Fall is Falling

I can hardly believe it’s been nearly seven weeks since my last post, when we’d first gone in search of fall leaves.  As the weeks since then have passed, we’d been waiting for our own “local” leaves to start turning, but that’s only happened recently.  We’ve had a delightful fall, with most days in the 70s, nights cool but not cold, although we did have our first snow a couple of weeks ago!

That was gone within the day, though, and Halloween was 70 degrees and perfect for kids in their costumes.  We still open our bedroom slider every night, although we did break down and put the “winter comforter” on the other day. (We have yet to actually *use* it, though, largely shoving it to the middle of the bed where GrisGris just considers it extra padding to sleep on!)

We found our local leaves weren’t quite as spectacular as those we’d seen on our leaf-peeping trip up the mountain, but pretty nonetheless.  Just a little “quieter” overall.

Leaves at Mom's day care center

Although, these trees at the entrance to Mom’s day care center were showing off their stuff in recent days!  And the poplars in our back yard are pretty, too, starting to turn bright yellow from the top down, as though yellow paint had been applied from the top and took a while to work its way down the entire tall tree.

Our poplars turning yellow


And the tree across the street gave us a pretty view out our living room slider, along with some recent sunsets that were pretty show-stopping.

View out the slider






Fall sunset over the wetlands and the lake






Picking grapes

But, of course, fall isn’t entirely about the leaves. (Well, mostly, sure….) It also proved to be grape-picking time.  Unfortunately, on day one of grape picking we only got about half of them, and when David went out a week or so later, the remaining grapes had vanished. Completely. No sign of them.  Odd.  Deer? Birds? Neighbors?  They are the “grape-est” tasting grapes I’ve ever eaten, but with the seeds in them, kind-of a pain-in-the-you-know-what to eat, so I got out the ol’ juicer and juiced ‘em all up the other day.  Now I’ve got a liter of this intense grape juice in the fridge.  Now what?  Drink it?  Make grape jelly? Dye something purple? You got any ideas?


I mentioned Halloween earlier, but how could any

Halloween cowgirl

discussion of Halloween be complete without showing the little cowgirl?  (The cowgirl shares part of most days with her cowdogs, too, who all had their own costumes as well, but sadly my photos of them are less than ideal.  But just picture a couple of boy dogs in cowboy vests and hats, and their lady-friend Roxie in a tutu, and you’ve got the picture.  They seem bizarrely content to be dressed up, and Halloween does come but once a year….)   We knew those red cowboy boots she acquired for a pony party back in the summer would come in handy!  We enjoyed having trick-or-treaters again — or, actually, practically for the first time since in Maine we always lived so “rural” that trick-or-treaters were few and far between.  Even now, we’re at the “top of the hill” and as one of our neighbors described, the kids from below us don’t want to climb the hill!  But we still had a number of them, all decked out, polite as could be, and we only indulged in the leftover candy for one week before taking the rest of it to Mom’s day care center for them to enjoy!  ;-)

I’ve had this post “in mind” for several days now, but life’s been busy so it took a while to go from mind to computer.  Perhaps, as a result, I should’ve called it “Fall Has Fallen” since we woke up today to falling snow, and it snowed all day.  Just a light snow, probably not more than 4 inches total, and it’ll probably be gone again within a day or two, so it’s not really like winter has arrived.  But it did seem appropriate as punctuation to our imploding pumpkin that the layer of snow was enough weight to transform our slightly-floppy and leaning pumpkin to a pumpkin pancake only about 3 inches high!  The seasons do change, and we’re enjoying the process.


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8 Responses to Fall is Falling

  1. Mike Murphy says:

    We enjoy hearing from you. All is well here. The last couple of days have been cold, low 60’s in the AM and windy and fogy. Thanksgiving just around the corner. Going to make 3 different stops to make up for not spending the day with you guys. Oh well, life goes on.


    Mike and Earl

    • arden says:

      Hi, Mike and Earl,

      Yes, although we’re looking forward to having Thanksgiving with family here, we’ll sure miss you guys and the rest of our “Thanksgiving gang” from Costa Rica! Nice, though, to be able to buy all the goodies here without breaking the bank. Glad you’ll have some good Thanksgiving celebrations — give everyone our Thanksgiving greetings. We miss you guys!

      besos y abrazos,

  2. Mae says:

    Beautiful pictures! Glad to see you are enjoying your new home! Miss you

    • arden says:

      Hi, Mae,

      So nice to “see” you here! Glad you enjoy the blog and pix. Yes, we really are enjoying it here so much — even now with a foot of snow on the ground! At this elevation, the sun is so strong that even when it’s “cold” it just doesn’t feel cold (as long as the sun is out, which it usually is) so a nice “mellow” re-introduction to winter. ;-) Hope all is going well there for you. Miss you too!

  3. Martha B. Higgins says:

    Try mixing the grape juice with club soda. I like it that way.
    Had about 2″ of snow here Wednesday night and it was pretty much gone from all the rain that fell later in the day Thursday, but a nice “introduction” to winter. Drove to Bangor in the snow at 7 am and back at 4:30 pm in the rain and darkness. Glare isn’t so easy to take with my aging eyes. Made it up and back with no problems, had some dental surgery and a couple of bone grafts, no bruising, or swelling, just a bit of tenderness at one site when I touch it with my tongue, and nothing on the other side, so I’d say it was quite a positive day.

    • arden says:

      Hi, Martha,

      You know, I was thinking about just that — mixing the grape juice with club soda — so it’s good to get your recommendation. I’ll try that today! I know just what you mean about the glare when it’s dark and rainy. On Friday when the snow started, our daughter had to be at work really early for a special event so had to make her commute in the dark, and she said that was the worst part. By a little later in the morning (like when *we* got up!) it had switched over to snow and snowed for the next two days. Now we’ve got a foot or more on the ground, but sunny, clear, and gorgeous weather. Love the high altitude here — that sun feels so great when the temps are chillier. Glad the surgery went well and hope you continue to heal up. Take care!

  4. Kathy Ernst says:

    We miss you! I will think of you when I am making Arden’s No Fail Pie Crust for the pies that I am responsible for at Thanksgiving dinner with friends here in Playa Hermosa.
    Rainy season was, well, not so rainy! We still got enough to keep everything green but not enough to be annoying. Days are in the mid 80’s and nights in the 70’s. I loved the pictures of your Fall colors – that’s my very favorite season.
    Regards to both….are you ever planning on a visit back?

    • arden says:

      Hi, Kathy,

      So nice to “see” you here. Glad to know my memory lives on in your pie crust! Ironically, although we’re hosting Thanksgiving here at our house this year, one of the other family members coming normally brings the pie, so I probably won’t even be making crust — or, at least, not the huge production I did in Costa Rica where there were no alternatives! Yes, I’d been hearing that the rainy season was less rainy, so that sounds good. We really enjoyed the rainy season for the first several years, but had admittedly grown a bit tired of it by the end — a season like this that isn’t *too* rainy sure helps keep it from getting so hard to take! We certainly hope to come back some day to be able to show our granddaughter where we lived, but we’ve also starting coming up with a list of *other* places we’d like to travel to, so might not be coming back as often as we’d originally thought. But Costa Rica will always hold a special place in our hearts, for sure, and we’re not sorry in the least that we’d made the move there. Loved living there; now love living here — so, no complaints! ;-) Hope all is well with you guys. Stay in touch!

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