🍁 I Love Autumn 🍁 Weekend Open Thread


I love Autumn. I always have.  I don’t like that it is the entry to Winter now that I’m too old to really like snow much anymore. I still find falling snow a thing of beauty and falling leaves are a joy to my eyes if not to my back. These days I find snow shovels and leaf rakes instruments of torture.

We have a small, long and narrow lot. There isn’t one large tree on that lot. But the neighbor to the north and the neighbors to the south both have large deciduous trees.  You can see where I’m going with this right? 

Every year our small, long, narrow back yard is hip deep in leaves. Depending on wind direction the neighbors either to the north or south find their yards nearly swept clean of leaves. Then sometimes the wind will change and we got a second batch of leaves from whatever direction had missed us the first time.

Lou cussed and complained. I sought a solution. I am a solution kind of person. I’ve never found a problem that complaining solved. I’ve seen complaining empty rooms but never back yards full of leaves.

Off I went to my shopping place of choice, Amazon. It’s easier for me to sit and shop at home than to traipse all over some huge home improvement store only to find that what I wanted was in the opposite direction. Traipsing is not my favorite thing on these knees and with this back. Gimme the ones I had forty years ago and I’ll consider it. But even then the chances are I will find what I want on Amazon and not at the local store.

I found a delightful little contraption on Amazon that was right up our alley. Or rather right up our leaf problem. It’s a vacuum thingy with a canvas cover that fits over the top of a large garbage can. You just put a leaf bag in the garbage can, fit your vacuum thingy over the top and vacuum away. When full, close bag, put in new one and repeat until you find your grass again. What is really nice is that it’s one of those “boy toys” that men love.

Lou proudly vacuums our back yard while the menfolk to the north and south look on in envy. Here was a new toy and how could they convince the Mrs. they needed one when their yards weren’t filled with leaves?  The smug smiles of yesteryear disappeared and Lou was reigning boy champ of the fall season.

With the leaf problem solved neatly and Lou happy as a squirrel with a peanut most of the leaf problem is solved. There are still those little nooks and crannies that need to be raked but all the guys have to do that so none of them are feeling put upon.

Winter is a contest to see which of the guys can get out with their snow blower the soonest. I usually take the children’s snow shovel I bought for a buck at the dollar store and clean the steps. Enough fresh air and exercise to sooth my conscience.

Back to singing Autumn’s praises and my love affair with this season. For one thing it isn’t as hot as summer. I don’t like hot. For another I no longer have to cut the grass. By the time Autumn rolls around whatever fun I had using our new electric, and cordless, lawn mower has disappeared. Now, no lawnmower is good. Grass stalled at certain height is great!

There are some lovely poems written about Autumn.

To Autumn

William Blake, 17571827

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou mayst rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

“The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.

“The spirits of the air live on the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.”
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat;
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.

I like that one. Although some see Autumn a little differently:

Limerick Ode To Autumn
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Feels like autumn — the walking is easy
Cuz it’s cool and it’s dry and it’s breezy.
But what do I spy?
Flying pollen — oh my!
Any minute I’ll surely be sneezy.

All in the eye of the beholder my friends. Or perhaps in the nose.

For those that prefer pastel colors Autumn may be too blatant in it’s rich, bold colors. They may prefer Spring for it’s lovely pastels and it’s promise of a new growing season. I think Spring and I think mud.

To each his own and I must admit that after a cold winter a brisk Spring day in the 40s seems wonderful. All in the contrast of a Wisconsin winter where temperatures descend  to minus zero. I don’t pay much attention after it gets below zero because that cold is too darn cold. All the weathermen and women screaming the doom of 30 below don’t impress me. They all behave as if this is the first frigid weather ever experienced. I don’t like weather people acting like Cassandra on television.

Today is supposed to be a wonderful Autumn day. Not as warm as some might like but I will put on a sweater and enjoy all the colors that delight my eyes. I really love Autumn.


68 Responses to “🍁 I Love Autumn 🍁 Weekend Open Thread”

  1. piper Says:

    Can you believe a man making this comment even is jest.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      He is a disgusting man. No one with a modicum of decency would even think such a thing let alone say it.

      And now this other tape has been brought out by the Dems to show women just what a POS he is:

      Trump Audio Emerges: ‘Grab [Women] By The P***y’

      In the latest Quinnipiac poll (Hillary +5), Donald Trump trails among female voters by 20 points. In Fox News’ new survey (Hillary +2), his deficit among women is ten points. That gap may soon grow, as the Washington Post has obtained audio of Donald Trump bragging about his sexual exploits on a hot mic in 2005. With a content warning firmly in place, here’s the clip, followed by a partial transcript:


      Guy Benson: It *is* fair to note that Trump’s horrific attitude about fame/power & sexual entitlement is how Bill Clinton has lived his adult life.

