Here is a picture of the kids in front of our maple tree in the front yard. We took the picture a week ago Sunday and I'm glad we did because this week the leaves are all gone. The weather has been so so cold. The normal highs are supposed to be around 70 and all last week the highs were in the 40's with rain. Just plain miserable. I'm ready for the average temp. to return. Makes me wonder what kind of a winter we are going to have. Everybody tells me that the Farmers Almanac says it's going to be colder and wetter than normal. Nobody seems to know if the "wet" means rain or snow. So long as it's not ice - I'll be okay! And then there's the wooly worm forecast. If you go by it, winter is supposed to have a cold start, a mild middle, and a cold end. (That's when the wooly worm is black on both ends and brown in the middle. Jenny says they have seen a lot of white wooly worms...don't even want to guess as to what that means!!) I guess we'll have to see whose right!