…outside my window
The Autumn leaves…
…of red and gold….
(…then all of that stuff about lips and kissing and sunburns and stuff.)
You know, really…this song has such a great beginning. I think the whole song should be about Autumn Leaves, and not diverge into the rest of that stuff…but…HEY…it’s okay…I’ll just sing the first four lines over and over again.
I’m sitting here in front of the wood stove It’s 6:05, and Rudy has been crowing since 5:30 a.m. It’s really not so bad. Bud says he likes it, because it makes our place in the country seem ‘complete.’ I kinda like it, too!
Grace, the ca,t usually can’t wait to get out in the mornings, but we don’t let her out until the sun is up. She wails and whines, especially when she hears Rudy cranking up. If we are still asleep, she gets her purr going and meows at the same time, usually right by our heads. There are just way too many predators out there. She will have a rude awakening when she steps out the door this morning. It’s 49 degrees outside right now, and it’s not supposed to warm up much today. The high is only supposed to be 51 degrees today. Tonight, our low is supposed to be 25.
I woke up at 2:30 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep, and I stayed in bed for an hour or so, just thinking about things. Grace was curled up next to my legs (her favorite place to sleep.) I was afraid my tossing and turning was keeping Bud awake, so I finally decided to go ahead and get up. I heard the coffee pot calling to me, anyway, and it wouldn’t shut up.
We went to town yesterday, and we bought one of those coffee thermoses where you push the button on top and the coffee comes squirting out the nozzle. We mainly bought it so we could keep the coffee hot for the workmen. We’ve been sending coffee out to them in the ‘thermal’ carafe that came with the coffee maker, but it really isn’t very thermal. Now, when I get up at 2:30 a.m., I can put the coffee in this thermos after it brews and it will still be hot when Bud gets up.
We had to go to town yesterday. We needed to get another window for the back part of the loft, and we also needed some more wood for shelves in the house…and we needed to get a thermos.
As most of you know, we live about 5 miles or so down a gravel road. The fastest you can safely go on that road is about 20 miles per hour, but we usually drive about 10 mph to help save our tires. Besides, we are no longer in any hurry and it feels great! I took some pictures on the way there and the way back, so this will be another ‘picture dump’ of Autumn goodness! Some might be redundant, but in many cases, the pictures are slightly different. I usually have trouble deciding which pictures I like the best.
One of the first things we saw was a buck. It was freaking out and kept trying to get through the fence. I was afraid it was going to hurt itself on the barbed wire. It finally jumped over it in one flying, graceful leap!
The fog had settled in the hollows between the hills.
I took numerous pictures of ‘the path’…which is one of my favorite scenes. ‘The path’ in Autumn is one of my all time favorites.
The fog rising up off of a creek:
A pond along the road:
On the way back from town, Bud had to stop to re-tie the straps holding down the window and the wood in the trailer, so I walked on ahead to take more pictures. It’s amazing to me how different the smells are in parts of the forest. Our gravel road passes through the National River Area in three different places. None of the trees there have been cut down and the area is pretty much untouched. There are places where the trees are so tall, they form a canopy over the road, and the forest has an honest to goodness ‘understory’ with ferns. It’s so still and peaceful there. Actually, it’s still and peaceful along the whole road! Most people who live out here live off of the road, and houses are few and far between.
There is a chicken farm out this way, and several people have cattle. If you look closely, you can see the chimney from an old homestead in the next picture.
When we got home, a neighbor (and friend) came with his tractor to move dirt into the middle portion of our building, which is going to be a carport. After he was finished, the three of us sat out on the porch to shoot the breeze and watch the leaves fall.
‘Hope y’all have a great weekend, and don’t forget to ‘fall’ back on Sunday!