      Ted Cruz: These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.

      • piper Says:

        I’ll say it again to Guy and Ted
        Guy – Trump is running against Hillary not Bill.
        Ted – you endorsed him after all the negative comments he made about your wife and father.

    • piper Says:

      He may think his comment was funny however many pedofiles will see this as justification for their own inappropriate behavior with children.
      I taught / worked with both young girls and boys who had been sexually abused and know the life long trauma they suffered and continue to suffer. Nothing to joke about.

      Sorry to post about this given your beautiful autumn thread. BTW – my back yard also receives loads of leaves from my 3 neighbors.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        No need to apologize – there is no way we can escape politics and the world around us unless we stay in bed with covers over our head.

        The Autumn thread is to remind us amidst all the bad that there is still beauty around us. Without it how would we survive the other?

  2. piper Says:

    Thank goodness that Ryan came back to some of his sense and cancelled his campaigned with the despicable man child.

    I’m not a prude and and in my long lifetime have observed / heard many young men talking about women but never like Trump’s mouthy assault on women. Basically he has NO respect for women and only see them as sexual conquests.

    Trying to say others do it like Bill Clinton is just a juvenile attempt to shift his bad behavior unto others. And perhaps in his demented mind he’s forgotten that he’s running against Hillary not Bill.

    Now the question is whether he’ll show up for the next debate or flail about while answering town hall questions.

  3. piper Says:

    Beautiful thread on autumn which I truly enjoy until I have to stash my bike in the garage. I’m good with cold even rain but skidding on snow is a bit dangerous given my age and bones.

  4. helenk3 Says:

    the major parties see no reason to change. they hand us shit and call it a chicken dinner and the American people say give me more

  5. helenk3 Says:


    who will ask when did she know and why did she not do something?

  6. helenk3 Says:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thanks for this Helen. You can imagine with my love of Autumn that I loved this song. I love the velvet of Nat King Cole’s voice too.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I was thinking of this same song, only with Eva Cassidy singing it. 🙂

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

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  10. piper Says:

    Hypocrisy is abounding – many bloggers / posters who called out Bill Clinton for his inappropriate sexual actions are now excusing Donald for his behavior and words under the meme of they heard worst or it’s just boy / men talk. And the religious people have put bags over their heads refusing to say anything negative while pocketing the money they have received from Don.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      “Boy talk” and “locker-room” talk as if denigrating women is all right under those circumstances.

      And that doesn’t even deal with his claim that he could have those women because he was a “star”. What a disgusting old goat!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Well said, you two! It is the height of hypocrisy on so many levels, but the DEPRAVITY Trump indicates with his statements is shocking. “Locker room banter”? I think not.

  11. piper Says:

    Several more thoughts about the latest fiasco

    Has Donald ever been held accountable for any of his misbehavior?

    Why would someone say this when he just married this beautiful and smart woman, Melania. His conversation with Billy Bush underlines his total disrespect for women. Supposedly he thinks that his star status and money gives him certain ‘rights’ which would have other men charged with sexual assault.

    I suspect that Ivana, first wife, was the real brain behind his success in business and that he resents her to the nth degree.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The Clintons and Trump = garbage. Rich and famous garbage is still garbage.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Great comment, piper. Free the Delegates said that Trump can be recalled under Rule 8 of the Reps’ Rules.

      And at their Facebook page, they had this article:


      Marge – I have been remiss in saying, GREAT POST! I love Autumn too though it isn’t quite the same down here as up there! When I was growing up, we would go to the mtns for the day every Fall to see the leaves changing and to pick apples. What great memories those are. Thanks for sparking them!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        And now Melania wants us to forgive Donald: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/300015-melania-trump-on-her-husbands-offensive-comments-this

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Glad you like it. I have always loved fall. Back in the day when we could still burn our leaves I loved that smell too.

        Lou and I started cutting out some plants – including the sunflowers which are now dead and ugly. We leave them up as long as possible for the goldfinches which are a delight to the eyes.

        Lou had to fill the Hummingbird feeder again this morning so I guess a few are still migrating. As long as they need it we will fill it.

        There aren’t enough leaves falling yet to worry about although I saw Lou eyeing the contraption. He’s gone from dreading the leaves falling to waiting impatiently to play with his toy.

