Saturday, September 13, 2008


It is Fall around here. I truly realized it this evening when I went for my walk. Three weeks ago I was looking for the sprinklers so I could cool off a bit, tonight I wore my jacket and had to hustle to get home before it started to get dark.

The community we live in has several nature ravines with paths running through them. By nature I mean that in order to save money on landscaping the developer has let the natural prairie grasslands grow in rather than sodding. It still is beautiful, especially at this time of year.

In Alberta our trees do not turn magnificent shades of orange and red. They simply turn yellow and shed their leaves as fast as possible. But we do have a fair number of native shrubs and brushes that turn crimson and tonight the hillsides were aflame with Autumn.

I would post a picture except for three things.
I barely take pics of my kids, let alone nature.
The camera cord is missing. Still.
Even if I took the camera on my walk (Umm hmm) the picture would probably have my thumb in it or something. Cameras and I do not get along. Trust me.

I must admit though that I do not like Fall nearly as much as I used to. Three years on BC's coast and Two in Texas taught me something I had not realized before. Not everywhere gets winter. They may have the winter months, but not the weather. I TRULY miss that.

In a short five years I turned into a weather wuss. Before this epiphany -10C (14) would have me saying "let's go tobogganing!" Now it is more like "let's go to Mexico." And let's be honest. -10 is really not all that cold. Yeah, you need mitts and stuff, but it's not "lose a body part in 32 seconds" weather.

However, I am determined to enjoy this Fall and all the colours and crispness it brings and to continually remind myself that I could live in the small town my friends Char and Dawn live in. THEY have winter. You have got to click on this link.

It'll make you thankful for Fall and Winter where you live.


Happy Autumn.


Janet said...

Sigh. I know what you mean. I used to think people who moved to warm climates were such wimps. Now....well, let's just say I wouldn't mind....California?

a Tonggu Momma said...

I. Have. No. Words. Mostly because I feel convicted, since I whine about the weather in the D.C. area. In my defense, my blood did thin out during my years in Hawaii, Florida, SC, Arizona, California... Oh, sorry - I probably shouldn't have mentioned those states, hmmm?

MomOfTheCrazies said...

After spending 7 years with incredible fall colors, I find myself missing the vibrant colors this year. Driving through New England in the fall is something everyone should experience.

Heather of the EO said...

The slide show link reminds me of...HOME! Right here in the land of 10,000 freezing, snowy days per year! I'm so used to it though. I'll try not to complain. Much. :)

Dawn and Dale said...

Thanks for the friendly reminder that all that SNOW will be here again SOON! Yucky!!!!

Char and I alreay seriously praying for WAY less snow this year! We are single parenting and depressed so we need more sun and Less snow to help us feel better!!! lol

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

What a fun blog! And you use the word "lurker?" Oh my word, I thought I was the only person who likes that word! :) I've really enjoyed lurking around your blog, it's made me smiley this morning!

Heather of the EO said...

You will be able to understand the lyrics if you listen to Sara Groves! She's just a really great singer/song-writer. It's really great music. Go to YouTube and check out "I saw what I saw" for instance. Or, "when the saints"
With Sara Groves, it really is all in the words. So I hope with your poor hearing, you can understand :)

I hope you or another person who hasn't heard her wins so I can pass on some of her music! :)