9.01.2007

Sunday Scribblings: The End of a Season

The prompt this week for Sunday Scribblings is The End. For many of us summer doesn't end according to the calendar season. It ends the day after Labor Day. For those of us that teach or attend classes in any school system the week after Labor Day is when we settle in for a new year.The sun is winding down earlier also. I am amazed that darkness comes so much sooner in the evening. It seemed like yesterday we were sitting outside after nine o'clock. The sun has changed its location as it moves over our gardens creating new shadows and challenges for this novice photographer.

New routines are being established. When September begins it is a time to reorganize for many. I know people that are getting back into a healthy eating routine again. As it cools it is more appealing to begin walking after dinner again. Also, it is a time to dejunk and declutter. Getting on a set schedule will be good for me. I have been practicing with the alarm clock and I have found early morning again refreshing. When one season ends and another starts there are other rituals at our house. The flags that hang in the front are changed. The table coverings are switched to celebrate another season. Canning and perserving of food continues on a schedule as unpredictable as the weather. I am sure that the second day of school when I have Open House and a BBQ that the beans will be ready to be canned. That is an event that always seems to happen in September.
September is also a slowing down time. The work in the gardens changes and lessens. I bring in coleus clippings to enjoy in the window. We begin to move slower through the week-ends, relishing those last weeks of warmth before the frost hits. We yearn for comfort food and start planning for soup and stew preparation. Soon it will be time to pick fall apples to use for applesauce. The houseboats on the lake are few and far between and the tourist traffic diminishes. I am ready to say good-bye to the end of summer and can't wait to embrace autumn with open arms.

You can find other Sunday Scribblings here.

Bouquet #18: Sunflowers Sprinkled with Pink

" Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful:
they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul."
-Luther Burbank
Cooler nights and milder temperatures have brought on a new burst of blooms in the flower gardens. It is also a reminder of which flowers are the hardiest and can survive hot weather and much less water. I think the sunflowers, zinnias, and lilies have proved themselves this year!

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