“Autumn is the time of picturesque tranquility.”

Last night the wind sounded like a freight train. I know it’s a cliche, but it perfectly describes what I was hearing. The wind blew in gales. In between the gales it was quiet if only by comparison. I think it was the wildest wind since the start of the storm. This is day four of the remnants of Jose. Earlier this morning it was raining loudly enough to hear. At other times the rain has been misty, quiet. The wind is still raging.

My deck and yard are filled with fallen leaves and smaller branches. Every time I go out, a few leaves are blown inside the house. All of them are shriveled and dead.

The birds are at the feeders in such numbers the sunflower and thistle feeders need to be refilled. I’ll just have to brave the rain. I don’t want to disappoint all those birds.

I did finish my errands yesterday. At the doctor’s they had snacks to thank us for getting our flu shots. I had a chocolate chip cookie and a mini-cupcake. Last night the spot where I got the shot itched a bit, and the spot hurts a little today. I’ll just have to be brave.

Last night I was cold so I grabbed a light blanket and snuggled a bit under it. This morning when I woke up the house was at 67˚. Since then, the temperature has risen a couple of degrees but not enough as I’m still a bit chilly, but I refuse to turn on the heat this early in the season. I’m still taken aback by having to use the AC the last couple of days because of the humidity. It is late for the AC and too early for the heat. Weather has gone amok.

Today is the autumn equinox, a beginning and an end: the end of summer and the beginning of fall, autumn. The nights will now be longer than the days.

When I was a kid, I loved when the leaves were falling. On our way to school, we would walk in the gutters kicking leaves and watching them fly. I remember yellow the most.

The only things on my to do list are to order groceries and finally get the laundry finished, or rather get it started. It is still upstairs. I have no ambition whatsoever, but I guess I could scare up enough energy to order groceries on line.

Rain is predicted for tomorrow as are wind gusts up to 45 MPH. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are supposed to be sunny and in the low 70’s. I’ll believe it when I see it. All this rain has made me gloomy and skeptical.

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8 Comments on ““Autumn is the time of picturesque tranquility.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Its a mid summer like 89F here in Michigan. Mrs MDH and I walk our community every evening and there are already leaves turning and departing their branches. I have been generally grizzling that the evenings are drawing in and we are not getting to the end of the first Steve Harvey without putting the lights on.

    This weekend the ball is in the air. Tottenham Hotspur travel to West Ham early on Saturday morning in a derby game usually filled with bad temper. In the evening Notre Dame and their stupid mascot come to East Lansing (my kids and spouses are going) and then on Sunday Americas Team under the direction of Matthew Stafford entertain the choke artists known as the Falcons.

    Football, warm weather, beer and a trip down the Chapel – really it doesn’t get much better than this

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Boston will be in the low 80’s by Wednesday. We’ll be in the 70’s which is a delight this time of year. All this rain is tiring. I need a bit of sun, even a small bit would help.

      The changing leaves are pretty and sad at the same time. I guess it is their job to brighten the last warm days. We get mostly reds from the oak trees. I do miss the yellows.

      I’m still watching my Sox. They made the playoffs, but we are hoping they’ll win the division. They are 3 games ahead of the Yankees who are also winning. I will watch my Patriots.

      I do love this time of year as well.

  2. Bob Says:

    Only the sun’s position in relation to the equator resembles the start of Autumn. Today the high temperature was in the 90s. The sun shone brightly as it has for the past 22 rainless days. The leaves won’t begin turning here until early November. Of course one must realize that we are located on the same latitude as that big desert in North Africa.

    There are only 100 days left in this tumultuous year. The baseball season has produced more home runs than in any season in the history of the game. Between wild fires, hurricanes and earthquakes nature is giving us a wild ride. Who knows what comes next in the Trump vs. ‘Rocket man’ Kim feud on the Korean Peninsula. Hopefully, the nationalistic rhetoric will not get out of hand as it did 100 years ago which triggered the First World War. This time both sides have nuclear weapons.

    The iPhone X will cost as much as an iMac and making phone calls is just a minor feature. Who would have thought what it would become when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone ten years ago. The iPhone really did fulfill his dream of putting a ding in the universe. Better a ding in the universe than blowing up the earth.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Fall has come and gone and come again. The days have been cool and other days have been hot. The rain seems incessant. I haven’t seen the sun in days.

      Both of them are narcissistic children name calling across the playground, but they are children with frightening weapons.

      I now expect home runs. There is seldom a game without a couple of them. The Sox have been lucky that many of theirs have come in extra innings and have sealed the win.

      I need a new phone, but I’m thinking about the iPhone 6. Its is getting cheaper and is an excellent phone with all the bells and whistle.

      • Bob Says:

        I just got the iPhone 6S and it does far more than I expected and some of the features of the iPhone 7 to me are not worth the extra money. The iPhone seven and all the newer ones don’t have a standard earphone jack. They are designed for Apple’s Lighting plug headset or Bluetooth headsets. There is a dongle to allow a standard headset mini plug to covert to the Lighting plug. Apple always moves technology forward by adopting innovations early. I suspect that most smart phones will eventually loose the headphone jack completely. I am not an early adopter of technology.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I did some checking and found out that the 6S has everything I need in a camera and is so much less than the newer phones. I’m going to wait a bit longer as I also read the price would drop dramatically.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Grey and dull here with some fog too but almost no wind at all. It was the same yesterday and will be much the same tomorrow they say. The fog turns to misty rain every nopw and again. I have the radiators working mostly because of the damp air but they are working a bit too good right now so it is aolmost unpleasantly warm here 🙂

    I haven’t started to feed the birds yet, we rarely do here in summer and doctors tells us not to since birds carry a lot of diseases we might catch when it is warm. I have seen that they now sell lots of sunflower seeds at the stores so I might buy some soon too.

    Have a great day in the storm 🙂

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The wind has finally stopped, but it is still damp and wet. The paper said partial sun, but looking at the the sky, it is so difficult to believe.

      I feed the birds all year long. I love sitting on the deck watching them eat and flying over my head on their way to the feeders. I have one small bag of sunflower seeds left but I do have lots of thistle.

      Have a great weekend.


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