The days are shorter now and the skies have been more overcast
with grey and purple clouds, with patches of blue peeking through. There is a chill
in the late night that continues into the early morning hours all the way
up till sunrise.
The winged v shape of the Sand Hill Cranes fill these skies,
their calls carrying for miles across the prairie and fields.
These birds always fill my heart with awe...........and I
really cannot put a finger on the reason why.....
but each time, towards this time of year, my ear is anxiously
awaiting to hear them. Perhaps it's their arrival that is the final notice that
summer has left us and that the wonderful days of autumn are here. As if
they pulled this blessed season in on their wings. I truly love this time of year.
The flowers in the garden are still lovely
and full of butterflies
and the trees are still dressed in green......although
I do see a hint of yellow here and there.
As I write about my love for the fall season, I am eagerly
snipping and collecting flower seed with the plans of planting garden
spaces filling my mind in looking forward to next spring.
I am sure you feel the same as I when I say there is such an excitement
in planting seeds to watch them sprout and bloom. I place the seed pods
into brown paper bags to allow them to dry thoroughly
and then I place the seeds into bottles or jars.
There is one "volley ball" size pumpkin still growing on a
very tired and weary pumpkin vine. The pumpkin will
either sit on the porch for a decoration........or
it may just be perfect for a pie or two.
Now is the time to enjoy an outside fire on the patio and to
sit out into the night gazing in fascination
up at the moon or into the star filled dark canvas of the sky.
The warmth of the fireplace inside gives comfort with the crackling
sound of the burning logs as the wind outside howls.
It is also the time for family and friends.......scattered across the miles,
to come and gather in the comfort of food, happy catching up, along with
good memories in the making.
My thoughts also gather upon those I used to know who have gone on
but who have left behind some of the sweetest memories.
Here's wishing you lovely autumn days and a Thanksgiving
full of happy times made with memories for years to come.