~Subtle Changes~

The urge to rush the season is very strong for me this year.


Missouri has had one of those Summers when we “old timers” talk about the hot Summers of long ago. 

The Summer of 1954 was very hot, with temperatures at least 109, in July.  I remember this, because that was the month of my 11th birthday.  I don’t remember all my childhood birthdays, but my 11th was memorable, not just because of the heat, but other life changing events.

As children of the 1950’s, we had a large window fan, no central or window air conditioning.  J and I wonder how in the world we ever managed.  The answer is, we were used to it.  Now we are acclimated to a controlled indoor environment.

I am ready for Fall, this Summer of 2010.  I don’t think I am alone, in wishing for Autumn.  We were spoiled with our pleasant 2009 Summer. 

This one has definitely been a scorcher. 


Our friend is mowing our yard this year, giving J a break from this chore.  R has kept our lawn looking green through summer with calculated mowing.  He was here Wednesday. 

After mowing, it is green, rather than the sometimes crunchy brown of late Summer in Missouri. No watering, of our yard, other than occasional showers.  The key is to cut it a bit longer and wait awhile between cuttings.

A little less manicured, but great for keeping the grass green during these hot Summer days.


The title of this post, Subtle Changes, has everything to do with Fall approaching, here in the Midwest. 

I am beginning to see the subtle changes that mark the end of Summer.


We returned from the lake, late Tuesday.  I didn’t set foot on the back porch until Wednesday evening.  As I stepped onto the porch from the master bedroom, the first thing I noticed was the oppressive heat and mugginess. 

The second thing I noticed was the welcome scent of approaching Fall.  I can’t describe this scent, just that it arrives toward the end of Summer.  I know when I catch the subtle scent, it won’t be long until the temperatures cool, the leaves change and the color of the sky and sunrise and sunset will take on an autumnal glow.


Have you guessed my favorite season is Fall? 

Some believe it is a time of dying.  I always see Autumn as a time for trees and plants to sleep awhile; resting through winter, before awakening in Spring.





I snapped these photos, at sunset, Thursday evening.  It seems like yesterday when we brought these geraniums home.


This picture is from a post, dated September 1, 2009.  I believe we were having cool temperatures by that time last year.  Putting me in the mood to decorate the back porch early. 

Although it’s tempting to bring out the pumpkins, I’ll wait until September again, this year.  After all, Summer doesn’t officially end, until next month.


A storm passed through Thursday.  We are hoping it brought cooler temperatures that will stay around awhile.


I’m linking to Laurie’s Favorite Things Saturday



The Tablescaper’s Summer Sundays


Family Health Update

Our appointments, Thursday morning, went very well. 

My tests showed a drop in my cholesterol numbers, with a rise in the good cholesterol.  Other tests showed great results, as well.  Overall, I am very healthy. When my mother was my age, she had already been diagnosed with Ventricular Fibrillation and other serious health issues.  My sister, who is 3 years younger than I, has Rheumatoid Arthritis and other health problems.  When she was in her 50’s she suffered four strokes.  Knowing my family health history, I am extremely grateful for my good health.

While J’s tests came back great, the Pro Time taken at the office showed his blood is much thinner than before.  He is now off Coumadin over the weekend and will start a smaller dose Monday and have another Pro Time in a week.  We all are puzzled, including the doctor, about this sudden problem, after so many years on the same dosage.  We are hoping for better test results in about 10 days.

I talked to our daughter this afternoon.  While still not feeling quite up to par, she is feeling better.  She said she will see how she feels Friday and go from there, as far as further tests.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


NanaDiana said...

I can sense the subtle changes too...and this year, as much as I love the warm summer months, I am sick and tired of the heat and humidity. Fall is my favorite time of the year, as it was my fathers. I am soothed by the warm days and cooler nights and crisp Fall mornings.

