“Leaves leave this world in beautiful fall colors and songs.”

I have returned. My computer is working just fine; Gracie is outside barking, and I am in a far better mood. I went to the ATM and got $100.00. I then got gas as the little gas pump had appeared, and finally, I went to a vintage/handicrafts fair. Now I have $10.00 and several bags. Spending money and buying presents were just what I needed to get me out of that funk. I bought Christmas presents and a few stocking stuffers. I still need bread and cream, maybe later.

Today was another lovely day. If I were a kid, I’d want to jump into a pile of leaves. It’s just that sort of day.

I remember the piles of leaves up and down the street on a Saturday afternoon. All the fathers raked on Saturdays as if it were a rule. My dad had a bamboo rake. I remember he had a pattern to his raking. He’d leave a few small piles here and there then join them into a giant pile he’d rake then sweep to the street. After that was the burning. I loved the smell of burning leaves, and I loved to watch them burn. First came smoke in the middle of the pile then they’d be a small flame. My dad watched and monitored the burning. He always warned us not to get too close, but we got as close as we dared. After the burning, I loved how my jacket always smelled like the smoke.

Turning the clock back means I get an extra hour of sleep, but then again I figure I am just getting the hour which was taken in March. I still don’t get the need for daylight saving time. It seems you can pick and choose which seems to complicate the whole time thing. Hawaii and most of Arizona don’t observe daylight savings (the exception is the Navajos, who do observe daylight saving time on tribal lands). Throw it out is my advice.

I wore a flannel shirt outside today, and I was plenty warm. I thought about adding a vest, but sometimes I live dangerously.

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16 Comments on ““Leaves leave this world in beautiful fall colors and songs.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I raked yesterday. Mostly black walnuts. I would not want to jump into a pile of those. It would hurt and I’d be covered in brown stains that wouldn’t wash off. There are a lot more walnuts to rake up, too. Eventually.
    The one pleasant part of raking black walnuts is that they have the most amazing smell. It’s a very green smell and pleasantly pungent. It pairs well with fallen leaves, damp grass and autumn air. It more than makes up for the missing burning leaf smell.
    I hope you will remember to burn a small bunch of leaves during your deck closing ceremony.

    I don’t use a rake for the walnuts or leaves. I use a Great Rake which is actually a manure fork for cleaning out horse stalls. It’s perfect for fallen walnuts. I can turn it around and the tines work like a rake to pull leaves into piles. Used the right way, it slides through grass and picks up the walnuts in it’s shallow basket-like head. It’s like a cranberry scoop on a rake handle. I even use it for shoveling snow. Works for all kinds of snow except powder.

    Today is mostly cloudy with bouts of bright sunshine. I have done nothing all day except surf the net. But I was productive enough on Wednesday and Friday so it’s all good.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m not so sure raking walnuts would be fun. I’m thinking they don’t rake as easily as leaves. The pleasantly pungent smell is one I recognize. I also love the smell from digging in dirt and finding it a bit damp.

      I will remember to burn the leaves. I thought about that when I was writing about the smell of burning leaves.

      I looked up the manure rake and saw two different ones. I figure you are using the one with many tines. It reminds me of a cranberry scoop.

      I didn’t do anything more than shopping at the fair and watering the plants. I did take a nap but a headache and a loud meowing cat woke me up. Maddie hasn’t slept upstairs since Fern; instead, she meows so loud she wakes me up.

      Today was a warmish day for November.

  2. Hedley Says:

    I am in high domestic mode.Bags are filling with leaves and pine needles, more landscape lights are being switched out and I am generally motoring around enjoying a beautiful Michigan Fall day. Our eyes feast on brilliant reds and greens and golds above and the gentle winds bring a kaleidoscope to our lawns

    UofM is rolling and our Sparty is 5 gears in reverse. Just when you think it can’t get any worse they lose to friggin Illinois.

    We have started The Crown on Netflix. I’m enjoying it but I don’t see how it will appeal to American audiences (I stand ready to be corrected) Lizzie2 ain’t no Dolores.

    The Chapel calls for 5:30 Mass, the Prince is onboard. Life is very kind.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I can see your lawn filled with leaves and pine needles. Those colors are a bright memory from my childhood. The biggest elm street stood across the street until felled by a hurricane. It would fill the yards and street with its leaves. I used to like yellow leaves the best.

      My lawn has been cleaned a few times, but it is again filled with mostly pine needles. My landscaper will have his guys clean it a few more times.

      I saw a few highlights from The Crown, but it didn’t pique my interest. You do not stand corrected.

      It is a quiet night after what ended up being a good day. I’m happy.

