The 12 Days of Halloween Song
In the spirit of the season, I present my children (well, mostly my daughter), singing the The 12 Days of Halloween
(to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas, naturally!)
The lyrics are as follows:
On the first day of Halloween my true love gave to me…
An owl in a old oak tree.
On the second day of Halloween my true love gave to me…
2 black cats, and an owl in a old oak tree.
On the third day of Halloween my true love gave to me…
3 pumpkins glowing, 2 black cats, and an owl in an old oak tree.
On the fourth day of Halloween my true love gave to me…
4 witches brewing…
5 candy corn…
6 scary costumes…
7 bats a flying…
8 spiders webbing…
9 ghosts a’haunting…
10 scarecrows scaring…
11 werewolves howling…
12 banshees wailing…
(Yes, I realize I'm nearly 2 weeks early. I figured you'd like some time to practice.)
Sunday Spark: Spring Break
As our Spring Break comes to a close today, I'm looking back with fondness on a week that we didn't really go anywhere, butwe had a grand time all the same - relaxing, witnessing the many Spring flowers in bloom, planting and finding geocaches, and just enjoying tons of family time. Okay, yes, and enduring the stomach bug too (fortunately, that passed quickly). And with today's weather in the 80's, the kids put up a lemonade stand (They made $3.75!!). I hope your Spring break was as agreeable as ours (less the intestinal flu). Happy Spring!
Lemonade stand and chalk drawing in April!
Clematis in our front garden, in nearly full bloom!
Iris in our front yard. So quickly they come & go...
One of many geocaches we found this week!
Ah, tulips - the sure sign of Spring!
Serious egg-dying at Grandma's house.
Eggs on the lawn after the fifth or six hide & seek game.
Fetching a ball from the pond.
The stunning beauty of nature & why I love New Jersey - the pines.
Wordless Wednesday: Spring Awakening
Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.
Yesterday was the first day of Spring - the equinox - the moment when the sun crosses directly over our earth's equator - a time when day and night are equal in length. It's a time of awakening, balance, renewal, promise.
The turning of the seasons grounds me. Spring, after the cold and bare of Winter, is always so welcome, necessary, a gladly received reminder and assurance of time and life continuing. Even after this, the most mild of Winters I can remember in New Jersey, I still was grateful to see that first daffodil poking up through the soil several weeks ago.
My heart lightened. And, each day since then I have anxiously searched my garden for signs of new life, never to be disappointed - as Mother Nature delivers new wonders with each moment.
The weather has been so bright, and the sun so warm this week, that we've all been outside as much as possible; taking in the new season, breathing Spring and all it's wonderous new life... awakening.
Wake. Breathe. Start fresh, as each moment in your life is as new as the Spring buds on the trees. Happy Spring, readers!
Every day is a day to be thankful. Life’s abundance has no limit, and gratitude is what keeps that abundance flowing. In every circumstance, there is something for which to be thankful. Even when there seems to be nothing else, there is hope.
I cannot believe it is already November… that my favorite holiday is about one month away (Santa or no, there’s nothing quite like Christmas!)! Tomorrow, we’ll eat pumpkin pie, put up our Christmas decorations, and our business kicks into serious gear. (Wow, that was a completely unintentional pun! Seriously. Ha!). For today though, I’m thankful for the so very many recent blessings in my life:
Watching my children roll joyfully down a leaf-strewn hill.
Basking in the gloriously temperate Fall weather we've been having which has allowed the flora to last much longer than usual!
Running – and finishing – a 6.2 mile race (my first ever!).
Standing in awe of the stunning beauty of nature.
Celebrating another Halloween with my favorite jester husband (our 18th one together!).
Baking delicious Fall food (mmmmm… apple crisp!).
Watching this daisy outlast everything else in my garden!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May the blessings in YOUR life be abundant!
Sunday Spark: Hiking in the Woods
When Adam asked me what I’d like to do for my birthday, naturally, I said I’d like to go for a hike.
(Leaves had fallen all along the trail... beautiful!)
We’ve been hiking together for 17 years. I’ve hiked through two pregnancies, hiked with a newborn, hiked when the snow was up to my hips and when the wind blew so hard and cold that the water was freezing in my drinking water line, hiked when the mosquitoes have bitten my ankles til they’re swollen. Together we’ve woken with the sun, put a tent up in the dark, and the rain, hiked on the Appalachian Trail, in Canada, Mexico, and several US states
, and have carried everything we needed for days on our backs. Our children have been along with us for much of the journey. So when we say we’re going hiking – they shout joyously: WHEN!!
It warms my heart to see how much they love the woods, too.
See, nature is my second language. When I’m out in the woods, everything is clear, right, and okay. We could be cold; it’s okay. We could be lost; it’s okay. We could be tired; it’s okay. The energy of the trees, the synergy between sun, air, ground, plants, animals, humans… the world is condensed, tangible, reachable, when you’re in the woods. There aren't any hard, fast schedules, no expectations, no limits. Everything seems possible, and life, perfect.
(Starting off up the AT)
Yesterday, as usual, nature didn’t disappoint! We chose a circuit trail at the Delaware Water Gap, on the Pennsylvania side – a favorite spot since it’s not too far a drive for us, and the elevation increase from base to peak isn’t too great, so the incline is gentle – perfect for hikes with children.
(View across the gap - Mt. Tammany straight ahead, Mt. Minsi to the right)
We climbed Mount Minsi this time, which was a gentle incline on a mostly clear, not-too-narrow, and well-marked part of the AT. We crossed streams, past a couple of ponds and rocky outcroppings, and were treated to several beautiful views of the gap. At the top, Mt. Minsi opens up to a glorious view of Mount Tammany – still very green, as you can see!
(View of Mt. Tammany from the top of Mt. Minsi)
We’ve hiked Mt. Tammany with the kids in the past; it was a slightly shorter loop. The Minsi loop we chose was a ~4.25 miler up the Appalachian Trail, and down a fire lane. It was a beautiful Fall day, warm, bright, the leaves starting to fall – it was absolutely perfect for a day hike.
(Heading down the fire lane)
I hope you had a lovely weekend, and are enjoying the Fall. If you hike with your family, tell me about your favorite hiking spot - I'd love to hear!