Most of you know we live in Texas – kinda south-east-central-ish Texas. Our little town is relatively (in Texas miles) close to Texas A&M University. And most of you know we are experiencing a terrible drought here in Texas. We have endured an oppressively hot summer this year. So most of us are really searching for even a hint of Autumn.
On the first day of Fall we had a little cool front. Our low temps dropped to the mid-50s, and our high temps dropped to the mid-80s. We’ve had a few of those days since then, and haven’t been back up near the 100s at all. Mostly we hang between the 70s and 90s. And dry, dry, dry!
It certainly doesn’t look like Autumn around here. We don’t have a lot of Fall colored foliage in our particular area anyway. The Chinese Tallow trees become a gorgeous red, and the oaks move quickly from green to orange to brown. Something is a pretty yellow, but not sure what that tree is. At least, our normal years have that quick burst of color.
Not this year. The water-starved vegetation is already winter brown or bare. Even many of the evergreen pines are brown and dead.
So Autumn isn’t really to be seen much around our house. I waited until October 1st before I even allowed myself to look for my Fall decor. It was still so hot! I just couldn’t bring myself to look at them. With that first [slightly] cool breeze, though, I began digging through boxes! It’s not much, but here is a bit of Autumn at the Petty house!
All these things were what I had bought for Mama’s house, so I dug around again and found my own Autumn decor, but I didn’t take pics of those.
Another stab at feeling “Fallish” around here was doing some Autumn Mini-Sessions in our little town. The Vintage Garden Tea House proprietor sent word through my niece that she would love for us to set up in her gardens during the Lone Star First Saturday event going on in town that weekend. We had so much fun setting up and then gathering passersby for pics! The day wasn’t tooo hot, and although it was a last minute decision to do this, we did 9 sessions. It was a great day!
All in all we had a lot of fun and gained some business contacts! We are also going to be setting up at the Tea House often for other mini-sessions. Next time, maybe some Christmas pics!
I need to go get supper going, but I wanted to leave you with one last picture. The other day Bill, Dannye, & I were heading over to visit Bill’s Dad and Mom, and we were driving past the cemetary where Dad and Mama are buried. I asked if I could go by the gravesites to check if Daddy’s headstone ever came in. We don’t have one for Mama yet, but the VA provided this one for Daddy:
I am so proud of my Daddy!
I pray you have a great weekend. We are going to make the best of ours – this is the weekend of our annual Allen Family Reunion, and it had to be cancelled due to illness in our host’s family this year. We are all mourning this fact, but praying for our precious cousin to regain her health, and be more than ready for next year’s gathering!
God bless your weekend!