August Reflections


Yesterday I was talking to my dad on the phone while sitting on the backyard swing.  I was soaking up the morning sun beams before the heat of the day, when Canadian geese flew above me in their V formation.  Oh my, if that isn't a sight for sore eyes for this cool weather lover.

August for me is a reflective month.  I dislike the heat and humidity (this year so far very manageable).  However, August loves to show soft signs of autumnal changes.  A single maple leaf placed in a sea of green grass.  Black walnut leaves littering the back roads and yes, walnuts falling as well.  My driveway is sporting a few fallen acorns from my mighty oak tree.  All good, all welcome, beautiful.


So while the humidity climbs today, I'm keeping copious notes of the seasonal changes I witness in a notebook.  Each entry makes me a little giddy.  I've endured the summer, I enjoyed the summer but it's time to move to the next season.


Since my husband is in academia, the end of August for me is the beginning of a new (school) year.  I'm crafting reading lists that delve into serious topics and shelving those 'beach' read books that I've enjoyed the past few months.  I might even read George Washington's biography, it's a hefty book. In August, start thinking of the knitting I might want to do for the holidays.



August is also the month of endless zucchini!  One plant - and I have more than I ever thought possible.  When the tomatoes ripen we will have too many of those as well.  Bountiful and blessed.


We have one week left of our staycation and so far so good.  Every day for dinner has been a big salad and I've done minimal to no cooking.  We sit by the pool with our books and relax.

Life is good!



Comments

  1. Thank you for your lovely photos and words that capture the waning of summer and the slowly approaching fall. We've got loads of acorns and walnuts falling, but I'm anxiously awaiting my first Canada geese sighting. Life is pretty good!

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  2. I've been seeing some geese as well, but really I think they have become sort of year-round visitors. Hard to tell if they are really flying south or just moving to another field. Love that last picture of the fern. We have been lucky this summer as well not to have been totally wiped out by hot, humid weather. A few days, but as you say manageable. I, too, am ready for Fall - my most favorite time.

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  3. I love the change in seasons too. it's a lovely thing. I am hoping to do a staycation with my Husband in September!

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  4. easy to no dinner prep is my go to right now. I'm so done with cooking. Once the weather shifts I'll be all crock pot crazyagain! Pretty flowers

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  5. Sounds wonderful Karen! I'm so jelly! :)

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  6. in the fall, when I see the geese flying over - I always yell out - goodbye - have a great trip...when I see them returning in the following spring (or whenever it is they come back) - I yell out - welcome back! I'm sure my neighbors think I'm a whacko LOL!

    Linda in VA

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  7. I just love Fall, can't wait for it, never want it to end!!!

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  8. I have noticed some signs of autumn on my morning walks. Life is good.

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  9. Ahhhhhhhhhhh....the sweet days of early fall. Wish we had them here. We are still in the throes of summertime.

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  10. Such beautiful images and words, Karen... you capture the waning summer so well... I love it! The shift from summer to fall is my MOST favorite of all... I think it goes back to "starting to school" days... the excitement... the promise... ;) Thank you for the beautiful eye candy treat. blessings ~ tanna

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  11. Wow, what a lovely staycation. We've tried having them, but with four parents in their 80s -- two with dementia -- it just doesn't work. Thanks goodness we are leaving to Door County tomorrow.

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  12. Beautiful photos! Autumn is my favorite season & I have THE worst case of Fall Fever this year. It started in early July when I found a dead, bug eaten leaf in the yard. I can not wait to wear sweaters & flannel, set pumpkins everywhere, eat candy corn & enjoy cool, crisp air instead of this blasted humidity we've been having this summer. Wow! I sound like a major whiner. But this summer, the air has been more like soup than air.

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  13. Thank you for the beautiful pictures. You're right, August is such a reflective-type month. I've been in a much better mood as the air begins to cool, and am so much looking forward to autumn. We're beginning a new "school year" this week as well...you've inspired me to update my book-list!

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  14. I am seeing some signs of the coming of fall now. Tonight was chillier outside and I even saw some leaves fall to the ground. lovely photos and glad you are enjoying your staycation, sounds relaxing :)

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