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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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Hi all.  Not much happening here other than the standard crunch that is December – with all its holiday parties and concerts, and prepping for the holiday candle lighting at home.   At first our Japanese Maple outside turned slowly… and I was glad it did.  I felt like I could glance out my window at these fire engine red leaves forever, but now they are falling and making way for the winter.  Clues that the holidays are near are abound!  We look forward to having lots of cousin time ahead… more to come soon.

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view from our stoop

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Louie hiding like ET , seeking heat in the pillow pile

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Zoe and her friend excitedly chatting on walkie talkies about holidays

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we are gearing up!

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can you see the squirrel under Santa, enjoying our neighbor’s lawn ornaments?

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cousin Angelo’s first reaction to his tree lighting 

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It was a crazy busy week last week of movie premiers and parent/teacher conferences. We ran off to a friend’s house in the country to enjoy the foliage but it was covered with snow by Sunday! Here are some snaps from IG of some of the highlights :

met Anthony Bourdain while at a peaceful protest in our hood!

met Anthony Bourdain while at a peaceful protest in our hood!

checked out the new movie 'Fantastic Beasts'

checked out the new movie ‘Fantastic Beasts’

so warm outside on Saturday..

so warm outside on Saturday..

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suddenly crazy snowy by Sunday!

suddenly crazy snowy by Sunday!

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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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moxie fab world

moxie fab world

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A couple weekends ago we were back in the Boston suburbs and on ATVs again. Clearly I am lagging a bit on posting photos .. but this springy weekend was one that I couldn’t pass up sharing with everyone. What are YOU up to this weekend?
Have a lovely one!

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fuzzy spring trees

fuzzy spring trees

water gun wars after dinner

water gun wars after dinner

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

lilacs!  my fave!  the whole alley smells of this..

lilacs! my fave! the whole alley smells of this..

balance bike buddies

balance bike buddies

I love our morning commute to school... no more snow!

I love our morning commute to school… no more snow!

the lovely garden at Zoe's school

the lovely garden at Zoe’s school

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I really cannot believe we are finally smelling some cut grass outdoors, and generally the air is fresh and warm! What a long winter we’ve had –
With warmer temps comes Zoe’s desire to get good at riding her brother’s old balance bike. I am tempted to paint it purple for her…
We even got to play dress up outdoors and run around like mermaids (with Z’s friend Hazel on the slide). Summer… bring it on!

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Am I really going to talk about the weather… again? Am I starting to bore you? I am starting to bore myself. But the weather has been a hot topic. And I feel a bit in shock that this week has been tolerable. I’ve heard a number of people compare themselves to moles – emerging from underground and seeing the sun for the first time in ages. New Yorkers feel like they are rubbing their eyes in the sun and adjusting to the new bright and warmer weather. Is it really here? Was the groundhog right this year afterall? I guess it now has been about 6 weeks since the groundhog’s predictions.

BUT I was so happy when I took this photo with my phone last night (the official first day of spring) at nearly 7 pm, while waiting on the subway platform for my train with all the other Queens commuters. Look at that glorious sun – now lingering longer in the day and into the early evening! I cannot wait for summer. I promise to never complain about the heat.

Enjoy your weekend.

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Busy week. Lots of photos to post – and not a lot of time to write! So I’ll leave us with these photos of leaves turning, apples and pears falling, kids picking, and new kittens frolicking in the yard at Cornwall. Lots of chopping and stacking wood for the coming cold months (and for more s’mores!)

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Remember our trip to Cornwall CT back in this post during Memorial Day? How lush and green everything was when it was the beginning of summer?

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