Friday, September 23, 2011

Finger Lakes Friday

On Fridays I'll be postings pictures of one of my favorite things...the place where I live.

The Finger Lakes region is located in central NY....

most of its residents haven’t even been to New York City.

There are eleven lakes in all, some as long as 40 miles, none wider than 3 miles across, and each boasting its own unique beauty. The region is dotted with small cities, quaint villages and tiny crossroads called hamlets.
I love that we're relatively undiscovered.

I'm no professional photographer and I don’t have any fancy editing software so the subject matter will simply speak for itself.

I took a drive down the west side of Canandaigua Lake the other day. I like taking drives; they clear my head like nothing else.  Here are some pictures I took toward the south end of the lake.

There she is, folks.....Canandaigua Lake snaking herself out from in between the Bristol Hills.

Bear Hill keeping watch over her. 

At the south tip of the lake the hills are so steep that the water reflects the color of the towering trees instead of the gray sky.

Tell me you didnt just relax a little

  jenny rosie

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

We Got a Lot of Rain Last Week

Remember this picture of my cuties taken a month ago at Taughannock Falls state park??

See the little trickle of water falling gently into the tranquil pool in the background??

Here's a picture of that trickle last week after Tropical storm Lee dumped 10 inches in the Ithaca Area

Photo by Carrie Smalser

More like a raging torrent pounding into swirling angry murk .  

Yeah we got a lot of rain last week....

 jenny rosie

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Closin Down Summer

Quite a summer we had there, eh?

For the first time, this summer we had a child with the summer let know, what happens when one goes from structured school days with lots to do and playmates at arms reach to.....hangin' out at home with mom.

The Pumpkin did swimming lessons

read, read, read books

and even made some new friends

 I tried harder than ever to put down what I was doing to get down on the floor with my son and just BE with him.

For the first time. this summer we had 2 kids.  They've been getting to know each other....isn't that so crazy???

For the first time, instead of complaining about the heat, I coped.  That's a big deal for this girl.  I mean do you REMEMBER this summer????  Do you remember what the thermostat read????!!!!  I cant tell you how I did it, I don't really recall....I don't even want to talk about it.

We listened to this a ton....I even kept it in the car and listened to it by myself.

Speaking of Andrew Peterson....I've also been reading this:

Its the 3rd installment in his Wingfeather Saga Series.....this is one well rounded dude!  Have you ever seen him in concert?  mmm mmm mmm.  He's special!!!

My friend Missy and I expanded our garden, watered it, and watched it grow

My sister helped us can some of the beautiful tomatoes we picked last week.....Oh dear, I'm finding that I could do this kind of stuff forever

Bill and I also watched our sweet pea grow...she'll be 6 months old next week.

So here's to you, good summer.  We embraced you and accepted you for what you are. 

A time to slow down and get back to some basic stuff like hanging out in the long back yard shadows of cool evenings

sitting in the grass watching the kids tumble around

and leaving the oven of a kitchen, eating dinner on the front porch, and chatting with the neighbors doing the same

Next week I'll have a kindergartner on my hands.  I'd better not be in too much of a hurry for this season to end.

   jenny rosie