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Welcome To Autumn, 2017
September 25, 2017

Welcome to the first full week of Fall.

The 2017 edition of Autumn has started off with a record breaking heatwave in the Great Lakes Region, and beyond.

The first day of Autumn was 94 degrees, very humid, and put Karen and me at the shores and in the waters of Lake Michigan for a spell.

Yolanda is at Hope Network for six or so hours, leaving us plenty of time to do certain things.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 60's by week's end, hopefully we can dip our toes one more time.

We celebrated Yolanda's birthday this week (Sept. 19).

It was almost three years ago she went into cardiac arrest and by the grace of God, she is still with us sporting a pacemaker.

Less than two years ago she was deathly ill with 'Spinal Meningitis', I mean she was one sick girl for a couple of weeks.

Again, the Glory goes to God. Last year, it was a ruptured appendix that put her in the hospital and kept her there for over two weeks.

We rejoice good health this year.

For newer readers, Yolanda is our special needs daughter, severally brain injured, and legally a quadraphonic depending on others for everything.

We Rejoice, and celebrate every day, especially birthdays with her.

All the fur kids are doing just fine.

This has been a strange year for weather around here.

A wet spring and temperatures below normal.

We had one heat wave in June where we had four days at 90 degrees or above, then thing went cooler again.

One 90 degree day in July and dry.

August was much cooler than normal on the most part, but again very little in the way of rain.

Still there was the cool and damp nights that allowed mildews and other fungi to explode, putting a big damper on many of the flowers and vegetables around here.

All of the heat loving veggies like tomatoes and peppers performed way below average this year.

On a side note, I so appreciate the farmers and other businesses that depend so much on what nature throws at them.

(Notice the pollen sacks on the bumblebee below.)

September started out much the same, a few warm days, and many cool ones, and still no rain.

We are very dry around here.

Then came the heat.

Too hot and dry.

So much so, I can't transplant anything.

I surly can't cut back perennials, or they will start to grow again.

Because of the weather, the trees around here are changing colors a couple of weeks early.

If you want to call them changing colors.

Leaves are dropping before they can turn, and the colors are so muted.

We will have to travel up north id we want to enjoy Autumn's colors this year.

If you live where it is hot and dry, don't be in a big hurry to start cutting back you perennials.

(Great Spangled Fritillary.)

My Hydrangeas never put out a second wave of blooms, not even a bud head is showing.

So strange has this growing season been, that some of my Asters are almost six feet tall, and just this week started to bloom.

The late blooms are a bonus for all the pollinators, including the butterflies that visited this week.

Some late season 'Monarchs' that are passing through.

Often a warm and late Autumn will produce a late batch of caterpillars and butterflies to winter over, and this is always a good thing for the population.

And a 'Great Spangled Fritillary' (right), nectaring along side an 'American Painted Lady',

(not to be confused with the Cosmopolitan Painted Lady.)

I haven't seen a hummingbird for the past few days.

That is a bit early for me, September 24 is the average date for my last sighting.

It goes to show that weather and available nectar aren't big players in migration.

Length of day is the major factor in migration.

Still I will keep my hummer feeders fresh and available for another couple of weeks, and you should too.

I know this hasn't been an informative letter this time around.

Every so often I write a bit on us, and the goings on around here.

It give new readers an idea on who I am, and I too have life issues just like the next guy.

We also enjoy (love) life, nature, and our creator.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"Love always creates,

it never destroys.
In this lie's man's only promise".

Leo Buscaglia

Read or listen to any of the late Mr. Buscaglia's material, and you can't help but smile

“Let all that you do be done with love.”

(1 Corinthians 16:14)


"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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