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Favorite Things About Autumn
November 03, 2008


Bonus days.

The weather has been treating us with some wonderful late October and early November temperatures and sunshine.

Temperatures will be in the 60's the next couple of days with a chance to hit 70.

There was even a rumble of thuner during last night's rain.

It can happen some years as weather patterns transition into a regular cool/cold pattern.

I think all of the yard work is done now except for wintering the rose bushes.

I give the lawn its winter cut and hopefully I wont need to do that again. Lawns grow much slower as the days shrink and the temperatures dip.

Getting up for these shorter days isn't my idea of a good time and loosing an hour is rough.

The sun could set at 9:30 year round for me.


No little kids around here so there isn't a Trick or Treat stash to raid.

Bird activity is still going strong, though the American goldfinches aren't as many right now.

Robins and a couple of Blue jays are taking advantage of the birdbath and several other birds enjoy a fresh drink.

I haven't seen the fledgling cardinals the past few days so I'm sure they are feeding on their own now.

We were blessed with a Red bellied woodpecker at the peanut feeder on Friday morning. Though they are around here, they don't visit to often.

More and more Juncos are gathering.

Shorter days means less time outside and less time for daylight walks.

Migration is still going strong in many locations as are the fall colors for many of you.

It has been a fantastic Autumn so far.

Well, it's the first of the month and that means one thing........

Time to give all the feeders a good cleaning inside and out.

For quick cleaning, spray your feeders with rubbing alcohol to sanitize them.

Clean your water sources too.

Many of you have had killings frosts by now and that means it is a good time to clean up some lingering annuals and perennials that need a good grooming.

Any foliage that showed signs of fungus, through in the trash.

Fungus will winter over.

Leave some leaf litter as it offers insulation for your plants and gives some bugs a place to try and hide.

Your birds will find many of the insects.

Yes, to garden for wildlife you must learn to ignore some things.

I asked you for your favorite things about Autumn, and a few of you responded.

Before we get to that, I'll give you some of my favorites.

You may know that Autumn isn't my favorite time of year as the days grow shorter and the growing season comes to and end.

Toss in some snow..................

You get the idea.

That said, every year I grow and learn to appreciate all the seasons and Fall is no exception.

Without the change of seasons, we wouldn't appreciate Spring and Summer now would we.

Most years Autumn will bring a slow down in personal activities and that gives me a chance to enjoy the outdoors more.

Autumn brings migration of birds and Monarch butterflies.

I get a chance to see birds I wouldn't see otherwise.

Autumn brings fresh air.

Cool , crisp fresh air that has a smell all its own (Karen likes to hang clothes outside just for this reason).

I like to feel the warmth of the sun beating on me on a cool day (kind of like a warm and cool thing all at once).

The dew as it sparkles on a well designed spider web.

The sky seems more blue doesn't it?

Fall colors seem to top many lists and I do enjoy the colors (especially this year).

Because of where we sit in the Milky Way Galaxy, and along with cleaner air, fall and winter are best for star gazing.


20 plus foot waves on Lake Michigan as they crash into the pier and shore on a windy November day.

Rare swims in the Big Lake in early Autumn.

Robins come back for a spell.

It become chili making season.

Stoking the fireplace on a cool and damp evening.

The last blooms of Fall.

Petting Bumble bees.

Sun Dogs.

On a pleasant evening, certain insects come out and play their songs one more time.


Fall nature walks offer me a chance to see several bird nests in trees and shrubs that have dropped their foliage.

Sitting on the deck (day or night) with your jacket on, a good cup of coffee and your wife. We can do this now as the mosquitoes or wasps aren't around to bother us.

Karen enjoys the colors, apple orchards and pumpkins.

She likes to decorates for the fall season.

Keet's favorite thing about fall is our walks.

Cool evenings mean less stress and she like to chase and pounce on moving leaves.

A leaf can be moving like crazy, but if it stops before the pounce, she will walk away from it.

No fun if there isn't a kill I suppose.

Ziggy the Poodle, is just Ziggy.

Yes, there are many things to look for if we try and if I claimed gloom and doom about fall like I once did, life would be pretty miserable and the positive thoughts of the week would be null and void wouldn't they?

Life should be a learning and growing experience every day and every season of the year.

God made everything for us to enjoy and we need to learn to appreciate what is around us.

We may get angry with squirrels, but appreciate and marvel at their abilities.

Wow at a sunset or rainbow.

Learn why things are the way they are.

Yes, Autumn can teach even me how to grow, appreciate, admire and be thankful.

Autumn can also make me wish for Spring, and that makes me appreciate Spring even more.

November and December can brings days and days without sunshine and that can be rough.

