Every Fall I decide again that it's my favorite season of the year (never mind that I do the same thing w/ Spring in April). The drastically changing seasons is one thing I love about the midwest -- Fall comes as a blessed relief to the heat and humidity of summer, and makes you appreciate it even more. The only thing I don't appreciate so much about a Midwest Fall is the crazy wind!!!
I took the first picture on a Tuesday, thinking I probably had another 2 weeks of gorgeous Fall tree in the backyard. This is the view from my kitchen sink (I LOVE having a view from my kitchen sink! I love living in my own house! Hurray for no more itty bitty rented apartments!). But the over the next 2 days the wind kicked in and the tree was bare by Friday! But it gave the kids a good excuse to rake the yard and jump into piles from the swing and bury themselves and have a quintessential joys-of-childhood fall day.
I made a little bench for our front porch. I long for one of those gorgeous craftsman style homes with the beautiful covered porch, but I get to work w/ what I've got, right? So I cut up some more of those old living room balusters and made a sweet little bench for free. Yay! I had Girly A draw faces on pumpkins as I was cleaning the car one afternoon and she autographed the concrete under the bench. :) I love her wobbly handwriting.
We watched the sun set on our way home with 4 new chickens clucking in a box in the back of the swagger wagon. You can see forever out here. Makes for some pretty good sunsets and sunrises.
This is Pepper II (Pepper the first succumbed to the horrors of death by heat). She was just a little one - a few months? Quite a ways from laying, but we just thought she was so cute we bought her anyway. She reached an untimely end after an encounter with what must have been the neighbors' cat. The chickens were all super freaked out one afternoon and I went to the open coop to find this poor little lady in pieces. Literally. Blech. I could never be a real farmer. Much too sad and messy. And sad.