“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.”

Warm days are coming back starting tomorrow. That’s a good thing as last night was cold. When I woke up, the house was 61˚ so I gave in and turned on the heat. It’s cozy now.

The sunlight seems sharper this time of year. In summer the light touches everything. In the fall the light is more focused. Summer light is scattered and strewn about. It shines through the leaves. This time of year the light is behind the leaves as if the sun is getting stingier. Winter is not so far away.

I wore socks yesterday. My sandals are back in the closet. Just a short while ago I was sweating from the heat of Ghana where the coolest day was 95˚. Now I’m staying warm by wearing a sweatshirt inside the house. I’m just fine with that.

I don’t want to watch the news anymore. I don’t want to hear about the election, about drug tests, sexual assault or threats of violence. We have always taken pride in the peaceful transition of government. I’m afraid that will no longer be true.

Yesterday I treated myself to lunch and a whoopie pie for dessert. I had my favorite panini: avocado, cheddar, bacon with horseradish sauce on focaccia bread. The whoopie was filled with cream. It was the perfect finish for the meal.

My sister makes whoopie pies all the time. Her kids, a little old to be called kids but I still do, ask for whoopie pies on their birthdays instead of cake. The recipe is an old one from my other sister who first made the whoopies in home ec class in elementary school. The whoopies from that recipe are the best ever. My sister hasn’t yet passed along that recipe though she has been asked by her daughter-in-law. It has now become a family heirloom, a secret recipe.

Tonight is game night. I haven’t won recently. I’m hoping that trend will end.

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17 Comments on ““The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Ok, what’s a woopie pie? You don’t have to give us the family recipe just a description.

    This is the most entertaining and scary presidential election campaign in our history. The scary part is that Trump is now claiming the system is rigged against him and implying that he and his followers would not support a Hillary Clinton Presidency. Already openly armed supporters of Trump are protesting outside of Democratic Party offices in Virginia. And claim they will be poll watching on Election Day. This is scary stuff. The GOP has imploded. The inmates have taken over the asylum. Does GOP now stand for ‘Grab Our Pussies’. 🙂 I never heard or said stuff like that in a locker room. Of course I don’t hang around the same class of locker rooms as Trump. 🙂

    I assume that folks from places like Chicago who travel to the Caribbean in January have to carry winter coats with them for the drive to and from home and the Airport. 🙂

    Another beautiful day here with clear skies, low to mid 80s temperatures and low humidity. No wonder the State Fair of Texas is run in October here in Dallas.

    • katry Says:

      A whoopie pie is pure heaven. It is a sandwich of two cake-like circles of chocolate filled with cream.


      I agree with both of your descriptions. I think, like you, that if Trump is defeated there will be riots. The mobs will be armed. Trump is encouraging it. Most men it seems don’t hang around the locker rooms Trump does. I read an old woman saying she has signed up to watch for the bus loads of illegal aliens Hillary is bringing to the polls.

      When I got home this time, it was cold outside. I didn’t even have a long sleeve shirt.

      It is also a beautiful day here but it is in the 60’s, perfect New England fall weather.

      • Bob Says:

        It looks like a round Suzy Q. I’m sure your home made woopie pie is better. Anything made with chocolate is wonderful.

        Unfortunately, many Trump supporters believe in an unlimited interpretation of the second amendment and are scared to death of the government. They constantly bring up the Branch Dividian raid in Waco as an example of why everyone should be armed to the teeth. Hunters and gun enthusiasts are one thing, but having to own a sub machine gun for personal protection is ludicrous. That is unless you are a sociopath or slightly deranged. Oh, a description of a Trump supporter. 🙂 Many of my coworkers really believe the birther nonsense and are scared that Obama and Hillary are coming for their guns. 🙁

  2. im6 Says:

    Don’t scare me like that !!!!! I got my email notifications about your postings and then saw the songs on Facebook and I couldn’t help but go, “OH NO, She’s fallen again!” I’m so thrilled to discover that’s not the case.

    I’m going to change the mood with a song that *sort of* goes with part of today’s theme. A surprisingly good vocal by a knockout actress from one of my very favorite films of all time. Let’s all sizzle and swoon with Ms. Pfeiffer…

    • katry Says:

      I didn’t mean to scare you. I was just playing with the season. So far I have remained upright.

