Posted by: Jim E | October 12, 2013

Yes, It Is Finally Fall In Little Rock…or…It’s Not 90 Today…

I thought I would send along this message to those who do not live in the South…we, of course, do not officially live in the South…it is called the Mid-South here…though there are many who still feel it is “South”…I’m not going to argue those fine points of origin, because I am an interloper anyway…most who live here would not accept my views about the South with any degree of authority…so, I will not claim any…I just look at the map…and consider it Mid-South…but regardless, in the summer, it is brutally hot…and humid…but we still love it…

Minnesota summerAnd just to prove I am not authoritative on the South…I still talk about how those few days in the summer that are clear…with a blue sky and low dewpoint…in other words, low humidity…I call those days, “it’s a Minnesota Day”…and no one here would consider me “from here”…we still get asked almost every week, “Where do you live?” or “Where are you from?”…knowing we are not “from here”…wherever “here” is…so I just accept it…and take my “Minnesota Days” when I can get them…and one of them is today, and yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that…and so on…it has been wonderful the last week…we finally turned off our A/C one day last week…

Oh, we still turn it on in the evenings to cool things off some days…but for the most¬† part, October is the beginning of fall and fall temps…beautiful days (Minnesota Days) and cool nights…and this may last well into December…beautiful days…now the leaves start to turn here from now until they drop in late November…that is long past a Minnesota fall…so we really enjoy the long fall…short winter and long spring…and then get ready for the long brutal summer…May or June through September…

So fall is here and the leaves are starting to turn…but won’t peak for a month…but our Hummingbirds 5hummingbirds are finally gone…the last ones at our feeders left about October 9th…that is about normal…we have a flurry of hummingbirds come through in September and fatten up at our feeders and leave the last of September or the first of October…the older ones go first…then the younger ones wait and fatten up for the 18 hour flight across the Gulf of Mexico…they fly alone and not in groups…and find their way, some way…what a deal…amazing…

Also in our courtyard we have a butterfly plant…it is Butterfly, Arkansas state Fritillaryan invasive plant…but it does draw butterflies…right now the Arkansas State Butterfly is all over it…well, sometimes 6 or more at a time…the Fritillary butterfly is beautiful…I will try to put a picture of one from our courtyard in this post…so here you see our “invasive plant” and a Fritillary butterfly on the beautiful flowers it has…even the hummingbirds drink out of the plant’s flowers…it flowers all summer…just beautiful to watch from our porch that looks out on the small courtyard…just a cup of coffee, a little cream, a cookie and the porch…a piece of pie would be nice but…what a deal…

But also in our courtyard Jeremy has feeders for other birds…there a a couple of black sunflower Sunflower in courtyardfeeders…birds love them…and some of course drop on the ground and germinate…so we have some volunteer sunflowers in our courtyard…they are beautiful too…it may not be like the huge fields of sunflowers we see on our trip across North Dakota in the summer…that is an amazing sight to see…but we have our lone sunflower or two…just enough to show it’s beauty during our summer here in Little Rock…

So, there you have it…on this beautiful Arkansas (Minnesota) Day…a report that fall has officially arrived here in Little Rock…we will enjoy our time outside without the porch ceiling fan going…and it will be comfortable…we will enjoy our birds, flowers and remaining butterflies for the next month…and thank God everyday to be upright and breathing…what a wonderful world we have…ours may be small…but in our eyes it is the fullness of God right here in our lives…have a great fall wherever you are…¬†

 

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  1. Hi Jim!
    I’m finally catching up on my reading. Your pictures are beautiful. I’m glad things are going well for you. It’s been good here also. The weather has been cooler for the past week or so. Actually it’s been cold at night, down into the 30s. It’s been nice to have the windows open during the day. I’m looking forward to winter – my favorite season. Have a great weekend and give my best to Judie and Jeremy.
    Take care,
    Julie

    • Thanks Julie…fall is a wonderful time of the year…our Grandkids are already talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas…so it is a great time of looking forward…hope your fall is enjoyable…and winter, of course, white…Jim E


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