I am glad to hear that you have good health. There's an old saying, "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything"...and I am a firm believer in that. I am disgustingly healthy for my age, too. What a blessing. Glad that J is getting his Pro time in order. Sometimes, for no reason that is discernable, dosages need to be changed and reconfigured. I hope your daughter continues to improve. It is always worrisome when our kids are not well-no matter WHAT age they are.

I thoroughly enjoyed your post today- Diana

Bath Cocktails said...

I could sense them today too... a little shorter evening, cooler temps at night, yellowing leaves.

I am so glad for your good news concerning your health. It is all we have! I hope your daughter continues to get better and that J gets his Pro time better. All with time, I hope!

W.C.Camp said...

Love your pix and glad the family issues seem to be stable or all good. Sorry about your daughter feeling under the weather.

As for summer I am hoping for Change because after my last couple of electric bills, that is all that I have left in my bank account.

I actually like all the seasons for AWHILE. Yes, Summer is past its prime, but all of the seasons hold something special so I like them all! Nice post! W.C.C.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I am waiting for those changes. It has been a terribly hot summer. The plants on my deck are looking terrible. I am ready for cooler weather and then I can plant pansies, violas and other winter surviving plants here. Glad your medical reports were good and hope J's gets better.

Melanie said...

Hi Pat ~ funny, I can't discern that Autumn smell in the air here in northern IL just yet. Maybe it's because I don't want to smell it, lol. It's just too soon for me. Autumn has always been quite a depressing time for me, not only because of the lack of sunshine and the plants dying, but knowning Winter (my worst season) is right around the corner...and now it's worse with my dad having passed away in October (12 years ago) and my son this past September.

Sorry, I didn't mean to make this a depressing comment! I DID want to say that your photography is breathtaking. And was glad to hear that you had positive test results from the dr.


thestonerabbit said...

You are so right, Pat. We were spoiled by Summer 2009. Our electric bills were much cheaper, our water bills were lower (we HAVE to water our grass, as we have no trees around), and I didn't have summer cabin fever like I do this year!! This heat is so awful. . . hopefully, tomorrow evening we will be welcoming some cooler temps for a few days!

Your geraniums look wonderful....mine are fried.

Yes, I'm ready for fall, but I feel sad. We didn't really have much of a pleasant summer.

Glad you had a good lab result. . . mine was good this time, too. I hope J and your girl are in tip-top shape soon, too.

Have a great weekend!! L, Dana

Cindy said...

I'm not ready for Fall, I love the summer and am still savoring it. Our weather has been in the upper 80's to hundreds and I am LOVING it. Very low humidity helps. Lovely photos.
Hugs, Cindy S

Rowan said...

My favourite season is autumn as well and like you we are getting signs that it is on its way. I'm glad that your daughter is feeling better and that your doctors visit went well. Hopefully J's blood will settle back down with the alteration in dosage. Hope you have a great weekend too.

Annesphamily said...

I love the autumn. I like the smells. I am so glad your health is good . It is all we can hope for in this life. Good phamily and good health and good friends. You posted lovely pics of your flowers. Thank you for sharing.Anne

The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hello from another Missourian. I love all things Autumn and am so ready for it to get here. I can't say that I've smelled it yet, as the heat is so oppressive and it's hard to even breathe, but I know what you speak of. I've always enjoyed the smell of Autumn and watching the changing of the leaves every day... I can't wait!

Glad you and your hubby are in good health. I'm almost your age and it sure seems like I go to the doctors more often these days, but so far so good except for some minor annoyances.

Your photography is gorgeous and I love taking photos myself, but after my old Olympus 35 mm died, I've only used a cheap lil point and shoot. Do they even make film for those oldies anymore? LOL

Thanks for sharing your talents for the rest of us to enjoy and have a good weekend.


Sheree said...

Pat, I'm with you here! I'm not one to usually rush summer along, even though Autumn is also my favorite season, but this summer has been difficult to enjoy! One thing us Missourians have to be grateful for though is having plenty of rain, at least here in the St. Louis area.

Southern Lady said...

