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Fall in Pennsylvania

"Come said the wind to
the leaves one day,

Come o'er the meadows
and we will play.
Put on your dresses

scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone

and the days grow cold."
- A Children's Song of the 1880's

Fall, or autumn, is John's favorite season. For me, it may be my least favorite season. I think I don't like it so much because I love summer a lot and it brings the end to summer. Things are dying and it is getting cold, and I don't like being cold. The long evenings are gone, replaced with short days and long nights. The long-sleeved shirts and sweaters have to be brought out and the cool comfortable cottons are put away.

But, there are things to enjoy, too. The colors are brilliant, with the reds, yellows, and oranges mixed in with the green of the grass and the pines, and the blue, blue sky (when the sun shines!). The air is crisp and the smell is unbeatable. Apples and pumpkins are everywhere. The farmers are bringing in their harvests. And John can drink apple cider to his heart's content. I've been experimenting with putting cranberries in different things, too...I've made muffins and cookies so far.

I enjoy being outside, so I don't even mind the leaf-raking job too much. It is a bit discouraging when you do it all and a few days later it needs to be done again! But I try to enjoy the colors and the smells while I'm working. We have a very large yard, so there's plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors! In addition to leaves, we have millions of acorns. No wonder the squirrels around here look so nice and plump. Oh yes, and mosquitoes. How can we have had frost and snow and the mosquitoes are still around?

Living so close to the woods has its advantages. For one thing, it is very quiet and peaceful here. But we also enjoy the wildlife. One day this
summer we had a skunk in our yard....not sure I liked him that close. We also tend to get mice and chipmunks in the house which I don't really appreciate either. But last week this young buck meandered through our yard. He just stood there and let me take his picture! We also see wild turkeys and a bear makes frequent visits to the dumpster (the lid of which is now chained down!). Yesterday we heard the Canadian geese flying south.

So, even though it's not my favorite season, there are things in it to enjoy. I'm so glad that God makes all things beautiful in His time.


Barefoot Mama said…
I, like Uncle John, love fall. We don't have fall down here like up North. I miss the colors and especially the smell. Thank you for sharing a little of it with me!
Beth said…
Looks like the leaves could keep you busy for a while...that is a huge yard!
Dusty Penguin said…
I'm with you about fall. I always wrestle with depression in the fall. I can identify with Green Day's lyrics, "Wake me up when September ends."
I love fall - always have. :-) It was one of the things I was most looking forward to this furlough... our last fall at home was 2002. Thanks for sharing your lovely pics.

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