Thursday, October 29, 2015

I suppose I have to face the fact that it’s time to say good-bye to the gorgeous and bright colored trees that have made our daily walks and drives such a pleasure. You may have noticed, I have a thing about trees. This black walnut in the back yard has already dropped its feathery gold leaves.

But this morning we still had some stubborn specimens in the neighborhood.

I'm not sure they'll survive the weather we're promised today: high winds and driving rain and all that dramatic stuff. 

They’ve lasted a long time this fall, and the neighbor’s Burning Bush is still going strong, but the week that leads up to Halloween is also the week that strips the limbs of maples and oaks bare and (of course) it’s nicely spooky.   Never mind, the crunch of the leaves underfoot has always been part of the fun of this last week of October.  

As the days grow shorter and colder, I spend quite a bit of time telling myself that It’s Not Too Bad, with “it” being the approach of winter.  I have the snow tires on the car, and the hats, scarves, gloves and variety of coats and jackets required to survive in Ontario with its wide range of winter temperatures.  The furnace has been checked, the snow clearing is arranged and the garden furniture has been put away. But really, couldn’t it all just wait a couple of weeks?   Is that too much to ask before our trees look like this:   

And our river walk looks like this:

Perhaps I should show some spine and concentrate on all the good stuff: the smell of fresh bread and hot hearty soups (yes, with bacon!)   

Not to mention snuggly sweaters.   The doggies love their sweaters. It's Old Man Winter they hate.

I like my cozy sliipers. 

Don't let me forget hot cocoa! Or reading mysteries by a toasty fire.  It's not all bad, now that I think of it. 

What about you?  Do you welcome the change of seasons and the arrival of cooler weather and even, ahem, winter?  What gets you through the rough patches?  Perhaps you have a great climate all year. Whatever it is, let's hear about it!


Karen in Ohio said...

You're braver than I, winter is a time for hibernation here. Cozy slippers, check. Lots of soup, check. Books galore, check. Roaring fires, double check.

Grandma Cootie said...

For a brief, insane moment I was envious of your weather change. Today it's going to cool off to 83 degrees, and we are excitedly looking forward to a 67 degree day with a chance of showers next week. But then I remember I grew up in the Chicago area -- maybe not as severe as your weather, but you could still slip and fall on the ice several times each winter, have your eyeglasses fog or freeze up, and if you were lazy and didn't scrape off all the car windows before driving and then were foolish enough to roll down a window, the ice on the outside might suddenly drop into your lap. Not me, of course. All this happened to someone else. ;-)

The pictures really are gorge though, much nicer than our brown hills. Stay warm. xo

Heather said...

It's only 45F here this afternoon (WC = 39F), and 12mph winds with gusts at least twice that, so autumn temps are definitely here, I'm glad I was able to get out for a long walk last week to photograph some of the autumn color, as most of those trees have now lost their leaves with the winds we've had this week. It's going to be a chilly and wet Halloween here, though 15-20 degrees warmer than last year when it was just below freezing. I've ready pulled out the turtlenecks, long pants and winter outerwear for those days I can't stay in and curl up with a book and a blanket.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Well, we are inclined to hibernate, Karen! We have snowshoes that haven't been out for three years. Eeep. But books and fires and chocolate, oh yeah!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thank you! I love to visit CA in the winter. It's all what you need to get away from! Good luck with that rain.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Misery loves company, Heather! I hope Halloween is not too blustery for you and for us too!

Thanks for coming by! Hugs.

Lynn in Texas said...

MJ, you always entertain us! First of all, I love all the pictures,cute doggies and I especially want (need) a new pair of winter slippers and wonder if you would share where I could find some like yours? LOVE them. We live in the northern part of rural East Texas and do get snow every winter, along with some hellacious ice storms. Used to have an old black walnut tree so I certainly appreciate the fall foliage in your photo. (adore eating black walnuts, but what a pain to crack open!)

I stay warm and cozy too, hibernating with lots of books whenever I can. I like the changing seasons and wish ours were a bit more dramatic and colorful. Fall and spring are my favorites. It's just now getting coolish here. But I agree severe, prolonged winter gets to be tiresome! Everything in moderation, right?! ;)