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In September we had a lot of things going on! Early in the month we celebrated Dad’s birthday. All of us guys birthday’s fell on Sunday this year, and with many responsibilities at church we often have rather abbreviated Sunday afternoons and so we actually finished celebrating Dad’s day 3 weeks later when we also had another little event for me. In between those days Grandpa Potter turned 81–and he’s still putting up square bale hay and cutting wood!
One Sunday afternoon the colors and light was so nice out we couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few family photos…here are a few of the best.
A bit dark, with squinty eyed subjects, but a nice setting :)
Of course trying to do anything without the dog is difficult at best! ;)
A little different angle cuts down on the squinting!
Anybody want to try a different spot? :)
There were a lot a pretty days and many pretty scenes and flowers as well. I really love the fall…its in my top four favorite seasons!!! :) The days start getting cooler, and you can start to feel a nip in the air that warns of the coming winter….the trees start to change color–with each passing day new blazes of glory appear….the garden produce in coming in at top production with the harvest of root crops, squashes and melons, tomatoes and peppers….
Four O’clock flowers
Seedum–one of my favorites
We had pretty good year for gardening–the melons never amounted to a whole lot but we had squash, squash and more squash. Several rows were from volunteer plant and seemed be a cross of a couple of varieties from last year–delectica and acorn; quite good.
We had quite a cart-full of goodies one day when we were trying to get stuff gathered in before the frost.
We got a bumper crop of peppers this year too!
The hot peppers we made into Mexican Restaurant Salsa — it is really good. (Ever notice how a lot of things you make or buy to use at home is always restaurant style…and at the restaurants everything is home style? Is it just me or does most advertising play off of discontentment?
The fields are so pretty during the fall too, with the onset of fall so many thing seem to reach their full potential. These next pictures are from earlier in the year; you can just start to see a hint of the color show to come
Between the trees…
Across the road
Looking towards “the farm”
The clouds almost look like mountains!
The fall colors this year were pretty spectacular at times, but Dad and I thought that we’ve had years that far surpassed this year–it seemed that the leaves fell off almost as fast as they changed color. Still there were day when the colors were just gorgeous; like this day right after a rain storm:
And once again I’m out of time…. so the rest of September will have to wait.
I was out minding my own business, mowing the lawn and it hit me. It wasn’t all that painful (unlike the branch that left a sizable welt across my chest from the same mowing job) but it was a rather startling realization none the less.
Fall is here.
You see, I can tell because the light has changed. It is no longer the harsh broiling light of summer. The light has taken on a softer, cooler tint; its not the merry blush light of spring, no this is definitely an autumnal light. Which, when combined with the cooler temperatures (at least at night) begins to bring the rush of fall activity.
You might make something of a study of light at different times of the year. There are certainly days that are exceptions to the general condition of the light during the seasons, but there is something of a different quality to the light of each season–look for it if you don’t already, you might be amazed at the spectrum.
But wait–you might say (as indeed, I myself d0) my tomatoes aren’t even beginning to ripen yet! However for all our wishes the fact remains…fall is here. Many farmers around here are praying for a delayed fall this year–due the the cooler summer temps and rain-delayed planting, a lot of soybeans are nearly a month behind their usual maturity. An early frost could spell disaster for many. It would not be the first time though, if we had frost in early to mid September….
Soon the holidays will be upon us–Deer Season, Thanksgiving, Christmas… Winter, with her howling winds and (hopefully) deep snows when the light will change yet again, to a pale wane glimmer. Yet the story of changing life does not end there–it has been promised that for “as long as the earth shall endure, Seedtime and Harvest, Cold and Heat, Summer and Winter, Day and Night shall never cease.”
It is getting down right chilly here, got down to at least 34 degrees last night–personally I think it was colder than that–and we had a fairly heavy frost. We had to cover the flowers and the garden. The latter is doing quite well for a change, I planted some more lettuce and such a while back and it is all up and growing–I need to get out there and thin the stuff down some. The watermelons are also still going, although I haven’t checked them after the frost.
Today I spent most of my time over at the W. family’s farm again. The prognosis for Mr. W.’s foot and leg is looking worse and worse. The Dr.s are saying that IF they can repair the foot he’ll have to be off of it for six to ten months. If they cant save the foot, they will have to amputate just below the knee…in which case Mr. W. will have to be laid up for about six to ten months. So in either case he needs to cut way back and basically quit working for ten months–he has trouble not working for ten minutes! He also is fighting an infection in his bone–for which he has a pick line in his arm for daily doses of IV antibiotics (at $800 a pop).
We’re now experiencing my favorite time of year–Fall. The only problem is that it’s so darn cold. Well maybe it’s just that I’m not used to it :-) I am also now Officially a year older (as of Sep. 28) that puts me up to the ripe old age of 19–time sure flies. If anyone has a way to slow time down please let me know!
Whelp, supper’s about ready so I’ll say sayonara for now chaps. ;-)