Monday, November 10

until we meet again








Our local farmer's market is open all year long, but we know that our personal season to visit is nearing an end.  We drove up to the farmer's market on Friday for one of our last hurrahs until next spring.  most likely.  We were both questioning what would still be in season besides apples and hardy vegetables.  We were right, that was about it.  Our goal was to come home with apples, apple cider and local raw honey.   success.

We were unable to go apple picking this year, but in some sense the farmer's market is a great backup.  For one, they have a bunch of varieties to choose from and they have samples to try before you buy.  With apple picking it's typically one variety you can pick straight from the branch, but it's also the experience that makes it so much fun.  There are things that I love about the autumn leading into the winter season, but the lack thereof of the fruit seasons does make me a bit sad.  So until next spring, we will meet again.

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Tuesday, November 4

goodbye october, hello november














The calendar was turned back along with our clocks this past weekend.  October was a whirlwind, as is every month right?  GEESH!  Seriously where does the time go?  With my day job, senior portrait work and travelling to Chicago for a family event I blinked and October was over.  The last week of October I spent my time off resting at home which was glorious.  I shutdown from the world, took naps with the kitties, baths to ease my mind and apparently it was much needed.  I think the fur-babies were needing loving it as well.

There are a lot of exciting things coming up in the next two months that I hope to share with you all very soon.  But until then, my personal blogging might be rather quiet.  I can't wait to get back to the swing of things over here and spend more time on this little ole space of mine on the interweb.  See you soon!

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Thursday, October 9

autumn





Sweater: UO, Jeans: Target, Boots: DSW

I feel like it's been awhile since I've written a blog post....  and it definitely has.  I've been consumed with my two jobs and taking care of a house.  nothing new there.  BUT, it is October and my photography has been busy which I am so ever grateful for. 

Autumn is definitely my favorite season and for good reason:

burning our wood fire place
s'mores
heat blankets
fluffy kitties {who love to sleep on my heat blanket}
hot chocolate
cuddly oversized pajamas
cozy, fuzzy socks
scarves, hats and boots
harry potter weekends {it's festive for halloween right?}
pumpkin spice lattes
more frequent hot baths {of course using LUSH products}
wearing my hair down {hardly do in the summer since it's too hot}
the feeling that the holidays are approaching
decorating the house for the season

What are you excited for around this time of the year?

Tuesday, September 23

maine part VI - early wake up call

thank you iPhone



There is nothing better than getting a phone call at 4:38am from your security company that something triggered your home alarm to go off.... Thankfully when we returned their call, the police searched around the house and didn't find anything.  phew.  Our cat sitter went to go check on the cats later that morning and said that a kitchen window planter was in the sink.  We assume one of those flea bags knocked the planter over and triggered the alarm.  The words, "Norman looked guilty" was also included in the message from our cat sitter.  I wasn't surprised at all.  bad kitties!

So once again we were both up early, but that's okay since it's our last morning here and we needed to get ready to head out soon.  I opted out of bringing my camera that morning, but still had my trusty iPhone to take a few photos.  After breakfast it was time to hit the road, 3 hours south to Portland.  A few years ago when we were in Portland it was recommended that we go to Duckfat and when we arrived we ended up driving around in circles and couldn't find a parking spot so we never went in.  This year we made it to Duckfat. and it was delightful!  However, after lunch we both agreed that when we got home that we were going back to our healthier eating habits since we had eaten out a lot and wasn't always the healthiest options.  oh well, we were on vacation and did a ton of hiking so maybe they cancel each other out, right?

Monday, September 22

maine part V - cold, gloomy, blustery day







Gardens on the grounds of Bar Harbour Inn











Acadia Mountain (hike)

thank you iPhone 





thank you iPhone


Great Meadow



Thunder Hole




Monument Cove


Otter Point and Otter Cliff






We knew our last full day in Maine was possibly going to be shortened with the chances afternoon showers...  We slept in until 5:57am which was great and then headed out to the docks on that overcast morning to capture some of the dinghies and the fog that had rolled in.

We had an early start to Acadia in hopes to get as much in as possible before the rain arrived.  Our first stop was to hike Acadia Mountain (3 mile loop).  It was a very grey and windy day.  Every overlook was brief to photograph since we were hot hiking up, but then when we stopped we would get cold quickly due to the wind.

With the last few days of strenuous hiking we decided to do a little driving with stops at points of interest.  The first stop was the Great Meadow and ended up walking around a mile to get there.  It was very marshy, but beautiful and one of the first places we notice a bit of fall foliage.  Then back to thunder hole which had more splash than the previous visit, but still no thunder.  Next stop was Monument Cove as there were a bunch of seagulls and other birds sitting on the cliffs and finally to Otter Point and Otter Cliffs and walked another few miles.  On our walk back it started to drizzle, I tucked the camera under my shirt and a very brisk walk back to the car.  We got in the car just as it started to pour, perfect timing!

We hadn't eaten lunch yet and it was nearly 4pm and headed to the Fish House Grill for a very late lunch or early dinner.  Last minute shopping and off to bed.