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Jeanette Riffle: Fall Colors Are Late This Year

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Finally, I looked out the back door one morning this past week and saw fall colors. The big poplar tree in the back was gold and I saw twinges of bright color on the hillside across the creek. It is two weeks late this year. We had gone to Spencer this week and didn’t see much color along the way. We wondered if the green leaves were going to just freeze and fall off before turning colors, but we have had some frosts and one hard freeze lately. Squirrels are scurrying around like crazy finding and burying nuts. They are taking some up trees to store in the hollow spaces. Bad weather is coming on when you see squirrels behaving like that.  I’ve always loved the fall of the year. I remember when Mom or Dad would rake up a big pile of leaves in our front yard. I enjoyed running and jumping in them. I taught our son to do the same thing.  The cooler nights and crisp mornings are welcome after a hot, steamy, rainy summer. I have been lighting the oven almost every day for my fall recipes.  Got out some molasses for soft molasses cookies and got out cans of pumpkin. I have a recipe for pumpkin bread and I saw a recipe on FB in my news feed that I want to try. Take a spice cake mix and add a small can of pumpkin and some raisins. Mix well and pour into a greased muffin pan.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Sounds like delightful breakfast muffins to me.  I would have one or two of those with some coffee and a couple boiled eggs.

Fall is a time to slow down and relax more. A lot of people say that they don’t like what follows but I like to enjoy the fall while it is here. Enjoy the moment instead of worrying about what is ahead.  Bow season is in and the guys have been bow hunting. We are looking forward to some fresh deer meat and they sure are plentiful. Men used to have to go to the mountains to deer hunt. There weren’t many here.  As I have said before, my Dad went clear to Doddridge Co. where he had Stewart relatives and he stayed with them. He only came home one time with a deer, though.  He said he was out hunting and saw a group of deer at a distance. He shot into them and one went down. It was a small deer and I remember seeing it on the back porch floor but I can’t remember eating it. Until next time stay well and try to avoid sickness. There are a lot of nasty viruses going around already.

Take care and God bless!

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