Hello! We’re well into October, with leaves changing here in this part of the country and the weather starting to become fall-like, after a recent stretch of weather more like summer. These changes, plus fun traditions, make this a particularly enjoyable time of the year for many.
Last year, I wrote about Fun Fall Traditions and a trip to an apple orchard that was a really good time. Wholesome, seasonal family activities can be a great way to make memories, and this year was no different. Yes, we took another trip to the apple orchard for apple picking!
This year, we went apple picking at about the same weekend as last year. However, last year involved warm jackets, a cold wind, a lot of apple cider. It felt more like late November. This year, it was 80 degrees with sunny skies and it felt like August. So, maybe some of the experience was a bit different. But hey, who in the Chicago area will complain about 80 degrees when we’re going to be facing months of cold weather. I actually thought about the reality that the beautiful 80 degree weather over that weekend might be the warmest weather we have here for another 6 months, easily. So in that case, who needs the ‘typical’ crisp, fall apple picking day when you can have a lucky day like this?
Those of you in other parts of the country, particularly warm weather climates, might have totally different fall traditions.
Anyway, this year we cut back on expenses and shelled out $24 for the experience. In return, we got a great day of going out into the field, breaking away from our suburban routine to pick some fresh produce and have a fun yet bumpy hayride as a part of the experience. We got 25 apples, which puts the cost per apple at $0.96 each, slightly less than last year’s cost.
However, it’s the experience that counts, and it was a blast. Family fun and memories can’t really be quantified sometimes. I highly recommend such outings, they’re lots of fun – especially for kids, but for adults too!
Last month was a particularly active month here on Squirrelers, so I thought it would be a good idea to take the time to acknowledge the top referring sites. The following are the “lucky dozen”, the 12 sites bringing the most visitors to Squirrelers during the past month, September.
- The Simple Dollar
- Free Money Finance
- Len Penzo
- Festival of Frugality
- Everyday Tips and Thoughts
- Budgeting In the Fun Stuff
- First Gen American
- Hope to Prosper
- Life and My Finances
Squirrelers in Blog Carnivals
Squirrelers has appeared in the following recent blog carnivals:
Carefully Watch Prices – They Can Vary Significantly from Store to Store! was included in the Festival of Frugality at My Personal Finance Journey
Refinancing a Home was included in the Totally Money Blog Carnival at Young Adult Finances
Your Will: Give to Kids Equally or Not? was included as an Editor’s Pick in the Carnival of Personal Finance at Wealth Informatics
Are Actively Managed Funds a Fool’s Game Compared to Index Funds was included in the Carnival of Passive Investing at Free Money Finance
Financial Chemistry was included in the Carnival of Personal Finance at Hope to Prosper.
Squirreling Gone Wild #29 – Pet Expenses and the Bird Brain was included in the Festival of Frugality at Nerd Wallet.