We enjoyed a lovely four day weekend. Our days were filled with baby chicks, barn repair, pea picking and shelling, mowing, cleaning, weeding, raspberry picking, and a belated double birthday celebration.
Our spring break destination this year was Florida. We have family in St. Petersburg, and St. Pete Beach so we do get down there to visit occassionally.
Our favorite thing to do when visiting is to take morning walks at Ft. DeSoto. We always see such interesting wildlife there. Our last morning, in addition to the usual sea birds and shellfish, we saw two starfish, two manatee, a dolphin, and a sting ray. The ray swam along with us for a while as we walked the beach.
We really enjoy driving south during our spring break each year. Shedding more outerwear at each stop, we leave the drab brown of Michigan and drive through the coming of pale green leaf buds showing on the trees and into greens so bright and rich they make your eyes hurt.
I'm still going through our vacation photos and will be back with more from our stay in Florida and the return trip.
I've been wanting to get back to using my DSLR every day like I did a couple of years ago. I think it helps my state of mind to find something beautiful or interesting to document or remember each day. It provides a visual journal but also encourages me to get out and look at the world around me when I may be feeling more like a slug.
The solstice seemed like a good day to start back with daily photography. I'll be posting my daily photos on flickr but some of them may end up here on the blog.
The first weekend in December is always busy in our town. It is the festival of lights weekend with a tree lighting, luminarias, and a parade, the ballet has several performances of The Nutcracker, there is an arts and crafts show, the gingerbread house making workshop and display, and the Holiday community concert with the Chelsea Chamber Players and the high school orchestra and Choir. So many activities that there is no way to do them all.
We were busy this weekend trying to do all that we could. We even squeezed in cutting and decorating our Christmas tree.
Actually, we harvested three of our trees this year. D and M both wanted trees for their apartments this year.
D cut the top out of the largest of our homegrown Christmas trees.
M chose a smaller tree for his first.
Miss P and her friend watched the proceedings.
We started planting Christmas trees when the boys were young and cut the first of our trees in 2010. It makes me very happy that we can take a short walk past the barn and choose the perfect tree or three.
Here we are at the close of the final weekend of summer vacation. Autumns approach is in the air and the first leaves are beginning to fall. It is always bittersweet time for me. I am glad that the kids are in school and have that structure. They love the extra activities and to spend more time with their friends while I miss the extra family time that summer allows. The sweet part is that I'll soon have more tim e to myself and be able to accomplish a lot of sewing!