The highest seat of a Ferris Wheel

It’s here and I can feel it.

Autumn’s descent.

Lawns crisping. Leaves starting to turn.  A hint of fall in the air.

It’s darker in the mornings when I wake; just last week, the sun was up with me at 6:30 a.m.  Not so anymore.

We’re having a push of heat again, the hot, sweaty, humid stuff that clings to your face and makes your hair curl at your neck.  The push that fools folks into thinking summer’s still here.  That there’s still time for the lake, for the pool, for lazy days of summer.   But don’t be fooled. The countdown’s on.

Are you seeing signs of Autumn in your neck of the woods?

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

and, yes, I bought some!

Experts predict a bumper MI apple crop this year!  30M bushels!

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24 thoughts on “The highest seat of a Ferris Wheel

  1. Back in the US, fall was always my favorite season. Here in the highlands of Ecuador, fall is little different than summer–spring-like weather year round!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Fall’s my favorite, too, and a big part of why we moved back to the Midwest. I actually love all the seasons 🙂 enjoy your spring-like weather, Kathy!! MJ

  2. It’s a long way down to winter and there’s all the harvest produce to enjoy en route.

  3. Roxanne

    Fall-like more every day here in beautiful Dutchess County, NY…colors showing, leaves falling, cooler mornings and evenings. I have mixed feelings. I love the heat and sun in summer and feel this season is a month too short. But Fall is beautiful here…my favorite colors dominate, and the only down side really is anticipating a long, bitterly cold winter.

    • I am already missing the longer days of summer .. but I won’t be sorry to see the heat & humidity leave. We have some time before that happens!


  4. We have 4 seasons here in South Florida… hurricane season, tourist season, love bug season and Summer 🙂

  5. absolutely! 3 weeks ago, I noticed the barn swallows were gathering on the high power lines ( pre-migration formation) plus our temperatures have been holding steady in the mid 70’s for several weeks in a row (that is normally what I expect in mid to late September) I too have a record breaking apple crop. I could not keep up with propping up branches so they wouldn’t break under the weight of the fruit. Thanks for asking! 🙂

    • I didn’t know that about the barn swallows, now I will look for that clue here, DM. Yay for your apple crop – that’s great news 🙂 I’m hoping to see the apples are ready here and soon, I know the trees are sure hanging low with them.

  6. I’m not seeing the signs! I refuse! Okay, okay, I AM seeing the signs. Kids going back to school. The state fair. Summer clothing on clearance at my favorite stores. Fall is on the way, and I don’t mind at all. I LOVE fall. But winter can stay away for as long as it wants!

    • You’ve had the record heat, too, so it’s a little disconcerting to see the fall signs as well!! I love Fall, it’s my personal favorite 🙂


  7. I notice it first in the shadows… difficult to describe, but the shadows change as autumn approaches. I’ll miss my flip flops and dashing outside without a jacket!

  8. Love the fall! My favorite time of year, and all the celebrations/changes/traditions that come with it! When we lived in Michigan it was an annual ritual to visit an apple orchard and buy some of the locally made fresh apple cider, wonderful apples, and let the kids participate in the “on the farm” activities. Of course they were little then…great memories of a wonderful state, and time of life…your apple photo was an instant time machine! 🙂 ~ Sheila

    • I agree, love the fall. Living just up the road from an Orchard, I make it a point to experience all the things you described — fresh apples, fresh cider, home-made cinnamon apple donuts and, of course, all the fall colors!

  9. Autumn is my time of year too, MJ. And I love your escaping horses off of the merry-go-round.

    • Yep — a time to cozy in the autumn sunshine with a good book, a pot of chili simmering on the stove and a football game coming on the telly soon 🙂

      I just love those horses, what a great analogy for life, right?

  10. yes! that’s it exactly 🙂

  11. Our last holiday of summer coming up this weekend. Have a great ride MJ.

  12. I’m finally able to comment (was having some WP issues). I love this post and the apples and squash photos are great. Really getting me into the fall mood!

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