“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

Summer is busy packing. Gone are days on the deck, the flowers in the front garden, movie nights, hotdogs and burgers on the grill and the bright, warm sun. Fall is impatiently waiting in the wings for its big arrival tonight. Colorful leaves, crisp mornings, mums, pumpkins in all sizes and shapes, gourds and bales of hay are waiting their turn. Warm days and cool nights are already here. At 10:29 tonight fall is official.

My windows are open as summer is leaving with a flourish. It will be in the mid 70’s today. The day is lovely and smells of flowers.

When I was a kid, the start of school was the start of the year for me. It meant the end of carefree days, bike riding, bare feet and playing outside after dark. New rules applied. The street light turning on meant the end of playing outside for the day. Homework had to be done, and we were forced to go to bed early. Mornings started all too soon. Breakfast was first, then getting dressed for school then leaving with book bag and lunch in hand.

The school day never changed. We had the same subjects at the same time except art and music which were random and not every day. In music we learned songs like My Grandfather’s Clock. In art we used colored pencils or crayons. We made cards for our parents for every holiday. I loved art but I was horrible. I never moved beyond stick figures. In music I couldn’t carry a tune, but I enjoyed singing. The academics were my strongest suit.

Even when I was young, I thought fall was the prettiest season. Front steps had pumpkins and sometimes sheaves of hay. The red and yellow leaves were glorious. On Saturdays we could smell the burning leaves and see the smoke from so many fires billow and curl into the air. Fall was a feast for the senses.

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19 Comments on ““Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.””

  1. gomerfudd Says:

    We are heading to the low 90’s for Wed, Thur and possibly Friday. This cannot be Montana in September!

    I do agree that Autumn is the most laid back season of the year (usually)!


    • katry Says:

      We won’t hit even 80˚ again. We had a bit of rain last night but it didn’t last long.

      Autumn has few expectation!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Another Bloody Weather Report

    The Sunday morning skies were dark, the rain had continued since Saturday evening when the Michigan game was interrupted for 2 1/2 hours. The Terrier and I drifted out early to heavy breezes. Big Rick had descended on my house wanting to bike and I thought my refusal was good given how generally unpleasant it was.

    Somewhere around 6.00 am a EF1 tornado drilled a neighborhood 2 miles immediately south of us. Mrs MDH and I lived there once upon a time and Big Rick lives one street over. Rochester got famous immediately for something other than being a great place to live. We woz on CNN and everything.

    I talked to Big Rick…..any damage ?…..slept right through it said he, which is pretty impressive given the epicenter was a modest 200 yards from his back deck.

    2014 has been Al Gorean but for the invention of the internet. 94.8 inches of snow breaking a 130 year record, 5 inches of rain in an afternoon blowing away a record held since 1925 (Before Lennie) and now a friggin tornado aggravating the neighborhood.

    The Detroit Lions pounded that Wisconsin Cheddar team maybe I can adapt

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Your weather is totally uninviting, and I understand keeping the bike in the garage. Big Rick will have to adjust to common sense.

      I know there have been a couple of tornados in the western part of this state, but they have been infrequent, far apart in time. 2 miles is darn close and a neighborhood where you lived makes the destruction a bit personal.

      I would want to wake up in case I needed to gather the animals and get to the cellar or somewhere safe.

      The weather has become scary in many ways. You had all that snow, the midwest was flooded, the west coast has a drought and now, as you said, a tornado is added to the mix. I don’t look forward to winter.

      • Hedley Says:

        BTW, I attempted to listen to the new Lennie which might be over long at 35 minutes. Some girly voices, some brass section and then our chum just talking. I made it 10 minutes Sorry Birgit

      • katry Says:

        I heard the one song, and I do dislike talking. I admit I didn’t listen all the way through.

      • Hedley Says:

        The New Musical Express gave it an 8/10 and found it humorous and sensual including a song about Lennie doing Lennie stuff…..yucky.

      • katry Says:

        I wonder who wrote that review. Perhaps their standards are lowered when you reach 80.

