Mother Earth-Fall in Buffalo, NY

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The view of our ice pond

New York in the fall should be considered one of the “wonders of the world”.  It is spectacular.  The air is crisp and smells of leaves and frosty air, the streams, rivers and lakes are filling up offering clear and cold water, the wildlife is roaming around more freely in search of tasty treats under the fallen leaves, and the skies overhead are more blue and full of white puffy clouds than ever.

We enjoy this time of year for trail riding, hiking, 4 wheeling, and relaxing.  Here are some wonderful pictures from just one weekend on our property.  I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did living them!

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Our ice pond is stunning.  It’s called the “ice pond” as it is a pond we built shallow enough so it will freeze quickly and be used for ice skating all winter long.

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The leaves are such a beautiful backdrop.  I can’t get enough of their colors!

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Riding the horses with the sounds of the leaves under their feet and a happy dog chasing blowing leaves.

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Pumpkin sales, carving and trick or treating (Bruizer and Two Bit of the book the Outsiders) end one of the most beautiful months.

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And a sneak peek at the beautiful cabin we finally have for our campground by the ice pond.  More on that in my next post……..

Niagara Falls

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We live 15 minutes away from Niagara Falls.  Here are some pictures of what it looks like right now with the pictures from last spring.  The first set of pictures is the Falls.

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The second set is a picture of the rapids leading up to the Falls.

It’s an amazing sight to see so I wanted to share it.  You can find more pictures on our local news stations page

here:  Niagara Falls Frozen

Western New York Weekend

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This weekend has been frigid.  I am not a complainer and I still will not complain today in -2 F temperatures and getting the 4 wheeler stuck about 1/8 mile away from the house and having to walk back to tell the man of the house (who had told me not to try and get it back there which made it MUCH worse!).

The kids were upset school was closed on Friday as they missed their Valentines parties but that lasted about 45 seconds and they realized it was great to be home and headed out to snowmobile.

Saturday morning we were hit with a snowy blustery day.  In the morning you can see how much it snowed by the snow on the bird feeder and trees.

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This railing is waist high showing how much snow we have and drifting which made it a challenging walk to the barn for sure.

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The new hens adjusted fine to their move and already are earning their keep!

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In the afternoon the boy had a hockey game at a new outdoor hockey arena called Buffalo Riverworks .  It was snowing and blowing like crazy and the temperatures were around 17F but with the wind it was much colder.

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The new facility is fabulous and the boys had a blast even though they lost the game and we all bundled up, even Grandma, and stood out there to cheer them on.

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The drive home was quite the challenge but it was heavenly coming home to a roaring fire in the woodburner and a nice hot dinner of Turkey Chowder made with the leftover turkey and stock from Thanksgiving.

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And tonight we will end the evening with a mom and dad night heading out to dinner at 716

followed by checking out our new Buffalo Sabres player at the game!

Lake to Lake

Being on an Island surrounded by the Niagara River which is fed from Lake Erie and flows over Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario, offers us many wonderful things to do.

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On the second last day of the year we headed along Lake Erie to Hamburg, NY and had a fun Hibatchi style dinner.

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On New Years Eve we had an early dinner on Lake Ontario.  The streets lining Lewiston, NY were wonderfully decorated and the lights twinkled as you made your way down to Lake Ontario where we had a nice dinner overlooking a dock with a fishing boat ready to head out the next morning.

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And a few nights later we were headed to Canalside in downtown Buffalo, NY on Lake Erie for a fun night of visiting the new ice rink which opened a few weeks ago.

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It was a balmy 30 degrees but there are plenty of heat lamps along the rink and a warm room with benches.  There are little shops along the way, a few different food trucks and these really, REALLY cool ice bikes you can rent.

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Can you tell what I will be renting soon???  I can’t wait to try these.  But tonight was not the night as we were headed to watch the sad Sabres play.  The kids had fun heckling the opposing team 🙂

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And after another bad loss for the Sabres we headed back to the rink to watch the novice curlers trying to learn the game which is another feature of the new rink.

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I love the fact we have so many things to experience right in our back and front yard just over the bridges.

Remembering…

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I try to keep my blog upbeat, positive, and fun, exactly how I try to live my life.  This post will not be long but it is important to me to remember how our country, innocent people rather, were attacked and killed on 9/11/01.

I was at a charity meeting for our local childrens hospital.  I had asked my boss to take a few hours off work to attend this meeting which was being held to host an event to raise money for a very important piece of equipment which would better the care of sick children.  In the midst of planning the events while enjoying coffee and bagels someones cell phone rang.  Within seconds, literally, every person in the room who had a cell phone saw their phones were ringing also.  Within that minute our lives were FOREVER changed.

We could not get out of that meeting quick enough to get home to our loved ones, sit by the television and watch in horror at what was unfolding around us.

I live in upstate New York.  I am 7 hours away from the city and as I was driving home, I was passing firetrucks and policemen who were already on their way to the city to help.  They had no idea the severity of the situation at that point, yet there they were unselfishly heading the 7 hours away to help secure the situation.  Little did they know they were needed to replace all of the lost souls of their brotherhood.

That disgusting act of cowardness has forever changed the way I look at the world.  I grew up instantly from that moment on realizing I was now an adult in a sometimes evil world.

However, that moment will not steal any more of my joy.  I gave them a week of sadness, fear, confusion, sleeplessness, and unhappiness.  I then realized those terrorists did not deserve to win the battle they so cowardly launched by me falling into their sickening trap of instilling fear and powerlessness into our country.  Screw them (to be blunt!!)

So tomorrow I will feel for the families who lost their loved ones in this tragedy and pray for their peace, but I will be positive and look to the future knowing the cowards DID NOT WIN!!!

 

 

 

Island Living

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My son’s school had a field trip around the Island visiting our town hall, the local police station with the jail cells (the kids were able to enter them), and a few other original areas.  They were given this picture as a momento of our Island.  It’s shaped like a pork chop as you can see.  That was the most amusing part for the kids.

The boat pictures on another post are pictures taken on the right side of the Island as you see it.  Our home is located just left of the dirt divider you see running in the middle of the Island which is a pipeline.  We call this Island home 🙂