“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

Today is the first day of fall. It is my favorite season though I admit I waffle between spring and fall. Summer and winter are extremes. Spring and fall are beginnings.

When I was a kid, fall had rituals of a sort. Saturday was when every father in the neighborhood raked leaves then burned them. I remember my father wore a woolen red jacket, his rake the leaves sort of uniform. I remember the sounds of those rakes scratching against the ground. My father had a method. He’d rake in one area and make a pile then move to a different area and make another pile. Eventually he’d join the piles and rake them to the street gutter. Once the pile was in the gutter he’d set it afire. I’d stand not too close and watch the flames. The air was filled with smoke, with the aroma of those leaves burning. There were fires up and down the street. I loved that my clothes smelled of fire and leaves for the longest time.

The grill went to the cellar in fall. It was time for Saturday night’s hot dogs, baked beans and brown bread. Sunday dinner became a big deal again. My mother baked a chicken or a pork roast. Once in a while it was a roast beef or a roasta beef as my grandmother called it. Mashed potatoes were always on the menu as were canned vegetables of some sort.

I loved walking to school in fall. The sidewalk was almost an arbor with its ceiling of trees and branches. Fallen leaves covered the sidewalk. I’d kick the leaves as I walked.

Wax paper and leaves and fall are a wonderful memory. We’d put the leaves between two layers of wax paper then iron the paper. The yellow and red leaves always stayed bright. I’d keep those treasures as a reminder of fall when winter came.

It is time for my flannel shirts, my wool clogs and my corduroy pants, my cold weather clothes.

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12 Comments on ““Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Autumn is not my favorite season. The days get shorter and the nights longer and cooler as winter approaches. Autumn is the run up to the big spending crazyness of Christmas/Chanukah. Here it all starts with the State Fair of Texas which has become the largest gathering of rip off artists that travel around the country separating people from their money at state fairs. The big draw is the Texas OU football weekend which is noted for big parties and drunken craziness in the streets of downtown to cries of “Hookum Horns and Boomer Sooner”. There’s not many actual agriculture exhibits remaining which was the original reason for the fair.

    Then comes the Thanksgiving weekend which is all about football, shopping and gluttony of Turkey. It’s become a festival to celebrate run away capitalism which keeps our economy going. The month of December is just more football and running up credit card debt. When we moved into half the space we had in our house we threw away lot’s of boxes of junk that we once couldn’t live without. Much of which was purchased during the holiday season. Bah humbug. πŸ™‚

    The rain hasn’t come yet just warm humid air. I’m not motivated to do anything today and might just stay in my pajamas. πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I think of fall as its own season and not a run up to Christmas/Chanukah. I just came back from errands. One store was having a fall festival with tastes of apple crumble, a pulled pork sandwich with an apple sauce and meatballs in an apple sauce. It was all delicious. I also went to the garden store and bought two sugar pumpkins, some mums and two new bird feeders each of which came with a free case of 12 suets. It was a welcome to fall day of errands.

      You have such a pessimistic view of everything. Thanksgiving is the only holiday where families get together just to break bread. You don’t have to shop or even watch football. Do something with your family. December is decorating the house, making gingerbread houses and sugar cookies. I do shop, and I try to buy the perfect gifts for everyone. I usually go to smaller shops or interesting places on line. It is fun to shop my way.

      I have been especially busy today. I don’t know why. I even rearranged the bathroom cabinet. Now I’ll stop and have lunch. I bought a piece of pizza while I was out.

      • Bob Says:

        I’m not pessimistic just skeptical of people’s motives. If we didn’t have the winter solstice holidays the economy would crater. I worked in a retail jewelry store in the 1970s and regardless what we did during the year if we had a bad Christmas season we could never make up for that loss. The religious content always seems to take a back seat to the merchandising. I do enjoy the sales between Christmas and New Years because in the end I’m cheap.

        I have to give you credit for having a positive outlook in a sea of craziness.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Other people’s motives won’t darken my spirit. The people closest to me share the same outlook. We are angry at what is happening here, but we try to make our little place a refuge. We have wonderful holiday traditions.

        I need to have a positive outlook, to believe that things can get better in time. If I didn’t, I can’t imagine how gloomy life would be.

  2. olof1 Says:

    This year I can actually say that autumn started today, it feels much colder even if it still is above 50F, there’s a change in the air and one can smell it.I like autumn but I do feel a bit sad that it is getting darker every day though.

    Too bad I never knew about ironing the leafs between wax papers, the leafs I saved never kept their colors. I still have a leaf from a Red Oak, it doesn’t have any colors but brown but it looks so different from the leafs on our oaks. I also have a tiny Red Oak in my garden but it grows really slowly, perhaps two inches as most every year πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Now days few people put away their grills, they keep on using them all year round, it doesn’t matter if it is snowing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I agree about the loss of light. It is the only drawback to fall. I like the cooler air and the crisp mornings. I love the fall colors. It is a wonderful time of year.

      I use my grill all year round as well. It is a gas grill so it is easy on. My father used charcoal, and it took a while to get hot enough.

      The wax paper leaf saw er is an old one around here. We all did it as kids: saving bright leaves. Maybe the red oak will be your first!

      Have a great day!!

  3. Hedley Says:

    Brief greetings from the road, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the West Bank, a cascade of emotions and conflicts. We travel as a small group and face demands on our faith, personal histories and core beliefs
    Spurs won and tomorrow we bob around on the Dead Sea and visit Masada.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I haven’t thought about visiting Jerusalem or any other historical sites. I have given Jordan and Petra a thought or two but that’s it for that area of the world.

      I wonder if you expected to be so affected by what you’re seeing. I don’t know if I would be.

      I think I would like to see Masada.

    • Bob Says:

      Wow, what a wonderful trip. I haven’t visited Israel but it’s on my bucket list. I don’t know how any member of the three Abrahamic faiths can’t be moved or inspired. Safe travels.

  4. Spaceman Says:

    Israel is a wonderful place to visit especially Old Jerusalem. Talk about history of the ages. Jewish, Muslim, Christian. And a place that wars and a conquests raged for centuries. And still important in world politics.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      Israel is on my list of places to visit. I’d also want to go to Jordan on the same trip. Old Jerusalem would definitely be on top of my list.


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