Autumn in the Ozarks isn't quite in full gear yet. The leaves are just barely turning. The temps are teasing me with their hot and cool routine. But it's so close I can taste it in the air.
The geese are beginning to make their ways across the sky, passing through to their winter vacation homes. The first sapsucker has returned.
The mums are a riot of color. I love mums for this very reason. They bloom when just about everything else is done. The only other flower blooming in my yard right now are the marigolds. They make me happy, too.
It's time to replace the furnace filters and take the AC units out of the windows. We took our unit out of the garage window (Max lives in style, doncha know) and discovered a bat underneath it. I hope he was only planning on staying there for one day because I had to evict him. It wouldn't have been a good place to winter anyway.
It's finally cool enough to make soups and stews and chili again. And other things that take a long time in the oven and would otherwise make the house unbearable during the summer months. Yesterday, I baked a ham. It was like a little holiday dinner on a Thursday.
The caterpillars are out in force, finding a space to metamorphose (spelled that right first try... yay). Driving to Walmart yesterday was a study in avoiding woolly-bears. They have a special place in my heart. My little fuzzy brown and black friends from childhood.
We also had an eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillar on the house. I hope he found a place to turn into an adult. Those are so beautiful.
What are some things that are making you happy this time of year?