I've had some time to think about this topic and give a pretty good list on my Autumn favorites.

I'll be back at it next week, but for now, enjoy what you have to say about Fall.

Colors top the list, but you will want to read what your cyber friends have to say.

If some of you wish to add your favorites for next week, please do so.

Your first name along with City, state/province.


Sue in East Central Illinois, 15 minutes west of the Indiana border.

I love to walk on a nice sunny day in Fall to see the changing leaves and the bird activity plus the rest of nature. I have two county parks and one state that are all at a reasonable distance from the town I live in. I always take my camera with me!

I'm guilty of forgetting my camera most of the time and I miss several moments Sue, thanks for the reminder.

Mickey in Central Iowa. Fall is bitter sweet for me.....I lost my husband 20yrs ago tomorrow in a grain elevator accident....he had just turned 40. My boys were just turning 10 and 13. So when harvest starts here, it brings back so many memories, yet I love the fall of the year. I love the weather, the smells, and the colors. I only have a few juncos right now, so am anxiously awaiting more "wintertime" birds.

Fall harvest..... now that brings back memories Mickey, all the sounds and smells. Thank you for sharing your heart felt memories (hope I'm not out of line for printing it).

James in Cookeville TN near Knoxville

I love to go for a ride up in the mountains and see the leaves change colors it is beautiful, I also get a look of a few birds. Halloween is a fun time of year when the kids come I have a witch outside the front door and it is battery operated the eyes light up and it makes a noise like wo wowo and scares the little ones sometimes and I have to calm them down. lol

James, it's nice to see you still have some boy in you, that's a good thing to have.

Leona by the ocean in Nova Scotia.

My favorite thing about Fall is a few things .......... the changing colors of the trees, the harvests and of course the smell ..... Fall has it's own smell also the switch over to different types of meals that now the kitchen doesn't get so hot and I'm not going around sweating all the time.

Yes Leona, Autumn has its out smells and Karen call that comfort food.

Joyce in Kentwood, Michigan

I love the smell of the leaves on the ground. And some times you might smell some of them burning. I remember when I was a kid you could burn them in the street where you lived. Not any more.

Joyce, I recall burning leaves too, we now have pollution laws.

Joe in Spartanburg, SC

I really like the fall time of the year. The colors of the trees in the Mountains of WV. were gorgeous two weeks ago. I also really like the cool crisp mornings. Mother Nature really shows her stuff! This is one of my favorite times of the year.

Yes Joe, God can paint a pretty scene can't he?

Marti in Lake Milton, OH.

My reasons for liking fall...very pretty colors, leaves and pumpkins, mums ect. We rake leaves, but a bit too old to jump in them! I like Halloweenn for the kids, and Thanksgiving for all. I like spring the best, but fall is better than what's next :(

Come on Marti, you don't like to jump in leaf piles anymore:-) Just think, Spring is right after you know what.

Pam in East Tennessee The Smokey Mountains, a 45 minute drive from Pigeon Forge, TN.

The fall colors are my favorite thing . The mountains are so beautiful right now and the leaves are holding on for dear life. Our color was late this year because of the drought but it was worth the wait . This will be my first year not going trick or treating in 20 years since my youngest who is 12 announced he was to old and not going this year :( I loved taking the kids out for Halloween.

I live in a small town and in one neighborhood they close the streets for the kids and everyone goes there from all around. All the houses are decorated and dressed for the part. I live in the country so I don't get any trick or treaters at my house . About the leaf raking.... I have many trees in my yard and I live next to the Cherokee National Forest so I have more than my share of leaves. Raking.. .not on my list of favorites. LOL

Pam, hopefully you went trick or treating. Weather can play a huge role with fall foliage.

Christa in Central SD in a small Town about 1 1/2 hours from Pierre the State Capital.

My favorite time is early fall when its still warm during the day & cool in the evenings. The color of the trees & bushes this time of year is so pretty. The Nuthatches & Chickadees are busy feeding every day. Downy's & Hairy are around also. Junco, a few Robins & Cedar Waxwings. We feed sunflowers , suet & Nyjer seed. We have a round Globe for the sunflowers, well the Blue jays figured out how to hang on there & get them also Sparrows go in & chase the Finches away.

We had quite a variety of Birds migrating through here. We feed a bunch of squirrels in the front yard hoping to keep them from the feeders but a few have been in this feeder. I sure hope none get stuck. I like the spaces & slower pace living compared to a city.

Thanks Christa, I must say i miss the slow pace of country living, but that's what happens when you marry a city girl :-)

Jan in Brandon MS.

