Summing it Up...

Now, that I'm way on the wrong side of sixty, I feel that being true to self is important. "I yam, what I yam." Kindness and smiles are to be given away. Women are strong. Men are more vulnerable than we believe. Husbands may come and go...but one thing I know for sure is that I will NEVAH live without a corgi or coffee in my life if I can prevent it. Come piles of dog fur or hot water!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

September's Song...


Here and yonder, high and low,
Goldenrod and sunflowers glow.
–Robert Kelley Weeks (1840–76)


Seemingly overnight, September has decided to move away from summer into autumn. Tinges of red and orange fill the Hoosier state, as the burning bush, sumac, and walnut trees evolve into their cloaks of many colors.
My brother had called a few days ago, saying a neighbor's field had been newly plowed, unearthing a new supply of field stones to rim our flowerbeds. We filled our car trunks, and then set off in search of bittersweet on a dusty, isolated gravel road. A large praying mantis caught our eye; as did the yellow finch, flying on any updraft.

Nothing is as lovely as a blue-skied, cloudless September day. The warmth of the sun is still with us, yet, it's a more gentle sun, reminding us that we're moving towards the end of the year.

October is crisper, sharper, waking our senses up a little. September...sort of rolls along, still summer sleepy; taking us on a path towards autumnal hues. There is an obvious shift in season.
The air feels differently. There's a sense of expectation.

I want to make pots of soup, and bake with apples. Being outside, basking in the sun's warmth is mental and physical therapy. The dogs roll in the grass, and graze along the fence row, chewing a cud like an Indiana bovine.

Don't you adore this time of year? Every day changes because there is color in a new tree or bush. It's a nature treasure hunt. The brilliant colored mums with their rounded tops, and pumpkins on porch steps, just seem so right, following summer's jewel tones.
There's reason to get up early to go explore.

Ahhh... September, what's not to love?

12 comments:

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Beautiful post, and what a magnificent way to describe Fall.

Buttercup said...

I love this time, too. We still have summer, despite a few cooler days. I can't imagine it now, but one day soon I will get the sharp realization that I can no longer go bare legged and will pull out heavier clother -- but not yet. Savoring each day before winter.

Jan Mader said...

I do love fall and you did an amazing job of painting a lovely picture of the season for us.

ClassyChassy said...

Very thoughtful post - you do have a way with words!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Well m'dear, you have been holding out on us! What a writer you are! So evocative!

I was trying to explain what I felt was "different" about today to my husband, what the essence of the feeling was, and you have given me the words I couldn't find: "There's a sense of expectation."

Chatty Crone said...

I am so waiting for that fall crisp weather!

Bug said...

This was so beautifully written!!!! I adore fall too - oh, the smell of fallen leaves. I can't think of one thing not to love! Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog :)

Hugs,

Bug
http://inbugsdrawers.blogspot.com

Julia said...

I loved your description of fall. And thank goodness it is finally here!!! Rock collecting and treasure hunting sounds lovely. I'd join in with you were I there. :) It rained here last night and I feel the weather is finally changing for the better. I loath the heat in CA!!

Thanks for visiting my bloggie!! And I hope you are right about the thumb sucking... My only prob is that my son only sucks his thumb when he has his BLANKET!! I want to burn them. There is no one to shame him into stopping except us and he just does not care what we think! Aghhhh!! I see braces in someones future.

♥Mimi♥ said...

You are totally right about buying anything from China. I look at nearly everything I buy and if it says China, I do my best to find an alternative. To me, any country that would have such disgusting treatment of animals, and its people, is not going to produce anything I absolutely must have in my home.

BTW, your fall blog makeover is GORGEOUS! You really got into the decorating mood, didn't you?

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

Man..that was a wonderful post.. makes you want to just slow down and enjoy ...!

Whosyergurl said...

I LOVE fall, too!
Did you find any bittersweet? There was so much last year!

Hugs,
Cheryl in B-town
WHOSYERGURL

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

My dear Susan,Loverly post...ahhhh....the crisp days of fall! I love it! Trees turning color here too! One last weekend of summer! Baby shower countdown is here! How I wish you and the Dame could come to the shower!!!!!! We have to promise to get together...someday...somehow! Hugs to all!

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