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, speaking of Cohen, no sorry needed, I didn’t say that I like it or will even buy it. I was just surprised that it wasn’t as bad as expected in consideration of his very limited vocal range. For me the album worked quite well as background music (think supermarket) while working on the computer. After all Lennie jokes he deserved a listen-for-free link on KTCC on his birthday 😉
        PS: Stay safe weather-wise!
        PPS: I’m curious to hear about Lennie and Gracie at the dump. Will Judy Collins sing Amazing Gracie?

      • katry Says:

        I’m loving Amazing Gracie!

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit it is under construction, watch this space

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s very un-Fall-like here. My windows are all open, too. The sun is shining and there are big puffy clouds in a blue, blue sky. My kind of weather.

    The beginning of the school year was the beginning of the year for me, as well. Grade school was pretty much the same except for My Grandfather’s Clock. I don’t remember learning that one. We did stuff like The Happy Wanderer and the one about Lilies of the Valley by my garden walk. I had that songbook up until a few years ago when it disappeared in The Great Cellar Clean Up.
    The best part of art class was getting the brand new tin of 8 Crayola crayons. It was so exciting to have clean, unbroken, unpeeled crayons. We were practically shaking with anticipation. It only took a few days for the crayons to get messy and the clean white interior of the tin to become stained with crayon marks. The art teacher always had pristine crayons. I think we secretly hated her for that. 🙂

    I had a dentist appointment for today but had to cancel because I’ve got a bug of some kind and really didn’t feel like being upside down for any length of time. I’m hanging around nursing myself. It’s okay. I have ice cream and steak and chips. I’ll live. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.
    Oh, and don’t forget to save some downed leaves to burn for the closing of the deck ritual.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It was a lovely day here as well, but with the day waning it has begun to get cold. There is quite a breeze as well. I just shut the windows.

      I remember learning The Happy Wanderer too. It must have been part of music for school across the country. I don’t know the Lilies of the Valley song.

      My crayons always came in a box as we had to buy our own. It didn’t take long before we’d use them so much we’d have to peel the paper. At home we had a box filled with stubs of crayons. It had all colors of crayon marks on the inside top and sides of the cigar box.

      The leaves haven’t turned yet, but thanks for the reminder as I had forgotten.

      Feel better!

  4. olof1 Says:

    Cool days are followed by cold nights here, we’ll have our first night with frost now. I can feel it in the air and they predict it too. It will kill lots of moose flies and some mosquitoes so that’s a plus. I’ll have to scrape the car windows tomorrow moening and that’s a minus 🙂

    I always wondered why school started in autumn when the year started in winter and I still do to be honest. We had art and music every week atthe same day and time and I loved those hours. I guess it helped that I was good in both 🙂 But math, history, religion and geography was my favorite subjects.

    I have always been a spring person but autumn is ok 🙂 We have too few maples here to get any great colors. our birch trees get yellow one day, brown the next and the third day the leafs fall off 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Your bugs last a long time. We have only a short black fly season in May or June and then all we have is just a regular house fly every now and then.

      I always hate the first frost because winter follows behind it so closely.

      If we didn’t start in fall but started in winter we’d have to go to school in the summer because we’d have the fall off for vacation. That would be too few a number of days of school to have two seasons off.

      This is my favorite season. I do love when spring arrives but fall is so pretty. We have pine and oak and mostly red leaves. None have started to turn yet as the nights haven’t been cold enough.

      Have a great evening!

  5. Coleen Says:

    Why did I just have a flashback to childhood…do you remember taking leaves and wax paper and ironing it into some sort of picture?

    Why did we do this? Hey, art was never a great subject for me either…



    • katry Says:

      Yes, we did the same thing. We’d ironed the leaves between two pieces of wax paper, but not in school. We did that at home. We didn’t have any irons in school.

      This was more like doing crafts than art and not much of a chance to mess it up.


  6. flyboybob Says:

    Fall weather is relative. Today when I got into the car after work the temperature only read 87 instead of 95 yesterday. A cold front came through this morning and drooped the temperature but no rain.

    Autumn in Texas begins with the start of the football season regardless of weather.

    • katry Says:

      To a lot of people football is the start of autumn.

      I lived where the temperature was over 100˚ most days during the harmattan and the dry season. I was young then and managed to survive. I wouldn’t choose to live in such heat now.

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