Fall keeps happening and other goings on around here.

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“Mama, look at this.”


Mercury was staring at the bush outside our door for a couple minutes before he sought my expert opinion on what was happening. “The berries… they were green.”

“Yeah, bud, they're turning purple. That's how you know fall is coming.”

“Oh! I wonder if they're gonna turn another color.”

“They will just get a little darker and then the birds will eat them.”

You'd think I'd be used to this by now, after a couple of decades here on earth. But the seasons change and I keep being absolutely shocked at the timing. Last week WHILE IT WAS STILL AUGUST we saw farmers COMBINING. The nerve. I complained about it for a few minutes. “You would think they would have the decency to at least wait until September!”

I don't know why I was so offended though –  I really love fall. I love sweaters and warm coffee and the smell of the air as people getting a few last bonfires in before the world freezes and back to school sales and it's Really All Good.

coffee cups

It also means that I don't have to feel so awkward about immediately offering everyone who walks through the door a hot cup of coffee. You guys might start to think that I share and post and pin all this coffee related humor and nonsense and talk about it all the time because it's cute on the internet, but that's not the case. Since the time I was a small child, visiting family has always involved that initial offering. 8 am, 8 pm, doesn't matter. “Well, hi! You want some coffee?” I'm just a product of my upbringing.  The gesture isn't always appreciated when it's 90 degrees out – but my intentions are good. Well, maybe not. I might just have a complex.

bed propped on a desk to make a slide

The boys keep propping their beds up on their desk and sliding down it like their bedroom is some sort of playground. All day long, and often for an hour or so after we put them to bed. It drives me up the wall, but I also can't help but be a little proud of their resourcefulness. I mentioned something about perhaps building a slide for the yard and Mercury said, “No, this is just fine.” Is it, now, child?

This post is linked up at pretty, happy, funny, real. on a delightful blog called Like Mother, Like Daughter. It's one of my favorites and you should read it.


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26 Responses

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    It got cold early this year. It felt like fall long before August ended.

  2. Kori

    I can’t wait for fall to finally get here. I love everything about fall (except what comes after it). And your family tree is beautiful.

    • Kylie

      Thank you Kori!!

      I live in ND so even though it’s not “officially” fall… it still pretty much is.

  3. Yona Williams

    It’s weird…today is a hot scorcher, and the rest of our summer has been rainy and unseasonably cool. My favorite season in autumn, so I look forward to the leaves changing and the seasonal food and drinks. What tree are those purple berries from?

    • Kylie

      We think it’s a type of buckthorn tree but haven’t been able to pin it down. The berries are not good, unfortunately. The birds like them, though.

    • Kylie

      NOPE – Cotoneaster lucidus – hedge cotoneaster. The Plant ID group I’m in told me.

  4. Marya

    I love the changing of seasons. Looking forward to my favourite parts of the season, and it lasts just long enough and the season changes. Awesome. (and I LOVE the slide!!)

  5. Roxane B. Salonen

    Thanks for sharing little bits of your family with me. My youngest is 9, oldest almost 19, and I am loving the innovations of my youngest. This week he invented a little man cave under a desk. He has a stash of things down there. I love it, and I will miss this someday soon. With three teens now the world has changed a lot and I grow ever more grateful for the small things. I love fall too. And coffee!

  6. Misty Battle

    I love fall also. Since we moved further down Florida I am afraid we won’t have the changing of the season like we did in Jacksonville. Makes me sad. I am really tired of all this heat.

  7. Jeanette Mays

    I love fall. I enjoy having a warm cup of coffee on a cold day. Plus all the pumpkin themed items 🙂

  8. Eliz Frank

    Fall is one of my favorite seasons even though I’m not a fan of cold weather… The foliage and the landscape is so pretty; plus I love fall clothing.

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