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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Saturday, October 30, 2021


 TRICK- OR- TREAT,  HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone. I'm feeling really wicked tonight for some reason...

October was a breeze and is already gone. I didn't get done all I wanted to do in the gardens but I'm slowly getting it done. Everything is looking so drab with the bare trees and the ragged gardens and leaves littering the yard.  I can't show a decent picture of flowers because half of them are not picture-worthy. 

I've decided that Autumn isn't my favorite season after all. Everyone seems to say that Autumn is their favorite season but for me,  I think that Spring is my favorite season, even with the flooding... There are a lot of good things about Autumn I know, but right now I'm finding it easier saying what I don't like about it.

In his wisdom, God gave us this season to slow us down so I shouldn't complain and I should be thankful. I'm very thankful until I have to adjust the way I used to do things. 

 I love the beginning of Autumn with all the beautiful colors of foliage and cooler temperatures but's that's about it. It's the season of death. Oh, I forgot, no mosquitos. Yes, I love no mosquitos but those darn fruit flies have taken over my compost and even wait at the door to come in.  Pesky little nuisance they are.

Everything ripens at the same time and there are always veggies on my counter that need to be taken care of. The furry little visitors who are looking for a warm place to live rent-free, the mice, and their furry companions are coming into the garage and somehow find their way into the house. I make them pay with their lives, the little rascals.

I never know just how to dress.  I love wearing sandals and I hate to give them up.  The temperature varies constantly and I never know quite what to wear. I've especially noticed that wearing the right pajamas can be quite challenging. One day I have to wear summer pajamas and the next day and change to warmer pajamas and even winter pajamas, especially on cold rainy nights.

Then comes the work that comes with Autumn. The harvesting of root vegetables. It's plain back-breaking work digging out all those veggies. Then here comes the fruit flies. I have no love for those little buggers. Putting the gardens to bed is a lot of work also, especially for me as I have so many.

The sun is so low that it makes it difficult to drive with the sun is in my eyes and working in the garden without a sun visor gives me a headache. The heavy dark clouds are showing up more often.

The songbirds are flying away to warmer places so I miss their songs and the squirrels are planting butternuts all over my flower beds and are digging up my tulip bulbs. 

Then there's the body trying to adjust to the constant temperature swings.  Then, there's the wait for the killer frost and the clean-up after.  I almost forgot the frosty windshield in the morning. Driving in the fog in rush hour is a bit frightening. Autumn is also cold and flu season. 

Many people suffer from seasonal depression starting in Autumn with less sunlight. It's more difficult to get out of a warm bed and it's more difficult to get motivated. When we think we've finally adjusted, there is the daylight time change that everyone dislikes. 

Hello November. What will you bring?

Thanks for reading my Autumn rant. It feels good just to rant once in a while even though no one is listening. I hope that you didn't eat too many Halloween treats. We didn't get a single trick or treater this evening. Oops, I turned the calendar page too soon. Lol. Haloween isn't until tomorrow. 

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 


  1. Well...not EVERYONE dislikes the time change....I, for one, like it, but know too well I am in the very small minority (if not the ONLY one LOL). You make a lot of very valid points in your rant...and all very good reasons for disliking autumn. If I had the chores you have with the putting up and garden clean-up, I am sure I would sing a different tune. I actually welcome when the hard frosts come and I can stop watering without feeling guilty about committing planticide. But I definitely get the "dressing" thing...I can go from sweats, to shorts, to capris and back to sweats (and telling myself it is too early for long johns...especially since I had shorts and a tank top on earlier). I certainly have more laundry this time of year. Perhaps I have only convinced myself I love autumn in order to make what come after more tolerable?? Maybe, but I don't think so.... For some reason, autumn just resonates more closely with me. Then again, I like rainy days. ;-) Love the JOLs....I miss the days my wrists were strong enough to carve them. ~Robin~ (And, have had trick-or-treating already?? It just isn't the same as when it is actually ON Halloween....)

  2. Oh goodness, I'm exhausted by your depressing post. I agree those pesky fruit flies are horrible and I'm tired from working in the yard today. BUT, I had a wonderful bowl of homemade vegetable soup for dinner with a glass of wine (or was it two?)

    Tomorrow I'm looking forward to waking up and enjoying the day when I can go out and labor again in my yard (NOT). But I am hoping to wake up, lol.

  3. Our Halloween is here. No trick or treaters yet - and I will be surprised if we get any.
    Everyone deserves a good rant every now and then. I do hope you feel better for getting it out of your system.

  4. Oh, my dear, rant away and we will listen!
    I hate, hate, hate the time change.
    Happy Halloween ;-)

  5. That is what friends are for, go ahead and rant away.
    I HATE the time change. I really wish that we stayed on one or the other.

    Autumn is my husband's favorite season.
    I think Spring is my favorite too. Life, Renewal, and so much more.

  6. I've always loved Autumn and still do. I guess it's just in my nature to be an autumn girl. Ranting is good for the soul! I look forward to Spring after a long winter and I guess I would put that as my second favorite season. I usually have our small gardens all put away but we had such a warm October that the peppers are still producing! However, tomorrow everything comes out and into the compost pile. I'll mow for what may be the last time too. Then I have the task of putting all my Halloween decor sad! We don't get trick or treaters out here in the country but in town they always have trick or treat on the Thursday before Halloween so it's all over here in Ashland. Have a good week, don't work too hard..ha! As if you'd listen to me! I guess you'll just have to keep Spring in your heart for a few months! Take care Julia!

  7. Rant away! We all need to at times. On to November and Thanksgiving! We never had the Autumn foliage this year. Leaves are still on the trees and just drying up and falling. I hope this is not a sigh of a colder Winter. Hope you had a nice Halloween. Janice

  8. Sharing your emotions honestly is a good thing! And many feel what you feel, I am sure, but do not voice it, so it's good you spoke up! I think the feelings you have are very similar to the blue feeling I get in January and February. Oh, I get down then. I hope Thanksgiving/Xmas will cheer you and once the gardens are BARE and tucked away and all the leaf litter gone, that you will feel more at ease with the season.

  9. I completely understand your feelings about Autumn. I have come to enjoy each season for what it brings. There is something good......and bad with each. Wishes to you for very pleasant November days!