It's certainly been fall-like (actually more winter-like!!) around here this last week! The weekend was decent (mid-50s, but sunny), and we managed to get some outside work done. The asphalt around our mailboxes (on the right-of-way to the county road) was breaking up pretty badly, so Tom and the boys cut it out and we bought some cold patch and filled it back in. It turned out pretty good, for a couple of amateur road-repairmen. In the next week or so, we have a guy coming over to fill some cracks in the road, and he said that he would go around the area that we patched as well. That should seal the edges nicely.
Other than the road repair work, and the usual laundry, we didn't do too much. Today the boys had a half day off school, so we decided to brave the 45 degree day and go pick apples. The three of us go every year -- we pick a bushel of apples (golden delicious are our favorite, but we also picked some northern spy to make pies), and then get a dozen donuts and a gallon of cider -- YUM! This year, since it was so cold, we opted for hot cider to warm us up!
Here's Bryce, waiting for the tractor driver to come back and take us into the orchard.
Nicolas, too . . .
Both of the apple varieties we were looking for were at the same tractor stop, so we quickly filled our bags. We all had an apple snack -- there's nothing better than an apple picked right off the tree! YUM!
Here comes the next tractor!
Better get back here, Bryce!
Now that Nicolas has braces, he has to cut up his apples. So, he brought along a pocket knife so that he could have an apple snack, too.
This was record time for apple picking this year! Less than 40 minutes and we were back out of the orchard! I'm not exactly sure how I did this back when these guys were both toddlers and I had to carry two 1/2 bushel bags of apples, and keep track of the boys!!
Well, that was our excitement for the day. After taking the apples to the car, we got our donuts and hot cider, and then headed home. I had put together a crockpot of chicken noodle soup before we went to the orchard, so all I had to do when we got home was to add the noodles and meatballs. It was a great dinner for a chilly day!!