Friday, October 03, 2008

FALL IS IN THE AIR!



For the past few days it has been so beautiful here in Maryland. The temperatures have been in the high 60's and falling into the 50's at night. It's been so wonderful sleeping......having the window's up a couple of inches. Even those "night sweats" haven't been so bad. So that's a plus in itself.

I know I've said this many times but Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love all that it brings. But mostly I love how the leaves change their color. I think the maple tree leaves are the most vibrant of colors. The grass has even greened up again and before long the first frost will come. The days become shorter and the evenings longer. And before long, it will be dark around 5:30 p.m. Even that doesn't bother me too badly.

And then, there are those gorgeous Chrysanthemums in every color you can think of. It seems like everyone is selling them. Our local grocery store had such full, large pots of them just today. I picked the crimson colored ones. How pretty they are and they smell so earthy. No other flower smells the way they do. I wouldn't call it a sweet smell. But it's a wonderful smell. And I know that I have to have a few pots of them sitting around......out on my balcony, enjoying their beauty and breathing in their smell as I open the door.

Even though this time of the year holds some sadness for me, the beauty of the season overrides this sadness. You see, my mom passed away on November 19, 1979. So of course I think of her at this time even more.......and wish that she were here to see her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She would be so in love....just like I am. On December 2, 1965, my dad died after a battle with brain cancer. He was so young to have left our family so soon. He would have so enjoyed his grandchildren as he loved to play tricks and tease the young ones. My sister's tell of him tying knots in the sheets on their bed when they hadn't taken time to make it up. He was a great dad and loved his little girl who he called "pumpkin".



Tomorrow is supposed to be a lovely day. A little chill in the air and two little girl's who are looking forward to a special day with grand mom. Hailee, Gianna and I are going to spend the day together. We are going to Applewood Farms where we will visit with the animals, taste some apple cider, ride the train, bring some apples home to eat and pick out pumpkins for them to take home. Maybe we'll even get to make a scarecrow. I'm sure that no matter what we do will be have a great time. The girl's are really looking forward to spending the day together and then tomorrow night they will spend the night with me! Oh boy! Eating sorbet in bed is their favorite thing to do. I can't wait!!!!!!



We're gonna hop on this train and find out if ghosts or goblins are lurking near the tracks!



We won't see reindeer tomorrow.....but we'll come back in December after they've helped Santa deliver all of his gift's to all the good little girl's and boy's all over the world!



If you are experiencing beautiful Fall weather where you are, I hope that you are all able to get out and enjoy your day. Have a wonderful weekend and remember, "love the ones you're with".

Monday, September 29, 2008

ON THE ROAD.....AGAIN!



As I was driving to the Eastern Shore on Thursday, I had my camera on the front seat next to me. I have been really lax on picture taking lately. Not because I've become bored with it, but because opportunity has not presented itself to me. Oh, I've taken a few here and there but not anything that has really excited me. But, as I was saying, I was looking for something different to photograph. There is a good ten miles of country before I get out to the Interstate. The countryside was so green and luxurious looking. And the cow's just happened to be in the pasture as I was driving past. Not one of them was looking up......they were grazing!







I arrived to my destination within three hours. I pretty much dodged the rain until I had almost gotten into Salisbury. It rained off and on the entire weekend. Sometimes the rain was very heavy and the next thing I would know, the sun was trying to peep out behind very dark clouds. Here is a picture of leftover bloom's from a crepe myrtle tree. I happen to love the way it looks.



This little critter comes to visit frequently; at least a couple times of the day. My family feeds this little guy apples and grapes. He will come onto the deck and fill his little jaws and then take off. Back again around 6:00 p.m. each night. He is quicker than lightning! You better be sitting near the window and fast with the camera action. I was so lucky with getting this shot. But isn't he a cutie? And look at his tail! I've never seen a chipmunk with a tail like that.



And because I love this time of the year and all of the beauty that nature holds, I thought these pots of mum's sitting on these steps were just lovely. It seems like everywhere I go I see colorful mum flowers; crimson's, burnt oranges, yellows, purples & lilacs too.....they are all so beautiful.