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October 14, 2013

Fall Break

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For Columbus Day weekend, Clark University gives their students a short fall break – a four day weekend lasting Saturday through Tuesday. I arrived to pick Meghan up from school Friday night and many had already taken off. Meghan said it was strange how quiet it was in the residence hall. After a horribly crowded ride on the Massachusetts Turnpike in both directions, we arrived home around 9:30pm, but looked forward to some fun plans I had made in anticipation of having my whole family around for the weekend.

One of Meghan’s laments about living on campus (she has very few of these, thankfully) is her disappointment in the fresh fruit. This time of year in New England, this family’s favorite apples are available for the picking. We love macoun apples and we headed back to Quonquont Farm in Whatley, MA to get our fill.
My fav's - Macoun apples

We have a half bushel for here at the house, and Meghan picked her own peck to take back to school.
apple picking 1

Next we headed down the road to Mike’s Maze in Sunderland, MA. The folks over at Mike’s put a lot of thought into the design and theme of their maze. This was the first time I’ve ever been, but after seeing what they do, I’d like to go back. The famous artist Salvador Dali was the design this year.
(I’ve borrowed this photo from their website because you can only see the whole design from an aerial view)

Within the maze, there were clues to find and puzzles to puzzle over, 19 in all. Upon entering the maze, this little kitty gave you a hint for how to go about solving some of the puzzles:
looking for clues

In the style of Dali, most of the puzzles had to do with illusions or looking at things in a different way. Our family was able to solve 17 out of the 19 questions correctly as we had fun finding our way through all the identical looking corn.
searching through the maze

In addition to the puzzles, throughout the maze you could stumble upon other illusion filled amusements such as the mirror room and an Ames Room
The girls had fun hamming it up inside while I sat in the viewing space and did my best to get pictures from the cut-out in the wall:
in the Ames Room 1

in the Ames Room 2

in the Ames Room 3

After we found our way out of the maze, Sarah took a shot at aiming a potato cannon. We earned a free shot by correctly discerning the right word out of one of the illusion puzzles in the maze. The puzzle itself was hard to find, nestled in the middle of Mr. Dali’s eye!
shooting the potato cannon

The target Sarah was aiming for:
the target
She came very close a couple times!

We had worked up an appetite by the time we completed the maze and its puzzles. We had a delicious late afternoon lunch or early dinner, depending how you look at it, at a place called Bub’s BBQ, also in Sunderland. I had spare ribs, Meghan and Craig had brisket and Sarah had pulled pork – it was all delicious. Bub’s is a place you might just drive by if you didn’t know about it, and what a great meal you’d miss. It isn’t fancy by any stretch of the imagination, but sometimes places that use a roll of paper towels for your napkins serve up great food!

A little family of pumpkins and their “mums” came home with us:
mums n pumpkins

Sunday brought a relaxing day. Meghan and I went shopping (successfully!) for some new jeans, then she tried out the hot tub for the first time. I think if she were living at home during the school year, I’d probably have fairly regular company while relaxing in it!

We spent some time together in the kitchen today. We cooked up an extra large batch of chocolate chip cookies, apple bread and apple sauce. Meghan will be taking about 3 dozen cookies, one loaf of the bread and a container of apple sauce back to her dorm with her.
apple bread n chocolate chip cookies

It was really nice to feel like my family was whole again, at least for this weekend. I do miss her when she’s gone, and now that she’s been here for 3 days, I’m sure I’ll feel her absence more sharply for the next few days. People keep asking Sarah if she misses her sister and she bluntly replies, “No!” However, Friday night after Meghan got home, my two girls stayed up talking in Meghan’s room until after midnight. No indeed.


  1. Never ever admit you miss an older sibling! I’m happy-glad your family is together for the long weekend.


    Comment by Carol — October 14, 2013 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. It was good to have her home, if only for a short time.

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2013 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

  2. what a wonderful weekend you all spent! it IS nice having the family all back together. joe would never admit it, but he really, really likes it when meghan comes home. ; )

    Comment by Katie — October 14, 2013 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  3. :o)

    Comment by Nae — October 14, 2013 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  4. What a great weekend! Those apples are really a deep dark red. I’ll have to see if we have any around here. And can I come live with you? I like cookies and applesauce! Love the maze. I can never, ever, find my way out of those though. I’d still be there.