Pat, I'm glad to hear you got a good report at your doctor's visit, and hope J's will be much better when he goes back. I know you're relieved that your daughter is feeling better, too, and hope that she continues to get better each day.

I, too, am so ready for Fall. It doesn't arrive as early in Mississippi, as it does in Missouri, but, hopefully, we will see some changes soon.

Best wishes to you and J for a relaxed and happy weekend.

Things That Inspire said...

I often wonder how people survived with the blistering heat of the summer, in the days before air conditioning! I guess that's why people who were able to escape would do so - to the beach, to the mountains.

We escaped the hot, hot weather in Atlanta and went to Southern California, where they are having the coolest summer since the 1920s! It was a strange thing to wear a sweater or light jacket all day in late July/early August.

Hope you enjoy your weekend! Like you, I am looking forward to the cool weather of fall, which is also my favorite season.

Sue said...

I am sooooo ready for autumn, with its cooler temperatures, football nights, and the color changes... Growing up in northern New Mexico, I know what you mean about the "smell" of fall. If I close my eyes, I can imagine the smell of clean mountain air, the burning pinon wood in the fireplaces and stoves, and I can see bright turquoise blue skies. aaaahhhh, it is MY favorite time of the year, as well, Pat. Stay healthy!
hugs, Sue

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

You've given me hope, this summer is record breaker and I hope we never get to break it! I'm ready for fall also!

Kim said...

Pat I couldn't have said it better myself. You hit the nail on the head with this post. This year I was so proud of myself for getting started early in the garden and flower beds. I replaced flowers over and over as the heat got to them, spending way too much money. Then it occurred to me that I wasn't even getting to enjoy them. The heat kept me indoors all SUmmer. I feel trapped and robbed of all that I enjoy about this season. It has been miserable and way too long of a Summer. I have never been so excited to see Fall around the corner. I remember last Fall it got cool so early and stayed that way all season long. I'm not so sure about this year. We'll have to see.

Adrienne said...

I'm with you - I love Fall. Around here we can 'feel' Fall in the air. Yesterday I told my dear, little mother that I am feeling Fall and she agreed. I love it when those changes comes because it signals cooler temps and brighter colors in the trees. So glad for good health reports for you.

Stephanie said...

I hope they can narrow down the issue with the dosage and it all works out. I'm glad you're both doing pretty well - but I somehow missed what was up with your daughter. I hope all ends well, and you are all soon 110%! My day just isn't the same with out your gorgeous photos and sweet voice to start me off on the right foot.

salmagundi said...

Yea! Bring on Autumn!! Glad to hear the good health news. Sally

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

I too, sense hoe "it looks different"... Hot/humid will still come, but now we know Autumn will come. :-) My fav Season too. Keats said it best, but I can't remember the exact quote, so I'll not try to ... :-)

Happy for the good health news and in hopes that the other, will straighten out. I don't think I knew that your daughter was having issues, but I wish her well.

Health! It is everything, is it not!?!

How did you manage to get your cholesterol numbers to drop, with a rise in the good numbers? Oh please share your secrets! Mine went the other way, and I was crushed. Docs weren't, but I was.

Needing 3 stents [Spring '09], when I thought I was doing quite well, will do that to you! I want those sooner after stenting numbers again. :-)

Gentle hugs...

SILVIA said...

even though i don't comment very often, i want you to know that i read your post every time, i love the way write and of course your pictures...great to know you are all doing good..


niartist said...

Ooooooo! Don't I feel you on this one! That heat hasn't been a stranger here either - I can't believe how hot it has been - and muggy, and humid, and disgusting, REALLY!

Love your photos, and the update, and I'm so glad to hear that you're in good health, too! Love good updates!! :)

Feel free to link up to my vignette friday's meme with this post - love the photos! :)

Gabriele Agustini said...

I love your blog and check for a new post, every day.
I only write a new post every Sunday, so I don't know why I think you and others should post a new one daily! :)
I love reading yours SO much and enjoying the beautiful photographs!!
Thank you for sharing.

Wishing you and your family the best of health,

Shelia said...

