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  1. Feel sorry for those who will not notice or bend down to pick up the treasures nature leaves about –

    Right now with all our rain, the mushrooms are beautiful and bountiful. The damage from the rains? Not so much.

  2. I think about moving to FL but would sure miss the Fall (ing) leaves. Like you, I enjoy the cold (unless it is freezing/snowing. I can get by with a sweater when others are bundled up to their ears.
    I love cardinals and have heard that it is a sign of angels. I just bet it is Abi stopping by to visit you and Charlie. Bittersweet, I know.
    Have a wonderful night- xo Diana

  3. Maybe it’s a Wisconsin thing, but lots of people where I live stop to pick up beautifully colored leaves this time of year. We have a nice brisk, DRY (the dew point is in the 40s – feels great!) cool but sunny day interpersed with periods of clouds. The wind is blowing out of the northwest after a thunder storm in advance of a cold front came through last night. I will be going out soon to do a lot of yard work. I get energized in this kind of weather. I can’t function in hot and humid, which is what we had most of the summer. There are at least 2 nests of cardinals in a tree that is in the home to the south of me just on the other side of the lot line next to my garage. They visit all the time, so I must know a lot of angels, I just have to figure out now who they may be!

  4. carol harrison says:

    i have lived in Florida now for 23 years but i was born and raised in western Pa. in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. I am 80 years old now but i get homesick each fall when i know the leaves are starting to change up home. We used to jump in the piles of leaves Mom raked then gather them up and take them to the garden that had been cleared of produce. She burned them and I can never forget that smell, like perfume. When the ashes cooled we scattered them with rakes across the garden. She told us the ash was fertilizer for next years garden. I guess you can go home again, in your mind. I love your pictures of your surroundings, plant and animal.

  5. Hello! Those leaves are from a sweet gum tree. I never can decide which is prettiest in the fall, the sweet gums or the sugar maples. Both put on a great show. I certainly would have picked some up to admire them, just as you did. My sister gave me a tomato yesterday from her tiny garden. It was so big I put part of it in my husband’s lunch today, and we’ll have the rest on a salad tonight. It is indeed good eating!

  6. I didn’t know that about cardinals and angels. that’s just beautiful!
    and I totally understand about the leaves. I used to get so homesick for New England that my Gram would pick up the huge maple leaves that were so brilliantly colored and she would lovingly place each layer of them between wet paper towels and send them to me in a large cushioned manila book mailer! she knew how much I missed the Autumns there! and with such love I used to take them out carefully like the jewels that they were. and I would display them in a real old Alaskan gold mining pan. they magically lasted all season. and like you. I no longer worry what other people think about me.
    it’s positively liberating! xo

  7. Brenda, I always pick up leaves, pine cones, acorns and whatever else looks interesting and I feel the same that you do, I do not care what people think.

    I love that quote/poem about the cardinals. When my Munchen passed away I saw them all of the time, on my deck, one sat on my car on a day I was sitting in it crying about Munchen, another day on my morning walk one seemed to be following me because he would fly ahead and sit on a branch and then when I caught up he would fly ahead again.

    I hope that you and Charlie have a wonderful day!

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