October Is Also All About Robert Frost

During any season of the year Robert Frost's poetry speaks to me. I have a feeling he embraced autumn just like I do after reading parts of  his anthology this evening. Tonight autumn spoke to me.
 Here is a favorite:

"October” by Robert Frost

(from A Boy’s Will, 1913)
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes' sake along the wall.

October Is All About Dad

 Today my dad would have celebrated his 83rd birthday. When I said Happy Birthday to him in class today I had students say, "He must have died young." He did . At the time he didn't seem so young, but now as I close the gap to that age, he did die young. He died in 1996.
Tonight I revisited many pieces of writing I have done about my dad . I just kept returning to his love for October. Dad was made for October. He loved the fall trees as they turned colors, the smell of the leaves burning as he raked them into the street and set them on fire. When we were younger, I think he loved taking us trick-or-treating.
He felt comfortable in flannel shirts. He liked Kellogg sunsets from the front porch in October.
He was in his element in October because the month included baseball playoffs, the World Series, NFL and college games on TV, and trips to see Inland Empire college and local football games. Whether it was Teeter's Field, the porch at Tony's, the Kibbie Dome, or Joe Albi... Dad liked a good football game.
He also loved the garden bounty of the fall. Before him and Mom planted gardens, he enjoyed harvesting his mother's garden, bringing home jars of her pickles and relishes, getting fresh apples off the trees in the orchard behind my house in Kennewick, and later giving away huge zucchinis.

If Dad was with us today I would love him to make an October visit to my house. He could see our apple orchard, our one plum tree, and the many jars of grape jam I just prepared. He would love all the colors in my yard this time of year and be amazed at what has grown since he was here the spring of 1996. He would shake his head in disbelief when I tell him we had two cherry trees grow from pits. He would also love to sit by the fire and sip a good brandy and talk about the good times.

I miss you Dad.

Inside Comfort by the Fire

 A true sign that the end of autumn is closer is when the animals begin to move inside. Sometimes some of them don't get along during the summer months, but we had arch enemies sitting together by the fire yesterday. Lily is the elusive one. I was pleased to capture a picture of her.

Shelby loves to pose by the fire.

Annie was excited we were all gathered in the Annie Room yesterday.

Junebug also came inside to say hello.
 Lily even got close enough to pose with JEJ.
Quality time in front of the fire for Annie and Shelby.

Fall: Hidden Gems in the Gardens

 When I finally was able to be home when the lighting was right I captured some images of hidden gems in the garden. This happens every season of the year, but I love the fall surprises the most. The rock says Enjoy Life, which I am doing each and every day.
 I love the beauty of single leaves on the ground.
 A Virginia Bluebell decided to bloom. Lovely.
Under the grass and leaves I found a saliva blooming .  It is bright and beautiful in the October garden.
My favorite sun catcher is lovely in October with a background of trees in many colors.

Fall: National Park Opening Again

Once the national parks opened again we could enjoy our small boat launch close to our house . The dogs were SO excited. Beautiful weather, beautiful pictures.

Annie and Shelby loved it.

Fall: The Favorites of October

 I have a few plants and trees that I would recommend for every fall garden. They are hardy, always put on a beautiful show of color, and are easy to grow. I worked hard to get a mix of reds, yellows, and oranges. Of course there is still green hanging in there. Here is my list:
 Burning bush is one of my favorite shrubs for the year round, but especially fall.
 You can't miss with asters. They bloom every year and each stalk is like a bouquet.
 I am loving our red maple we purchased a few years ago. You can see it from the road. Red is such a perfect color for foliage in fall.
 Every garden needs "Autumn Joy" sedum. These have spread, grown taller, bloomed, and filled up a whole flower bed the last few years.

Our native grasses are lovely in fall when the leaves turn and the top tassels turn. I can't remember what kind of grass this is, but I love it!

Fall: Filling Up the Greenhouse

Everett moved the plants into the greenhouse a bit early this year. He must have known a frost was coming. We saved lots of blooming flowers and look forward to their beauty in those dark days of winter.

The table of herbs even came in this year!

Fall: Remembering Travels to The Last Resort

 Right before school started we had a relaxing week-end at a lovely vacation rental on the Clark Fork River in Idaho. I just realized I never shared any photos of the place.
It was just the right size, was situated right on the river, and was peaceful and picturesque. That week-end the weather was great also.
The porch was a great place for quiet reading.
I loved the view down the river.

We enjoyed a night out at the Floating Restaurant in Hope, Idaho.
It was hard to leave the last morning.

If you interested in The Last Resort you can find the information here:http://www.lastresortvacation.com/

Fall: Mom's Bouquet

Mom has been able to still create bouquets at her house even though she hit with a frost. I love the unique patterns on the petals of these zinnias. Beautiful combination of colors.

Fall: On the Streets Where I Lived

Yesterday I did a photo tour of my hometown of Kellogg, Idaho. The leaves are just starting to turn on the tree lined streets  that I remember fondly from childhood. Heading up Depot Hill  I caught an image of the McConnell Hotel, which remains similar in appearance.  I love how the wires are still hanging high on the telephone poles.
Next I sat in the alley next to Mary Pavelich's house where we often played. I reflected back to when the low stone wall was built to the side of her house. As I looked up Maple Street I wondered how tall those trees were when I was six. They always seemed to be tall. I can see why the street was named Maple.
The first home I remember looks quite a bit different on the outside,but I could still picture my brother and I sitting on the front porch with Grandma West. I would love to see the inside.
Looking down Portland Hill the vivid red and orange leaves stood out from afar.
This tree was closer to my second home I lived at on Cameron Avenue.
A fiery orange tree by Stein's Grocery.
photos were enhanced with the Picasa 1960's image processing.

Fall: Surrounded by Leaves Again

My mom removed the trees from her front yard years ago. Her two neighbors kept theirs so today I captured images of the leaves surrounding Mom's house.