The Suitcase Lady


September 19, 2017, 7:32 pm

According to the calendar, summer is still here. Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 22 at 3:02 (CDT). Mother Nature, however, is setting the stage for autumn with each passing day, adding hints of the colorful drama ahead. I only have to go as far as my own yard for a preview.

Warm-hued colors are popping up in patches here and there.


The late blooming flowers are mostly yellow such as these of the cup plant.


We’re hoping a monarch emerges from its elegant chrysalis on the side of our house.
Time is running out for the long journey to Mexico.


Our woods are full of jewel weeds and the bees who fly all the way into the flowers for a late summer drink.


The milkweed pods look like fat little boats, but soon they will split open and sail their fluffy seeds into the wind.


Our blue-green bluestem grass has turned to gold.


But the surest sign of fall’s approach in our yard is the abundance of spiders. Like Charlotte, they know their days are numbered and are busily laying eggs and carefully packaging them in their special silk. Everywhere I look one can be found, which is fine with me. They are busy with their business, and I with mine.


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