    Comment by Dawn — October 14, 2013 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

    • LOL, Dawn. They actually make you take flags into the maze so they know how many people are still in there, and conceivably, to be able to come and get you if you couldn’t get out! Macouns are wonderful apples – do see if you can find them. Wonderfully sweet with a good crispy crunch.

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2013 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  5. Hey. Wait a minute. I just saw the “GO REDSOX” box up at the top. Hmmmm…I will have to re-evaluate our whole relationship! πŸ™‚ Cause I’d have a GO TIGERS box on MY blog if I could figure out how to put one up! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Comment by Dawn — October 14, 2013 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

    • Hey there now! Massachusetts – me, Michigan – you! Only fair right? πŸ˜‰ That “Go Sox” picture is actually a quilt square I made a while ago – the message serves me perfectly for this October!

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2013 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  6. I bet you loved having her home!

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 15, 2013 @ 8:58 am | Reply

    • It was great – enjoyed every minute.

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2013 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  7. What a great weekend you all had. The pictures are beautiful..I love the color of the apples too. Your mums are huge and beautiful. As always, your writing is great too.

    Comment by trish49 — October 15, 2013 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Mom. It was about as perfect as a fall weekend could be.

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2013 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  8. Great pictures, and a Tiger-Red Sox rivalry .. πŸ™‚ I knew Sarah would miss the Megster!

    Comment by James Dinsmore — October 15, 2013 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Jim. Dawn is from Michigan, so it is to be expected. Not everyone is part of the great Red Sox Nation! πŸ˜‰

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2013 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  9. How FUN! This is the coolest, Karma. I’ll bet Child #2 enjoys being in the spotlight while Child #1 is away at college. Just sayin’. That’s the way it was at our house.

    Comment by Kathy — October 15, 2013 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. Yes, I’m thinking Sarah has come out of her shell just a bit since Meghan has been away.

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2013 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  10. What a fun time! A potato cannon, ah? Oh, and pass the cookies!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — October 16, 2013 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

    • It was a great time, a perfect New England fall weekend, complete with cookies! πŸ˜‰

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2013 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  11. Ok. You won last night…tonight might be different. I hope. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Dawn — October 16, 2013 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

    • Sorry Dawn, I have to say Woooooo Hoooooo! World Series, here we come!

      Comment by Karma — October 20, 2013 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  12. Quel beau weekend en famille ! Je suis contente pour toi que tout le monde ait participΓ© aux activitΓ©s. Un programme bien rempli πŸ™‚ Jolies photos qui font envie : les pommes, les biscuits, le labyrinthe, le resto…

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — October 19, 2013 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

    • Merci Isa! C’Γ©tait un weekend parfait!

      Comment by Karma — October 20, 2013 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  13. What a fun Fall Break! I want to come to your house for some cookies and apple bread. πŸ™‚

    And this: “…but sometimes places that use a roll of paper towels for your napkins serve up great food!” Sometimes I think they have the BEST food.

    Comment by Robin — October 20, 2013 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

    • Fall is pretty great when it comes to food isn’t it? And this is coming from the “summer girl”. The cookies are long gone and there’s a bit of apple bread left. I could share the recipe for that if you are interested. I actually just got a text from Meghan today saying that she just found out that many of her friends from school, even ones who are also from Massachusetts have never heard of cider donuts – another fall favorite (okay, year-round!) of ours.

      Comment by Karma — October 20, 2013 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

      • I’d love the recipe for the apple bread! πŸ™‚ Thank you! Cider donuts are yummy! We had an orchard near us in the Bogs that made and sold cider donuts. We haven’t been able to find an orchard here (the one nearest us is closed because they didn’t take care of their trees), so I don’t know if they know about cider donuts down this way or not.

        Comment by Robin — October 20, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

  14. Followed the link to learn about the “Ames Room” and just got back here 5 minutes later. Holy cats ! That’s cool. Really like that aerial shot of the Dali corn maze. Makes me think I should be heading to the maze over in the Annapolis Valley (about 1 hr away). Glad you guys had such a good time together. Memories are made of this …

    Comment by sybil — October 27, 2013 @ 9:26 am | Reply

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