How Did I Get Talked Into This?

The Naples Grape Festival is not something I anticipate throughout the year.  No, I really am not into huge crowds, chaos, and craziness!  The festival attracts about 100,000 people every year. That is a huge number for a village of probably less than 2,000!

Michelle was expected at work early this morning, so I drove her down. We arrived before 8 am and the craziness was just beginning.  The photo below accurately exhibits the weather this morning….

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I stopped in Woodville on the return trip home.  Everything was so dismal, just like yesterday!  The only bright spot was the intense colors of vegetation. Seems like everything that is green is “very” green, and the foliage that is turning is turning rapidly.

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I took the photo of the fog this afternoon when I passed through Woodville again. That blanket of fog never moved all day!

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Michelle finished her work early this afternoon and a few of her friends  met her afterwards. I had the privilege of driving Ben down to catch up with the others. Naples is a small village, but the main street runs probably almost two miles long. We parked the Explorer at the very edge of the village. This meant a rather lengthy hike was in store.

I saw some of the most unique people I have ever seen. I saw some of the most unique things I have ever seen.  And in the process, my poor legs got awfully tired!

I passed several volunteer firemen staged along the main street with a boot in their hands, collecting donations for the fire department.

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As I walked along the street, I took this photo. It was taken at about 2 pm.  As you can clearly see, getting in and out of the village would require a good bit of patience!

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I had to go back to get the kids a little after 6 pm.  The festival ended, officially, at 5.  So, in the course of four hours, this is what the village looked like in its amazing transformation….

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This is what yours truly looked like from being drenched most of the day! I guess I could have just sat in the car, but I needed some produce from the market located at the opposite end of town. Thus, I walked in the drizzling rain that never “turned off” throughout the day!

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I did discover one booth that was selling photography. The wife takes beautiful photos and the husband mats and frames them, I was told.  I got excited when I spotted a photo of an Eagle! I asked if the bird was the one on Canandaigua Lake! The answer was no, it was taken of the Eagle at the Seneca Park Zoo.  You know, I don’t mean to gloat, but I felt so smug as I walked away, knowing that I had actually captured the raptor in its natural environment!

Ten Things I Love that Begin With the Letter “K”

While visiting my friend Lisanne at her blog, she had a fun little meme called ten things I love that begin with the letter “b”.  She did such a fantastic job! She offered to pass along a letter for anyone who wanted to participate, so I asked and got the letter “k”.  That is a little tough, but I will try!

1. I love knowing  God through reading His word.  This pretty much doesn’t need a lot of explanation, eh? 

2. I love knitting. I wish I had more time to knit…..I used to only crochet, but my neighbor, Mrs. Kennedy (another K!!) encouraged me to try knitting. She kept telling me, “There are *only* two stitches to learn, after all!”  I was a knitting maniac while Ben was a baby, but I have not knit in years.

3. I love my name! My given name is Kae. I was named for my grandfather, Kay. Grandpa Kester (another K!!!) was my favorite person when I was little! He was always a little hard of hearing, and he always hummed….he was just such a kind and happy person!

4. I love the name Katya! When I was little, my parents and relatives all called me Katie. I guess they actually still do! The name Katya is the Russian equivalent of Katie, and I really like it.  Mark has never called me Kae,  and if he did, I don’t think I would know who he was talking to!

5. I love kayaking! Goodness, there was no way I would have ever gotten photos of my friend the Eagle if it weren’t for my little inflatable kayak! It is so much fun being able to spend time paddling with the kids.

6. I love my kids! They absolutely drive me batty from time to time, but that is only because they are now teens.  That’s okay, cause I know in a few years, they will get over it!

7. I love keeping my blog! It is such a fun outlet for ideas and posting my day-to-day activities.  It has helped sharpen my photography skills and just have some fun with my online friends!

8. I love visiting Ken Rockwell’s site where there is some good information about photography, and ADORABLE pictures of his two little ones!  I have enjoyed reading about my camera (Nikon D-80)  there.

9. I love my kettle …..tea kettle, that is! It is a Windsor Whistling Kettle that Mark bought me for Mother’s Day many years ago.  It is such a source of comfort when pressures get out of control from time to time!

10.  I love kamping. Kamping doesn’t start with a “k”? Oops! Well, it SOUNDS like it should!  Wow….finding “k” things is KIND of tough! BUT, that makes me kind of rare, eh?

 Well, this was fun, although I must admit I had to do some thinking!  I really didn’t want to write that I love things like kangaroos or koalas! And, if you should decide you might like to try this challenge, just give me a heads up. I promise I won’t give out “z” or “q”…..