Sunday, September 25, 2011


I REALIZE YOU'VE SEEN this picture before and there's little doubt but that you'll see it again if I'm here in the autumn of 2012. It's my favorite of our collection of fall photos.

To be honest, Spring is my favorite season of the year, with all the opening buds and resurrection of plant life, but next I would choose autumn even though there's a note of melancholy to it. Best of all is that first night when it's cool enough to reach down and pull up a blanket. I love that.

This morning when we were leaving our apartment to meet friends for breakfast, we found two bags on the doorknob. You see only one here because I staged it. Four times a year we experience this, with each equinox.

This year's card read:

inside was a large, nut-encrusted muffin.

At the same time last year this is what we discovered on our doorknob:

It pleases me  when people commemorate the seasons this way. Celebration should be a daily thing, methinks. There's always something to pay tribute to. Not that I always do it, but when it happens, it's a wondrous thing.

Young Son Tim is helping a friend move today so his usual Sunday visit was moved to Saturday. I needed a few things from the market. Mr. Bob declined our invitation to join us, preferring to take a nap at home. I waited in the car while Tim ran in to Trader Joe's to get the few things on my list which did not include the mini pumpkin he proudly showed me. He was moved to get it for me in celebration of autumn. That's my boy!

"Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right?  Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin.... We anxiously anticipate it every year."                                                       

                  Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer, October 2010


  1. Tim is your jewel as my Mom's 2nd born son is to her. I must says yours has more of a sense of fun :-)....and we all pray next year you are as strong and vital as this year!

  2. Same from me ! A Non Y Mouse

  3. You HAVE to be here in 2012 . And Tim knows what’s important.

    (Sent by email from the other Frank)

  4. I suspect you only show one muffin in the picture because after you staged it, you ate it. It was delicious, no?

    Seems you are doing better with your challenges. Is that true? Knock on the wall if you need something...except my muffin!

  5. I don't know that I'm doing much better. Just awaiting the next proclamation. And in Mr. Bob's angry moments, I still can't resist snapping back as you may very well be hearing through the wall.

  6. I used to hang May baskets on my neighbors door knobs as a child, in secret, made of construction paper cones, filled with flowers, or weeds! The Manor's tradition to remember each season reminds me of this and it is such a lovely way to ring in Autumn, my second fav, after Spring as well!

  7. Nancy Coler is Anonymous, because I could not log in under google after trying three times. I am the anonymous above talking about May baskets, but forgot to include my name!

  8. Beautiful fall photos. Our little pumpkin like this one lasted all year until just this week--we noticed yesterday it was going soft. It has made me smile for an entire year, though. Hope you enjoy yours. Tim is very thoughtful.

  9. Thank you so much for this lovely tribute to fall. I especially loved the poem in the foto with the pear and figs. You have once again made my day. T.O.Joanne