November Nastiness Tamed by Family

I don’t know about you, but for us, November has been living up to its reputation. Most of the color has blown off the now-lifeless trees, the sun is setting earlier than I’d like, and we’ve been drenched in driving rains. Sounds like the perfect weather in which to visit, right? Casey and his girlfriend Emilie thought so.

Well, that’s not exactly true – he planned the trip weeks ago knowing only that he’d be coming in November and that we all know how it behaves. No worries. November’s mischief has little impact on our featured activities: eating and playing video games. We went out to a couple of our favorite places, and I made lots of homemade goodies:

  • cinnamon rolls with salted caramel sauce
  • jalapeno and chicken mac-n-cheese
  • broccoli and cheese soup with roasted potatoes
  • black raspberry ice cream with hot fudge, raspberry sauce, and chocolate wafers

Emilie threatened to stay for the food (but it might really have been for the heated blanket that she became fast friends with!). We’re not ready for a roommate, but I think we could keep her for a bit πŸ˜‰

The weather was kind enough to allow a reprieve, and so we weren’t hemmed in for the weekend. Thus, beyond the gluttony, we took our guests to a couple of our favorite must-sees. The beach in Empire was calm and invited the rock-throwing ritual that ensues any time we’re near a body of water. As always, the dunes were magnificent. Sunset at the Mission Point lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula was also glorious.

Emilie and Casey - dune overlook

Path up the dunes

Looking toward S. Manitou Island

Another view across the dunes

The last remnants of fall's splendor

Red-red berries along Torch Lake

Rock-skipping at Torch

Lighthouse at sunset

After a last Super Meat Boy mini-marathon, Casey and Emilie made the long trek south to Ohio, and November continued its temper-tantrum. It’s been pretty much non-stop rain, and now we’re getting howling winds with a heavy snow thrown into the mix. But, I did say β€œpretty much.” It calmed down just enough for the sun to peek out and me to toss on Tony’s sandals and snap these:

The whole rainbow

It's a double!

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6 thoughts on “November Nastiness Tamed by Family

    • Those fall remnants were completely unexpected, and probably appreciated all the more for just that reason! I feel like we’re in a bit of a holding pattern until the snow really starts flying.

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