I guess I need to begin by saying that in passing the barn where I saw the witch last night, well, she is no longer poised there! Perhaps the people who own the barn were having a Halloween party last night. It was interesting, but alas, it is now gone! The witch appeared to be a mannequin sitting in front of a cauldron with an orange light glowing on her face.
Today, I told Mark I would like to finish filling up the woodshed for the winter. We went up into the woods and I cut for about an hour. Mark has been instructing Ben in the details of riding an ATV, so Ben has accompanied us in the woods on the small one we bought last year. It is so much fun seeing him ride alongside us.
Of course, my camera was with me when I cut. I just *had* to photograph the brilliant colors draped high above my head!
The woodshed is 28 feet long, and there are two rows of firewood stacked here. The rows are stacked at least four feet high. This firewood will sufficiently heat our house and a portion will be used to heat the garage if Mark wants to work there during the winter. We have a smaller Jotul woodstove in the garage. It is the first stove we bought, and it was too small to efficiently heat the entire house.
Every year when we complete the task of cutting, splitting, and stacking the firewood, I always point out to the kids how that impressive pile is “money in the bank”.
There is still a very small pile of wood sitting outside the garage that needs to be split.
As I stacked the wood we got today in the garage, I told Mark he and Ben ought to enjoy the beautiful day by going for a ride together on the ATV’s. They needed no further encouraging, and they had a grand time!
When everything was cleaned up and put away, it was mid afternoon! We decided to go for a little ride to Canandaigua, so I placed the Scottie boys in the truck and we were off!
We passed through the tiny community of Cheshire, which I featured a year ago. Cheshire is the one place where kids can throw toilet paper to their hearts’ content for Halloween….last year, I discovered that a large number of adults in attendance with their offspring either lived in this community, or visited in their younger years to participate in the mischief!
I wanted to go to Arby’s to get a combo….I like their Philly Beef Combo. It includes the little “hoagie” as well as fries and a drink, for only $5.00. It was while in line I spotted the sundog. I also heard the pond located behind the store squawking and honking up a storm!
Mark opted to go to Panera Bread for a more “sophisticated” meal. He got a bread bowl of soup and a sandwich. His soup was very delicious. And, intriguing! After slurping a taste, Ben headed into the store, coming back with a bread bowl of the same “Seasonal Creamy Tomato” soup!
We scurried off to retrieve Michelle in Naples and then arrived home just as darkness was settling in. Another busy day that just seemed to fly by. The one”grand” accomplishment of the day was the four loads of laundry I washed, folded, and put away!
Let’s just keep this our secret, but I am so happy to see the shorter days! It means I can retreat to relax a bit earlier, as the sun is down and I soooooo cherish that!