“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

Last  night I put on socks as my feet were cold. I even closed the window behind me in the den. The night got down to 57˚. This morning the house was only 64˚so I went outside where it was much warmer to read the papers and have my coffee. At first it was quiet with only the sounds of the birds then some neighbors went out on their deck. I call them the loud neighbors as I usually can hear them, especially when they argue, and when their language gets a bit salty. I met her once. She was smoking and wore curlers in her hair, those huge curlers. I swear she could have been someone from the mid-60’s pulled out of time to here. Her complaint was I call at night for my dog Carol too much. I told her I’d never call Carol again. They didn’t stay outside long this morning, and I’m grateful as I have just the sounds of birds again.

All the signs of the coming autumn are moving into place. The den gets darker in the late afternoon now because the sun is setting so much earlier than it was a few scant weeks ago. My autumn clematis is filled with buds and has taken over one section of the front fence. It will be glorious when the flowers bloom. The rental next to me is empty this next week. The garden centers are filled with mums and ornamental cabbage and all the other fall plants. I’ve got a hankering for a garden run.

I think this is my favorite time of the year. Even when I was a kid, I loved the autumn. My town had all different varieties of trees lining the sidewalks and in the front yards, unlike the cape with its scrub pines and oaks. Those trees were full and brilliant in the fall and were a palette of reds and yellows. It was like walking in a rainbow when I went to school. We always picked up the prettiest leaves and put them in our school books so they’d flatten. I was partial to yellow. Every fall we’d iron our favorite leaves between pieces of wax paper. It was our way of saving the beauty of the season for we knew it wouldn’t be too long before we’d be walking along the curbside kicking piles of dead, brown leaves as we walked to school.

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19 Comments on ““How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve had photo-op fail the last 24 hours but I’m not sad.

    Yesterday a ruby red dragonfly sat on my camera shutter finger as I was lifting the camera to my face to take a shot. He sat there for quite a while. I couldn’t take a picture because my other hand was holding on to Rocky’s leash and I didn’t have another camera.
    I just enjoyed the gift of having a ruby-red dragon fly perched on my finger. He flitted off to a leaf and posed very nicely for me for quite a long time. There was a lady dragonfly flitting about. I think he was styling for her benefit. 🙂 You can see him here (I hope):
    http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/1845083/
    I think he’s an Autumn Meadowhawk.

    This morning I opened the front door to take Rocky out. There was a hummingbird feeding in the petunia planter on the top step. No camera. No photo. But my first ever hummingbird in the yard.

    I went looking for autumn flowers last week but there were none in my local garden center. There were some leftover summer patio plants on sale but I didn’t get any. I need Autumn color now. It’s time.

    Rocky says Hi to Carol. 😀

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That is very cool. I too would have enjoyed the gift of the dragonfly on my finger. That it hung around to be photographed was just as lucky. He is beautiful.

      I didn’t know there were different types of dragon flies. I just sort of lumped them all together. He sounds more like a bird than an insect.

      Aren’t they amazing to watch? Last year one actually rested on a glass mantle, and I got to see it better than I had ever seen a hummingbird before. It was a joy to see.

      This morning I read an article which said to plant ornamental cabbage, gold Gigi mums and brussels sprouts this time of year. I know Hart’s Farm, which I visited the other day, had ornamental cabbage so I might just mosey over to buy a few for the empty spots.

      Mums never last more than one more season. They don’t seem to enjoy being planted.

      Carol sends her best to Rocky!!

      Have a great day!

      • Caryn Says:

        Brussel Sprouts? Ornamental Brussel Sprouts are a thing?
        Well, I suppose if people won’t eat them, the growers have to market them some other way. 😀

        There are many kinds of dragonflies. Just like birdwatching except you have to get right on top of them to tell the difference.
        I know a couple of kinds and the rest are called large dark ones, medium green, blue, or orangey-brown ones and itty-bitty bright blue ones.

      • katry Says:

        That was my reaction to the Brussels sprouts, but I suppose they’d add some greenery to parts of the garden. I looked them up and after the sprouts grow the plant looks a bit extraterrestrial.

        I am like you but only with flowers. My garden has yellow, pink and red flowers.

  2. flyboybob Says:

    Autumn is weeks and weeks away for us here in North Texas. The days are getting shorter but the high temperature today is forecast for 97 degrees. We sometimes even get triple digit temperatures in September. Our sign of the coming cooler weather is when the low temperature for the day dips below 80 degrees. Here the leaves won’t begin to fall off the trees until late October or early November since our first freeze usually occurs right before Thanksgiving.

