Fall Changes Everything

Autumn brings changes, some of which we embrace, while others… uh, not so much. The weather is always one of the latter. Grey skies. Rain. Fog. Dark mornings. This fall a couple catastrophic events are being thrown into the mix.

The west coast of Canada experienced a magnitude 7.7 earthquake Saturday night… a big one, although miles deep and remote enough that no significant damage was done. But the newscasts are filled with interviews, information and warnings about being prepared for what might yet come.

At the same time, the eastern seaboard is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. It’s a nasty one, likely to affect 60,000,000 Americans before it crosses into Canada on Tuesday.

Amid the beauty of fall’s changing colours, good weather and bad come and go. Even when the sun shines, fall still heralds its downward turn by flinging leaves to the ground where they’ll wait to be buried in the annual coffin of ice and snow.

I love early fall with its bronzing of trees and shrubs and crisp, bright days. But I’m not ready to face the next phase — the not-quite-winter-but-it’s-coming days of

muddied wet dog,
dead and rotting garden perennials,
and sodden everything.

Boots and rain jackets,
and bare trees
dripping drops down my neck.

The end of October is a time of desperation and I’m going to put off its changes as long as possible. Maybe now would be a good time to gather up summer’s photos and do some scrapbooking. It’s that, or start planning for my Christmas cards… and I refuse to embark on anything related to Christmas before Halloween is even over. Besides, it’s much too early to think Christmas, isn’t it? Tell me it is! Please! It’s still autumn.

Maybe I could delve into NaNoWriMo preparations — some outlining, perhaps. Not that I’ve ever been much of a story plotter, but there are all those “thirty days and nights of literary abandon” coming up very soon. I’m not sure why I put myself through this every year, but I’m registered again. How about you?

What does the end of October mean to you? Are you a seasonal optimist, or one of the gloom-and-doom types?

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7 thoughts on “Fall Changes Everything

  1. […] cyber friend, Carol Garvin, posed these questions on her blog […]

  2. Judith Robl says:

    You inspired a blog on Ephemera Captured with this post. http://wp.me/szu7K-220

  3. I like your poem nestled in the middle of your post. May your NaNoWriMo efforts be blessed as you write, write write!

    I’m a season optimist now, living in a warmer climate, but I confess to being fearful as early as the 4th of July of the onset of winter in my childhood. I scarcely could enjoy the beauties of autumn for thinking of the seeming endless cold weather of winter in the North. Now, having been many years away from such weather, I remember that there is nothing more beautiful than a new fallen snow. Blessings to you, Carol…

  4. I’m a season optimist…. and never too early to think Christmas 🙂 Also, best wishes with NaNoWriMo. I’ve never participated, although it looks tempting. Maybe next year. I’ve got some Christmas lists to make now 🙂

  5. joylene says:

    As usual your photos are stunning. Here I look out the window and see white… and more white… actually nothing but white. Even the swans are white.

  6. Darlene says:

    I am always sad to see summer leave us and although we will not gte the snow and cold of my home province of Alberta, I don’t relish the wet, rainy, dark days ahead. But I always keep very busy and try to ignore the weather, knowing full well that another spring and summer are around the corner.

  7. Carol says:

    I’m giggling at Carol Ann’s comment, knowing all too well how time and distance provide a rosy glow to our memories. I have a granddaughter-in-law who would agree with Brooke’s opinion that it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. I think she put their tree up in early November last year!

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