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Ugh it’s been so hot lately, but if you get to the Queens Botanical Garden bright and early … you can learn about compost while it’s still not too heated up outside.  I think we caught the last of the garden’s growth by going in August, but it’s a peaceful reprieve from all the Chinatown bustle right outside the gates.

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.. then came the colder winds, and blew the leaves all away.

Oh well, it was so nice while it lasted.  One blustery but sunny day in Kissena Park in Queens, we got to walk around and enjoy all the color before it all blew down.  Autumn is so brief this year, and yet it came late (first week of November).  Our cheeks were rosy and kids were tired after being blown around on their scooters, and then daylight savings time ended and we all got a good night’s sleep.

How is your week going?

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November

Well this month has started off with a bang yes? With election results not quite what some of us had hoped for but then again, the future always seems to be in discord and full of surprises, right?

A public figure so vocal about his misogyny, anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican, anti-handicap, anti-climate change is just shocking. I hope he can be subdued..
But now that it’s all been said, we cannot even trust the subdued.

I know we are not the only people who witnessed frightened children on Wednesday morning – many of whom couldn’t understand how the school-yard bully somehow came out on top. Because name calling and making fun of people – that’s something that we adults try not to do, and try to teach our children not to do.
It was a hard lesson to try to teach… that sometimes the person picking on people comes out on top?

I feel like I do when my kids get into a class with a ‘meh’ teacher: like I have to work harder to be constantly on the pulse of what is going on, and not let a single thing slide. Watching, reading, ready for action. When my kids luck out with a great teacher for the school year, I can sit back and coast with the confidence that someone is working with my kids on a similar wave length to that of my own.

Now there will be no auto pilot for awhile – I guess that’s the most tactful way I can put my feelings down about all this post election grieving and anxiety.

For now I hope to stay buoyant with a walk or hike (hopefully) this weekend to look at foliage, before it’s gone.

Try to enjoy the weekend friends.

photo by Amber Waterman/Sun Journal

photo by Amber Waterman/Sun Journal

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We had shakshuka in the sukkah at cousin Stephanie’s house. What a treat! I do love this holiday and eating outdoors for what feels like the last days before the real bitter cold comes around. We feasted outdoors for lunch as well before hiking around Rock Creek National Park a bit. I guess I didn’t realize how many friends and neighbors can build sukkahs in their yards when you live in the suburbs. In the city I’d grown accustomed to just visiting common sukkahs in synagogues or if an apartment building was fortunate enough to have large garden space. And of course what’s best of all is getting to see cousins again for the weekend.

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hooray for cousins!Zoe already pouting about going home ;(

hooray for cousins!Zoe already pouting about going home ;(

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Some images from our long holiday weekend from instagram: we used my cousin’s lovely china for our thanksgiving meal, and outside (finally! at the end of November!) our Japanese Maple turned a fire engine red. The weather was so balmy on the day after Thanksgiving that we took our cousins to Flushing Meadow Park – where we rode the Cobra-coaster and ran around the World’s Fair Globe. Then a reprieve from turkey: some tacos from Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona! (I’m only regretful that I didn’t get a shot of the perfect turkey meal that my husband spearheaded… it was so tasty).

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Oh hello there sorely neglected blog. I’m sorry I haven’t come here in awhile … school schedules whipping up a frenzy, some new cold weather colds coming on in the house already and general switching-out-summer-things-for-winter sweaters kind of activities going on. Truth be told I haven’t had much time to stop and enjoy the colors this fall, except for this weekend (and that was a darn good hike). It’s been a go, go, go kind of month – I hope to take more of November in while it’s here – and before the snow comes. Enjoy the weekend.

from beyondtheplate.net

from beyondtheplate.net

Botanical garden. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (2010) by Colleen Leonard

Botanical garden. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (2010) by Colleen Leonard

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We’ve been so sidetracked by packing and moving and unpacking, we nearly forgot to enjoy the season and the changing leaves. Thankfully Central Park never disappoints, and is only a quick 20 minute subway ride away. I can’t believe the skating rink is already open, and we even spotted our Astoria neighbor Big Bird hanging in the park ..
(By the way that last photo is of our new street and house under some red leaves!)

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these were really pink and yellow...!

these were really pink and yellow…!

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This has been a great fall for making leaf piles. We went out to New Jersey last weekend to see cousins Steven and Arianna – and it’s amazing how much pleasure my city kids can get out of a yard full of colorful leaves. What a nice departure to NOT have to worry about all the things that can be in leaf piles in the city! Have a great weekend and enjoy the last of fall’s colors – while they are here:

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We got another urge to explore Brooklyn and found ourselves wandering around the Lefferts House at Prospect Park. Apparently the house isn’t open on weekends this time of year but the kids still get inspired running around its yard. Ezra is very into the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of books these days – so seeing a horse-drawn wagon and water pump just makes him the happiest kid ever. We will have to blog about this place once we get on the inside of the house!
And Zoe loves being near the carousel at dusk when the lights on it twinkle. It’s worth mentioning that her outfit was inspired by her need to look like a ‘ladybug and a bee’ all in the same day.
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Before the trees go bare, we got to Central Park to climb on rocks and enjoy the turning leaves. The first is a photo of the park from my office… from overhead I could see that patchwork of tree foliage and had to get the kids there before the colder weather comes. This past weekend was so temperate that the kids could still remove their shoes and hang in the sandbox! I love Central Park this time of year when it reminds me of a scene out of a Woody Allen movie. So magical.

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you can see the office building I work in here, with its diamond shaped windows!

you can see the office building I work in here, with its diamond shaped windows!

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