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Yes, turkeys. I don't know why they look blue... They walked right in front of me and they WERE turkeys. The lighting continuously turns them blue as they walk away into the grasses. It might be Halloween tomorrow, but in our neck of the woods it's apparent that a different holiday is looming around the bend. Many acreage properties out in our area are sporting these flittery flighty birds. They aren't small and they are plentiful. So, turkey lurkey, you should probably watch out! If you don't look before crossing the street you might end up in someone's (11 comments)
It's interesting in our house during this Halloween season. Hubs nor I grew up doing much celebrating during the Halloween season. In fact... trick-or-treating wasn't really in either of our vocabularies. For Hubs it was cultural... and in many ways for us too. My mom did a great job of creating a special 'atmosphere' for us on the day even though we didn't participate in the normal fun of the day. Kids at school had parties... we got out of school for a special lunch with Mom. Kids went out in costumes freezing off their cabooses... we got an inside (5 comments)
There is something beautiful about the color this time of year. It does not stop with the leaves and the grasses. All plants this direction give fall a different viewpoint. Take the corn at the right (and no this NOT an altered picture)... it is very colorful and bright. Couldn't help but drag out my snap and shoot camera for a reminder of it's beauty. This is a great time of year to check out properties in Minnesota. To see how they are going to wind up at the end of a season and to see a property before it's (14 comments)
This morning there was a frosty chill in the air. We have once again started the fireplace and rumors are flying all over the state of people giving in to turning on furnaces for a little added heat. As a child it was days like today that we would bake cookies and Mom would have the oven working from sunup to sundown. Now I understand that it was simply to pull the chill out of the air. Though the mornings are starting with frosty tips on the grass... it's still warming up nicely for daytime activities. This weekend will surely (3 comments)
Here's the situation. It's just leafy. Everywhere you go in Minnesota you are gonna hear the crunch crunch under your feet. There is no sneaking up on anyone this time of year (not that I do that anyways)....With the cooling weather the crinkling seems to be heightening. Could it be? Could it be that in the next couple of weeks snow will be on it's way? Quite possible. But for now? For now it's just leafy. Very colorful and ready to explore!Have a great day in Minnesota!!!!And, if you are moving into our leafy situation give me a hollar. I'd (7 comments)
When we were small the trees would call me. Their beckoning was so audible. The crooks in there trunks were perfect for climbing or maybe even sprawled perfectly for fort building. We spent hours climbing, trying to climb and hiding in branches of trees everywhere.Once in awhile I still run into a tree that calls my name. Sometimes I can't resist... it just looks like it needs to be crawled upon.This tree is no exception. Perfect for a youngster to hang in... or maybe sit for a spell with legs dangling. A spot for dreaming perhaps? Really, who could resist?We (4 comments)
The leaves are pretty much done falling in our neck of the woods (I hope) so the rakes will soon be out. It's a leafy job, but someone's gotta do it! Perhaps that is why the weather cools this time of year? So the hard stuff isn't so hot to work on? Anyways, if you are listing your home or have it listed... there are a few maintenance options that cold really make a difference on the look of your house (and overall care). With a little effort one could certainly draw attention to their listing above the rest this (3 comments)
Having lived in Elk River for more than 30 years I'm amazed at the places that I'm still discovering. Hidden and tucked away in places that one might not expect are the greatest of treasures. Elk River has more than 40 parks and recreation areas each with differing and unique aspects for the public's enjoyment. We were all gung-ho to hike the trails in Camp Cozy today, but the chill in the air was enough to shy the kids away from taking to the trails without a map and mittens. This park is honestly in one of the most unsuspecting (8 comments)
We stopped by Riverside Farms in Elk River/Ramsey today for a good ol' jump in the corn pit. The boys buried themselves in corn before heading out to the pumpkin patch. Taking just a few minutes out of our day to stop and enjoy the fresh air while romping through the leaves is a great way to spend the cooling fall days. Between now and the end of the month we'll visit several pumpkin fields... all for different reasons. Some have great mazes, some have lovely flowers, others to pick up a gourd or two. Today was about the pumpkins. (0 comments)
Second annual La Tea Da on Saturday was a complete success! Supporting a Ukranian Orphanage system and enjoying a few laughs in the meantime... a great way to spend a Saturday! This year Mum and I were given a table to decorate ourselves so we did our best. Bringing Grandma's china, Mum's mugs a few of our favorite decorations... our table was set to go! Next year we'll have to remember water glasses and bowls, but overall it was a beautiful endeavor. There is nothing like 100 women bustling around in hats and fanciness to make an afternoon a grand (2 comments)
When I think about real estate and how many people it takes to sell and close a house it amazes me. From agents to title, inspections, appraisals and lenders the sheer numbers of people that touch every transaction are incredible. So, the question that begs to be asked is how many men it takes to build a road.... a neighborhood road. The answer? At least a hundred. From digging to concrete to tarring... the number of workers passing through is endless and incredible. As you can see in the photo just one machine keeps seven people employed. What you don't (5 comments)
In the blink of an eye October has quite passed by. And where did it go you ask? I certainly don't know. Was it the paperwork that jumbled the calendar this way... or perhaps the daily hikes out in the warm fall windy wind wind.With each and every passing day I see Christmas ahead of me. Thanksgiving a sniff away and then New Year's catching behind that. The question I ask is whether I'm just blowing in the wind or am I living every day with definition? The end of this year will be good! The fall month always seem (3 comments)
A little over three years ago I was given one of the best birthday gifts ever! I was thrilled and excited to pick out my very own trio of apple trees to start my own orchard.
It was a slow start on growth with the deer keeping the limbs trimmed and the blossoms at a minimum. Last year we had a good amount of blossoms and even a few apples, but only one grew to the end of the season. This year? This year we've been greatly blessed! Two out of three trees produced a fortune (5 comments)
Do you live in Minnesota? Do you like to have fun? Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and get a little fresh air before heading in for the winter. Not only is fall a great time for enjoying the outdoors, but it's a great time for exploring. "Living Social" is offering a great family adventure at half the cost for FIVE more days (from 10/7/11) and you won't want to miss out. Every year they cut a corn maze in their fields and offer it and a host of other activities for the whole family to enjoy. (2 comments)
A little romp through the woods of the Sherburne Wildlife Refuge brought us many adventurous treats. This little guy was one reason that we so enjoyed our little hiking experiences. The rustling leaves, the birds singing, grasshoppers and dragonflies. The kids had much fun watching, chasing and trying to catch all the bugs they saw. If you live in Sherburne County and you are looking for a great place to spend a little time.... Just head north of Elk River/Zimmerman and stop by the headquarters of the National Wildlife Refuge for a map of their great walking paths (10 comments)
Have you ever had a list to "do" longer than your list of "done"? Happens to me so often that my list to accomplish gets out of control. And, here I am today in quite the same predicament. A list of things to do a mile or so long... and weather that is absolutely perfect for this time of year. Kids that want out of the house (and a Mama too) coupled with a slightly guilty conscience that I'm skipping the important things to have some fun. Yes, I said fun. Real estate is a hard business. One has (6 comments)
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