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November 27, 2011


Filed under: Walking the Dogs — Karma @ 4:01 pm
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Like this little creek from my walk today with the poochachos, I think this blog post may meander a bit.  That’s a bit how this Thanksgiving break from work has gone.  I told you about Friday in my last post.  Yesterday found me breaking out of lack of physical activity to tackle the leaves from my horrible sycamore tree.  I forgot to take a “before” picture, but this shot from my 365 project 3 years ago will give you the idea with the amount of leaves from one tree I have to deal with:

The task at hand

After I finished cleaning the front yard, I treated my daughter and myself to a guilty pleasure:

Okay, I’ll cop to it: I read all of the Twilight books.  I’m not one of those “obsessed” people, but I did enjoy the story.

Today found me disbelieving it is already Sunday and that means the return to work tomorrow.  Where did the Thanksgiving break go?  The weather was still reasonably warm today and the dogs really needed a good walk, so off we went.  We headed out to our walk along the powerlines.  Many of the hurdles of broken trees and limbs had been thankfully removed.  As we entered the field that leads to the powerline path,


in the distance, at the top of the ridge, I saw what I at first thought were just people.  They seemed to be too tall and rather fast moving to be folks on a walk like me.  They disappeared into that stand of trees on the left of the shot before I could get nearer for a closer inspection.  Then I realized what I had been seeing:


people on horseback!  There were LOTS of tracks like this along our route today, and I think Teddy smelled every one of them.  Other interesting sights along our walk included:


the final resting place for a bouquet of helium balloons, and these:


They look like some sort of pine cone, don’t they? Except they were on a tree completely barren of needles.  I didn’t think pine trees ever lost ALL of their needles in one season, do they?

We came around toward one of the last really wooded parts of our walk (I feel like I show you this view rather often, but I love the tunnel-like look and how it changes with the seasons)


The walk was kind of muddy, and the dogs never missed the opportunity to tromp through the puddles rather than go around them.  They came back dirty and tired, but it was all good.

Now I’ve meandered back to where I began the day – sitting at the computer, keeping up with all of you in the blogosphere.  Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us!  I’m going to try my best not to get to rattled by it all and to stay up with my blog and yours as we enter this busiest of seasons.  Speaking of seasons, Scott’s Fours Seasons assignment is due in about a month!  Did you remember to take pictures for it?  I did, and will be bringing you that post very soon.


  1. I enjoyed this post, and I especially like that photo of yours that you say has the “tunnel” view. Great photo, Karen. 🙂

    Comment by Bob Zeller — November 27, 2011 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  2. I think the ‘pine cones’ might be on cypress trees or possibly redwood, that shed their needles every winter…it’s possible also that it’s something totally different!

    Comment by Dawn — November 28, 2011 @ 10:40 am | Reply

    • I’m not even sure we have those kinds of trees in the northeast, but I am no tree expert!

      Comment by Karma — November 29, 2011 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  3. I tried to see “Twilight” the weekend it came out, but the next 2 shows were sold out!! 😦 I’ll admit it, I’m a fan (but I never read the books)!

    I can’t believe how fast this little break went by, either… I had 5 days off, too! I was actually ready to come back – it’s quieter at work than at home!! 😉

    Comment by Photo By Holly — November 28, 2011 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

    • Oh if you liked the movies, you should definitely read the books! As usual the books are better than the movies!

      Comment by Karma — November 29, 2011 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  4. We had a pine tree when we lived in Maine that lost its needles each fall. I can’t recall the variety. I saw Breaking Dawn and read and mostly enjoyed the books. This movie wasn’t my favorite but it was still worth seeing. Love the colors of the field shot.

    Comment by Becky Sue — November 28, 2011 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

    • I’m glad I saw it – but now I can hardly wait a year until part 2 comes out!

      Comment by Karma — November 29, 2011 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  5. Tamaracks are conifer trees which shed their needles every year. The cones look like they might be from a tamarack but I can not be sure.

    Between hosting family for Thanksgiving and shopping at midnight, this Thanksgiving weekend went by very fast. I did find some time to get out like you did over the weekend. Did not want to waste the beautiful weather!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — November 28, 2011 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

    • Ah, tamaracks! That does sound like something that grows around here – I bet you are right!

      Comment by Karma — November 29, 2011 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  6. You posted this yesterday?? I’m so behind! I got absolutely nothing done today that I wanted to get done, because I kept getting sidetracked 😛
    That is a LOT of leaves you have to rake! We don’t seem to have that problem here…. LOVE the “tunnel”, I bet it looks really pretty in the spring and summer (or winter, with a bunch of snow!)
    I never did get into the Twilight craze. Melissa read a couple of the books (she liked them) and we saw the first movie, but personally I was not impressed.

    Comment by TheDailyClick — November 28, 2011 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

    • Getting sidetracked is so easy, isn’t it?
      I should challenge myself to get 4 seasons worth of pictures of that tunnel! I actually might only need the snowy one if I check my archives.
      I think the Twilight books were better than the movies, but you can tell they are written for teenagers.

      Comment by Karma — November 29, 2011 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  7. I enjoyed taking this walk with you. I love that tunnel-like view too. 🙂

    Thanks for the reminder about Scott’s assignment. I’m going to have to get to work finding the photos I took for that (they are still on the old computer, believe it or not… how lazy is that??).

    Comment by Robin — November 29, 2011 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. That tunnel seems to be the popular shot of the post! I’ve got to find all my shots for Scott’s assignment too!

      Comment by Karma — November 29, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  8. What a lovely meander, dear Karma! A delicious walk…and it was good we didn’t get too muddy! LOL…your card is going out in the mail tomorrow.

    Comment by Kathy — December 2, 2011 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much Kathy. Teddy got muddy enough for everyone! By the way, you didn’t share your address in that email… 🙂

      Comment by Karma — December 3, 2011 @ 10:00 am | Reply

      • email coming your way!

        Comment by Kathy — December 3, 2011 @ 10:44 am

  9. […] but a fraction of the 4 giant tarploads of leaves I’ve hauled out of my front yard today from the dreadful sycamore tree. I really dislike that tree this time of year! I mean really, look at the size of these […]

    Pingback by November is trying, but not really winning any points with me today | Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — November 11, 2013 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

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