Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My favorite season? Autumn by Barbara Edwards #TWRP #MFRWauthor

Barbara Edwards
I love Autumn. The cool nights, Indian Summer, pumpkins and trees cover with rich colors combine to prepare me for shutting down for the winter.

Did you know its not a true Indian Summer unless there is a killing (black) frost first? As a kid I thought the warm days meant those lazy days were back. Only the water was suddenly too cold to swim.

My neighbors had the fire department send over a crew when they burned the hillside behind their house. The idea was to get rid of the leaves piled high under the trees. 

The scent of leaves burning is one of my favorite memories. My Dad would rake up all the leaves in the yard and pile them. We’d jump in the pile for hours. By the time the town came to collect them they were squashed into a tiny heap. lol
Pumpkins were cheap and each of us got one to carve for Halloween.

I can’t believe I managed not to cut off a finger with the huge kitchen knife I used. 

This was when the days shortened. Night came before dinner. We played hide-and-seek in the cemetery next door until Mom called us home. Scary fun.

Mom made our costumes for Trick-or-Treating. Princess, hobo, clown, I don’t remember the rest. 
A gang of us went from house to house. In our small town it was hard to go where we weren’t known. Something not so common now. 
One Halloween it snowed. Another it was so hot we had to wear shorts under our costume. 
I’ll never admit to throwing an egg at a boy’s house because I thought he was cute.
Hope you have good memories, too

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Margo Hoornstra said...

I remember snow on Halloween one year and blazing hot temperatures the next. Good memories. Best of luck with your newest release,

Brenda Whiteside said...

I was born and raised in Phoenix where seasons meant nothing. All we had was hot and hotter. Once married, I got to experience seasons in a number of places we lived. When we first got to MN, my favorite season was winter. LOL That didn't last too long. Yes, love fall for so many reasons.

Jannine Gallant said...

The only thing I don't like much about fall is the shorter days. The weather is still beautiful, but after dinner dog walks are getting shorter and shorter. Love the beautiful colors popping up here and there in the woods amid the evergreens. Definitely a gorgeous time of year!

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Margo,
Yes, good memories.

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Brenda,
i can't imagine no season change, although living in Florida is close. i love tha changes.

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Jannne,
Today the treesa re definitely brighter, showing gold and red. Need to get out my camera.

Diane Burton said...

I love fall, too, for many of the same reasons, Barb. The smells, crisp air, cool nights, trees changing colors.

Leah St. James said...

Your autumn memories from childhood are much like mine, Barbara! These days I spend so much time indoors (from my house to the car, to the office, back to the car, back home) that I don't enjoy the change of seasons like I did as a kid. It's kind of depressing! Must do something about it! :-) Thanks for taking me down memory lane.