“But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.”

The sun is bright, the sky is an amazing blue, and the breeze is ever so slight, all combining to make for a perfectly lovely day, summer’s return engagement for this week anyway.

When I was a kid, this was the golden season when all the leaves turned yellow. I know there must have been other colors, but it is the yellow I remember the most, the yellow I can still see in my mind’s eye. Fallen leaves covered the sidewalks, and most times I’d Β kick them into the air as I walked to school. As the leaves dried, they made a crunching sound and broke apart when we walked on them. The wind took the pieces.Β I remember October as a warm month when a sweater or a light jacket was enough.

My only bad memory of October was having to go inside earlier and earlier as the days got shorter and shorter. I sort of felt cheater.

I have been lazy. I read most of yesterday and finished the book I got on Tuesday from the library. My to do list didn’t shrink. My halloween decorations are still in the cellar. The bird feeders are now really low on seed. I just have to get motivated.

I’m get to binge on sports today. The Sox open their series with the Astros at 4 and the Pats play against the Buccaneers at 8:20.

My dad would have loved to have seen the success of the Patriots. His allegiance switched from the Giants when the Pats came into being. He was always a home team fan. He loved football and hockey the most. He was only a so so fan of baseball and didn’t enjoy basketball at all. He and I had opposite favorites, but I do watch the Pats but never the Bruins.

Time is passing so very quickly. September was gone in heartbeat. If I were still a kid, I’d love such a quick passage, but now I want time to go slowly so I can savor every minute.

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10 Comments on ““But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We had our first frost this morning, I had to scrape the car windows and I can’t say I liked it πŸ™‚ It’ll be the same tomorrow morning because it is already so cold that I can feel the frost in the air.

    We only have around 15 minutes before the sun goes down now and I really dislike it. I would have liked autumn so much more if it wasn’t for the shorter days. October has always been a chilly month for me but then I do live much more north than You do.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Here I am enjoying another summer like day, and you have frost. It is far too early for winter to begin to rear its ugly head so I do feel sorry for you and hope fall will make a return even so far north.

      It is amazing how much of the day we have lost. Its just happened in a heartbeat.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Red and yellow were the colors of fall. My yard was full of black walnut trees and they all turn yellow. The back swamp was full of swamp maples and they all turn scarlet red. Frequently there would be leaves with both colors. Those are the ones I tried to save by ironing them between waxed paper.

    Yesterday was a do-nothing day for me, too. I read, worked on a knitting project, walked the dogs a few times, read some more. It was a lovely day. Today was just as lovely and not as hot as they said it would be. My neighbor and I had a nice walk with all our dogs.

    Enjoy the sports-filled day. πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Almost all red from the scrub oak is Cape Cod’s fall color. When I got back from Ghana, I did notice the colors here and realized more changed than I remembered.

      I did the same with wax paper. I remember trying to find the perfect leaf.

      I didn’t do much today except watch the Sox lose quite badly so I’m now hoping for the Pats to win. I did go through my recipes. My friends are coming Tuesday so I’m looking for some desserts and breakfast casseroles. Peg is bring dinner for the first night.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Birgit Says:

    The fall storm season has started, first storm today. Fortunately just minor damage here, the northern part of the country was mainly hit. Seven dead and traffic broke down.
    I haven’t turned on the heating yet but I’m afraid it’s about time.
    Have fun watching sports!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I am amazed by that storm. Seven dead seems a fierce storm too me.

      I turned on my heat a couple of mornings after 40˚ nights. The house was just too cold. Today I had doors and windows opened.

      My first team lost. I have to place all my hopes in the Patriots and football.

  4. Bob Says:

    Leaves have always been the same color for me, not green. As the days become shorter I begin to miss summer. Time goes by now at the speed of light rather than the speed of sound that it traveled just a short few years ago.

    Sadly, the baseball divisional playoff series are relegated to cable stations instead of the four major ones, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox. Who would have thought when we were young that Fox would become a TV network. Times and tastes change and the NFL is the national sport now. Hockey has never lent itself to TV. The puck is difficult to follow on TV and many fans go to the games hoping for fight to break out rather than seeing great stick handling. Now many of the NHL players were’ born in Canada. πŸ™‚

    Football games are now interrupted by the referees reviewing their calls. It does give the networks a chance to throw in some more commercials.

    Today was beautiful with clear skies and warm temperatures. A cool front is expected over the weekend bringing rain and much cooler temperatures.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I feel the same way about time. The summer disappeared in a heartbeat. September was over so fast I think I might have missed much of it.

      I’m thinking there are fewer Canadians than there used to be. Years ago the majority were Canadians, but now you have many Americans playing in the NHL.

      The Bruins have a healthy following. Their games and those of the Red Sox are on NESN (New England Sports Network) which is owned by the Fenway Sports Group (which owns a controlling 80% interest, and is the owner of Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club) and Delaware North (which owns the remaining 20% interest in the network, and owns the Boston Bruins and the TD Garden). It is amazing the connections between the two clubs, the venues and the network.

      I didn’t realize it but my channel line-up includes the MLB network so I can watch them though tonight I wish I hadn’t.

      I always think the last two minutes of football games take an hour or more.

      Today was beautiful here as well. Let’s hope it continues for the both of us.

      • Bob Says:

        Today NHL players not only come from the U.S. but from countries all over the world. When I was kid people would joke, “I went to a prize fight and a hockey game broke out”. When I was a kid in NYC we could go to the old Madison Square Garden and see a NY Ranger game for 50 cents with our high school GO card. We sat in the upper deck. Those were the days when hockey players wore no helmets and had dentures by the age of twenty. πŸ™‚

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        The US was slow in embracing hockey. The Boston Bruins have been around forever and always had a rabid fan base. They were the guys you mentioned, the ones without teeth, mostly Canadians, but hockey here was secondary. I think that beating Russia in the Olympics pushed hockey to the forefront. Kids here started playing young the way they always have in Canada. That is a big reason fora so many Americans in the NHL.


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