Happy Halloween!

...from Chris, Dan and Mike

me too!

Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

With only three more days until Halloween, we had our annual pumpkin carving/decorating contest today. Here are all of the pumpkins, click on the image to enlarge it.

Don't be shy, let me know which one you like best by adding a comment!

traceypumpkin wolfpumpkin
Tracey's and Mike's

scottpumpkin jerrypumpkin
Scott's and Jerry's

joshpumpkin dannypumpkin
Josh's and Danny's

chrispumpkin pirateskullpumpkin
Chris' and Tom's

Chris' from school

Visit to the Zoo

Saturday was a great day for a trip to Brookfield Zoo. The weather was warm enough so we didn't need heavy coats, and most of the animals were still outside. It was also Boo at the Zoo, a day when kids can dress up in their Halloween costumes and participate in lots of fun activities.

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Lion resting

Wolves keeping watch

Baby gorilla playing

Salt Creek

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View of Salt Creek from Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, Illinois

Fall Colors

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Boy Running
Brookfield Zoo
Near Chicago, Illinois

Great Spot to Read

Reading Under Live Oak
Phillippe Park
Safety Harbor, Florida

Wishful Thinking

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Caladesi Island State Park

Counter at Eberly's Fruit Farm

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Cash Register
Eberly's Fruit Farm
North Liberty, Indiana

First Snowfall of the Season

The weather report said a chance of snow flurries, but when they say snow in October, it usually means five flakes an hour and you need to stare outside at a black building in order to see the flakes.

Not this year!
Snow on October 12th?

The earliest measurable snowfall in the Chicago area in 120 years.

I thought the earth was warming?? Guess if I use the same logic as some global warming alarmists who claim global warming when we have a day over 95 degrees, I should start yelling, "Global cooling!"

Let's all crank out our aerosol cans and start spraying to warm things up!

Anyway, it looks nice, but it's way too early for me.

Fruit Scale

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Fruit scale
Eberly Fruit Farm
North Liberty, Indiana

Old Cider Barn


Cider Barn

Eberly Fruit Farm
North Liberty, Indiana
October 7, 2006

Apple Orchard

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Apples waiting to be picked
Eberly's Fruit Farm, North Liberty, Indiana
Saturday, October 7, 2006

Rescue Helicopter Landing

Had the opportunity last Saturday to snap a couple of photos of the Loyola Medical Center emergency helicopter landing in a parking lot in Orland Park, IL.



The leaves and other debris can be seen flying around the parking lot.

Captain Aaron

Captain Aaron
Anclote River
Tarpon Springs, Florida