“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”

Today is a lovely fall day, warm enough for just a sweatshirt. I even have the back door open. Today I’ll water the plants and pick up Henry’s medication. I wonder if I’ll need a nap.

Yesterday I went to the dump. I had no choice. The trunk was filled with bags and the front and back seats held boxes, large boxes, destined to be recycled. It’s a good thing Henry never comes to the dump.

The summer is gone. The irrigation system has been turned off, the outside shower closed and the furniture on the deck is ready to be covered. Today I’ll bring up the storm door from the cellar, wash it and then put it in the backdoor. Though the days are still in the 60′s and even the 70’s, the nights are chilly, in the 40′s. I snuggle under a blanket to stay warm, and Henry sleeps close to me. The house is cold in the morning. Winter inches closer and closer.

The birds are fewer. Gone are the orioles and the goldfinches. The sky is sometimes filled with flocks flying elsewhere, somewhere warmer, but the chickadees, nuthatches and titmice will stay all winter. From my window, I’ll watch them at the feeders. Birds seem hopeful to me. They know winter doesn’t last forever so they’ll stay around and abide the cold knowing spring will return in all its glory.

When I was a little kid, my friends and I always asked each other what we were going to be for Halloween. For that one night, we would be witches, ghosts, pirates or whatever else we could dream to be. Our neighbors always wanted to know who we were behind those masks. We didn’t tell. We were the unknown spirits of the night. We’d even change the sound of our voices. Ghosts said boo and waved their shrouded arms; pirates threw around words like matey and plank while witches cackled. We were, for that one night, our imaginations. That was even more fun than the candy.

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10 Comments on ““Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    We are about a month behind you in getting that kind of weather. We usually get our first freeze on November 22nd. Today the sky is clear again with a high predicted to hit 85°. I still have the sprinkler system going because the grass is not yet dormant and I need to keep the foundation watered to prevent the foundation from cracking. It’s a Texas problem when the soil below the slab is mostly clay.

    I watched the Vice Presidential debate last night and noticed that Pence could only draw one fly.:-) He spouted the President’s many lies and she tried to get equal time. There were no flies on her. 🙂

    This will be a strange Halloween. In our old neighborhood there were no kids so no trick or treaters. I think the median age there was 65. However, this year we live in a neighborhood with kids. I don’t know how we will handle it. We could sit in the open garage and leave the treats in a bowl near the curb. I don’t know how we would monitor how much candy each kid took. Of course, we could all dress in scrubs and wear masks and become doctors handing out treats.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I turned off the irrigation system a week or two back. My lawn still looks nice and green. We haven’t had rain but the cool weather helps.

      I loved that fly. It was the best part of Pence’s performance. The moderator, Susan Page, was out of her league. Pence was mini-Trump with all the lies and the rudeness, talking over both women. Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke after and said Pence’s rudeness was a surprise. He said Pence had always been a gentlemen. Look what Trump did to him (my comment not Pete Buttigieg’s). Did you notice that at the end when Pence’s wife got to the stage? Surprise, no mask though other than the candidates the other people on the stage wore them. Perhaps Pence should reprimand Mother.

      I wonder also about Halloween. The last few years the numbers of kids knocking at my door has gone up, maybe the big bars of candy were the draw. I’ll have some just in case.

  2. hedley Says:

    My world is insane – the Prince got send home yesterday as a class mate is positive for Covid. I saw him Sunday night so I went out to get tested …again and came back negative this morning

    Now we find out that our Governor, Big Gretch was targeted for a kidnapping. At the foundation of this is the moron trump .who has continuously assaulted her with vile tweets and called upon the militia to disrupt her governance.

    The whole world is blowing up


    • Bob Says:

      Can the brown shirts and jack boots be far behind?

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      My nephew’s son, an eighth grader, was in school two weeks when a couple of students tested positive. They were sent home for two weeks. Now they have a two week fall vacation.

      The whole kidnapping plot is unbelievable. They were going to kidnap her, take her to Wisconsin for a trial then behead her.

      Not so much the whole world: mostly our world has gone crazy.

  3. Christer. Says:

    Nice weather here topday, sunny and a bit windy. I like the wind at the moment since that keeps the moose flies in the bushes and not all over me 🙂

    The temperatures doesn’t vary that much between day and night here now. It does however feel warmer when we have daylight for some reason 🙂

    We still have plenty of cranes around but very few geese. We also have unusually many raptor birds and that’s just great since they take so many rodents. The beekeeper have already catched and released well over twenty mice, so far the ones living here have stayed in the walls thankfully but I guess it’s just a matter of time ti9ll they find a new way in.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I had so many mice in my house a long while back that my have-a heart trap eventually captured over 30 of them from the eaves in my bedroom. I drove a mile and let them out. A few years ago I had them again and called in a Critter place. They sprayed and filled some small holes on the foundation. That helped for only a little while. I put out traps again. I caught maybe 5 and there have been no more for a few years. I have youngish cats now so maybe they’ll catch a few. My other cats had when they were young.

      It was chilly when I went out. I just put my heat on as I am cold.

      I have to go and pick up the medication for Henry. It should be ready.

      Take care!!

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