Despite this being my favorite season and time of the year, I’ll admit I’m struggling to get into an “autumn mood.” As of Halloween, we still had no color in our leaves here. Not to mention it was 77 degrees here that day! But the next day, the temperatures dropped to the 50s and Thursday, I believe our high was 54 degrees. So we had a temperature drop of 23 degrees in way less than 24 hours.
I thought Halloween would for sure get me in that autumn mood. I put my Halloween garden flags out, lit all my Halloween and fall candles, lit my Jack-o-lantern out on the front porch and put 4 fall colored glass mason jar lanterns on my porch railings. My den was festively decorated in black and orange and my Halloween candles gave it a warm ambiance.
I don’t live in a trick-or-treat friendly neighborhood. It’s very hilly and most of the driveways are steep hills and I guess it’s too much work for kids to climb hills to get a handout of candy. The most trick-or-treaters we’ve ever had is eight and we’ve had as few as two. This year? ZERO. Zilch. I guess the kids in the neighborhood that always did come to our house have gotten too old to trick-or-treat.
Hubby had to work and I ended up putting in a DVD of Season One of This is Us and watching three episodes. And then I watched 2 episodes of The Waltons. And that was my Halloween. It didn’t feel much like Halloween.
Today I decided to go on an afternoon stroll through the neighborhood. Just with the cold snap of the last 2 days, the trees have changed quite a bit. It’s still not as colorful a fall as we’ve had in the past. We had heavy wind and rain Thursday that blew a lot of the leaves off the trees.
As I walked, I admired the leaves in the street. For some reason, I enjoy photographing leaves on the ground. Here’s a sampling of what I saw today.
I love this particular tree. It’s pretty every year and I caught the last of the afternoon sunshine which was highlighting it nicely.
I saw just a few reds…. like I said, not too many reds this year. Maybe I’m being impatient and we’ll see more as November marches on.
I enjoyed my walk. It was a nice peaceful day. At 69 degrees, it was comfortable outside. I’ve started taking down the Halloween decorations and packing them away.
Tomorrow, hubby and I plan to go walk at a local state park that runs along a lake. I’m curious to see what the colors will look like there.
How’s the fall colors in your neighborhood? Do you like to take walks in the fall?