Although we had a few days of "sweatshirt weather" a couple of weeks ago (I love sweatshirt weather), Mother Nature is fooling with us and giving us days in the high 60s and low 70s when we have sunshine. I know this must seem absolutely frigid to those of you still experiencing thermometers showing 90+ degrees, but for this time of year it's warm for us.
The humidity has also been high which makes it hard to figure out which coverings in bed at night are comfortable. (Frankly, nothing has seemed the right combination or has been comfortable.)
The word is that we might have an elongated fall season here because of all the moisture we've been getting.
While we don't have many deciduous trees close by in our immediate area, we celebrate whatever color we do have. The golds of the poplar and birch trees can be lovely and if we take a color tour drive a short way from here, we can see the flaming reds of the maple trees.
Here are a couple of shots I took driving out of our driveway this past week.
I think I enjoy seeing the fallen leaves on the ground almost as much as any color.
The foliage with the reddish coloring is what we call a moose maple or striped maple. It's a small Northern American species of the maple tree (more of a shrub really) and does give us a bit of red/rust color amid the gold leaves of the birch and poplar.
My taste buds are definitely yearning for a different kind of cooking now that we're saying good-bye to the garden and the lighter fare of summer eating. I baked a turkey this last Thursday which, of course, was one of our warmer days in the past several.
Yesterday and today I've had the turkey carcass, skin and other miscellaneous parts and pieces simmering in my biggest stock pot and am looking forward to having lots of nutritional bone broth to use in soups, stews, gravies and casseroles soon.
I'm ready to switch the clothes in my closet and dresser drawers from tank tops and short to turtlenecks, jeans and corduroy pants. And, of course, my cozy, comfy sweatshirts.
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