“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” 

My house still holds the night chill, but outside is warm, already 77°. It’s cloudy still, but the prediction is for sun and 82°. I have an empty dance card but still have a couple of things around the house to do, like washing the kitchen and bathroom floors. I bought some flowers on sale yesterday. One is a huge flowering plant which will need a big hole. I also bought some more rosemary and some lavender. I love the aromas of both of those plants. I run my hand up the rosemary stalks so my hand smells of rosemary. The lavender is for the front garden, the rosemary for the deck.

The nights are chilly now, down to the 60’s. They are not yet sweatshirt sweater, but that is coming. I did put socks on the other night, my first concession to the fading summer and the coming of fall.

Yesterday the roads were almost clear. Summer traffic has disappeared. Even the dump was nearly empty. I finished my three errands quickly. It was hot in the sun among the plants at Agway. I could have bought some more, but I needed to be in the cool store. Those plants are the ones waiting to be added to pots and to the garden. They will be the next chore. I bought two small pumpkins yesterday for the dining room table. They add color to my house.

Outside by the driveway one of the trees has red leaves. It is the first to wear fall.

When I was a kid, I used to collect and save all the red and yellow leaves. They were ironed into wax paper. Their colors never faded. My walk to school was under a canopy of tree limbs and leaves. I saw the leaves change color gradually. First came the reds, then the yellows, the brightest of all.

The mums on the front steps have bloomed, one is orange, the other yellow. They say, in their unique way, welcome to my house, welcome fall.

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2 Comments on ““Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I’m writing this sitting on my back patio next to my pool and enjoying this rare autumn type day. It’s 79° with low humidity and a high temperature of only 86° is predicted. A cool front came through last night and it feels like fall. By Tuesday the temperature will go back into the low to mid 90s again.

    Tonight the Cowboys open their NFL season against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs. Professional football is one major indicator that summer is over.

    As the year winds down I begin to feel sad and older. Somehow the shorter days make me feel depressed followed by the depressing buying frenzy of the winter solstice holidays. Today, however is fabulous and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Our nights have all been getting cooler, down to the 60’s. We had cooler days of late, and that will continue this week. The highest day will be Wednesday at 78°. A few nights we’ll get down to the 50’s. We are coming into the best weather of the year.

      The Pats also open their season today against Miami against whom they seldom win.

      The winter isn’t my favorite time of the year. I tend to stay home more and haven’t many guests. I read a lot. My uke band does have me out at least twice a week, practice one day and a lesson the next. We have winter concerts but far fewer than in the summer. I would probably be home hall the time without my uke.

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