No words….

….or at least, very few. Here’s what happen in middle Missouri over two days.

November 7, 2018
November 9, 2018

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

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Autumn memories

Just before the death of flowers and before they are buried in snow, there comes a festival season when nature is aglow.
~Author Unknown

Well, I may have missed my opportunity for this post since it SNOWED a few days ago! Middle Missouri broke her previous record of .3 inches of snow on November 8th. We clocked in at a little more than an inch of the white stuff. It was magical….and gone from most of the trees by afternoon as the temps warmed to the upper 30sF.

I have shared some of our autumn color in weeks past, but haven’t shared my most fun day of the season. Every autumn I try and take the grandgirls to one of our city parks during the cooler weather. Of course, the camera comes along with us. This year we went to a nature area before going to the traditional park setting. While I love autumn color in the trees and flowers, it just can’t compete with these two!

At ten and four and a half, these two are growing up so fast. And, I believe their personalities are growing faster! Can’t you just see the sass in both of them? Peanut is now in fourth grade and Twix is having a blast in Pre-K.

I fully realize I tend to get a bit carried away when sharing pics of our grandgirls. I would apologize, but I’m really not that sorry!

Unfortunately the trees had not yet given up their leaves for a colorful carpet, so we had to rely on some different color for these last two shots.

Now, we’re hunkering down for winter, which evidently is coming early this year since our temps are now falling into the teens at night. I’m thankful we had the opportunity to take these when we did. They warm my heart.

I hope you’re having a wonderful autumn and sharing the warmth of the holiday season with everyone around you.

Awwwwtumn Monday

Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Are you up for yet another photo of autumn? I hope so because I’ve taken gigabytes of fall color photos this year! My mums came out of the Halloween door decoration (an idea that looked better in my imagination than in reality) and have been transplanted into the main planters for the rest of the season.

My last post showed some of the gorgeous autumn colors here in middle Missouri. Most of them were of overall tree color.

While the colors of the trees feature the greatest, overall impact, there’s beauty in the details found a little closer to the ground.

These mums were all white when I planted them. Now, surprise!, the new flowers that are blooming are pink and white. Not sure how or why that happened. Perhaps some mineral in the potting soil? Whatever it is, they now clash with my crimson, orange and rust palette. But they are pretty, so they stay. Maybe they identified with the leftover summer, purple petunias that refuse to give up.

I’ve come across a term called autumn anxiety, but for the life of me I cannot understand how autumn’s charm doesn’t win over everyone. Yes, it’s the bridge between summer and winter, and I suppose that is enough to cause some to look at the season with dampened spirits.

But not me!

“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.”
~Ann Drake

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The main event

It was a glorious Autumn here in middle Missouri this year. I had my doubts since Summer was so dry, but the season surprised me…in a good way. It’s now November and the leaves are raining down from the trees faster than I can type.

I seem to have a love-hate relationship with  November. On one hand, I love the stillness of the month; not yet winter, but no longer the peak of Autumn’s beauty. November makes me pause. November makes me focus on gratitude and thankfulness…although those aspects should not be seasonal. Yet, November is always a harbinger of winter and the season of dark coldness. Autumn’s riot of color is finished and the crisp, joyous season of Christmas is not here yet. Most of the November seems to hang in limbo.

But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars

But, as I said, October’s main event was stunning this year. I’d like to share some of it with you. This one I snapped….yes….as I was driving around town. But, as you can see, I’m still in my lane! It’s a wonder more people don’t have accidents while looking at such awesomeness.

All of the rest of these were taken while Cabo and I walked in our neighborhood. Some were found in the manicured parts of yards, and some were discovered in the wild, wooded areas that separate those manicured yards.

Twinning.

The yellows and oranges were spectacular this year.

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
~Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893–1986)

And with that, I say goodbye to colorful October and welcome November with all it has to offer. I’ll look for beauty in the brownness and let my spirit snuggle into the coziness of the month.

Holiday Tradition!

The Halloween candy is far from finished but now we’re racing towards the holidays. My October 31st was a whirlwind of activity with grandbabykin school parties and trick or treating. Why do I subject myself to all this…for the second time around? Simply because they are only little once and I want to soak up all I can before I’m too old to be able to run this pace this anymore.

And, this year was a special year. Twix was finally old enough to be Snow White. That, in and of itself, doesn’t sound especially significant until you know the back story…….

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (circa 1989), there lived a four-year-old Snow White with her white, woodland bunny. These were costumes I made for my wee ones for Halloween fun. Little did I know at the time, Snow White would stand the test of time in more ways than one.

When 1991 rolled around, another four-year-old Snow White made her debut with sister princess, Rapunzel (another homemade costume). This one was expected. After all, it took me quite a while to make the Snow White costume, and I was determined to get more than one wearing out of it. I think they both wore it for a couple of Halloweens.

Fast forward to 2013. Five-year-old Peanut donned her Mama and godmother’s costume for another generation of Disney princess trick or treating. Why did I keep this costume in storage so many years? I suppose I simply couldn’t part with the memories.

And this year, at four years old, Twix followed in this tradition. And, a whole new set of memories have been made.

And, yes, the costume will go back into storage now. The Golfer has instructed me to keep it in case she should have a future princess to carry on the tradition.

Even though I missed Thankful Thursday at Brian’s Home, I’m thankful for the opportunities to make memories through photography for my family. I hope after I’m long gone, they will also stand the test of time.

October Photo Challenge: Oh, The Places I’ve Been

October is finished and it’s time again for PJ’s photo challenge. This month’s prompt is Oh, The Places You’ll Go. This is so open to interpretation, but I chose the traditional route because….It was a very busy month! But, since I sometimes don’t do well with rules, a couple of these have more than one photo. So, without further delay, here’s my five (or seven) for October.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Place #1
Yes, it’s a Disney baby shower, and we all were required asked to wear mouse ears in honor of the mommy-to-be. She books tours/trips to Disneyworld and loves all things Disney, so it was a very appropriate theme. Here are six pseudo-Disney princesses having some family fun together.

Place #2
I went with Peanut’s 4th grade class to the St. Louis zoo in early October. The calendar said October, but the temps believed it was still August.

The day turned out to be almost 90 degrees. Her friend’s mom and I checked our daughter/granddaughter out at the end of the day to save them from a hot, two-hour bus ride back to school. Of course we went directly to the ice cream stand…and then to the “bug house.”

Place #3
And, in just a week or so after the zoo, the temps dipped back to normal just in time to spend a chilly morning at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival. This sleepy, little river town has a population of just over 100 people. But every year during their pumpkin festival, the town swells to about 50,000. Vendors offer everything from fine art to homemade crafts. In true Autumn spirit, you can find apple butter, homemade pies and candy, kettle corn, turkey legs…and, of course, tens of thousands of pumpkins and gourds for purchase.

Place #4
Just when I’d thought I’d had quite enough of pumpkins, Twix’s preschool class went on a field trip to….you guessed it….a local pumpkin patch. We spent most of the day feeding barnyard animals, playing in a corn crib, riding a hay wagon, and picking our own pumpkins. Picnicking  with six four-year-old preschoolers was an interesting experience.

Place #5
The end of October is usually go-time for the trees to begin shedding their leaves. So when Peanut had a day off school, we let Twix play hooky from preschool, grabbed the camera and headed to a local nature area and park to capture some Autumn memories before they grow up any more than they already have.

Those are my pics for the places I went this month. Hop on over to PJ’s to see where others went this month.