“Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”

The Cape Times gave me a chuckle this morning. The Sox beat the Rays 12 to 2, but the headlines on the Times sports page announced Breakthrough for Sandwich who beat Falmouth in football. The Sox were relegated to the bottom of that first page.

It rained yesterday and must have rained again in the early morning as the streets were still wet when I woke up. I’m not complaining as we haven’t had rain in a while. Today will also be chillier, in the 60’s. Again, I’m not complaining. This is, after all, October.

The houses around are all decorated for fall. Corn stalks stand next to front doors, pumpkins are on steps, a few stuffed Draculas sit waiting for victims and colorful gourds fill baskets. My neighbors across the street always put out a scarecrow and some pumpkins. My front step has a basket with gourds and I have hung out my fall flag, the one with apples. This is such a pretty time of the year.

Today syfy is presenting scary monsters like the boogeyman. My sister always thought he lived under her bed. Lots of kids did. If he wasn’t under the bed, everyone knew he was hiding in the closet. The boogeyman only came out at night. Things just aren’t scary in the light of day. If I hear a noise and the dog barks, I throw caution to the wind in the daytime and throw open the front door to see what might be going on, something which made Gracie bark. At night I proceed far more slowly. I turn the outside light on and look out the windows at the top of the door. Gracie is usually right behind waiting for that door to open. She’s as curious as I am. When I open the door, we never see anything.

I remember one night when Maggie, another Boxer of mine, jumped out of bed, stood at the top of the stairs and barked her scariest, deepest bark. I jumped out of bed and turned the hall light on and was ready to go downstairs. Just as I did that, Maggie turned around and jumped on the bed. She had scared the bejesus out of me but there she was unconcerned and back to sleep. I wondered if maybe a fox or a coyote had walked by the house. I never thought about the boogeyman.

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8 Comments on ““Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We don’t have the boogeyman here, we might have a monster or the occasional ghost in the closet or under the bed though 🙂

    I’m never worried when my dogs bark at night, I can walk straight out in to the night with perhaps a flashlight as best. Just like the ones in a horror movie that belongs to the first to die 🙂 Barking usually means someone passing outside the gate. Growling however scares me more, that means someone or something walks in my garden. not deers, foxes or bardgers though, they are used to them by now.

    No use in having things like pumpkins outside here if we have those nasty cold nights, they freeze and becomes rather ugly 🙂 Dried corn would work though and I don’t think birds understand what that is since corn fields are rare in Sweden and there’s rarely corn in the bird seeds either.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Here the Boogeyman is a big threat. My sister used to have my parents check under her bed.

      I always check when Gracie barks but tentatively in case something is out there. You would definitely be the first to die. You are that character in the horror movies who sees the blood on the stairs but goes up anyway! Gracie does both. The growl in her throat is the scariest of all.

      Eventually my pumpkin will get ugly anyway. The spawns take bites out of it every year until they realize they don’t like it. I turn the bites to the back.

      I had dried corn on my door, and it disappeared-the spawns took the whole bunch off the door.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My old dog Tegan would bark at anything and everything that went by the house.
    Rocky only barks at some things, usually cars or other dogs. Coyotes and turkeys get the special low growling bark along with raised hackles and lots of huffing and stalking about the house. That bark puts me a little on guard.

    One of my cats used to give me pause mostly because she possessed the ability to teleport. How else could she always be on the wrong side of the door without anyone having opened it?
    She also “saw” things. One evening she walked into the living room, stopped dead in her tracks and stared intently at a point in space in the middle of the room about 2 1/2 feet off the floor. After a minute of this staring she continued on her way but stepped very carefully around that point leaving a very wide berth. I checked. No spiders hanging from the ceiling. Nothing there at all. Nothing that I could see.

    It started out foggy and then the sun came out for a bit. Now it’s cloudy and grey again. Maybe it will rain some more.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Gracie has her hackles up from her neck down her back. She stands on the front step of the deck and barks and up goes that hair. I never see what she’s barking at.

      Cats can be really tricky creatures. I think their consorting with witches gave them magical powers. That car might have been spoofing you on purpose.

      It is cold and damp right now.

      Have a great evening!!

  3. Bob Says:

    Finally we are getting a good thunderstorm directly overhead. Right now it’s raining, thundering and lightning. Just what we needed. This afternoon it finally cooled down enough that I needed a light jacket.

    Of course the local newspaper would relegate the Sox to the bottom half of the sports page because all news is really local. Once you actually leave bean town the real stories happen to the local kids playing high school football.

    When I was a kid I was afraid of thunder and lightning as well as the monsters in the closet as well as under the bed. The fall decorations show up here about a week before Halloween. When Halloween comes the pumpkins appear on some people’s front lawns.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I love thunderstorms, the sound and the fury. The air always feels so much cooler after a good storm.

      The local paper covers the whole cape and also state and national news, but that is relegated to snippets in comparison to the Globe. I read that first for the news then go local which I do enjoy.

      The decorations are mostly fall. Few are for Halloween this early in the month. Mostly I see mums and uncut pumpkins. In a couple of weeks Halloween will start showing up in yards.

  4. Beto Says:

    We had some rain last night and the Toads are of much sport over the good fortune. Their love songs ringing in the cool wet air.
    The crickets are active as well and the chirping chorus they create mixes with Toads peeping love notes. Rising and ebbing.
    The dogs lay transfixed by the rumble.
    I met Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard at an Arts Festival here and bought a Didgeridoo from them. The Toads get jazzed by its tones.
    I played this cut from their album “The Dreaming Gate” out on the deck one summers day and the Blue Jays were jumping around the yard and playing in the sprinkler , in time with the beat.
    Astounding. I dared not move while it was happening lest I break the magic moment. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but….

    • katry Says:

      Beto,
      I love the summer sounds of the frogs at the pond neat the end of my street and the night insects. I would welcome the joy of the toads after a rainstorm.

      The nights get colder and the sounds begin to disappear as the frogs hide in the mud to keep warm while some of the insects cocoon until summer.

      I listened to it all even before I read what it was I knew the instrument. I will have to play it on my deck to see if my birds are as enchanted.


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