    I was never a big football fan so the start of the NFL season or college football didn’t interest me very much as a kid. But, the World Series and the MLB playoffs were and still are the top events of my fall season. After so many years of suffering with the cellar dweller Rangers, its wonderful that they are finally fielding a team that has been contending for the AL pennant and actually went to the World twice Series the last few years. This is the year that they bring the Championship to North Texas. I used to think that the lack of success on the field was the result of the curse of being the old Washington Senators. But, it was only the result of years of bad management in the front office making bad decisions. Only Cub fans can understand what Ranger fans went through all those years. At least Red Sox teams occasionally made it to the World Series before falling to the curse of the bambino during their long championship drought 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We have a longer fall than off-cape. The ocean stays warm for a while giving us the most wonderful fall well into late October and even early November. I can remember wearing shorts to a Thanksgiving football game. The days are warm and the nights cool for sleeping-ideal weather.

      My dad was a huge football fan so I used to watch the games with hime sometimes. I do watch the Pats but no other teams. It’s the home town team thing.

      I love baseball. It is the first sport I ever understood. In 2004, I had just retired, and I couldn’t have chosen a better year. The Sox played on the west coast so the games didn’t get finished until 1 or even later in the morning. I got to watch them all!

      I feel bad for Cubbie fans. They deserve a series win now that the Red Sox have gotten theirs. The rangers always play the Sox tough.

      • flyboybob Says:

        A series win? They would throw a ticker tape parade if they ever got into the National League playoffs 🙂

        Joe Garagiola, in his book Baseball Is A Funny Game, said that when he played for the Pirates at the end of his career they were the pre Met Mets. They would hold a victory party in the clubhouse when they were rained out.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        That’s a really funny quote!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I think it’s nice of You not calling for Carol any more 🙂 🙂

    We should have more signs of a coming autumn here but we still have summer temperatures and I can’t remember when it was this dry before. Night are cold though, down to 37 every now and again.

    I wouldn’t mind autumn if it wasn’t for the fact that winter follows. The air smells usually wonderful and nature is more colorful than any other time of year.I could do without the Moose flies, nasty critters and the corps mushrooms that smells just like their name.

    Not many autumn plants here yet but it’s just a matter of time. I think I’ll get me some mums this year and plant them in the garden. They’ll survive if winter is mild and if they survive they even might get a chance to flower next year if we’ll get the same weather as this year 🙂 I like the orange-brown best.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Carol can’t jump the fence anymore so I’m not worried about her being missing from the yard.

      It’s dry here too. We’ve had a really dry summer after all that June rain. The weatherman says maybe rain by Tuesday.

      You’re right-the beauty of autumn is a gift because winter isn’t far behind it. I dread the snow coming.

      My mums last one more year after I plant them. I too like the orange-brown, but if I’m planting a few, I also like white for contrast.

  4. Vintage Spins Says:

    First of all, I must be missing something – who is “Carol”?

    Secondly, your picture is just beautiful, Caryn! I’ve got a passion for the insect world, but prefer if they stay in their own territory. 😉

    Marie

    • katry Says:

      Marie,
      You’re missing nothing. The woman with the curlers is. She said she was tired of me yelling for Carol to come inside which made me laugh as my dog’s name is Gracie. I have no idea where she got Carol if I so frequently call for my dog.

    • Caryn Says:

      Thanks, Marie.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Late summer, 68˚F today and the first apples are ripe. This year was/is a very good garden fruit year, we’ve had lots of berries and fruits and both apple trees are full of big apples.
    Your music makes me hungry, though I’ve already eaten ice cream this afternoon. Vanilla ice cream with garden blackberries, strawberries, gooseberries and the last redcurrants. Delicious!
    I found a picture of Carol, you should call for her, because she may frighten the neighbors:
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:You_wouldnt_like_him_when_hes_angry_%284044962869%29.jpg

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Outside is still far warmer than inside though the sun has worked its way around to this room.

      My friends usually go apple picking but I think the apples are ripest in late September, early October. None grow here but there are farms for apple picking off cape and not that far away.

      I love ice cream!

      Carol looks a bit scary!

  6. im6 Says:

    Ok, My Dear Hedley, don’t say I never did anything for you. In honor of today’s musical theme:

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I do hope he is appreciative!

      • Hedley Says:

        He has just walked in from a heavy day…biking with Big Rick, Tottenham win in North London to go two wins and no losses in this very young season, my first NFL fantasy team is assembled and then I visited the arrival of a new great niece. As I was motoring home I was humming along to Frankie Miller and Graham Parker….now when I enter the KTCC coven there is a special treat from my chum from Austin Texas, Mr im6.

        Some days scream Little Fluffy Clouds

      • katry Says:

        My Dear hedley,
        That was most thoughtful of your chum from Austin.

        Today was a perfect fluffy cloud day!


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