Fall Apple Trees
- The Simple Life
How can Summer be so close to leaving us? Didn't she just
arrive? A guest who never overstays her welcome, she will soon take
her leave of us. We will soon be visited by her sister, Fall. A
guest with a bit chillier personality, but in some ways, a warmer
heart. She graces us with such intense color, we hardly notice her
sister is gone. Before Summer has snuck out the back door we had
better take a few more walks, play a bit more tennis, have a few
friends over for a bar-b-que, and go for another swim or two, just
to say we did!
Trees, here and there, are already beginning their fashion show
competition_ a little orange here, a shock of red there. Bright
colors are puddling under a few trees. Remember the fun fall
project of pressing leaves between sheets of wax paper? Maybe this
would be a good year to try it again.
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"Should I come over and check the apple trees with you this
week?" my mother hinted a week ago. I told her I could manage
checking the apple trees, and I'm pretty sure I rolled my eyes, but
I did think checking the trees was a good idea. No sense letting
those apples get away. After all, the deer don't need them all!
We talked about canning some of nature's bounty together. We
could almost taste the spicy pies that would soon be coming out of
the oven. No one ever complains about a warm piece of apple pie
being set in front of him around here! Applesauce, apple muffins,
apples pancakes being some of our favorites.
I have several trees in my area that I can pick from, so off I
went to check the tree's progress. As I neared the tree I was a
bit outraged to see, again, that there was not one apple on the
usually laden tree. Most years, plump apples nearly dripped from
the drooping branches begging to be used in any way besides deer
I rounded the entire tree in utter amazement. No apples none!
Still unable to comprehend, I drove to yet another tree. I had
heard the cherry crop would be smaller, but I thought there would be
transparent apples. It seems the late frosts got most of the
Then, a few days ago, my husband Richard mentioned that there
were a handful of large apples on the tree behind the barn. I was
surprised because it seemed earlier than usual for them to be ready.
There are several trees around that do have apples this
year. They must have a later bloom time than the empty trees around
northern Michigan. What apples we do get this year, we will
certainly cherish, won't we? A fall without apples is most
certainly like a day without sunshine. And, yes, that first apple
pie, was good!
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"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot
change, the courage to change the ONE I can, and the wisdom to know
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Almost Fall Garden Hints:
I've spent the last couple days thankful for a good rainfall
and getting some long overdue weeding done in my garden. We have
such heavy clay that it is nearly impossible to pull a weed in dry
soil. The tops break off, but the root stays. Shovels won't even
penetrate the soil unless there has been a recent rain. Here are
some late gardening hints:
- Try to keep old blooms removed for more flowering.
- Don't forget to water and fertilize now. It makes a lot of
stress on plants to come back if they've gotten too dry.
- This is a good time to divide perennials, making sure to
keep them well watered until winter.
- Keeping weeds out of your garden now will help keep them out
- Perennials can still be started now from seed to bloom next
- There are a lot of specials on plants, garden equipment,
tools, outdoor furniture, and trees right now!
"Remember the great thing about gardening: You get to bury all
your mistakes, so dead plants aren't failures, they're just
composting opportunities." ~~Marianne Binetti
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Stopping The Cycle
I recently had a great little job of putting together what are
called "Lifebooks" for kids who are being adopted. These are
scrapbooks of a child's life as much as possible. They have
chapters such as, "My Story", "Health Information" (immunization
records, and any information regarding health or
sicknesses), "Education" (report cards, etc), "Important Papers"
(contains copies of Birth Certificates, and copies of Social
Security cards), and a chapter for photos of birthfamily, foster
families, outings, baby photos, and adoptive families.
As I worked on these I couldn't help thinking I wished I'd
thought of these books when my kids were growing up.
Sadly, the thread that touches all of these children's lives is
that each of their birth mothers, and most of their fathers,
experienced varying degrees of abuse as a child. This experience,
unfortunately, made them incapable of being good parents to their
own children. They never learned what `normal' or `healthy' was.
I believe they all loved their children, but simply hadn't
learned how to care for them.
We all need to do our part to protect the children of the
world, right in our own neighborhoods. If you suspect abuse is
happening to any child please call authorities and report it. If a
child tells you about abuse believe them. Children do not lie
about abuse that is happening. If a child trusts you with the truth
it is your job to help them. All children deserve to live in a
happy, safe world. Help `Stop the Cycle' of abuse.
Keeping the end of summer Simple,
Check out my new article "To Stay or to Leave" in the Files
section of the website. This is an article for women in abusive