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Cat Photos Friday #125 Christmas Tree Cats

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The cats love spending time beneath the Christmas Tree.

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And destroying the presents!

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Cloud was not interested in posing in front of the tree, but can’t resist something to sit on, so I tricked her into posing by placing a book in front of the tree.

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Jeeves’ special talent is ripping off his sweater with one kick of his back foot. It happens in such a blur that I’m still not really sure how he does it.

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New York City Christmas Sights

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For the past few years it has been a dream of mine to visit New York City during Christmas time, and a few weeks ago, I was finally able to!

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It was our first day there and we just wandered through the city, taking in all the sights, with no particular goal in mind. It was just starting to get dark as we turned a street corner and I saw some sparkly lights off in the distance.  We raced towards the lights to see what they were, and it turned out to be this insanely decorated store on fifth avenue. As we got closer and closer to the lighted store, we realized we had just stumbled upon the Christmas sights jackpot! What luck!

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As we looked down the street we saw Radio City Music Hall, and then right on the other side of the road was the Rockefeller Christmas tree. There was so much Christmas I wanted to run around and scream!

(But that would have been impossible because the crowd of people was EXTREME.)

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I was so excited to see all these Christmas sights in person, after looking at them over and over again on my pinterest board. I also thought it was funny that we stumbled on them by sheer luck on the first evening there.

Visiting NYC was so much fun, and I am already dreaming about the day I can go back. I can’t wait to post the rest of my pictures!

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Christmas Tree Patch

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Every year, on a cold winter’s evening, we all pile in the car to go to our favorite Christmas Tree patch and help my Mom pick out her tree.

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The tree patch pops up in late November and surrounds the Krankies coffee air stream trailer with fresh evergreen trees, patiently waiting for a home.

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I love running around through the rows of trees in the icy night air, under the string lights, searching for the perfect tree.

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The trees cast long shadows over the parking lot and buildings. Everything feels a little spooky.

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Especially near the Christmas Tree graveyard!

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Before long we found the perfect little tree and my Mom posed with it.

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I love the atmosphere of the Christmas Tree lot at night, with the dim lights, the scent of pine and coffee drifting through the air, and the tall shadows cast by the trees as they sit in long rows, waiting to be taken home.

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Train Watch

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One windy autumn Saturday, my husband, sister and I went for a walk downtown. A few minutes into the walk, a train could be heard in the distance, so we raced over to the tracks in front of a local coffee shop to watch it go by.

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(Krankies Coffee)

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We waited and waited, but the train didn’t seem to be coming. We grew tired of the odd looks the people at the coffee shop were giving us as we stood in the parking lot staring at the train tracks, so we decided to forget the train and continue our walk.

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We had barely walked one block before the train’s horn sounded again, and so close!  We ran back to the coffee shop parking lot to get an up close glimpse of the train.

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After we finished our walk and were getting in the car, we could hear another train on the way!  We drove past it on the way back home.

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We even crossed under it!

I love spotting the train as it travels through the city.

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Construction Zone- Part Seven

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It’s been almost three years since I started this Construction Zone series, and by the looks of it, it is finally nearing the end!

The city is building a Diverging Diamond interchange as a part of a brand new major road that is being built.

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In order for the road to be completed, a bridge for the already existing railroad has to be built. Since this is a very busy track, the new railroad has to be completely finished before the old track gets taken down, so the rail can easily be switched over with no train delays.

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These decorative arches were installed just the other week.

(I feel like it needs a ball of Christmas lights hanging from the center or something!)

 

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We were excited to see that our favorite biking trail seems to finally be back open after nearly three long years!  The part that was once a giant muddy swamp while this bridge was being built has been repaved and cleaned up.

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The remnants of some giant tubing still remain..

I love to document the changes this city is going through. It won’t be long until this area is no longer a construction zone and nobody remembers what it used to look like!

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This November

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November feels like a bit of a blur. At the beginning of the month my aunt came to town and we had a fun few days before she and my mom took off on an adventure in Europe. I was in a funk for a few weeks after the horrendous election results. I still can’t bring myself to pay attention to the news without feeling sick and angry so I have been ignoring it completely, which is a weird feeling because I have always been quite up to date on world news and especially politics. Work has gotten very busy but I am still very happy there. I like the work I get to do and my coworkers and I always find a way to have fun with with whatever we’re working on.

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Usually the frost comes within the first or second week of October, but this time it held off until mid November. I missed the cold weather, but I didn’t mind having an extra month of vegetables from my garden.

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There is a lot of construction and renovation going on in my city so I have been creeping around to document the progress.

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When my Mom got back from her adventure we had fun cooking Thanksgiving food and researching ours ancestors. I got another subscription to Ancestry.com and am working on my family tree, it is so interesting!

I am excited for all the holiday adventures to happen in December. We are taking a short trip to New York City, which I have been dreaming about doing for the past few years. I haven’t ridden a plane since I was four so I am wigging out.

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Weekly Journal #66

It’s felt really busy lately, but I can’t even figure out what exactly I’ve been busy with! Just random little tasks seem to be taking up all my time. Or maybe I just need to prioritize things better..

But despite feeling too busy I have still found time to put up some Christmas decorations.

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The tree has been up since the first week of November!

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This year I actually waited until after Thanksgiving to put lights on the house. Last year we got a bunch of lights on clearance after Christmas so we had extra to put up. We’re not even done yet. Stay tuned!