|Digging for souvenirs - found a book!|
|A chocolate Eiffel Tower coin|
|Gummy Bears from Germany|
|Knoppers from Germany - my favorite!|
Saturday we had to get some work done around the house. Our new pool winter cover arrived while David was gone. That is the only thing we were waiting on in order to finish the pool closing process so we needed to take care of that PRONTO. This process was a hoot though as Saturday was a very windy day. Trying to open up a 24 foot (+ 3 ft overhang....so what would that be, a 30' diameter?) pool cover and lift it over the pool (oh yeah, the deck gets in the way too) and secure it without letting it touch the remaining pool water is difficult enough. Trying to do this on a windy day is like trying to refold a parachute mid-flight after jumping out of a plane. Not an easy task! We also puttered with some yard work and while doing so David and I noticed the "wonderful" bowing of one side of our pool. Grrrrrr.... Yes, the pool was here when we moved in and it is probably about 20 years old but we will be lucky to have this pool last through the winter. I guess we now know that we need to save up some extra (extra???what's that??) pennies over the winter. Sighhhh.....moan....groan.....I can't even *think* about that expense now.
|Sounds kind of funny to say that Elmo is as high as a kite!|
|The purple squid flies!!! Can you see it??|
On Sunday, the three of us headed out to Becker Farms for some apple picking. We enjoyed a mini tractor ride into the orchard and picked a few varieties of apples. I thought I would *never* use all the apples that we picked yet Madeline has been averaging about 3 apples a day now that we have them at home.....maybe they won't go to waste afterall. Even still, for a household of 3, we have enough apples to last a loooooong time. I am not an applesauce making kind of person and David is NOT one to grab an apple for a snack. So, hear I am with over a 1/2 bushel of apples.....wish me luck! I think I will make an apple pie tonight. I am making an apple flake pastry for my Candle Party this Thursday night and I am trying to snack on apples too (although I won't match Madeline's pace). Let's hope these "apple projects" will be enough to unearth us from our mound of apples. Despite the apple overload, we had a great time picking the apples. Madeline also enjoyed feeding the goats on the farm and rolling down a huge hill with all the other kids that were there.
|Madeline picking apples at Becker Farms|
|5 bags! What were we thinking?!|
|Leery at first, Madeline eventually enjoyed feeding the goats.|