Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October Brings Us Halloween, Spiders & Stinkbugs

October not only brings us Autumn and its glorious foliage,
this month ends with a Spooktacular holiday!! Let's hear it

Is your house ready? Have you made it Ex-Screamly awesome?

Don't forget it's all about those treats! 

I'm Witching for you a Ghoulish night..so get ready folks, it's
almost here!!

October will also give us…...

The stink bugs (scientifically speaking Halyomorpha halys), are out
in full force. They are native to China, Japan and Taiwan and
were accidentally introduced to the U.S. in the late 1990's. They
are considered a pest to the agricultural farmer. They are a
pest to me as well. They're looking to overwinter in your house
friends, so take note. Caulking is recommended! If squashed they
emit a foul odor..be forewarned. They're harmless to humans,
just annoying.

Ok I don't like spiders, really don't like them. Refuse to put their
creepy looking pictures on my blog. Yes they have their purpose.
And October seems to be the month for spiders. Frogs in the 
spring, ants in the summer, spiders in the fall. You've seen the
large webs circular in shape, quite fancy in their design, attaching
the strands to branches and stems and your house. They are
carnivores and feed on insects and other small organisms like
frogs or tiny birds if they get caught in the web. I saw many large
webs in the preserve while walking…and the spiders, oh my,
very large, green, yellow and black. I didn't want to get too close 
for a picture. The web was huge... and what if I got stuck in the

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Oh The Joy of An Autumn Day

Are you finding your pleasure? There's much to do during
this seasonal month of October. From festivals, football, 
comfort foods and falling leaves for the leaf peepers, you can 
get outside and enjoy the cool mornings and sunny afternoons 
of mild temperatures. How about picking your own apples and 
taking a hayride to the pumpkin patch to select your next

A field trip to your local farm market will always be fun filled 
and harvest goodies will be plentiful.

I see the turning of a leaf dancing in an 
  autumn sun, and brilliant shades of
    crimson glowing when a day is done.
                                     Hazelmarie Mattie Elliott

Now is a wonderful time to take a walk. Glorious fall offers
a richness of vibrant colors that can be only be felt by being
outside. Enjoy the passage of the season by taking in nature's
changes. Breathe in the freshness of the air. Exhilarating
definitely, spiritual…for sure.

Don't let the season get away from you. Get out there and enjoy.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hello October

No you can't be unhappy when the the day brings  temperatures
in the high 60's, sunny with low humidity and dew point. Perfect
for being outside. A gentle breeze was blowing and I was walking
my grandson Ethan and grandpup Sam (the Pug). Feeling good.
Feeling happy. A sweet baby and wonderful pup will do that!!

I'm looking forward to the changing leaf colors. Shall we have a 
science lesson? In the fall when the days grow shorter and the 
days are dryer with less water, and cooler temperatures, the 
trees will will stop making Chlorophyll. You will no longer see 
the green color as it fades and the other colors in the leaves 
begin to show like red/yellow/orange/tan. The stems will weaken 
(no food) and so the leaves fall from the trees. Dead leaves will be 
dry and crunchy. Isn't Nature wonderful? She gives us the fall 
season to enjoy this awesome life process of trees.

Besides seasonal fall, cooler temperatures and a wardrobe 
change, October brings us Halloween and that includes  
pumpkins. Have you gotten yours yet?

Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…
the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown
along the street by a gusty wind, and the
gabble of a flock of migrating geese.
                                                Hal Borland

Oops, thyme to stop here…the fresh air outside is calling me.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Until Next Year September

Indeed September shares with us two seasons: the end of
summer and the beginning of fall. It gives us a little pause
time as we wind up the hot weather season with all its bright
colors and sunshine, and allows us to get ready for the cool
and breezy changing days. And with fall comes the excitement
of the holiday season.

This pause will also give us a little extra time for cleanup in
the garden and yard. How about a little help in organizing
those duties for you this fall. Depending on your landscape
you may need to add and adjust .

