Saturday, October 13, 2007

Autumn Has Arrived!

The warm weather has been sticking around for an abnormally long time. I'm not complaining; I don't much care for the cold weather, and the boys have had a lovely time during extended summer. Tuesday it poured off and on all afternoon, and I thought surely autumn had arrived, but it was nice again on Wednesday. Thursday the sky opened up, and we had 3" of rain. Friday was no prize, either, until about 5PM. I went out and took this picture around 6, as the sun was getting ready to set; I liked the streaks of sun on the lawn. Now, we're just waiting for the leaves to turn colors, which should start happening after a couple of cold nights. More pictures of the backyard to come, especially for my Calvert friend Paula in Oregon, when the leaves start to turn.
I'm a tea drinker, and the cooler weather has caused me to start drinking some flavored teas. They don't necessarily have a strong flavor, but the aromas which fill the kitchen are wonderful. The hot cinnamon spice tea from Harney & Sons smells like "atomic fireballs", and has a somewhat spicy flavor. I always liked fireballs as a child. Nowadays, if I want to eat a fireball, I need to break it with a hammer so I won't break my teeth, so this tea stops me from being tempted. The other tea, which came from, is apple spice tea. Again, only a subtle flavor, but it smells like fall, almost like cooking apples. Funny how a couple of 50 degree days changes your mindset. Time to move the long sleeved clothes to the front of the closet!


Pam said...

I love that you crack open a fireball to save your teeth! I love jawbreakers, but stay away from them now. I never thought of getting out a hammer!

Marjie said...

Pam, I grabbed my husband's framing hammer out of his tool drawer the first time I tried this, and he went nuts (it's been his favorite hammer for 40 years, blah, blah, blah). Then he gave me his grandmother's antique tack hammer. It works like a charm!

Anonymous said...

Autumn bewitches me like no other season. Since we can't burn our own leaves, I'm on the hunt for a candle with that particular smell. Apples and cinnamon are wonderful too.

I look forward to your backyard pictures.