By: Diane Sawdon
Hey, it’s Fall y’all~~~we have a cute Pumpkin Garden Stake at the nursery that says that. Obviously, although the Autumnal Equinox took place eight days ago, Mother Nature is refusing to play by the rules or the date on the calendar. It is 91 degrees in my breezeway right now. I know this for a fact, because I just walked through there and it was a very speedy journey via a blast furnace. My Roommate and I have spent the entire day in the yard doing some Fall planting of conifers and shrubs. Our route on our planting trek was planned to hide from the sun as much as possible. I am done with temperatures above 78 degrees! I welcome cool, crisp evenings and brisk mornings. Is anyone out there listening to my plea?? I know, be careful what you wish for because it may come back to bite you in an unattractive place.
We spent last weekend at Lake Tahoe. It was beautiful, as always, and our early morning kayak floats were the best. But, I must confess~~my heart belongs to those serene, tranquil and untroubled lakes in the Lakes Basin/Sierra Buttes. Tahoe was full of people, boats, campers, houses, road work, and noise. I think the older I get (and I AM old) the less I like people and noise. The very early morning hours were, for me, the best time to revel in the greatness of this masterpiece of nature. The water was glass smooth and the noise was almost nonexistent. Midday brings a full circus of activity on the water and on the shore. Watching the sun set in the evening from my vantage point on our deck was a rare pleasure. Mother Nature put on a color show in the West and I know it was just for my viewing pleasure!
Being involved in the sale of my Mother’s home for the entirety of the past month, has made life stressful and tempers short. I have been consistently amazed by the buyer’s change of plans, change of issues, change of ownership, change in financial arrangement and these changes were always done at the last minute. Hopefully, the sale will be finalized next week. Well, maybe! It will be an enormous relief not to have to carry this burden around with me day in and day out. That, in itself, will bring me much more personal joy and peace than the financial gain. No big trips planned, no new car, just no more worries and stress from the encumbrance of this house.
While I impatiently wait for Fall’s arrival in the temperature department, I have noticed some signs that Mother Nature has her paintbrush in hand. Some of our large Maple trees are beginning to turn red, orange, purple and yellow. The Eastern Redbud is now bright yellow and the Virginia Creeper on the shed is deep red and purple. If we just get some of those cool nights, the colors will appear tenfold before my eyes each morning. Fingers crossed~~~I’m waiting. I hope Fall arrives at your home, too, and that your lives will be full of color!