Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall fun

The weather has cooled considerably; temperature in the low 50s and it won't be warmer than 70s this week.

Hubby has had a cold and so we've kept the airconditioner on to keep the mold and pollen outdoors, but last night I could not resist opening the windows. All the while I thought it was this pillow top mattress that has been keeping me awake at night. Loved it when we first purchased it, but a couple of years later, it is like sleeping in a foam ditch. So last weekend, I had Bill flip the mattress to the hard as a board side with no padding whatsoever. That gave me sore shoulders for a week. Last night we flipped the mattress back, I flung open the window and snoozed like a kitten curled up by a warm fire.

Friday I took my classes on a field trip to Eckert's Apple Orchard in Belleville, Illinois. Rain threatened, it sprinkled a little, then cleared as we arrived. The children rode a wagon pulled by a tractor to the orchard and picked their own bags of apples and carried them in their arms like a 'heavy baby'. They ate an apple in the orchard and they played in the various areas: trikes, mini golf, playground, petting zoo.

Fall, my favorite season, has arrived with glorious colors and wonderful weather. When the sun is shining and the trees are highlighted I feel spunky. I want to climb a mountain like I did 37 years ago, when I was pregnant with my son. Okay, it wasn't really a mountain, just a Missouri hill, but it seemed like a mountain when I was clutching my swollen belly wondering if my baby would be a boy or girl.

On Saturday, my school did a fundraiser, a Fun Run in Carondelet Park. Some parents and students participated in the 5K run, others did the mile walk, and cutest was the preschoolers who ran a mini-mile, little elbows propelling those 3-5 year olds down and around the loop near the lake and Boathouse, and then back again (about two blocks). They were awarded a ribbon, and wow where they proud!
The weather was gorgoeus for mass in the park and a gathering of friends.

I feel invigorated. I think I will put on my tennis shoes and take a walk this morning.


Susan said...

Hi Linda. Enjoyed your descriptions. Today here it is dark and overcast with rain predicted. No sun in sight! Hope your days goes well. Keep up that energized spirit! Susan

BECKY said...

That's what fall does to me, too, Linda! Now, to just get myself to go do that walking! :)

Cathy C. Hall said...

We finally bought a new mattress after months of various aches and pains. Now I wake up all refreshed-until I sit at the computer, writing for four hours. I need a mattress for my chair!

Enjoy your fall, Linda! Sounds lovely!

Tammy said...

Your post is as invigorating as this weather! Love it!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Hi Linda - Great post. Definitely puts me in the autumnal spirit! I grew up in New England and fall was always my favorite season...the changing colors of the landscape. *sigh* So beautiful. We do see color changes here in Georgia, but nothing like New England.

Linda O'Connell said...

Now I want a mattress for my chair! You always say the funniest things.

Linda O'Connell said...

Thanks. I just want to be outdoors.

Linda O'Connell said...

Leaf peeping in New England is on my bucket list. Wow! Fall and winter must be so differnt for you there in Georgia compared to when you lived in the N.E.

Lynn said...

Ahhh, yes fall, what's not to love?

Linda O'Connell said...

A time to unwind, snuggle up, nestle, nest, bake.