Another glorious day here starting in the 50's and at present it is sunny, 80 degrees and cooling off for the evening. The air was so fresh with all the windows open all day long. And though I got some cleaning and laundry done, I am very lazy-ha!
Below is one of my fall poems written for this October.
FALLING FOR FALL
©Kerrie O'Hearn Marquart
Autumn sun that warms my back
Autumn scents of leaves in sacks
How I love the crispness in the air
Apple Cider, pies and Scarecrow pair~
That greet me when I walk.
Pinecones, acorns on the ground
The sounds of raking all around
Children playing in the leaves
Neighbors cleaning out the eaves
So that fall rain can run free.
The smell of burning leaves when I was small
When curbside burning was allowed by all
I miss the pungent odors that filled the air
When neighbors tended their piles with care
Perfuming the Autumn days.
I love this picture card, too! When I was a little girl, my father's sister, our Aunt Catherine, lived cross town. Our Mother would take us to visit her in the fall and as we walked along the streets, we saw people raking and burning leaves at the curb. I loved rustling my feet through the leaves on the walk from Maple trees. The smell was scrumpteous! When we arrived at Aunt "Babe's"(her nick name) she would be standing at the curb burning the leaves and leaning on the rake. She always wore her hair like the Gibson Girls I saw in pictures, piled on her head. She was beautiful with clear skin and she always wore a pinafore apron over her house dresses. I love that memory....
She also had grape vines in the back yard and would make home made jellies and jams. Whenever she came to our house, she brought some for our family. Because they were sealed with wax, as a child I did not like the way they looked and refused to even try them! I would not hesitate now, what a treat they must have been! At Christmas time she would bring Ribbon candy, cookies and other treats. She raised her sister, our other Aunt Anne and the two of them were always a welcome sight at our house any time of year....
Here is a picture of my brother Joe and me taken in the 1940's at Owasco Lake Park in our hometown of Auburn, NY. Note the military dress of my brother's clothes as was popular at that time. I am five years old in this picture and that would make my brother eight. Joe went on to become a custodian of history in our town and county of Cayuga. He was recently lauded for his historical contributions. He is the author of O'Hearn's Histories, a monthly publication on the history of Auburn and Cayuga County. William H Seward's home is there as well as Harriet Tubman's. His website is http://www.ohearnshistories.com/ His publication is published there monthly also.
My heart to yours........