      This song fits just fine. It is amazing. Her whole interpretation is just so sensual.

      This is also a favorite movie which I haven’t seen in a whole long time-thanks for the reminder.

      • Hedley Says:

        I was with you on this im6, I think it was very bad form by Kat to suggest she had hit the pavement….again. We have only just got through the concept of her being drilled down the sacred croc pond but a not very sacred croc.

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        It was not my intention to give the impression I had fallen again. To reiterate, I thought using fall in a different sense than the season was clever.

        As promised I did not go near the croc. I did go near the elephants.

  3. greg washington Says:

    i fell for it too! i was introduced to whoopee pies when we moved to maine in1967. and something called devil dogs. glad you are okay!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, greg.

      Sorry, I never gave the fall any thought. I was intent on my play on titles.

      It is true that whoopie pies seem to be a New England thing. They are one of my favorite of all desserts.

  4. Hedley Says:

    #72 battled to a 14-14 tie to finish his season. The clock keeper was somewhat flamboyant in his interpretation of running time allowing Holy Family to tie the game at the end. Pumpa was making noise as the St Larry Mustangs gave it there all

    I drifted in to the garden early before the rains set it. I am almost ready for the raking that will be demanded shortly.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m glad the season ended so well for the Prince. It’s good Pumpa was making noise!

      My lawn is totally clear of pine needles. The man with the machine came yesterday. I am far better writing a check and not raking any more.

  5. olof1 Says:

    It’ll stay cool here and cloudy the predictions says but they said that about yesterday and today too and both were quite sunny and very nice. They did get the cool thing right though. The radiators are on since a while back but these last days they haven’t been working especially hard.

    I do read the news with great interest and it is of course about Your coming elections. It’s usually bad here but nothing compared to how it is over at Yours now. One could think it would be an easy win for Hillary but those right wing nutters are more willing to vote I’m afraid.

    I’ve never eater a whoopie pie but I found some recipes so I might try to make some. They don’t look too hard to bake.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I haven’t had the heat on since this morning so the day did get warm. It is going to be a warm week.

      Trump is setting up in case he loses. He said the election is rigged. He has also lost ground among women, not surprising. Only high school educated women are staying with him. Nutters is a great description.

      I guarantee that whoopies are delicious!

      Have a great evening!

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My heat is set to 65ºF. So far it might come on once during the night and it usually comes on just before dawn when the temperature drops for some reason that I might google to find out the why of. 🙂 The days have been sunny enough that the front porch heats up a lot so I open the door to let the heat IN.

    One of my friends and I used to do the annual xmas cookie baking thing. She was the baker. I was the helper. She’d send me home with a load of baked good among which were whoopie pies. They weren’t my favorite. I always ate them first to get them out of the way. I much preferred her baklava.
    I’m thinking I need that panini, though. 🙂

    Today was warm and mostly cloudy. Should be a good sunset.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My heat wasn’t on which is why the house got so cold. I have mine set to go up in increments and to be 68˚ by 8:30.

      I like baklava, but I love whoopie pies. That panini is the one I always get, number 14. I got a panini machine so I could make my own. I now buy the already cut avocados from Stop & Shop.

      It is cloudy here so the sun is a ball of light behind those clouds. It was warm here as well. Tuesday could get to 70˚. I’m taking my sister out to lunch that day. Her birthday was last week, and I always take her to lunch. She picks the spot. There is a new Asian fusion restaurant in Stoneham, and she is thinking of our trying it.

      Have a great evening!

  7. Beto Says:

    It’s a warm Fall here but nothing out of the ordinary..
    Truly blissful afternoons out Squirrel hunting with the Dogs….
    Something has happened to Hawk…so we have to take up the slack.
    I fear someone used rodent poison outdoors and he picked up a sick rat…so irresponsible, but we have many people moving out here who don’t know how to take care of the environment…they put poison everywhere…
    Wish it were cooler out…but …Pie anyway

    • katry Says:

      With days in the 60’s, fall has been just right.
      Tonight I open the window again. I’m always glad for the fresh air.
      I use have a heart traps to catch my mice.

      I ate apple crumble for dessert. Apples are the fruit for fall.

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