Staying at the cottage

Not sure what type of flowers these are (the kids made off with my flied guide) but they are growing near some Jack-o-lantern toad stools near the cottage.  The kids were fascinated with these ethereal beauties that seemed out of place in the fall landscape.
Not sure what type of flowers these are (the kids made off with my flied guide) but they are growing near some Jack-o-lantern toad stools near the cottage. The kids were fascinated with these ethereal beauties that seemed out of place in the fall landscape.
After staying at multiple family members houses while we waited for the paint fumes to go, Rachel was thrilled to be hanging out with me and her sister at my dad's cottage (the house I lived in till I was 4) while her dad and brother slept at our hosue, with the windows open to 50 degree weather xcept for the office where they both slept with the heater on.
After staying at multiple family members houses while we waited for the paint fumes to go, Rachel was thrilled to be hanging out with me and her sister at my dad's cottage (the house I lived in till I was 4 and they built the bigger house on the hill). Shamus and Issac stayed at the house with the windows open to 50 degree, rainy weather, sleeping in the office with the heater.
Esther happily stayed with us at the cottage, camping out with no hot water and no heat but hanging with the girls watching movies on the laptop.
Esther happily stayed with us at the cottage, camping out with no hot water and no heat but hanging with the girls watching movies on the laptop and taking walks around the pond before night.
The cottage in the background of plant at the pond.  There, in blur, it is, with our little Mitsubishi full of all the needed things beside.
The cottage in the background of plant at the pond. There, in blur, it is, with our little Mitsubishi full of all the needed things beside.
Um, yeah, the kids took several (mostly blurry) pictures of me bundled against the cold air.  I think I look remarkably like my mom here, which is very creepy.
Um, yeah, the kids took several (mostly blurry) pictures of me bundled (in at least four layers) against the cold air. I think I look remarkably like my mom here, which is very creepy.
View from the front picture window of the cottage.
View from the front picture window of the cottage (yes, that is a reflection of the light in the background.)
Watching squirrels is a favorite past time at the cottage--in fact, there is family that hangs out and steals the chestnbuts the kids set out for them.  This is one of the younger ones, high in a tree, which I watched for some time from the deck early one morning.
Watching squirrels is a favorite past time at the cottage--in fact, there is family that hangs out and steals the chestnuts the kids set out for them. This is one of the younger ones, high in a tree, which I watched for some time from the deck early one morning while freezing and drinking my coffee.
The girls took their footy pajamas to stave off the cold.
The girls took their footy pajamas to stave off the cold.(Yes, Essie is sneaking up on her sister.)
And this followed immediately.  I am so grateful that we had this place to go to (my dad just finished refinishing it and just has to get a new hot water tank for it to be done.)  Didn't he and my brother do a beautiful job?  It was good to be there with thegirls but it is also good to be home.
And this followed immediately. I am so grateful that we had this place to go to (my dad just finished refinishing it and just has to get a new hot water tank for it to be done.) Didn't my dad and brother do a beautiful job with the kitchen? It was a great place to stay with the girls but I must say it is good to be home.