HI Dear Pat! Oh, I can feel the fall in the air through your beautiful post! I feel we're a ways off till fall - it's so horribly hot here!
What a blessing you're so healthy and that you don't take it for granted! Hope the doctors can get J's med just right for him.
Prays for your dear daughter too that she will continue to improve.
Have a blessed weekend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am ready for Fall, but not what follows. Great photos! Your geraniums are so pretty. My bloomers are all so sad looking - the on going extreme temps have taken it's tow on them.
Glad you got a good report, and yes, sometimes dosage needs to be changed. I have tried to get my cholesterol numbers down without meds, but have not been able to.
Have a great weekend.

Sharon said...

We are having a really hot spell and it is stifling. I has been over 100 and the humidity is horrible.
I am glad to hear the things are looking good for you health wise.
I also hope that J's test are better on Tuesday.
Have a cooler weekend.

Betty Jo said...

Pat it has been super hot here too, resulting in me not getting out much this summer with the camera. I'm sooooo looking forward to fall. I just opened a new photo blog this week, posing mostly oldies thus far, betty jo's view. ♥

Sheila said...

The change of seasons is in the air here in Indiana also. Unlike your Missouri, we in southern Indiana are in dire need of rain! Even my irrigated lawn is in heat distress with crabgrass & spruge everywhere. My potted plants are withering in the heat & I'm about ready to throw them in the rubbish pile!

I was in St. Charles/St. Louis overnight this week, meeting my sister. Thought of you as we sweltered in the heat on the streets of old St. Charles. I'll do a short post about it later.

Looking forward to seeing what you have done with the bedroom!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I love the seasons changing too Pat. Fall has to be one of my favorites, suttle changes before the cold of winter rushes in.
Our temps have been almost unbearable here. All of the storms have gone around us. I had to go out and water the for-get-me-nots yesterday that had such a bad case of the droops. Looking forward to next weeks forecast.. lol
hugs ~lynne~

Debbie @ said...

Hi Pat. so good to read your post today and know that your test results are good. We have had a rough summer in that department. I'm grateful for good health...and grateful for yours. We just took the kids back to college...road trip...and had a great time. I thought to my self these are the good days. I'm so grateful for each one.
And yes the heat is very stifling...
Blessings to you.

Cindy Rand said...

Love this post about fall and family. I too am a lover of the fall season. Fall colors are so wonderful! Also glad to hear that all the family is feeling better and healthy. Hope J's test results are what you all hope for!
PS. Purchased the Canon T2i and am loving it!! Thanks again for your advise!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Please send that scent my way, Pat! The heat is so thick it's like you stuck your head in the oven. And muggy is what we mostly have, which makes the plants grow and gives us the nice tall pines, but is overwhelming with this heat. I'm glad your and J's health reports are good. Your photos are something to behold.

Olive Cooper said...

Your flower images are lovely. I am so ready for Fall. The heat is just oppressive and I have no energy. hugs♥olive

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Evening my Dear friend...Girl you are the same age as me I also was a war baby 1943...Wished I could say I have great health like you do...I love coming by here and seeing all your wonderful photos as always a great job on them...I so need to break down and get me another new camera..have bought 3 now since I started blogging ha ha!!
I wonder if I can sneak another one pass Len's nose without him knowing it ha ha!! Maybe Santa will bring me a new Cannon sighs...Hope you have a GREAT weekend my Dear friend..keep us posted about J..Oh and I grew up in Iowa with no a/c and I also lived ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Glad to hear your good news!
We've had 2 days of rain this whole summer North of Philly and we've set records for heat! It has been a difficult summer to say the least. I always welcome fall, I find it beautiful and renewing in it's temps, colors and scents!

CHERI said...

