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Autumnal equinox……

I react viscerally to fall – Webster says this means my reaction “proceeds from instinct rather then intellect”.

There were times  when I loved fall:  when I was young I relished the start of the school year with all its possibilities; when my children were young I loved the shorter cooler days that brought them inside for the evening to the family dinner table.  As they grew and their lives became more complex,

when a new matchbox car…

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-I’m so glad I saved them!!!-

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or a favorite birthday cake…

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was no longer enough.  When dropping them off for school for the first day became dropping them off until the next holiday –  fall became for me a time of uncertainty, with a frisson of perpetually impending change.

Although walking onto a college campus, feeling the almost imperceptible change in the air, or watching withered leaves fall from a tree can still trigger that vague feeling of unease,

I have come full circle –  I am delighted by fall once again!

A time to harvest apples from the orchard…

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and rhubarb…

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to share in the cooking and eating of meals…

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a time to celebrate the changes of life: 

a new marriage…

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a promotion…

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a time to draw together with loved ones,

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a time to reflect on blessings of the past, to savor each minute of the day, and look forward with faith to the future.

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Meanwhile back at the ranch….episode 10

The lemons have been picked and trucked off to the packing house, the summer fruit trees are beginning to drop their leaves, as are the sycamores, the leaves on the berry vines are turning color.  Just as the orchard is transitioning into dormancy and fall……

APPLES!!!

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hot temperatures over the past fortnight have caused some of the apples to drop and bake right on the ground

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time to bring them inside to enjoy

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  perhaps in a pie,

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or simply sliced with a bit of cheese

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DELICIOUS!!!

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