  3. BG Says:

    OK, here’s where I break from the norm.:) I don’t rake the leaves in my yard – at all – even though all my neighbors give me dirty looks.
    Although I won’t deny that laziness plays a part, there are a number of reasons for it. It’s spelled out in this article, if anyone is interested. Maybe I can start a movement, who knows…

    • katry Says:

      Those are wonderful reasons to keep the leaves in the yard. If I had leaves, I would gladly leave them and not mind incurring the wrath of my neighbors; instead, I have pine needles. They are unhealthy for the lawn and really need to be raked to allow the lawn to have sun and water.

      I would have to admit laziness, but I just write a check to my landscaper.

  4. Bob Says:

    When I was a kid in NYC my uncle would rake the leaves and bag them. I don’t remember burning the leaves. I assumed that they went into the trash. Here the leaves haven’t even begun to turn and the weather is just now reaching high temperatures of the mid 70s.

    My neighborhood here was developed in 1961 and there are large oak trees around the property. I dislike the trees and their leaves because their roots suck up huge amounts of water and when the trees are planted close to the building the slab foundation will shift and crack. You can’t dig basements here due to the clay soils which will shift and cause it to collapse which is why the slab shifts. Later this month crews will begin removing the roots from the trees around the buildings that go under the foundation and install root barriers. Hopefully by rehydrating the soil under the foundation will restore it to it’s original level position and by blocking the roots will keep it there after installing a water system under the slab to prevent shifting in the future. In my next life I plan on owning a foundation repair company and retiring early. 🙂

    How did you get your Mac working again?

    • Bob Says:

      BTW I like daylight savings. I would much rather come home from work and have an extra hour of daylight. I can go to work in the dark without any problems. I vote for year round daylight savings. I read where there’s a movement in Massachusetts to move to Atlantic time in session Eastern.

      • katry Says:

        If it was year-round daylight saving, then it wouldn’t be daylight savings anymore.

        Yes, there was a movement but it seems to have died.

    • katry Says:

      They were always burned when I was a kid. The burning was stopped when people realized it was bad for air quality. Now the leaves are bagged and brought to a special section of the dump where they are mulched.

      We all have cellars here. The Cape has mostly scrub oak and scrub pine trees. I do have a different tree in my yard, which I don’t know the name of, and it was growing under the bottom of my driveway and making cracks. That didn’t matter though as the bottom of the driveway is behind a gate, a part of the fence.

      The circle is just when it is busy and won’t open anything. I closed down a few programs and all was well.

  5. lilydarkl Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It seems like your spirits are up. I do have an odd question.
    In the middle of the comments page, there is an ad for one of one man who is running for Mayor in Berkeley. He is a rather cruel fellow, and one I would not vote for. It’s the first time I’ve seen this on your blog.

    Living dangerously is the best way to live.

    Lori and her crew

    • katry Says:

      I am feeling better. Thanks!

      I have no control over the ads. I don’t even see them. I just get this notice, “Occasionally, some of your visitors may see an advertisement here You can hide these ads completely by upgrading to one of our paid plans.”

      I never mind living on the edge.

  6. olof1 Says:

    We’re still having that snowstorm here but it doesn’t look as if we’ve gotten as much snow as they first predicted here. Still, any snow is too much snow 🙂

    I never rake those leafs away, for the same reasons they say in the link BG posted. If I do anything with them I’ll just mow them with the mower but I do remember those leaf piles being burnt when I was a kid too.
    The only thing they burn here now days are those silage balls and hay balls which has become too old or damaged in any way and that smell is rather nasty 🙂 They are quite often very humid and sort of just glows away, not the same at all 🙂

    Most of us really dislike the time changing over here. Either keep the time we have or keep the daylight savings time we have during summer. They now know that the rate of heart attacks increases a lot when they do this in early spring and late autumn and up here in the north it’s just stupid to do it since we have daylight almost all day in summer 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I totally agree that any snow is too much snow. I’m hoping we are a long way from the first storm.

      In Ghana, they always burned the field after harvesting. Fires and smoke were all I could see. They should have left the fields to rot and enrich the fields, like the leaves on the lawn, but burning was their tradition.

      The original reason for daylight savings was World War I. It was stopped after the war but restarted during World War II and never stopped. I don’t know the reason anymore.

      • olof1 Says:

        The ashes after they have burned the field is actually perfect fertilizer for the soil. It is especially rich in lime but it also contains loads of micro nutrients the plants need. The only bad ting with it is that winds can blow it away.

      • katry Says:

        The problem is the soil is depleted as they plant the same crops year after year.

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