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Autumn – Pumpkins, Hayrides, and the County Fair

Photo by <Matthew_Hull> at Morguefile.com (altered)

I remember a time when autumn meant hayrides, jumping in piles of leaves, the county or state fair, and pumpkins everywhere.

Going to the fair was always inexpensive fun. A few dollars got you a few rides, a funnel cake, a corndog, and maybe even a caramel apple, or some cotton candy. It was a great place to run free and ditch your parents if you were old enough. I was a big fan of the Tilt-a-Whirl and the Himalaya rides but only considered the haunted house if someone was with me every step of the way. I was never a fan of the Ferris Wheel after getting stuck atop one at Cedar Point in Ohio.

My favorite thing to do, though was go on a hayride. We didn’t have haunted hayrides back in the day because they were on all autumn post harvest season. It was always best if you had a boyfriend to snuggle up with in the cool autumn night. Our hayrides were generally taken on the public roads throughout farm country. Now, the only ones I see advertised on on private farms or apple orchards – at least around here. I once ruined my sister’s yellow mohair (or was it angora?) sweater on a hayride. She was not too pleased let me tell you. Have you ever tried to pull hay out of a loose knit sweater?

Corn mazes have become a popular attraction as well, but I have never been to one. Our weather is still rather warm for getting lost in a corn field.

We got out of the habit of carving pumpkins or even putting them on display for decoration when we lived in Florida. The heat got to them too quickly and they soon turned  into a mushy mess. I remember when I visited Vermont one year in October and they do autumn right! Everything was decorated with apples and pumpkins and hay bales complimenting the vivid fall colors.

I always liked celebrating autumn for autumn’s sake. We focus too much on holidays I think and don’t spend enough time just enjoying the season.

Do you have any special things you enjoy as a celebration of autumn? Suddenly I am craving some mulled cider.

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The Last Photo – September 2021

Bushboy has again invited us to share the last photo on our camera or our phone for the month of September. No explanations necessary. Here are the rules:

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th of September.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo” or #LastOnTheCard

Here’s mine from my iPhone:

Dogwood in Autumn

 

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One Liner Wednesday – No is the New Yes

When we were on the parkway, we stopped at most of the overlooks on our route to take in the different views of the mountains. I donned my mask because even outside in the fresh mountain air, people were abundant, many without masks. Better to be safe than sorry, I think.

The Park Service had signs posted at Craggy Gardens suggesting social distancing of 6’ apart. As I was walking along, I saw a man with his dog, unmasked, but respectful of everyone’s space. As I walked by, he was sitting on the rock wall trying to get a ‘selfie’ with his dog when I heard him say,

“Excuse me. Could you take a photo of me and my dog?”

My mind quickly spun into gear. Friendly guy, but no mask. He had been taking photos, handling his phone and talking into it, do doubt. I had no hand sanitizer on my person and I was a good distance from the car. I smiled, but he couldn’t see that, of course.

”Sorry, I can’t – the virus”

His face shifted to acknowledgement and realization.

”Oh, ok, yeah. I understand.”

This is my new reality. I always loved obliging people by taking their photos. Once in the car, I wondered if he had an iPhone.  💭  I could have air-dropped it. Whoops, no. No wifi. And would he want me to have his photo on my phone? 💭 

I truly was sorry. Not a fan of this new Covid Reality.


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