Wish I could see some subtle changes here but it's still so very hot and dry. It just seems this blazing heat will not go away. Spring used to be my favorite season but now here the spring is so short it's almost non-existent. Therefore, I am declaring FALL my new favorite. I look forward to being able to sit on my back deck or front porch and enjoy a cool breeze. Glad your tests were good but will continue to wish good thoughts and say a prayer for your husband and daughter. Love the little boy statue in your pics...I have him too in a fountain!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, as always, your photographs are awesome! Your posts always make me slow down and really study each photograph. You definitely have the eye of an artist, and when you put your eye behind the camera, the photos become art. I know the smell you are talking about, but I think you are just far enough North of us that the smell has not reach me yet. I feel like I haven't talked about anything this summer except how hot it is! Your remarks about air conditioning made me laugh. Recently, I was thinking about when we would go on long trips and ride with the car windows "rolled" down. We never thought that it was too hot, but we hadn't ever had air conditioning in the car. Recently, I told one of my granddaughters to "roll" up the window, and she asked me why I used the word "roll"!! I'm so glad your med test results were good, and I've said a prayer that J's will get worked out. I missed the post about your daughter, so I'll go back and check that out. Thank you for linking this beautiful post to Favorite Things Sat. Have a wonderful weekend. laurie

Always Nesting said...

I'm also very glad you are staying healthy.

Your photos are beautiful. Stunning.

GardenofDaisies said...

I think I appreciate fall and spring the most because of the relief they bring from the extremes of summer and winter. But I would never want to live someplace where they don't have all 4 seasons.
Have a wonderful weekend!!! :-)

♥ Kathy said...

So beautiful (as always). Glad to hear that you and J are doing well and that your daughter is feeling better!

Jeanne said...

Hello Pat,My favorite season is Fall as well. I am rushing it too. However, it is not terribly hot here. when I was in Tennessee with my daughter the heat index was 106 degrees. It is good to be home with nothing scheduled until October. This summer has been very busy and a break is welcome. Bill said he thinks the air is different when he mowed the lawn today. I haven't noticed.

I love your wonderful pics Pat. I bet you love your new camera. Bill is sure loving his.

I am happy to hear your tests are good. Also, that J is ok too and his blood thinning is nothing serious. Our good health is a focus when we are older. Check ups are so important. Ours is next month. I have missed too many of your posts. Sigh! I hope your daughter is alright. I was reading Dana's comment.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs, Jeanne

BECKY said...

Hi Pat! I am loving summer, but also anticipating the cool off of fall! Ours starts so much later than yours, but is so delightful!

I already have some new pumpkins sitting on my workbench!! Got them at Hob-Lob! Couldn't resist!!

Thank you for your comment on my creative space!! I have a lovely view from my bay window, which is my favorite feature of my room. There is also a little table for Maddy to create at next to my dresser. I'll show it soon. I love that she just slips away and I find here there creating! She is so talented!

Glad to hear that things are good health wise. I will pray for J!!
Have a blessed Sunday! Your geraniums are divine!

xinex said...

Your photos are so fabulous, Pat! I am in full admiration!..Christine

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm glad that your medical issues seem to be in good shape. After spending so much time with my dad and his monthly blood tests for "too thick or too thin" it makes me hope that I can avoid taking a blood thinner as long as possible.

I love fall too, and since I'm just a bit north of you in Illinois...we've had (still have) the same horrible hot summer. I was born in October of 1954 and I remember my mom talking about how hot it was that year.

Carol said...

Your photography is awesome!! I love reading your blog but most of all I enjoy the photos! Please keep it up.
Carol in GA

deb mills said...

i couldn't agree with you more...both in desiring this extremely hot and humid season to pass quickly, and with your love of autumn. it has always been my favorite.
i so enjoy your blog and wonderful photographs. thanks for sharing them.

AntiqueChase said...

Your stunning photography has my mouth dropped!! I found you from your comment on my new blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I'm so glad I found you and can't wait to dive in and see more. Love the John Wooden quote in your side bar! oooh, and I love the little boy statue in your pictures!! I'm a sucker for concrete garden statues, I have a few too many!!

Dana and Daisy said...

it's been a real scorcher here too Pat, but today it rains finally! I might go dance in the rain!