. . . is on the way
Just when it looks like summer has settled in to stay, sunshine follows days of wet with a teeny bit less heat during mid-day sun and some temperature drops as nighttime turns to dawn. Cooler temps have been knocking for a few days now, patiently awaiting just the right time to make a grand entrance and take Mother Nature's bow. Highs in the seventies and lows in the sixties-- then suddenly lows drop into the upper forties. Knock, Knock, Knock: Fall pleading to be let in to meet the schedule as planned-- beginning an end to life's cycle currently at hand as the never-ending circle inches forward in the sand. As time and warmth fall back, colors explode along scenic drives to ease the pain when mostly black with touches of grays, browns, and splotches of green signal hibernation-- from which Mother Nature slowly awakens the Southern Hemisphere where leaves and buds begin to appear in varying shades of yellow green and the most beautiful flowers a body has seen poke their heads out to welcome the sun as we flip earth's annual cycle of fertility and recline. The fall equinox with it's Harvest Moon is knocking quite loudly on summer's tune as Mother Nature's produce is reaped and stored while Earth's lower half is tilling and sowing for the abundance provided by summer's noon. With a knock, knock, knock, cooler temperatures arrived-- just a wee bit cooler, from those storm clouds derived. When the sunshine returns with an inviting hue, heads swivel about to view the blinding sheen. Then suddenly, a warning of a cold night to be-- quite unexpected during Harvest's Jubilee. As it slowly returns to normal over nightfall--two or three-- we will see the colors blossom-- yellow, orange, sienna, and red will be ushered in for free. God will be busy painting hillsides as He beckons days of gold followed by the nighttime filled with shivers from the cold. It is time to pick the pumpkins, acorn squash, and butternut-- put them in the freezer for the goodness they impart. Apples, pears, and walnuts are being harvested as well to create delicious treasures for a healthy winter shell. Cooler days just seem to call for something cooking on the stove: time for Shrimp and Pumpkin Curry, a pot of aromatic Red Beans, Sage and Walnut Pumpkin Butter spread upon a wholegrain bread or saucing tortellini for a filling winter spread. It's time to create a healthy formula where spices explicate the flavor-- taking sugar down to size-- in recipes far better for the heart, and health, and eyes. These pursuits decrease the half-life of the wither doldrums when idleness is created by the binds of winter strife. The harvest--then in storage-- promotes artistic flair just to see the results, small the aromatic air, and exhilarate the taste buds from the harvest reaped in fall.
≥∑ tkbrown 25 September 2021
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