I don’t think there’s been an autumn when so many yellow leaves have fallen and still so many green leaves were left on the trees.
Winters can be pretty brutal in Oklahoma. We’ve been know to have horrible ice storms. Spring can be scary, too, with all the tornadoes. And, there’s been a couple of summers in recent memory where we saw 30 or 40 days in a row above 100 degrees. We refer to these periods as heatmageddon.
But, autumn in Oklahoma is always perfect, even if the fall foliage only lasts a few weeks. I guess we could have it worse. We could be in Toronto.
This is the time of year that the Billy Joel song, This Is The Time, swirls through my head. Honestly, I could do without it. I don’t like sad songs.
During the recent blogging class I taught at Contemporary Oklahoma I told the participants (I like to think of them as friends now) that the best blogs have sub-plots and minor recurring characters. Of course, I’m bad at taking my own advice. This blog has seriously never had one sub-plot, unless you count that rash of graffiti posts I did. But, then I downloaded all these photos and realized this orange wheelbarrow is a minor, recurring character on my blog. Ha!
This little girl is a major recurring character on this blog. The Super Bridgy, along with her big sister Juliette and brother Sullivan.
Is this not awesome or what?
Robert says he doesn’t need fancy gym memberships as long as he’s got these kids running him around the yard.
You can fly, Super Bridgy!
First thing you gotta do to make a leaf pile is get a tree bigger than your house.
A boy to help pile it on helps, too. Ahhh, such a perfect, wonderful son. You’re terrific, Sullivan!
This tree is gigantic. Son is so attached to it he’d never forgive us if we moved away. It’s like a dog or something, which is why I call it Dog-Tree.
I think this Old Navy shirt from 2012 is also a minor recurring character on this blog.
This picture was taken the day before Halloween (I think). As you can see, Sully has at least one other shirt, possibly from 2013. Ha!
This 1989 Volvo could easily be a recurring minor character. She needs a name though. Any suggestions? We bought this car about a year ago for $100. Yes, one hundred dollars. It only needs $2,000 worth of repairs not to mention botox and liposuction. We were going to fix it up for Juliette, but she ended up getting something different. We love old Volvos because of The Family Stone, the best family Christmas movie everrrrr.
The previous owner had a student at Norman High School, home of OU Football.
Although the Volvo runs, it just sits in front of the house ALL THE TIME and now appears in all my photos like it’s a member of the family or something.
Speaking of Juliette, isn’t she adorable? This was taken on Halloween night. Meow. What a doll! I’m very proud of her. I love you, Juey.
Here’s another picture of her beautiful brown hair. Looks awesome blowing in the wind.
So, I didn’t say most of the things in this post that I wanted to say, like how amazing it feels to be alive right now, and how awful it is that people I know are starting to die — way too young.
I came home from work today and some lawn guy was sweeping all the leaves out of the street and I asked him if he could please not take away my leaves. I felt a little bit like Edith in that scene from Fried Green Tomatoes when the nurse removes the paper roses from Idgie’s room. These are her things!
These leaves are my things. I need them to stay here with me as long as possible, because once they’re gone it will be another year before they’re back, and by then we’ll all be a year old and really, so much can happen in a day.