“Autumn’s the mellow time.”

Where are the cheers, the accolades, the parades? This has been my most productive week in a long time. I went off cape one night and was busy every day doing errands and chores. I even paid the dreaded bills. I feel so accomplished.

Fall is so much quieter than summer. Kids are in school so I don’t hear them playing outside any more. The lawns don’t get mowed as much. Nobody is out on their decks at nights. Windows are closed as the nights get downright cold. I always think of this time of year as a dress rehearsal for winter.

Today is dump day, and I need to go to the grocery store for just a few things.

The town where I grew up had a dump, but I never went there. The trash was picked up off the sidewalk by men in big trucks so there wasn’t any need for a dump run. My friend’s house was right near the dump, but it wasn’t what you’d expect living close to the dump because you couldn’t smell it. The dump wasn’t for household trash but for things like fridges and old furniture. The cape has no trash services, no trucks, no men hauling barrels. We all go to the dump or pay for private trash companies. The old dump had giant hills of trash. From the highway you could see the trash hills and the seagulls circling them hoping to find food. From way off you could smell the dump and you could hear the caws of the seagulls, noisy birds. You found a spot and you threw your trash bags. That was my father’s dump. He wouldn’t enjoy going to the dump much now. There are bins for trash and no trash can be loose. There is a huge line of recycle bins. There aren’t any seagulls.

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12 Comments on ““Autumn’s the mellow time.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’re not allowed to take our trash to the dump ourselves, they come to pick it up every second Friday here in the countryside. Sweden actually import trash because we actually produce too little since we burn it for heat. The Norwegians are a bit angry at us because they want to do the same but we take all their trash away from them 🙂

    We’ve had a just wonderful day here, just enough warm to walk around in a t-shirt but it won’t last for much longer, the rain and cold weather starts at Sunday according to the latest predictions. >I might need to mow the lawn tomorrow and I guess it might be the last time this year, at least I hope so 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I know our trash gets picked up from the dump and brought somewhere, but I don’t know where. I just know the price of dumping it gets higher all the time. Last year I had to pay over $100.00 for my dump sticker. Some towns now charge by the bag.

      I just went outside and decided to put on a sweatshirt before I go to the dump. It is chilly. The house is even chilly. I need socks.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We had a great dump. It didn’t smell because the garbage truck took away all that nasty stuff. Our dump had things. Precious, cast off treasures for us children to find as we picked our way through it from the woods. I still have a silver plated Paul Revere style bowl that I picked from that dump decades ago. It was tarnished and some of the plating had worn off but it was a treasure to me. My mother didn’t make me throw it away, either, which was surprising. Many, many years later QVC sold a product that would put the silver back on to things like my bowl. I bought it and it worked. My trash bowl looks almost new.
    I still have trash picking urges. Every time there’s a big trash day, I drive around and see many things that my fingers are itching to rescue and rehabilitate from the curbside. Thankfully, I drive a little jeep and nothing will fit in it. Saved from a life of hoarding old chairs and tables until I got around to refinishing them. 🙂

    It’s a lovely day. Only two errands, one to the pet store for canned dog food and one to the grocery store for a 10 lb bag of ice so I could break a $10 and pay the paper boy.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Now the dumps have building for you to put your gently used treasures for people to pick up. Ours isn’t open all that much but when it is, it is crowded.

      That is cool to have your dump picking still. My brother-in-law picks up stuff and he and my sister have a yard sale down the road when they have enough stuff. I also look but have no space for a single thing more.

      I’m about to head out to the dump and grocery store then I’m done for the day.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Barefoot summer time is over and socks autumn time started. Today I slipped on my socks on the kitchen floor, hurt my arm and dislocated a finger. Silly move. I thought the finger was broken because it looked really funny, but now it’s back where it belongs. Socks are dangerous, can I have summer back?

    • katry Says:

      You need to buy the low socks with the tread on the bottom. They’ll stop you from falling.

      You sound like me! I would definitely do something like that.

      I wish I could give summer back to you!

  4. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I want summer back too– since I was ill most of it.
    Here, they pick up the trash in front of your home. There are recycle bins, ( paper, glass, leave and twigs) and garbage.
    I am healing from the sciatica, but slowly.
    This was one of my busiest weeks. I saw Barbara Dane, ( part of the “A Wild Woman Sings the Blues” presented by the Harry Bridge’s Project. Producer Ian Ruskin was there to play part of program and there was an question and answer period at the end.
    On Wednesday I saw Wednesday. I went to a free performance for seniors ( two nights before the show opened) at a local theater.
    It was an excellent performance. Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qjn5DxGScM

    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I’m sorry you missed summer but maybe you can take in as much of fall as you can. In some days, it is nicer than summer.

      I separate my trash as well into a variety of recycles. I then move from bin to bin. Today I had a huge amount of cardboard, unusual for me.

      Sciatica is a bitch, so much pain.

      I am a Barbara Dane fan and she has appeared often on Coffee.

      You had a full week of entertainment. I was happy finishing my errands and having a night out the the Foodie Crawl. You are becoming the belief of the ball!

  5. im6 Says:

    A birthday worth noting today. Mama Cass would have been 73. This video may have been shared here before, but, if so, it’s worth sharing again. Could there possibly be a more Coffee-ready trio?

    • katry Says:

      I think you share it a long while back so I went and bought the DVD of Mama Cass’ program. This is total perfection. I doubt I could fine a better meld of three wonderful voices.

      Sadly two of them have passed away.

      I can’t wrap it around my head that Mama Cass would have been 73.

  6. MT C Says:

    Can’t say that I miss the flying rats or the smell.

    We lived right down the road from the ‘dump’ and would go there often, not only to deposit trash/garbage, but also to excite the rats. I say excite as the .22 we had an accuracy rating of zero at 20 feet and the bullets would nearly go that far. But the tin cans really suffered.

    These last couple of days have been cool mornings with warm sunshine and a nice breeze (25 – 40 mph, Great Falls would be the true Windy City IF it were really a city). Today and through next week are supposed to be the same. A very enjoyable Autumn.

    Now if the snow will just hold off until after Halloween, it would be totally nice. But snow is the usual for the Trick or Treater’s and breaking with the traditional costumes over snow suits would be hard to take.


    • katry Says:

      I can see how the dump would be enticing to boys. I can ever understand rat hunting. Strangely enough, I never saw any rats at our old dump. Maybe they were good at camouflage.

      Our weather is just like that. The nights and moorings are chilly, but today will hit 70˚.

      My sister in Colorado usually gets her first heavy snow in October, and I remember one Halloween when it was snowing so hard none could go out. I think they did it the next night.I’d have been devastated.

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