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YES, IT REALLY IS FALL IN WEST WALNUT MANOR!

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AS SUMMER DEPARTS …

And the days grow short when the reach September … the northern … soon to be fall view from my folding chair on the back deck. (After mowing the lawn for the last time this summer.)DSC01563

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – Sky Art

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INTO THE WOODS … A TALE OF TWO SEASONS IN TWO DAYS!

There’s a saying in West Walnut Manor … if you don’t like the weather today, just come back tomorrow! And that’s the way the weekend started on Saturday morning. The sun was out, and it was a picture of FALL all over the place.

GoldenrodThe GOLDENROD was in full bloom!

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And the leaves were still falling …IntoTheWoods2

Or totally fallen!

As the morning dwindled, so did the sun. And by afternoon the sky filled with dooming, gloomy clouds. As the afternoon gave way to evening, little balls of sleet began to fall covering the ground with a blanket of white. By Sunday morning it had all melted.

By noon today Winter arrived, and it started snowing! WinterWoods

First covering the branches and never-say-die leaves that remained on them …WinterWoods2

And then moving on to cover the ground and the leaves I didn’t get raked up because it was too cold to go outside.

Right now in mid-afternoon we only have a little over an inch of snow on the ground. But it is expected to continue falling through the evening and night.

So, what’s left to do …SnoDazeStickyBuns

… Other than baking SNO-DAZE STICKY-BUNS! A wonderful combination of butter, brown sugar, chopped pecans, cinnamon and white chocolate chips — just the treats needed to go with a cup of hot cocoa.

THURSDAY’S FALL SNOWFALL!

If you look closely you will see last night’s fall snowfall in West Walnut Manor that was still there this morning.FallSnowFall2

Mlle. Renee Takes Me For A Walk

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THE CALL OF THE WILD!

Every afternoon Renee will walk into the living room and walk over to the rocking chair where her walking leach hangs. She will hit it several times with her nose to let me know it is time for our almost daily constitutional. (She doesn’t go out on rainy days. Smart dog, she hates getting her feet wet.) Some days I pick the route, other days I let her lead the way.DSC00712

She has her own favorite treks around the neighborhood.DSC00715

And most of them involve utility poles where she can check if anyone new has visited her stomping grounds. Recently, she discovered grasshoppers who seem to always hop into her path.DSC00707

Usually, they will hop away as soon as she sees them. Unfortunately, the other day a three-incher landed in front of her and failed to hop away. Naturally, being the great hunting hound, she caught him in her snicker-snacking teeth. One bite, and she spit him back out. Lesson learned, grasshoppers taste bad,

and she is not inclined to add them to her regular menu. And with that, she lead me back home where she could wash her mouth out with cool, clean water.

DSC00713She also knows there is a jar of little bitty-bones on the kitchen counter waiting for her return.

AND IT IS NOT BACON!

Like many midwestern locations, West Walnut Manor has been going through a seemingly never-ending period of dreary, rain-saturated weeks. Ok, I might have exaggerated a bit … but it has been wet. But today … the SUN returned!  But when I walked outside into the clear (somewhat chilling) air, I discovered bacon growing out of the railing around the deck!It'sNotBacon

Now, I know that bacon does not grow on trees or deck rails that come from trees! But it sure looked like it!MaybeAFlatFungi

But, I decided it must be some kind of flat fungus among us, so I went to the Encyclopedia Britannica. (Question: How many of  you also learned how to spell encyclopedia by watching the Mickey Mouse Club?) There, I learned there are over 80,000 known species of organisms of the kingdom Fungi, which includes the yeasts, rusts, smuts, mildews, molds, mushrooms, and toadstools. Now, I’ll have to go back and discover what a smut is.

NewSproutsOn closer inspection I actually discovered two baby fungi just starting to poke their little heads out of the timber.

Amazing, if you just look around your everyday world, you’re sure to discover something you never knew!

 

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS – Renee’s Snake

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THUD … !!!

THAT THUD YOU JUST HEARD WAS EITHER FALL FALLING OR SUMMER DEPARTING AND SLAMING THE DOOR! 

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And to celebrate, the West Walnut Manor trees started littering the lawns.

Actually, I was expecting this.

Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights showed up in grocery stores last week!

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My favorite fall treat!

September 22 – 9:29 p.m. CDT

And all things considered, it was a pretty good summer around here!

SUNDAY’S SPECIAL VISITORS

Tomorrow the first day of Fall will arrive at 10:29 P.M./EDT, and I was just thinking that I hadn’t seen a butterfly around the garden all summer. Then a flock of three showed up in the back gardens of West Walnut Manor!SundayVisitors1

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SundayVisitors5They all appear to be male Monarchs. Could it be that these butterflies are not only free, but also gay? That could explain the dwindling numbers in the Monarch migrations. But it sure is great to see them flutter by on their way south again.

But with so many monarchs hanging around, I knew that there had to be a few commoners, serfs, toadies and peons in the area. And sure enough, I this is what I found in the lower end of the flower bed …Commoners1

… a common and smaller American Painted Lady or Thistle butterfly and a bunch of worker bees busy at work.

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By the way, does anyone know the name of the pink flowers that my mother planted behind what was then or vegetable garden some fifty years ago. The butterflies and bees really are attracted to them.