for capture over the winter when fresh bait supplies are in demand by all those fishing Sebago lake. After throwing rocks for a minute, we clambered back up over the embankment and back onto the trail.

Second stop was more of necessity than for pleasure as two women walking at least 6 barking and very unhappy shepards appeared around the corner. We herded the boys down the embankment and towards a small watery area to throw more stuff and let the dogs pass us by (they even made me nervous and I don't ever get like that) and after they were out of site we hit the trail again. Only for a minute or two though, because it started to rain. We turned the kids around and headed back the way we had came.

**listen, I know what you're thinking "She doesn't melt!". I have news for you, I do melt and have a phone with the Weather Channel on it - I looked at the radar and we were going to get soaked!**

We made it back to the car without getting too wet and the boys were definitely no worse for the wear. It was good to get out with the A's, and I'm sure we'll be doing it again soon enough.


Monkey holds up a very pretty maple leaf

Praying Mantis, probably praying for the kid to put her down.



The three stooges and a Mantis

See how the water in front of them is boiling? Polywogs!

If you look at the water you can actually see them

Dead shiner


I tried for a group shot, but one just didn't want to oblige

So the other two gave up

And I still won out and got the picture



I see you!

"Peuw! Peuw!"

Hi-YA!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Soccer seclusion

I think I might have told you all I was enrolling the monkey into travel soccer this past summer. I thought it would be great for him - you know, the kids from our neighboring towns could be playing against him in high school! Lot's of different people to meet, new friends - yeah, that sounds great!

I have been to two practices per week and up to three games in one day (sometimes four a weekend) in the last month and a half and man, let me tell you that we've both beel sleeping like babies. I saw the monkey grow and change and learn the game and how it's supposed to be played, instead of the 'Seagulls on a French Fry' mentality and he played as a Forward for half the game and goalie the other half.

Our last games are on Sunday - all Hallows day - all three of them and then we're done until next year. I did sign him up for indoor soccer this winter, but it's one night a week on the weekends. We're going to try juggling in basketball as well, I think after this I could handle that. The league has made me an offer to be their photographer for next year in lieu of entry fees. I'm still thinking about that one. :)



 The windup......

....and the kick. People were amazed at how far he could kick the ball as a goalie. If they only knew how many times I yelled out the door for him to quit kicking that ball over the house, they would understand.





Uh - he threw a shoe! See it? Right between the boys heads. Now, if he would TIE his shoes instead of jamming his feet into his cleats, this wouldn't happen. =o) 

 Run buddy, RUN!

But it wasn't all hard work, here monkey plays with a team mates little sister.

And they cheered on other teams within their league

And got to hold a really cute little baby

He's asking for a little brother or sister again now - oye!

And hang out with new friends

And paint his hair green for tournaments

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The old question: "Why do leaves change color?"

This is more for me mudder than much else - every year the question of 'what makes the leaves change color' is asked and then it's forgotten. I now know some of the answer, so here goes.


Maine Sunday Telegram, September 26th 2010

Why do leaves change color?

Leaf colors come from color pigments in their cells that make green, yellow, orange, brown and red.

In a process called photosynthesis, the green pigment uses sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into sugar so the tree can grow. The green pigment works so hard all summer making food for the tree that it hides the other colors.

When fall aproaches, there is less sunlight and the weather gets colder. The tubes that carry water to the leaf close up. Without water, the green pigment stops working and the other colors appear. Leaves don't really "turn" a color, they just lose their green!

Some trees, such as sugar maples, make lots of sugar during sunny fall days. But as the nights get cooler, the sugar sap slows down. When sugar gets trapped inside a leaf, the leaf looks red, crimson or purple.

Leaves turn brown and dry when all the water and food is used up. The tree shuts down for the winter, storing energy to grow new green leaves in the spring.









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