Tag: fall

Fall Colors

We are in the peak of the fall season here in northern Virginia. Colors are riotous. Leaves are equally abundant in trees on the ground. Temperatures have fallen and the smell of the first burning firewood is in the air, whips of smoke from chimneys curling into the early morning sky around the neighborhood. Here’s a look a some of the color I’ve spotted on my morning walks recently.

fall colors at the park

I love this part of fall, a few weeks before Thanksgiving, which in turn is just a few weeks ahead of our holiday break. The year seems to speed up at this time of year, like a comet accelerating as it whips around the sun. Before you know it, 2021 will be in the rearview mirror.

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More evidence that autumn has finally arrived

When I headed out to the car this morning, there was a thin layer of ice on the windshield. I had to pull out the old ice scraper. This means that I need to start warming the car up in the morning. I’m not sure what the low hit last night, but it was low enough to allow ice to form for the first time this fall.

First fall Sunday

Yes, I realize that today was not the first Sunday this fall, but it felt like it. Even though it is already nearly the end of October, today was sunny, but cool and breezy and it actually felt like fall for a change.

The day began early, even thought sleep came late last night. The Marine Corp marathon took place today and we watched the runners pass by on Lee Highway, which had been blocked off in one direction for just that purpose. Thousands of runners went by. Thousands. It was really rather impressive. We see a lot about what terrible shape Americans are in, but here were a whole large bunch of people running 26.2 miles!

We called AJ and Denisse and asked if they wanted to meet for brunch. We met them around noon outside of their place, and then walked into Georgetown. We finally ended up at Sequoia where we got a table inside, although by a window, with a nice view of the river. When brunch was over, we spent the next several hours wandering through the shops of Georgetown. It was a lot of fun, actually. I even bought some new things. I got a new fall/spring jacket, as well as a couple of new shirts.

Eventually, we took a break and stopped into Hagaan Dazs for our Belgium Chocolate shakes (for AJ and I); Kelly and Denisse had sorbets. Then we headed into a mall that I didn’t even know existed, and wandered about there for a while. It was after 4 PM when we finally left and it was just before 7 PM when I finally got home.

I had laundry to do, and so I took care of that while catching up on some items that TiVo had recorded. I noticed that TiVo had lost the network connection at home. This has happened once or twice. I made sure to reestablish that. It was also cool enough out to require the heat in the house. I guess fall is finally here!

I spoke with Mom briefly. Also talked briefly with Jen.

Early night tonight in order to get a good night’s sleep.


My lawn is more or less covered in leaves. It’s that time of year, I suppose, and it means that there will be raking taking place in the next week or two. Here’s the weird thing: it’s still in the upper 80s and low 90s here. There is some sort of cosmic incongruity when the temperature is 89 degrees out and there are leaves all over the yard. The leaves indicate fall. The angle of the sun in the sky indicates fall. But the temperature still says summer. It’s unsettling.

“First of all, it was October…”

“…a rare month for boys.”

It’s one of my favorite opening lines to a book, ever and I can only use that line once a year or so. If I’m being repetitive, well, what’s new really?

Some bills paid today, rent, phone bill, and a few others. Had a letter from Trevor and thepopeswife over the weekend, as well as a thank you note from amo2761 (which explains why he emailed me asking for my address earlier in the week).

Today is the first day of Fiscal Year 2008 at work, but it still seems as though there is some focus on FY2007. It’s silly if you ask me.

The leaves are just beginning to change color around here, just barely and in patches but I imagine it will pick up over the next couple of weeks. It may have already started up where strausmouse and rmstraus live; possibly where vickyandnorm live too.

I had an amusing message from AJ and Denisse yesterday but haven’t had a chance to call them back yet. Maybe later this evening.

October is certainly not a rare month for birthdays: Andy, Carmen, Jim, Kelly, and Norm all celebrate birthdays this month. Possibly more people, but I haven’t checked the calendar yet.

And as I was writing this entry, the mail was delivered and I received the December 2007 issues of both Asimov’s and Analog.