        It works really well and it keep our yard free of leaves and gives up plenty of mulch and compost and most of all it keeps Lou happy.

        Here’s what it looks like:

        • justine Says:

          This “toy” looks wonderful, Marge. What type of vacuum/blower do you have to work with it?

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            We have the Worx power blower/vacuum/mulcher. We’ve had that for about 4 years and loved it. Once we added the “contraption” it worked for us so much better. From the lawn right into the leaf bag.

            I looked up our blower and the price has nearly doubled from when we bought it. I don’t know if the “contraption” works with other systems. We just bought the “Worx” because we have had very good luck with that brand.

            • justine Says:

              Thank you so much for the info, Marge. (My leaves are taking over the place, and your toy/contraption might help. I’ll let you know how it works. (Winter snow is any day now, so it might not be this season!) Thanks again!!

  12. helenk3 Says:

    something to remember


  13. helenk3 Says:

    autumn and a rainbow. who could ask for more?


  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this excellent Jonah Goldberg piece on the new Trump video: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/440859/trumps-piggishness-surprises-beguiled

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Jonah never disappoints does he?

      I thought the whole post was great but the last paragraph summed up Trump and the Trumpanzees perfectly IMO:

      This video is not an aberration. It is not a special circumstance. It’s him. There’s no pivot in him. There’s no “presidential” switch to flip. He’s Donald Trump all the way down. And he will humiliate and debase his defenders so long as they feel the need to defend this indefensible man.

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    7 Things You Need To Know About Sunday Night’s Debate Moderators


    The two moderators would be Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper. Neither can be trusted to stay neutral. Neither is a pimple on a real moderators backside. Why do Republicans agree to scum like this for debates? I just don’t get it.

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  17. kenoshamarge Says:

    Apprentice Producer Warns: ‘Far Worse’ Trump Tapes Coming

    On the heels of 2005 footage of Donald Trump bragging about being able to get away with sexually assaulting women because of his celebrity status, a former producer of the reality TV show “The Apprentice,” where Trump starred for several years, advancing his celebrity status, issued a warning that based on his experience on the show, there are “far worse” things that will come out before election day.


    Considering the firestorm this tape has caused one can only guess how bad and what an impact a worse one would have.

    For his acolytes it won’t matter. They are locked into their guy and he was right when he said he could shoot someone and they wouldn’t care. Such adulation for a political candidate is way beyond distressing.

    From those I formerly respected the excuses are repulsive. Because of their hate for Hillary Clinton they seem able to excuse anything Trump says or does.

    And when Derek Hunter, a man I used to read faithfully, says that we who are offended are “clutching our pearls” I am beyond disgust.

  18. helenk3 Says:


    Russia says US threatening her national security.

    this does not sound good

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Looks as if Russia has decided to mess with a known weak POTUS rather than take a chance with screwball or Corruptocrat.

  19. piper Says:

    Another good thread written by an evangelical.

    ‘In retrospect, evangelicals invested far too much hope in elections and presidential candidates, but from 1980 onward they supported Republican candidates who had for many years seen the light and lived their lives free from scandal.Then came The Donald. Sadly, many evangelicals overlooked his racial signaling and his crude nationalism. Rightly frustrated with the political status quo and the dominance of elites, they were attracted to Trump’s populism. Some became apologists for Trump and encouraged evangelical voters to overlook the candidate’s past and, as the argument is often put, to remember that the election is about voting for a president, not for a Sunday school teacher.That argument is what collapsed beyond all credibility with the release of the tape. Donald Trump is not just disqualified from being a Sunday school teacher. Honest evangelicals would not want him as a next-door neighbor.”
    Trump’s horrifying statements, heard in his own proud voice, revealed an objectification of women and a sexual predation that must make continued support for Trump impossible for any evangelical leader.

    Perhaps Trump will offer his own account of a sudden conversion and contrition in coming days. The problem with that hope is that Trump has continuously undermined the plausibility of such a testimony. Even now his empire is built on venality, and he has continued to project his Olympian persona as the contradiction of Christian morality.

    His apologists are right: The stakes could not be higher. Jesus famously asked, “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

    Those are the questions now faced by America’s evangelicals. Like all voters, American Christians will enter the voting booth and, we hope, vote as led by their consciences. But leaders are held to a much higher standard, and continued public arguments that offer cover for Donald Trump are now not only implausible but excruciating.

    The marriage of convenience is over, at least for now. Perhaps the best we can hope for in this sad election cycle with these two unsupportable candidates is that we do not allow a national disgrace to become the Great Evangelical Embarrassment.’

    Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/10/09/donald-trump-has-created-an-excruciating-moment-for-evangelicals/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I never could see how anyone that called themselves an Evangelical could possible support Trump. If they still do, if they are among the apologists or those making excuses for his disgusting words and behavior I would think they are all ready on a path to losing their soul.

  20. helenk3 Says:


    you all know I am not a trump fan. I do have to agree with this article. It is pretty accurate

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      You don’t have to be a Trump fan to agree with true statements. If we don’t acknowledge truth, wherever it comes from, we’re as bad as the cultist who will hear no evil of their master.

  21. helenk3 Says:


    ACLJ files suit against state dept. corruption questions. love to be a fly on the wall in that courtroom

  22. piper Says:

    UnFit written by John Podhertz (sp)


  23. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I admit, I thought this skit from SNL last night was pretty funny:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I don’t “like” Alec Baldwin a bit but he does do a great Trump. And it was funny. Trump makes it easy to make fun of him. Doubtful the buffoon even understands that.

  24. helenk3 Says:

    who ever thought we would see this

  25. piper Says:

    OMG – Donald shocked to hear he had said those words coming from his mouth. Diagnosis – liar or dementia or poor Rudy trying to fix a bd situation.


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      First he says he had heard no one calling for him to step down and then he goes on a rant about getting those that did. I was right, the man is nuts.

  26. kenoshamarge Says:

    Priebus Abandoning Sinking Ship

    Priebus cancels TV appearances, advises RNC staffers to “do what’s best for them.” It’s every man for himself in the Republican party.


  27. kenoshamarge Says:

  28. piper Says:

    Wonder if he’ll blame the mic again, constant sniffling from the get go. 10 minutes in before Don starts talking about Bill Clinton and his sexual behavior – guess he’s forgotten that he’s running against Hillary not Bill.
    He started out answering questions but has a difficult time staying on topic.
    Regarding the video, he just said that it was locker room talk and he has apologized to his family and to the American people.

  29. piper Says:

    Back to interrupting and talking over his time limit. Moving rapidly from one topic to another, trying to get all the zingers in before being stopped by the moderators.

    Constant facial grimaces.

  30. piper Says:

    Donald is having a difficult time being at this talk hall forum. Walking around room, facial grimacing, hand gesturing / finger pointing while Hillary is speaking, interrupting, his answers are full of zingers, and talking about prosecution with a jail sentence for Hillary when he is president.

    Sorry she is definitely doing a better job than Donald.

  31. piper Says:

    This picture sums up my feelings about this election

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  33. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A quick Matthew update: we are still in Columbia, and will be until tomorrow. Suzy is going down to the house today to evaluate, clean out the fridge/freezer (ugh – such a waste of food, but nothing to be done for it), and possibly to get a small generator to run a few things like the water pump and a fridge so we can take the animals back there.

    We still have no power, and likely will not for days yet. We are going to stay in a hotel as close to home as we can get. Our dear friend Beth, who takes care of our horse, has graciously offered to let us stay with her once her power returns.

    Our island was hit pretty hard, especially the beach area which has no water or power, and isn’t expected to get power for 3 weeks yet. It is a mess.

    So yeah – we are still displaced, and will be likely for the rest of the week at least. Will keep you posted!

    • piper Says:

      Sorry to hear about your home but glad to hear that you, Suzy and the pets are safe and sound.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Thanks, piper! We are glad that, as far as we know, the house is okay, but apparently many trees have been lost. This is the result not just of the hurricane, but from the big flood we had last year. Arborists told people the main effect of that would not be seen for a year or two, and they were right (weakened root balls on the big trees). Hopefully there weren’t too many trees lost at the house, and the one we lost at the new property thankfully fell toward the golf course, and not the just-completed foundation.

        Who would have ever thought I’d be so glad Charleston County drug its feet on our building permit? Instead of framing being up, it was just the foundation with hurricane straps in place.. Whew!

  34. piper Says:

    Donald won on gutter tactics however lost on substance. His overall demeanor was a huge turn off for me – walking some say stalking while she was talking, inappropriate facial gestures, finger pointing, incoherent answers (may have started off well yet devolved into rambling zingers).
    Sadly many people believe his pie in the sky rhetoric / fantasy as the Obama followers.
    Something was also off in Donald and his family. His 3 eldest children greeting him warmly, Tiffany bussed him – no kiss although he attempted to kiss her and Melania unsmiling bussed his face with little warmth then walked aimlessly around.

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