Fall Is Upon Us *Weekend Open Thread*

September 23, 2017 by

It’s that time of year again. Summer is technically over, though not so much here. That’s just how it is in the Low Country. But we still enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass on the ol’ grid iron, the changing colors of the leaves – when we go up to the mountains of NC – and more.

Though I have to say, we have a maple in our yard and it IS changing color, so, YAY!

I imagine that many of y’all are enjoying the changing season, the crisp air, those beautiful leaves, the hot chocolate, and more. It’s a great time of year.

And it is also proving to be a very difficult time for many. Texans and Floridians are still digging out from under Harvey and Irma respectively. Poor Puerto Rico has just been decimated by Maria. From Faithwire:

Puerto Rico has been “destroyed” by Hurricane Maria’s might, officials said Wednesday hours after the storm made landfall on the island as a Category 4 storm.

The entire island is without power, and telecommunications have “collapsed,” Puerto Rico’s office of emergency management told ABC News.


Deadly storm surge of up to 8 feet was predicted for the island’s coastal areas
About 80 percent of residences in the Juana Matos community were destroyed by Maria, with homes filled with up to 4 feet of water.

There is some good news, though:

Despite the widespread destruction, there have been no reports of deaths, officials said. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And then there is Mexico dealing with another horrific earthquake. Sadly, many lives have been lost. I cannot even imagine how devastating this has been for them. Just heartbreaking.

The first responders in all of these crises have had so much with which to deal, it is hard to even comprehend with what they have been dealing day in and day out. One thing is for certain – they all need our prayers, good thoughts, and donations if we can spare them.

Wow, did this ever take a turn. Sorry, there is just so much going on. And here I was going to tell you this would be short because typing one-handed takes FOREVER and is a bit tiring. I wanted to try and spell dear Marge since she has been doing so much work during my surgery-induced time off.

As for Autumn being upon us, I have a beautiful Celtic tune celebrating Autumn:

I hope that lovely tune brings some autumn joy to your soul.

And if that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, perhaps Napoleon will. Napoleon is a mini-horse and a goodwill ambassador for the High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program in Vermont. From IHeartHorses:

In order to raise awareness about the wonderful work they do for community members with special needs, this handsome Mini headed out on a shopping trip, posting his various activities along the way!


Napoleon’s first stop was the local Tractor Supply where he perused dog accessories,

Horse feed,

And of course, grooming products for his lustrous mane and tail!

Hey! That’s how I usually spend my Saturdays! With a trip to Tractor Supply, which is especially fun when they have the little chicks, which they do right now. They are SO cute, several different varieties of them, too. (In the Spring, they also have ducklings. Adorable!)

The Tractor Supply is very close to us,  like maybe 3 – 4 minutes away. I am sure I shared this with you before from a previous trip to Tractor Supply, but I can’t resist sharing it again. This fella rolled up behind our car in the parking lot:


You don’t see that at a Tractor Supply every day!

Back to little Napoleon and his adventures. He finished up at the Tractor Supply and apparently worked up quite the appetite. From IHeartHorses:

Next, Napoleon trotted on over to his favorite food truck – Taco’s Tacos to refuel.

Napoleon ordered from the children’s menu – he is just a Mini, after all – and chose a Coke to wash it down. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Isn’t Napoleon just precious? It sure would make my day to see a little fella like that shopping in Tractor Supply. Maybe someday!

Okay, friends – that’s it for this one handed typist. I hope you all have a great weekend, and enjoy the beginning of Fall. This is the Weekend Open Thread.