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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

In the Mood

Well, I'm trying to be... in the mood, that is. The pumpkin pie scented candle that I received for my birthday has been lit for the first time and is smelling like I have a wonderful treat baking in the oven. I am still feeling somewhat cheated by the lack of summer; but the dark clouds, heavy rain, and threats of thunder have forced me to forget about the summer that didn't really happen. So, facing reality, I have brought in all the outdoor cushions, covered the deck umbrella, put a new filter in the furnace, and unclogged the storm drains.

The saddest task, however, has been picking all the unripened covered with rain and not seeing red any time soon. There they sit on the kitchen counter in a forlornly green group, wishing that they could have had the opportunity to ripen blissfully on the vine as in years past.

Oh well, it is what it is! And the coming of autumn, even without the glorious warmth of a summer to remember, is a time of great joy. I love the colors: rich golds, sunny oranges, and brilliant reds. It is indeed a time to celebrate.

So I am getting with the spirit of the season. A pumpkin collection decorates the front porch; and Beulah Witch, my annual bosom buddy, is hanging merrily on my front door to herald autumn's arrival. Yep, I'm in the mood. Sweaters. Soup. Stew. Yes.

Maybe there will be a summer in 2012.


  1. thats to bad about your summer,, we have short summers here and always end up with boxes and boxes of green tomatoes layered in newspaper to ripen under the beds.Its just a given here.The growing season is really short,, I love the witch, she's a beauty.

  2. Mmmm...I can smell the pumpkin candle. We have all our fall decorations out, too. But we're still getting the last of the red tomatoes off the vine. It's chilly at night, but warm during the day here.
    Love Beulah Witch! We have a lady scarecrow sitting in a wreath that says "Autumn Fair". Our granddaughter named her "Autumn"...very fitting : )

  3. You didn't have much of a summer? I thought you guys had a heatwave this year? Well if it's any consolation, ours is a long time coming. Only 20 degrees and overcast and it's supposed to be Spring. Love how you guys celebrate Halloween, we don't make much of a fuss of it here at all.

  4. Fried green tomatoes!

    Yup, it's time to think pumpkins and turkey. I like the fall. Here in New England, we are on the verge of foliage splendor, as long as it doesn't rain too much and knock all the leaves down before they can do their thing.

  5. i am glad you are trying to get in the mood...smiles...the candle smells good i bet...sad on the tomatoes for sure...i love fall though....

  6. I should decorate my porch with something more than a big box of butternut squash and a few sparsely flowered hanging baskets. I am not successful with baskets - maybe ya have to water them...

    Your pumpkin candle is nice!


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