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September 21, 2022

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Maureen

The beautiful fall colors are definitely starting to appear. You can eliminate many hours raking by just mowing over (mulching) them into the lawn - it's great soil conditioner. I haven't raked in years.
Yes, your grandson is adorable!

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

I found it easier to mow the leaves instead of raking them, either bagging or not, depending on the need for compost. I'd kiss the little cherub on the nose! Linda in Kansas

Doug M

Wonderful photos Margaret! And it's great to see your little guy too. 🙂👍

AC

I’m glad for you that you have been enjoying nice weather. I am really hoping that we son get a change form clouds and rain. Mind you, it looks sunny at this moment. I guess I should have made to effort to go out, but it didn’t look so appealing a little while ago.

Ally Bean

You remind me that I could be getting out some fall decor items, and getting into the spirit of things. The salad looks delicious. I can grow flowers, but not vegetables. It's a gift to be able to do that.

Debbie

We are getting the best of Washington right now and it's why I love living here!

Arkansas Patti

First day of fall, I'm so ready. We had 2 days in the hundreds this past week.
I'm a mower/mulcher also with the leaves. Love that picture of LG. That child smiles with his eyes too.

Pixie

It's lovely here too. We had some cold days but the next week is supposed to be warm and sunny with the added bonus of cold nights so the house doesn't overheat.

Your grandson is so sweet. He's a lucky guy to have such a wonderful family.

Musings

Happy Fall, Margaret! And yes... Your grandson is huggable and cheek kissable.

Deborah Weber

Love your photos and the sense of autumn's presence. And I agree, those precious cheeks definitely demand kissing.

Jenni Elyse

I love the way he's looking at his dad. So much love, admiration, and joy in that cute little smile of his.

I'm glad the weather is nice. I'm jealous. It's still a little too hot to venture out for a long time during the day, but the evenings are getting cooler. I need to take a drive up the canyon and see if our leaves are changing yet.

While you drink your decaf, I'll drink my cocoa or herbal tea. (I love the taste and smell of coffee, but the caffeine, even in decaf, is too much for my system to handle.)

Karen Sullivan

It was hot where I live today (92), although tomorrow cooler temperatures (high 70's) are expected tomorrow. I always feel wistful when Fall is here. I love the summer, the sun, the heat, the beautiful flowers etc. and I hate for it to all end. I, too, exercise in the mornings because it's such a great way to start the day. The leaves are starting to fall and I'm hearing countdowns to Christmas already....it's all anxiety inducing!!!

Anyway, I'll just try to live in the moment and enjoy each day as it comes. Your grandson is the cutest!!!!

Susan

The leaves are starting to fall in MA too. Our color is muted due to the Summer drought. My mulching lawn tractor allows me to mow over the leaves. Like you, I do not like raking. You might like a lawn sweeper. I have one and it works well for picking up leaves and further eliminating raking. The photo of N with his father is adorable. Watching N grow, learn and developmentally mature must be a delight for you. Your salad looks outstanding. Garden fresh is always the best.

Anne@HeadFullofBooks

Love the darling photo of your grandson with his sweet smile. They grow so fast!

Joanne Noragon

Is that little guy perched on a little tractor seat? He's looking pleased with his world.

Matt

The Little Guy is looking great and adorable but he would look even better if he didn't have to wear that awful Cowboys sweatshirt. I am not a fan of the team in Dallas.
My little brother is a huge fan so it always brings me joy when they stink.
No raking yet for us but it isn't too far away.
We have a leaf blower that actually sucks up the leaves and then grinds them up. Perhaps that can save you from the dread of raking.
Have a good weekend.

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