We don't like to let go of the growing season as the fresh taste
of home-grown veggies is always better and it's fun to grow
your own foods. Take advantage the cool-weather crops and
sow some radishes, spinach and kale, parsley, cabbage and 
leeks. To extend a harvest you also might consider a cold frame.

If you have an abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs, consider
preserving, canning, freezing and drying. How wonderful to have
some home-grown bounty for the next several months. Check out
the garden sites on your computer for some techniques and how 
to tips. 

Remember apples are in season. They're healthy and taste so
good in all those fall recipes. 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We Welcome The Change

I'm just a little excited. Do you want to guess? You remembering
your Science? Good for you…tomorrow September 22, 10:21 a.m.
The autumnal equinox arrives…yes, happens every year about
this time, at the same moment everywhere. Autumn equinox (fall)
in the northern hemisphere, and vernal equinox (spring) in the 
southern. Forget that temperatures will climb into the 80's over 
the next few days. I'm clinging to the astronomical calendar. It 
will all work out.

Oh, I know days are shorter with less light, but I'm craving
the crisp chill of mornings, coming in from my walk and
thinking about baked apples, and putting on a pot of some
hearty soup. I'm excited to start fall decorating which seems
to shout home and cozy and warmth. 

I'll put away the swim suits and shorts, and start thinking
fleece jackets and sweats. I'm heading to the garden center
for my pumpkins and corn shocks. Harvest thyme is here.

"By all those lovely tokens September days
are here, with summer's best of weather
and autumn's best of cheer."

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Simple Amazing Joy

The caterpillar found its spot on the drying dill. I watched
it move slowly up and down the stems as if it was testing the 
strength of the slender branch. I was so excited hoping we
would see its transformation. (See the July 15th post for
the full story on butterflies.)

It was just about two weeks later. I saw a flutter. Was this
the butterfly? I approached slowly, so afraid it would fly
off. How had I missed this. Just the night before we checked
that tender bag, thinking no way would we get our butterfly.

Carefully I put my finger alongside the stem, again thinking
it would fly off. Slowly it climbed onto my finger. It felt wet
and sluggish.

I was taking pictures with my left hand. My right hand I
held steady. The wings opened and closed as it moved
across my hand.

It happened fast…off it went to a lower stem then fluttered... 
gone. I like to think it went to my zinnias or the cone flowers
enjoying its taste of freedom and flight.  I was grateful...

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

September..Our Entry Into Fall

"Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that
awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only
because you are a prelude to my beloved October
                                                          -Peggy Toney Horton

No, not quite Autumn yet. If I believed what some of the
blogs were saying, I'd be knee deep in leaves, sipping
cider, decorating my porch with pumpkins I've grown
and harvested, baking pies with apples strewn all over
my yard, and gazing lovingly at the fall sunsets, while
wrapping my sweater about my shoulders. WRONG!
It's hot, humid and dry. We've got some work to do
in our yards and gardens before we sail off into the
blissfully beautiful harvest thyme of the fall season.

Hubby hard at work trimming out branches from
several trees. Yard maintenance continues with 
mowing, trimming and watering the lawn as
needed. We will have our work cut out for us as
you can see in the pictures below. 

My saga of the mole/vole attack on the lower part of 
the backyard finally came to an end. Having called
in Jack from barneswildlifecontrol.com  he set the
plan of attack in motion. Traps were set, one rodent
was caught and long story short, after about three
weeks, all activity stopped. Thanks Jack!!

I even sent Sam (the Pug) in, to try and sniff out and 
possibly snuff out those horrendous creatures. 

He decided to be on guard duty and watch for any
unusual activity. Notice he's ready to strike

Fall is a good time to reseed your lawn and to work
on those troublesome spots. Weed control, grub
control, aerating should be happening this month. 
Hubby has the list, but it's break time right now,
they've been working pretty hard.

September you are most welcome, and I'm ready for fall.
The Autumn Equinox happens on September 23.
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