Winter Arrives

After the long Thanksgiving weekend here, winter arrived here late Sunday afternoon. Joyce had already taken George back to school, and the snow started falling at 3:40. Snowed heavy all night, and I got up at 4:30 to dig us out. Jenn’s school was closed, so she finished off the shoveling. After I got home from work, I grabbed the shovel and cleared out the Christmas floodlights she wasn’t able to see under the snow during the day.

Winter has arrived.

Fall Fell

In just over two weeks, the bright colors in the trees have faded, and most of the leaves have either fallen, or been ripped out of the trees by the last few rain and windstorms.

Joyce and I spent most of Sunday mowing, grinding, and sweeping up the leaves from the yard, and Jennifer helped me the day before mounting the new door on the shed, and moving the summer porch furniture into storage.

We’ve gone from a comfortable isolation, to feeling exposed to our neighbors now clearly visible through the trees. Latest weather forecasts are now talking about the possibility of snow accumulation Thursday night into Friday morning. Snowsticks are now up along the driveway and road. Fall is just about over.

Fall Changes

Had what will most probably be my last open water morning swim earlier this week. Morning air temperature was 50, water temperature had dropped to 62. Thanks Marli and Scott for joining me one last time.

We’ve had a couple mornings of frost, and just had to turn the heat on. Trees are changing rapidly, so I grabbed a few pictures this morning. The weather this morning was overcast with light rain on and off, so the colors are a bit muted.

Most of the trees are still holding their leaves, but fall has started. The one tree next to our driveway has lost most of its leaves, but so far, the biggest drop has been the acorns. In some parts of our yard, the acorns are so thick on the ground it’s like walking on marbles.

Hope you are enjoying your fall as well.

Fall Breakfast

While I sometimes wonder if we’re missing out on everything living in the city can offer, it’s mornings like this that remind me why we moved out here. Just back from my long morning run, I was having breakfast on the back porch when the neighborhood flock of wild turkeys wandered in.

Just passing through…

While several would stop, stretch their necks to stare at me on the porch, as long as I just sat there eating breakfast, they didn’t pay much more attention to me. They seemed perfectly happy scratching at the dirt and leaves, pecking at whatever they found tasty, and enjoying a Sunday morning breakfast before laying down for a rest in the warm sun.

Sunday morning brunch. There were four more wandering just outside this picture.

Hope your Sunday morning was as pleasant.

Wentworth Freshman Move-In Day

We took George down to Wentworth today for freshman check-in and move-in. Below are a few photographs we took about the day, about the area where George will be living for the next year, and about his room in general.

George and Joyce, ready to move to Wentworth
Check in stations at Wentworth
Unloading lot – park in the empty spaces, use orange rolling bins to load and transfer students stuff.
View of Evan’s Way Park, outside George’s dorm
View of street, dorms on the right.
Traffic was relatively heavy as it was a Friday afternoon.
Main entrance to George’s dorm
Common room in George’s dorm, looking in from the front door.
View out the window of the common room.
Common room, looking towards the front door. One of the parents brought homemade cookies for everyone.
General storage area just off the common room.
Door to George’s room, which he shares with two other boys.
Joyce and Brian. Corey was expected late that evening.
Joyce and Brian. George’s bed is above Joyce, with his desk and study area under the bed.
One of two bathrooms in the suite of 10 boys.
View out George’s room.
Closet George shares with Brian and Corey
George's room. Joyce in the window.
View of George’s room from the outside. Joyce is in the window.
Laundry room in George's dorm.
Laundry room on the ground floor.
George's room (3rd down, wide windows)
George's room.
Joyce and Jennifer waving from the window.
View out George's room.
View looking down.
Laundry room in George's dorm.
Laundry room, dryers and folding table
George getting bed set up.
George getting his bed set up.
George getting Wentworth assigned laptop computer.
Picking up Wentworth assigned laptop PC.
George getting Wentworth PC
George getting Wentworth PC.
Walking outside George's dorm.
Walking to dinner outside George's dorm.
Happy campers.
Happy Campers
Walking from dinner outside George's dorm.
Coming back from (early) dinner at Sweet Cheeks Q
Outside George's dorm.
Evan's Way Park
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Short, Cold Days and Long, Cold Nights

Sunrise: 7:10 AM. Sunset 4:11 PM. Still two weeks to go to the first day of winter. Dark when I leave for work in the morning, dark when I get out of work in the evening.

The pond across the street, which has now grown to cover half the street, is frozen solid. Jennifer, George, and two of his friends spent part of yesterday after school ice skating.

Winter is here.