I have not done a randoms post in awhile, so here goes :)
On a morning last week, when I stepped out onto the back porch, I noticed a lovely cloud formation over my neighbor’s house…almost as if her chimney was spewing out clouds. On yet another morning we had a glorious sky show.
Several years ago I spent my entire tax refund of 3000.00 or so to have the back yard fenced in because of dogs. The grand kids have been told time and again not to use the gates or to shut them if they do, lest the dogs get out.
And yet, there was my dog Jugsy running loose one evening.
The child responsible was told the next morning to draw a picture and write a sentence for me about this. Instead, I got a book! :)
Speaking of dogs…I don’t swear on my blog but I am going to have to now. The other morning I heard someone screaming “you asshole” at the top of their lungs over and over again! It sounded like my next-door neighbor. What in the world was going on? I stepped out onto the front porch and there she was at the end of her driveway, screaming and sort of sobbing. Well, she was babysitting her sister’s dogs and one ran off…she was yelling “RASCAL” not the other! :) I was already dressed and she’s older and was still in her pajamas, so I went after him. He was half a block down the road. It was still dark, but once I started calling his name he came to me and all was well.
Then we had a good laugh about what I thought she had been yelling! :)
This is the neighbor who enjoys my spring and summer flowers and bushes, and whose tree I enjoy in the autumn. Here is a quick picture of her tree ….this is my view from my kitchen window on October 15th.
Now for a funny story. While my middle son is now a responsible husband and father, once upon a time he was living here and sleeping off a hangover as young men often do after being out for most of a Friday evening. Meanwhile the neighbor’s son was having a go at the leaves. Do you remember how back in the day leaves were quietly raked into piles? And then we jumped in them?
Not so nowadays…those noisy blowers are the tool of choice and this was no exception. Well at some point after the leaf-blower had been going on for awhile next door, the noise reached my hungover son’s sleeping consciousness enough for him to holler at me to stop using the blow-dryer on my hair for so long.
Inside, the pillow covers have been changed out and I put out the fall decorations. The picture on the bottom left is an old painting from my grandparents. I always have it out but usually there’s a glare from this or that window. This time the photo worked out.
But here’s the real deal…one of the kids and I gathered some freshly fallen leaves from the neighbor’s tree. Freshly fallen…moist and leathery feeling. Some we used for a display at my son’s house, and some I put into a baggie and into the freezer.
Do you remember ironing them between waxed paper sheets and having to make little leaf collection books for school? We still had to do that when my boys were little, though I do not know if this is done today at our schools.
Anyway, the baggie-in-the-freezer idea is a tip from Jean Hersey’s book, “The Shape of a Year“. If you gather them newly fallen and decorate with them, they will be dried up in a day or so, which is fine. But if you put them in the freezer, you can pull some out for your Thanksgiving table…they’ll be fresh and moist for that day.
I think I’ll save mine for mid-February when I can’t stand another cold day or more snow :)
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