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Fall is here

September is here! It is time to get out the fall attire, jackets, hats, light gloves, and warmer fall-designed throw blankets! A change of seasons brings on many changes impacted by the nature and climate of the season. After working and sweating all summer long, cutting the grass, trimming, fertilizing, and watering (So we have more grass to cut.), it will soon be time to put all of the summer yard machinery to rest. The trusty lawn mower, trimmer, and edger will take a long-deserved rest. Of course, for those who do not have a lawn service, we think of the chore of grass-cutting ending. We look up to the trees, and God’s beautiful paintbrush will soon come out and create a spectacular forest of splendor! Brilliant reds, oranges, browns, yellows, and a mix of all colors make our fall eye candy! Then, of course, with one of the fall blistery rains and winds, the pallet of colors all falls to the ground and awaits our painstaking raking, gathering, and disposal of all of the leaves and assorted things that seem to clutter the ground, gutters, and rooftops. Interesting term for this season; “Fall.” Is it named for the leaves that “Fall” from the trees and land on the ground? Might the season have been called “Clean-up?”

Everything changes with the seasons. The sights, smells, and activities. Each season has its own scents. Fall is the burning of leaves, molding the wet piles of stuff on the ground.
The yearly bird migration gets underway. Every season has its own holidays! I love the Cider Mills smells, the hot coffee, and the hotdogs at a local football game. Not to mention the wonderful Halloween caramel corn, candied apples, and the bag of candy earned in an evening of trick or treating! Thanksgiving brings the olfactory overload of the turkey with all the fixings, pumpkin pies, every kind of cookie, and treats that contribute to the waistline during the season.

Many families have a traditional contest of how long they can go without turning on the heat. Mid-September? October? November? At my house, those days are long gone; we turn on the heat when it gets cold. We may not win a contest, but we can walk barefoot to the coffee pot in the morning and not have to dance on the tile!

“Remember, every day is a gift! Some are just a little more fun to open than others. – © Joel M. Vernier 09/1/2023 Author of: “The Guinea Pig In The Freezer.” joelmvernier@aol.com

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