Friday, September 21, 2012

Linked 52 - Autumn

Autumn has always been my favorite season, until the last several years, when Spring has given it a run for it's money. So now, it's pretty much a toss up.

Summer went by so fast for me this summer because I put in so many more hours at work than I am scheduled for. I normally work 64 hours a pay period and I work a strange every third weekend, so roughly 3-4 days a week, and I work part time for a very good reason...that's what I want. Most of July, all of August and part of September, I have been at or over 72 hours a pay period, and the thrill and excitement of  helping get a new lab system up and running, is long gone and I'm just now looking forward to enjoying my summer! Oops, guess I'm going to have to wait for the next one.

To me, it feels like Autumn is starting early, signs of it are everywhere. I wonder if it has anything to do with the summer being so dry.

Yellow Jackets are the first clues that Autumn is on it's way. I know I always start really noticing them in early August, like when I go to the Uptown Art Fair and try to eat lunch. Seems like it's nearly impossible to Not eat a Yellow Jacket, then the State Fair is inundated with them. This year I got my first bee sting...Yes, it did hurt, a lot, well it stung more than it hurt, then it itched and itched and itched.
So I tend to stay far away when I see something like this below. David said, "Why don't you stick the camera (phone) right down in there?" I just gave him "that look" and walked on.

cooler temperature
better sleeping
dry air
dry hands
crunchy grass
plants spent
harvesting the garden
hay rides
haunted houses
hot dish
zucchini bread
comfort food
drives up the North Shore
drives to Lake Pepin, Redwing, Stillwater
flip-flops (till it snows)
pumpkins, squash, apple crisp
pumpkin pie lattes at Dunn Bros
salted caramel mocha at Starbucks
dark early
crisp, clean air
cold ears
the smell of burning oak bonfires
having the first fire in the stove
straw bales
tied fleece blankets
garden work
pastel sheets draped over plants
harvesting veggies
the smell of leaves
raking them up
geese flying south
squirrels holes all over my yard
annie losing her undercoat
hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick
pumpkin bread

Stop by these blogs and check out what Autumn looks like to them...



Hanne said...

Love the Autumn colors in your photos! Such warm colors, right! have a wonderful friday and weekend!

Amanda Kelley said...

Love your words in this post! I agree with Hanne, the colors are so warm and rich! We don't have the yellow jackets here, we have the bumble bees!

Heather M. said...

beautiful photos! love the turning colours. we've seen the return of the yellowjackets here too!

Tracey said...

LOVE your list! I had a friend make a list like that on her art website the other day and it got me thinking and then I come here and see your list. Gonna make myself one!
And I didn't know that yellow jackets come during the fall?

Michelle said...

Huh? I don't think I've ever noticed the return of yellow jackets during fall. Either I'm not paying attention or it doesn't happen here. I'm going to have to pay attention and see. Sorry you got stung. That stinks.

Heather said...

Autumn is my favorite hands down. Love all the color. Just beautiful.

Liza said...

Gotta agree with you. Autmn is by far my most favorite, too. Love everything you listed about the Fall.

Jean said...

dry hands.. i get that... and i get a very dry patch..... crazy weather.

love these captures. the colors make me real happy.