I have a few things I love about Fall and a few things I hate if you can use those in the next letter.. I love taking long walks with the 4 year old neighbor boy and watching his eyes light up at the discovery of a new leaf he doesn't have in his collection. I love the smell of burning the excess leaves with my DH after the kids have jumped in the pile all day and had a blast. I love it because the temp is not in the hundreds and there is no humidity. I hate losing an hour of daylight. I hate when it gets too cold to be outdoors. I hate knowing I have a long time until Spring to be able to play in the dirt and go fishing again..

That's a good list Jan. Like you I miss the extra hour of daylight and think of all the time you have to plan for next Spring.

Sue in Hillsdale Co. Michigan, 4 miles from the Ind. state line.

You asked what I like about the autumn season. Well, what isn't to like?? The blessed relief of the summer heat w/o the fierce cold of winter yet. The air smells fresh, lots of the flowers recover and become pretty again when they get cooled off and get the fall rains after a summer drought. I love the gathering of birds at the feeders, the V's of geese in the air, the huge flocks of Sandhill cranes cleaning up the corn fields.

The sun shining on the colors of the leaves, the terrific blue of the sky, even the way everything looks w/ the white glaze of frost in the early morning. It's all autumn and it's all splendid. Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday of them all (autumn), yellow and orange are my favorite colors (autumn), and cool is my favorite temperature (autumn). Yep, I gotta love autumn. Thanks for asking, it's given me a chance to go on about one of my favorite topics...........autumn. LOL

No problem Sue. The fall air is different for sure and you make note of a small thing like the frost that covers everything before the morning sun burns it off. One of these years, you must visit the cranefest.

Maribeth in Sarnia, Ontario has this to say.

My favorite thing about Autumn is seeing the colour change........the red, orange and yellows decorating the ground.............what a beautiful site............brings me back to the days of a child, and jumping in the huge piles that Dad use to its raking, as well as blowing them into the garden, giving the garden that extra protection through the winter months. When spring arrives, there is nothing more I enjoy then raking those leaves off of the garden and seeing what surprises lies ahead of me.

Yes Maribeth, after the splash of color, the fallen leaves can serve many purposes and insulation or mulch is one of the uses, Thanks

Robbie lives in Chester County, PA. near Lancaster.

To answer your question about what I like about this time of year. I would have to say the changing leaves. Man could not create some of the colors we see. I think the rolling hills and woods around here are some of the prettiest areas I have seen. I am from Indiana and southern Chester County, Pa reminds me of southern Indiana. I don't mind the crisp mornings, but do not like to think about winter coming.

I love the first snow but then I don't want to see anymore. Once the first pretty snow comes and goes I am ready for Spring. I can get along with winter as long as the roads don't have ice or snow to hinder my way to work. I also don't mind Thanksgiving at all, who wouldn't looking forward to that meal.

Robbie, I think you might get more than one or two snow falls but there is something pretty about the first one, even if it is in October or early November, and the colors have been spectacular this year. Thank you.

Judy in North Vernon, Indiana

Autumn is my favorite season for many reasons. I love the colors, smells, and overall feeling you get from the beautiful days. I have often said it should be October all year round. That would take the joy out of it somewhat, though!! LOL. There are many people who I've heard say they hate Fall cause it seems like everything "dies". I love it because I feel it is in essence a new beginning, giving everything a well deserved rest to gear up for spring. It is a time for planning, introspection, and change. I love greeting my juncos and other migrants in the fall and am always a little sad to see them go in the spring.

Judy, I am one of those that felt fall was full of gloom and doom. Thankfully I have changed my thinking the past several years as I continue to try and think positive.

Well, that's it for now.

Thank you everyone for sharing and for the ones that shared but didn't want everything printed.

Thank you so much for all of your kind words and encouragement, it means so much to me and helps to keep me going when there are days I don't feel like it.

I have the best readers around.

Hopefully the bashful bunch will participate next time around :-D

I like to do specials from time to time to get you the reader involved.

We get to learn a bit about each other and Readers from across The United Staes and Canada enjoy reading about others too.

Besides, you get a moment in the sun so to speak (you can even show your friends and family).

Well, that's about it for now

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

Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore (1937-) American Actress

I think we all wish for the ideal life, but without pain and suffering, we wouldn't really know and appreciate the good times.

Pain builds courage and strength we wouldn't have if we didn't know pain.

Pain may come from the loss of loved ones or God lovingly chastising us.

Pain could be self inflicted from a poor choices we make.

Pain builds courage.....................

Now that is worth smiling about (you probably wondered how I was going to work that in this time).

If we look, there is positive in everything.

That silver lining we hear so much about.

Yes, Smile and smile pretty.

Share one of life's simplest yet most valuable gifts.

A smile.................

Share your smile you've earned it.

Until next time my friend.

"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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