Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Pleasures of Fall

Brrrr!!!! It’s cold outside today. After a long period of unseasonably warm weather, it has finally turned cold outside. Days are getting shorter and shorter. It’s dark in the morning and dark early at night. This is lovely sleeping weather – these cool dark nights!

The cold crisp air is energizing. This morning I went for a long walk. It seems that the leaves have changed color overnight. They are beautiful: yellows, reds, browns, rust. It’s a feast for your eyes! Everyone in my neighborhood has decorated for fall. I saw scarecrows, ghosts, cornstalks, and pumpkins of all sizes and shapes.

It is windy out. I was pelted with a blast of acorns being blown out of an oak tree. I watched two squirrels scampering around picking them up. Leaves are blowing around. Somewhere, someone is burning leaves. I can smell them. I love that smell.

I like this poem about fall:

The harvest moon hangs round and high
It dodges clouds high in the sky,
The stars wink down their love and mirth
The Autumn season is giving birth.
Oh, it must be October
The leaves of red bright gold and brown,
To Mother Earth come tumbling down,
The breezy nights the ghostly sights,
The eerie spooky far off sounds
Are signs that it's October.
The pumpkins yellow,. big and round
Are carried by costumed clumsy clowns
It's Halloween - let's celebrate.
- Pearl N. Sorrels, It Must be October

Take a few minutes to enjoy a beautiful fall day!

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