Fall Friday

It was a long work week – didn’t get to see the kids much so looking forward to some outdoor fun!  It’s feeling a bit cool and I’m slipping and sliding on lots of leaves on my runs through the Long Island Greenbelt Trail.  Busted 2 toes today on a tree root, but that’s good kind of pain 🙂

Every year I say let’s forget about paying for Fall cleanup and try to take care of it myself.  I guess I am having delusions about how much raking the kids can handle and I usually make it through half the yard – the front usually, not the full back.  I’ll see the kids lounging on the couch doing nothing or hear the Giants game and I cave and call someone to finish my ‘attempt’.

A few of our large trees fell during Hurricane Sandy and then we had to take out three in the back that we were concerned about.  I would wake up at 2am and just watch one of them shaking and listen to it whistle in the wind and wonder when it was going to finally come down.  Not a good feeling as a dad.  Then I found out my son was staying up in his room worrying about the tree coming down on his room and we got those trees cut down too.  I wish we didn’t have to.  I’d gladly rake the leaves and enjoy the shade and beauty those trees provided all these years.

Out front we have a pretty Japanese Maple.  My dad and my Papa planted this little tree when my parents bought the house over 40 years ago, before I was around.  That tree finally started getting some size over the last 5-10 years but it’s still a small tree, very thin.  I’m amazed that all the birches, oaks and other large trees have come down but my maple is still up.  I’m really glad for that.  It’s part of  our family history and the kids know it is special.  I get caught staring for a long time out the kitchen window at it sometimes.

So what’s on your agenda for this weekend?  If you aren’t sure what to do with the kids, or for the big kid inside of you also, take a look at our calendar of upcoming events on Long Island.

There is a Long Island Fair on the grounds of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration tonight through the weekend; including farm animals, childrens’ games and ride and more.  Saturday is National Public Lands Day so lots of events including planned hikes and free parking across the state.  Head out to an Apple Festival in East Setauket for lots of games, contests and….yes, homemade apple pie! Yum…but don’t eat too much.  October brings the Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, so lots of seafood and also pumpkin pie at the end of the month.  We love roasting pumpkin seeds!  Have fun, whatever your plans…

Here’s our calendar link for more events this weekend and further out, along with a pic of my cutie Sofia on a hiking adventure this summer:




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